The Latest: Britain wants more inquiry into COVID-19 origin

By The Associated Press

CARBIS BAY, England — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Britain wants further investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that at the moment the country doesn’t believe it came from a lab.

Speaking at the end of the Group of Seven summit in southwest England, Johnson says that while it doesn’t look as if this particular disease came from a lab, the world needs to “keep an open mind.”

Though the notion was once dismissed by most public health experts and government officials, the hypothesis that COVID-19 leaked accidentally from a Chinese lab is now under a new U.S. investigation ordered by President Joe Biden.

The G-7 leaders endorsed calls for a “timely, transparent, expert-led, and science-based” further investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.

Many scientists still believe the virus most likely jumped from animals to humans.

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MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

— British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hints that the June 21 relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England will be delayed due to the delta variant first identified in India

— Brazil President Bolsonaro fined for no mask during motorcycle rally

— Schools across US brace for surge of kindergartners in fall

— Shop owner’s plea as California reopens: ‘I need customers’

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— Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

MOSCOW — The tally of new coronavirus infections in the Russian capital rose more than 1,000 from the previous day as Moscow heads into a week in which many businesses will be closed under a mayoral order.

The national coronavirus taskforce said Sunday that 7,704 new infection cases were recorded, continuing a steep spike that has alarmed city officials. At the beginning of June, Moscow was recording about 2900 new cases a day.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Saturday ordered businesses that do not operate on weekends to remain “non-working” through the end of this week and closed food courts and children’s play areas. He also ordered restaurants and bars to be limited to takeout service from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Nationwide, 14,723 new infections were reported Sunday, about 1200 more than a day earlier. Overall, Russia has reported about 5.2 million infections and 126,000 deaths.

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TOKYO — Japanese airline All Nippon Airways has begun vaccinating its pilots and cabin attendants on international flights. That makes it one of the first companies to launch workplace vaccinations in Japan, one of the world’s least-vaccinated nations.

Japan is desperately pushing to accelerate the pace of inoculations before the Tokyo Olympics start in about 40 days.

Following criticism over the slow pace of the vaccine rollout, the government recently unveiled workplace inoculation programs by major companies to supplement efforts led by municipalities around the country.

On Sunday, 50 ANA pilots and flight attendants dressed in their uniforms got their first shot of the Moderna vaccine at a company inoculation site at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. They were part of the 10,000 employees ANA is prioritizing. The airline plans to increase its daily vaccination capacity to about 300 to eventually cover all its 46,500 employees.

Satoru Shimizu, a 56-year-old pilot who got his first jab, said he’s been nervous about COVID-19 as he flies around the world. But now, “I feel so relieved, and I can concentrate on my duty and that will also lead to safety.”

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BEIJING — A fleet of 60 drones has been deployed in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou to keep people indoors and remind those going out to wear masks.

China has largely stamped out cases of local COVID-19 transmission, but Guangzhou has seen a flare-up of the more infectious delta variant of the virus, initially discovered in India.

Six new cases were reported in Guangzhou over the previous 24 hours, raising the number in the outbreak to more than 100.

The police-operated drones carry cameras and broadcast messages to people venturing outdoors that they and others are best protected by staying inside.

The flying unmanned vehicles add to an already dense layer of monitoring including cellphone health confirmations, temperature checks and quarantines for those living in or travelling to areas where the risk of infection is considered high.

Gungzhou has isolated several neighborhoods, restricted travel out of the city and the surrounding province and shuttered cinemas and other indoor entertainment venues.

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SAO PAULO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday and got hit with a fine for failing to wear a mask.

Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine — about $110 — would be imposed for violating a rule that has required masks in public places since May 2020.

Bolsonaro’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bolsonaro, who tested positive for COVID-19 last year, also was fined for failing to wear a mask during a rally with supporters in May in the northeastern state of Maranhao.

The conservative president waved to the crowd from his motorcycle and later spoke from atop a sound truck to helmeted but largely maskless backers. They cheered and chanted while he insisted that masks were useless for those already vaccinated — an assertion disputed by most public health experts.

