The US State Department is urging Americans not to travel to the UK due to the rising level of new COVID-19 cases in the country.
The State Department on Monday raised its travel advisory for Britain to its highest level, following similar action taken by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier in the day.
Both agencies said that people if traveling to the UK should be sure to be fully vaccinated before their travels.
The revised advisory was issued as the British people celebrated “Independence Day”, the official end of almost all coronavirus lockdown restrictions, including mandatory mask wearing and social distancing.
But Prime Minister Boris Johnson likely took a moment to celebrate when he announced that proof of vaccination would be required to enter nightclubs and other places where large crowds gather in late September. Johnson spent Independence Day in quarantine after UK Health Minister Sajid Javid tested positive for COVID-19.
Cases in the UK topped 50,000 per day last week for the first time since January. The surge is largely driven by the delta version of the virus, which was first identified in India.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the Canadian government announced on Monday that it would reopen its border to US citizens and permanent residents living in the United States from August 9, as long as they show evidence that they are living with COVID-19. are fully vaccinated against and have been tested. Negative for the virus within 72 hours of arrival. Officials also said it would allow visitors from other countries to be fully vaccinated from September 7.
Canada and the United States agreed to ban all non-essential travel across their borders in March 2020, with both countries expanding the ban from month to month. A growing number of US lawmakers and business groups are calling on Ottawa to lift the embargo, which they say has hurt tourism and negatively affected families of relatives living on both sides of the border.
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Meanwhile, South Australia’s state premier Steven Marshall on Tuesday announced an immediate seven-day lockdown after five new cases were detected, with more than half of Australia’s 25 million citizens under coronavirus lockdown measures. South Australia joined the neighboring states of Victoria and New South Wales in enforcing an extended lockdown from the end of June, when an airport limousine driver in the New South Wales capital Sydney struck the highly contagious Delta after transporting international air workers. Tested positive for version.
The new lockdown in South Australia came as Victoria State Premier Daniel Andrews extended a five-day lockdown imposed last Thursday for at least seven days after 13 new local infections were reported.
New South Wales, which is in the fourth week of an extended lockdown, reported 78 new cases on Tuesday, bringing its total number of cases since the outbreak began to more than 1,400.
Australia has been largely successful in containing the spread of COVID-19 through aggressive lockdown efforts, with a total of 32,120 confirmed cases and 915 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre. But it has proved vulnerable to fresh outbreaks due to the slow rollout of its vaccination campaign and confusing requirements associated with the two-shot AstraZeneca vaccine, the dominant vaccine in its stockpile.
Overall, Australia has given more than 10 million doses of the vaccine to more than 25 million people, or just over 11% of the population, according to Johns Hopkins.
And a new study released on Tuesday by the US-based Center for Global Development said the total death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic in India could be more than 10 times the official figure of 414,482, making it possibly the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. could create a disaster. South Asian nation since gaining its independence from Britain in 1947.
The study said that between January 2020 and June this year, at least 30 lakh to 47 lakh people died due to this virus. The world’s second most populous country, with an estimated 1.3 billion people, is emerging from a devastating boom between April and May that was partly driven by the delta variant.