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    BRITAIN might have better immunity to Omicron to help us avoid a terrifying surge like the one in South Africa, scientists say. Imperial College London experts say people in the UK have different – and probably better – protection from Covid which could keep the mutant strain at bay. 1The UK's huge vaccine rollout and boosters for all should shore up defences against Omicron (Pictured: A man getting boosted today in London)Credit: AP One of the biggest fears about Omicron is that it will be able to reinfect people who have been jabbed or already survived Covid. An early study by South Africa’s infectious disease institute found the reinfection risk may be 2.4 times higher than it was for the Wuhan variant. But this is based on a country where many people have not caught the dangerous Alpha or Delta variants and vaccination rates are low. Experts suggest our huge wave of Delta, the world’s toughest variant, and successful vaccine campaign will bolster our defences. Around six million Brits have been infected with Delta since it became dominant in late...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A surge in coronavirus cases has been reported in the Bay Area and across California as well as the country due in part to the emergence of the highly-contagious delta variant.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily, interactive newscast about the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. MAPS: Check out the latest maps of COVID-19 cases, deaths in the US, world CORONAVIRUS IN CA: Get resources and information about COVID-19 LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the Bay Area: Nov. 29, 20215:30 a.m.US imposes travel ban from South Africa, 7 other countriesStarting today, the U.S. will impose a new travel ban from South Africa and seven other countries....
    Portugal has confirmed 13 cases of the Omicron Covid super-variant, all of them linked to a football team whose players had been away on international duty. The infections were confirmed at Lisbon club Belenenses on Monday, coming after defender Cafu Phete returned from playing with the South African national team and tested positive for the virus.  Belenenses took to the field on Saturday for a game against Benfica with just nine players because the rest were in isolation. Only seven returned to the field after half-time, before one of them went down injured. Belenenses took to the field against Benfica on Saturday with just nine men because the rest were in isolation with suspected Covid The match was abandoned just two minutes into the second period, with Benfica leading 7-0. Both teams blamed Portuguese health officials and league bosses for allowing the match to go ahead. Speaking on Monday, a Belenenses spokesman said most of the club is now isolating pending the results of Covid tests. 'We're all in isolation except for the youth team that didn't play on Saturday, 44 people are...
    DUTCH police said they had arrested a married couple who left a Covid quarantine hotel and were attempting to flee the country. They were detained yesterday on a plane in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport just before it departed for Spain. 1The arrests were made on a plane in Amsterdam's Schiphol airport just before it departed to Spain The drama came after Dutch authorities said that 61 people who arrived on two flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Friday had tested positive for the coronavirus. Thirteen of them had the new Omicron variant. One of the members of the couple had tested positive for Covid-19 and went into isolation, while the other person was negative but in quarantine, according to Public health authority spokeswoman Stefanie . She added that both were back in isolation, but not at the same hotel. They are a Spanish man, 30 and a Portuguese woman, aged 28, Ms van Waardenburg said: "The arrests took place in a plane that was about to take off. They were on a plane that was about to depart for Spain at...
    Photo by Filip Singer – Pool/Getty Images The President of South Africa and an official from the World Health Organization criticized on Sunday countries banning travel following the discovery of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. “Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods,” Matshidiso Moeti said in a statement. “If restrictions are implemented, they should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive, and should be scientifically based, according to the International Health Regulations, which is a legally binding instrument of international law recognized by over 190 nations.” Moeti praised the South African government for alerting international health organizations promptly about the discovery of the new variant. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa similarly blasted “unjustified” travel bans based on the Omicron variant on Sunday, calling on countries with bans to “urgently reverse their decisions… before any further damage is done to our economies.” “The only thing the prohibition on travel will do is to further damage the economies of the affected countries and undermine their ability to respond...
    Two cases of the new variant Omicron have been confirmed in Canada, government officials announced on Sunday. 'Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria,' said Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health, and Dr. Kieran Moore, chief medical officer of health.  'Ottawa Public Health is conducting case and contact management and the patients are in isolation.'  Scientists have said they are concerned about the B.1.1.529 variant, named by the World Health Organisation as Omicron, as it has around 30 different mutations - double the amount present in the Delta variant. It was first discovered in South Africa earlier this month Canada, like the U.S., has banned travel from South Africa - which has the largest number of cases - and seven regional countries. But Nigeria is not one of the countries on the banned list. Eric Feigel-Ding, an epidemiologist, told DailyMail.com on Friday that he believed the new variant was 'probably worldwide' already. A patient in Belgium...
