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

Omicron Covid variant expected to hit New York in ‘coming days,’ NY health commissioner says

A pop-up Covid-19 test takes place on a Manhattan street on October 26, 2021 in New York City. Spencer Platt | Getty Images The new, highly mutated variant of Omicron’s Covid-19 is expected to hit New York state in the “coming days,” the state’s health commissioner said Thursday. “We now have a disclosure. We fully … 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

Omicron clouds outlook for international travel that was just turning a corner

A passenger arrives at a terminal at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington as countries react to the novel coronavirus variant Omicron amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Washington, United States, November 30, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Parilla Carlos Barria | Reuters The spread of the omicron variant Covid-19 around the world may delay the recovery … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Thursday, Dec. 2

Here are the top news, trends and analysis that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Wall Street braces for a rally after the first US omicron case leads to heavy selling Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, December 1, 2021. Brendan McDermid | … Read more

Where did Omicron Covid variant come from and where is it circulating?

A doctor wearing personal protective equipment looks before taking a house-to-house coronavirus test on July 21, 2020 in Lima, Peru. Raul Cifuentes | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON – With more cases of the new omicron Covid variant emerging around the world, experts say it is possible that the variant, first identified in … Read more

U.S. tightens travel testing requirements, mask mandates

United States President Joe Biden talks about a Covid-19 vaccine that has been administered in the United States at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, February 25, 2021. Saul Loeb | AFP | Getty Images The Biden administration is tightening rules for travel to and within the United States, requiring all domestic international … 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