The coronavirus pandemic just won't quit; a new variant, called Delta, is the most dangerous one yet, more transmissible and quickly becoming the most dominant one around the world. Even if you're vaccinated, you should care, because this variant can lead to others, which could lead to ones that can penetrate our vaccines. Read on to see which places are locking down again, due to the COVID cases rising and the variant—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Sure Signs You Have "Long" COVID and May Not Even Know It.
Israel is Requiring Masks Indoors Again
Often a harbinger of things to come, Israel has had a setback. "In Israel, the government will require residents to wear masks indoors again, after first canceling the mandate a week ago. The country will also postpone plans to allow certain international visitors into the country," reports NPR. "The country was lauded for vaccinating large swaths of its population and returning largely to normal in May. But as of Thursday, more than 180 people tested positive for the coronavirus—the fourth day in which infections exceeded 100."
The UK is Seeing a Rise in Cases
Having postponed a full reopening due to the Delta variant, the UK still struggles. "Britain recorded 16,135 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, a large jump from a day earlier and the highest figure since early February, official data showed," reports Reuters. "There were also 19 deaths reported within 28 days of a positive test, up from five recorded the day before."
Portugal Has Shut Down its Capital
"We are in a fight against time between the progression of the disease and the process of vaccination," Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva said in a news conference Thursday. "Two months after Portugal began to ease a prolonged lockdown, the country reported 1,556 new infections on Thursday – the highest number since February 20. More than 1,000 of them were in the Lisbon region, where some 2.8 million people live, with officials warning that hospital admissions are increasing at a 'worrying' level," reports Al Jazeera.
Parts of Sydney, Australia, are in a Week-Long Lockdown
According to NSW Government:
"If you live or work in the City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick, Canada Bay, Inner West, Bayside, and Woollahra local government areas (shown on the map of Sydney's inner-city suburbs) you cannot travel beyond metropolitan Sydney unless you have a reasonable excuse such as
travelling to your home, work, education, childcare or for shared parenting arrangements
getting food or services that you cannot obtain in metropolitan Sydney
obtaining medical care, health supplies or to fulfil caring responsibilities
moving to a new home, business moving to a new premises, or inspecting a new place of residence"…and other reasons.
Uganda Reimposed its Lockdown
"Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday re-imposed a strict lockdown that included the closure of schools and the suspension of inter-district travel to help beat back a surge in COVID-19 cases in the East African country," reports Reuters. "The new measures, which will be effective from Monday morning, include the closure of all educational institutions, some bans on travel, the shutdown of weekly open markets, and the suspension of church services." As for yourself, no matter where you live, get vaccinated when it becomes available to you, and to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.