Coronavirus News Update – July 13: France Reimposes Restrictions, Some Visitors Face Quarantine

By Anna Breuer on 13 July 2021
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Palace of Versailles, France

French officials are tightening Covid-19 restrictions once again.  Starting in August, only people who are vaccinated or recently tested negative for the virus will be allowed in bars, restaurants, and malls in the country, President Emmanuel Macron announced Monday. The new restrictions will also apply on trains and domestic flights as well as in theaters, concert halls, amusement parks, hospitals, and nursing homes. 

Visitors to the country who aren’t vaccinated and arrive from “at risk” countries will be required to quarantine upon arrival.

The move comes amidst the spread of the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant of the coronavirus and comes weeks after relaxing most coronavirus rules following a massive vaccination campaign and national lockdown.  It also follows the announcement of similar measures in the Netherlands.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 188.3 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.06 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 172.1 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 623,038, an increase of 200 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded 34.8 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has 30.9 million officially recorded cases and 409,338 officially recorded deaths, although experts now believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added 23,025 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 94% 14-day increase and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.47 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion and the equivalent of more than 45 doses for every 100 people, a figure largely unchanged over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Tuesday, 184.4 million people in the United States – or 55.5% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 48%, or 159.5 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 344.6 million. Breaking this down further, 67.7% of the population over the age of 18 – or 174.8 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 58.9% of the same group – or 152 million people – is fully vaccinated.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Monday that the Johnson & Johnson Jannsen Covid-19 vaccine raises the risk of Guillain-Barré syndrome complications. The agency added warning language to the J&J shot label after finding a handful of cases among the millions of people who have been inoculated with the vaccine.

In California, officials there will bar pupils in grades one through 12 as well as in kindergarten from schools if they refuse to wear a mask.  Schools will offer masks to those who do not have them, and those declining will be offered other schooling options.

Finally, Carnival Cruise Line announced it would require Covid-19 travel insurance for unvaccinated passengers embarking on cruises from Florida.  The cruise line requires all passengers to be vaccinated but allows for pre-approved exemptions for some passengers if they agree to extra testing and to carry the travel insurance.  The move comes on the heels of a similar action by Royal Caribbean International.

Jonathan Spira contributed reporting to this story.

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