Coronavirus

Germany to Exclude the Unvaccinated from Much of Public Life with New ‘2G’ Rules

Germany to Exclude the Unvaccinated from Much of Public Life with New ‘2G’ Rules

The German government announced new so-called 2G rules that exclude all individuals who have not yet been vaccinated for the coronavirus, or who don’t have proof of recovery from the virus, from almost all facets of life outside of the home.
The rules restrict non-vaccinated individuals from entering restaurants, cafés, hotels, theaters, cinemas, hairdressers, and shops except for those carrying basic necessities such as grocers or apothecaries.
“2G” stands for “geimpft” (vaccinated) …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 3: More Omicron Cases in the U.S., Oslo Party Source of World’s Largest Outbreak

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 3: More Omicron Cases in the U.S., Oslo Party Source of World’s Largest Outbreak

The new omicron variant of the coronavirus, first identified in South Africa, is starting to appear more in the United States, health officials there said.  Cases have been reported in California, Colorado, Hawaii, and Minnesota.
New York State confirmed its first five cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a joint press conference.  “This is not a major cause for …

New U.S. Covid Plan Includes Tighter Travel Rules and Free At-Home Covid Tests

New U.S. Covid Plan Includes Tighter Travel Rules and Free At-Home Covid Tests

The White House announced a plan to keep the economy open as the new omicron variant spreads throughout the globe.
The plan includes new testing requirements for international travelers, hundreds of additional vaccination sites aimed at families, booster shots for all adults, and insurance reimbursements for at-home coronavirus tests.  It also extends the face mask mandate for all forms of public transportation through March 2022.
The mask mandate requires people traveling on …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 2: EU President Backs Vaccine Mandates, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighted in New York City

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 2: EU President Backs Vaccine Mandates, Rockefeller Center Tree Lighted in New York City

The European Union must consider coronavirus vaccination mandates for all residents as a response to the omicron variant, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen said Wednesday.
Von der Leyen said the EU’s 27 member states should quickly deploy booster doses and consider temporarily enforcing pre-travel PCR tests even within the bloc’s borders.
“We have the vaccines, the life-saving vaccines, but they are not being used adequately everywhere,” Von der Leyen, …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 1: U.S. Plans Tougher Rules for Travelers Arriving from Foreign Countries

Coronavirus News Briefing – Dec. 1: U.S. Plans Tougher Rules for Travelers Arriving from Foreign Countries

As the omicron “variant of concern” continues to take hold, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was considering tightening coronavirus testing requirements for travelers coming to the United States.  The new rules would mandate a Covid-19 test within 24 hours of boarding a flight to the United States and a second test within five days of arrival.  The current rules call for a test within 72 …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 30: Omicron Variant Was Already in Europe a Week Ago, Dutch Officials Say

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 30: Omicron Variant Was Already in Europe a Week Ago, Dutch Officials Say

Officials in the Netherlands reported that the omicron variant of the coronavirus was in the country more than a week ago. It was found in two individuals who had tested positive for Covid but it was not known if either had been to South Africa.
In the United States, President Joseph Biden addressed the nation Monday evening concerning the new omicron variant.  “This variant is a cause for concern, not a …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 29: Omicron Variant Poses ‘Very High Risk,’ Says WHO

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 29: Omicron Variant Poses ‘Very High Risk,’ Says WHO

The World Health Organization warned that the new omicron variant of the coronavirus poses a “very high” risk just as governments across the globe rushed to stem the spread of the virus with border closure after border closure, moves reminiscent of the earliest days of the pandemic.
Scientists continue to say that the risk posed by omicron is unknown as they race to determine if existing vaccines would work against it.
Meanwhile, …