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Omicron variant cases have been found in New York and LA, officials say

People in masks walk near Little Island park in New York City.Noam Galai/Getty Images Five Omicron coronavirus variant cases have been found in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Thursday. One Omicron coronavirus variant case has also been found in LA. The Omicron variant has now been found in five US states. Omicron coronavirus variant cases have been detected in New York state and Los Angeles, officials in both regions said on Thursday. All five of the cases in New York state were found in th...
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New York has found 5 cases of the Omicron variant, governor says

People in masks walk near Little Island park in New York City.Noam Galai/Getty Images Five Omicron coronavirus variant cases have been found in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul said. She said the vaccination status of most of the people infected was not clear. The Omicron variant has now been found in five US states. Five cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been detected in New York state, Gov. Kathy Hochul said on Thursday.Hochul said at a briefing that the cases were "no cause for alar...
Tags: New York, Science, New York City, US, Trends, Brooklyn, South Africa, Hawaii, News UK, Bill De Blasio, Hochul, Kathy Hochul, Suffolk County Long Island, Little Island, Omicron, Coronavirus


Germany is imposing a COVID-19 lockdown for unvaccinated people only

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media during her visit at the TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, in Berlin, Germany, November 22, 2021.Markus Schreiber/Reuters Germany is putting a new COVID-19 lockdown in place, but only for people who are not vaccinated against the coronavirus, outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel and her successor, Olaf Scholz, announced Thursday."Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated or recovered (from Covid)," Me...
Tags: Politics, Science, News, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, International, Trends, Olaf Scholz, Kelly McLaughlin, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Speed desk, TUMO Center for Creative Technologies, Markus Schreiber Reuters Germany, Covid Merkel


Dr. Anthony Fauci says we should do 8 things to deal with the Omicron variant

Dr. Anthony FauciAlex Wong/Getty Images Dr. Anthony Fauci listed eight steps that ordinary people should take to address the new Omicron variant.In a Tuesday briefing with the White House's COVID-19 response team, Fauci — the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases  —  said existing measures we've taken against COVID-19 should work against the newly detected variant. Fauci recommended the following steps to protect against the Omicron variant:Get vaccinate...
Tags: Science, News, White House, Africa, Trends, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, National Institute of Allergy, Breaking, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Speed desk, Omicron Variant, Anthony FauciAlex Wong Getty, Rebecca Cohen Hilary Brueck


The couple accused of escaping their isolation hotel in the Netherlands complains forced quarantine is 'worse than a prison'

People wait in front for quarantine and COVID-19 test appointments inside Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands in November 2021.REUTERS/Eva Plevier/File Photo The couple who escaped a COVID-19 lockdown in the Netherlands say their new forced quarantine is "worse than a prison."  Andrés Sanz and Carolina Pimenta were required to quarantine after Pimenta tested positive for COVID-19 after a trip to South Africa.  The couple managed to escape and made it all the way to a plane bound for Spain bef...
Tags: Science, News, Africa, Trends, Spain, Bbc, South Africa, Netherlands, The Netherlands, Schiphol Airport, Pimenta, Sanz, Breaking, REBECCA COHEN, Coronavirus, COVID-19


The Omicron variant was in Europe earlier than previously thought, and it's not clear if the person had been to southern Africa, officials say

An empty shopping street during a coronavirus curfew in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.AP Photo/Peter Dejong Dutch officials said the Omicron variant was found in samples taken from people on Nov. 19 and 23. Previously, Europe's first-known Omicron case was someone who tested positive on Nov. 22. Officials said it was "not clear yet" if the people from these samples were in southern Africa. The Omicron variant was detected in Europe days earlier than was previously realized, according to new ...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Africa, Trends, South Africa, Netherlands, News UK, Belgium, North America, Southern Africa, Europe Asia, Amsterdam The Netherlands, Peter Dejong, Omicron, Dutch National Institute for Public Health


Japan, Israel, and Morocco ban all foreign travelers from entering over Omicron variant fears

Tokyo International Airport.IamDoctorEgg/Shutterstock.com Japan, Israel and Morocco have all barred foreign travelers from entering the country. It's the most strict measures imposed by nations in response to the newly detected Omicron variant. The new B.1.1.529 variant was labeled a "variant of concern" status by the WHO on Friday. Japan on Monday joined Israel and Morocco in barring foreign travelers from entering the country as nations worldwide make sweeping new travel restrictions ov...
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NIH director Francis Collins says there's 'reason to be pretty optimistic' vaccines will be effective against the Omicron variant

