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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. 27: The World Sounds the Alarm as Omicron Variant Is Detected in Germany, U.K.

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 27: The World Sounds the Alarm as Omicron Variant Is Detected in Germany, U.K.

A growing number of countries moved to halt air traffic from South Africa and neighboring countries after the discovery of the new Omicron variant that appears to have originated there.
The World Health Organization skipped two Greek letters, Nu and Xi, and bestowed the new variant with the name Omicron, to avoid confusion with the English word “new” that is pronounced similarly to the letter Nu and with the name of …

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to London

WestJet to Offer Dreamliner Service from Calgary to London

WestJet announced plans to launch new service between Calgary and London.
Flights would begin next spring.
“This is an important recovery milestone as we forge new connections between Canada and one of the world’s most sought after global hubs,” said the airline’s chief commercial officer, John Weatherill.
The low-cost Canadian carrier did not disclose the planned frequency of the service or any departure or arrival times in its announcement.
WestJet will operate the flights …

International Travel Has Reopened: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Go Right Now

The reopening of international borders has given rise to family reunions and the activation of long-dormant travel plans to Europe but such trips come with a fairly large caveat: “Avoid travel” recommendations from Austria to the former Yugoslavia are now in place.
“Because of the current situation,” the CDC writes on its travel-advisory website, “even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants.”
The situation that the …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 7: Court Temporarily Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Larger Businesses

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 7: Court Temporarily Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Larger Businesses

 
A U.S. federal appeals panel temporarily blocking the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for businesses with over 100 workers.  The stay, issued on Saturday by panel of three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit of Louisiana, comes after a group of businesses, advocacy groups, and religious groups petitioned the court to determine if the administration had overstepped its authority.
Meanwhile, in the United States, 70% of adults …

Coronavirus News Brief – Oct. 29: Cases in Europe Surge, Britain Removes All Countries from Red List

Coronavirus News Brief – Oct. 29: Cases in Europe Surge, Britain Removes All Countries from Red List

While the number of new coronavirus cases is in decline in many parts of the world, that figure is surging in Europe. The World Health Organization reported that, in the period from October 18 through October 24, more than half of the world’s new confirmed cases were in Europe.
Low vaccination rates in many parts of Eastern Europe are largely to blame.  The majority of the adult population in Western Europe …

Europe to Set Back Clocks One Hour on Sunday for Winter Time

People in most European nations will adjust their clocks back one hour early Sunday as the cutover from Summer Time to Winter Time takes place, thereby giving everyone on the Continent an extra hour of sleep. Since Europe spans multiple time zones, the change will occur at different local times.
The move is akin to the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time in the United States, although it is …