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Does Vegas require masks?

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Masks are back in Las Vegas, after regional health officials on Friday cited a rising number of coronavirus cases and advised everyone — vaccinated or not — to wear facial coverings in crowds and indoor places. The recommendation from the Southern Nevada Health District isn't a requirement. Associated PressOfficials advise wearing masks in Vegas as COVID cases rise

Do you have to wear a mask in Las Vegas casinos 2021?

July 17, 2021, at 3:35 p.m. LAS VEGAS (AP) — Some Las Vegas resorts and casinos are again requiring employees to wear masks, a response to a recommendation issued by regional health officials amid rising COVID-19 case rates. U.S. News & World ReportSome Vegas Properties Require Workers to Wear Face Coverings

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The Texas House’s Democratic caucus says in a statement that one of the three tested positive on Friday and the others did so on Saturday. It didn’t release their names or conditions. It said all three were fully vaccinated against the disease.

More than 50 Democratic Texas lawmakers left the state to deny the Republican-controlled Legislature the necessary quorum to pass a bill that would enact new voting restrictions.

Republicans and others had criticized the Democrats after a photo showed them on a charter flight to Washington without masks, though federal pandemic guidelines don’t require masks on private flights.

Members of the caucus have met with Vice President Kamala Harris, but it was not immediately known whether the three who contracted COVID-19 did so. Harris’ office said it would issue a statement later Saturday.

— Biden grappling with “pandemic of the unvaccinated”

— Thailand tightens measures as daily cases cross 10,000

— European nations impose incentives, penalties to boost shots

— Desperate for vaccines amid surge, Iranians flock to Armenia

— Arkansas governor's vaccination tour reveals depths of distrust.

— Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

LAS VEGAS — Some Las Vegas resorts and casinos are again requiring employees to wear masks, a response to a recommendation by regional health officials amid rising COVID-19 case rates.

The Southern Nevada Health District on Friday recommended that all people, vaccinated or not, wear face coverings in public settings such as stores, malls, casinos and events.

The recommendation isn’t a mandate, but local media outlets reported that it prompted properties such as Westgate Las Vegas, The Venetian and Las Vegas Sands to impose masking requirements for employees.

Some also offered complimentary masks to visitors.

Restrictions affecting casinos and other venues were lifted in May when the state fully returned pandemic control measures to counties.

Nevada health officials on Thursday reported 938 new cases of COVID-19 statewide — the biggest one-day coronavirus case jump since February — and 15 new deaths. An additional 866 cases were reported Friday.

PHOENIX — Arizona on Saturday reported over 1,000 additional COVID-19 cases for the fourth straight day as virus-related hospitalizations continued to increase.

The state Department of Health Services’ coronavirus dashboard reported 1,152 additional cases and 14 deaths, increasing Arizona’s pandemic totals to 907,268 cases and 18,114 deaths.

Public health experts attribute the increases to low vaccination rates, the fast-spreading delta variant and July Fourth gatherings.

The number of virus-elated hospitalizations in Arizona generally ranged between 500 and 600 during May and June but rose in the past week, with 745 COVID-19-related hospitalizations as of Friday, according the dashboard.

Virus patients occupied 9% of in-patient beds as of Friday, up from 6% a week ago but far below the pandemic peak of nearly 60% seen in mid-January during the winter surge.

ATHENS, Greece — The island of Mykonos has become the first location in Greece to have a curfew reimposed due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

Greek authorities said Saturday that one in 10 individuals tested on the island in recent days tested positive.

The 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. curfew took effect Saturday and authorities also imposed a round-the-clock ban on music in bars, cafes and restaurants starting 6 pm Saturday. Fines for renting out properties for parties of more than 20 people can range up to 200,000 euros ($236,000).

The ban on music and the curfew will end on Monday, July 26, unless the government decides to extend it.

Police on the island, a high-end tourist destination, say that violations of social distancing norms had gotten out of hand recently.

Authorities say the single hotel assigned to people quarantining has overflowed and visitors who have tested positive have been camping on beaches.

Greece continued to report a relatively high number of new infections Saturday, with 2,562 cases reported in the 24-hour period ending 3 pm Saturday. There were also seven deaths.

HELSINKI — Residents in the Finnish capital were able to get coronavirus jabs without advance appointment on Saturday at four dedicated walk-in vaccination points in a one-day trial meant to lure young people in particular to get vaccinated.

Health officials in Helsinki, a city of 631,000 inhabitants, urged all those aged 16 and above, and those 12 to 15 who belong to a risk group, to get vaccinated.

