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World White House weighs pushing masks as COVID cases increase

11:59  22 july  2021
11:59  22 july  2021 Source:   foxnews.com

A breakdown of today's COVID-19 news in each state and territory

  A breakdown of today's COVID-19 news in each state and territory Saturday saw developments in COVID-19 news around much of the country. Here's a quick guide to what's new.Click on a link below to jump to your state or territory.

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White House weighs pushing masks as COVID cases increase

The Biden administration is reportedly weighing whether to formally urge vaccinated Americans to once again mask up as the country experiences an increase in the number of COVID-19 delta variant cases.

White House aides are in talks with officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about proposed messaging to the public, the Washington Post reported.

People familiar with the discussions told the Post that the White House is hesitant to implement policies that would explicitly mandate people show proof of their vaccination status. One idea reportedly thrown around was to ask Americans to wear masks when vaccinated and unvaccinated people not to congregate in crowded places.

As cases soar, Spaniards keep their masks firmly on

  As cases soar, Spaniards keep their masks firmly on It's over 35 degrees Celsius and although masks are no longer obligatory in the streets of Spain, masks are everywhere in Madrid as people fear soaring Covid cases. Nearly a month after Spain dropped its requirement for people to wear masks in the street, few here have done so unlike in the UK where face coverings were discarded this week, as France mulls a similar move for vaccinated people in some indoor locations. "In the coming days, our streets and our faces will regain their normal appearance," said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez ahead of the lifting of the requirement on June 26 -- as long as a safety distance of 1.5 metres can be observed.

The talks come as COVID-19 cases have nearly tripled in the U.S. in recent weeks, putting yet another strain on hospitals, and exhausting doctors.

The seven-day rolling average across the U.S. for daily new cases rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, up from less than 13,700 on July 7, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Health officials are blaming the delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. Barely more than 56% of Americans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the CDC. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON OUR TOP STORY.

In other developments:

- China ‘shocked’ over WHO plan for second phase of COVID origins study.

- Full FDA approval for COVID-19 vaccines could ease vaccine hesitancy: expert.

These Cities Are Going Back to Masks as Delta Variant Cases Rise

  These Cities Are Going Back to Masks as Delta Variant Cases Rise In COVID-19 hot spots, such as Arkansas and Missouri, mask mandates are being discussed but have not yet been imposed. According to KTVI in Missouri, St. Louis County executives recently said a new mask order was possible."The vaccine is available, but unfortunately the vaccination rate in our community has not been high enough to prevent spread of the Delta variant," Dr. Clay Dunagan, acting head of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said according to KTVI. "We now need to return to masking to combat this new wave of infections.

- NJ hospital system threatening to fire unvaccinated employees faces backlash.

- Biden questions parent 'honesty' about student vaccinations, says it's a matter of ‘community responsibility.’

- College coaches, administrators urging players to vaccinate.

Shoplifters hit Los Angeles area TJ Maxx, casually leave store carrying heap of stolen goods

Two men in a Los Angeles suburb were seen on camera brazenly leaving a TJ Maxx store with their arms full of shoplifted items.

"They didn’t even run out, they walked out," Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Jerretta Sandoz told CBS LA of the incident. "And so, that’s sending a message that we, the criminals, are winning."

The video was recently filmed at a TJ Maxx in Granada Hills and shows two men leaving the store with their arms packed with clothing and other items, with one of the men carrying a large duffle bag that appears to be full of items.

NJ hospital system threatening to fire unvaccinated employees faces backlash

  NJ hospital system threatening to fire unvaccinated employees faces backlash Hackensack Meridian Health, one of the largest hospital organizations in New Jersey, is making its employees choose: get vaccinated or be terminated. A letter sent out to staff by CEO Robert Garrett calls for all hospital staff to have at least one coronavirus vaccine dose by October 1, or face continued suspension and eventual termination. Amanda Heim is a licensed practical nurse for a Hackensack Meridian hospital and one of the employees facing termination for her decision to not be vaccinated, she told Fox News. "I feel awful," she said.

"That looks great," one man comments in the video as the men walk by.

The LAPD is investigating the incident, but neither of the men have been charged or arrested.

"The employees at TJ Maxx have been told that, in these specific circumstances, it’s not worth it for you to go and physically attack, physically stop people that are walking out with this inventory," criminal defense attorney Alexandra Kazarian said of why many employees don’t confront shoplifters. "Because these businesses have insurance."

