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Cases are up in every US state. Vaccinations are down. Safety protocols are being reinstated. Summer is getting a reality check.

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Case numbers and hospitalizations are up. Vaccinations are down and the US government has labeled vaccine misinformation a “serious threat to public health.”
“This is not a problem we can take years to solve,” US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy told Jake Tapper after releasing a 22-page health advisory.
The White House blames Facebook, in part, and White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the platform must move faster to take down misinformation, before people see it and not after it’s been posted for days.
Related: CNN’s Facts First database has reviewed tons of false claims that the vaccines are dangerous
This is the strange and deadly new Covid conundrum:
  • The vaccine saves lives and we have it. Public health professionals are crying out that every single new US Covid death is preventable by a vaccine the country has in abundance.
  • Some don’t trust it. Much of the US in numerous groups can’t be convinced to take the vaccine despite the experience of the past year and a half.
  • Freedom to infect. Some Republican lawmakers and governors seem to be actively trying to push Americans away from the vaccine the health community insists will save lives.
Convincing the unconvinced. I watched a very sad interview Friday on CNN in which sisters from Arkansas who lost their unvaccinated mother to Covid explained that she just didn’t think the disease would come to her.
“I tried being very factual with her about what we know about Covid and that you could get it from somebody that isn’t even showing symptoms yet,” Rachel Maginn Rosser told CNN’s Kate Bolduan. “And I don’t really, I don’t know if her opinion really changed. She was — she was stubborn and so she made up her mind that she wasn’t going to do it, and so she wasn’t going to do it.”
Breakthrough cases. The vaccine does not entirely stop transmission. There are more and more stories of vaccinated people contracting Covid. But they are not dying or, for the most part, being hospitalized.
Three Texas state House Democrats who are fully vaccinated have tested positive, the Texas House Democratic Caucus said Saturday. They were part of a group of state House Democrats who flew from Austin to Washington, DC, this week to break the state House’s quorum and block Republicans from passing a restrictive new voting law.
The New York Yankees, for the second time this season, had so-called “breakthrough” cases of Covid in vaccinated players, which postponed Thursday’s planned game against the Red Sox.
The NFL Network anchor Rich Eisen posted about his breakthrough Covid and encouraged people to get vaccinated even though they might still get the disease.
“Every health care professional I’ve come across in the last few days tells me the two shots of Pfizer I got in February are what’s keeping a 52-year-old like me from a far worse experience than the awful one I’m having,” he posted on Instagram from quarantine.
Not hesitancy. Hostility. The anti-vaccine rhetoric pushed on Fox News and spread on social media sites like Facebook sounds absurd when it is carved into soundbites — listen here — but it is helping to turn vaccine hesitancy into outright hostility. Conservatives at CPAC last weekend cheered the idea of low vaccination numbers.
Cases were down. Now they’re up. Cases are rising, to varying degrees, in all 50 states, an abrupt switch from just weeks ago.
The US seven-day average of new cases hit a low the week of June 20, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In less than a month, that figure has more than doubled, to 26,306 daily new cases.
Vaccinations have stalled. The pace of new full vaccinations — about 302,000 per day — is less than a quarter of the high mark of 1.3 million vaccinations a day during the spring, according to CDC data.
Just under half the US population — 48.4%, or about 160 million people — is fully vaccinated. A higher rate — 56.6% — of the population eligible for the shots has been fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Re-Masking. In Los Angeles County, officials are reinstituting an indoor mask requirement for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people. More than 1,500 new cases were reported in Los Angeles on Thursday, up from just 210 in mid-June, according to data from the county, where more than 10 million people live.
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“We expect to keep masking requirements in place until we begin to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19,” said LA County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis, according to CNN’s report. “But waiting for us to be at high community transmission level before making a change would be too late.”
Related: Every single Covid patient in an L.A. County DHS hospital is not fully vaccinated
Los Angeles has a relatively high level of vaccinations. Other areas, while not as densely populated, are at risk because their populations aren’t nearly as vaccinated.
Vaccination helps slow transmission. “If you go look at the New England states and up in the mid-Atlantic states that are doing so well and where almost all the adults and adolescents are vaccinated, what that has the added benefit of is really reducing the overall level of transmission in the community,” Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccinologist and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN’s John King on Friday. “So that also protects some of the unvaccinated individuals.”
Anticipating hot spots. He added: “On the other hand, you look at the other extreme, places like Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, almost no one is vaccinated except the older Americans. What you’re going to see is transmission is going to accelerate and we’re going to see lots of adolescents and young people get sick.”
The Delta variant could be more transmissible in schools. More Hotez: “The thing that really worries me is here in the South, sometimes the school year starts pretty early in August. And now we’re going to have all those people mixing together in the schools. This is going to be tough.”
Related: Here’s what is known about the Delta variant of coronavirus
The schools question will be hotly debated again. Many Americans got more comfortable with the idea of in-person schooling at the end of the last school year, when cases were dropping, masks were commonplace and vaccine rates were rising.
There’s no indication the FDA will soon authorize Covid vaccines for children under 12, however.
And many Americans, vaccinated or not, gave up on masks after the CDC said they were not needed, outdoors or in, for most situations as long as a person had been vaccinated.
Forced freedoms. Republican-led states have tried to outdo each other in limiting the power of cities and counties to impose Covid restrictions in case of a new outbreak.
  • Cities can’t impose lockdowns or issue new mask requirements.
  • School districts can’t require masks, even though children are not currently eligible for vaccines.
  • Adolescents cannot be required to be vaccinated for in-person public school, despite the long history of vaccine requirements for other diseases.
Now, in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey’s office has demanded that school districts drop a requirement for unvaccinated students exposed to Covid to quarantine. The districts are fighting the demand.
Nearby California about-faced on a strict statewide mask mandate for K-12 students and ultimately decided to leave the decision up to local districts.
One governor’s complaint. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed such a bill to keep schools from requiring vaccinations, although he’s also argued that the Food and Drug Administration must fully approve the vaccines quickly, which currently have only emergency use authorization, even though the government is urgently trying to get Americans to take them. Nearly half the country has!
“It is past time for the FDA to take into account that hundreds of millions of people have received these vaccines, and move it from an emergency basis over to a regular basis,” DeWine said this week, according to WBNS. “That will help us, in Ohio and across the country, to get more people vaccinated.”
DeWine has a valid point about the FDA, but his signing of the bill probably didn’t help with vaccine hesitancy, either. Ohio’s 46% vaccination rate trails the national average.