Vaccines are designed chiefly to protect recipients from getting sick, not necessarily from being infected. While studies show many vaccines reduce viral load and likely spread, not all varieties have been fully studied.

Less than 12% of Brazil’s population has received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health.

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FALMOUTH, England — Public health experts and humanitarian groups are calling for money, increased vaccine production and logistical support to help developing countries where the coronavirus is still rampant.

They say rich nations must do more than donate surplus vaccines if they hope to end the COVID-19 pandemic. While almost half of the G-7′s combined population has received at least one dose of vaccine, the worldwide figure is less than 13%. In Africa, it’s just 2.2%.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he hoped leaders of the Group of Seven nations meeting in England will agree to provide at least 1 billion vaccine doses for poorer countries. The G-7 leaders continue to debate other forms of vaccine aid.

Wealthy nations must act quickly not only out of altruism, but to protect their own citizens, said Lily Caprani, head of COVID-19 vaccines advocacy for UNICEF. She says the virus will continue to mutate if allowed to spread unchecked, resulting in potentially more dangerous variants.

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DALLAS — The airline industry’s recovery from the pandemic passed a milestone as more than 2 million people streamed through U.S. airport security checkpoints on Friday for the first time since early March 2020.

The Transportation Security Administration announced Saturday that 2.03 million travelers were screened at airport security checkpoints on Friday. It was the first time in 15 months that the number of security screenings has surpassed 2 million in a single day.

Airline bookings have been picking up since around February, as more Americans were vaccinated against COVID-19. In the U.S., travel restrictions, such as mandatory quarantines, have eased.

The crowds Friday were only 74% of the volume compared to the same day in 2019. However, the 2.03 million was 1.5 million more travelers than the same day last year, according to the TSA.

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NEW YORK — With COVID-19 cases declining and vaccinations increasing, governors across the U.S. are wrestling with when to issue an end to the emergency declarations.

More than a half-dozen states already have ended their coronavirus emergencies. That includes South Carolina and New Hampshire, where Republican governors ended their emergency orders this past week. More states could join that list soon.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, says his emergency declaration will end Tuesday. The state had an indefinite state of emergency for 15 months. He credited the state’s high vaccination rate with helping turn the tide in the fight against the coronavirus.

In many states, emergency declarations have been routinely extended by governors every few weeks or months since the start of the pandemic. Republicans generally are leading the push to end emergency orders, but some Democrats also are supporting such moves.

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BEIJING — Top U.S. and Chinese diplomats appear to have had another sharply worded exchange, with Beijing saying it told the U.S. to cease interfering in its internal affairs and accusing it of politicizing the search for the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a phone call Friday that revealed wide divisions in a number of contentious areas, including the curtailing of freedoms in Hong Kong and the mass detention of Muslims in the northwestern Xinjiang region.

Yang said China was “gravely concerned” over what he called “absurd” stories that the virus escaped from a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where cases were first discovered.

The U.S. and others have accused China of failing to provide the raw data and access to sites that would allow a more thorough investigation into where the virus sprung from and how it initially spread.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia says this year’s hajj pilgrimage will be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all of them from within the kingdom, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The kingdom made the announcement Saturday on its state-run Saudi Press Agency. It cited the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for making the decision. It says this year’s hajj, which will begin in mid-July, will be limited to those ages 18 to 65. Those taking part must be vaccinated, the ministry says.

Each year, up to 2 million Muslims perform the hajj, a physically demanding and often costly pilgrimage that draws the faithful from around the world. The hajj, required of all able-bodied Muslims to perform once in their lifetime, is seen as a chance to wipe clean past sins and bring about greater humility and unity among Muslims.

Recipe: Cool off this summer with Mango-Citrus Sorbet

No wonder mangoes are the most widely consumed fruit in the world. The soft flesh is sweet and exotic, a blend of pineapple and tree-ripened peach. The scent is an alluring blend of pine forest and tropical jungle.