Sandoz, who serves as vice president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said she blames the incident on Prop 47, a 2014 referendum that lowered criminal sentences on crimes such as shoplifting. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:

- New York man allegedly stabs 51-year-old victim, steals his electric scooter.

- Texas Border Patrol agents arrest man wanted on sex crimes involving a child after he crosses border into US.

- Louisiana dad shot and killed by teen who entered underage daughter's room through upstairs window, police say.

Mandate the vaccine, not masks

  Mandate the vaccine, not masks Vaccines are the solution to Covid-19. Let’s make the most of them.With the rise of the delta variant and a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is calling on vaccinated people to wear masks indoors again in places where the virus is quickly spreading. At least some school districts will likely require masks this fall. Local governments, from Massachusetts to California, are reviving mask mandates.

- Ohio ‘incel’ accused of plotting to ‘slaughter’ women at Ohio university.

- Florida woman accused of skinny-dipping in homeowner's pool.

Ex-Detroit Police Chief James Craig: 'I'm running' to unseat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Recently retired Detroit Police Chief James Craig joined "Tucker Carlson Tonight"’ Wednesday to expand on what he sees as the failed leadership of incumbent Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and announce a gubernatorial exploratory committee.

Craig, a Detroit native who spent the past 8 years leading the Motor City's law enforcement force – after tenures in Cincinnati and Portland – said that he "protected and served for 44 years" and now wants to do the same for the entire state of Michigan.

"We launched today the Chief James Craig For Governor Exploratory Committee," the Republican said, adding he protected his city from destructive left-wing riots that sprang up in other places like Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles last year:

"We know what happened last year when other cities were burning – Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago – Detroit did not burn."

He added that another major concern for the people of Michigan is the leadership, or lack thereof, of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The Democrat's name was often mentioned along with liberal governors of New York, California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey when criticisms were made about statewide socioeconomic lockdowns.

Tucker Carlson: This isn't about the science, here's proof

  Tucker Carlson: This isn't about the science, here's proof Tucker Carlson examines the evidence behind the CDC's new mask recommendations and highlights how their new guidance is all about power.If you’re looking for a single snapshot that perfectly distills the pure, hallucinogenic absurdity of the moment we’re living in, consider the Biden administration’s new guidance on COVID. We learned yesterday that America’s children will spend yet another year with covered faces. This, despite the fact that masks are demonstrably terrible for kids, and kids face no meaningful threat from coronavirus. Doesn’t matter. The White House says kids have to mask up. And so they will.

"I can't help but think about the small businesses who are suffering through the pandemic -- and now we want to give … handouts and businesses cant even hire employees," Craig lamented. "I've got to tell you – I'm running, because when I look at politicians across the country – when I look at Governor Whitmer, she follows different rules – she just does." CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

In other developments:

- California suspect seen smashing car windows in daytime burglary responsible for several others, police say.

- Leo Terrell slams Newsom's claim of ‘significant decline in crime.’

- Former Detroit police chief takes step towards GOP run for governor in Michigan.

- Tucker Carlson: We are witnessing the most aggressive crackdown on civil liberties in our lifetime.

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Walmart Requiring Employees at Arkansas HQ, Some Other Managers to Get COVID Shot

  Walmart Requiring Employees at Arkansas HQ, Some Other Managers to Get COVID Shot "We're asking our leaders, which already have a higher vaccination rate, to make their example clear," said spokesman Scott Pope told the Associated Press.The retailer is also reversing course on its mask policy for employees, including those who are vaccinated, who are working in stores, clubs, distribution facilities and warehouses. They must wear masks in areas with surging rates of COVID-19 going forward.

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SOME PARTING WORDS

Sean Hannity argued Wednesday that over the "last six decades," the Cuban people have been oppressed by a "selfish, power-hungry dictatorship" that has turned the island into a "communist hellhole."

"Only 330 miles south of where we're sitting right now with amazing weather, beautiful beaches, a rich culture, intelligent, hardworking, amazing people, the people of Cuba, they should be living in paradise," the "Hannity" host said. "Instead, over the last five, six decades, we've had selfish, power-hungry dictatorship. They have turned the island into a communist hellhole."

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From Social Distancing to Getting Tested After Vaccination: A Timeline of CDC Guidances .
Americans have seen mask mandates, social distancing and self quarantine guidelines implemented and adjusted by the CDC as the pandemic continued. Here is a brief timeline into the guidances issued by the CDC over the course of the pandemic, as well as their changes.February 2020Though the CDC had not yet declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic, the American Journal of Managed Care [AJMC] reported health officials had already suggested the idea of social distancing should the virus begin spreading the U.S.Dr.

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