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New travel restrictions may take effect only weeks after international travel for vaccinated visitors to the United States became more readily available.Credit… The New York Times’ Bryan Anselm
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A spokesperson for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday night that the agency wants to toughen coronavirus testing and screening of overseas flyers to the United States by requiring them to submit a negative result from a test done within 24 hours of departure.
The decision to enhance the testing procedure reflects rising worry about the Omicron strain, a highly mutated version of the virus discovered in more than a dozen countries across the globe after being originally recorded by researchers in South Africa.
“As we learn more about the Omicron variant, the C.D.C. is working to modify the current global testing order for travel,” said spokesman Jason McDonald. “A revised order would shorten the timeline for required testing for all international air travelers to one day before departure to the United States.”
“This reinforces existing strong international travel standards, such as the need that foreign tourists be properly vaccinated,” he noted.
Health officials are examining whether current testing — which allows fully vaccinated people to take a P.C.R. test up to three days before departing on a flight to the United States — is stringent enough, according to a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because no final decisions had been made. The new 24-hour regulation does not specify whether a quick P.C.R. or antigen test would be required.
President Biden has said that he would outline his measures to strengthen the battle against the epidemic on Thursday. It’s unclear if he’ll announce harsher testing requirements for overseas passengers at Thursday’s address, as The Washington Post initially reported. Mr. McDonald did not provide a timetable for the C.D.C.’s response.
Meanwhile, according to Mr. McDonald, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to urge that all visitors receive a coronavirus test three to five days after arriving in the United States. Even if they test negative, unvaccinated tourists should self-isolate and quarantine for seven days after arriving.
In an interview on Monday, Natalie Quillian, the White House’s deputy coordinator for the Covid response, said that the Omicron version had led the government to re-evaluate its efforts to guarantee that persons entering the nation were not harboring the virus.
“We’re always thinking about how we might improve that transportation infrastructure,” she added. “For example, we’re now evaluating all of our tests to ensure that they’re successful in detecting this variation.”
“If we discovered that a test was not successful in picking up the variation, we would remove it from the list of tests that are acceptable for entry into the nation,” she continued.
According to some tourists, a 24-hour testing regulation might make entering the United States problematic. Paula Tolton, a 23-year-old student in Taipei, Taiwan, said the plan made her nervous about missing her ticket to see her family in Jacksonville, Florida, next month.
She claims that even the present 72-hour rule is nerve-wracking. She added, “I’ve experienced that tension previously when a P.C.R. test didn’t come back when I was meant to travel here in April.” “I was really freaked out.” She said that finding a facility that could fulfill the 24-hour deadline would make returning home much more difficult.
In New York City, protesters demonstrate against vaccination regulations. Credit… Getty Images/Stephanie Keith
On Tuesday, a federal court ordered a preliminary injunction to stop President Biden’s countrywide vaccination requirement for health-care employees from taking effect next week.
Judge Terry A. Doughty’s injunction essentially broadened a previous ruling imposed by a federal court in Missouri on Monday. The previous one had only applied to ten states that had joined a lawsuit challenging the president’s order to mandate all health care workers in hospitals and elderly homes to have at least their first shot by December 6 and to be completely vaccinated by January 4.
Judge Doughty of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana said, “There is no doubt that mandating a vaccination to 10.3 million health care employees is something that should be done by Congress, not a government agency.” “It is not apparent that even a congressional act requiring a vaccination would be constitutional,” he continued.
The plaintiffs also had a “interest in safeguarding its residents from being forced to submit to vaccines,” according to the judge, who was appointed to the court by former President Donald J. Trump, and in preventing the mandate’s potential loss of employment and tax income.
In an attempt to prevent epidemics that were often transmitted from communities into medical settings like nursing homes, some towns and states had already enforced their own vaccination requirements for health care employees. The Delta variety surged across nursing facilities last summer, generating surges in staff and resident illnesses as well as overloading hospitals in several states with another Covid outbreak.
