FACTBOX-Latest information on the global spread of the coronavirus

The Chinese city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province has suspended some public gatherings and dining at restaurants, closed several entertainment venues and locked down some areas to deal with outbreaks of COVID-19, the city government said. DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

Eikon users, click COVID-19: MacroVitals for case tracking and news summary. ASIA PACIFIC

Hong Kong reduced the minimum age to get vaccinated with China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to six months from three years after several young children were infected.

Mainland China reported 436 new coronavirus cases for August 2, of which 101 were symptomatic and 335 asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.

EUROPE

The European Commission has announced that it has signed a joint supply contract with Spanish pharmaceutical company HIPRA for the supply of its COVID-19 protein vaccine, which will be available if approved by the European Medicines Agency.

More than twice as many tourists visited Spain in June as in the same month last year, spending almost three times as much during their stay, according to official data. AMERICAS

US President Joe Biden continued to test positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and will remain in isolation but is feeling well and has no fever, his doctor said in a note released by the White House.

A petition has been circulating to allow Novak Djokovic to play the US Open, but he looks likely to miss the entire hard North American swing unless there is a sudden change in COVID-19 protocols in the US and Canada .

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

The Omicron variant may be more effective at infecting children through the nose than previous versions of the coronavirus, a small study suggests.

A trial aimed at battling the long COVID has helped some patients recover from persistent physical and mental fatigue, although the drug developed by Axcella Health Inc failed in the small study’s primary goal of restoring normal function mitochondria, the cells’ energy factories.

As another winter of the pandemic looms in the northern hemisphere, scientists warn weary governments and populations to prepare for more waves of COVID-19.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

Services activity in China grew at the fastest pace in 15 months in July as the easing of COVID-19 restrictions boosted consumer confidence, but foreign demand fell and businesses cut staff for the seventh consecutive month, according to a private sector survey.

Services sector activity in Japan almost completely stagnated in July as rising inflation and growing economic uncertainty weighed on sentiment, while businesses also said the boost from the lifting of restrictions related to COVID-19 had faded.

Australian retail sales posted a solid gain in real terms in the last quarter, even as soaring prices gnawed further at the consumer dollar, although there are signs that higher borrowing costs are reversing finally the course of expenditure.

Canadian manufacturing activity lost further momentum in July as production and new orders fell for the first time since the early stages of the pandemic, the data showed.

U.S. job openings fell the most in just over two years in June as demand for workers fell in the retail and wholesale sectors, but overall the labor market remains tight, allowing the Federal Reserve to continue raising interest rates.

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)