“Now it’s possible to drop by and get the vaccine if you go for a walk or drive, or even in a group. We’re trying this for the first time now on Saturday and depending on the result we might offer this possibility more frequently,” said Leena Turpeinen, the city’s director of health and substance abuse.

Finnish media reported long lines in front of the vaccination points located in four city districts.

About 65% of adult Helsinki residents have received their first coronavirus jab so far, slightly more than the respective figure in entire Finland, a nation of 5.5 million, officials said.

LONDON — Britain’s health minister says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid says he has tested positive with a rapid test and is self-isolating as he awaits the results of a more accurate PCR test.

Javid said Saturday, “I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and so far my symptoms are very mild.”

Cases of the virus are surging in the U.K., driven by the highly infectious delta variant, despite a high level of vaccination.

Javid took over last month from Matt Hancock, who resigned after breaching social distancing rules. Hancock was ill with COVID-19 early in the pandemic last year. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent several days in intensive care with the virus in April 2020.

PARIS — France will allow international travelers who have had AstraZeneca’s Indian-manufactured vaccine into the country starting Sunday.

At the same time, France is tightening border checks to control the spread of the delta variant and protect hospitals, according to a statement from the prime minister Saturday.

The move to accept visitors vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s vaccine made by India’s Serum Institute came after global outcry over the fact that the European Union’s COVID-19 certificate only recognizes AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Europe. Several other EU countries already accept the Indian version. France still does not recognize vaccinations by Chinese or Russian vaccines, only those authorized by the EU medicines regulator.

Tunisia, Indonesia, Cuba and Mozambique have now been added to France’s “red list” of countries with high virus risk, according to Saturday’s statement.

LONDON — Tourists and the travel industry are venting frustration and anger after Britain reversed a plan to ease travel restrictions on France just two days after the change was due to start, citing concerns about a variant of the coronavirus.

The U.K. government says people arriving from France must self-isolate for 10 days on entering Britain, even if they are fully vaccinated.

The announcement came just days after the government said fully vaccinated U.K. residents will no longer face quarantine starting Monday when arriving from European Union nations and dozens of other countries.

British health authorities say France is being singled out because of cases of the beta variant, which is believed to be more resistant to vaccines than other strains.

ATHENS, Greece — European nations are scrambling to ramp up vaccination drives.

They are using a carrot-and-stick approach to persuade those who are reluctant to get their shots as the more transmissible delta variant drives a surge in infections.

Greece became the latest to enact new restrictions on Friday. The country is requiring proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 for access to indoor restaurants, cafes, bars and movie theaters. Children can enter with negative tests.

Some European countries like France and Greece have also introduced mandatory vaccinations for certain professions.

YEREVAN, Armenia — A surge of new coronavirus infections in Iran fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant has threatened to overwhelm hospitals.

Thousands of Iranians are taking matters into their own hands and flocking to neighboring Armenia as the urgency of vaccination grows.

Vaccine uptake has remained sluggish in the ex-Soviet Caucasus nation amid widespread vaccine hesitancy. Authorities have been doling out free doses to foreign visitors.

That has been a boon for Iranians afraid for their lives and sick of waiting. Iran has the highest COVID-19 death toll in the Middle East, less than 2% of the country’s 84 million people have received both doses. But the trip has become so popular for Iranians that the price of the journey is soaring.

BANGKOK — Thailand has tightened coronavirus restrictions and warned of further measures as daily cases surpassed 10,000 and the death toll hit a record 141 despite an overnight curfew in Bangkok and several other provinces.

The surge since April has overwhelmed hospitals, strained the economy and thrown tourism recovery plans in doubt.

The vaccine rollout, hindered by supply problems, is slugging with some 5% of the population fully vaccinated and 15% only partially.

Cases have been climbing particularly in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.

The government imposed additional measures overnight including a ban on any gatherings and activities that can spread the virus, including anti-government rallies that have criticized Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s handling of the pandemic.

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Some Vegas properties require workers to wear face coverings

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Dealers in masks wait for customers before the reopening of the D Las Vegas hotel and casino, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. Casinos were allowed to reopen on Thursday after temporary closures as a precaution against the coronavirus. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Some Las Vegas resorts and casinos are again requiring employees to wear masks, a response to a recommendation issued by regional health officials amid rising COVID-19 case rates.

The Southern Nevada Health District on Friday recommended that all people, regardless of whether they've been vaccinated, wear face coverings in public settings such as stores, malls, casinos and events.

The district's recommendation isn't a mandate but it prompted properties such as Westgate Las Vegas, The Venetian and Las Vegas Sands to impose masking requirements for employees.

Some properties also posted the district’s recommendation at entrances and offered complimentary masks to visitors.

