British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will self-isolate for 10 days after contact with a confirmed coronavirus case, his office said on Sunday – undoing an earlier announcement that he would not need to be quarantined.
Johnson’s office said Sunday that Prime Minister and CFO Rishi Sunak were both alerted overnight by England’s test-and-trace phone app. He had a meeting on Friday with Health Minister Sajid Javid, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Javid, who was fully vaccinated, says he has mild symptoms.
People notified through the app are supposed to self-isolate, although this is not required by law. Contact persons of positive cases are usually advised to self-isolate for 10 days.
Johnson’s office initially said the prime minister and Sunak would instead run a daily coronavirus test as part of an alternative system that will be piloted in some workplaces, including government offices.
That plan was reversed less than three hours later after outcry from voters, political opponents and business owners over the apparent special treatment for politicians. Downing Street said Johnson would self-isolate at Checkers, the prime minister’s country residence north-west of London, and would “not take part in the test pilot.” It said Sunak was self-isolating as well.
Johnson was seriously ill with COVID-19 in April 2020 and spent three nights in the hospital in the intensive care unit.
His phase of isolation comes as his government prepares to lift the remaining lockdown measures on Monday. For the first time since March 2020, nightclubs in England are allowed to reopen, sports and entertainment venues can allow crowds and face masks are no longer mandatory indoors.
But the government is urging people to be careful as cases are increasing due to the highly transmittable Delta variant of the virus first identified in India. More than 54,000 new infections were confirmed on Saturday, the highest daily total since January. Hospital admissions and deaths are also increasing, but thanks to vaccinations, they remain significantly lower than in previous infection peaks. More than two-thirds of UK adults have received both vaccinations.
British officials nervously look to Israel and the Netherlands, both of which opened society after vaccinating most of the population. Both countries recently reintroduced some restrictions after new flare-ups.
What’s happening across Canada
By 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, Canada had reported 1,422,918 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 4,704 were considered active. The country’s COVID-19 death toll stood at 26,492. More than 44.8 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered across the country to date, according to a review by CBC News.
In the Atlantic provinces Prince Edward Island is celebrating its first day fully vaccinated Canadians are admitted from outside the Maritimes without having to self-isolate upon arrival on the island. There are currently no known active cases of COVID-19 in the province.
Both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia did not report any new cases on Saturday. In its last update on Friday, Newfoundland and Labrador also reported no new cases and his active cases were 46, almost all aboard two ships anchored in Conception Bay.
Ontario reported 176 new cases and three more deaths on Saturday. The province has entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan, which allows indoor dining and drinking in restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
in the Quebec, the province is running a $ 2 million cash lottery and scholarships to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
On Friday when the lottery was announced, Quebecers ages 18 to 34 were still about 80,000 people away from meeting the province’s 75 percent goal of getting their first dose this summer. In all eligible age groups, 82 percent of Quebecers had received their first injection.
Other provinces are following a similar path to encourage more people to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Alberta offers $ 3 million in lottery winnings and additional rewards such as travel packages and outdoor prizes, including lifetime hunting licenses. Meanwhile, Manitoba gives away nearly $ 2 million in cash and scholarships.
Manitoba reported 62 new cases of COVID-19 while on Saturday Saskatchewan 33 new cases reported.
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British Columbia, which lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions on Canada Day, will further ease measures on long-term care homes. As of Monday, visitors no longer have to plan their visits in advance and there is no longer any limit on the number of visitors for each resident, as long as the visitors are fully vaccinated.
In the north, the areas continue to lead the country in the percentage of fully vaccinated eligible residents, which stands at 81.5 percent Yukon, 77.3 percent im Northwest Territories and 63 percent in Nunavut.
What’s happening all over the world
As of Sunday morning, more than 190.1 million cases of COVID-19 had been reported, according to a tool from U.S. Johns Hopkins University that gathers coronavirus data from nations around the world. The reported death toll was more than four million.
in the Africa, Health officials warn COVID-19 cases are rising in Senegal as millions across the West African nation prepare for the Tabaski holiday. New confirmed cases rose from dozens a day to a record 738 on Friday in just a few weeks, and the Department of Health says they then nearly doubled overnight to 1,366 on Saturday.
President Macky Sall and his cabinet restrict public gatherings and travel, and urge the public to continue wearing masks and disinfecting their hands frequently.
By doing America, Mexico’s Ministry of Health reported 12,631 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 225 more deaths on Saturday. The number of new infections every day has risen in the past week to a level that has not been seen since February.
in the Asia, the Vietnamese government put the entire southern region on hold for two weeks from midnight onwards, as confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 3,000 for the third day in a row.
The lockdown contract covers the Mekong Delta and the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City. More than 35 million people live in the country’s financial and economic center – almost a third of the population of Vietnam.
in the Europe, new cases of confirmed COVID-19 infections are rising daily in Italy, and health experts say nationwide celebrations of Italian fans after European championship soccer games are an important factor.
Thousands of fans jammed the streets of Rome on July 12 to cheer on an open bus tour of the Italian national team that won Euro 2020 by defeating England the night before.
Dr. Franco Locatelli, a pediatrician who advises the Italian government on health measures against pandemics, told the daily La Repubblica in an interview on Sunday that “the gatherings and the crush have fostered the virus circulation”. Locatelli said the median age of those infected in Italy is now 28 years.