National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins.MSNBC NIH head says there's reason to be "optimistic" that COVID-19 vaccines would work against Omicron. Collins urged people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get their boosters. The Omicron variant first emerged in South Africa where it has rapidly spread.  There is "reason to be pretty optimistic" that the available COVID-19 vaccines will be effective against the new Omicron variant of the virus, National Institutes of ...
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WHO slams countries for putting travel bans on southern Africa, saying it 'attacks global solidarity'

A Doctors Without Borders nurse performs a COVID-19 test in Johannesburg, South Africa.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images Countries put travel bans on southern African nations after the Omicron variant was first found there. A WHO official said "putting in place travel bans that target Africa attacks global solidarity." South Africa said it feels punished, instead of applauded for finding and reporting the variant. The World Health Organization criticized countries for putting travel bans on so...
Tags: Science, Africa, Trends, Bbc, South Africa, New York Times, News UK, Who, World Health Organization, Botswana, Africa South Africa, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Europe Many, Asia North America, Matshidiso Moeti, Omicron


EU member states agree to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant 'Omicron' rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant, which the WHO named Omicron, on Friday. European Union member states have agreed to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there, Associated Press journalist...
Tags: Transportation, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, Eu, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Belgium, Who, World Health Organization


A new coronavirus variant called 'Omicron' is now a 'variant of concern,' the WHO said

Doctors Without Borders nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose performs a COVID-19 test on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa, on May 13, 2020.Michele Spatari/AFP/Getty Images The WHO named a new coronavirus variant, Omicron, a "variant of concern." Public-health experts worry its large number of mutations may pose a high risk of reinfection. Cases have been reported so far in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium. The World Health Organization designat...
Tags: Science, News, US, International, Trends, South Africa, Delta, Belgium, Who, World Health Organization, Anthony Fauci, JOHANNESBURG South Africa, Breaking, Omicron, Coronavirus, Michele Spatari


Belgium records Europe's first case of the new coronavirus variant spreading in southern Africa

A coronavirus vaccine vial.Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images Belgium recorded its first case of the new coronavirus variant seen spreading in southern Africa, its health minister said Friday.Frank Vandenbroucke announced that the B1.1.529 variant was found in an unvaccinated traveler who entered Belgium and tested positive on November 22, De Morgen reported."Caution is necessary, but don't panic," Vandenbroucke said, Het Laatste Nieuws reported.Previous cases had been restricted to South Africa,...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, UK, Science, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, European Union, South Africa, Delta, Belgium, Alexandra Ma, Botswana South Africa, De Morgen, Het Laatste Nieuws


EU asks member states to ban flights from southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It prompted the European Commission to recommend a flight ban from the region. Belgium announced Europe's first case of the new variant on Friday. The European Union has asked member states to ban flights from southern African countries, citing the new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."It is now important that all of us in Europe act very s...
Tags: Transportation, Hong Kong, Europe, Science, News, Germany, Africa, Trends, Eu, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Belgium, Botswana, Alexandra Ma


Fauci says there is no indication the new coronavirus variant found in southern Africa is in the US

Dr. Anthony Fauci.Pool / Pool/ Getty Images A new coronavirus variant was detected in southern Africa. Experts are worried about its mutations. Fauci said that there is "no indication" the variant is currently in the US. He said there is concern over the speed of its spread and whether it would escape vaccine protection. Dr. Anthony Fauci said that there is "no indication" that the new coronavirus variant that was first found in southern Africa is currently in the US.He told CNN's "New Da...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Science, Africa, US, Trends, European Union, Cnn, South Africa, News UK, Belgium, Anthony Fauci, Botswana, Fauci, South Africa Botswana, Coronavirus


Rise of a new coronavirus variant in Africa looks like the disaster scenario experts warned of if rich nations hoarded vaccines for themselves

A man receiving a coronavirus vaccination on a train in South Africa.REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo A new coronavirus variant was found in southern Africa. Experts worry it could be the worst so far. Scientists had warned that a dangerous new variant could emerge if there isn't global vaccine access. They said all countries need vaccines before wealthy ones get boosters. Rich nations didn't listen. As coronavirus vaccines were produced, approved, and rolled out, health experts said...
Tags: Hong Kong, Politics, UK, Science, Minnesota, Germany, Africa, Trends, Joe Biden, Analysis, South Africa, News UK, Who, World Health Organization, Rich, Botswana


