Coronavirus crisis: Latest on worldwide spread of COVID-19

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VideoAs COVID cases rise in Florida, a growing number of children are ending up in the hospital with the virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new 60-day moratorium on residential evictions in areas with high levels of COVID-19 infections, after having rejected an earlier push by the White House.

EUROPE

France’s overseas territory of Guadeloupe will go into a new lockdown for at least three weeks.

Greece withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics artistic swimming competitions after four of their athletes tested positive for COVID-19, the Greek Olympic Committee said on Tuesday.

FRANCE CORONAVIRUS VACCINATION PROTEST
Camera IconAbout 160,000 people protested around France on Saturday against new COVID laws. Credit: EPA

ASIA-PACIFIC

China’s central city of Wuhan will test all residents as it screens them for coronavirus infections, as the country reported 90 new cases in the mainland for Monday.

Australia’s central bank surprised markets on Tuesday by standing its ground on a decision to taper its bond buying program from September, expecting the hit to the economy from the Delta variant of the coronavirus to be temporary.

Japan has carried out a threat to publicly shame people not complying with border control measures, releasing the names of three people who broke quarantine rules after returning from overseas.

VideoThe demand for COVID-19 testing has soared with the increase in cases thanks to the Delta variant becoming the predominant strain of the virus. But the variant also may have varying symptoms as the FOX Medical Team explains.

AMERICAS

Vaccination campaigns against the coronavirus in Latin America should prioritise vulnerable groups such as indigenous people and the homeless, who are at higher risk of dying from the virus, UNESCO said on Tuesday.

Nearly three out of four Americans above the age of 18 have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, according to the US CDC.

New York City will become the first major US city to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for customers and staff at restaurants, gyms and other indoor businesses as the country enters a new phase of battling the highly contagious Delta variant.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

Israel warned on Tuesday against travel to the United States and other countries and said it would tighten quarantine measures for inbound travellers as part of efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus Delta variant.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and virus chart
Camera IconCoronavirus infection numbers have been surging in Israel since mid-June. Credit: EPA

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

Combining AstraZeneca’s vaccine with a second dose from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna’s jab provides “good protection”, Denmark’s State Serum Institute said.

Arcturus Therapeutics Holdings said its Vietnamese partner received regulatory approval to start a clinical trial of its vaccine candidate in the Southeast Asian country.

VideoA 45-year-old woman in India's northern Meerut city recovered from coronavirus after battling the deadly virus for over 100 days.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

The S&P 500 index closed at record high on Tuesday on gains in Apple and healthcare stocks, despite concerns over a surge in the Delta variant of the coronavirus taking some shine off an upbeat corporate earnings season.

Oil settled lower on Tuesday in volatile trade, as concern about rising cases of the Delta coronavirus variant outweighed expectations for another weekly draw in US inventories that had boosted prices early.

Copper prices declined for a third session on Tuesday on worries that the rapid spread of powerful COVID-19 variants could spur further lockdowns and curb demand for industrial metals.

GLOBAL

  • Deaths - 4,258,028
  • Cases - 200,210,678
  • Recovered - 180,493,190

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