    NBC's Chuck Todd challenged President Biden for how he's handled the coronavirus pandemic, particularly in light of the new omicron variant that has prompted the White House to ban travel from several African countries, beginning Monday. Todd, host of "Meet the Press," suggested that omicron, from which most cases were discovered in southern Africa, was not just a health problem. It's a political one as well for the current administration, he argued, flashing back to when Biden "prematurely" declared a sort of victory over the virus on July 4. "Ultimately, this is also a political problem," Todd said Sunday. "Biden ran on taming the pandemic and he prematurely declared independence from the virus back in July." President Joe Biden at the White House on Oct. 4, 2021.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) BIDEN PROMISED TO ‘SHUT DOWN’ COVID, BUT OMICRON VARIANT POSES NEW CHALLENGE FOR ADMIN Biden announced that the U.S. had achieved the "upper hand" against the coronavirus from the South Lawn of the White House in July 2021. But within days of his speech, the highly contagious delta variant...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Starting Monday, the U.S. is expected to restrict travelers from South Africa and seven other African countries because of the new omicron variant of the virus. The restrictions on incoming air travel will include Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, and Eswatini. The move is the result of more countries confirming cases of the rapidly spreading omicron variant. READ MORE: Sunday Expected To Be Busiest Travel Day Of Thanksgiving Season At LAXThe variant was first discovered in South Africa days ago. Experts want to determine if the variant makes people sicker than the Delta strain and whether vaccines will remain as effective. READ MORE: Suspicious Vehicle Prompts Response From SWAT, Beverly Hills Police“This variant has a large number of mutations and the concern is when you have so many mutations it can have an impact on how the virus behaves,” said Maria Van Kerkhove of the World Health Organization. Health experts say the variant may be even more contagious than the Delta variant. It has an unusually high number of mutations — more than 30 in...
    Why are scientists so concerned about the newest strain of COVID-19? Simply stated, when it comes to Omicron, it comes to the sheer number -- as in the number of mutations. "The main thing that has us focused on this and has caused us to be sort of 24-7 on Zoom calls the last four days is that it has so many mutations," Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, said Sunday morning, Nov. 28 on CNN. "Omicron has more than 50 variants that make it different from the original virus, including more than 30 that are in the spike protein." The spike proteins sit on the outside of the virus, enabling it to get inside a person's cells. "The Omicron version of that, because of those changes, is going to have a different shape, and of course that is what the antibodies are directed against," Collins said on CNN. "So the question is, will the antibodies generated by the vaccines that we've all had or should have had enable us to be protected against this virus. "I...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The Dutch public health authority confirmed Sunday that 13 people who arrived in the Netherlands on flights from South Africa on Friday have so far tested positive for the new omicron coronavirus variant.The 61 people who tested positive for the virus on Friday after arriving on the last two flights to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport before a flight ban was put in place were immediately put into isolation while sequencing was carried out to establish if they had the new variant.The public health institute said in a statement that testing was continuing on the samples.Most of the 61 people who tested positive were put into isolation at a hotel near the airport, while a small number were allowed to sit out their quarantine at home under strict conditions.Health authorities appealed to all travelers who returned from southern Africa in the past week to get tested, and set up a test center at Schiphol Airport for Dutch citizens returning from the region. The tests are voluntary, and travelers can wait for the results in isolation at home.THIS IS...
    AT least thirteen people have tested positive for the new Omicron Covid variant after landing in Amsterdam on a flight from South Africa. Dutch health authorities have confirmed 61 passengers are quarantining as they are infected with the coronavirus - with at least 13 cases of the new super strain. 5Dozens of passengers aboard flights from South Africa to Amsterdam have tested positive for CovidCredit: AP 5The Red Cross took those infected into quarantine last nightCredit: EPA "The Omicron variant has so far been identified in 13 of the positive tests. The investigation has not yet been completed. The new variant may be found in more test samples," the National Institute for Public Health (RIVM) said in a statement. The passengers were among 600 to arrive at Schiphol Airport on two KLM flights on Friday. It comes after the mutant strains reportedly arrived in Germany. Health chiefs say it's overwhelmingly likely that "very high risk" Omicron is in Germany already after a traveller tested positive for a mutated form of the deadly bug. Fears are intensifying over...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch health institute confirms 13 cases of omicron variant among travelers who arrived from South Africa. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Joe Biden is seen shopping in Nantucket on Saturday without a mask. President Joe Biden was caught disobeying an indoor mask mandate this weekend just hours after being fully briefed on the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus and banning travel from eight African countries.  The president, who has been staying on the island of Nantucket with family this Thanksgiving weekend, was spotted inside Murray's Toggery Shop with his mask around his neck and not covering his mouth. The island brought back its indoor mask mandates earlier this month.   Biden, who is vaccinated, has repeatedly told Americans to wear masks indoors, but has been found multiple times not heeding his own advice. The White House said that Biden has been 'fully briefed' on Omicron as fears rise over the new super mutant variant - and the president's top health expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said he 'wouldn't be surprised' if the strain was already in the U.S.  The president was joined by his son Hunter and three of his grandchildren, including Hunter's infant son Beau, named for the president's late eldest son. President Biden...