Nevada Resort Association President Virginia Valentine said the district's guidance was “ an important reminder that masks are effective in reducing spread.”

Restrictions affecting casinos and other venues were lifted in May when the state fully returned pandemic control measures to counties.

Nevada health officials on Thursday reported 938 new cases of COVID-19 statewide — the biggest one-day coronavirus case jump since February — and 15 new deaths. An additional 866 cases were reported Friday.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, Nevada ranks fifth among U.S. states in most new cases per capita in the past 14 days.

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Reaction to new mask recommendation from SNHD

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Las Vegas Sands requires employees to masks indoors, regardless of vaccination

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas Sands announced Friday that the company will again require all team members to wear company-issued face masks while working indoors, regardless of vaccine status.

In a notice emailed to employees, the company said face masks must be warn while working in indoor public spaces, and in indoor areas where people congregate, including the employee dining room (while not actively eating or drinking).

The change is effective immediately, according to the letter.

"In response to new recommendations from the Southern Nevada Health District, we now require that all Team Members (vaccinated or not) wear company-issued face masks while working in indoor public spaces, and in indoor areas where people congregate," Venetian public relations executive Keith Salwoski said. "In addition, we have revised our signs posted at public entrances to share this new SNHD recommendation. Complimentary face masks are available to our guests at Front Desks, Grazie Desks, and Concierge Desks."

The mask requirement comes following the Southern Nevada Heath District's announcement Friday morning that the agency is recommending people wear masks inside crowded public places, regardless of vaccine status.

Westgate Las Vegas confirmed Friday afternoon that it was also again requiring masks for employees.

In an email, a representative for the property said, "We have internally implemented masks for team members to keep our team and guests as safe as possible"

Station Casinos said it wouldn't comment on an employee mask policy change as of Friday afternoon.

MGM did not say whether it planned to change its mask policy as of Friday afternoon. 

FOX5 also reached out to Caesars Entertainment, Golden Entertainment, Wynn Las Vegas and South Point for comment.

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The Latest: 3 lawmakers who fled Texas over vote have virus

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WASHINGTON — Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose broad new voting restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19 in the nation’s capital.

The Texas House’s Democratic caucus says in a statement that one of the three tested positive on Friday and the others did so on Saturday. It didn’t release their names or conditions. It said all three were fully vaccinated against the disease.

More than 50 Democratic Texas lawmakers left the state to deny the Republican-controlled Legislature the necessary quorum to pass a bill that would enact new voting restrictions.

Republicans and others had criticized the Democrats after a photo showed them on a charter flight to Washington without masks, though federal pandemic guidelines don’t require masks on private flights.

Members of the caucus have met with Vice President Kamala Harris, but it was not immediately known whether the three who contracted COVID-19 did so. Harris’ office said it would issue a statement later Saturday.

— Biden grappling with "pandemic of the unvaccinated"

— Thailand tightens measures as daily cases cross 10,000

— European nations impose incentives, penalties to boost shots

— Desperate for vaccines amid surge, Iranians flock to Armenia

— Arkansas governor's vaccination tour reveals depths of distrust.

— Find more AP coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

LAS VEGAS — Some Las Vegas resorts and casinos are again requiring employees to wear masks, a response to a recommendation by regional health officials amid rising COVID-19 case rates.

The Southern Nevada Health District on Friday recommended that all people, vaccinated or not, wear face coverings in public settings such as stores, malls, casinos and events.

The recommendation isn’t a mandate, but local media outlets reported that it prompted properties such as Westgate Las Vegas, The Venetian and Las Vegas Sands to impose masking requirements for employees.

Some also offered complimentary masks to visitors.

Restrictions affecting casinos and other venues were lifted in May when the state fully returned pandemic control measures to counties.

Nevada health officials on Thursday reported 938 new cases of COVID-19 statewide — the biggest one-day coronavirus case jump since February — and 15 new deaths. An additional 866 cases were reported Friday.

PHOENIX — Arizona on Saturday reported over 1,000 additional COVID-19 cases for the fourth straight day as virus-related hospitalizations continued to increase.

The state Department of Health Services’ coronavirus dashboard reported 1,152 additional cases and 14 deaths, increasing Arizona’s pandemic totals to 907,268 cases and 18,114 deaths.

Public health experts attribute the increases to low vaccination rates, the fast-spreading delta variant and July Fourth gatherings.

The number of virus-elated hospitalizations in Arizona generally ranged between 500 and 600 during May and June but rose in the past week, with 745 COVID-19-related hospitalizations as of Friday, according the dashboard.

Virus patients occupied 9% of in-patient beds as of Friday, up from 6% a week ago but far below the pandemic peak of nearly 60% seen in mid-January during the winter surge.

