Coronavirus News Update – July 28: Vaccinated U.S. and EU Travelers Can Enter U.K. Without Requirement to Quarantine

By Anna Breuer on 28 July 2021
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Fully vaccinated individuals from the United States and the European Union will be able to enter England without facing a requirement to quarantine upon arrival, officials there announced. The new policy goes into effect August 2 and comes as the number of new coronavirus cases in Britain continues to decline.

“We’re helping reunite people living in the U.S. and European countries with their family and friends in U.K.,” said Transport Secretary Grant Shapps in a tweet.

As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded 196.2 million Covid-19 cases and 4.2 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In addition, 177.8 million people worldwide have recovered from the virus.

The average daily number of new coronavirus cases in the United States over the past 14 days is 63,248, a 145% 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 627,351, an increase of 312 in the past day.  Since the start of the pandemic the country has recorded over 35.4 million cases, a higher figure than any other country and one that is followed by India, which now has over 31.5 million officially recorded cases and 422,054 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 3.97 billion doses have been administered across the globe as of Wednesday morning, an increase of 0.05 billion and the equivalent of over 52 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 Wednesday, 188.9 million people in the United States – or 56.9% – have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Of that population, 49.2%, or 163.3 million people, are now fully vaccinated, and the total number of doses that have been dispensed in the United States is now 342.6 million. Breaking this down further, 69.1% of the population over the age of 18 – or 178.5 million people – has received at least a first inoculation and 60.1% of the same group – or 155.2 million people – is fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated individuals who become infected with the India, or Delta, variant may be able to spread the coronavirus to others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in announcing its new mask guidance.

“Information on the Delta variant from several states and other countries indicates that in rare occasions some vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC’s director, in announcing the new guidance, by and large a reversal of what it recommended in May. “This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendation.”

Meanwhile, Israel has begun to vaccinate at-risk children under 12 as the Delta variant continues to surge there.  Health authorities said that children should be given 10 mg of the vaccine – a lower dose than for older children and adults – if the child at risk for the coronavirus due to obesity, chronic lung disease, immunosuppression, heart failure, or other underlying conditions.

White House staff from the president to aides are masking up as a result of the new CDC guidance, after Washington, D.C. moved from yellow to orange, indicating that it has a “substantial” level of community transmission.

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