Latest on the worldwide spread of the Covid-19

July 8, China is reducing scrutiny of citizens’ travel history for COVID-19 monitoring, requiring a mandatory mobile app showing the previous seven days of travel, down from 14. read more

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

* Eikon users, see COVID-19: MacroVitals https://apac1.apps.cp.thomsonreuters.com/cms/?navid=1592404098 for a case tracker and summary of the news.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* China reported 478 new coronavirus cases for July 7, of which 97 were symptomatic, and 381 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Friday. read more

* Macau added two hotels in popular casino resorts to be used as COVID-19 medical facilities from Friday as they try to increase capacity to handle a surge of infections in the world’s biggest gambling hub. read more

* Millions of people in Shanghai queued for the third day of mass COVID-19 testing on Thursday as authorities in several Chinese cities scrambled to stamp out new outbreaks that have rekindled worries about growth in the world’s second-largest economy. read more

* Shanghai reopened most cinemas, sticking to a plan of gradual resumption of daily activities after it lifted a two-month COVID-19 lockdown in June while also trying, like several other Chinese cities, to contain resurgent infections. read more

* Hong Kong has suspended a rule that banned individual flights for bringing in passengers infected with the COVID-19 virus, as it caused “unnecessary trouble” and inconvenience to residents of the global financial hub, the government said on Thursday. read more

EUROPE

* The European Medicines Agency is open to using next-generation COVID-19 vaccines that target older offshoots of the Omicron variant this fall, an official said on Thursday, amid a rise in cases due to new Omicron subvariants. read more

* Sweden sees an increase in COVID-19 cases, and healthcare can expect an increase in pressure over the summer, the health minister said on Thursday. read more

AMERICAS

* The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday it authorized state-licensed pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer’s (PFE.N) COVID-19 pill Paxlovid to eligible patients to improve treatment access. read more

* Passengers boarding Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH.N) ships won’t have to take COVID-19 tests from next month unless local law, the U.S. cruise operator said on Wednesday as the crucial summer sailing season gathers steam. read more

AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

* Africa’s top public health body said on Thursday it had signed a memorandum of understanding with Pfizer PFE.N for countries on the continent to receive supplies of the Paxlovid pill to treat COVID-19. read more

* The Israeli Health Ministry on Wednesday gave the green light for vaccinating children between 6 months to five years against COVID-19.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* Less than a month after reaching a hard-won deal on a partial waiver of intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, a new battle may loom at the World Trade Organization over extending the release to treatments and tests. read more

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* U.S. employers likely hired the fewest workers in 14 months in June, but the jobless rate probably remained near pre-pandemic lows, underscoring labour market tightness that could encourage the Federal Reserve to deliver another 75-basis-point interest rate increase later this month. read more

* Asian shares advanced on Friday as fears of an economic slowdown cooled somewhat, though news of the shooting of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe jolted Japanese shares and drove up the safe-haven yen. read more

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