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Japan is lifting the state of emergency imposed on Tokyo and surrounding areas early last month. The move is expected to be announced by the Prime Minister around now. From Tokyo, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes.
Over the weekend, the city's parks and shopping areas were already humming. Now, people will be allowed to stay out until 10 pm, although karaoke parlours, nightclubs and gyms will remain closed. The Japanese capital has not had the sort of hard shutdown seen in many European cities. Despite that and having the world's oldest population, Japan has succeeded in keeping the epidemic well under control. As of Sunday, 830 COVID deaths had been officially recorded. It's not clear why the mortality rate has remained so low. There are many theories, including a long tradition of mask-wearing when ill and Japan's practice of bowing instead of handshaking.
Greeks are once again able to travel freely to the country's islands following two months of restrictions. Ferry services are operating at reduced capacity to ensure social distancing and passengers are subjected to temperature checks. Harry Theoharis is Greece's tourism minister.
I think everyone deserves a break. So irrespective whether they come to Greece or not, they should try to find the ways to refill those batteries. Everybody has been under stress. I think this vacationing process is a healing process, especially for this year. Most international flights went resume until mid-June.
There's been confusion at some of Indians airports as domestic airlines partially resumed services after being grounded for two months because of coronavirus restrictions. Davia Aria reports from Delhi.
There are orderly queues at the Delhi airport as passengers arrive to catch the first flight out of the capital. Around 600 flights are taking off from various cities across the country today. But confusion prevails as states have put in different rules regarding compulsory quarantine for passengers on arrival. Coronavirus cases have been rising at a much faster rate since traveled by trains was allowed two weeks earlier. Many states have shown reluctance to comply with the Indian government's decision to resume air travel and curtail the number of inbound flights, citing fear of further spread of the infection.
The British cabinet is meeting to discuss easing lockdown measures amid continued outcry over the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's backing of a senior government adviser accused of breaking the guidelines. Several ministers have expressed concern that Mr. Johnson's defensive Dominic Cummings damages the government's attempts to persuade the public to continue living with certain restrictions.
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1.Japan is lifting the state of emergency imposed on Tokyo and surrounding areas early last month.
Eventually, the water will permeate through the surrounding concrete.
2.There's been confusion at some of Indians airports as domestic airlines partially resumed services.
In a broadcast on state radio the government also announced that it was willing to resume peace negotiations.