Coronavirus News Update – July 16: Canada Could Welcome Fully Vaccinated Visitors in September, Says Prime Minister Trudeau

Yankees-Red Sox Game Postponed After Vaccinated Players Test Positive

By Anna Breuer on 16 July 2021
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Canada could welcome vaccinated visitors in September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. During a meeting with regional leaders, Trudeau said in a statement released by his office that “Canada would be in a position to welcome fully vaccinated travelers from all countries by early September.” Immunized Americans could be allowed in as early as mid-August.

As of Friday morning, the world has recorded 189.9 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.07 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 173.2 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

In the United States, the death toll is now 624,238, an increase of 396 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 34.9 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31 million officially recorded cases and 412,720 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

The United States added over 28,315 new cases over the past 24 hours, a 121% 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 3.57 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Friday morning, an increase of 0.03 billion and the equivalent of 47 doses for every 100 people, a one-dose increase per hundred over the previous 24 hours.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that, as of Friday, 185.1 million people in the United States – or 55.8% –have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 48.3%, or 160.3 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 336.1 million. Breaking this down further, 67.9% of the population over the age of 18 – or 175.4 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 59.2% of the same group – or 152.8 million people – is fully vaccinated.

In Tokyo, officials reported four new infections amongst participants and those otherwise involved in the Games, bringing the total now to 30.  The Games are slated to begin in one week in empty stadiums in which winners will place their awards around their own necks. Meanwhile, the number of cases in Tokyo continues to surge and the city remains under a state of emergency. The majority of Japanese continue to be against holding the Games there.

In New York City, a Yankees-Red Sox game was postponed after three vaccinated players on the Yankees team tested positive for the virus.  Three additional tests were pending, including for one player who was at the All-Star Game in Colorado on Saturday.

In Las Vegas, one member of the Team USA basketball team, Bradley Beal, tested positive and was ruled out of the Olympics, while another player was placed under the Team USA protocols for possible exposure to the virus.   A game against the Australian national team scheduled for Friday was cancelled.  The Australian team’s Covid protocols are even stricter than those of the U.S..

Finally, in Paris, the Eiffel Tower was reopened to the public on Friday.  The move came some nine months after it was closed amidst the surging number of coronavirus cases in the country.  It was the longest closure since the end of the Second World War. Visitors will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test.  Capacity restrictions of 50% will be in force.

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