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U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

U.S. to Maintain Current Travel Restrictions, Citing Delta Covid Variant

The Biden Administration has no plans “at this point” to lift any current travel restrictions as concerns over the highly transmissible India, or Delta, variant rise in lockstep with the number of cases, White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday.
“We will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point for a few reasons,” Psaki said at a White House briefing.  “The more transmissible Delta variant is spreading both here and …

U.S. Issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory for U.K.

U.S. Issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Advisory for U.K.

The State Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States issued their highest warnings against travel to the United Kingdom amidst a rising number of coronavirus cases fueled by the India, or Delta, variant.
“Do not travel to the United Kingdom due to Covid-19,” read the State Department’s advisory.
The heightened advisory comes on the day that England ended almost all Covid-era restrictions for social distancing and wearing …

Coronavirus News Update – July 19: England Lifts Nearly All Covid-Era Restrictions Despite Dramatic Surge in Cases

Coronavirus News Update – July 19: England Lifts Nearly All Covid-Era Restrictions Despite Dramatic Surge in Cases

As Prime Minister Boris Johnson sat in self-isolation, England celebrated what the press there had termed “Freedom Day,” when almost all Covid-era restrictions were lifted following what had been one of the most stringent and lengthy lockdowns in the world. The move removed almost all legal restrictions on social interaction and nightclubs opened early Monday morning to celebrate.
The move comes as case numbers continue to surge, reaching levels only seen at …

Coronavirus News Update – July 18: Boris Johnson to Self-Isolate After Covid Exposure

Coronavirus News Update – July 18: Boris Johnson to Self-Isolate After Covid Exposure

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak will go into self-isolation Sunday after coming into contact with a cabinet minister who tested positive for the coronavirus. The country’s new heath secretary, Sajid Javid, said Saturday that he had mild Covid symptoms.  The two men originally said they would enter a special program for essential workers that would allow them to keep working but reversed that decision …

Coronavirus News Update – July 12: Infections Rise in 42 States, Australia Extends Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – July 12: Infections Rise in 42 States, Australia Extends Restrictions

In a strong indication that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over in the United States, 42 states reported an increase in infections over the past two weeks.  Only Alaska, Delaware, Iowa, Maine, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and West Virginia saw a decline in cases over the seven-day period that ended Saturday. The increase comes as the pace of vaccinations has dropped considerably.
As of Monday morning, the world has recorded …

Delta, Virgin to Return to T3 as Heathrow Reopens Second Runway

Delta, Virgin to Return to T3 as Heathrow Reopens Second Runway

London’s Heathrow Airport will reopen Terminal 3 as well as its second runway as it prepares for a surge in air travel with the reopening of the European Union to visitors with vaccinated status.
The reopening means that both Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways will return to T3 on or about July 15.  The runway resumed operations on Monday.
American Airlines, which was a long-time occupant of T3, will remain …

England Plans to Lift Most Coronavirus-Related Restrictions, Including Mask Mandate

England Plans to Lift Most Coronavirus-Related Restrictions, Including Mask Mandate

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that his government will lift most remaining coronavirus restrictions in England in July.  The prime minister said he would leave it up to individuals to determine whether they will continue to don face masks on public transit including the London Underground and buses and in other confined spaces.
At an evening news conference from No. 10 Downing St., Johnson said people are ready to move beyond the …