Some update items on COVID-19 in brief:
The US has announced that the requirement for pre-travel COVID-19 testing of inbound passengers will cease imminently; similarly, Canada will end its random COVID-19 testing of arriving passengers.
In India: COVID-19 infections have increased by 110% (maybe attributable to the more transmissible BA.4 and BA.5 variants), however deaths reduced by ~64% in the last two weeks. In Mexico: similarly an increase in infections (possibly due to increase in BA.2.12.1) but a reduction in deaths by 31%. And in Austria, a slight (15%) increase in cases (probably due to BA.4 and BA.5) but decrease in deaths (44%). In Brazil, the last two weeks saw increases in both cases (43%) and deaths (13%). In China, there were decreases in cases in Beijing and Shanghai. North Korea lifted its lockdown in the capital, although there were continued high numbers of fever cases.