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Avoiding omicron is an Olympic-level challenge for Alaska skiers with Beijing Games, and virus tests, looming.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced the end of COVID-19 measures introduced to curb the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in England as he looks to live with the virus after a peak in cases.

With new Omicron cases feared both in and out of Auckland, the Prime Minister has outlined the plan if an outbreak of the new variant were to occur — as well as raising Northland into Orange alert from tonight. 🔗

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Mayor Eric Adams said on Tuesday that New York City was winning its war against the Omicron surge, noting that the numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations, while still extremely high, have started to drop.

Chicago's omicron peak has passed, Dr. Allison Arwady shared Wednesday in her weekly COVID-19 update.

At a news conference President Joe Biden said Russia would face sanctions if it invades Ukraine and addressed the COVID-19 pandemic as omicron surges.

As Omicron continues to spread faster than any other variant so far, there are still a variety of rules in place. It has some industries questioning how effective they really are, especially when they negatively impact them.

TESTING EXPANSION With the Omicron variant pushing up COVID-19 case numbers, Public Health Madison and Dane County announced more operating hours and appointments at the Alliant Energy Center testing site.

NZ PM Ardern: Won’t resort to lockdowns when omicron arrives #NewZealand  #NZDUSD  #Currencies 

In the Education Briefing, @DanaGoldstein  answers questions about school and the pandemic. Does Omicron make school less safe? What do teachers’ unions want? How to make in-person learning safe? Where’s the federal funding? And does my kid need a new mask?

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The Technical Advisory Group on SARS-CoV-2 Virus Evolution met today to review what is known about the #COVID19  variant B.1.1.529. They advised WHO that it should be designated a Variant of Concern. WHO has named it Omicron, in line with naming protocols

Vaccination will not stop the spread of omicron. It prevents hospitalization and death, particularly in those who are elderly and immunocompromised. So forcing Novak Djokovic, literally one of the healthiest people on the planet, to vaxx to play in the Aussie Open, is ridiculous.

There is no Omicron hospital “surge” in FloridaPeople admitted for non-Covid reasons get tested If they test positive they get counted as a “COVID patient” The majority of the 5,400 “Covid patients”in #Florida  are in the hospital for non-Covid reasons

Omicron or Omarion, either way, please get vaxxed or boosted like you “Post to Be”.

JUST IN: Omicron COVID variant was in Europe before South African scientists detected and flagged it to the world

NEW: first thread of 2022 is an Omicron situation update, starting with a detailed look at UK hospitals, before going international. Let’s start with severity, and the most important chart: Despite steep rises in cases and patients, the number on ventilators has barely risen.

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If there really is but 65 hospitalisations from Omicron, and one death, then the current paroxysm from state and media constitutes a crime again the economy and thus against the people.

BREAKING: Chairwoman of South African Medical Association says Omicron coronavirus variant is causing 'mild disease' and 'no prominent symptoms'

This is obscene. Last week, 8 investors in Pfizer and Moderna became $10 billion richer as news about the Omicron variant spread. It's time for these pharmaceutical companies to share their vaccines with the world and start controlling their greed. Enough is enough!

Omicron is not a 'South African variant', it's a variant that was spotted & reported by brilliant South African scientists so fast the world has a chance to get on top of it. Could have originated anywhere.

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