ATHENS, Greece — The island of Mykonos has become the first location in Greece to have a curfew reimposed due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

Greek authorities said Saturday that one in 10 individuals tested on the island in recent days tested positive.

The 1 a.m. to 6 a.m. curfew took effect Saturday and authorities also imposed a round-the-clock ban on music in bars, cafes and restaurants starting 6 pm Saturday. Fines for renting out properties for parties of more than 20 people can range up to 200,000 euros ($236,000).

The ban on music and the curfew will end on Monday, July 26, unless the government decides to extend it.

Police on the island, a high-end tourist destination, say that violations of social distancing norms had gotten out of hand recently.

Authorities say the single hotel assigned to people quarantining has overflowed and visitors who have tested positive have been camping on beaches.

Greece continued to report a relatively high number of new infections Saturday, with 2,562 cases reported in the 24-hour period ending 3 pm Saturday. There were also seven deaths.

HELSINKI — Residents in the Finnish capital were able to get coronavirus jabs without advance appointment on Saturday at four dedicated walk-in vaccination points in a one-day trial meant to lure young people in particular to get vaccinated.

Health officials in Helsinki, a city of 631,000 inhabitants, urged all those aged 16 and above, and those 12 to 15 who belong to a risk group, to get vaccinated.

“Now it’s possible to drop by and get the vaccine if you go for a walk or drive, or even in a group. We’re trying this for the first time now on Saturday and depending on the result we might offer this possibility more frequently,” said Leena Turpeinen, the city’s director of health and substance abuse.

Finnish media reported long lines in front of the vaccination points located in four city districts.

About 65% of adult Helsinki residents have received their first coronavirus jab so far, slightly more than the respective figure in entire Finland, a nation of 5.5 million, officials said.

LONDON — Britain’s health minister says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid says he has tested positive with a rapid test and is self-isolating as he awaits the results of a more accurate PCR test.

Javid said Saturday, “I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and so far my symptoms are very mild.”

Cases of the virus are surging in the U.K., driven by the highly infectious delta variant, despite a high level of vaccination.

Javid took over last month from Matt Hancock, who resigned after breaching social distancing rules. Hancock was ill with COVID-19 early in the pandemic last year. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent several days in intensive care with the virus in April 2020.

PARIS — France will allow international travelers who have had AstraZeneca’s Indian-manufactured vaccine into the country starting Sunday.

At the same time, France is tightening border checks to control the spread of the delta variant and protect hospitals, according to a statement from the prime minister Saturday.

The move to accept visitors vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s vaccine made by India’s Serum Institute came after global outcry over the fact that the European Union’s COVID-19 certificate only recognizes AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Europe. Several other EU countries already accept the Indian version. France still does not recognize vaccinations by Chinese or Russian vaccines, only those authorized by the EU medicines regulator.

Tunisia, Indonesia, Cuba and Mozambique have now been added to France’s “red list” of countries with high virus risk, according to Saturday’s statement.

LONDON — Tourists and the travel industry are venting frustration and anger after Britain reversed a plan to ease travel restrictions on France just two days after the change was due to start, citing concerns about a variant of the coronavirus.

The U.K. government says people arriving from France must self-isolate for 10 days on entering Britain, even if they are fully vaccinated.

The announcement came just days after the government said fully vaccinated U.K. residents will no longer face quarantine starting Monday when arriving from European Union nations and dozens of other countries.

British health authorities say France is being singled out because of cases of the beta variant, which is believed to be more resistant to vaccines than other strains.

ATHENS, Greece — European nations are scrambling to ramp up vaccination drives.

They are using a carrot-and-stick approach to persuade those who are reluctant to get their shots as the more transmissible delta variant drives a surge in infections.

Greece became the latest to enact new restrictions on Friday. The country is requiring proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 for access to indoor restaurants, cafes, bars and movie theaters. Children can enter with negative tests.

Some European countries like France and Greece have also introduced mandatory vaccinations for certain professions.

YEREVAN, Armenia — A surge of new coronavirus infections in Iran fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant has threatened to overwhelm hospitals.

Thousands of Iranians are taking matters into their own hands and flocking to neighboring Armenia as the urgency of vaccination grows.

Vaccine uptake has remained sluggish in the ex-Soviet Caucasus nation amid widespread vaccine hesitancy. Authorities have been doling out free doses to foreign visitors.

That has been a boon for Iranians afraid for their lives and sick of waiting. Iran has the highest COVID-19 death toll in the Middle East, less than 2% of the country’s 84 million people have received both doses. But the trip has become so popular for Iranians that the price of the journey is soaring.