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‘Wembley variant’: Coronavirus cases SOAR after Euro 2020 final – ‘Crammed like sardines’

Sunday’s game saw 60,000 fans return to Wembley stadium in London as England played Italy last Sunday. No social distancing was in place and face masks wearing was not mandatory.

However, ticket holders were required to produce a negative coronavirus test to attend the event, a Government pilot to assess the impact of large-scale events.

One fan, who is now self-isolating, told i: “Pretty much every group I know of has at least one positive or isolating.

“It just seems like pretty much everybody caught it.”

Another fan reported that everyone he had attended with contracted the “Wembley variant”.

One person claimed to have taken a lateral flow test on Sunday which had a negative result but tested positive the day after the match.

He wrote in a social media post seen by i: “Goodness knows who got it off me, crammed like sardines in Wembley Park after the game Sunday and the Tube itself and the trains.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has criticised the “devastating” lack of coronavirus precautions during the Euro 2020 final.

Maria Van Kerkhove, coronavirus technical lead for the WHO, described “watching transmission happening in front of my eyes”.

Following the event, Ms Van Kerkhove took to Twitter to express her horror at the scenes witnessed.

She wrote: “Am I supposed to be enjoying watching transmission happening in front of my eyes. The Covid-19 pandemic is not taking a break tonight.

“SARSCoV2 DeltaVariant will take advantage of unvaccinated people in crowded settings, unmasked, screaming, shouting, singing. Devastating.”

However, the Prime Minister decided to push through with his decision to allow some 60,000 spectators into the stadium.

Boris Johnson stressed the event would take place in a “careful and controlled manner with testing of everybody who goes there”.

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Covid cases soar as over 50,000 new infections recorded in biggest spike since mid-January

Across Britain another 49 people died within 28 days of receiving a positive coronavirus test.

On January 15, during the UK’s second COVID-19 wave, 55,761 cases were reported in just one day.

The number of coronavirus cases across the country has been surging, as the more infectious Delta variant continues to gain ground.

However, deaths remain far lower than in January, when they peaked at more than 1,300 per day.

The Government attributes this to the UK’s highly successful vaccination programme, which has at least partially broken the link between cases and deaths.

The 51,870 COVID-19 cases is a significant increase on last Friday’s figure, when 32,152 new infections were reported.

Deaths were also lower last Friday, July 9, when just 29 were confirmed.

Britain’s vaccination programme has been continuing, with another 201,893 doses given in the past 24 hours.

In addition 61,681 people received their first coronavirus jab.

