Coronavirus live news: China rejects stage two of WHO origins probe; two more athletes test positive in Tokyo
Number of positive cases reaches 87, say Games officials; US president says it is ‘gigantically important’ that Americans get vaccinated; Australian PM says sorry for slow vaccine rollout
A total of 21 people died between 14 and 20 July, the country’s health minister, James Fong, said on Thursday. Another 1,091 new Covid cases were also confirmed in the 24 hours to 8am on Wednesday.
Australia’s prime minister Scott Morrison has apologised for the country’s slow vaccine rollout, which has seen half the population plunged into lockdown after an outbreak of the Delta variant.
Morrison, whose federal government has been blamed for failing to order enough vaccines, had previously refused to apologise despite mounting fury at Australia being ranked bottom of OECD countries for vaccinations.