San Francisco and six other Bay Area counties have reinstated a universal mask mandate for indoor public places. The requirement goes into effect Tuesday and will require individuals to wear face coverings when indoors in public places, regardless of their immunization status.

A climber wears a mask at the Planet Granite Climbing Hall in San Francisco, which restores mask requirements for all indoor environments starting Tuesday © AP

The United States has administered at least a dose of a Covid-19 vaccine to 70% of American adults, reaching the milestone almost a month later than expected. After a rapid start to the deployment in the United States, daily vaccinations now hover at around 550,000 per day over the past week, from a peak of more than 3.4 million in mid-April, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. .

Target and Home Depot became the last major U.S. retailers to update their in-store mask rules due to the continued spread of the Delta variant. The Home Depot announced Monday that effective immediately, all of its employees will be required to wear masks inside its stores, distribution centers and customers’ homes or businesses, regardless of their immunization status. The DIY retailer said it would “ask” customers to wear face coverings at its more than 2,200 stores in the United States, but did not say it was a requirement.

Boris Johnson has killed the idea of ​​creating an “amber watch list” for foreign holiday destinations, after warning that it could have forced hundreds of thousands of British tourists to cancel European holidays. The British Prime Minister has said he wants to create a system “as simple and people-friendly as possible” as the government prepares to update its traffic light ratings for travel this week.

Fewer people will be asked to self-isolate by the NHS Covid-19 app following changes to technologythe UK Department of Health said on Monday after weeks of disruption and staff shortages across the country caused by the “pingemia”. Previously, if an asymptomatic individual reported a positive coronavirus test, the app would contact anyone who had been in close contact with the individual within five days of notification of the test result.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reiterated his appeal to private state companies to refuse service to unvaccinated people against Covid-19, as officials announced transport workers will either need to get vaccinated or undergo regular testing. New York City also issued a “strong recommendation” that people wear masks indoors, regardless of their immunization status.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered authorities to review the Ministry of Health call for nationwide lockdown for the first time since the start of the pandemic following a further increase in the number of deaths caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.

Growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector slowed for the second consecutive month in July, plagued by the shortage of raw materials and the absenteeism of workers. The Institute for Supply Management’s factory activity tracking index slipped to 59.5 last month from 60.6 in June. Economists were forecasting a slight increase to 60.9.

The Bank of England should reduce its quantitative easing program before any interest rate tightening once the UK is fully out of the Covid-19 crisis, a think tank has suggested. The Resolution Foundation said that given the slowing UK labor market and slowing economic recovery caused by the spread of the Delta variant, now was not the time for the central bank to raise interest rates. . Rising inflation would prove to be a “temporary” phenomenon, he said in a report on Monday.

The United Arab Emirates have approved the use of the Sinopharm vaccine produced in China for children aged 3 to 17 years. The health ministry said it approved the emergency use of the vaccine, which supported the UAE’s successful vaccination campaign, after strict clinical studies.