In England the final legal coronavirus restrictions will be lifted on Monday.

However a number of mayors, including London’s Sadiq Khan, say customers must continue wearing facemasks on public transport.

On Monday Boris Johnson confirmed England’s “freedom day” will go ahead on July 1.

All remaining Coronavirus restrictions on socialising will be ended, allowing nightclubs to reopen for the fist time in over a year.

Theatres and sports stadiums can expect bigger crowds, as their capacity limits are removed.

Social distancing rules will end, allowing handshakes between strangers to return.

However Mr Johnson has urged “caution”, warning “this pandemic is not over”.

The Prime Minister added: “We cannot simply revert instantly from Monday, July 19 to life as it was before Covid.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid warned the UK’s infection rate could hit 100,000 later this summer, as unlocking allows infections to surge.

He argued this won’t place “unsustainable pressure on the NHS” due to the “protective wall” provided by vaccines.

When restrictions are lifted Mr Javid urged people to show “personal responsibility” and “try to meet people outside where possible”.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals one in every 95 people in England currently has coronavirus.

This is a significant rise on the week before, when the figure was just 160.

The situation is even worse in Scotland, where one in every 90 people is infection.

In Wales and Northern Ireland, the figures are one in 360 and 290 respectively.

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Covid cases surge among young men coinciding with Euro 2020, new data suggests

Covid cases have remained equal between men and women throughout the pandemic, but since the football final, cases have increased disproportionately in men.

The latest data comes as the UK prepares to end all lockdown restrictions on Monday, July 19.

Covid rules will be scrapped from law but ministers and other political leaders are urging the public to continue to wear face coverings in crowded spaces and public transport.

No10 has said facemasks were still “expected and recommended” even after July 19.

The Prime Minister has told the public to exercise “extreme caution” and to take “personal responsibility” wherever possible.

The PHE data also suggests the 20-29 age group is now leading Covid cases, as youngsters are the last group to be vaccinated.

Experts have argued the recent rise in Covid cases among young men has been caused by gatherings to watch the football – including revelling in the streets, homes and pubs.

Huge crowds of people gathered across the nation to cheer on the England squad in the Euro 2020 final – many of which did not observe social distancing.

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While there has been no confirmed link between the Euro gatherings and the sudden surge, Scottish scientists have previously made a connection between cases and watching the England v Scotland game on June 18.

Public Health Scotland (PHS) confirmed over 1,200 cases were linked to fans who had travelled to London to watch the Euro 2020 matches.

In a report, the health service said: “PHS is working with Test & Protect and NHS boards to ensure that all public health actions are taken in the close contacts of these Euro 2020 cases as part of the 32,539 cases that were reported to the Test & Protect Case Management System during this period (June 11-28).”

On Thursday, Chris Whitty, the UK’s chief medical officer, warned the epidemic could easily “get into trouble again surprisingly fast.”

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He said: “We are not by any means out of the woods yet on this, we are in much better shape due to the vaccine programme, and drugs and a variety of other things.

“But this has got a long way to run in the UK, and it’s got even further to run globally.”

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COVID cases surge to 6-month high in Tokyo a week before Olympics

New daily cases have been steadily climbing since mid-June and experts say they could hit several thousand during the games.

TOKYO, Japan — New coronavirus cases surged to 1,308 in Tokyo on Thursday, a six-month high, as fears rise of a possible dramatic increase that could flood hospitals during the Olympics that start in eight days.

Tokyo is under a fourth state of emergency, which began Monday and requires restaurants and bars to close early and not serve alcohol through the Olympics, which start July 23.

Thursday’s tally is the highest since 1,485 were recorded on Jan. 21, when Japan was under an earlier state of emergency, and is also a jump from Wednesday’s 1,149.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike noted that the largest increase in serious cases and hospitalizations was among people in their 50s and younger who are largely unvaccinated. She expressed concern about the impact on the medical system as infections are propelled by the more contagious delta strain of the virus.

“We need to stay on alert,” Koike said, urging people to minimize outings and stick to basic anti-infection measures “to overcome this very difficult situation.”

New daily cases have been steadily climbing since mid-June and experts say they could hit several thousand during the games.

Japan’s slow vaccination rollout has improved dramatically since May as the government desperately pushes to improve the inoculation rate before the Olympics, but is slowing again due to shortages of imported vaccines. The latest government data show just 19.7% of the population has been fully vaccinated.

Due to the state of emergency in Tokyo and a fear of infections accelerating during the games, organizers last week decided to bar fans for most events, except for limited numbers at outlying locations.

