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The United Kingdom recorded 11,007 new coronavirus infections on Thursday, government figures revealed.

Why it matters: COVID-19 cases across the U.K. are on the rise amid the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant. The B.1.617.2 variant, first detected in India, is expected to become the dominant strain in the U.S. in three to four weeks, some researchers say.

By the numbers: Thursday's U.K. total is the highest since Feb. 19 when 12,027 cases were reported in the country.

  • According to government data, 80.1% of the U.K.'s adult population has received their first dose of a vaccine, with 58.2% having received their second.

What they're doing: On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended pandemic-related restrictions to July 19 from June 21.

  • NIH Director Anthony Fauci earlier this month pointed to surging cases in the U.K. as a call to action for Americans to get vaccinated.

Go deeper

Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Judge denies Massachusetts State Police attempt to delay state vaccine mandate

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A Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the request of the union representing 1,800 Massachusetts State Police troopers to delay the governor's state employee vaccine mandate, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: State workers who aren't vaccinated in Massachusetts by Oct. 17 will face disciplinary action, including possible termination.

White House says it expects federal contractors to be vaccinated by Dec. 8

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The White House said in new guidance Friday that it expects millions of federal contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus no later than Dec. 8.

Why it matters: Companies with federal contractors have been waiting for formal guidance from the White House before requiring those employees to get vaccinated, according to Reuters.

Sep 24, 2021 - Health

Delta asks other carriers to share "no-fly" lists of unruly passengers

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Delta Air Lines wants competitors to release their no-fly lists of banned passengers who have exhibited unruly behavior, CNBC reports.

Why it matters: Flight attendants and pilot labor unions have voiced their concerns about handling hostile passengers at unprecedented rates since the start of the pandemic.