Guangzhou authorities have ordered residents of entire districts to be tested for the virus, while the nearby cities of Foshan and Shenzhen, which borders Hong Kong, have also launched mass testing after local cases were detected in the past week. Hundreds of flights out of Guangzhou's Baiyun International Airport have been cancelled.
In Britain, where the rapid progression of the Delta variant has forced the government to delay its full reopening, thousands of anti-lockdown protesters meanwhile took to the streets of London to voice their frustration.
Now that Boris Johnson has announced the restrictions will end absolutely definitely on 19 July, I wonder how many believe the restrictions will end on 19 July.
The ministry cited previous calls to curb "false news and misinformation" about the pandemic on social media as a basis for the order. It argued that the World Health Organisation did not link any country to the B.1.617 variant.
It looks like that COVID-19 has not really run its course as it has mutated nearly four times with the fourth one, the Delta variant taking further shape as Delta plus, and creating concern whether the handful of vaccines that had been developed in less than a year’s time can handle the mutations.
Victoria state, which reported a record 1,488 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, on Friday ordered about 1 million employees across industries to receive at least one dose of a COVID vaccine by Oct. 15 to keep working.
With the detection of new genetic mutations in COVID-19 components in more than one country around the world, authorities in UAE have recommended regular testing.
UK bans flights from South Africa region, EU plans similar; Variant has a protein dramatically different to original; Epidemiologist wards travel cubs may be too late; Parts of Europe already battling record daily COVID cases.
Countries should consider recommending that passengers wear masks on long-haul flights, given the rapid spread of the latest Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 in the United States, World Health Organisation officials said.