Overall, Japan has had about 828,000 confirmed cases and 15,000 deaths.

Dr. Masataka Inokuchi, a medical adviser for a Tokyo metropolitan government panel, said Thursday he is worried that younger people may celebrate and party because of the Olympics, further accelerating infections.

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North Carolina sees highest number of new COVID-19 cases in 2 months

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — North Carolina, like many other states across the country, is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, the state recorded its highest number of new cases in nearly two months.

The 995 new positive cases Wednesday is more than twice as many as were recorded last Wednesday, and four times higher than two weeks ago.

The percentage of tests coming back positive rose to 5.5 percent, which is higher than the percent positive goal NCDHHS set back at the start of the pandemic.

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State metrics do not explicitly say if those new positive cases were among vaccinated or unvaccinated people, but nationally the director of the National Institutes of Health said unvaccinated people make up 99 percent of the new COVID-19 cases.

“If you’re on the fence about whether vaccination was going to help you, listen to those numbers. Unvaccinated people going into hospital and dying. Vaccinated people essentially not,” NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it expects to see COVID-19 hospital admissions to increase over the next four weeks. National COVID-19 hospitalizations had been declining for months.

SEE ALSO: COVID-19 deaths, cases rise again globally

North Carolina will release updated COVID-19 metrics around noon Thursday.

In addition, the state continues to urge citizens to get vaccinated. As part of that push, the two winners in last week’s COVID-19 vaccine lottery drawing will be announced today.

Health Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen will introduce the $ 1 million winner and the student scholarship winner at 3 p.m. Thursday.

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UK reports more than 40,000 daily coronavirus cases

Britain has reported another 42,302 coronavirus cases in the latest 24-hour period, the highest since mid-January, according to official figures released Wednesday, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

The country also recorded another 49 coronavirus-related deaths. These figures only include the deaths of people who died within 28 days of their first positive test.

The latest data were revealed as the British government has confirmed that most COVID-19 restrictions in England will end on July 19 as part of the final step or Step Four of England’s roadmap out of the lockdown.

However, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has asked Transport for London (TfL) to keep the requirement to wear face coverings on public transport as a condition of travel on all TfL services after July 19 when the existing national legal requirement ends.

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Alcohol consumption linked to 16,800 new cases of cancer, research suggests

A global study looking into the association estimated there were more than 740,000 such cases in 2020, including 16,800 in the UK. Experts called for greater awareness of the risk and for government interventions to reduce consumption. The worst-affected regions include Eastern Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. Men were most at risk, accounting for 77 percent of all cases linked to alcohol worldwide, compared with women at just 23 percent.

Booze consumption has been shown to cause DNA damage through increased production of harmful chemicals in the body and can also affect hormone production.

Cancers of the oesophagus, liver and breast made up the largest number of cases in the study. Harriet Rumgay of the French-based International Agency for Research on Cancer said: “We urgently need to raise awareness about the link between alcohol consumption and cancer risk among policy makers and the general public.

“Public health strategies, such as reduced alcohol availability, labelling alcohol products with a health warning and marketing bans could reduce rates of alcohol-driven cancer.”

Research looked at intake per person per country for 2010 and combined this with data for new cancer cases in 2020, allowing time for the effects to be seen.

Risky drinking and heavy boozing led to the largest proportion of alcohol-related cancers. Moderate drinking, defined as around two drinks daily, accounted for one in seven cases.

Four percent of new diagnoses worldwide in 2020 were thought to be linked to drinking – the same figure as in the UK.The proportion ranged from a high of 10 percent in Mongolia to zero in Kuwait.

The figure was six percent in China, five percent in France, four percent in Germany and three percent in the United States.

Cancer Research UK chief executive Michelle Mitchell said: “This demonstrates there’s still lots of work to do to prevent alcohol-related cancers.

“There’s strong evidence that drinking alcohol can cause seven types of cancer and the more someone drinks, the greater their risk.

“There’s no ‘safe’ level of drinking, but whatever your habits, cutting down can reduce your risk of cancer.”

