Lockdowns in Australia; Companies Skip the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics: Virus Update

Lockdowns in Australia; Companies Skip the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics: Virus Update

Apple Inc. is pushing back its return-to-office deadline because of the resurgence across many countries, people familiar with the matter said. More executives of Japanese companies are skipping Friday’s opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics as concerns about holding the games during the pandemic grow.

(Bloomberg) — A summer resurgence of the pandemic stoked by the spread of the delta variant is raising alarms, sparking a global stocks selloff. The U.S. warned citizens against travel to the U.K. and Indonesia amid rising infections in the two nations.

Australia’s Victoria state extended its fifth lockdown since the pandemic began and tightened border restrictions with Sydney.

Key Developments:

Global Tracker: Cases top 190.8 million; deaths pass 4.09 millionVaccine Tracker: More than 3.64 billion doses administeredTokyo Olympics kicks off in the shadow of CovidA secretive body is making questionable Covid decisions in IndiaWomen are still suffering more than men in pandemic job hitVaccine and ventilator shortages show need for Africa free trade

More Companies Skip Olympics Opening Ceremony (12:51 p.m. HK)

More Japanese companies have decided against sending executives to Friday’s opening ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics as concerns about holding the games during the pandemic grow.

Senior officials from Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. will skip the event given that organizers decided to hold the games without spectators, spokespeople for the technology giants said Tuesday, a day after Toyota Motor Corp. announced its top executive wouldn’t attend.Japan’s pledge to hold a safe and secure games is coming under threat as cases jump in Tokyo and visiting athletes test positive for the virus.

Indonesia’s Jokowi Hints at Extending Curbs (12:40 p.m. HK) Indonesia may extend emergency restrictions as it struggles with an outbreak that’s killing more people a day than anywhere else in the world, with President Joko Widodo saying cases need to drop for curbs to be lifted.

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