In Thailand, officials have shuttered museums, libraries, gyms, parks and other public venues in Bangkok after reporting new records in COVID cases and deaths.
Japan has declared its third state of emergency, just three months ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. New restrictions on bars and restaurants were announced for Tokyo and other major cities, but officials are resisting a full lockdown.
Morocco has condemned Spain for treating Brahim Ghali, the leader of the Polisario Front, for COVID-19. The Polisario movement is fighting to establish an independent state in Western Sahara, which was colonized by Spain in the 19th century and annexed by Morocco in 1975.
In other international news, the European Union says it will let vaccinated U.S. tourists visit the region this summer, after more than a year of barring all nonessential travel.