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With cases surging, driven by unvaccinated Americans and fueled by the Delta variant, hospitals are again bracing for another round of devastation

“I remember seeing articles in the news about hospitals in California with empty Covid units and I longed for that experience,” Segarra, the chief medical officer with Baptist Health’s Baptist Hospital, said. “It’s an experience we were working our way towards that unfortunately has taken a rather sad turn.”
In the weeks since, the hospital’s Covid-19 patient numbers have more than tripled, and staff are now treating more than 70 people, an “exponential growth,” he said, that they were not expecting. To accommodate the climbing patient numbers, the hospital recently reopened two units that were previously shut down.
The overwhelming majority of those coming in sick with Covid are unvaccinated, Segarra said. Many are young — people in their 20s and 30s who are getting “extremely, extremely sick” and some of whom are dying.
Roughly 45% of people in Florida are fully vaccinated, according to state data. The low vaccination rates, along with a dangerous coronavirus variant that’s now the dominant strain in the United States and the relaxed Covid-19 guidelines, are what Segarra said he thinks have led to the increase.
“It’s very sad to see as a health care professional, to see that this is generally an avoidable and preventable disease and to see so many people dying from a preventable illness,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking.”
With cases of the virus surging in most of the United States — driven by unvaccinated Americans and fueled by the highly contagious Delta variant — Covid-19 hospitalizations are climbing in other parts of the country, too, and hospitals are again bracing for another round of devastation.
And in Covid hot spots such as Florida and Missouri, where patients are quickly filling Covid units, experts warn a rise in deaths could soon follow.
Emergency personnel wear face masks to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 while leaving an hospital clinic emergency room on March 24, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. Parts of the state are now seeing a surge of patients

Younger, healthier patients are getting treated

In Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, hospital leaders say half the number of Covid-19 deaths they’ve seen since the start of this year — eight in total — occurred over the past week.
A little more than 23% of the county’s population has received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, according to hospital spokesperson Helania Wulff. And the county, now labeled as “very high” risk, saw its positivity test rate jump from 9.5% last week to more than 30% this week, Wulff said.
Lauren Toman, the hospital’s director of respiratory care, said that while during previous surges patients tended to be older and have preexisting conditions, patients now are younger and healthier — but are coming in sicker and getting worse more quickly.
“They rapidly decline, very fast, and then even after intubation we’ll see them rapidly decline and unfortunately we are seeing people passing quicker than before,” Toman told CNN.
All the patients she has worked with in recent weeks have been unvaccinated, Toman said.
An hour and a half away, Erik Frederick, the chief administrative officer at Mercy Hospital Springfield, told CNN they’re seeing patient numbers accelerate “at a pace that’s almost unbelievable.”
The hospital went from 26 Covid-19 patients June 1 to more than 130 on Saturday — higher than ever before, including their winter surge.
“Last year, it took us from September 1 to our peak, on December 28, to go from 24 to 113 (patients),” Frederick said. “We eclipsed that this year in 39 days.”
There’s a “direct line,” he said, between the low vaccination rates the community has seen to the rise in cases and hospitalizations. Roughly 40% of residents in Missouri are fully vaccinated, according to state data, and some of the counties the hospital serves still haven’t hit the 20% mark, Frederick said.
Patients there have also trended younger. Roughly 91% of patients in the intensive care unit are on ventilators, and these include young patients, in their 20s, 30s and 40s, he said.
While Missouri is quickly emerging as a new Covid hot spot, health leaders in other parts of the United States are reporting similar patterns. Dr. Jeffrey Chapman, the chief medical officer at Wyoming’s Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, say the hospital’s increase in Covid-19 patients includes a younger demographic that is overwhelmingly unvaccinated and “deteriorating” faster.”
In Mississippi, where less than 34% of the population is fully vaccinated, the state’s top health officer warned the Delta variant surge has led to seven children being treated for Covid in state ICUs — including two on ventilators.
Virtually of all the cases in the state involved the Delta variant, Mississippi State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said on Twitter, adding the “vast majority” of cases, hospitalizations and deaths were among unvaccinated Americans.

An increased risk for vaccinated Americans too

In Kansas, the University of Kansas Health System recorded several days with just two or three Covid-19 patients back in late May. Now, it’s treating more than three dozen patients, according to Dr. Steven Stites, the chief medical officer.
More than 80% of new patients are unvaccinated, though others have been vaccinated, he said.
“When you dig into those patients, what you see is that they’re all severely chronically ill patients,” he said. “Vaccination is not an entirely ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card. It makes things a lot better, but it doesn’t make it go away.”
Experts say that while vaccines are very effective, they’re not perfect — and Americans who have been fully vaccinated should still consider the levels of transmission and the type of environment they’ll be in when deciding whether to wear a mask. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said immunocompromised people or those who are chronically ill should consult with their physicians before shedding their masks.
“I’m a little nervous about the open society and people thinking everything is normal when it’s not and especially when you’re more chronically ill you still need to keep your mask on,” Stites said.
In Mississippi, Dobbs said on Twitter that 7% of the state’s Covid-19 deaths were in vaccinated people, calling that number “worrisome.”
“We are allowing too much circulating Delta to reach our most vulnerable,” he wrote.

