• 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: India COVID-19 death toll passes 400,000; Concern over possible rise in cases from Euro 2020; Dutch study suggests pets can catch COVID-19 from owners.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 182.6 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 3.95 million. More than 3.09 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

Johnson & Johnson has announced its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine shows strong promise against the Delta variant.

The White House has outlined plans to tackle outbreaks of the Delta variant amid rising case counts in parts of the country where vaccination rates remain low.

A Dutch study suggests that about 1 in 5 pets will catch COVID-19 from their owners – but they don't seem to get very ill.

Australia is set to halve the number of arrivals from overseas as its COVID-19 hotel quarantine system comes under pressure because of outbreaks of the Delta variant.

South Korea's daily case count has hit its highest in six months, due to new clusters of infections and the spread of the Delta variant.

Indonesia has authorized the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use.

The United States is set to start shipping vaccines it has donated to Africa from this weekend, a special envoy of the African Union said yesterday.

Czech Republic residents will be required to take a COVID-19 test on their return from a summer holiday abroad if they're not fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 cases have risen by 72% in Britain in the past seven days compared to the previous seven days.

Public Health England has said two doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine gives an estimated 94% protection against death from the disease in people over 65.

Moderna has joined Pfizer and AstraZeneca in gaining European approval for the brand name of its COVID-19 vaccine. The Moderna jab will be branded as Spikevax, Pfizer/BioNTech's as Comirnaty and AstraZeneca's as Vaxzevria.

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries
Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in selected countries.
Image: Our World in Data

2. India's COVID-19 death toll passes 400,000

India's confirmed COVID-19 death toll has passed 400,000, with half the number recorded during the recent second wave. A Reuters tally shows that the most recent 100,000 deaths have occurred in just 39 days.

The United States has recorded more than 605,000 deaths, while more than 520,000 people have died in Brazil.

However, health experts warn that India's true number of deaths could be significantly higher – up to 1 million or more.

India has recorded 30.4 million cases of the disease since the start of the pandemic, the world's second worst-affected country after the United States.

3. Warning over potential for Euro 2020 case surge

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the mixing of crowds in Euro 2020 host cities, travel and the easing of social distancing restrictions has driven up the number of new cases by 10% across Europe.

The organization warned that a new wave is inevitable if football fans and others let down their guard.

"We need to look much beyond just the stadiums themselves," WHO Senior Emergency Officer Catherine Smallwood told reporters. "We need to look at how people get there, are they travelling in large crowded convoys of buses? And when they leave the stadiums, are they going into crowded bars and pubs to watch the matches?"

These events were likely to drive the spread of the virus, she warned.

UEFA said it was fully compliant with local health authorities' guidelines.

"The final decisions with regards to the number of fans attending matches, and the entry requirements to any of the host countries and host stadiums fall under the responsibility of the competent local authorities, and UEFA strictly follows any such measures," it said in a statement.

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.