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Coronavirus live news: Philippines locks down 13 million in Manila; Japan to expand state of emergency

6.44am BST 06:44 Japan to expand state of emergency Japan is set to expand the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo to neighboring areas and the western city of Osaka on Friday in the wake of record-breaking surge in infections while the capital hosts the Olympics. A government panel approved the plan putting Saitama, Kanagawa […]

Coronavirus live news: fears in Japan after record case rise; Cambodia locks down provinces bordering Thailand

6.37am BST 06:37 Fears in Japan after record case rise Japan faces its most serious situation since the pandemic began, the country’s top medical adviser warned on Thursday, urging the government to send a “clearer, stronger message” about growing risks, including to the medical system. Reuters: Olympic host city Tokyo recorded 3,177 new Covid cases […]

Tokyo 2020 Olympic softball final: Japan and USA go for gold – live!

This bowl-shaped 35,000-capacity venue about a 45-minute drive from downtown Tokyo, with its steep, elegantly curving blue stands, is sadly empty – but no doubt there’ll be a big home audience watching on television as Japan look to retain their Olympic title. Which they’ve held for 13 years, given that Olympic softball was last seen […]

U.S. Women’s Softball Seeks Redemption in Rematch of 2008 Gold-Medal Game

The U.S. women’s softball team will seek redemption in Wednesday’s gold-medal softball final against Japan’s squad.  The game is a rematch of the 2008 Olympic softball final — the last time the Games featured the sport — which saw Japan beat the United States. The loss kept the Americans from winning gold for the first and only time since softball became an Olympic sport in […]

Coronavirus live news: two more athletes test positive in Tokyo; Biden raises jab hope for under-12s

6.00am BST 06:00 Vaccines soon for under-12s, says Biden Joe Biden has suggested that his administrsation could soon give approval for vaccinations for children under-12. Speaking on a national tour to encourage more people to get the vaccine, the US president told a televised town hall in Cincinnati in Ohio that children under 12, who […]

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