    A Fox News host called President Joe Biden a 'fraud' over the new travel ban after the Democrat had called Donald Trump's similar COVID restrictions 'racist' - as others slammed Biden for waiting until Monday to halt flights from Omicron-hit southern African countries. Fox News' Unfiltered host Dan Bongino was on a news segment for the network Saturday morning and when asked about the hypocrisy of Biden's 'African Ban' replied. 'Joe Biden's a fraud. Like okay great, we already knew that. That's not breaking news and I didn't get up on a Saturday morning to tell you Biden's a fraud because we already knew that,' Bongino said. Earlier in the da,y the White House announced that the president had been fully briefed on he new super mutant variant Omicron as the president's top health expert said he 'wouldn't be surprised' if the strain was already in the US.  On Friday, after a 30-minute discussion with Dr Anthony Fauci, the president decided to ban travel from eight African countries - South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi - as of...
    Dutch authorities are checking for the omicron variant after 61 passengers on two flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.  The passengers who tested positive have been isolated and further investigations are being carried out.  NO CASES OF COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT IDENTIFIED YET IN US, CDC SAYS The planes arrived in the Netherlands from Johannesburg and Cape Town shortly after the Dutch government – like many other nations – imposed a travel ban from southern African nations.  The 539 travelers who tested negative for coronavirus were allowed to return home or continue traveling to other countries.  People who live in the Netherlands and are allowed to return home are required to self-isolate for at least five days. People walk inside Schiphol Airport after Dutch health authorities said that 61 people who arrived in Amsterdam on flights from South Africa tested positive for COVID-19, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 27, 2021. (REUTERS/Eva Plevier) All of this comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) classified omicron as a "variant of concern" and many other countries implemented travel restrictions against...
    As the world waits to find out how dangerous the super-mutated COVID variant Omicron might be, Dutch authorities revealed that 61 people arriving on two flights from South Africa—where the strain has been spreading—have tested positive. It’s not know whether the passengers were infected with Omicron or an earlier version of the coronavirus, but the discovery underscores the possibility that the new variant has already gone global. Previously, cases had been identified only in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong, and Belgium—all of them travelers from countries in southern African. The emergence of Omicron caused an international freakout, with the U.S., the U.K., and other nations banning travel from South Africa and its neighbors and the stock market taking its worst plunge of the year. “It seems to spread rapidly,” President Joe Biden said in announcing the travel restrictions. “I’ve decided that we’re going to be cautious.” But the positive tests from the two KLM flights that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport dramatically illustrated the potential threat. Health experts believe Omicron is behind South Africa’s recent COVID surge—and 10 percent...
    DOZENS of passengers who arrived in Amsterdam from South Africa yesterday have tested positive for Covid - amid fears over a new mutant super-strain. Dutch authorities say 61 people who flew in on two flights are infected with the deadly bug. 1Dozens of passengers aboard flights from South Africa to Amsterdam have tested positive for CovidCredit: AP They were among 600 passengers to arrive at Schiphol Airport on two KLM flights on Friday. All of those on the planes were tested for coronavirus. Further testing is now under way to find out if those infected are suffering with the Omicron variant. Health chiefs said: "Travellers with a positive test result will be placed in isolation at a hotel at or near Schiphol. "Of the positive test results, we are researching as quickly as possible whether they are the new variant of concern, now named 'Omicron'." The Dutch government banned all air travel from southern Africa early on Friday. Health Minister Hugo de Jonge determined that passengers already en route to the Netherlands would have to undergo testing and quarantine...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A total of 61 people who arrived in the Netherlands on two flights from South Africa on Friday tested positive for the coronavirus and were in isolation on Saturday as the world anxiously sought to contain a highly transmissible new coronavirus variant. Further tests are now underway on the travelers who arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport to establish if any of them have the new omicron variant of COVID-19 that was first discovered in southern Africa. The variant’s swift spread among young people in South Africa has alarmed health professionals. In just two weeks, omicron has turned a period of low transmission in the country into one of rapid growth. Two planes arrived in the Netherlands from Johannesburg and Cape Town shortly after the Dutch government, along with other nations around the world, on Friday imposed a ban on flights from southern African nations following discovery of the new omicron variant. The Kennermerland local health authority, which is responsible for the testing and isolation operation, said in an update Saturday that the people who tested...