Mangoes will ripen after they are harvested. For ripe fruit, look for mangoes that yield to light pressure next to the stem. Avoid those with loose or shriveled skin. If ripening at home, place at room temperature for 1 to 3 days out of direct sunlight. Or, to speed up ripening, place 2 or more mangoes in loosely sealed paper bag. When ripe, refrigerate in plastic bag up to 3 days. Recently I have had great success with the Sapurana mango variety. They are a perfect texture right off the shelf in the produce aisle, with no additional ripening required.

Warm weather calls for putting my ice cream machine to work. This mango-centric sorbet is a favorite.

Mango-Citrus Sorbet

Yield: 8 servings

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

3 large or 4 medium mangoes, about 3 pounds, peeled, diced

Juice of 1 lemon, preferably Meyer lemon

Juice of 1 orange

Optional for serving: shortbread cookies

1. In small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to boil on high heat; boil 2 minutes. Cool and chill.

2. Puree mango in batches in blender or food processor fitted with metal blade; fruit should be smooth, without any lumps. Add chilled sugar syrup, lemon juice and orange juice; whirl until combined.

3. Process in ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.

4. Transfer to container. Cover and freeze at least 5 hours or up to 1 week. Place in refrigerator 15 minutes before serving to soften slightly. If desired, serve with shortbread cookies.

Source: “Melissa’s Everyday Cooking with Organic Produce” by Cathy Thomas (Wiley, $29.95)

 

Canyon High celebrates its Class of 2021

Naseem Nowroozi, right, hugs Allison Chu after graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Katherine Mary Krahl dons a Bob Ross-decorated cap during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Eli Metoyer celebrates at the end of graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Seniors receive their diplomas during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Gabriel Gallardo waves to classmates after receiving his diploma during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Jagger Hood celebrates after receiving his diploma during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Morgan Gardner dons a decorated cap during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Caden Hubbell looks to the crowd after receiving her diploma during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Jake Faryniarz looks toward the crowd after receiving his diploma during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Devine Homen-Ike heads back to her seat after receiving her diploma during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Logan Kramp celebrates at the end of graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Seniors wear decorated caps during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Tala Ashrafi rolls in to Fred Kelly Stadium during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Erin Katherine Hayashida waves to the crowd as she enters Fred Kelly Stadium during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
A senior wears cow shows during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Seniors enter Fred Kelly Stadium during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Nickolas Gerald Eaton celebrates as he enters Fred Kelly Stadium during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Isabelle Pereze looks toward the crowd after receiving her diploma during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Malia Escano gestures toward the crowd after receiving her diploma during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Brooke Nguyen celebrates after receiving his diploma during graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Seniors celebrate at the end of graduation for Canyon High School in Orange, CA, on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Canyon High saluted its graduates in a commencement ceremony on Thursday, June 10.

The socially distanced event featured cheering families and smiling grads as they accepted their diplomas at Fred Kelly Stadium.

Dunn: Scholarship remember standout Sailors

One of the oldest high schools in Orange County, Newport Harbor, has some of the most prestigious annual scholarships for deserving senior football players.

On the heels of a season pushed back several months and shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, great appreciation was acknowledged in the form of six in-house scholarships at Harbor, which opened its doors in 1930. It is the ninth-oldest high school in Orange County, following Santa Ana (1889), Fullerton (1893), Anaheim (1898), Orange (1903), Huntington Beach (1905), Garden Grove (1921), Tustin (1921) and Brea Olinda (1926).

There will be fallen soldiers when you’ve been around as long as the Sailors. A few are revered every football postseason, culminating in the Vincent D. Mulroy Scholarship and the John Gust Athletic Scholarship.

Rick John, Mulroy’s friend and former Newport Harbor teammate, Mulroy’s sister, Kate Sperring, and Sailors Coach Peter Lofthouse awarded standout Justin McCoy with this season’s 12th Vincent D. Mulroy Scholarship, while wide receiver James Crowell earned the John Gust Athletic Scholarship.

McCoy, an elusive 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back, enjoyed a stellar junior year when the Sailors (9-4) advanced to the 2019 CIF Southern Section Division 9 semifinals, a season in which they started 7-0 for the first time since 1994. The leading statistical running back in the area, McCoy carried 260 times for 1,249 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns and caught 47 passes for 472 yards and four touchdowns from Harbor quarterbacks Cole Lavin and Nick Kim, earning Sunset League Co-Offensive Back of the Year.

