UK and US marching back towards normal life
If you have less than a minute:
- People in England are now allowed to hug loved ones and enjoy indoor hospitality.
- America is winning its fight against the coronavirus as new cases rate falls across the whole country. Also, fully vaccinated people will not have to wear facemasks anymore in most public places.
- The Roadmap is on track and Step 3 easements went ahead yesterday (17 May): the majority of the indoor and remaining outdoor economy can reopen. This includes the reopening of cinemas, museums, children’s play areas, and larger outdoor events such as conferences, concerts, and sports event. All remaining university students are eligible to return to in-person teaching and learning and should get tested twice a week upon return. Coronavirus vaccines have now prevented 33,000 hospitalisations and 11,700 deaths in older adults.
- The UK’s Vaccine success makes it attractive to international students, a survey from QS finds.
- Boris Johnson intends for Covid facemask rules to be relaxed in June. People will still be encouraged to wear masks in confined and poorly ventilated spaces such as shops and on public transport after June 21 but will no longer face fines if they fail to do so.
- In mainland Scotland, people will be able to hug their loved ones and meet in private homes as most of mainland Scotland moves to Level 2, with eased restrictions on hospitality, entertainment, education and sport. Also, People in Scotland will be able to travel to some foreign destinations without the need to quarantine on their return.
- Fully vaccinated people do not have to wear masks or maintain social distance indoors or outdoors, with some exceptions, the C.D.C. advised.
- The U.S. averaged fewer than 40,000 new cases per day over the past week, and new cases rates have stayed either steady or decreasing in all states.
- In Taiwan, a locally-developed COVID-19 vaccine is expected to be available in late July, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said last Thursday. This news comes amid a surge of vaccinations in the country as fear of community transmission grows.
In the Philippines, The Department of Health (DOH) is not in favor of providing “vaccine passes” to individuals already vaccinated for access to certain indoor establishments, opposing the recommendation reportedly being pushed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and some members of the private sector.