Illinois will require everyone in schools to wear masks at home and have them jabs sent to State employees in high-risk environments to combat the growing Covid-19 cases. “Far too few school districts” have indicated they plan to follow recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when the new academic year begins, said Gov. Jay Pritzker.
The New York International Auto Show has been canceled for a second consecutive year, a victim of tighter restrictions in the city and concerns for the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant. The announcement Wednesday comes a day after New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said owners of indoor public places, such as gyms, restaurants and entertainment venues, will be required to show proof of vaccination against Covid-19 to be able to enter from 16 August.
Organizers of a popular beer festival in Chicago have canceled this year’s event. “With the increase in Covid-19 cases and the associated risks, we don’t think it’s the right choice to move forward with the festival at this time,” Hyde Park Summer Fest organizers said after consulting with several stakeholders. “.
Israel will recover use of external mask for large groups, Sending half of its public sector employees home and asking people to give up unnecessary meetings as a wave of the Delta variant proves one of the most vaccinated nations in the world. New cases have passed more than 3,000 on Tuesday, from a few dozen a day just a month ago, and Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz said the country may have to impose a new blockade for the next Holy Days to come if severe hospitalizations continue to rise.
The Covid-19 of the UK the vaccination program has been extended to 16- and 17-year-olds, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said Wednesday. “After carefully considering the latest data, we advise that healthy children aged 16 to 17 years be offered a first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine,” said Wei Shen Lim, chair of Covid-19 for the JCVI.
Walgreens reported one wave of vaccinations in the United States where overall intake rates have been delayed, a sign that worries the Delta variant and a recent wave of new cases fuels demand. Demand for vaccines has jumped more than 30 percent in recent weeks “in key areas of the country that have previously been slower to vaccinate,” the company said. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas are among the states that have recorded the “most noticeable” gains in vaccination rates.
The UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Coronavirus has urged the government to repair “chaotic scenes” at airports, as the country approaches the next review of its travel restrictions. “The government’s border policy leads to chaotic scenes at UK airports and leaves the country dangerously exposed to new variants,” said Caroline Lucas, vice president of the group.
The European Commission has ordered 200m dose of Novavax’s Covid-19 vaccine to bolster its arsenal of blows, even though the American pharmacist’s vaccine has not yet been approved. The agreement covers the purchase of 100m doses, with the option to get an extra 100m dose by 2023. Novavax shares have jumped 12 percent in New York trade.
The World Health Organization has has called for a global moratorium on reinforcement strikes until at least the end of September amid a severe shortage of vaccines in lower-income countries. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the WHO, said the Geneva-based health body called for a moratorium to allow the vaccination of at least 10 percent of people in all countries of the world.
China has tightened its border controls temporarily blocking new passports issued to most citizens, As the country does with a focus on the Delta coronavirus variant. China’s national immigration administration announced Wednesday that it will no longer issue new travel documents including passports for non-essential travel outside the country.