In a pandemic-shortened senior year, McCoy rushed for 397 yards on 67 carries in four games, an average of 99.3 yards per contest and 5.9 yards per carry, meriting second-team All-Sunset League.

The Mulroy Scholarship includes $1,500 toward college tuition and is presented to the graduating offensive player who has demonstrated the highest level of athleticism, citizenship and academics at Newport Harbor. Launched by friends and former teammates, the scholarship began after Mulroy’s untimely death in 2009.

Mulroy (Class of 1975) played wide receiver on Newport Harbor’s back-to-back Sunset League championship teams in 1973 and ’74 as the Tars reached the quarterfinals both seasons in the CIF Division 1 playoffs.

Mulroy twice earned All-Sunset League, All-Orange County and first-team All-CIF accolades. In track and field, Mulroy still holds school records in the decathlon, varsity mile relay and frosh/soph 440-yard relay. He was voted track MVP in 1975.

Mulroy continued his football career at Stanford, where he earned Academic All-American under Coach Bill Walsh, who later coached the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl wins. Mulroy’s status as a Pac-8 athlete made him a positive influence as a “big brother” to at-risk youth in the Palo Alto area. Upon graduating in 1979, the Stanford Alumni Association presented Mulroy with its first J. Wallace Sterling Award “for his tireless and thoughtful efforts as director of the Stanford Volunteers for Youth Program and on behalf of disadvantaged young people everywhere; for leadership qualities and sensitivity he has brought to Stanford activities, athletics, and all he undertakes; and for those truly remarkable capacities as organizer, motivator, student, counselor and friend which his work and life represent.”

The Gust Scholarship is a publicly supported memorial established in 1973 to honor John Gust (Class of ’74), an outstanding football player and wrestler who was killed in an auto accident on a skiing trip after his senior football season, in which he achieved All-Sunset League, All-Orange County and merited the Sailors’ Most Improved Player Award. The recipient receives a plaque and $500 scholarship toward college expenses.

Other Newport Harbor scholarship winners: Greg Gladstone Memorial Scholarship, Spencer O’Bryan; Cade Feitler Athletic Scholarship, Cade Parks; Coach Mike Giddings Scholarship, Chris Jover; and Kamble Chai Foundation, Matthew Osborne and Tim Tizon.

Richard Dunn, a longtime sportswriter, writes the Dunn Deal column regularly for The Orange County Register’s weekly, The Coastal Current North.

Electric Ocean brings rave-like dance party and music festival to SeaWorld San Diego

A summer-long event featuring DJ dance music, live bands, laser light shows, fireworks, dayglow performance artists and nightclub vibe coming to SeaWorld San Diego sounds like a cross between an outdoor music festival and family-friendly rave — if there’s even such a thing.

Electric Ocean runs on select days and nights from Friday, June 11 through Sept. 6 at the San Diego marine park.

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The returning summer festival won’t feature rave-like electronic dance music, but it will play host to “electrifying dance music” from DJs and live bands offering a mix of dance, pop, rock, Latin and R&B hits.

Electric Ocean transforms SeaWorld into a glowing underwater world of roaming acrobats and entertainers along with inflatable sea anemones, moon jellyfish canopies and cosmic light tunnels.

The summer fest will bring a host of entertainment to SeaWorld.

The new “Cirque Neon World” show in the park’s Bayside Amphitheater will feature a mix of acrobatic circus performances and dance routines set to a world beat soundtrack.

The new Club Sea Glow will be home to an all-ages dance party while the Glow cocktail bar will be strictly 21 and over.

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The High Voltage Brass Band will put on performances in the style of the “Stomp” and “Blast” Broadway musical shows.

Live performance painter Stephen Fishwick will tell stories about the plight of endangered species while painting the animals at SeaWorld.

SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean nights will end with the “Laser Reef” laser light show and “Ignite” fireworks spectacular.