FACTBOX-Latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus

May 4 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will announce a goal to have 70% of adults vaccinated with at least one COVID-19 shot by the July 4 Independence Day holiday.

DEATHS AND INFECTIONS

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EUROPE

* Germany's cabinet agreed to ease restrictions on people who are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

* Austria will only buy Russia's Sputnik V vaccine if the European Medicines Agency approves it.

* People traveling to Poland from Brazil, India and South Africa will have to quarantine.

* Italy is set to introduce travel passes from the middle of May, sooner than much of the rest of Europe.

* Portugal said it will protect the rights of migrant fruit and vegetable pickers and keep them safe after a wave of infections in the sector revived concerns over the conditions they live in.

AMERICAS

* Canada is working with international partners to develop a standardized vaccine certification for travel.

* Canada's pandemic-era policy of turning back asylum-seekers trying to enter between official border crossings is unlawful and violates their rights, a legal action alleges.

ASIA-PACIFIC

* India's COVID-19 cases surged past 20 million and the opposition leader said a nationwide lockdown was now the only way out, while S&P Global Ratings said the second wave could hurt the nation's near-term economic recovery. Eight Asiatic lions at a zoo have contracted the virus.

* Australia's prime minister, under pressure to overturn rules barring travel from India, said it was "highly unlikely" travelers would face maximum penalties of five years jail and a A$66,000 ($51,000) fine.

* Singapore announced tighter curbs on social gatherings and stricter border measures.

* Nepal urgently needs at least 1.6 million AstraZeneca doses to administer second shots as it records a surge in new cases.

MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

* Iraq's health minister resigned over a fire from an exploding oxygen tank at a Baghdad COVID-19 hospital last month.

* The United Arab Emirates has extended a ban on entry for travelers coming from India, the foreign ministry said.

MEDICAL DEVELOPMENTS

* CureVac said U.S. export restrictions on key materials are making it impossible to predict its short-term supply ramp-up in Europe.

* Europe's medicines regulator said it has started a real-time review of Sinovac's vaccine, based on preliminary results from animal and human trials.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

* World share indexes slid and U.S. Treasury yields fell on Tuesday as low trading volume, a lull in economic news and lack of a catalyst to lift stocks higher sparked a sell-off by investors worried further upside in markets is limited.

* U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said making vaccines more widely available throughout the world is needed to end the coronavirus pandemic and foster economic recovery.

* The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a record high in March amid roaring domestic demand.

(Compiled by Devika Syamnatha and Juliette Portala; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Sriraj Kalluvila)

05/04/2021 19:30

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