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Passengers sit in their seats aboard KLM Flight 598 on the tarmac at Schipol airport in Amsterdam after it landed from Cape Town, South Africa.

World Health Organization classifies Omicron variant as ‘variant of concern;’ US to ban travel from 8 African countries

A World Health Organization panel named the variant “omicron” and classified it as a highly transmissible variant of concern, the same category that includes the delta variant, the world’s most prevalent.

People waited to get vaccinated at a shopping mall in Johannesburg, South Africa.

What is Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant spreading in South Africa and other places?

We know that the new variant is genetically distinct from previous variants, but we do not know if these genetic changes make it any more transmissible or dangerous.

A healthcare worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Missouri.

COVID variants: What you need to know about Omicron, Delta, Lambda, and more

As the winter months usher in colder weather and holiday travel, COVID cases in the US have begun to tick up again. In Europe, countries like Germany and the UK have seen a massive spike in cases and restrictions have once again been implemented.

People line up to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021.

EU nations agree to impose ban on travel from southern Africa to counter new COVID-19 variant

EU nations agree to impose ban on travel from southern Africa to counter new COVID-19 variant.

International passengers walk through the arrivals area at Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport on November 26, 2021 in London, England.

Travel restrictions multiply for African countries over fears of new variant

European countries Friday joined Singapore, Israel and others in restricting travel from southern Africa in a frantic effort to keep a newly identified, and apparently significantly evolved, variant of the coronavirus from crossing into their borders.

There are reasons to still avoid the office, but health concerns aren’t necessarily among them

Some experts say there’s nothing particularly dangerous about working in an office anymore, challenging the idea that the coronavirus should still be a reason people continue to work from home.

A health worker holds a vial of the Moderna Inc. Covid-19 vaccine at the Banco Santander SA headquarters in Boadilla del Monte, Spain, on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.

Moderna edges Pfizer in study of five COVID vaccines

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine edged Pfizer's vaccine in effectiveness in a large-scale study of five different immunization shots conducted by Hungarian researchers.

Critical care nurses and respiratory therapists flip a COVID-19 patient upright in North Memorial's South Six and South Seven Intensive Care Units.

A flood of COVID patients causes ‘almost unmanageable strain’ in Michigan

At Spectrum Health, a major healthcare system in Grand Rapids, Michigan, officials spent part of last week debating whether to move to "red status" in a show of how strained hospitals had become.

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