• This daily round-up brings you a selection of the latest news and updates on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as well as tips and tools to help you stay informed and protected.
  • Top stories: Indonesia to introduce new restrictions; End of the pandemic in Latin America and Caribbean 'remains a distant future'; New South Wales reports more cases.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 182.2 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 3.94 million. More than 3.04 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

COVID-19-related deaths in Mexico could exceed the confirmed death toll by around 60%, according to Health Ministry data released yesterday.

Indian drugmaker Zydus Cadila has applied for emergency use approval of its COVID-19 vaccine, which has shown a 66.6% efficacy against positive cases.

It comes as India's factory activity fell for the first time in 11 months in June, as pandemic restrictions saw declines in demand and output, according to a private survey.

New South Wales, Australia, has warned that a significant number of new COVID-19 cases are being found in the community - raising fears of fresh clusters.

France has said it will delay the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the country's southwest, over concerns over the Delta variant.

CureVac has said its COVID-19 vaccine was 48% effective in the final analysis of its large-scale trial. But, that figure was 77% in the age group below 60 years old when considering only moderate to severe symptoms and excluding mild cases.

The Thai island resort of Phuket will allow foreign tourists vaccinated against COVID-19 to visit without needing to quarantine from today.

Portugal has seen its biggest jump in new daily COVID-19 cases since mid-February, official data showed yesterday.

Switzerland will donate 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca shot to the vaccine-sharing facility COVAX. The country had originally reserved 5.4 million doses of the jab, but the country's medical regulator is yet to approve the vaccine.

The World Bank has pledged to boost funding for COVID-19 vaccine purchases and deployment from $12 billion to $20 billion.

What is the COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship?

The COVID Response Alliance for Social Entrepreneurship is a coalition of 85 global leaders, hosted by the World Economic Forum. Its mission: Join hands in support of social entrepreneurs everywhere as vital first responders to the pandemic and as pioneers of a green, inclusive economic reality.

Its COVID Social Enterprise Action Agenda, outlines 25 concrete recommendations for key stakeholder groups, including funders and philanthropists, investors, government institutions, support organizations, and corporations. In January of 2021, its members launched its 2021 Roadmap through which its members will roll out an ambitious set of 21 action projects in 10 areas of work. Including corporate access and policy change in support of a social economy.

For more information see the Alliance website or its “impact story” here.

2. End of the pandemic in Latin America and Caribbean 'remains a distant future'

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned that the end of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean remains a long way off.

Infections in the United States, Canada and Mexico are falling, elsewhere in the Americas they continue to rise and vaccination rates remain low. Just one in ten people have been fully vaccinated - a situation which PAHO director Carissa Etienne called 'unacceptable'.

"While we are seeing some reprieve from the virus in countries in the Northern Hemisphere, for most countries in our region, the end remains a distant future," she said.

The organization also discouraged summer holiday travel in the Americas. "Given the significant gaps in vaccine coverage and the still imminent risk of infection, now may not be the ideal time for travel – especially in places with active outbreaks or where hospital capacity may be limited," Etienne told a weekly briefing.

COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by continent.
COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by continent.
Image: Our World in Data

3. Indonesia to introduce emergency measures after COVID-19 spike

Indonesia is introducing emergency measures that will run until 20 July, in an effort to contain a spike in COVID-19 cases that threatens to overwhelm the country's healthcare system, President Joko Widodo has announced.

"With cooperation from all of us and the grace of God, I'm certain that we can suppress COVID-19 transmission and restore people's lives quickly," said the president.

The new measures include tighter restrictions on movement and air travel, a ban on restaurant dining and the closure of non-essential offices. They'll come into force from Saturday.