Growth in the U.S. services sector slowed in June from a record pace the month before, as companies faced with higher prices and job challenges. The activity of measuring the index of the Institute for Food Management in the services sector fell to 60.1 last month, the lowest level since February, from a record May 64 .
Costco will end this month cut special shopping hours for elderly Americans which began in March 2020, shortly after the pandemic was declared a national emergency in the country. Costco stores from July 26 no longer have special operating hours from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Monday through Friday, for members who are 60 years of age or older, or those who are disabled or are immunocompromised.
Gavin Williamson, secretary for education in the UK, confirmed one end to the so-called “bubble self-isolation” system in schools. The system, which will be rolled out by July 19, requires students to stay home if a member of their class or yearbook has contracted Covid-19.
Close contacts of a person who has given positive tests for coronavirus will be from August 16th they no longer have to self-isolate if in the UK if they are completely vaccinated, the health secretary said. Anyone receiving their second dose “just before or just after” that date will have to wait a fortnight for the vaccination to become as effective as possible before the rule applies to them, Sajid Javid told the House of Commons.
The North West had the the highest coronavirus death rate in England last year, according to data from the Office of National Statistics. The ONS said the North West had 176 deaths per 100,000 people in connection with Covid-19. The South West of England had the lowest rate with 59.3 deaths per 100,000 individuals.
More people have died in the UK than were born last year for the first time since 1976, according to official statistics revealing the impact of the pandemic on the population. By 2020, there were 90,000 registered deaths with Covid-19 in the UK, bringing the total number of deaths to 690,000, an increase of 85,000 from 2019, data from the Office for National Statistics show.