Social-distancing rules were tightened in Bangkok, Seoul, and parts of Vietnam as the more easily transmitted delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread. Tokyo entered its fourth state of emergency and Sydney had a 45% spike in daily cases. In the U.S., which still leads the world in total infections and deaths, there was another bad sign as confirmed cases soared 47% in one week, the largest such rise since April 2020.
The increase has been mostly in Republican-leaning states, where Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease specialist, said “ideological rigidity” is stopping people from getting shots. But Democratic strongholds aren’t being spared: In New York City, where tens of thousands died during the first wave of the pandemic, infection rates are rising, too. (Pfizer said it was to meet Monday with U.S. officials to discuss a booster version of its vaccine). In Europe, Greece is mandating shots for those who work in senior citizen homes, healthcare, and the military.
But in the U.K., Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to end all precautions just as infections there are spiking. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.
News Source: Bloomberg