Prior to the president’s request for countrywide compliance, several of the largest hospital chains and some large nursing facility owners started enforcing staff immunizations. Vaccinations among health-care workers have climbed over the summer, yet the number of cases recorded each week among residents and staff remains in the thousands. The vaccination rate among nursing home employees is around 74 percent nationwide, however certain locations have substantially lower rates.
Attorney General Jeff Landry of Louisiana, who is spearheading a 14-state lawsuit against the requirement, said the federal mandate will rip holes in state budgets and worsen shortages in health-care facilities.
The Biden administration connected vaccination compliance to federal funds, forcing millions of employees at hospitals, nursing homes, and other health institutions that depend significantly on Medicare or Medicaid to get immunized. However, many health care providers, particularly nursing home and rural hospital owners, claimed that staff members who refused to get inoculated would quit, exacerbating staffing shortages that had existed in the sector before to the epidemic.
These criticisms fueled resistance in several states, including Texas and Florida, which had been adamantly opposed to federal mandates on immunizations, mask use, and other public health programs throughout the epidemic.
More than a dozen states and several businesses have banded together to oppose a larger rule requiring private enterprises with 100 or more employees to demand companywide vaccination. The order has also been temporarily halted by an appeals court, pending the outcome of the challengers’ allegations that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration overstepped its power.
“While we cannot comment on the case, CMS has remained dedicated to preserving the health and safety of beneficiaries and health care employees,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid stated in a statement in reaction to recent court judgments. The vaccination mandate for health-care professionals reduces the risk of unvaccinated health-care personnel endangering patients’ safety while also ensuring consistency and consistency throughout the country’s health-care system.”
The preliminary injunction obtained on Tuesday is the first stage in the legal battle against the vaccination requirement. The cases must still be heard by a judge, and any lower-court decision will almost certainly be appealed.
— Reed Abelson and Azi Paybarah
In Juba, South Sudan, Johnson Gaga, 22, got the Johnson & Johnson vaccination. Through the Covax program, the United States contributed the dosage. Credit… The New York Times’ Lynsey Addario
On Tuesday, the leader of the United Nations-backed global vaccination distribution program said that in the previous 24 hours, the program had distributed more than 11 million doses, making it the biggest day of delivery ever.
Seth Berkley, the initiative’s administrator, said the group has been requesting “better-quality contributions” and more information on when doses would come from donors and vaccine producers for months. “That message is just beginning to be heard,” he remarked on Twitter.
Covax, a multibillion-dollar partnership between international health organizations and non-profits, was created to guarantee that impoverished nations had access to coronavirus vaccines while wealthier countries did not stockpile them. It has struggled with that mission and has had to reduce its objectives.
Rich, highly vaccinated nations like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan have expanded their booster programs in response to the new Omicron form, while poorer, less vaccinated countries like South Africa are still striving to provide initial doses to inhabitants.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health group that tracks coronavirus infections and vaccine distribution, only around 5% of individuals living in low-income countries have gotten even one vaccination dose.
Mr. Berkley stated on Twitter, “Getting dosages to nations is the simple part.” Making the dosages accessible “is more difficult and needs active engagement” among producers, shipping businesses, and government authorities in those nations.
On Tuesday, Haneda Airport in Tokyo had an empty check-in area. Credit… Getty Images/Carl Court
In reaction to the Omicron variation, the Japanese government stated on Wednesday that it has urged airlines to halt accepting new reservations for all flights into the nation for the remainder of the year, prolonging one of the world’s most extensive border restrictions.
Officials said that existing reservations will not be impacted.
On Monday, Japan prevented all non-resident foreigners from entering the nation, and on Tuesday, it closed its borders to all non-Japanese passengers from 10 southern African countries, including permanent residents of Japan.
On Wednesday, Japan confirmed its second Omicron case, this time in a Peruvian visitor. The first case, which was verified on Tuesday, was a Namibian visitor.
Despite having the greatest vaccination rate among the world’s affluent democracies — and after seeing its coronavirus caseloads drop by 99 percent since August — Japan only tentatively opened to business visitors and students last month.
