On Monday the U.K. fully reopened its economy calling it “Freedom Day.”
Theaters and night clubs are at full capacity with no limitations, as well as legal obligations to wear masks in public spaces, including transportation, has been removed. This comes after warnings from U.K. public health experts stating the “Freedom Day” could bring about higher numbers of deaths and hospitalizations. Experts are also concerned of U.K. and its global travel hub where it can export new variants of the virus across the globe.
All the while the Delta variant spreads and the number of people testing positive in the past seven days is up 43% over the previous week with nearly 317,000 infected (Financial Press). Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now joined Britons who have been ordered to isolate due to being in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID after a positive test of the health minister Sajid Javid.
In the Netherlands a spike of 500% in new cases occurred one week after it reopened its economy on June 26. In the U.S. the delta variant increases in all 50 states.
ARTICLE: MAUREEN MCGAURAN
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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