At the Tokyo 2020 Games, strict COVID-19 countermeasures are in place for the media, athletes and other Olympics-related personnel, from testing to movement restrictions. Here is a look at what it’s like inside the COVID-19 bubble
NEW: people worry when they hear "40% of hospitalisations are fully vaxxed", but this chart shows that's actually good news. The more people you vaccinate, the higher their share of hospitalisations, but the *total* number in hospital is a fraction of what it would otherwise be
Weakened by pro-Iran factions at home, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi will meet with President Joe Biden on Monday to discuss a possible full U.S. troop withdrawal from his country.
But back to charts: All the data we have suggests vaccines are working remarkably well. Far beyond what had been hoped for a year ago. For example, a fully-vaxxed 80-year-old now has the same risk of dying from Covid as an unvaxxxed 50-year-old. That's an enormous drop in risk!
I wrote about Delta and why we should not surrender to our dysfunction. There's much to be done, from vaccine mandates (yes, yes, it's time) to strong mitigations in schools (the "unvaccinated" include ~50 million children under 12) to response to surges.
#FOUND Missing 11 year-old Fatuma Kadir has been found safe and well. A GMP spokesman said: "A missing child is every parent's worst nightmare, so I know they will agree with me when I say a huge thank you to everyone who has shared our appeal. Your help's been invaluable."
The United Nations has said climate change has pushed Madagascar to the brink of famine, the first country in the world to experience food shortages because of global warming. More than one million people are food-insecure following the worst droughts there in more than 40 years.
Myanmar junta leaders "have put China-backed projects at the top of their economic agenda, despite the fact that deep-seated resentment towards China is increasing across Myanmar" due to its acceptance of the coup.
I'm very happy that I've won the medal. The entire country was watching me & they had their expectations, I was a little nervous but I was determined to give my best...I worked really hard for this: Weightlifter#MirabaiChanu (Photo Credit: Indian Olympic Association)
Taekwondo-Thailand's Wongpattanakit wins women's 49kG gold medal
Here's the protest just outside Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, which is easily audible inside during quiet moments
“Pegasus is classified by Israeli state as a weapon supposed to be used against terrorists. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have used it to scuttle probes. This is treason,” Rahul Gandhi, Congress Leader, on #Pegasus spyware
Thanks to Prop 47 thefts under $950 will not be prosecuted, so cops will not bother showing up. Just a reminder that you get what you voted for, California!
Massive floods in central China, caused by record-breaking rainfall, leave 12 dead and more than 100,000 people evacuated