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Cambodian authorities have stopped five large containers of water buffalo meat imported from India after determining the shipment was tainted with the coronavirus. The Health Ministry says the virus was detected in three of the five shipping containers of frozen meat being brought in by a private company. It says the contents of the three containers are to be destroyed later in the week. Cambodia temporarily suspended imports from India during its massive surge in coronavirus cases earlier this year, but began allowing them again in recent weeks as the Indian numbers declined. Meanwhile, Cambodia is struggling with its own surge in cases after low numbers early on. 

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Tokyo has reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, days after the Olympics began. The Japanese capital reported 2,848 new COVID-19 cases, exceeding the earlier record of 2,520 cases on Jan. 7. It brings Tokyo’s total to more than 200,000 since the pandemic began last year. Tokyo is under its fourth state of emergency, which is to continue through the Olympics until just before the Paralympics start in late August. Experts have warned that the more contagious delta variant could cause a surge during the Olympics, which started Friday.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is getting political as he makes a fresh push for vaccinations in the nation's most populous state. The Democratic governor on Monday blamed “right wing" politicians and media for perpetuating misinformation about the shots and hindering vaccine efforts. He announced the state will require employees and all health care workers to show proof of vaccination or submit to weekly testing. His criticism veered far from his statements throughout the pandemic, during which he often passed on opportunities to criticize Republicans. The back-and-forth could help Newsom motivate his Democratic base in the upcoming recall election.

Australia’s second-most populous city Melbourne will end its fifth lockdown, with the Victoria state government declaring it has beaten an outbreak of the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant for a second time. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews says the five-day lockdown across the state ends at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. That allows schools, pubs and restaurants to reopen. But people won't be allowed to have visitors in their homes for another two weeks. Australia’s most populous city Sydney remains in lockdown indefinitely after more than four weeks. The South Australia government also announced that the state’s week-long lockdown will end as planned Wednesday after no new cases were recorded Tuesday.  

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The United States says it will keep existing COVID-19 restrictions on international travel in place for now due to concerns about the surging infection rate because of the delta variant. It was the latest sign that the White House is having to recalibrate its thinking around the coronavirus pandemic as the more infectious variant surges across the U.S. and a substantial chunk of the population resists vaccination. It was also a reversal from the sentiment President Joe Biden voiced earlier this month when he said his administration was “in the process” of considering how soon the U.S. could lift the ban on European travelers bound for the U.S. 

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has became the first major federal agency to require health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccines. Monday's decision comes as the aggressive delta variant spreads and some communities report troubling increases in hospitalizations among unvaccinated people. Nearly 60 leading medical and health care organizations issued a call Monday for health care facilities to require their workers to get vaccinated. At the VA, vaccines will now be mandatory for certain medical personnel — including physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants and others who work in departmental facilities or provide direct care to veterans.