• 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: US CDC warns Delta variant 'likely more severe' than earlier variants; 70% of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose; Wuhan to test all residents for COVID-19.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 198.9 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 4.23 million. More than 4.21 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

Japanese officials have announced plans to only hospitalize COVID-19 patients who are seriously ill and those at risk of becoming so.

The Japanese health ministry has also carried out a threat to name and shame people who fail to comply with COVID-19 quarantine rules after returning from overseas.

New South Wales, Australia, could ease lockdown restrictions if 50% of the population is vaccinated. The current lockdown is due to be lifted on 29 August.

The Chinese city of Wuhan will test all residents for COVID-19 after three domestically transmitted cases were reported on 2 August.

South Korea has detected its first two cases of the Delta Plus COVID-19 variant. The variant is a sub-lineage of the Delta variant and has acquired the spike protein mutation called K417N, which is also found in the Beta variant.

Germany will offer a booster shot against COVID-19 to vulnerable people in September, the health ministers of the country's 16 states announced yesterday.

Nigeria has received 4 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine donated by the US government.

The Philippines has announced an extension to a night curfew in Manila as it tightens restrictions to tackle a potential surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the Delta variant.

Morocco has also announced its night curfew will start two hours earlier, at 9pm local time, as it too tightens restrictions to counter a surge in cases.

70% of US adults have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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. US CDC warns Delta variant 'likely more severe' than earlier variants

Researchers around the world are working to better understand the Delta variant and whether it's more likely to make people sicker than before.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that the variant is "likely more severe" than previous variants. The agency cited research in Canada, Singapore and Scotland showing that people infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized than patients earlier in the pandemic.

The CDC report said that Delta is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu.

Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in the United States
Daily new confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people in the United States.
Image: Our World in Data

It comes as the variant continues to drive a surge in cases across the United States. Florida and Louisiana were both at or near their highest hospitalization numbers of the pandemic as of yesterday.

"These are the darkest days of this pandemic," Dr. Catherine O'Neal, Chief Medical Officer of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said at a news conference.