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Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

France announced Wednesday that visitors will need a COVID-19 pass to visit tourist venues such as the Eiffel Tower as cases in the country begin to rise, CBS News reports.

Why it matters: The new requirement comes after cases are starting to soar in the country and the Delta variant accounts for 96% of new cases, France's Health Minister Olivier Véran said, per CBS News.

  • The Charente-Maritime region next to Bordeaux saw the highest rise in infections, with a 766% jump last week over the week before.

Between the lines: For the next month, the new COVID-19 pass is required at entry for any leisure activity where more than 50 people are gathered. The pass can be paper or digital and contains a person's vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 test.

  • Leisure activities or tourist venues include museums, movie theaters, swimming pools, festivals, theme parks, shopping malls, bars, cafés, restaurants and concerts.
  • Children under 12 are exempt from the COVID-19 pass, and it will not be required in schools.

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Chicago added three states and a U.S. territory to its COVID-19 travel advisory Tuesday.

The big picture: State and local-level travel rules were a blunt-force approach to slowing the pandemic last year — and ones that often proved difficult to actually enforce.

Jul 21, 2021 - Sports

Saban says "close to 90%" of Alabama football players are vaccinated

Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks to his team during the CFP National Championship on Jan. 11, 2021. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

Nearly 90% of the University of Alabama's football team has been vaccinated for COVID-19, head coach Nick Saban said at a press conference Wednesday.

Why it matters: The high percentage of vaccinated players on the team stands in contrast to the overall low vaccination rates in Alabama, where only 42.4% of people over the age of 18 have been fully vaccinated, according to the New York Times.