Europe considers a flight ban on southern Africa over new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.Reuters A new coronavirus variant — B.1.1.529 — is rapidly spreading in southern Africa. It's prompting the European Commission to consider a flight ban from the region. The UK restricted travel to and from six southern African countries on Thursday. The European Union is considering an "emergency brake" flight ban on southern African countries, citing a new coronavirus variant rapidly spreading there."The EU Commission will propose, in c...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, UK, Science, News, Africa, Trends, European Union, South Africa, News UK, European Commission, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Alexandra Ma, EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen


Putin says he took an experimental nasal COVID-19 vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin.Vladimir Smirnov\TASS via Getty Images Vladimir Putin said he took part in a trial for a nasal COVID-19 vaccine. He also received a booster shot of Russia's own Sputnik vaccine on Sunday. Putin said his immunity had been waning since he got his first vaccine shots. Russian President Vladimir Putin said he took an experimental nasal COVID-19 vaccine.Putin said on Wednesday that he had taken part in tests for the nasal form of the vaccine, Russian news agenc...
Tags: Politics, Science, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Trends, News UK, Reuters, TASS, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Vladimir Putin Vladimir Smirnov


7 doctors got COVID-19 days after going to an anti-vax conference in Florida

A protester holds an anti-vaccination sign in California. The protest is unrelated to the November 2021 conference.David McNew/Getty Images Seven doctors tested postive or got COVID-19 symptoms after attending an anti-vaccine conference. The event organizer told the Daily Beast that he didn't see the event as a superspreader. One of those infected bragged about using ivermectin while at the conference. Seven doctors who went to an anti-vaccine conference in Florida tested postive for COV...
Tags: Florida, Science, News, California, Trends, Earth, News UK, The Daily Beast, David McNew Getty, Anti-vaccination, Anti-vaxxers, Boros, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Littell


Unrest and protests are ripping across Europe as anger mounts over new COVID-19 winter restrictions

Demonstrators carry flags as they gather to protest against COVID-19 measures, in Zagreb, Croatia November 20, 2021.REUTERS/Antonio Bronic New coronavirus protests are have taken place across Europe as winter restrictions loom. Some countries are bringing in new restrictions, and many require vaccination or negative test proof. People gathered in cities like Vienna and Rome, with some protests turning violent. New coronavirus protests are taking place across Europe in response to winter restr...
Tags: Europe, Science, Milan, Trends, Bbc, Rome, Austria, Vienna, Italy, News UK, Croatia, The Netherlands, Reuters, Zagreb Croatia, Vienna Austria, Europe People


Austria becomes the first country in western Europe to reimpose a full COVID-19 lockdown, and says it plans to make vaccines compulsory

People waiting for a mass Covid-19 testing in Vienna, Austria.AP Photo/Ronald Zak Austria announced a full coronavirus lockdown that would end on December 13 for vaccinated people. The chancellor said the move "hurts" but not enough people had been convinced to get vaccinated. The whole population must be vaccinated by February 1, 2022, officials said, without giving specifics. Austria has announced a full coronavirus lockdown, becoming the first country in western Europe to do so this autumn...
Tags: Europe, Science, News, Trends, Austria, News UK, Reuters, Vienna Austria, Europe Reuters, Coronavirus, Sinead Baker, Alexander Schallenberg, Speed desk, Ronald Zak Austria, Monday Die Presse


Austria imposed a COVID-19 lockdown for unvaccinated people only

A patient gets a coronavirus vaccine in Vienna, Austria. AP Photo/Lisa Leutner, File Unvaccinated people in Austria can only leave home for essential reasons from Monday. The chancellor said the goal is to slow the virus, help the health service, and encourage more vaccinations. Police are in charge of checking people's vaccination status, and can carry out spot checks. Austria started a lockdown for only unvaccinated people on Monday.People who aren't vaccinated are only able to g...
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An Austrian province is preparing a COVID-19 lockdown for unvaccinated people only, saying the vaccinated shouldn't have to 'lose their freedom'

People waiting at a mass COVID-19 testing site in Vienna, Austria. Vienna is not located in Upper Austria province. AP Photo/Ronald Zak An Austrian province plans to do a lockdown only for unvaccinated people from Monday. It means they can't leave their homes except for essential reasons, like buying food and exercising. Austria's chancellor said "there should be no lockdown for the vaccinated out of solidarity for the unvaccinated." A province in Austria is planning to impose a CO...
Tags: Science, Trends, Bbc, Austria, News UK, Upper Austria, Ronald Zak, Die Presse, Vienna Austria Vienna, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Vaccine, Sinead Baker, Alexander Schallenberg, Speed desk, Schallenberg, Thomas Stelzer


An Alabama baby born at 21 weeks has been certified the most premature in the world

