The World Health Organization is warning of a new variant of COVID-19, which they dubbed “omicron.” While the actual risks are not yet understood, health officials say people who recover from COVID-19 and recover could get sick again, and it is not known if current omicron vaccines are less effective.
In an effort to contain the potential proliferation of the new variant as its risks are assessed, the Biden administration announced that it will restrict travel from South Africa and several other countries from Monday. Travel restrictions do not apply to US citizens or lawful permanent residents.
Doctors in Poland continue to criticize government officials who refuse to impose additional COVID-19 restrictions on unvaccinated citizens, despite the recent spike in cases. The rise in infections has pushed authorities to open temporary hospitals, and thousands of children have been quarantined and school-aged children have begun distance learning as COVID-19 outbreaks continue in the country.
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