U.S. Extends Border Closure As COVID-19 Spreads Among The Unvaccinated

The White House is extending its border closure and international travel restrictions as the U.S. battles a resurgence in COVID-19 cases among unvaccinated Americans.

With only about 57% of eligible U.S. residents fully vaccinated, media reports say that the Biden administration plans to keep its borders closed for the foreseeable future.

The decision comes after the U.S. extended a separate travel ban at its land borders with Canada and Mexico last week.

Public health officials fear that the more infectious Delta variant will wreak ever more havoc in states with low vaccination rates.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the seven-day average of daily new cases was 47% higher last week than in the previous week.

The CDC also says that the Delta variant comprises 83% of all new U.S. COVID-19 cases, the vast majority of which are among unvaccinated people.