According to health authorities in South Korea, five instances of the Omicron strain were verified among incoming tourists on Wednesday. Quarantine exemptions for incoming tourists should be put on hold, according to the Korea Medical Association.
Son Young-rae, a spokeswoman for the South Korean Health Ministry, said during a press conference on Wednesday that the administration is exploring extending genome sequencing for more incoming tourists.
— John Yoon and Andrew Parsons
Following the discovery of the Omicron strain, face masks are now required in stores, shopping malls, and public transportation in England. Credit… Associated Press/Peter Byrne/Press Association
On Tuesday, England’s return to certain Covid limitations elicited a variety of feelings, including outrage, disappointment, tiredness, and, for some, apathy. From London, which was decked up in Christmas lights, to Bradford, in northern England, the mood on the streets was one of tired resignation above all.
“I anticipated it since the British delayed so long,” Ali Hasan, 31, a medical consultant at a hospital in Bradford, said, referring to the country’s first lockdown, which he claimed should have been imposed sooner except for what he called the country’s political parties’ “laziness.”
Over the summer, the British government lifted practically all restrictions in England, and the coronavirus caseload has remained high but constant in recent weeks. Even today, it falls short of the health pass systems, vaccination requirements, and lockdown procedures that have been put in place elsewhere in Europe to combat surges.
However, after the discovery of the Omicron form, it has placed harsh restrictions on immigration from ten African nations, reinstated testing and self-isolation requirements for other arrivals, and made face masks mandatory on public transit and in stores.
Source: Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE). The daily average is generated using data from the previous seven days.
For a long time, many people in England had been expecting limits, and some had begun to take things into their own hands. Despite the fact that wearing a mask is not required at restaurants or cafés, Audrey Mekki, 35, a waiter at Pera, a Mediterranean restaurant in North London, makes it a point to do so during her shift.
“I’m wearing it for my own safety as well as the protection of the clients,” she said. “Most people don’t mind, but other people may feel uneasy if the waitresses delivering their meals aren’t wearing masks.”
Helen Daly, 62, from Cork, Ireland, was in London on vacation and claimed she was startled by the British attitude.
“There isn’t a lot of mask-wearing here,” she said. “Last night, we went to the theater. We were the only four people in the room wearing masks.”
The shift on the subway, on the other hand, was abrupt and evident for Matthew Leonard, 22. He landed in London the night before the new laws went into force, he said. “It was very much how it was before, kind of 50-50,” Mr. Leonard said, “but then I realized practically everyone was wearing masks this morning.”
Students aged 11 and above are now required to wear masks in social areas at school. Lucy Long, 41, a mother of a 10-year-old daughter, noted that the school drop-off had altered as well; parents no longer congregate at the gates for a chat. She believes that youngsters should be required to wear masks.
“We have no idea what will happen to these kids in 20 years following any illness,” she added.
Ursula Sutcliffe, who manages a small plant store and café in Bradford, said the consecutive lockdowns had taken their toll — not to mention Brexit, which pushed up the cost of her imported plants from the Netherlands.
Ms. Sutcliffe said, “We’ve simply been fighting an uphill struggle.” “Boris Johnson should never have stopped wearing face masks in the first place,” she continued, referring to Britain’s prime minister. We could have probably gone about our lives if we’d simply kept our face masks on. ‘Yay, we’re back to normal,’ he says excitedly. We aren’t!”
— Aina J. Khan and Saskia Solomon
On Monday, a lady was tested for Covid-19 in Abuja, Nigeria. Credit… Associated Press/Gbemiga Olamikan
Dr. Ifedayo Adetifa, the director general of Nigeria’s public health institution, said in a statement on Wednesday that the variation had been detected in three tourists who had come from South Africa in the previous week.
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control had previously announced on Wednesday that it had discovered the Omicron strain in a sample from October, but subsequently reversed that statement. According to a message posted on WhatsApp by the institute’s spokesperson, Emeka Oguanuo, the earlier sample was of the Delta variety.
