Biden launching winter COVID-19 booster, testing campaign. Here’s what’s in the plan
With rising numbers of COVID-19 cases predicted this winter, President Joe Biden is appealing for Americans to get their boosters and get behind his plan to tackle the new omicron variant through wider availability of vaccines and shots.
Japan suspends new flight reservations as omicron spreads
The U.S. identified its first known case of the omicron variant Wednesday — in a vaccinated traveler returning to California from South Africa — as scientists around the world raced to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more dangerous than the previous ones.
Florida averages 1,380 daily COVID cases as concerns over omicron variant rise
Gov. Ron DeSantis signed off on four bills Thursday to prohibit mandated COVID-19 vaccinations for Florida students and workers, calling HB 1B the “strongest piece of legislation” enacted against such mandates anywhere in the U.S.
Brevard school acknowledges putting mask on girl with Down syndrome, police find no crime committed
After the story of a 7-year-old girl with Down syndrome having a mask tied onto her face while at school in Brevard County gained national attention, an investigation by Indian Harbor Beach police found there was no evidence to suggest that the mask being tied to the girl constituted some form of child abuse.
Holiday travelers on alert after new COVID-19 variant detected in South Africa
Holiday travel is ramping up at Orlando International Airport, with many passengers saying they are taking the necessary precautions to prevent any further spread of COVID-19 after news of a new variant being detected in South Africa.
Concerns rise over Indonesia’s sputtering virus vaccinations
Indonesia has recovered significantly from a mid-year spike in coronavirus cases and deaths that was one of the worst in the region, but with its vaccination drive stalling and with holidays approaching, experts and officials warn it could soon face another surge.