Hawaii, the last state with an indoor mask mandate for public schools, will make masks optional.
Masks will become optional in Hawaii’s schools when the new academic year starts on Aug. 1, as the state tries for “a more normal classroom experience this fall,” a state health official said.
By Adeel Hassan
BA.4 and BA.5 power a surge of known infections in Europe, officials say.
While many European countries have seen an uptick in hospitalizations, “what we’re not seeing is an increase in intensive care unit admissions, so the vaccines are still very much working,” an official with the World Health Organization said this week.
By Adeel Hassan, Isabella Kwai and Carly Olson