China Resists Origins Probe Call, Merkel Warning: Virus Update MERKEL DAMN LIAR EVERYONE KNOWS THAT
(Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel sounded the alarm on surging Covid-19 cases tied to the delta variant in the country, part of a “significant, and worrying dynamic” that she said could see numbers double within two weeks.
In the U.K., vaccine certificates could be required at business conferences, music festivals and sports events in England from September. Meanwhile, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said the government would issue guidance for firms on Thursday on exempting some key workers from having to self-isolate with businesses under pressure from staff shortages.
China pushed back against the World Health Organization’s call for another probe into the coronavirus’s origins that includes examining whether it leaked from a lab, saying there’s no evidence for the theory and it defies common sense.
Traffic congestion levels across European countries have plunged as Covid-19 cases rise rapidly. Belgium became the latest European country to fully vaccinate more than half its population.
People who are not fully vaccinated who return to Germany from “high-incidence” risk areas must enter a 10-day quarantine, which they can shorten by getting a negative test result after five days.
Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi set out a list of venues where proof of double vaccination could become mandatory, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson first announced the move on Monday in a bid to get more young people inoculated.
Meanwhile, Johnson risks a boycott of his own Conservative Party conference by lockdown-skeptic members if he goes ahead with plans to force large venues to demand so-called vaccine passports on entry.