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North Korea said on Friday that all of his fever patients had recovered, the first such announcement since the outbreak of the pandemic in the isolated economy, according to state media KCNA.
Deaths and infections
* Eikon users, click COVID-19: MacroVitals for case tracking and news updates.
* The Macau government has said it will resume ferry service to Shenzhen in southern China from August. 8 as authorities try to lift strict COVID-19 restrictions at the world’s largest gambling hub.
* Mainland China reported 539 coronavirus cases in August. 4, of which 222 were symptomatic and 317 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said.
* Australia’s winter outbreak of COVID-19 driven by new Omicron BA.4/5 sub-options may have peaked early, Health Minister Mark Butler said Thursday as hospitals reported a steady decline in admissions over the past week.
* The European Medicines Agency recommends Novavax Vaccine for COVID-19 carry a warning about the possibility of two types of inflammation of the heart, which is an additional burden for a vaccination that has not yet been widely adopted.
* US President Joe Biden will remain in isolation until he tests negative for COVID-19, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday.
* Novak Djokovic has opted out of next week’s US Open in Canada as he cannot enter the country without being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, tournament organizers said, passing one of four wildcards to Andy Murray.
Middle East and Africa
* South Africa’s health regulator reported on Thursday 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.
* The Omicron variant may be more effective at infecting children through the nose than previous versions of the coronavirus, a small study suggests.
* Australia’s central bank warned on Friday that inflation is approaching a three-decade high, requiring further interest rate hikes that will slow growth sharply, making it harder to keep the economy in “balance.”
* The Reserve Bank of India’s key repo interest rate was raised by 50 basis points on Friday, the third increase in several months to curb persistently high inflation.
* Indonesia’s economic growth accelerated in April-June on the back of an export boom driven by rising commodity prices, official data showed on Friday, but monetary tightening, rising inflation and the risk of a global recession threaten the outlook.
* Japanese households increased spending for the first time in four months in June as demand for travel services surged, a positive sign of a broader recovery outlook.