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                                            Presented by Uber     Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Monday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger...
    WORCESTER (CBS) – About 200 UMass Memorial Health employees are out of a job because they missed the health care system’s COVID vaccination deadline. UMass Memorial announced the mandate over the summer with a deadline to get vaccinated or receive an exemption by November 1. READ MORE: Construction Underway At New Hampshire Ice CastlesEmployees were...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has confirmed the first two cases of the omicron coronavirus variant in the country in travelers who returned from South Africa, health authorities said Monday. The Russian public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said a total of 10 people who returned from South Africa recently tested positive for COVID-19, but the new variant...
    While health officials continue to study the COVID-19 variant called Omicron, researchers in Hong Kong said the mutation infected two fully vaccinated people staying across the hall from each other inside a quarantine hotel in the city, according to a report. Researchers from the University of Hong Kong published a report that said these individuals...
    OMICRON is already thought to be spreading among people in the UK in the lead up to Christmas. As scientists gather more data on the super strain, one worrisome sign is that it could be infecting children at a higher rate than before. 1Children may have a high temperature when infected with CovidCredit: Alamy The...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The United States is cracking down on COVID-19. In order to try to curb cases of the omicron variant, the Biden administration is enacting new restrictions for people traveling to the U.S.  The new restrictions could cause major challenges for travelers coming into the U.S.   READ MORE: Philadelphia Commerce Director Michael...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — New COVID-19 restrictions go into effect today, requiring some travelers to test negative for the virus before boarding a flight. The move comes as at least a dozen states report confirmed cases of the new Omicron variant. Starting today, if you’re flying into the United States from another country, you must test...
    PREGNANT women have been given an urgent message to protect themselves and their babies from Covid. In a new campaign, three mums have told of their life-threatening experiences getting the virus while pregnant and unvaccinated, and how it may have harmed their babies. 3Christina caught Covid during her pregnancy. She says she still has symptoms...
    A week ahead of the Federal Reserve’s final meeting of the year, Chair Jerome Powell testified before the Senate Banking Committee and admitted what most economists had been saying for some time: the term “transitory” has overstayed its welcome, when it comes to describing inflation. Jill Schlesinger  For months, Fed officials have clung to the...
    A HEARTBROKEN sister has shared the last message her fitness fanatic brother sent her before dying from Covid after refusing the vaccine. John Eyers, 42, didn’t think that he needed to be vaccinated f from the virus because he was fit and healthy – believing that he would only suffer from a “mild illness” if...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The first cases of influenza have been detected in Marin County pointing to the start of flu season which typically kills thousands of people each year.On average influenza kills between 20,000 - 50,000 Americans each year, and now experts are concerned we might be entering a "twindemic" with cases of the...
    (CNN)Johannesburg's Rivers Church, a trendy Christian community for the city's hip and spiritual, has suspended in-person services indefinitely due to a new surge in Covid-19 cases in South Africa. "We love and miss you but stay safe," wrote the church's senior pastor Wilma Isabel Olivier on her Instagram. More than 1,000 miles south, in the...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Stricter travel restrictions are going into place for those coming into the United States.Travelers will be required to show a negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within a day. The old rule allowed a 72-hour window but this shortens the accepted time span. This comes as there is growing concern...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Travelers arriving to Los Angeles on Monday from international destinations will find some new COVID-19 rules in place.In an effort to slow the spread of the omicron variant and prepare for the winter season, the Biden administration has tightened the COVID-19 testing rules for travelers visiting, or returning to, the United...
    Hong Kong (CNN)As the world grapples with the new Omicron coronavirus variant, China is determined as ever to eliminate Covid-19 within its borders -- but it hasn't been able to achieve that ambitious goal for the past seven weeks.Since October 17, China has reported at least one locally transmitted case everyday, as local outbreaks continue...
