Summer 2022: Here’s the global state of COVID

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North Korea said on Friday that all of its fever patients had recovered, its first such claim since the outbreak of the pandemic in the isolated economy, according to state media KCNA.

Deaths and infections

* Eikon users, click COVID-19[feminine]: MacroVitals for a case tracker and news summary.

Asia Pacific

* The Macau government said it would resume ferry services with the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on August 28. 8, as authorities attempt to lift strict COVID-19 restrictions at the world’s largest gaming center.

* Mainland China reported 539 coronavirus cases for August 1. 4, of which 222 were symptomatic and 317 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said.

* Australia’s winter COVID-19 outbreak fueled by new Omicron BA.4/5 subvariants may have peaked early, Health Minister Mark Butler said on Thursday, as hospitals reported a drop steady admissions over the past week.

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Europe

* The European Medicines Agency recommends Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine carry a warning of the possibility of two types of heart inflammation, an added burden for a vaccine that has so far failed to gain widespread adoption.

The J&J vaccine has recently come under fire after being linked to a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome by the FDA.

The J&J vaccine has recently come under fire after being linked to a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome by the FDA.
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Americas

* US President Joe Biden will remain in self-isolation until he tests negative for COVID-19, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday.

* Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week’s US Open tune-up event in Canada because he could not enter the country without being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, organizers said tournament, while handing Andy Murray one of four wildcards.

Middle East and Africa

* South Africa’s health regulator on Thursday reported a causal link between an individual’s death and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, the first time such a direct link has been established in the country.

Medical developments

* The Omicron variant may be more effective at infecting children through the nose than previous versions of the coronavirus, a small study has found.

BA.5 VARIANT OF OMICRON MAY CAUSE A HIGHER RISK OF REINFECTION AND SERIOUS RESULTS COMPARED TO OTHER VARIANTS

Economic impact

* Australia’s central bank warned on Friday that inflation was heading for three-decade highs requiring further interest rate hikes that would sharply slow growth, making it difficult to keep the economy “on a balanced keel”.

* The Reserve Bank of India’s key rate was raised 50 basis points on Friday, the third increase in as many months to quell stubbornly high inflation.

* Indonesia’s economic growth accelerated in the April-June quarter amid an export boom driven by rising commodity prices, official data showed on Friday, but monetary tightening, rising inflation and a risk of global recession threaten the outlook.

* Japanese households increased spending for the first time in four months in June as demand for travel services rose in a positive sign for broader recovery prospects.