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A Covid Mobile Testing Unit in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Images via Getty Images

The United Kingdom reported 16,703 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest daily case count since early February, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Thursday's high means the U.K. marked two peaks in new infections within a span of a week. On June 17, the kingdom hit a four-month high with 11,007 new daily cases.

  • The surge comes even as nearly 83% of people in the U.K. have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 60.6% have received two doses, according to government data.

The big picture: In the past week, government data shows that the U.K. reported more than 85,000 new COVID-19 cases, marking a 44% increase over the week before.

  • On Thursday, the kingdom reported 21 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, an increase from Wednesday, when the figure was 19, per Reuters.

The state of play: COVID-19 cases across the U.K. are rising in spite of its successful vaccination campaign, amid the spread of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant.

  • On June 14, Prime Minister Boris Johnson delayed the U.K.'s lifting of pandemic public health restrictions amidst the surge.

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  3. Politics: Over 30 states limited public health powers — Pope Francis calls on companies to release COVID vaccine patents — Melbourne, "world's most locked-down city," to lift stay-at-home orders.
  4. Education: Education secretary reveals limits to Biden’s mask push on states — LA extends deadline for school employee vaccinations — Parent sues Wisconsin school district after child tests positive.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.

Newsom orders COVID-19 vaccine mandate for California students

Students attending school in L.A. Unified School District. Photo: Robyn Beck / AFP

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced on Friday that all eligible public and private school students will be mandated to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, once it has been given final approval from the FDA.

Why it matters: This is the first K-12 COVID-19 vaccine mandate, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Oct 1, 2021 - Health

Louisiana health system to charge employees with unvaccinated partners

Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The largest health care system in Louisiana will charge its employees $200 a month if a spouse or domestic partner covered under its health plan is not vaccinated against the coronavirus, NOLA reports.

Why it matters: The new rule, which will take effect in 2022, comes as the vast majority of coronavirus patients who end up hospitalized are unvaccinated.

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