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch authorities: 61 people on 2 flights from South Africa positive for COVID-19; omicron variant not confirmed. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Joe Biden on Friday announced a ban on travel from eight southern African countries in response to a new COVID variant - hours after his chief scientific advisor suggested the move was unlikely, and despite Biden himself declaring last year that 'banning travel will not stop it'. The president, in Nantucket for a Thanksgiving break with his family, said travel will be banned from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. U.S. citizens and green card holders will still be able to travel into the U.S. from the banned countries, but no one else will be allowed. Biden's decision came after the UK and Israel on Thursday halted travel, and the EU followed suit. President Biden spoke with reporters today outside The Nantucket Tap Room where he said he decided on the ban out of an abundance of caution. He is Nantucket celebrating Thanksgiving with his family President Joe Biden on Friday banned travel from eight African countries - shaded red in the map. South Africa is the only one to have direct flights to the United...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – After millions of families gathered for the holidays, a new COVID-19 variant on another continent is having effects here. The variant is also causing changes in international travel. Starting Monday, the U.S. will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other African countries. Officials say it’s a decision made out of an abundance of caution, but the concern is real. READ MORE: Burglars Target The North Face Store, Foot Locker In Wicker Park; Boost Mobile Nearby In Humboldt ParkIt was enough to send the Dow tumbling today more than 1,000 points. The S&P and NASDAQ both dropped over 2 percent. CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra gets Cook County’s perspective on this new threat. If it feels like the news of this new variant came out of nowhere overnight, it’s because it did. B11529 was found in South Africa, and in the last eight hours, we’ve watched the world make changes because of it. Here at home, doctors say it’s worth being cautious. “We didn’t know this particular variant was on the horizon.” An overnight stunner for doctors here...
    President Joe Biden announced on Friday new travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries due to the latest COVID-19 variant. The variant, which was first identified in South Africa, is believed to be the most mutated coronavirus variant yet. The World Health Organization (WHO) named the variant Omicron on Friday and noted it is a “variant of concern.” The Biden administration’s announcement coincides with several other countries that have also declared travel restrictions due to the mutated virus. The administration’s travel restrictions will also affect Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi, senior administration officials said Friday afternoon. They will go into effect on Monday and officials noted the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.”  (RELATED: ‘The Choice Is Yours’: In Line With CDC’s Mask Guidance, Biden Gives Americans An Ultimatum On Vaccines) Biden urged fully vaccinated Americans to get the booster shot and unvaccinated Americans to get vaccinated in a statement on Friday. The president was briefed by his chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),...
    US crude oil prices fell by about 10 per cent per on Friday as global concerns grow over the Nu COVID variant and Joe Biden imposed new travel bans. West Texas Intermediate crude futures, the US oil benchmark, dropped $68.85 per barrel on Friday after soaring to near historic heights in recent weeks.  It had begun the day at around $77 dollars.   The sudden drop in oil prices came as the Dow Jones Industrial Average reported a 1,000 point drop, or about 2.5 per cent decrease, the worst drop of the year. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq both reported a drop of 2.2 per cent.  The blow to the national economy arrived as the World Health Organization warned of the 'most infectious' variant of COVID-19 yet, named Nu or Omicron, in South Africa.  West Texas Intermediate crude futures serves as the benchmark for US oil prices. The cost per barrel dropped by about 10 per cent on Friday The Dow Jones tumbled on Friday morning by more than 1000 points   There are no recorded cases of the variant in the...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Biden administration is restricting travel from eight countries in southern Africa over concerns about a new COVID-19 variant circulating in the region, according to senior administration officials. The restrictions on travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi begin Monday. READ MORE: Missing Gun Belonging To Brian Laundrie's Parents Wasn't Made Public, Attorney SaysThe restrictions don’t apply to American citizens or lawful permanent residents although those individuals must still test negative prior to traveling. As CBS News correspondent Debora Patta reported, there’s serious concern among experts that the new strain, which was first discovered in South Africa, could set back the fight against the pandemic. South African officials say the variant, which has more mutations than previously detected strains that have emerged around the world, marks a huge “jump in the evolution” of the virus since the global health crisis began two years ago. There is concern it could be more resistant to the current vaccine formulas. On Friday, stocks sank with the Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly falling more...