“Follow up to guarantee isolation, connection to clinical treatment, contact tracing, and other important response efforts have began,” Dr. Adetifa stated in the statement, referring to the three Omicron cases.
Nigeria joins South Africa and Botswana as the third nation in mainland Africa to report the variation, which has now spread to every continent except Antarctica. However, experts believe it might be weeks before further information about how transmissible the variation is, the severity of the sickness it causes, and how well existing immunizations defend against it becomes available.
Nonetheless, governments have expressed concern, and markets have fallen in recent days, since the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) has evaluated the worldwide danger from the variation as “extremely high.”
Nigerian health experts encouraged state governments on Wednesday to make testing more available, to vaccinate a larger number of people, and to guarantee that the public followed public health measures such as masking and social distance. The coronavirus has caused 214,113 positive cases and 2,976 fatalities in Nigeria thus far.
According to the World Health Organization, Nigeria has delivered little over 9.8 million vaccination doses to its population of more than 200 million people. Workers in the federal government were required to get vaccinated or present a negative Covid-19 certificate starting on Wednesday. Travelers are required to enter the nation with a negative Covid test and to undergo two more tests on the second and seventh days after arrival.
— Ben Ezeamalu and Abdi Latif Dahir
Outside the Gillian Lynne Theater, where Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cinderella” is performing, audience members form a queue. Credit… The New York Times’ Jeremie Souteyrat
One thing that has stood out as much as the action onstage since England’s theaters reopened without restrictions in July is the absence of masks in the audience.
Patrons are not forced to wear facial covers, as they do in Broadway theaters, and many have decided to disregard preshow notices urging them to do so.
A number of visiting theatrical reviewers were taken aback. “Nearly every show I watched, there were tons — sometimes a majority — of barefaced individuals in the audience, which seemed irresponsible and foolish,” Laura Collins-Hughes wrote in The New York Times in September.
In a November article for The Washington Post, Peter Marks described London’s theaters as “consistently stunning these days.” He went on to say that it had nothing to do with the activity onstage and was purely due to the lack of masks.
That image, though, may be about to alter. In response to the newly found Omicron version of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered masks necessary in shops and on public transit in England on Saturday.
He did not make them required in cinemas, although numerous have done so on their own initiative. Face coverings will be compulsory at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s theaters in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, unless a spectator is under the age of 12 or has a medical exemption, the company said on Monday.
“We want to do all we can to avoid having to cancel concerts and disappointing our fans,” said Catherine Mallyon, the company’s executive director, in a press release.
Other theaters soon followed suit. Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musician and theatrical mogul, discreetly tightened regulations for the six West End theaters he controls on Monday. “All audience members must wear a facial covering during their visit, save when eating and drinking, or if they are medically excused,” his company’s website was changed to state. Previously, such theaters could request but not demand masks.
The National Theater, the Royal Opera House, the English National Opera, and the Old Vic all announced on Tuesday that masks would be required.
The regulations may only be in effect for a few weeks. The policy will remain in effect until Dec. 19, according to the National Theater’s website, “when the next government evaluation of Covid measures is due.”
There seems to be little opposition to the adjustments thus far. Since the requirement was revealed, 30 individuals, out of 6,000 who had booked to attend the Royal Shakespeare Company’s current production, “The Magician’s Elephant,” have requested refunds or swap tickets for vouchers to see a future show, according to Kate Evans, a spokesperson for the company.
“The overwhelming majority of the reaction we’ve had on the decision has been really supportive,” she added.
The date has been changed to December 1, 2021.
The number of theatergoers who demanded refunds or ticket exchange coupons from the Royal Shakespeare Company following its mask requirement announcement was incorrect in a previous version of this story due to an editorial mistake. It was 30 years ago, not 45.
The new medicines are being hailed by health experts all across the globe as a way to minimize the number of severe cases and save lives. Shutterstock/EPA/EPA/EPA/EPA/EPA/EPA/EPA/EPA/EPA/EPA
On Tuesday, a federal advisory group agreed to propose that the government legalize the use of an antiviral medication to counteract the severe effects of Covid-19 for the first time.
