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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.

Related: America mulls vaccine mandates – will they work?

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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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 8:20 pm
Coronavirus live news: Germany to start booster vaccines in September; Iran posts new record daily cases

Germany will also offer vaccines to children over 12 from September; Iran reports more than 37,000 cases of coronavirus in 24 hours for the first time

Ibiza plans for foreign ‘detectives’ to infiltrate parties to catch rule breakersBoris Johnson hints amber travel watchlist plan may be ditchedHundreds arrested in Berlin at protest against Covid restrictionsMillions under strict lockdown in China after Covid outbreak

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Here’s a round-up of what has happened so far today.

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Morocco has announced a curfew starting on Tuesday to combat a rise in cases.

The curfew will last from 9pm to 5am and movement between several cities will be restricted to people who can prove vaccination or have medical emergencies.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 7:58 pm
COVID cases surge in hot-spot states with low vaccination rates

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
Pelosi calls for Biden to extend the eviction moratorium. The White House has said it can't

The White House has said only Congress, not the White House, can extend the evictions freeze pandemic following a recent Supreme Court ruling.
     

USAtoday August 2, 2021, 7:45 pm
7/30: CBSN AM

President Biden intensifying strategy to boost vaccinations; officer speaks out after testifying before Congress

CBS August 2, 2021, 7:24 pm
FBI used photos of women staffers in sex trafficking investigations, inspector general finds

The inspector general found that the practice by an FBI agent was unsupervised, "potentially placing (staffers) in danger of becoming victims."     

USAtoday August 2, 2021, 7:23 pm
Missouri health workers battle misinformation among the unvaccinated

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
Lawsuit against U.S. border policy of expelling migrants resumes

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
U.S. expands refugee program for Afghans as Taliban escalates violence

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
7/31: CBS This Morning Saturday

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 America

CBS August 2, 2021, 7:06 pm
7/13: Red and Blue

President Biden calls for voting rights protections; Texas Democrats stage walk out to delay vote

CBS August 2, 2021, 6:54 pm
7/29: Red and Blue

White House ramps up efforts to close vaccination gap; COVID-19 spreads rapidly across Alabama

CBS August 2, 2021, 6:44 pm
Alexander Vindman, the White House staffer who sparked Trump's 1st impeachment, tells his story

When Alexander Vindman was preparing to testify at the first impeachment hearing, he faced intense pushback from a Trump supporter: his father.
     

USAtoday August 2, 2021, 6:32 pm
Florida breaks record in cases, hospitalizations; over 1M vaccine doses thrown away in 10 states: Latest COVID-19 news

Florida on Sunday broke its record for current hospitalizations, days after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic.
     

USAtoday August 2, 2021, 6:20 pm
Johnson hints ‘amber watchlist’ travel plan may be ditched

PM appears to back away from idea of tougher Covid rules for people returning from popular destinations

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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”.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 6:18 pm
Target to make workers wear masks in Delta variant-hit areas

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
Turkey appeals for help to fight wildfires as heatwave continues

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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 6:04 pm
‘A malignant narcissist’: uncovering the dark side of John DeLorean

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.

Related: Myth & Mogul: John DeLorean review – how years of lies felled an automotive giant

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 6:01 pm
Eye Opener: Latest COVID surge will get worse, Dr. Fauci warns

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
Contempt for the unvaccinated is a temptation to be resisted | Dan Brooks

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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 5:50 pm
EU sanctions Nicaragua’s first lady and vice-president over human rights violations

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”.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 4:32 pm
HSBC boosts bonus pool and dividend as profits more than quadruple

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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 4:09 pm
Covid passports could work – but coercion is doomed to fail | Melinda Mills

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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 3:55 pm
Ibiza plan for foreign ‘detectives’ to infiltrate parties as Covid cases surge

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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 3:47 pm
Hundreds arrested in Berlin protests against Covid restrictions

Protesters defy court order banning marches against German government’s coronavirus measures

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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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 3:14 pm
War crimes trial could cast harsh light on Iran’s new president

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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 3:05 pm
‘Don’t beat yourself up’: 10 ways to feel happier with your body as the world reopens

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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 1:16 pm
How House Democrats' Campaign Chief Plans To Defy History In 2022

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 nations

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“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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 9:00 am
CBS Weekend News, August 1, 2021

Florida governor not implementing COVID restrictions despite surge in cases; Some Broadway plays resume with COVID protocols

CBS August 2, 2021, 8:53 am
8/1: Fauci, Manchin, Kashkari, Alroy-Preis, Gottlieb

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.

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Guardian August 2, 2021, 4:07 am
Florida breaks single-day record of COVID-19 cases

Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, breaking a pandemic record.

CBS August 2, 2021, 2:15 am
Judge gives Trump time to challenge tax return disclosure to Congress

Neither Trump nor his lawyers have said if they will challenge Friday's order.

CNBC July 31, 2021, 8:42 pm
CDC study shows 74% of people infected in Massachusetts Covid outbreak were fully vaccinated

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
DOJ sues Texas, Gov. Abbott over executive order restricting travel of migrants

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
Fact-checking RNC false tweet about Surgeon General's masks comments

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
Audit push by Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker hits roadblock

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
Tell us: have you been affected by the spectator ban at the Tokyo Olympics?

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.

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Guardian July 8, 2021, 6:14 pm