Here’s a summary of the most recent developments:
- Cambodia reported 20 deaths – its worst one-day death toll. The southeast Asian nation detected its first Delta variant cases and authorities urged people to be vigilant. Cambodia has recorded one of the world’s smallest caseloads thus far, but the outbreak that was first detected in late February has caused infections to climb to 42,052 cases with 414 deaths.
- A third wave “is definitely under way” in the UK, according to a government scientific adviser. Prof Adam Finn, a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said: “It’s going up, perhaps we can be a little bit optimistic it’s not going up any faster, but nevertheless it’s going up, so this third wave is definitely under way.”
- Surge testing is to begin in two parts of England, the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care said. The county of Cumbria, in the north-west, and the south London borough of Lambeth will see intensive testing and genomic sequencing from Saturday.
- Several English football grounds were being used as vaccination centres, including the London Stadium and Stamford Bridge. Long queues formed as the UK government pushes everyone aged 18 or older to start getting jabs.
I’m now handing over to my colleague, Nadeem Badshah.