Health · August 5, 2022

Summer 2022: Here is the global status of COVID

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North Korea said Friday all its fever patients have recovered, the first such claim since the pandemic broke out in the isolated economy, according to state-run media KCNA.

deaths and infections

* Eikon users click on COVID-19: MacroVitals for a case tracker and summary of what’s new.

Asia Pacific

* The Macau government said it would resume ferry services with the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Aug. 8 as authorities seek to lift strict COVID-19 restrictions at the world’s largest gambling hub.

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

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

JOHNSON & JOHNSON COVID VACCINE LINKED TO DEATH IN SOUTH AFRICA, HEALTH REGULATORY REPORTS

Europe

* The European Medicines Agency is recommending that Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine come with a warning about the possibility of two types of heart inflammation, adding burden to a vaccine that hasn’t seen widespread acceptance so far.

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

The J&J vaccine has recently come under fire after the FDA linked it to a rare neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome.
(REUTERS / Dado Ruvic / Illustration)

America

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

* Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week’s US Open tune-up event in Canada as he cannot enter the country without being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, tournament organizers said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

Middle East and Africa

* South Africa’s health agency on Thursday reported a causal link between a person’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 efficient at infecting children through the nose than previous versions of the coronavirus, a small study suggests.

BA.5 OMICRON VARIATION MAY LEAD TO HIGHER RISK OF MATURATION AND SERIOUS RESULTS COMPARED TO OTHER VARIANTS

economic impact

* Australia’s central bank warned on Friday that inflation is heading for a three-decade high, requiring further rate hikes that would severely slow growth, making it difficult to keep the economy “on track”.

* The Reserve Bank of India raised interest rates by 50 basis points on Friday, the third hike in as many months, in a bid to cool stubbornly high inflation.

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

* Japan’s households increased spending in June for the first time in four months as demand for travel services boded positively to broader recovery prospects.