Coronavirus News Update – July 27: N.Y. Mayor Mandates Masks for Unvaccinated City Workers

By Anna Breuer on 27 July 2021
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has mandated that all New York City employees who have not yet been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus must wear face masks indoors.  The policy, which goes into effect on August 2, requires those who wish to go without a mask to provide “documented proof” of having received a coronavirus vaccine.

As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded 195.6 million Covid-19 cases and over 4.2 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 177.4 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 56,635, a 144% 14-day increase and a trend that is fueled by the highly contagious India, or Delta, variant.

In the United States, the death toll is now 627,039, an increase of 281 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 35.3 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31.4 million officially recorded cases and 421,414 officially recorded deaths, although experts believe that both number are in reality significantly higher.

Since the start of vaccinations at the end of last year over 3.93 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Tuesday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion and the equivalent of over 51 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 Tuesday, 188.7 million people in the United States – or 56.8% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 49.1%, or 163.2 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 342.2 million. Breaking this down further, 69% of the population over the age of 18 – or 178.3 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 60% of the same group – or 155 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Despite a return to relative normalcy, new virus cases in Britain have declined for the sixth day in a row. On Monday, the government reported, 24,950 new infections, down from a high of 54,674 ten days ago. “It is very, very important that we don’t allow ourselves to run away with premature conclusions about this,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson told reporters on Tuesday. “People have got to remain very cautious, and that remains the approach of the government.”

Finally, in Australia, two states will come out of lockdown as cases in Sydney continue to surge.  Shops and other businesses will reopen in Victoria State, and restrictions were also lifted in South Australia, while in New South Wales, now in the fifth week of its lockdown, the number of new infections continued to climb. On Tuesday, the state reported 172, the most since the start of the pandemic.

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