While public health authorities across the globe hurried to shore up their defenses against the newly emerged Omicron form of the coronavirus, the advisory group supported Merck’s tablet by an unexpectedly narrow 13-to-10 majority.
The Merck medication, molnupiravir, has been demonstrated to minimize the incidence of Covid-related hospitalization and mortality. Within days, the medication may be approved for use in the United States and accessible to patients.
The FDA may also approve a comparable tablet from Pfizer, which seems to be substantially more successful than Merck’s, in the coming weeks. The introduction of the two simple medicines together might offer a buffer against a resurgent pathogen.
The Food and Drug Administration’s advisory council, which consists of antimicrobial drug specialists, recommended that Merck’s medication be approved for those who have Covid and are at high risk of getting very unwell. That would most certainly cover tens of millions of Americans over the age of 65 who are overweight, diabetic, or have heart problems.
However, the committee’s narrow decision indicated worries about the pill’s efficacy and the possibility of reproductive damage.
Dr. David Hardy, an infectious-disease specialist in Los Angeles, stated, “The effectiveness of this medication is not astoundingly excellent.” Despite this, he voted to endorse the medicine, stating that “something like this is needed.”
Other members of the committee who voted against approval argued additional study on the drug’s safety was required. Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, an infectious disease expert at the University of Utah, stated, “The possibility of broad impacts on possible birth abnormalities, particularly delayed effects on the male, has not been fully researched.”
The tablets, which will be prescribed by physicians and delivered by pharmacists, are much more convenient than the monoclonal antibody therapies that have traditionally been used to help high-risk Covid patients, and are anticipated to reach many more individuals. Antibody therapies are costly and are usually administered intravenously in hospitals or clinics.
The Biden administration is anticipating that the arrival of antiviral medications from Merck and Pfizer would aid in the conclusion of the pandemic’s most intense phase. Millions of treatment sessions of the new tablets have been secured thanks to billions of dollars invested by the US government.
People infected with the Delta, Mu, and Gamma forms of the coronavirus were largely recruited in Merck’s clinical studies. Scientists have yet to conduct tests to evaluate how effective the tablets are at preventing Omicron viruses from multiplying. Even if the variation may occasionally avoid vaccinations and monoclonal antibodies, there are grounds to believe they would remain effective.
— Carl Zimmer and Rebecca Robbins
On Tuesday, a passenger from South Africa was tested for the Coronavirus Omicron type in a specially developed test lane at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport. Credit… EPA/Remko De Waal/Shutterstock
On Friday, hundreds of passengers on flight KL592 from South Africa to Amsterdam arrived with documents verifying their right to fly. Agents at the check-in counter combed through a confusing array of criteria based on the end destination.
However, as the passengers slept or watched their screens on the plane, everything changed on the ground.
Panic about the discovery of a novel Omicron strain in southern Africa drove governments to block their borders. The arrivals entered a new post-Omicron reality, and it was a hellish one, with hours spent breathing stale air as their planes sat on the tarmac, then fighting exhaustion in crowded waiting rooms, awaiting swab results in close quarters with fellow travelers who would turn out to be infected with the new and potentially more dangerous variant.
Jan Mezek, 39, a laboratory technician whose business maintains swab-test equipment and who was returning from a two-week work trip to his home in Prague, said, “We were in the same area, same room.” He described himself as “feeling like a pig in a pen,” adding, “They were thoroughly spreading the infection around us.”
According to Dutch authorities, at least 14 persons on that and another KLM aircraft from South Africa who tested positive for the virus had Omicron. The Dutch authorities have placed them under quarantine, while hundreds of others who had negative results from a PCR test at the airport were ordered to return home or board connecting planes to their ultimate destinations.
“Who knows where they traveled throughout the globe,” said Fabrizio Pregliasco, a well-known Italian virologist at the University of Milan. He believes that all of the passengers should have been quarantined or separated for seven to ten days and thoroughly watched, particularly because they may have gotten the virus on the journey and tested negative while it was incubating.
