Las Vegas — Some Las Vegas resorts and casinos are again requiring employees to wear masks in response to recommendations from local health authorities as COVID-19 case rates rise.
Friday’s Southern Nevada Health District recommended that everyone, whether vaccinated or not, wear a face cover in public places such as stores, malls, casinos, and events.
Recommendations are not mandatory, but local media reported urging employees to impose masking requirements on facilities such as Westgate Las Vegas, The Venetian, and Las Vegas Sands.
Some offered free masks to visitors.
Restrictions affecting casinos and other venues were lifted in May when the state fully returned its pandemic measures to the county.
Nevada health officials reported on Thursday 938 new cases of COVID-19 (the largest daily coronavirus case surge since February) and 15 new deaths across the state. An additional 866 cases were reported on Friday.
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What else is happening:
Phoenix — Arizona reported more than 1,000 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday for the fourth consecutive day as virus-related hospitalizations continued to increase.
The State Department’s Coronavirus Dashboard reported 1,152 additional cases and 14 deaths, increasing the total number of Arizona pandemics to 907,268 and 18,114 deaths.
Public health experts attribute this increase to low immunization rates, the rapidly expanding delta variant, and July 4th Independence Day.
According to the dashboard, the number of virus-related hospitalizations in Arizona generally ranged from 500 to 600 between May and June, but as of Friday with 745 COVID-19-related hospitalizations. It increased last week.
Viral patients accounted for 9% of inpatient beds as of Friday, up from 6% a week ago, but nearly 60% of the pandemic peak seen in mid-January during the winter surge. It was far below.
Athens-Mykonos, Greece, became the first place in Greece where the curfew was re-imposed due to the surge in coronavirus cases.
Greek officials said Saturday that one in ten individuals recently tested on the island tested positive.
A curfew came into effect on Saturday from 1 am to 6 am, and authorities banned music in bars, cafes and restaurants 24 hours a day from 6 pm on Saturday. Fines for renting a property to a party of 20 or more can range up to € 200,000 ($ 236,000).
The ban on music and curfew will end on Monday, July 26, unless the government decides to extend it.
Police on the island, a luxury tourist destination, say violations of social distance norms have recently become unmanageable.
Authorities say a single hotel assigned to quarantine people is flooding and visitors who test positive are camping on the beach.
Greece continued to report a relatively large number of new infections on Saturday, with 2,562 cases reported in the 24 hours until 3:00 pm on Saturday. There were also seven dead.
Helsinki — Finnish capital residents are in a one-day trial specifically aimed at seducing young people to be vaccinated, with four dedicated walk-in vaccination points on Saturday, coronavirus jab without prior reservation. I was able to get it.
Health officials in the city of Helsinki, with a population of 631,000, have recommended vaccination for all people over the age of 16 and for people between the ages of 12 and 15 who belong to the risk group.
“Now you can stop by and vaccinate, whether you’re walking, driving, or even going in groups. We’re trying this for the first time on Saturday and, depending on the results, offer this possibility more often. “It may be,” said Lina Tarpeinen, responsible for the city’s health and substance abuse.
Finnish media reported that there was a long line in front of the vaccination points in the four cities.
Approximately 65% of Helsinki’s adult residents have received the first coronavirus jab to date, slightly above their respective numbers in Finland, a country of 5.5 million people.
London — The British Minister of Health states that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said he tested positive on rapid tests and was self-quarantining while waiting for more accurate PCR results.
“I am grateful to have been vaccinated twice, but so far the symptoms have been very mild,” Javid said on Saturday.
In the UK, despite high levels of vaccination, cases of the virus are skyrocketing due to highly infectious delta mutants.
Javid took over from Matt Hancock, who resigned last month after violating the rules of social distance. Hancock was infected with COVID-19 early in last year’s pandemic. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent several days on intensive care of the virus in April 2020.
Paris-France will allow foreign travelers vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s Indian vaccine from Sunday to enter the country.
At the same time, France is stepping up border checks to control the spread of delta variants and protect hospitals, according to a statement by the Prime Minister on Saturday.
The move to accept visitors vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine made by the Indian Serum Institute of India is against the fact that the European Union COVID-19 certificate only allows AstraZeneca vaccines made in Europe. Came after a global protest. Several other EU member states have already accepted the Indian version. France has not yet approved vaccination with Chinese or Russian vaccines, only vaccines approved by EU drug regulators.
Tunisia, Indonesia, Cuba and Mozambique have been added to France’s Red List, which is at high risk for viruses, according to a statement on Saturday.
London — Tourists and the travel industry are frustrated and angry after Britain overturns plans to ease travel restrictions to France just two days after the change was due to begin.
The British government states that people arriving from France must be quarantined for 10 days before entering the UK, even if they are fully vaccinated.
The announcement came a few days after the government announced that fully vaccinated British residents would not face quarantine from Monday when they arrived from the European Union and dozens of other countries.
UK health officials say France has been selected for cases of beta mutants that are believed to be more resistant to the vaccine than other strains.
Greece, Athens — European countries are struggling to strengthen their immunization drive.
They use a carrot and stick approach to convince people who are reluctant to take shots because the more contagious delta mutants are causing a surge in infections.
Greece was the latest to set new restrictions on Friday. The country is demanding proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 for access to indoor restaurants, cafes, bars and cinemas. Children can enter with a negative test.
Some European countries, such as France and Greece, have also introduced compulsory vaccinations for certain occupations.
Yerevan, Armenia — A surge in new coronavirus infections in Iran caused by a rapidly spreading delta mutant can overwhelm hospitals.
As the urgency of vaccination increases, thousands of Iranians are flocking to nearby Armenia, solving problems on their own.
Vaccine intake remains sluggish in the former Soviet-Caucasus country, with widespread hesitation in vaccines. Authorities are giving free doses to foreign visitors.
It was a boon to the Iranians who were tired of waiting for fear of their lives. Iran has the highest COVID-19 death toll in the Middle East, with less than 2% of the country’s 84 million people receiving both. However, this trip is very popular with Iranians and the price of the trip is soaring.
Bangkok — Thailand tightens coronavirus restrictions, with more than 10,000 daily cases and record high death toll, despite curfew in Bangkok and several other states As we reached 141 people, we warned about further measures.
The surge since April has overwhelmed hospitals, squeezed the economy and made tourism recovery plans questionable.
Vaccine deployment, hampered by supply problems, is that about 5% of the population is fully vaccinated and 15% is only partially vaccinated.
Cases are increasing, especially in Bangkok and the surrounding states.
The government has imposed additional measures overnight, including a ban on activities and rallies that could spread the virus, including an anti-government rally that criticized Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha’s response to the pandemic.
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