WASHINGTON — Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose broad new voting restrictions have examined optimistic for COVID-19 within the nation’s capital.
The Texas Home’s Democratic caucus says in a press release that one of many three examined optimistic on Friday and the others did so on Saturday. It didn’t launch their names or situations. It stated all three had been absolutely vaccinated towards the illness.
Greater than 50 Democratic Texas lawmakers left the state to disclaim the Republican-controlled Legislature the mandatory quorum to move a invoice that will enact new voting restrictions.
Republicans and others had criticized the Democrats after a photograph confirmed them on a constitution flight to Washington with out masks, although federal pandemic pointers don’t require masks on non-public flights.
Members of the caucus have met with Vice President Kamala Harris, however it was not instantly recognized whether or not the three who contracted COVID-19 did so. Harris’ workplace stated it will concern a press release later Saturday.
MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:
— Biden grappling with “pandemic of the unvaccinated”
— Thailand tightens measures as each day instances cross 10,000
— European nations impose incentives, penalties to spice up photographs
— Determined for vaccines amid surge, Iranians flock to Armenia
— Arkansas governor’s vaccination tour reveals depths of mistrust.
HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:
LAS VEGAS — Some Las Vegas resorts and casinos are once more requiring staff to put on masks, a response to a suggestion by regional well being officers amid rising COVID-19 case charges.
The Southern Nevada Well being District on Friday really useful that every one folks, vaccinated or not, put on face coverings in public settings akin to shops, malls, casinos and occasions.
The advice isn’t a mandate, however native media retailers reported that it prompted properties akin to Westgate Las Vegas, The Venetian and Las Vegas Sands to impose masking necessities for workers.
Some additionally provided complimentary masks to guests.
Restrictions affecting casinos and different venues had been lifted in Could when the state absolutely returned pandemic management measures to counties.
Nevada well being officers on Thursday reported 938 new instances of COVID-19 statewide — the most important one-day coronavirus case leap since February — and 15 new deaths. An extra 866 instances had been reported Friday.
PHOENIX — Arizona on Saturday reported over 1,000 further COVID-19 instances for the fourth straight day as virus-related hospitalizations continued to extend.
The state Division of Well being Providers’ coronavirus dashboard reported 1,152 further instances and 14 deaths, rising Arizona’s pandemic totals to 907,268 instances and 18,114 deaths.
Public well being specialists attribute the will increase to low vaccination charges, the fast-spreading delta variant and July Fourth gatherings.
The variety of virus-elated hospitalizations in Arizona usually ranged between 500 and 600 throughout Could and June however rose previously week, with 745 COVID-19-related hospitalizations as of Friday, in accordance the dashboard.
Virus sufferers occupied 9% of in-patient beds as of Friday, up from 6% every week in the past however far beneath the pandemic peak of practically 60% seen in mid-January in the course of the winter surge.
ATHENS, Greece — The island of Mykonos has grow to be the primary location in Greece to have a curfew reimposed attributable to a spike in coronavirus instances.
Greek authorities stated Saturday that one in 10 people examined on the island in latest days examined optimistic.
The 1 a.m. to six a.m. curfew took impact Saturday and authorities additionally imposed a round the clock ban on music in bars, cafes and eating places beginning 6 pm Saturday. Fines for renting out properties for events of greater than 20 folks can vary as much as 200,000 euros ($236,000).
The ban on music and the curfew will finish on Monday, July 26, until the federal government decides to increase it.
Police on the island, a high-end vacationer vacation spot, say that violations of social distancing norms had gotten out of hand not too long ago.
Authorities say the only lodge assigned to folks quarantining has overflowed and guests who’ve examined optimistic have been tenting on seashores.
Greece continued to report a comparatively excessive variety of new infections Saturday, with 2,562 instances reported within the 24-hour interval ending 3 pm Saturday. There have been additionally seven deaths.
HELSINKI — Residents within the Finnish capital had been in a position to get coronavirus jabs with out advance appointment on Saturday at 4 devoted walk-in vaccination factors in a one-day trial meant to lure younger folks specifically to get vaccinated.
Well being officers in Helsinki, a metropolis of 631,000 inhabitants, urged all these aged 16 and above, and people 12 to fifteen who belong to a threat group, to get vaccinated.
“Now it’s doable to drop by and get the vaccine for those who go for a stroll or drive, and even in a bunch. We’re attempting this for the primary time now on Saturday and relying on the end result we’d supply this chance extra continuously,” stated Leena Turpeinen, the town’s director of well being and substance abuse.
