Coronavirus live news: parts of UK ease lockdown despite India variant fears; 4 out of 5 in Japan oppose Olympics

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7.25am BST

In Australia, the prime minister Scott Morrison has rebuffed calls for a swifter reopening of the borders, saying Australians understand the government taking a “cautious approach” that will see a gradual easing of restrictions.

Following calls from the New South Wales government for a clear timetable for reopening linked to vaccination targets, Scott Morrison said on Monday that current border restrictions would remain in place, with a “sliding scale” towards reopening.

Related: Scott Morrison rejects calls for quicker Australia border reopening, citing ‘cautious approach’

7.21am BST

There’s quite a contrast between the excitement we are seeing in parts of the UK about reopening from Covid restrictions – even as we remember that on the government dashboard the numbers of cases and deaths in the UK are both rising again – and events elsewhere in the globe. One stated threat to the UK reopening is variant B.1.617.2 which was first detected in India.

Reuters have a quick update from India, reporting that a top Indian virologist has resigned from a forum of scientific advisers set up by the government to detect variants of the coronavirus, weeks after questioning the authorities’ handling of the pandemic. Shahid Jameel, who we’ve quoted several times previously during the pandemic, who was chair of the scientific advisory group of the forum known as INSACOG, declined to give a reason for his resignation.

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Source: The Guardian
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