Australia’s most populous state reported an increase in new cases despite an order to stay home for weeks, while police vowed to crack down on any repeat of a wild protest against the blockade over the weekend.
DEATHS AND INFECTIONS * Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals https://apac1.apps.cp.thomsonreuters.com/cms/?navid=1592404098 for case tracking and news summaries
EUROPE * Britain is expected to remove France from its “amber” category of countries at risk of coronavirus and could leave quarantine for travelers from France as early as next week, the Times reported.
* The French parliament passed a bill that will make vaccines mandatory for health workers and require a reinforced health supplement in a wide range of social places. * Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff has said she fears the number of new cases in Germany could rise to 100,000 a day in about two months, unless many more people are vaccinated.
ASIA-PACIFIC * China reported its highest number of cases since late January amid an increase in local infections in the eastern city of Nanjing as it launches a second round of massive trials to contain the outbreak.
* South Korea has launched vaccines for people aged 55 to 59 to speed up its inoculation campaign. AMERICA
* The head of infectious diseases, Anthony Fauci, has said that Americans with a compromised immune system may end up needing booster vaccines. * An increase in COVID-19 ignited in some parts of the United States by the highly contagious Delta variant and hesitation has led to new mask warrants and deep confusion among some people as to which guide to follow.
MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA * Ghana expects to receive more than 18 million doses of vaccines by October as it struggles to contain a third wave of infections.
* Algeria will again impose restrictions on meetings to deal with a rapid spread of the Delta variant of the most infectious coronavirus virus. * South Africa has lifted restrictions on the sale of alcohol on weekdays and the movement of people between provinces, as President Cyril Ramaphosa said a third wave could have reached its peak.
MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT * AstraZeneca Plc is “exploring” its global supply chain to try to increase the supply of vaccines in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
* People who received the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine may need a booster shot to defend some of the worrying variants, according to a study. ECONOMIC IMPACT
* Asian equities suffered a seven-month low on Monday as regulation relates to equities in Chinese equities and strong U.S. corporate gains absorbed funds from emerging markets on Wall Street. * Japan’s manufacturing activity expanded at a slower pace in five months in July, underscoring the struggle of the world’s third largest economy to organize a convincing recovery from the pandemic.
(Compiled by Ramakrishnan M.; Sriraj Kalluvila Edition)
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