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Denver has become the latest US city to mandate that all its employees and private sector workers in high-risk settings must be vaccinated against Covid-19, as delta variant cases continue to rise.
The move applies to more than 10,000 municipal employees like police officers, firefighters, teachers and sheriff’s deputies.
Nearly a fifth of Americans in a new Monmouth University poll said that they will never get the vaccine if they can avoid it.
In a survey taken at the end of July, 17% of respondents said that they will not get the vaccine – a drop from June when 21% of respondents said they will not get the vaccine. tHe vast majority – 70% – of those who said they will not get the vaccine identified as Republicans.
To mask or not to mask? - New Monmouth poll:52% say they support reinstating mask and social-distancing guidelines; 46% oppose.
85% of Dems support it while 73% of Republicans oppose it.
Missouri, among the states with the lowest vaccination rates, is now seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases. As hospitalizations and deaths rise, doctors say the upswing is both demoralizing and preventable. Mireya Villarreal reports.CBS August 2, 2021, 7:53 pm
President Biden intensifying strategy to boost vaccinations; officer speaks out after testifying before CongressCBS August 2, 2021, 7:24 pm
Hospitalizations in the state have jumped 168% in the last two months, and behind those numbers is both a resistance to the COVID vaccine and a lot of people with regrets.CBS August 2, 2021, 7:20 pm
U.S. border officials have been using a public health law first invoked by the Trump administration to expel some migrants without allowing them to request asylum.CBS August 2, 2021, 7:16 pm
The Biden administration said it will expand refugee eligibility for Afghans amid and the U.S. troop withdrawal and the growing threat of the Taliban.CNBC August 2, 2021, 7:07 pm
Mask mandates return, states consider vaccination requirements as COVID-19 cases rise nationwide; How Snake River Farms is bringing Wagyu beef from Japan to the masses in AmericaCBS August 2, 2021, 7:06 pm
President Biden calls for voting rights protections; Texas Democrats stage walk out to delay voteCBS August 2, 2021, 6:54 pm
White House ramps up efforts to close vaccination gap; COVID-19 spreads rapidly across AlabamaCBS August 2, 2021, 6:44 pm
PM appears to back away from idea of tougher Covid rules for people returning from popular destinationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
Boris Johnson has hinted that plans for tougher travel restrictions on popular holiday destinations could be ditched, as he said he wanted a simple approach to quarantining on return from abroad.
The prime minister has been under pressure from cabinet ministers and the travel industry to simplify the rules, after it was rumoured that a new category of “amber watchlist” could be created in England to warn travellers that a destination was on the brink of being put on the “red list”.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 6:18 pm
Kroger and Walmart last week also changed their coronavirus policies as COVID-19 cases jump in many states.CBS August 2, 2021, 6:17 pm
Wildfires break out across much of southern Europe, with temperature reaching 45C in Greece
Turkey has launched an international appeal for help in taming fires raging across the country that have killed eight people in recent days, as what has been described as one of the worst heatwaves in decades intensifies in south-east Europe.
Following criticism of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, after it emerged that Turkey has no firefighting planes, authorities in Istanbul were promised water-dropping planes from the European Union. The country is battling deadly wildfires along its coastline for a sixth day.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 6:04 pm
The defining car mogul’s ego and criminality are explored in the eye-opening new Netflix docuseries Myth & Mogul: John DeLorean
In Northern Ireland, many still revere the automotive magnate John DeLorean as a local hero for situating his car factory in Belfast at the height of the Troubles, a time of extreme economic deprivation during which the influx of jobs came as a godsend. Others – his family, his personal confidantes, his colleagues, the FBI officials responsible for his eventual arrest – remember the business tycoon as a greedy, flagrantly unethical megalomaniac. The new miniseries Myth & Mogul: John DeLorean triangulates the truth in hiding somewhere between these two characterizations.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 6:01 pm
Dr. Anthony Fauci warned the latest COVID-19 surge driven by the Delta variant will get worse. Also, a last minute attempt to extend a federal ban on evictions was unsuccessful, so now millions of Americans could be facing eviction. All that and all that matters in today’s Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.CBS August 2, 2021, 5:53 pm
The narrative of a dangerously ignorant minority may appeal, but it is not good for democracy
The Covid-19 pandemic was the perfect disaster for our cultural moment, because it made other people being wrong on the internet a matter of life and death.
