Sydney, Perth, Brisbane and Darwin have already locked down as the country fights clusters of cases and works to accelerate a vaccine program that has inoculated less than 5% of the population of about 20 million adults.
In medical news, Sinovac Biotech Ltd. said a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of its COVID-19 vaccine in children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 17 demonstrated that the shot is safe and produced a strong antibody response, according to a study published Monday in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal.
The double-blind, randomized trial involved 552 participants and included a placebo, using two doses spaced 28 days apart. The study is the first involving children as young as 3 years old. China granted the vaccine emergency-use authorization for the 3-to-17 age group on June 3.
A United Nations report found that COVID’s impact on international tourism could cost the global economy more than $4 trillion for 2020 and 2021, MarketWatch’s Callum Keown reported.
The report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development warned that the uneven nature of vaccination rates across the world was hurting developing countries, particularly those highly dependent on international visitors.
The global tally for the coronavirus-borne illness headed above 181.9 million on Wednesday, according to data aggregated by Johns Hopkins University , while deaths climbed above 3.94 million.
The U.S. continues to lead the world in total cases at 33.6 million, and by deaths that total 604,588.
India is second in total cases at 30.4 million and third by fatalities at 398,454, although those numbers are expected to be undercounted given a shortage of tests.
Brazil has the third highest caseload at 18.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins data, and is second in deaths at 515,985.
Mexico has fourth highest death toll at 232,803 and 2.5 million cases.
In Europe, Russia has overtaken the U.K. by deaths. Russia has had 132,973 fatalities, while the U.K. has 128,404, making Russia the country with the fifth highest death toll in the world and the highest in Europe.
China, where the virus was first discovered late in 2019, has had 103,755 confirmed cases and 4,847 deaths, according to its official numbers, which are widely held to be massively underreported.