    Starting on Monday, the United States will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other African countries amid the new Omicron strain of the coronavirus, announced the White House on Friday. The United States will restrict travel to anyone who isn’t a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. Those eligible to enter the United States from those places must test negative for the coronavirus. The United States joins other nations including the United Kingdom in restricting travel from South Africa due to the new variant, which the World Heath Organization on Friday called Omicron – also the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet. In a statement on Friday, President Joe Biden said the following: This morning I was briefed by my chief medical advisor, Dr. Tony Fauci, and the members of our COVID response team, about the Omicron variant, which is spreading through Southern Africa. As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering additional air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries. These new...
    The U.S. will restrict travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countires on Monday after the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) labeled a new coronavirus strain a “variant of concern.” The U.S. will also restrict travel from the following African nations: Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. NEW Starting Monday, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. American citizens and lawful permanent residents will still be able to enter the U.S. but must show a negative COVID test — Zolan Kanno-Youngs (@KannoYoungs) November 26, 2021 CNBC reports: [The] World Health Organization assigned the newly identified variant the Greek letter omicron and formally recognized the strain, previously referred to as lineage B.1.1.529, as a “variant of concern.” Health experts are deeply concerned about the transmissibility of the omicron variant given that it has an unusual constellation of mutations and a profile that is different from other variants of concern. It is not clear how severe infections would be for vaccinated patients. It is feared a sharp upswing of Covid cases in...
    LOS ANGELES (CNN) – President Joe Biden announced Friday the US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged. Acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. READ MORE: Black Friday Shoppers Return Despite Pandemic, Recent Rash Of Smash-And-Grab RobberiesThe decision to restrict travel comes as the federal government is still attempting to learn more about the new variant, which has been named Omicron. They need to see more sequencing, but after discussing what they’ve seen so far, officials decided to halt travel from these other countries out of concern about what they don’t yet know. Biden was briefed today on the new coronavirus variant circulating in southern Africa, he said in the announcement. Officials, who are still learning more about the variant, said the policy was implemented out of an abundance of caution given the WHO has now identified this as a variant of concern. “Our scientists and public...
    LOS ANGELES (CNN) – President Joe Biden announced Friday the US will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged. Acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. READ MORE: Black Friday Shoppers Return Despite Pandemic, Recent Rash Of Smash-And-Grab RobberiesThe decision to restrict travel comes as the federal government is still attempting to learn more about the new variant, which has been named Omicron. They need to see more sequencing, but after discussing what they’ve seen so far, officials decided to halt travel from these other countries out of concern about what they don’t yet know. Biden was briefed today on the new coronavirus variant circulating in southern Africa, he said in the announcement. Officials, who are still learning more about the variant, said the policy was implemented out of an abundance of caution given the WHO has now identified this as a variant of concern. “Our scientists and public...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden will restrict travel from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new coronavirus variant has emerged, administration officials told CNN. Acting on advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC, the Biden administration will restrict travel from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi.Biden was briefed today on the new coronavirus variant circulating in southern Africa, according to a White House official.Officials, who are still learning more about the variant, said the policy was implemented out of an abundance of caution given the WHO has now identified this as a variant of concern. "Our scientists and public health officials are working quickly to learn more about this variant," one official said. Read MoreThis does not apply to American citizens and lawful permanent residents. As with all international travelers, they must still test negative prior to travel.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    People line up to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021.Jerome Delay | AP WASHINGTON – The United States will restrict travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countries starting on Monday, part of a global effort to stem the spread of the heavily mutated omicron variant of Covid-19, according to senior Biden administration officials. In addition to South Africa, the affected countries are Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Mozambique and Malawi. The decision came less than three weeks after the Biden administration lifted pandemic travel restrictions on visitors from more than 30 countries. President Joe Biden was briefed on Friday by White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. The briefing came as other nations announced travel restrictions on southern Africa. The variant emerged in South America. The European Union and the U.K. travel restrictions Friday on southern Africa, even as Belgian officials announced that several cases of the omicron variant had already been identified there. The World Health Organization on Friday assigned the newly...
    NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) — US to ban travel from South Africa, 7 other African nations by non-US citizens beginning Monday due to COVID-19 variant. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A new Covid variant that originated in South Africa is raising new concerns around the world. The discovery of the variant, named Omicron by the World Health Organization, has caused nations to stop air travel from there as stocks tumbled Friday in the U.S. and abroad. There have been no reported cases in the U.S. and there was no immediate indication whether the variant was more transmissible or causes more severe disease. Dr. Paul Sax, the clinical director of the infectious disease clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said there’s not much known about it right now. “So, a lot to be learned, a lot of uncertainty at this point, but I’m really glad and very excited that the scientists have reported this and that we can get to work on it quickly,” he told CNN Friday. “Many of the cases that have been identified so far have actually been identified in people who are without symptoms and that is encouraging. It means that maybe the vaccines are still proving protection against severe disease, even...
    BOSTON (CBS/AP) – A new Covid variant is raising new concerns around the world. The discovery of the B.1.1.529 variant that originated in southern Africa has caused nations to stop air travel from there as stocks tumbled Friday in the U.S. and abroad. There have been no reported cases in the U.S. and there was no immediate indication whether the variant was more transmissible or causes more severe disease. Dr. Paul Sax, the clinical director of the infectious disease clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, said there’s not much known about it right now. “So, a lot to be learned, a lot of uncertainty at this point, but I’m really glad and very excited that the scientists have reported this and that we can get to work on it quickly,” he told CNN Friday. “Many of the cases that have been identified so far have actually been identified in people who are without symptoms and that is encouraging. It means that maybe the vaccines are still proving protection against severe disease, even if they have allowed people to...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A surge in coronavirus cases has been reported in the Bay Area and across California as well as the country due in part to the emergence of the highly-contagious delta variant.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's daily, interactive newscast about the coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. MAPS: Check out the latest maps of COVID-19 cases, deaths in the US, world CORONAVIRUS IN CA: Get resources and information about COVID-19 LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area Here are the latest developments on the respiratory illness in the Bay Area: Nov. 26, 20217:15 a.m.1st European case of new variant from South Africa confirmedBelgium's health department has confirmed its first case of the new B.1.1.529 variant. The patient, a woman,...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Friday it is planning to stop air travel from southern Africa to counter the spread of a new COVID-19 variant as the 27-nation bloc is battling a massive spike in cases. “The last thing we need is to bring in a new variant that will cause even more problems,” said German Health Minister Jens Spahn. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement that she “proposes, in close coordination with the member states, to activate the emergency brake to stop air travel from the southern African region.” A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. Germany said von der Leyen’s proposal could be enacted as soon as Friday night. Spahn said airlines coming back from South Africa will only be able to transport German citizens home, and travelers will need to go into quarantine for 14 days whether they are vaccinated or...
    Thousands of people are landing in the United States from South Africa every week, despite a new COVID-19 variant sparking such concern that Britain and Israel on Thursday effectively halted travel from the region. The variant is predominately found in Botswana - from where there are no direct flights to the U.S. - and also in neighboring South Africa. United Airlines currently fly direct from Johannesburg to New York City seven days a week, with the 16-hour flight leaving at 10pm and arriving at 7am in Newark. United also fly direct to New York City from Cape Town three times a week, on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. United flies Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which can hold 290 people. Delta fly direct from Johannesburg to Atlanta on Saturday, Monday, and Thursday. They use Airbus A350-900, which can seat between 300 and 350 people. On Thursday Britain's health secretary, Sajid Javid sounded the alarm over what he termed the 'worst-ever' super-mutant COVID variant. A baby cries as her mother receives her Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg, South Africa on...
    A HUNT is underway to track hundreds of passengers who have recently arrived from South Africa after a new virulent Covid strain was discovered in the country.  It comes as UK officials sounded the alarm tonight over the B.1.1.529 variant, which has the potential to evade immunity built up by vaccination or prior infection. 3Passengers from South Africa are being urged to take a Covid tesst Hundreds of people who have arrived in the UK from South Africa in recent days are being urged to take a free PCR test as UK health officials hold urgent discussions on how to deal with the new variant threat.  Health Minister Sajid Javid has. confirmed from noon tomorrow flights from South Africa and its surrounding countries Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will be temporarily banned and UK travellers must quarantine. He said: "We will be requiring anyone that arrives from those countries from 4am on Sunday to quarantine in hotels. "If anyone arrives before then they should self-isolate at home and take a PCR test on day two and day eight. ...
