There has been a resurgence in Covid-19 cases in the country, with the highest numbers surfacing in Karachi.
Here is an 8am bulletin update:
- 541 cases
- 1 death
- 3.50% positivity rate
- 15,462 tests
Advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday recommended a change in the design of COVID-19 booster shots this fall in order to combat more recently circulating variants of the coronavirus.
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China slashed the quarantine time for inbound travellers by half, in a major easing of COVID-19 curbs that have deterred cross-border travel and resulted in international flights running at just 2% of pre-pandemic levels.
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un presided over another meeting of the ruling party to tighten discipline, state media said, as Pyongyang continues to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and gears up for potential flood damage from heavy rains.
Ireland agreed to put the army on standby to help with security at Dublin airport should staffing be hit by a resurgence of COVID-19.
Lufthansa Chief Executive Carsten Spohr apologised to its employees and customers for travel chaos caused by labour shortages as demand has soared during the summer amid the lifting of restrictions.
Players at this year’s French Open contracted the COVID-19 virus but did not make it public and there was an understanding among them not to self-test despite having symptoms, French player Alize Cornet said at Wimbledon.
Matteo Berrettini, runner-up at last year’s Wimbledon, became the second top player to pull out of the championships, after testing positive for COVID-19.
A U.S. appeals court panel said on Monday it would convene a full panel to reconsider President Joe Biden’s executive order requiring civilian federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and set aside the order pending that hearing.
The fast-spreading BA.4 and BA.5 sub-variants of Omicron are estimated to make up a combined 52% of the coronavirus cases in the United States as of June 25, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
- Pfizer and Moderna said they will be ready with COVID-19 vaccines designed to combat the BA.1 Omicron variant that was dominant last winter earlier than those designed to target currently dominant subvariants.
- China’s economy has recovered to some extent, but its foundation is not solid, state media quoted Premier Li Keqiang as saying.