    Aung San Suu Kyi, the 76-year-old former leader of Burma who was ousted earlier this year during a military coup, was sentenced Monday to four years in prison on charges of incitement and violating COVID-19 restrictions, reports said. Suu Kyi’s trial was conducted behind closed doors and her conviction could further inflame protesters in the...
              more   The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) announced that specific low-income families would receive $950 in aid from COVID relief funding. It said that families who are enrolled in the state’s Family First Program and qualified for the money in October will receive a deposit on their Electronic Benefit Transfer debit cards this...
              moreby Roger Kimball   Last week, I dusted off my Chinese-flu soapbox and said a word or two about (cue the scary music) the Omicron variant. It sounds like the title of a Robert Ludlum novel, doesn’t it? A friend told me about a parlor game that the journalist Christopher Hitchens and his pals used to...
              more   Former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor and GOP gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch on Friday announced that her campaign located hundreds of potential new, Republican poll workers. Kleefisch’s campaign, which identified 600 potential recruits, has sought to have poll workers for each county throughout the state. “Election integrity starts with community members serving at the polls...
              more   One of Florida’s largest healthcare providers, AdventHealth, has ended their COVID vaccine mandate for employees. The healthcare network cited the recent federal court ruling to block the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) vaccine mandate. “Due to the recent decisions by the federal courts to block the CMS vaccine mandate, we are...
              more   Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) officials said Sunday that they have confirmed the first case of COVID-19 caused by the Omicron variant in the state. “The individual recently traveled from South Africa and developed mild symptoms and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. Genomic sequencing confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant,” DPH officials said in an emailed press release. “The individual is...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX) — Passengers gathered for their overseas flights at San Francisco International Sunday, wondering what additional challenges they will face when returning back to the U.S. under the new COVID-19 testing requirement. Among them was Zohaib Valani, a college student traveling to Pakistan with family for the holidays. READ MORE: SF Restaurant Apologizes...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — For some people jingle bells are the signature sound of the holiday season, but for others its the roar of the Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. It has been a tradition for 43 years. Last year there was no parade due to the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE: Delivery Driver Shot In...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Omicron variant continues to spread, and more cases have been confirmed in Connecticut and New York City. Officials said Sunday a Connecticut man in his 60s from Hartford County started developing mild symptoms on Nov. 27 after a family member tested positive. He was fully vaccinated. READ MORE: Connecticut Reports...
    LAX (CBSLA) – International travelers going through Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) will face new COVID-19 protocols arriving into LAX due to the rise of the Omicron variant. Beginning Monday, all inbound international travelers must test negative for coronavirus within one day of departure. READ MORE: Torrance Police Issue Crime Alert Over Threat Of RobberiesThe...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A west suburban high school could be reversing course after a heated protest over COVID-19 protocols. Student athletes rallied outside the school Saturday after school officials announced they would be canceling sports and other extra curricular activities. READ MORE: Delivery Driver Shot In Head In Back of The Yards; 18-Year-Old Struck In...
    STR | NurPhoto | Getty Images The new omicron Covid variant poses a greater risk for the unvaccinated and there's reason to believe that current vaccines are going to be "quite effective," a former White House advisor said Monday. "What we know for sure is that it is a dangerous variant for people who have...
    PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- A Peoria County corrections officer has died from COVID-19.Camron "Cam" Passie, 25 years old, died Sunday morning. He had been sent home from work Thursday after getting sick.The sheriff said Passie's case was part of large outbreak at the jail and multiple employees and inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.Peoria...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Little is known about the potential dangers posed by the Omicron coronavirus variant but concern over its spread is already threatening to wreck reopening plans in Asia-Pacific. After more than 20 months of strict border controls and restrictions on daily life, many countries in the region had tentatively started to loosen up and...
    Jakarta – The epidemic has been going on for more than two years and the country has reported its first COVID-19 case. The Cook Islands in the South Pacific recorded its first case after preparing to reopen tourism to tourists. Quoted ABC NewsWith a population of about 17,000, the country has one of the highest...
    (CNN)Using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as a booster for people initially immunized with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine produces a strong immune response and may do more to elicit protection against severe disease, researchers reported Sunday.Their small study of 65 volunteers who all initially got two doses of Pfizer/BioNTech's vaccine showed that using the J&J Janssen...
    "Life, Liberty, & Levin" host Mark Levin took aim at the media's incompetence and its kid-glove treatment of the Biden presidency on his show Sunday, contrasting their slanted coverage of Biden's time in office to that of his predecessor. "If you listen to the media in this country, you're going to get all screwed up,"...
    (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images) Click here to see where you can get a COVID vaccine near you. Here is a running list of COVID-19 testing centers throughout South Florida. MIAMI-DADE COUNTY Miami Gardens 2775 NW 183 Street, Miami Gardens Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Walk-Up No Appointment Required 305-622-8000 for...
    CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — A COVID crisis may have dashed the dreams of the Philadelphia Union fighting for an Eastern Conference Championship. Sunday’s game was the biggest in the franchise’s history. However, 11 key players were sidelined by the league’s health and safety protocols. READ MORE: Philadelphia Commerce Director Michael Rashid Resigns After He Reportedly...
    SACRAMENTO (CNN) — For the first time in two months, the US is averaging more than 100,000 new Covid-19 cases each day, shortly after millions of Americans traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday. The seven-day moving average of new cases was 121,437 as of Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Prior to this...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There have been no cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in Illinois, but health experts believe it’s just a matter of time. They have doubled the number of tests for the Omicron but say the current cases are still alarmingly high. READ MORE: Chaos In The Loop Leads To Shooting, Beatings; 21 Young...
    A NEW pandemic could be more lethal and spreadable than Covid, warns a top scientist.  Professor Dame Sarah Gilbert, one of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine inventors, said the world should not forget about the threat of a fresh deadly outbreak once the current pandemic ends.  3Dame Sarah...
    WITH the ghost of our Christmas past hanging over us, no wonder we’re all desperate for festivity this year. But many fear the Omicron Covid variant means plans may not be straightforward. 5Here, we answer key questions to help ensure everyone, from grans to kids, has a Covid-safe ChristmasCredit: Shutterstock Early findings suggest existing vaccines...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- There has been a sense of urgency as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned the public about the COVID-19 virus' Omicron variant."This omicron variant is real. It is spreading," Lightfoot said.SEE ALSO | Families protest as west suburban school cancels all activities amid uptick in COVID casesThe mayor and other city officials once...
    This is Bulloch County Schools’ latest report as released by the school system. The report is updated weekly. Note: There was no report for Week 17, November 21 – 27, 2021 due to Thanksgiving Break. DEMOGRAPHICS Last Update: 6 p.m., December 5, 2021 Totals for Week...
    IT would be wrong to blame lockdown for the heart-rending fate of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. But there is something in it. 1The closure of schools at the height of the Covid panic also removed a crucial chance to spot the 130 bruises on this poor lad’s body Yes, Arthur’s cruel father and vile stepmother inflicted...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Gilead, the maker of remdesivir, the first antiviral approved to treat COVID-19, is announcing a safety recall. In a statement, the company reports that two lots of its COVID-19 drug remdesivir may be contaminated with glass particles. READ MORE: Injunction Denied In Health Care Vaccination FightWhile there have been no adverse events...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Lab experts are speaking out, shocked that the state allowed its billion-dollar coronavirus testing lab to continue operating for nearly a year while putting public health at risk. This comes after the state finally released its investigation into “significant deficiencies” at California’s COVID testing lab, which was prompted by a CBS13 whistleblower investigation....
    The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has spread to nearly one-third of U.S. states, prompting the surgeon general to call for calm as the nation struggles to get a grip on the ongoing pandemic. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on Sunday implored Americans to help curb the spread of the new variant despite telling them...
    (CNN)Two hippos at a zoo in Antwerp, Belgium, have tested positive for Covid-19, in what is believed to be the first such infection reported in the species. The hippos, named Imani and Hermien, have shown no symptoms "other than runny noses," according to a news release from the zoo. How the animals were exposed to...
    A young Australian woman has claimed in a video interview that she was forcibly detained for two weeks in a Covid internment camp, despite not having the virus. Hayley Hodgson, 26, said she was seized by the authorities in Australia’s Northern Territory and forced to spend 14 days in the region’s notorious Howard Springs camp after...
    A Norwegian Cruise Line ship arrived in New Orleans on Sunday with several passengers and crew members who have contracted COVID-19. The Norwegian Breakaway departed from New Orleans on Nov. 28 and made stops in Belize, Honduras and Mexico, the state's department of health said.  The Louisiana Department of Health, which is working alongside the...
    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – A study focused on tracking the spread of COVID-19 in performing arts settings has also unveiled the population of humans who spread the most COVID-19 particles. Researchers at Colorado State University learned that men more frequently spread the coronavirus particles than women or children. The study, which lasted months, was...
    (CNN)The worrisome Omicron variant lends fresh urgency to President Joe Biden's months-long grind to vaccinate Americans against the coronavirus. He needs it.That 78 million Americans still resist protective shots confounds anyone examining the medical evidence of the vaccines' effectiveness. But the evidence of history, turbocharged by the modern Republican Party's extremism, makes vaccine resistance no...