World Number of new UK COVID cases rises for second day in a row - as 85 more deaths recorded
Unvaccinated Arkansas Is Running Out of Time
Only 35 percent of the state is fully vaccinated, and with case rates rising, living there can feel like moving through a distorted reality.Arkansas has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the United States, and one of the worst case rates for COVID-19. Our neighboring states—especially Missouri—are seeing similar trends. Case counts have been increasing at the highest rates since February, and we have the most new cases per capita in the nation. On Monday, we saw the highest single-day increase in hospitalizations, 79 new patients, of the entire pandemic. Test-positivity rates are also high, suggesting that infections are undercounted.
The number of new COVID-19 cases recorded in the UK has risen for the second day in a row following seven days of falls, government data shows.
31,117 infections have been reported in the latest 24-hour period, along with 85 further deaths.
The figures compare with 27,734 cases and 91 deaths announced yesterday.
Last Thursday, the UK reported 39,906 cases and 84 more deaths related to the virus.
The seven-day average for infections was 37.1% down from the previous week, but fatalities were up by 28.9%.
As the pandemic wears on, some Americans could need booster shots
Some health officials now think a third shot could help older and immunocompromised people. Israel is already offering a third Pfizer shot for immunocompromised residents — though millions of Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip have yet to be vaccinated — and Pfizer has previously suggested that a booster shot could be needed in the US. Regulatory questions abound Though the US currently has tens of millions of surplus Covid-19 vaccine doses on hand, making a third Pfizer or Moderna shot available to millions of immunocompromised or elderly Americans likely won’t be a quick process.
More on coronavirus:
Video: Expert warns of resurgence in Covid cases (The Independent)
Since the start of the pandemic, 129,515 people have died in the UK within 28 days of a positive COVID test.
According to the latest data, 932 COVID patients were admitted to hospital on 25 July and there were 6,288 admissions in the last seven days - a weekly rise of 21.1%.
43,873 people received their first dose of a COVID vaccine yesterday, taking the overall total to 46,733,115.
Victoria's COVID-19 cases climb as 26 infections recorded
All cases were linked to current outbreaks, with 24 people in quarantine throughout their entire infectious period. Of the two cases in the community, one was travelling to Melbourne from regional Victoria and stopped at a regional petrol station on the route back.https://twitter.com/VicGovDH/status/1417982042361405441Health Minister Martin Foley said the person did an "outstanding job" to minimise the transmission risk.Acting Chief Health Officer Professor Ben Cowie echoed the health minister's praise, revealing the man even disinfected the credit card he used to pay for petrol.
Also 171,341 had their second jab, meaning 37,782,252 are now fully inoculated.
The vaccines are estimated to have prevented 22 million infections and 60,000 deaths in England.
Meanwhile, the recent decrease in the number of confirmed COVID cases released by the government each day "looks a bit fishy", according to a leading symptoms researcher whose study has shown infections are on the rise.
Professor Tim Spector, who co-founded the ZOE COVID Symptom Study app, said a "sudden drop" in people testing positive for the virus in the government's data is "very suspicious".
His data has found one in 84 people are contracting the virus - equivalent to approximately 60,000 people each day.
It comes as a record 689,313 alerts were sent to users of the NHS COVID-19 app in England and Wales.
Combined with the 600,000 people contacted by NHS Test and Trace, it means more than a million people may be told to self-isolate during this week-long period.
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.
However, evidence suggests fewer Britons are following self-isolation rules than earlier in the pandemic - down from 86% to 79%.
There has been a surge in bookings for flights between the US and UK, following the government announcement that fully vaccinated travellers would not need to quarantine when they arrive in England from 4am on Monday.
Week-on-week bookings made with Virgin Atlantic are up 100%, with New York to London trips up by almost 250%.
The airline's chief commercial officer Juha Jarvinen said: "We've missed flying our US-based customers and we're excited to welcome them back on board soon.
"We now urge UK government to go further and move the US to the UK's green list, and for the Biden administration to repeal the 212F proclamation for UK travellers."
However, cases in the US continue to rise, particularly among the non-vaccinated in part due to the high transmissibility of the Delta variant.
Previously, only people who had been vaccinated in the UK could avoid quarantine when arriving from amber list countries - except France.
COVID-19 Delta strain could be starting to overwhelm NSW contact tracers, health data suggests
The Prime Minister has held up NSW's contact tracing team as "gold standard" but the latest report released by the state's health department suggests the Delta outbreak is beginning to outpace them.NSW's contact tracing — the process of identifying where an infected person has been — is considered one of the state's most successful COVID management strategies.
However, the government announced the rule change in a bid to reunite family and friends whose loved ones live overseas.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Sky News the government is "increasingly confident" that more countries will be added to amber and green travel lists.
Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading -. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and . Only if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In , call your GP.
How to Avert COVID-19 Catastrophe in Southern Schools .
Somehow, COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are accelerating as rapidly and dangerously as they did during last summer’s surge in the southern United States. This time, many governors aren’t just refusing or curtailing social distancing—they are failing kids and teenagers with an unwillingness to better protect them from the risks posed by the Delta variant. The current approach—a toxic stew of milquetoast vaccine advocacy, anti-mask madness, and phony health freedom rhetoric—is a recipe for failure. More than ever we need pragmatic, committed, and non-ideological leadership.