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North Korea said on Friday that all its fever patients had recovered, the first such statement since the outbreak of the pandemic in an isolated economy, state media KCNA reported.
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* The Macau government has announced it will resume ferry services to the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Aug. 8, as authorities try to lift strict COVID-19 restrictions in the world’s largest gaming hub.
* Mainland China reported 539 coronavirus cases on Aug. 4, with 222 asymptomatic and 317 asymptomatic.
* Australia’s winter COVID-19 outbreak, driven by a new Omicron BA.4/5 subvariable, 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 deaths in South Africa, health watchdog report
* The European Medicines Agency recommended that Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine warns against the possibility of two types of heart inflammation, adding to the burden of a vaccine that has so far not been widely adopted.
* U.S. President Joe Biden will continue to self-isolate until he tests negative for COVID-19, White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday.
* Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week’s U.S. Open warm-up in Canada because he cannot enter the country without being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by event organizers Ray (Andy Murray) is handed one of the four wild cards.
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* 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 such direct link in the country.
* A variant of Omicron may be more effective at infecting children through the nose than previous versions of the coronavirus, a small study found.
The BA.5 variant of OMICRON may cause a higher risk of reinfection and severe consequences compared to other variants
* The Reserve Bank of Australia warned on Friday that inflation is heading towards a 30-year high and further interest rate hikes are needed, which would slow growth sharply and make it difficult for the economy to maintain its “balanced keel.”
* The Reserve Bank of India’s key interest rate was raised by 50 basis points on Friday, the third hike in as many months, to quell stubbornly high inflation.
* Indonesia’s economy accelerated in the April-June quarter amid rising commodity prices fueling an export boom, but monetary tightening, rising inflation and the risk of a global recession threatened the outlook, official data showed on Friday.
* Japanese households increased spending for the first time in four months in June as demand for travel services rose, in a positive sign of prospects for a broader recovery.