“This flight is an exploding bomb if this variety is very infectious,” Dr. Pregliasco added.
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers has joined the NBA’s Covid-19 protocol. Credit… Ringo Associated Press/H.W. Chiu
The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Tuesday that star forward LeBron James has joined the National Basketball Association’s coronavirus health and safety procedures.
Because he tested positive for the coronavirus, James missed the team’s game against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night and will likely miss at least 10 days if he is in the protocols. The Lakers have yet to announce that James has tested positive, but Anthony Davis, James’ teammate, made remarks after the game that suggested as much.
Davis informed reporters, “He said he’s okay.” “I believe he is symptom-free, which is a positive indication.” We want to make certain that he returns. The most crucial factor is one’s health. It’s a lot larger than a basketball game.”
Before the game, Lakers coach Frank Vogel informed reporters that he learned James had undergone the health and safety procedures on Tuesday morning. The club made arrangements for James to travel “return to L.A. securely,” according to Vogel.
Before the season, James, 36, said that he had been immunized against Covid-19.
Players who have been vaccinated often have fewer severe criteria than players who have not been immunized. According to letters issued to each of the 30 clubs by league officials after Thanksgiving, the league adopted additional testing standards, even for vaccinated players. They did so in the hopes of increasing players’ possible exposure to the illness throughout the vacation.
Unless he could produce repeated negative results for the virus, James would be required to sit out for at least 10 days under existing norms.
“Right now, we simply want the best for him,” Vogel added. “That’s where our minds are at the moment.” We’ve adopted a “next guy up” mentality. The season is 82 games long. You have to cope with players coming and going from the lineup. We’ve already had some time without him this season.”
The game on Tuesday was James’ 12th of the season. Due to ankle and stomach problems, he missed ten games. He was also banned for the first time in his 19-year career earlier this month, missing the Lakers’ game against the Knicks.
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One of the many unknowns surrounding the novel coronavirus variety known as Omicron, named after the Greek alphabet’s 15th letter, has caught the attention of many English speakers: How do you say it?
Experts claim that there is no universally accepted English pronunciation.
Merriam Webster recommends pronouncing it “OH-muh-kraan,” emphasizing the first syllable.
When a World Health Organization official, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, recently announced that the mutation was of concern, she put it that way.
How to Say ‘Omicron’
In English, there are numerous ways to pronounce “Omicron,” a coronavirus strain named after the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.
Merriam Webster says it’s pronounced “AH-muh-kraan” in the United States. “OH-mee-kraan,” as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson put it last week, or “OH-my-kraan,” are less prevalent.
Apoorva Mandavilli, who covers the coronavirus and its variations for the New York Times podcast “The Daily,” said she was going with “AH-muh-kraan.”
“To be honest, I don’t believe it matters too much,” she remarked.
According to Dr. Andreas Willi, a comparative linguistics expert at Oxford University, the New Oxford English Dictionary has a different sound than Merriam-Webster. “Specifically, anything along the lines of ‘o-MIKE-Ron,’” he said.
The name derives from the Greek “o mikron,” which means “little o.” According to Dr. Willi, the term was pronounced in ancient Greek with the second syllable sounding like an English “me.”
Because the Greek term is transliterated for pronunciation into English, sounding similar to the phrase “omnipotent” but differing from its Latin “omni-potent” origin, the “AH-muh-kraan” pronunciation “makes perfect sense,” according to Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam Webster.
“There isn’t a bad response,” he continued.
“The issue of British vs. American pronunciation of the first syllable isn’t actually unique to this term,” Dr. Willi said. “Contrast the British and American pronunciations of the word ‘god.’”
According to Dr. Willi, the differences are due to the term being taken as a loanword and used by English people in various regions at different eras.
“When we say ‘Paris’ in English, it’s extremely different from the ‘correct’ French method of pronouncing the same word,” he said. “However, in a strict sense, it is scarcely incorrect.”
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