U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada will stay closed “to cut back the unfold” of COVID-19 by means of the tip of July, the Division of Homeland Safety introduced on Twitter Sunday.
The company, together with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts, initially closed the USA’ northern and southern borders to leisure vacationers in March 2020 firstly of the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have been prolonged on a month-to-month foundation ever since, and have been beforehand prolonged to July 21.
“Entry for important commerce & journey” continues to be allowed, in line with the DHS.
The border restriction extension comes as about 45% of the U.S. inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated towards COVID-19 and instances are declining in a majority of states. However the unfold of the extremely contagious delta variant among the many unvaccinated may pose a brand new public well being risk, warned President Joe Biden and the top of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention on Friday.
“Folks getting significantly sick and being hospitalized as a result of COVID-19 are those that haven’t been absolutely vaccinated,” Biden mentioned. “The brand new variant will depart unvaccinated folks much more susceptible than they have been a month in the past.”
The delta variant, first recognized in India, now accounts for six to 10 p.c of instances in the USA.
However the variant may set off a surge within the fall if solely 75% of the nation’s inhabitants is vaccinated, former Meals and Drug Administration chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb mentioned on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program Sunday.
Additionally within the information:
►Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan introduced Sunday that the state reported zero COVID deaths, beneath 50 new instances for the primary time since March 2020, and 150 hospitalizations statewide.
►Los Angeles County reported about two COVID-19 deaths a day final week, down from a peak of 241 in January, reported The Los Angeles Instances. 57% of residents of all ages are at the very least partially inoculated.
►California launched a web based COVID-19 vaccine “card” Friday, a website that gives digital replicas of the normal wallet-size paper playing cards.
►French police clashed with party-goers as they tried to interrupt up an unauthorized rave in western France, authorities mentioned Saturday. A 22-year-old man misplaced his hand and a number of other others have been injured amid the violence.
►A member of Uganda’s Olympic group was barred from getting into Japan after testing constructive for COVID-19. It is the primary an infection reported among the many arriving athletes for the Tokyo Video games, which begin in 5 weeks.
📈 Immediately’s numbers: The U.S. has greater than 33.54 million confirmed coronavirus instances and at the very least 601,800 deaths, in accordance to Johns Hopkins College knowledge. The worldwide totals: Greater than 178.42 million instances and greater than 3.86 million deaths. Greater than 149.6 million Individuals have been absolutely vaccinated — practically 45.1% of the inhabitants, in line with the CDC.
📘 What we’re studying: Firms like Moderna and Pfizer’s accomplice BioNTech, whose names are acquainted from COVID-19 vaccines, are utilizing mRNA to spur most cancers sufferers’ our bodies to make vaccines that can — they hope — stop recurrences and coverings designed to battle off superior tumors. Learn the total story.
Brazil’s authorities mentioned Friday that 82 folks linked with the Copa America soccer event had contracted COVID-19, a rise of 16 infections from the day prior to this.
And Sunday, the Soccer Federation of Chile launched an announcement saying that the group violated protocols by admitting a barber, who examined unfavourable for the virus. All gamers concerned additionally examined unfavourable.
“[The barber] mustn’t have come into contact with the gamers,” the Chilean federation mentioned in an announcement. ”These concerned will probably be financially sanctioned.”
Brazil stepped in as an emergency host regardless of the nation having a whole lot of 1000’s of coronavirus deaths.
Half of the groups taking part in in Copa America have reported COVID-19 instances — Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Chile, respectively.
Afghanistan is racing to ramp up provides of oxygen as a lethal third surge of COVID-19 worsens, a senior well being official instructed The Related Press in an interview Saturday.
The federal government is putting in oxygen provide vegetation in 10 provinces the place as much as 65% of these examined in some areas are constructive, well being ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigir Nazari mentioned. By World Well being Group suggestions, something greater than 5% exhibits officers aren’t testing extensively sufficient, permitting the virus to unfold unchecked.
Afghanistan carries out barely 4,000 exams a day and infrequently a lot much less.
Afghanistan’s 24-hour an infection rely has additionally continued its upward climb from 1,500 on the finish of Might when the well being ministry was already calling the surge “a disaster,” to greater than 2,300 this week.
A resort in Barbados created a first-ever COVID-19 lab inside a lodge within the Caribbean. Paul Doyle, the proprietor of The Crane Resort, labored with Barbados Public Well being Laboratory and the World Well being Group to obtain steering and purchase the gear for onsite testing.
For some visitors touring internationally, returning house requires a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at. There are some inns and properties that provide testing on the location, however depend on offsite lab processes, leading to an extended wait to obtain outcomes. The resort’s lab conducts exams onsite so exams can come again inside hours.
The lodge at the moment has each PCR COVID testing and fast antigen testing, which offers outcomes inside quarter-hour. Relying on what take a look at is required, the lab can present visitors with quick and handy COVID-19 testing required for touring.
The lab can also be open to locals, ex-pats, and visitors from different inns.
“We all know that guests who’ve been in lockdown and have waited a very long time for his or her holidays will admire a hassle-free airport expertise and speedy take a look at outcomes,” Doyle instructed Forbes.
– Steven Vargas
Contributing: The Related Press.