Delta Variant delays plan to reopen COVID-19 in UK
As the COVID-19 Delta variant from India sweeps across the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a delay in reopening the country.
England were due to remove all remaining restrictions on June 21, but as cases are on the rise, public health experts are warning that the new variant may pose a significant risk.
The decision stems from great caution, as the Delta variant would have been more transmissible than the strain that swept across the country during the winter.
In Thailand, delays in a mass vaccination effort continue amid one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks the country has seen since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials initially planned to have 70% of the population vaccinated by the end of the year, but a week after the program started, many people had their appointments canceled. As of Monday, only about 3% of Thailand had been fully vaccinated.
In Italy, the government recently announced that it is restricting the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine to people over the age of 60. The decision comes after the death of an 18-year-old after receiving the vaccine in late May.
Data table by Our World in Data (June 13, 2021, 12:00 a.m. EST)
In the United States, California will fully reopen its economy and remove most social distancing rules on Tuesday, as the state has now administered 40 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
CDC COVID-19 Tracker Data Table (June 13, 2021, 6:00 a.m. EST)
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