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The Latest: London to help keep mask use on public transport

The Latest: London to help keep mask use on public transport


London’s mayor has asked the body overseeing transport in the capital to enforce the usage of face masks on buses and trains as a “condition of carriage” after legal restrictions in England are lifted on July 19.

Sadiq Khan said Wednesday he’s “not prepared” to put transport users in the capital “at-risk” by eliminating the rules on face coverings after the legal obligation to put them on is lifted.

Conditions of carriage are contractual conditions between passengers and Transport for London, which oversees public transport in London. Under their terms, enforcement officers would manage to deny access or eject passengers not wearing masks when using the subway, buses, and trams.

Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that many of England’s coronavirus restrictions, including compulsory mask-wearing in several indoor public settings, will end within the last stage of his road map out from the coronavirus lockdown. However, Johnson urged people to keep cautious and to exercise “personal responsibility.”



A ship operated by Genting Cruise Lines has returned to Singapore port after having a suspected COVID-19 case up to speed sparked a health scare. Some 2,900 passengers and crew members remain up to speed pending test results.

Singapore Tourism Board cruise director Annie Chang says a 40-year-old passenger was isolated Tuesday after being identified as a detailed contact of a confirmed case on land. She says he subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 up to speed the World Dream cruise ship and has been sent to a hospital for further testing. His three traveling companions tested negative.

Chang says all leisure activities up to speed the World Dream cruise ship has ceased, with the vessel undergoing an intensive disinfection process after time for port early Wednesday. All passengers are confined within their cabins until test email address details are out and contact tracing is completed.

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Dream Cruises, a model of Genting Cruise Lines, says the ship departed Sunday on a three-night cruise with 1,646 passengers and 1,249 crew members. As a precautionary measure, the organization says that World Dream’s subsequent two-night cruise scheduled to depart late Wednesday has been canceled.

Senior health official Lee Ki-Il told reporters 1,179 of the new cases originated in the Seoul metropolitan area, marking initially the capital region surpassed 1,000 daily points because the pandemic began.

Lee says the recently enforced stringent distancing rules need at least a week to show effects. He urges the public to avoid traveling or attending nonessential gatherings and stay at home until next week.

Private gatherings of three or more people after 6 p.m. were banned in the Seoul area as of Monday. Nightclubs and other high-risk nightlife facilities have been ordered to turn off for just two weeks.


Los Angeles County reports the fifth straight day of more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases.

Health officials warned Tuesday that the more contagious delta variant of the virus continues to spread rapidly among unvaccinated people in the state.

County is home to a quarter of California’s 40 million people. County officials reported new cases totaling 1,103 for the last 24 hours. County officials said the five-day average of points is 1,095 — a jump of more than 500% in only one month.

Their state, meanwhile, reported 3,256 newly confirmed coronavirus infections — the most remarkable one-day total since early March.


Officials in Sydney say Australia’s largest city will stay in lockdown for at least five weeks due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus.

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New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Wednesday that Sydney’s 5 million people would remain locked down until July 30, a couple of weeks longer than planned.

The extension uses 97 new infections were reported Wednesday in the latest 24-hour period, including 24 who had been infectious in the community.

Berejiklian says the daily tally of infectious people within the community will need to be close to zero before the lockdown can end.

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