June 16, Updates

Dangerous variant ‘rapidly increasing’ in US, expert says

The Delta variant, first reported in India, currently accounts for nearly 10% of coronavirus cases in the U.S., according to the CDC.

EU agrees to start lifting travel restrictions on Americans

EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries from which restrictions on nonessential travel should be lifted

US COVID death toll hits 600,000, equal to yearly cancer toll

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer.

Many Californians keep masks on even as state reopens

Despite Tuesday’s massive reopening of the California economy and the loosening of COVID-19 rules that have been in place for more than a year, many people continued to wear masks in public, saying they felt it was better to be safe than sorry.

O.C. residents enjoy reopening, largely marking an end to masks

Fully vaccinated residents in Orange County no longer have to wear masks in most places or stay six feet away from others.