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A worker in a protective suit walks on a closed bridge during the lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song

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May 19 (Reuters) – More Shanghai residents were given the freedom to shop for the first time in nearly two months on Thursday as authorities laid out more plans to emerge more fully from the COVID-19 lockdown city-wide. Read more

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

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AMERICAS

* COVID-19 is increasing in the Americas as many countries have abandoned measures such as masking and social distancing and many are lagging in vaccination rates, the Pan American Health Organization said. Read more

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* US health officials are considering extending eligibility for a second booster dose of vaccine to people under 50 amid a steady rise in cases, with the US having seen a threefold increase in course of the last month. Read more

* US President Joe Biden is not considered a close contact of his daughter Ashley Biden, who tested positive for COVID-19, a White House spokesperson said. Read more

* US Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra tested positive for COVID-19 during a trip to Berlin ahead of G7 meetings of health ministers. Read more

EUROPE

* A lack of clear information about China in the early stages of the pandemic left the whole world worse off, UK Health Minister Sajid Javid said. Read more

ASIA PACIFIC

* North Korea is ramping up production of drugs and medical supplies, including sterilizers and thermometers, as it battles an unprecedented coronavirus outbreak, state media KCNA said. Read more

* About half of Taiwanese companies that previously suspended operations in China due to COVID-19 control measures have resumed production as restrictions ease, the island’s economy minister said. Read more

* China has removed some COVID-19 testing requirements for people traveling from countries such as the United States and shortened pre-departure quarantine for some inbound travelers as it refines measures to deal with the Omicron variant. Read more

AFRICA AND MIDDLE EAST

* Only 17% of Africa’s 1.3 billion people are fully immunized against COVID-19, in part because wealthier countries hoarded supplies last year much to the chagrin of African nations that desperately need international supplies. Now though, as the doses finally hit the continent in full force, inoculation rates are plummeting. Read more

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* The world is no better prepared for a new pandemic than it was when COVID-19 emerged in 2019, and could be worse off given the economic toll, a panel set up by the World Health Organization to assess the global response found. Read more

* An oral antiviral drug co-developed by Shanghai subsidiary Junshi Biosciences (688180.SS) and other Chinese institutes has shown great promise in accelerating virus clearance in COVID-19 patients, according to a small clinical trial. Read more

* Asian stocks followed a sharp sell-off on Wall Street, as investors worried about rising global inflation, China’s zero-COVID policy and war in Ukraine, while the safe-haven dollar held most of his strong overnight gains. Read more

* Retail car sales in China jumped 27% in the first half of May from the same period a month earlier in early signs of recovery in the battered world’s biggest car market by COVID-19 lockdowns, according to the data.

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Compiled by Dina Kartit, Aditya Soni and Devika Syamnath; Editing by Barbara Lewis, Maju Samuel and Subhranshu Sahu

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