COVID-19: What you need to know about the coronavirus pandemic on 26 July

Nurses wait for people to come by to receive their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a mobile pop-up vaccination clinic hosted by the Detroit Health Department with the Detroit Public Schools Community District at East English Village Preparatory Academy in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., July 21, 2021.  REUTERS/Emily Elconin     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2ZOO931QW2
Vaccination drives continue around the world.
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  • 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: China reports most COVID-19 cases since end of January; Ghana hoping to receive 18 million vaccine doses by October; Restrictions extended in Indonesia.

1. How COVID-19 is affecting the globe

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have passed 194.1 million globally, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed deaths stands at more than 4.15 million. More than 3.86 billion vaccination doses have been administered globally, according to Our World in Data.

The Australian state of New South Wales has reported a rise in new COVID-19 cases, despite a lengthy stay-at-home order.

Malaysia has announced it won't extend a national state of emergency when it ends on 1 August. The measure has been in place since January.

It comes as the country's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases passed 1 million on Sunday.

South Korea has begun inoculating people aged 55-59 with COVID-19 vaccines. About 6.17 million people - or 84% of those in their 50s - have signed up for a jab.

South Africa has eased some COVID-19 restrictions after a decline in case numbers in recent days.

Indonesia has extended its COVID-19 restrictions by a week through to 2 August in an ongoing effort to curb new infections.

Algeria is set to reimpose restrictions on gatherings from today to tackle the spread of the Delta variant in the country.

Viet Nam has received 3 million Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses donated by the United States, with the country's ambassador to the United States suggesting more donations could be in the pipeline.

New COVID-19 cases have fallen in Britain from 21,795 to 29,173. New cases have been falling over the last 5 days - but officials are cautious about whether this is a trend.

Americans who are immune-compromised might end up needing COVID-19 booster shots, top infectious disease official Anthony Fauci said yesterday.

Thailand has reported a record number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases. It recorded 16,376 new cases on Monday, setting a daily record for the second consecutive day.

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. China reports most COVID-19 cases since the end of January

China reported 75 new COVID-19 cases on 25 July, the highest since the end of January. It comes amid a rise in local infections in the eastern city of Nanjing, where a second round of mass testing has begun.

Local infections accounted for 40 of the new cases. All but one of these was reported in the province of Jiangsu, of which Nanjing is the capital.

The number of new asymptomatic cases - which China does not classify as confirmed cases - rose to 24 from 17 cases a day earlier.

The city has raised its COVID-19 risk level in one area to high while moving other areas to medium, the official China Daily newspaper reported.

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.

3. Ghana hoping to receive 18 million COVID-19 shots by October

Ghana hopes to receive over 18 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines before October, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a speech on Sunday.

Cases of COVID-19 are rising in parts of West Africa, in part due to the Delta variant.

"Our nation is experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 infections," Akufo-Addo said. "These increased infections have largely been driven by the Delta variant."

Ghana's government is in the process of buying 17 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines through the African Medical Supplies Platform in the third quarter of this year, the president said.

This would be supplemented by 1 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from the United States, nearly 230,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from the African Union and 249,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the United Kingdom in the same period.

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