    RT: Maria Van Kerkhove, Head a.i. Emerging Diseases and Zoonosis at the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks during a news conference on the situation of the coronavirus at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, January 29, 2020.Denis Balibouse | Reuters The World Health Organization is monitoring a new variant with numerous mutations to the spike protein, scheduling a special meeting Friday to discuss what it may mean for vaccines and treatments, officials said Thursday. The variant, called B.1.1.529, has been detected in South Africa in small numbers, according to the WHO. "We don't know very much about this yet. What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations. And the concern is that when you have so many mutations, it can have an impact on how the virus behaves," Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO's technical lead on Covid-19, said in a Q&A that was livestreamed on the organization's social media channels. The monitoring of the new variant comes as Covid cases surge around the world heading into the holiday season, with the WHO reporting hot...
    Princess Charlene will not be attending the National Day celebrations in Monaco and will instead take 'a period of calm and rest' to 'recover from prolonged state of fatigue', the palace has announced.   The former Olympian, 43, returned to the principality last week following a 10-month absence after she recovered from surgery following a sinus infection she contracted during a solo charity trip to her native South Africa earlier this year. During the summer, Albert, 63, insisted that his wife would return home 'way before [Monaco's National Day] on November 19', saying 'she was in good form and much better spirits'.  However after returning to Monaco by private jet from the South African city of Durban to Nice, France, a 'frail' Charlene posed for snaps with Prince Albert, and their two children six-year-old twins Jacques and Gabriella.  And in the days that followed, it quickly emerged Princess Charlene may not live ​in her husband Albert's palace following her return home and does not plan to immediately resume public engagements.  Prince Albert has since stepped out several times on his own, first at...
    Prince Albert cut a lonely figure as he attended Monaco's National Day at Expo 2020 in Dubai without his wife Charlene, days after she returned from a 10 month trip to South Africa. The mother-of-two, 43, arrived back in Monaco last week after flying by private jet from the South African city of Durban to Nice, France, and posed for snaps with Albert, 63, and their two children Jacques and Gabriella. The mother-of-two, who underwent several surgeries while in South Africa and was taken to hospital after collapsing in September, still looked frail on her return to Monaco. In the days that followed, it quickly emerged Princess Charlene of Monaco may not live ​in her husband Albert's palace following her return home and does not plan to immediately resume public engagements. And today, Albert attended the Expo in Dubai without his wife, instead appearing with his sister Princess Stephanie and her son Louis Ducruet. Prince Albert cut a lonely figure as he attended Monaco's National Day at Expo 2020 in Dubai without his wife Charlene, days after she returned from a 10 month trip...
    South Africa's last president to hold office during apartheid died at the age of 85 after losing a battle with cancer, officials said Thursday. Frederik Willem de Klerk, the man who shared a Nobel Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela , died from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer that destroys lining in the lungs. De Klerk created a final video and speech in which he apologized for the damages caused by apartheid. The video was released hours after his death. "I, without qualification, apologize for the pain and the hurt and the indignity and the damage that apartheid has done to black, brown, and Indians in South Africa," de Klerk said. "Allow me in this last message to share with you the fact that since the early 80s, my views changed completely. It was as if I had a conversion. And in my heart of hearts, I realized that apartheid was wrong. I realized that we had arrived at a place which was morally unjustifiable." SOUTH AFRICA FACES FOOD SHORTAGES AS RIOTING AND LOOTING ROCK COUNTRY ...
    Jennifer Aniston Just Revealed Her Holy Grail Eyeliner — & Its Only $20 On Amazon 10 things we learned in the Premier League – Matchweek 11 Monaco's Princess Charlene is back home. © Provided by People Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images Sources tell PEOPLE that the royal, 43, arrived in France early Monday morning after an overnight flight from Durban, South Africa.  The mother of two landed at 8:30 a.m. local time, when she stepped off her husband Prince Albert's private plane in Nice. Her return ends months of speculation concerning her sudden and prolonged disappearance from Monaco. According to Nice Matin, she reunited with husband Prince Albert and their their 6-year-old twins, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella — who greeted her with a large bouquet of flowers — before they all helicoptered on to Monaco, according to eyewitnesses. © Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images Medical complications following surgery extended Charlene's stay in South Africa by months La princesse Charlène est de retour à Monaco https://t.co/G30ETP2hq9 pic.twitter.com/qOvnuF9Nu9— Nice-Matin (@Nice_Matin) November 8, 2021 The princess had been "grounded," as she...
