Biden says no lockdowns, won’t expand vaccine mandates this winter

US President Joe Biden talks about his administration’s plan to combat coronavirus disease (Covid-19) with the emergence of the Omicron variant, during his visit to the National Institutes of Health, in Bethesda, Maryland, United States, December 2, 2021. Kevin Lamarck | Reuters President Joe Biden said Thursday that his plan to fight Covid during the … Read more

Minnesota reports second U.S. omicron case in resident who traveled to NYC

A sign outside a hospital announcing a COVID-19 test on November 19, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images Minnesota public health authorities on Thursday confirmed what appears to be the second case in the United States of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in a resident who recently returned from New York … Read more

Covid hospitalizations from delta variant creep up again across America as omicron lands in U.S.

Andrew Pawson, 30, a patient with coronavirus (COVID-19) recovering after spending more than a month in isolation wards, holds the hand of his wife Isobel inside his room at Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, US, October 28, 2021. Shannon Stapleton | Reuters The number of hospital admissions for Covid-19 is rising again across the country, … Read more

Biden asks businesses to proceed with vaccine mandate after omicron variant arrives in U.S.

US President Joe Biden talks about his administration’s efforts to ease supply chain problems during the holiday season, at the White House in Washington, December 1, 2021. Kevin Lamarck | Reuters President Joe Biden on Thursday asked companies to voluntarily press ahead with the administration’s Covid-19 vaccine and testing requirements, even as the rule was … Read more

Omicron to dominate and overwhelm the world in 3-6 months, doctor says

SINGAPORE – The new Omicron variant of the Covid virus is likely to “overwhelm the entire world” in the coming months, according to an infectious disease doctor in Singapore. Dr Leong Ho Nam of Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital said Wednesday that while vaccines against the strain can be developed quickly, they need to be tested … Read more

Interactive map shows where the Covid omicron variant has been detected

From the US to Germany, Saudi Arabia to Australia, the Covid-19 omicron variant has spread to dozens of countries globally. The World Health Organization has classified omicron, first discovered by South African scientists, as a “variable of concern” because of the large number of mutations that can make the variant more contagious. Much remains unknown … Read more

First U.S. omicron patient fully vaccinated and has mild symptoms

Governor Gavin Newsom takes questions during a news conference about COVID-19 vaccination and housing for homeless veterans at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 10, 2021. Sarah Ringwertz | Media News Group | Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images US health officials said Wednesday that the individual in … Read more

U.S. confirms nation’s first case of omicron Covid variant in California

On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that US health officials have confirmed the country’s first case of the highly mutated novel coronavirus variant called Omicron in California. The White House’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the person, who was fully vaccinated, had just returned from travel in South Africa … Read more

Treasury yields rise amid omicron, Fed taper concerns

US Treasury yields rose Wednesday morning, amid investor concerns about the omicron variable and the Fed’s plans likely to scale faster than expected. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury rose 6 basis points to 1.5005% at 4:15 AM ET. The yield on the 30-year Treasury added 5 basis points to 1.8362%. Returns move inversely … Read more

Omicron Covid variant found in 20 countries but not yet in U.S.

In this photo illustration, a hand holds a medical syringe with the words omicron covid-19 variant in the background. Rafael Henrique | Light Rocket | Getty Images White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that 226 cases of the highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant have been detected in 20 countries so far, … Read more