The White House has said it will send special teams to hot spots across the United States to tackle the highly contagious variant of the Delta coronavirus amid rising cases in parts of the country where vaccination rates remain low . DEATHS AND INFECTIONS
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* The Euro 2020 football tournament has been blamed for an increase in the number of cases, as fans flocked to stadiums, bars and spectator areas across Europe to watch the action as the pandemic still raged rage. * The European medicines regulator has said vaccines approved in the European Union offer protection against all variants of the coronavirus, including Delta, but called for active surveillance by vaccine makers to remain vigilant.
* Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is confident Britons fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be able to travel abroad this year. * A nighttime curfew will be imposed in several Portuguese municipalities, including the capital Lisbon and the city of Porto.
* Czechs will need to be tested for COVID-19 when they return from summer vacation abroad if they are not fully immunized. ASIA PACIFIC
* Indonesia will impose emergency measures until July 20 to contain an exponential spike in cases that have strained the medical system. * Japan is considering an extension from two weeks to one month for coronavirus prevention measures in Tokyo and other regions, Japanese media said.
AMERICAS * The Bolivian government seeks to stabilize the country’s economy, which last year plunged the most in more than half a century, with a mix of tax spending, vaccines and gold.
* Dominican health authorities will begin distributing a third dose of the vaccine on Thursday in a bid to protect against new, more contagious variants. MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
* The United Arab Emirates announced a travel ban for citizens in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Namibia, Zambia, Congo, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Africa and Nigeria, reported the State News Agency (WAM). * The South African Medical Association has threatened to sue the government because many new junior doctors cannot find internships despite staff shortages during the pandemic.
MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS * Indian drug maker Zydus Cadila has said it has sought approval for emergency use of its three-dose vaccine which showed 66.6% efficacy in an interim study and could become the second local vaccine if regulators agree.
ECONOMIC IMPACT * Global equity markets rose on Thursday on strong European and US stocks, with stocks erasing a rapid re-acceleration of cases and oil and the dollar extending their first-half rallies.
* The number of Americans filing new jobless claims fell more than expected last week, while layoffs plunged to a 21-year low in June, suggesting that the labor market’s recovery from the pandemic was gaining ground. * Rising vaccinations in the United States are boosting employment recovery in the food and accommodation industry, but not in industries where workers can more easily do their work from home, a blog has shown published by the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank.
(Compiled by Devika Syamnath, Federico Maccioni, Amy Caren Daniel and Jagoda Darlak; edited by William Maclean and Sriraj Kalluvila)
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