1. The head of the World Health Organization has warned that many countries are not handling the coronavirus pandemic properly. He said, “too many countries are headed in the wrong direction.” He also warned that “if governments do not roll out a comprehensive strategy focused on suppressing transmission and saving lives, the pandemic is going to get worse and worse and worse.”
  2. Hong Kong has tightened measures against the coronavirus after a sudden spike in new cases. Hong Kong had contained the local spread of the virus since May but the number of new cases started rising again in early July.
  3. A government in northern Japan has expressed concern that the central government’s nationwide travel campaign could help spread coronavirus infections. The government’s Go To Travel Campaign, aimed at boosting domestic tourism with offeres of discounts and subsidies, kicks off on July 22. Yamagata Governor Yoshimura Mieko told reports on Tuesday that she has doubts about promoting nationwide movement of people amid a spike in new cases in Tokyo and surrounding areas. She said local governments should be allowed to first invite travelers from nearby prefectures, and then from places farther away.