‘Only way we’re going to stop this monster’

Hospital leaders say the latest surge in patients comes as staff are already exhausted and traumatized from a battle with the virus that has now lasted more than a year.
In Texas County, Toman said she worries they’re going to see a continued surge, fueled by July 4 festivities and the ongoing summer gatherings, that will “overwhelm every hospital in Missouri.”
“What I fear is, can we survive this again? Can we stay positive, can we all keep our morale up?” she said. “We’re trying hard to be there for each other but we’re tired and we’re scared.”
She said that while she understands the hesitations some community members may have about the vaccine, getting the state’s vaccination numbers higher will be “the only way we’re going to stop this monster.”
Segarra, in Miami, said he agrees.
“We haven’t made the progress that we wish in terms of treating Covid, we don’t have that magic bullet in terms of treating Covid, but boy, we’ve come pretty close to having that magic bullet to avoid it — and to see it not being used is very frustrating,” he said.
The country fell short of meeting President Joe Biden’s goal of at least partially vaccinating 70% of American adults by Independence Day earlier this month. More than a week later, about 67.7% of US adults have had at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, and nearly 59% are fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.
“We’re dealing with a public health situation that’s beyond our personal needs, so we need to be a little bit more selfless as opposed to selfish,” Segarra said.
“So if you’re on the fence on whether you get vaccinated or not … think of the good that you’ll bring to your society, that you’ll bring to your community, because not only does the vaccine prevent you from getting sick, it prevents you from transmitting it to others.”

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Coronavirus latest: Sydney lockdown extended with discovery of 97 new cases

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo will meet President Joe Biden and chief medical advisor Anthony Fauci at the White House on Wednesday as part of the administration’s effort to promote Covid-19 vaccination among young people. Rodrigo, a singer and actor, will also record videos about the importance of young people getting vaccinated.

Qatar is to allow fully vaccinated travellers to enter the Gulf state without the need for quarantine as it ramps up tourism plans ahead of next year’s Fifa world cup. A new set of measures would make visiting Qatar “as easy as possible” while maintaining precautions against coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday.

More than 1.7m people in France have booked to receive the Covid-19 vaccine since President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday evening that access to cafés, restaurants and other venues would be restricted to those who have “health passports”. Before midnight, more than 900,000 bookings for vaccinations were made, while a further 800,000 people made a booking during the day on Tuesday, according to the Doctolib medical appointment booking website.

The threat of restaurants and other venues only being accessible to those with “health passports” has resulted in a jump in vaccination appointments in France © Bloomberg

Rich nations are paying more for scarce Covid-19 vaccine doses, aggravating the inequitable distribution of jabs, according to the head of the World Trade Organization. Covax, the United Nations-backed programme that aims to provide Covid-19 vaccines to developing countries, was struggling to do so because of supply scarcity, WTO director-general Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Tuesday.

The UK’s vaccination drive is showing signs of slowing ahead of the planned lifting of coronavirus restrictions in England next week. The government estimates that 87 per cent of the adult population (45m people) have received at least one dose, with two-thirds (34m) having completed their vaccine regimen.

South Africa will temporarily shut vaccination sites due to risk of violence, the health ministry said on Tuesday, as the country’s rollout buckles under days of the worst looting and rioting in decades. Some sites would close out of a “precautionary principle” if they were damaged or in areas affected by the violence, which has swept Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, two of South Africa’s most populous provinces, the ministry said.

US small businesses are struggling to find workers, and many plan to increase pay in an attempt to staff up as the economy recovers. Some 46 per cent of small business owners said in June that they had job openings they could not fill, far above the historical average of 22 per cent, according to a monthly survey of members by the National Federation of Independent Business.

Scotland is to delay a return to the office and workplaces over concerns about high coronavirus case numbers, but will press ahead with the easing of other restrictions next week, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. In a statement to the Scottish parliament ahead of Scotland’s move to the lowest “Level Zero” restrictions on July 19, Sturgeon made clear her devolved government would take a more cautious approach than that taken by the UK government for England.

Covid-related absences in English schools have hit a record high, as increasing numbers of students have come into contact with suspected cases of coronavirus. The Department for Education said on Tuesday that pandemic-related pupil absence in state schools is increasing and is at its highest rate since schools reopened in March 2021.

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