New York to become first major US city to require vaccination proof for indoor activities: Live COVID-19 updates

Written by on August 3, 2021

New York City will soon require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for people to enter indoor restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues. The new requirement, the first of its kind in a major U.S. city, will go into effect Aug. 16, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, the White House said the U.S. has delivered more than 110 million COVID vaccine doses to over 60 countries, a milestone President Joe Biden is expected to discuss in an address to the nation.

Biden will likely speak about vaccination issues in the U.S. as concerns mount over a rise in infections fueled in part by the delta variant. Florida and Texas had one-third of all COVID cases reported last week, according to the White House.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID rose to an all-time high of 11,515 patients in one day, according to data the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday. And Texas now has more total statewide deaths than New York, the early epicenter of the pandemic in the nation.

The U.S. reported 599,334 new cases in the week ending Sunday. A week earlier, cases numbered 364,123. The country is now recording about 2,500 deaths per week.

Also in the news:

►Meat processer Tyson Foods said it will mandate all of its U.S. employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, becoming one of the first major employers of front-line workers to do so. In addition, Microsoft said it will require proof of vaccination for all employees, vendors and visitors to its U.S. offices starting in September.

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