BEIJING — A southeastern Chinese language province has reported 22 extra COVID-19 instances, bringing the overall to 43 in a contemporary outbreak pushed by the extremely transmissible delta variant.
Well being authorities mentioned Monday that 15 instances had been confirmed in Putian metropolis within the newest 24-hour interval. One other six had been present in Quanzhou metropolis, and another in Xiamen, suggesting the virus could also be shifting south from Putian.
All of the infections are in Fujian province, which is throughout from Taiwan on China’s east coast.
Faculties have been closed in Putian and anybody leaving town should have proof of a damaging COVID-19 take a look at within the earlier 48 hours. Town suspended bus and practice service on Saturday and has closed cinemas, bars and different amenities.
China has largely stopped the unfold of COVID-19 however has sporadic outbreaks. One outbreak pushed by the delta variant unfold to a number of provinces in July and August, elevating concern about new and extra contagious variants.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia set two each day information up to now week for optimistic coronavirus instances because the pandemic continues to ravage the state.
Thursday’s complete of confirmed instances was a report 1,738, solely to be damaged by Saturday’s complete of 1,821, based on state well being knowledge. The earlier one-day excessive of greater than 1,700 was set on Dec. 31.
The statewide complete of seven,849 optimistic instances for the six days ending Saturday has already handed the seven-day complete for the earlier week, which had been the second-highest through the pandemic. Sunday’s figures might be launched on Monday.
The very best for one week was practically 8,200 instances in early January, a time when virus vaccines had been being supplied just for individuals ages 65 and older.
The quantity of weekly virus deaths statewide has gone up steadily since early August, when six deaths had been reported for the week of Aug. 9. There have been 83 deaths up to now week and three,207 total.
LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts says he plans to affix different Republican governors in difficult President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine requirement in court docket.
Ricketts mentioned on “Fox Information Sunday” that Nebraska’s lawyer basic has been consulting with different attorneys basic who consider the federal authorities is overstepping its authority by mandating that every one employers with greater than 100 employees require them to be vaccinated or take a look at for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Individuals. The roughly 17 million employees at well being amenities that obtain federal Medicare or Medicaid additionally must be absolutely vaccinated.
“That is actually going to create big issues for all small companies and for our American employees. and once more, you shouldn’t need to make the selection of maintaining your job or getting a jab within the arm,” Ricketts mentioned.
In Nebraska, Ricketts has inspired individuals to get vaccinated and put on masks however he has resisted mandates to do both.
The seven-day rolling common of each day new instances in Nebraska has risen over the previous two weeks from 715.14 new instances per day on Aug. 27 to 822.86 new instances per day on Friday because the extremely contagious delta variant of the virus spreads.
Ricketts mentioned he’s centered on ensuring hospitals have sufficient capability to deal with the surge in COVID-19 instances.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal vaccination mandates introduced by President Joe Biden final week harm efforts to beat the general public’s resistance to taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Republican governor has been notable in working to influence reluctant Arkansas residents to be vaccinated towards the coronavirus. However in an look on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Hutchinson mentioned a complete federal vaccination mandate “hardens the resistance.”
The expansive guidelines mandate that every one employers with greater than 100 employees require them to be vaccinated or take a look at for the virus weekly, affecting about 80 million Individuals. And the roughly 17 million employees at well being amenities that obtain federal Medicare or Medicaid funding additionally must be absolutely vaccinated.
Hutchinson mentioned federal necessities are “counterproductive,” interfering with state vaccination efforts as an alternative of supporting them.
“We talked about the truth that we’ve traditionally had vaccination necessities in colleges,” he mentioned. “However these have at all times come on the state degree, by no means on the nationwide degree.”
“And so that is an unprecedented assumption of federal mandate authority that actually disrupts and divides the nation. It divides our partnership between the federal authorities and the states. And it will increase the division by way of vaccination after we ought to all be collectively attempting to extend the vaccination uptake,” he added.
LONDON — Britain’s well being secretary mentioned Sunday that authorities have determined to not require vaccine passports for entry into nightclubs and different crowded occasions in England, reversing course amid opposition from a number of the Conservative authorities’s supporters in Parliament.
Sajid Javid mentioned the federal government has shelved the concept of vaccine passports for now however might rethink the choice if COVID-19 instances rise exponentially as soon as once more.
“We’ve checked out it correctly and while we must always preserve it in reserve as a possible possibility, I’m happy to say that we’ll not be going forward with plans for vaccine passports,’’ Javid informed the BBC.
The U-turn got here simply days after the federal government’s vaccines minister and the tradition secretary recommended that vaccine passports would nonetheless be obligatory, regardless of rising opposition from lawmakers. Such passports are required in different European nations, like France.
Particularly, members of the governing Conservative Occasion have objected to such passports as an unacceptable burden on companies and an infringement on residents’ human rights.
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