U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada will stay closed “to reduce the spread” of COVID-19 via the top of July, the Department of Homeland Security introduced on Twitter Sunday.
The company, in conjunction with its Canadian and Mexican counterparts, originally closed the United States’ northern and southern borders to leisure travelers in March 2020 initially of the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have been prolonged on a month-to-month foundation ever since, and had been beforehand prolonged to July 21.
“Access for essential trade & travel” continues to be allowed, in accordance to the DHS.
The border restriction extension comes as about 45% of the U.S. inhabitants is totally vaccinated towards COVID-19 and circumstances are declining in a majority of states. But the unfold of the extremely contagious delta variant among the many unvaccinated might pose a brand new public well being risk, warned President Joe Biden and the top of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
“People getting seriously ill and being hospitalized due to COVID-19 are those who have not been fully vaccinated,” Biden stated. “The new variant will leave unvaccinated people even more vulnerable than they were a month ago.”
The delta variant, first recognized in India, now accounts for six to 10 p.c of circumstances in the United States.
But the variant might set off a surge in the autumn if solely 75% of the nation’s inhabitants is vaccinated, former Food and Drug Administration chief Dr. Scott Gottlieb stated on CBS’s “Face the Nation” program Sunday.
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►Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan introduced Sunday that the state reported zero COVID deaths, underneath 50 new circumstances 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 Times. 57% of residents of all ages are not less than partially inoculated.
►California launched an online COVID-19 vaccine “card” Friday, a site that provides digital replicas of the traditional wallet-size paper cards.
►French police clashed with party-goers as they tried to break up an unauthorized rave in western France, authorities stated Saturday. A 22-year-old man misplaced his hand and several other others had been injured amid the violence.
►A member of Uganda’s Olympic group was barred from entering Japan after testing positive for COVID-19. It’s the primary an infection reported among the many arriving athletes for the Tokyo Games, which begin in 5 weeks.
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Brazil’s authorities stated Friday that 82 individuals linked with the Copa America soccer match had contracted COVID-19, a rise of 16 infections from the day before today.
And Sunday, the Football Federation of Chile released a statement saying that the group violated protocols by admitting a barber, who examined destructive for the virus. All gamers concerned additionally examined destructive.
“[The barber] should not have come into contact with the players,” the Chilean federation said in a statement. ”Those involved will be financially sanctioned.”
Brazil stepped in as an emergency host despite the country having hundreds of thousands of coronavirus deaths.
Half of the teams playing in Copa America have reported COVID-19 cases — Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Chile, respectively.
Afghanistan is racing to ramp up provides of oxygen as a deadly third surge of COVID-19 worsens, a senior well being official advised The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.
The government is installing oxygen supply plants in 10 provinces where up to 65% of those tested in some areas are positive, health ministry spokesman Ghulam Dastigir Nazari said. By World Health Organization recommendations, anything higher than 5% shows officials aren’t testing widely enough, allowing the virus to spread unchecked.
Afghanistan carries out barely 4,000 tests a day and often much less.
Afghanistan’s 24-hour infection count has also continued its upward climb from 1,500 at the end of May when the health ministry was already calling the surge “a crisis,” to more than 2,300 this week.
A resort in Barbados created a first-ever COVID-19 lab within a hotel in the Caribbean. Paul Doyle, the owner of The Crane Resort, worked with Barbados Public Health Laboratory and the World Health Organization to receive guidance and acquire the equipment for onsite testing.
For some guests traveling internationally, returning home requires a negative COVID-19 test. There are some hotels and properties that offer testing at the location, but rely on offsite lab processes, resulting in a longer wait to receive results. The resort’s lab conducts tests onsite so tests can come back within hours.
The hotel currently has both PCR COVID testing and rapid antigen testing, which provides results within 15 minutes. Depending on what test is required, the lab can provide guests with fast and convenient COVID-19 testing required for traveling.
The lab is also open to locals, ex-pats, and guests from other hotels.
“We know that visitors who have been in lockdown and have waited a long time for their vacations will appreciate a hassle-free airport experience and speedy test results,” Doyle told Forbes.
– Steven Vargas
Contributing: The Associated Press.