My use of the past tense here is aspirational. The emergence of the more contagious Delta variant threatens to undo a lot of progress – particularly here in the US, where active cases of coronavirus infection are up 149% from two weeks ago. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that fully vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in public spaces. The hope that this summer would mark our return to normal is curdling fast, and the enlightened majority – the fact-based, Facebook-sceptical, and fully vaccinated – are looking for someone to blame.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 5:50 pm
Seven other senior officials accused of serious human rights violations or undermining democracy
The European Union has slapped sanctions on Nicaragua’s first lady and Vice-President Rosario Murillo and seven other senior officials accused of serious human rights violations or undermining democracy, amid a sweeping crackdown on opposition politicians in the Central American country.
EU headquarters said in a statement that the sanctions, which include asset freezes and bans on travel in Europe, “are targeted at individuals and are designed in this way not to harm the Nicaraguan population or the Nicaraguan economy”.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 4:32 pm
Bank helped by economic recovery from Covid-19 crisis in big markets including the UK
HSBC has increased its bankers’ bonus pool and announced fresh shareholder payouts after profits grew more than fourfold in the second quarter, thanks to an economic rebound in key markets, including the UK.
The London-headquartered bank said it had raised the amount on offer to compensate its star staff by $900m in the first half of the year, compared with a $600m increase during the same period in 2020 when its profits suffered from the onset of the Covid-19 crisis.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 4:09 pm
The government has a moral duty to encourage vaccine uptake, though it must find a way to minimise the backlash
After initially resisting the idea of Covid passports, the government has decided to introduce them in “higher risk” settings in England, such as nightclubs and large crowds, by the end of September in an attempt to coax young people into getting vaccinated. Although the details of this measure are yet to be released, it will probably involve showing proof of vaccination, a negative Covid test or recent recovery from the virus.
The plans for England’s vaccine passports were announced shortly after France introduced its hardline “health pass” approach, which requires people entering restaurants, cinemas, trains and shopping malls to show proof of two vaccinations, a recent negative Covid test or recent recovery from infection. News of France’s health pass sparked mass protests; an estimated 160,000 people took to the streets on 24 July. But it also stimulated vaccine uptake. Nearly 4 million people came forward to get vaccinated after the health pass was announced.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 3:55 pm
Spanish officials are working to recruit foreigners to help police in detecting illegal gatherings
Wanted: foreigners between 30 and 40 years old willing to party in Ibiza in the name of combating the coronavirus pandemic.
Spanish officials on the island are working to assemble a squad from abroad who would be capable of infiltrating parties that breach local coronavirus regulations and flagging them to authorities.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 3:47 pm
Protesters defy court order banning marches against German government’s coronavirus measuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
More than 600 people have been arrested after participating in protests against the German government’s coronavirus measures, officials have said.
About 13 separate demonstrations took place around Berlin on Sunday, despite being banned by a court order and participants saying they would not follow safety rules.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 3:14 pm
Case before Swedish court may reveal further details about Ebrahim Raisi’s role in mass executions in 1988
The war crimes trial in Sweden of a former Iranian official could reveal further damaging details about the role played in the mass execution of prisoners 30 years ago by Iran’s president-elect, Ebrahim Raisi, barely a week after his inauguration.
