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(Reuters) – The Chinese city of Yiwu in Zhejiang province has suspended some public gatherings and dining at restaurants, closed several entertainment venues and locked down some areas to deal with outbreaks of COVID-19, the government said from the city.
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* Hong Kong reduced the minimum age to get vaccinated with China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine to six months from three years after several young children were infected.
* Mainland China reported 436 new coronavirus cases for August 2, of which 101 were symptomatic and 335 were asymptomatic, the National Health Commission said on Wednesday.
* The European Commission has announced that it has signed a joint supply contract with Spanish pharmaceutical company HIPRA for the supply of its COVID-19 protein vaccine, which will be available if approved by the European Medicines Agency.
* More than twice as many tourists visited Spain in June as in the same month last year, spending nearly three times as much while there, official data shows.
* US President Joe Biden continued to test positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday and will remain in isolation but is feeling well and has no fever, his doctor said in a note released by the White House.
* A petition is circulating to allow Novak Djokovic to play the US Open, but he looks likely to miss the entire North American hard swing unless there is a sudden change in COVID-19 protocols in the US and the UK. Canada.
* The Omicron variant may be more effective at infecting children through the nose than previous versions of the coronavirus, a small study has found.
* A trial to combat the long COVID has helped some patients recover from persistent physical and mental fatigue, although the drug developed by Axcella Health Inc failed in the small study’s primary aim of restoring function normal mitochondria, the cells’ energy factories.
* As another winter of the pandemic looms in the northern hemisphere, scientists warn weary governments and populations to prepare for more waves of COVID-19.
* China’s services activity grew at the fastest pace in 15 months in July as the easing of COVID-19 restrictions boosted consumer confidence, but overseas demand fell and businesses cut their workforce for the seventh consecutive month, according to a private sector survey.
* Japan’s services-sector activity stalled almost completely in July as rising inflation and growing economic uncertainty weighed on sentiment, while businesses also said the boost from the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions had faded.
* Australian retail sales posted a solid increase in real terms last quarter, even as soaring prices gnawed further into the consumer dollar, although there are signs that higher borrowing costs finally reverse the course of expenditure.
* Canadian manufacturing activity lost further momentum in July as production and new orders fell for the first time since the early stages of the pandemic, the data showed.
* U.S. job openings fell the most in just over two years in June as demand for workers eased in the retail and wholesale sectors, but overall the labor market remains tight, allowing the Federal Reserve to continue raising interest rates.
(Compiled by Rashmi Aich and Oliver Sargho; Editing by Nick Macfie and Shounak Dasgupta)