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US Highly-contagious Delta variant likely to become dominant in US, CDC director says. Latest COVID-19 updates

21:50  19 june  2021
21:50  19 june  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The coronavirus pandemic continues to wane in many parts of the U.S., but the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant among the unvaccinated could pose a new public health threat, warned President Joe Biden and the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

During a coronavirus update with the press, Biden described the Delta variant as being “more easily transmissible, potentially deadlier and particularly dangerous for young people.” While Biden took a moment to acknowledge the “bright summer” that lies ahead for those who are vaccinated, he said there’s cause for concern for people living in “lower vaccination rate states.”

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“People getting seriously ill and being hospitalized due to COVID-19 are those who have not been fully vaccinated,” Biden said. “The new variant will leave unvaccinated people even more vulnerable than they were a month ago.”

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CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky shared Biden’s concern during an appearance on Good Morning America on Friday. Walensky said the higher transmissibility of the Delta variant will likely help make it the dominant strain of COVID-19 in the U.S in the near future.

Walensky and Biden both stressed the efficacy of vaccinations in safeguarding against the rising variant, a strain which the CDC and the World Health Organization have classified as a “variant of concern.” Walensky said it was important for Americans to get their second dose of the vaccine to be protected against the Delta variant.

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  Delta variant infecting mounting number of people in rural Kansas and Missouri The delta coronavirus variant is infecting a mounting number of people in rural Kansas and Missouri. Your browser does not support this video The variant, first detected in India in October, was upgraded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week from a "variant of interest" to a "variant of concern." The CDC estimates the delta variant accounts for about 10% of new cases in the U.S. Missouri had the highest percentage of the delta variant at 6.8% of reported cases as of May 22, the latest CDC data.

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Florida judge sides with state in lawsuit over CDC cruise guidelines


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A federal judge in Florida found the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 restrictions on cruises could have exceeded the agency's powers, throwing the future of vacationing on the seas post-pandemic into uncertainty.

The Friday ruling, the result of a lawsuit by the state of Florida, granted a preliminary injunction that might turn CDC mandates on cruising to and from the state into optional guidelines when they go into effect next month, though the agency has time to propose a narrower injunction.

"This order finds that Florida is highly likely to prevail on the merits of the claim that CDC’s conditional sailing order and the implementing orders exceed the authority delegated to CDC," reads the conclusion of the 124-page ruling issued by Judge Steven Merryday on Friday.

The lawsuit, touted by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis who has emerged as a key critic of President Joe Biden and his COVID policies, challenged CDC guidelines on the cruise industry and alleged the agency exceeded its authority.

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"We are securing this victory for Florida families, for the cruise industry, and for every state that wants to preserve its rights in the face of unprecedented federal overreach," DeSantis said after the ruling.

The state has instituted a ban on vaccine passports, preventing businesses, including cruise lines, from requiring patrons to show proof of vaccination prior to entry. That decree conflicts with the CDC's cruise regulations, which require ships to carry a certain threshold of vaccinated passengers to cruise in U.S. waters without conducting test cruises first.

The lawsuit is one example of the ways Republican-led states have lashed out against continued COVID-19 mandates, though more and more states have either axed restrictions or announced plans to do so in the coming weeks due to lower coronavirus infection rates and continued vaccination efforts.

Michigan, New Mexico set to lift COVID restrictions

Michigan and New Mexico are set to join nearly every other state in lifting most COVID-19 restrictions as infection rates fall and more Americans are vaccinated.

Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid vaccinations and plummeting COVID-19 infections, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday.

“Today is a day that we have all been looking forward to, as we can safely get back to normal day-to-day activities and put this pandemic behind us,” Whitmer said in a news release.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham similarly announced the state will also drop its restrictions and reopen fully on July 1. While the state has largely been open, restrictions are set to be dropped that will allow businesses and events to operate at full capacity once again, regardless of whether they are inside or outdoors.

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“I know some will say this day is late in coming. I sure wish we’d gotten here sooner,” Lujan Grisham said announcing the reopening. "I believe, on the whole, New Mexicans made the right public health decisions in their day-to-day lives, following the science and helping us get to this point quickly and, more importantly, as safely as we possibly could."

EU recommends allowing American tourists back to Europe

The European Union on Friday added the U.S. to a list of countries for which they say travel restrictions should gradually be lifted. The list applies to all American tourists, vaccinated or not, for nonessential travel.

However the recommendation is not legally binding.

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"It’s up to every country to decide how and when to open the borders," said French Embassy spokesperson Pascal Confavreux. "The European Union is the one giving the framework, but the decision comes from the states."

Each of the E.U.'s 27 member states has the power to set its own guidelines and timelines for travelers, including whether or not to require vaccinations or COVID-19 tests for entry.

Several European countries, including Spain and France, have already reopened to vaccinated visitors from the U.S.

Americans hoping to head to Europe should check the current restrictions for each country on their itinerary.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Highly-contagious Delta variant likely to become dominant in US, CDC director says. Latest COVID-19 updates

The threat of the delta variant looms large in the unvaccinated South .
Vaccination efforts have hit a wall just as the delta variant is is gaining a foothold in the U.S.She recalled emotional weeks in January when cases of Covid-19 peaked in Alabama, threatening to overwhelm her hospital in Birmingham. In the months since, the situation in her city — and across the United States — has improved significantly, but Lee can’t help but feel a new looming sense of dread.

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