Hamid Noury, 60, was charged last week with “war crimes and murder” over the killings of more than 100 armed opponents and political prisoners during the final year of the 1980-1988 war between Iran and Iraq.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 3:05 pm
Many of us are returning to the office or socialising for the first time in a year – and may be feeling anxious about physical changes. Here’s how to feel a little bit better about yourself
As pandemic restrictions are lifted in England, many of us will be returning to offices and meeting up with friends for the first time in more than a year – and some of us may not look the same way we did in pre-Covid times. We may have gained weight, or lost muscle, or simply look more tired than before. Perhaps we harboured vague goals of returning to the world with sculpted abs and perky posteriors, but life in a pandemic puts paid to the best-laid plans. So how do you feel OK about your body as the country begins to open up? The experts weigh in.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 1:16 pm
Republicans need to gain just five seats in next year's midterm elections to take control of the U.S. House. It's New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney's job to make sure that doesn't happen.NPR August 2, 2021, 11:00 am
Don’t blame young people for vaccine hesitancy. The vast majority of us want to get jabbed | Lara Spirit
If Britain really wants to keep everyone safe, we should be worrying about the lack of supplies to poorer nationsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
“I was thinking this morning that it is a bit like a race,” Sajid Javid said last Wednesday when commenting on Britain’s vaccine rollout. “The older adults have done their bit. Now we need them to help us start winning in that race. We have passed the baton to younger people, and are saying: ‘Please help us.’”
It seems the health secretary would have you believe young people are now solely responsible for the consequences of his government’s pandemic response. Forget “freedom day” or the delayed India travel ban that helped the Delta variant gets its claws into this country. Now it seems the real culpability lies with a vaccine-hesitant generation that just won’t play its part.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 9:00 am
Florida governor not implementing COVID restrictions despite surge in cases; Some Broadway plays resume with COVID protocolsCBS August 2, 2021, 8:53 am
This week on "Face the Nation," U.S. health officials say the war against COVID-19 has changed and the U.S. is back at the #1 spot of the highest number of new infections around the world.CBS August 2, 2021, 8:22 am
Sending the army into locked-down Sydney will leave the most vulnerable feeling angry and targeted | Paul Daley
Adding khaki to the emergency response gives an extra dimension to the ‘war’ on Covid, but is fraught with possible long-lasting repercussions
The New South Wales government’s eventual decision to accept troops to enforce Covid-19 public health restrictions and door-to-door compliance reflects the depths of the alarming crisis it finds itself in when it comes to controlling the Delta variant in locked-down Sydney.
From Monday uniformed troops will help over-stretched police and public health officials across Sydney on everything from contact tracing to welfare checks and delivering emergency supplies.Continue reading... Guardian August 2, 2021, 4:07 am
Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, breaking a pandemic record.CBS August 2, 2021, 2:15 am
Neither Trump nor his lawyers have said if they will challenge Friday's order.CNBC July 31, 2021, 8:42 pm
The CDC data published Friday was based on 469 cases of Covid associated with multiple summer events and large public gatherings in July in Massachusetts.CNBC July 31, 2021, 2:27 am
The DOJ sued Texas and Gov. Greg Abbott to block a state order aimed at restricting the travel of undocumented migrants who could potentially transmit Covid.CNBC July 31, 2021, 12:55 am
The recent change of mask guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created some confusion and also ample opportunity for political attacks against President Joe Biden's administration, some of which rely on misinterpretations from partisan sources.CNN July 30, 2021, 8:37 pm
A Pennsylvania Republican's effort to launch a ballot audit of the 2020 results in the Keystone State has hit a roadblock after three counties declined to hand over their election materials and voting machines.CNN July 30, 2021, 7:25 pm
We would like to hear from Olympics and Paralympics spectators from Japan who might be affected by the ban to games in Tokyo
Olympic organisers have decided to ban spectators from the Tokyo Games this year amid rising cases of the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19. The Japanese government has put the capital under its fourth state of emergency, starting on Monday – 11 days before the Games open.
We would like to hear from Olympics and Paralympics spectators from Japan who might be affected by the ban.Continue reading... Guardian July 8, 2021, 6:14 pm