The CDC warns against traveling to Canada hit by Omicron

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  • Reuters:
    U.S. Issues ‘Do Not Travel’ Warning For Canada
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department on Monday advised against travel to neighboring Canada because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases as the Omicron variant spreads. The CDC elevated its travel recommendation to “Level Four: Very High” for Canada, telling Americans they should avoid travel, while the State Department also on Monday issued its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory for Canada citing COVID-19 cases. (Shepardson, 1/10)

  • Bloomberg:
    Omicron May Infect Half Of Europeans Within Weeks, WHO Says
    More than half of Europe’s population may be infected with omicron within weeks at current transmission rates, a World Health Organization official said. The fast-spreading variant represents a “west-to-east tidal wave sweeping across the region,” said Hans Kluge, the regional director of the WHO for Europe at a briefing Tuesday. He cited forecasts by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation that the majority of Europeans could catch it in the next six to eight weeks. (Gretler, 1/11)

The Wall Street Journal:
Japan Extends Entry Ban For Foreigners, Citing Omicron 
Japan said Tuesday it would extend its near-total ban on foreigners entering the country until at least the end of February, citing the risk of the Omicron variant. The ban took effect on Nov. 30 and has earned more than 80% support from Japanese surveyed in recent polls. Helped by the perception that he is tough on Covid-19, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s cabinet has enjoyed around 60% support. (Landers, 1/10)

Covid Vaccine Programs Could End With Third Dose, Israeli Doctor Says
Three vaccine doses are likely to provide sufficient long-term protection against severe Covid-19, a prominent Israeli doctor has said. Speaking to CNBC in a phone call, Professor Eyal Leshem, an infectious disease specialist at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, predicted that in the long run, a two or three-dose vaccination course would probably provide good protection against severe disease for the majority of people. (Taylor, 1/11)

The Washington Post:
Mexico’s President Tests Positive For Coronavirus A Second Time
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday evening that, for the second time in a year, he has tested positive for the coronavirus. (Sieff and Pietsch, 1/11)

Cold Or Covid? Spain Calls For Debate To Consider Covid As Endemic, Like Flu
Spain is calling on Europe to debate the possibility that Covid-19 can now be treated as an endemic illness, setting a model to monitor its evolution akin to the one used for flu.  “It’s a necessary debate; Science has given us the answer to protect ourselves,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in interview yesterday with radio station Cadena Ser, adding that the virus’s lethality has been dropping since the beginning of the pandemic. “We have to evaluate the evolution of covid from pandemic to an endemic illness,” he said. (Gualtieri, 1/11)

WEF Report Warns Of Covid Inequalities Fueling Social Tensions
New research from the organizers of the annual Davos gatherings in the Swiss Alps warns of inequalities stemming from the coronavirus pandemic that could flare domestic and cross-border tensions around the world. This year’s Global Risks Report by the World Economic Forum describes a “global divergence” — where poorer nations have much lower Covid-19 vaccination rates and, therefore, face more prolonged economic troubles. (Amaro, 1/11)

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