Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has exceeded 5 million.
Leaders of the G7 countries are considering the idea of U.S. President Donald Trump to hold the summit in person, while the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the world has exceeded 5 million.
Trump on Wednesday allowed the previously cancelled summit to take place, tweeting that it would be “a perfect sign of normalization”.
Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Thursday that the possibility of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s personal participation is “still under discussion” and that the two countries are “in close contact”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that when deciding on the format of the summit, security measures should be considered and expert recommendations taken into account.
The press service of French President Emmanuel Macron said he was ready to go to the summit, “if conditions in the health sector allow,” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she planned to wait and see how the situation would develop.
All G7 countries have already begun to gradually lift restrictive measures imposed to curb the spread of the virus.
On Thursday, Japan’s economy minister said that experts approved the government’s plan to lift the state of emergency in Osaka and two other prefectures. In Tokyo, the regime will be maintained.
The World Health Organization reported on Wednesday that it recorded a record 106,000 new infections per day.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adan Gebrejesus said four countries account for almost two-thirds of new infections. He did not name them, but according to some media reports they were from the United States, Russia, Brazil and India.
Brazil recorded a record number of cases on Wednesday: about 20,000 per day. Authorities in the country’s most populous city, São Paulo, have announced a six-day holiday to curb the virus.
The new coronavirus has already killed over 328,000 people in the world. The largest number of confirmed cases and deaths were recorded in the United States – 1.5 million and 93,000 respectively.
In Italy, the number of new cases on Wednesday fell from 813 to 665, while in Spain, for the fourth consecutive day, fewer than 100 deaths were recorded. In the early days of the pandemic, both countries were among the main foci.
Meanwhile, work on a vaccine is continuing. On Thursday, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced contracts for 400 million doses of the vaccine developed by Oxford University. The vaccine is still undergoing the research necessary to guarantee its effectiveness and safety.
AstraZeneca has received $1 billion from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Advanced Biomedical Research and Development. The agreement includes ordering 300 million doses of the vaccine.
The company will deliver another 100 million doses to the UK. The first deliveries are scheduled for September.