Curtis Zy-Keith Means after he was born. Michelle Butler via University of Alabama at Birmingham University Relations A baby born at 21 weeks is the world's most premature baby to survive, Guinness World Records said. Curtis Zy-Keith Means was born in Alabama in July 2020, weighing 14.8 ounces (420 grams). His twin died, but Curtis is now 16 months old and "thriving," Guinness World Records said. A baby born in Birmingham, Alabama, at 21 weeks and one day has been certified by Guinness...
Tags: Science, Alabama, Trends, News UK, Guinness World Records, Brian Sims, University Of Alabama, Michelle, Curtis, Birmingham Alabama, Asya, Michelle Butler, Sinead Baker, Speed desk, Curtis Zy Keith Means, Birmingham University Relations


The air in New Delhi, the world's most polluted capital, got even worse after people ignored a ban to fill the air with Diwali fireworks

A road shrouded in smog in Noida, India, November 5, 2021. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis New Delhi is considered the world's most-polluted capital city. The toxicity of its air rose to dangerous levels this week, partly fuelled by fireworks. The festival of Diwali on Thursday prompted mass use of fireworks despite a ban. Air pollution levels in New Delhi, India's capital city, got even worse after people ignored a ban and held firework displays to mark the festival of Diwali.New Delhi ...
Tags: Science, India, Trends, Bbc, Air Pollution, Pollution, News UK, Fireworks, Delhi, New Delhi, Diwali, Reuters, New Delhi India, Noida, The World Health Organization, Sinead Baker


Biden's sweeping vaccine rules requiring shots or regular testing will take effect from January 4, White House says

President Joe Biden. Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images The Biden administration's vaccine rules will kick in on January 4, the White House said. Two rules will cover about 101 million workers in the US government and private companies. Employees of firms with more than 100 staff will have to be fully vaccinated, or take weekly tests. The White House announced on Thursday that the Biden administration rule that will require vast swathes of the population to be fully...
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2 children in Texas were given adult COVID-19 vaccines 3 times stronger than what they should have been given, one of their parents said

A COVID-19 vaccine. Reuters Two Texas children got adult COVID-19 vaccine doses, which is three times stronger, a parent said. The shots were given before CDC approved vaccines for kids that age. The FDA had given its approval. The local health department said two kids got doses "in error" and that officials are investigating. Health officials told the parents of two children in Texas that the kids were given adult doses of the coronavirus vaccine, one of the parents said.Julian Gonzalez, ...
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Powerful speech by prime minister of Barbados, under threat from rising sea levels, was a breakout moment at COP26

Barbados's Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 at SECC on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. Photo by Yves Herman - WPA Pool/Getty Images A powerful speech by the prime minister of Barbados was a breakout moment at COP26. Mia Mottley said a 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperature would be a "death sentence." She called for more funding to small island nations on the frontlines of climate c...
Tags: Science, News, Scotland, White House, US, Trends, Un, Barbados, Jake Epstein, Breaking, Climate Crisis, Yves Herman, Mia Mottley, Mia Amor Mottley, Mottley, Barbados Mia Mottley


NASA grew and harvested chili peppers in space, a scientific breakthrough. An astronaut used them for tacos.

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur smiles while a taco floats beside her. Twitter/Megan McArthur/Insider Astronauts grew chili peppers on the International Space Station for the first time. One NASA astronaut then used them to make tacos for the crew. NASA says growing food in space has big advantages for endeavors like trying to visit Mars. Astronauts on the International Space Station grew chili peppers for the first time, which a NASA astronaut used for tacos to feed the crew.The seeds were ...
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2 agreements from the COP26 conference pledge major cuts to deforestation and methane emissions, as leaders scramble to address the climate crisis

Deforestation near a forest in Brazil in July 2021. REUTERS/Amanda Perobelli World leaders made 2 significant pledges on Tuesday at the COP26 summit. More than 100 countries committed to stopping and reversing deforestation by 2030. The US led a group of 90 governments pledging to reduce methane emissions by 2030. A host of world leaders agreed to stop deforestation and reduce methane emissions by 2030 in two major agreements announced at the COP26 climate summit.The deforestation pledged ...
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Israel's energy minister said she couldn't attend the start of COP26 because her wheelchair couldn't get in

Karine Elharrar in Jerusalem in April 2021. REUTERS/Amir Cohen Israel's energy minister was stuck outside the first day of COP26 as her wheelchair could not get in. Her office said she waited outside for two hours before going back to her hotel in another city. She tweeted that the situation was "sad" and said "hopefully the lessons learned will be learned." Israel's energy minister said she couldn't attend the first day of the COP26 climate conference because she could not ent...
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