    SOUTH AFRICA'S rugby squad were TWICE forced to evacuate from their Cardiff hotel just hours before taking on Wales at the Principality Stadium. The fire alarm at The Hilton in Cardiff city centre reportedly went off on Saturday morning at 4am, and then AGAIN at 7.20am. 1South Africa take on Wales, Scotland and England in their Autumn InternationalsCredit: Getty And during the first evacuation the Springboks squad bumped into unexpecting nightclubbers as they headed home from an evening's partying. Matt Pearce, broadcaster for SuperSport, was staying in the hotel and tweeted to say: "Hello from test match day in Cardiff. "At 03h58, a fire alarm in the team hotel, everyone evacuated for some forced mingling with departing night-clubbers on the pavement in the cold. "20 minutes later, back into hotel to go back to sleep. 07h20… repeat, (without the clubbers)!" The Boks - along with the rest of the hotel - had to be evacuated on the morning of Saturday's crunch Test match against Wales. Hilton Cardiff have not commented on the incident. ...
    Texas urges Supreme Court to leave abortion law in place House is poised to hold Steve Bannon in contempt for snubbing Jan. 6 committee JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa is seeking cheap finance for more than 400 billion rand ($27.6 billion) of electricity infrastructure as part of its plans to move away from heavily polluting coal, a senior presidency official said on Thursday. © Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko FILE PHOTO: Steam rises at sunrise from the Lethabo Power Station, a coal-fired power station owned by state power utility ESKOM near Sasolburg Through a funding facility backed by rich nations and development finance institutions, South Africa hopes to build more than 180 billion rand of cleaner power generation, 120 billion rand of transmission equipment, as well as substations, transformers and distribution technology. Load Error More than 80% of the country's electricity is currently generated by burning coal, making it the world's 12th biggest carbon emitter. But last month the government adopted a more ambitious emissions reduction target ahead of the United Nations COP26 climate summit in November. "South Africa's message: We...
    Princess Charlene of Monaco has said she 'can't wait to get home to her children'  but made no reference to her husband Prince Albert in a new interview given in South Africa.   Zimbabwean-born Charlene, 43, who wed Prince Albert II in 2011, has been living in her home country of South Africa for much of this year, and the extended stay has stoked speculation that the royal couple may be headed for divorce. However they have denied rumours of a rift and said Charlene's absence from the principality is due to her contracting the 'serious sinus infection' making her unable to travel and forcing her to miss key events, including her 10-year wedding anniversary and her children's first day of school. In a new interview which took place earlier this month and was shared on Charlene's Instagram page earlier today, the royal said she 'misses her children, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella, terribly', adding: 'If there is any mother out there who has been separated from her children for months would feel the same way I feel.' Princess Charlene of Monaco has...
    Princess Charlene is 'better' and will return to Monaco, 'very soon' her husband Prince Albert has claimed. The royal, 43, who is originally from Cape Town, has been in her native South Africa for several months since after contracting a 'serious sinus infection' making her unable to travel and forcing her to miss key events including her 10-year wedding anniversary and her children's first day of school. But the royal is likely to be back in the principality by the end of the month. Speaking to RMC radio, Albert, 63, said his wife 'is still in South Africa, but will be back very soon, we have to talk to the doctors in a few days.'  He added: 'She is better, although it has been very complicated for her because she has suffered different problems.' Princess Charlene will return to Monaco, 'very soon' her husband Prince Albert has claimed. The couple are pictured together in South Africa Last night, Prince Albert made another solo appearance at the Sportel Awards Ceremony in Monte Carlo. The royal sported a blue and black patterned...
    Princess Charlene has shared a photograph of herself smiling in front of a bible in her first snap since being discharged from hospital following her health scare in South Africa one month ago.  In the snap, which was shared to Instagram on Sunday, the former Olympian, 43,  can be seen putting on a casual display in a black jumper and rosary bead necklace as she sits at a wooden table.  The royal, who was born and raised Protestant but converted to Roman-Catholicism 'of her own free will and choice' in April 2011, simply captioned the post, 'God Bless,' followed by a heart emoji.    The wife of Prince Albert was admitted under an alias to the Netcare Alberlito Hospital on Wednesday 1 September after a 'medical emergency' caused by complications from an ongoing ear-nose-throat infection she contracted in May.   She was discharged the following day, with a statement from the Palais Princier reading: 'Her Highness is closely monitored by Her medical team who said that Her condition was not worrying.'  It comes just days after Charlene released a stylish video promoting her anti-poaching...