Coronavirus live: Vietnam reports first case of new Covid variant; Irish health officials warn virus is ‘absolutely rampant’ – latest updates

9.07am GMT

Thai health authorities have recommended tougher restrictions on businesses and people’s movement in 28 provinces, including the capital Bangkok, as the number of new Covid cases rises.

The measures include suspending some businesses and crowded activities, as well as advising people in affected provinces to work from home and avoid unnecessary travel.

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8.53am GMT

Tokyo metropolitan officials are expected to ask the central government on Saturday to declare a state of emergency amid a resurgence of Covid cases, local media reported.

The Tokyo governor, Yuriko Koike, will make the request in a meeting with the economy minister, Yasutoshi Nishimura, who coordinates government measures to fight the pandemic, according to the Nikkei newspaper, citing multiple sources.

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