BANGKOK — Thailand has tightened coronavirus restrictions and warned of further measures as daily cases surpassed 10,000 and the death toll hit a record 141 despite an overnight curfew in Bangkok and several other provinces.

The surge since April has overwhelmed hospitals, strained the economy and thrown tourism recovery plans in doubt.

The vaccine rollout, hindered by supply problems, is slugging with some 5% of the population fully vaccinated and 15% only partially.

Cases have been climbing particularly in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.

The government imposed additional measures overnight including a ban on any gatherings and activities that can spread the virus, including anti-government rallies that have criticized Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s handling of the pandemic.

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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.

— Biden wrestling with an “unvaccinated pandemic”

— In Thailand, measures are being strengthened as the number of cases per day exceeds 10,000.

— European countries impose incentives and penalties to boost shots

— Iranians flock to Armenia, desperate for vaccines amid a surge

— The Governor of Arkansas’ vaccination tour reveals the depth of distrust.

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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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Pleas for Vaccinations Continue As Vegas Health Leaders Urge Mask Use

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Posted on: July 17, 2021, 05:01h. 

While the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) didn’t mandate masks indoors, it said in a statement that properly worn masks have “proven to be effective” in containing the virus.

With the rise in cases and slowing vaccine rates in Clark County, the Health District’s recommendation to wear masks in crowded public settings, including grocery stores, malls, large events, and casinos is a step to fully utilize the tools we have available to stop the pandemic,” the district said.

The Friday morning statement by the district was issued less than 24 hours after Los Angeles County Health Officer Dr. Muntu David warned the 10 million residents of the southern California county against traveling to Las Vegas.

Crowds have been pouring into Las Vegas since March, and they’ve been only getting larger since the gaming capitol began to fully reopen back in May, with the mask mandate relieved two months ago for vaccinated individuals. Then, on June 1, Clark County lifted restrictions on capacity limits and adopted guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those encouraged masks for non-vaccinated individuals.

In the past six weeks, images coming from Vegas attractions have shown the vast majority of people congregating mask-free.

In response to SNHD’s decision, a couple of Las Vegas casinos decided to reimplement a mask policy for their employees. According to KTNV-TV, Las Vegas Sands will require all employees, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask when they’re in indoor public spaces or in indoor places where people gather. The Westgate Resort and Casino will also require its workers to wear a mask.

Since late May, the number of COVID-19 cases has steadily risen in Nevada. In recent weeks, the Las Vegas area has emerged as a hot spot for the Delta variant, a strain of the virus that is far more transmissible than the initial strain that triggered the pandemic 16 months ago.

Data from the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Research Center showed Nevada had a seven-day daily average of 141.6 new cases on May 28. On July 2, that average was 319.4, and the rise has only become steeper since. On Wednesday, the seven-day daily average was 831.6.

As nearly 75 percent of Nevada’s 3.1 million resides in Clark County, it’s not surprising that the Vegas area is home to the majority of those cases. According to SNHD, Clark County had a seven-day average of 500 new daily cases as of Monday. The district’s demographic data shows the biggest increases have come from the 18-to-24 and 25-to-49 age groups.

While the case numbers soar, the vaccination rates have trended downward since a peak in mid-April, and have appeared to plateau over the last couple weeks. Johns Hopkins reports that roughly 77,500 doses have been administered over the first two weeks of July.

At the beginning of the month, Nevada ranked 34th in the nation with 39.6 percent of the population fully vaccinated. Two weeks later, the state now ranks 33rd with 44.8 percent. The national average is slightly less than 49 percent.

Through Friday, SNHD reported 42 percent of Clark County were fully vaccinated.

Outside of New York City, no other US city was likely impacted more by COVID-19 than Las Vegas as the pandemic led to a significant reduction in travel – especially by air. Now, that Vegas has turned the tide, stakeholders in the gaming and tourism industry want to keep it going that way.

The way to do that, they said, is by promoting the vaccines.

Lori Nelson-Kraft, the senior vice president of communications for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said in a statement to Casino.org Friday that the top priority for Las Vegas is the well-being of its workers, residents, and guests.

Geoconda Argüello-Kline, secretary-treasurer for the Culinary Union Local 226, said in a statement the union representing 60,000 casino workers in Las Vegas and Reno will continue to abide by the guidance of both local and federal health officials.

Argüello-Kline also cited a statistic from CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky that 97 percent of the people currently being admitted to hospitals because of COVID-19 are not vaccinated.

“The Culinary Union urges Nevadans who are not yet vaccinated to get the vaccine – it is the best way to protect you, your family, our community, our hospitality jobs, and our state’s industries,” she said.

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