Finnish media reported lengthy traces in entrance of the vaccination factors situated in 4 metropolis districts.
About 65% of grownup Helsinki residents have obtained their first coronavirus jab to date, barely greater than the respective determine in total Finland, a nation of 5.5 million, officers stated.
LONDON — Britain’s well being minister says he has examined optimistic for the coronavirus and is experiencing gentle signs.
Well being Secretary Sajid Javid says he has examined optimistic with a speedy take a look at and is self-isolating as he awaits the outcomes of a extra correct PCR take a look at.
Javid stated Saturday, “I’m grateful that I’ve had two jabs of the vaccine and to date my signs are very gentle.”
Circumstances of the virus are surging within the U.Okay., pushed by the extremely infectious delta variant, regardless of a excessive stage of vaccination.
Javid took over final month from Matt Hancock, who resigned after breaching social distancing guidelines. Hancock was unwell with COVID-19 early within the pandemic final yr. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a number of days in intensive care with the virus in April 2020.
PARIS — France will permit worldwide vacationers who’ve had AstraZeneca’s Indian-manufactured vaccine into the nation beginning Sunday.
On the identical time, France is tightening border checks to regulate the unfold of the delta variant and shield hospitals, based on a press release from the prime minister Saturday.
The transfer to simply accept guests vaccinated with AstraZeneca’s vaccine made by India’s Serum Institute got here after international outcry over the truth that the European Union’s COVID-19 certificates solely acknowledges AstraZeneca vaccines manufactured in Europe. A number of different EU international locations already settle for the Indian model. France nonetheless doesn’t acknowledge vaccinations by Chinese language or Russian vaccines, solely these licensed by the EU medicines regulator.
Tunisia, Indonesia, Cuba and Mozambique have now been added to France’s “pink checklist” of nations with excessive virus threat, based on Saturday’s assertion.
LONDON — Vacationers and the journey business are venting frustration and anger after Britain reversed a plan to ease journey restrictions on France simply two days after the change was attributable to begin, citing considerations a couple of variant of the coronavirus.
The U.Okay. authorities says folks arriving from France should self-isolate for 10 days on getting into Britain, even when they’re absolutely vaccinated.
The announcement got here simply days after the federal government stated absolutely vaccinated U.Okay. residents will now not face quarantine beginning Monday when arriving from European Union nations and dozens of different international locations.
British well being authorities say France is being singled out due to instances of the beta variant, which is believed to be extra proof against vaccines than different strains.
ATHENS, Greece — European nations are scrambling to ramp up vaccination drives.
They’re utilizing a carrot-and-stick method to influence those that are reluctant to get their photographs because the extra transmissible delta variant drives a surge in infections.
Greece turned the newest to enact new restrictions on Friday. The nation is requiring proof of vaccination or latest restoration from COVID-19 for entry to indoor eating places, cafes, bars and film theaters. Youngsters can enter with adverse exams.
Some European international locations like France and Greece have additionally launched obligatory vaccinations for sure professions.
YEREVAN, Armenia — A surge of recent coronavirus infections in Iran fueled by the fast-spreading delta variant has threatened to overwhelm hospitals.
Hundreds of Iranians are taking issues into their very own arms and flocking to neighboring Armenia because the urgency of vaccination grows.
Vaccine uptake has remained sluggish within the ex-Soviet Caucasus nation amid widespread vaccine hesitancy. Authorities have been doling out free doses to international guests.
That has been a boon for Iranians afraid for his or her lives and sick of ready. Iran has the best COVID-19 demise toll within the Center East, lower than 2% of the nation’s 84 million folks have obtained each doses. However the journey has grow to be so in style for Iranians that the value of the journey is hovering.
BANGKOK — Thailand has tightened coronavirus restrictions and warned of additional measures as each day instances surpassed 10,000 and the demise toll hit a document 141 regardless of an in a single day curfew in Bangkok and a number of other different provinces.
The surge since April has overwhelmed hospitals, strained the financial system and thrown tourism restoration plans doubtful.
The vaccine rollout, hindered by provide issues, is slugging with some 5% of the inhabitants absolutely vaccinated and 15% solely partially.
Circumstances have been climbing notably in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.
The federal government imposed further measures in a single day together with a ban on any gatherings and actions that may unfold the virus, together with anti-government rallies which have criticized Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s dealing with of the pandemic.