July 28 (Reuters) - Here's what you need to know about the
coronavirus right now:
U.S. urges vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors in
Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should go back
to wearing masks in indoor public places in regions where the
coronavirus is spreading rapidly, U.S. health authorities said.
U.S. coronavirus cases have been rising due to the highly
contagious Delta variant, which emerged in India but has quickly
spread and now accounts for more than 80% of U.S. coronavirus
U.S. President Joe Biden said that increased vaccination and
mask wearing would help the United States avoid the pandemic
lockdowns, shutdowns and school closures the country faced in
Biden is meanwhile considering whether to require U.S.
federal employees to be vaccinated.
UK's Johnson wants U.S. travellers back as restrictions set
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants U.S. citizens to
come to England "freely" and is discussing a travel corridor
with the United States, LBC radio said on Wednesday, before an
expected easing of COVID-19 restrictions for visitors from
A decision to allow fully vaccinated EU and U.S. travellers
into England without having to isolate is expected shortly and
the new rules could come into force as early as next week, a
government source said on condition of anonymity.
The chief executive of British airline easyJet said
the rules were changing too late and expensive testing
requirements would prevent a full reopening of travel.
Olympic host Tokyo's COVID-19 daily cases hit record for
second straight day
Olympic host city Tokyo recorded 3,177 new COVID-19 cases on
Wednesday, authorities announced, hitting a daily record high
for a second straight day as a spike in infections puts pressure
Three prefectures around Tokyo are set to ask the government
to call a state of emergency there.
The International Olympic Committee's spokesperson said the
Japanese public should be reassured by anti-virus measures taken
by Olympics organisers, even as they reported 16 new
Games-related COVID-19 cases, bringing the disclosed total to
Sydney adds four weeks to lockdown as Australia's COVID-19
Australia's biggest city, Sydney, extended a lockdown by
four weeks on Wednesday after an already protracted stay-at-home
order failed to douse a COVID-19 outbreak, with authorities
warning of tougher policing to stamp out non-compliance.
Far from a planned exit from lockdown in three days, the
city of 5 million people and neighbouring regional centres
spanning 200 km (120 miles) of coastline were told to stay home
until Aug. 28 following persistently high case numbers since a
flare-up of the virulent Delta variant began last month.
U.S. to ship 4 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria, 5.66
mln to South Africa
The U.S. government on Wednesday will ship nearly 10 million
doses of COVID-19 vaccines to two of the most populous African
countries - Nigeria and South Africa - as the continent battles
a third wave of infections, White House officials said.
But vaccine donations to India have been held up as New
Delhi dithers over legal protection sought by companies like
Pfizer and Moderna.
AstraZeneca finds small clot risk after 1st COVID-19 shot,
less after 2nd
AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine carries a small extra risk of
rare blood clots with low platelets after the first dose and no
extra risk after the second, a study led and funded by the
drugmaker showed on Wednesday.
(Compiled by Joe Bavier; Editing by Catherine Evans)