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First Omicron Case Confirmed in U.S.; Travel Curbs: Virus Update

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First Omicron Covid Variant Case Confirmed in U.S.
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The first case of the omicron mutation was reported in the U.S. as countries around the world rushed to tighten travel curbs. The chief scientist of the World Health Organization said vaccines will likely protect against severe cases of the new variant.

The Biden administration’s restrictions on travel from southern Africa will be temporary, White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said. Travelers are waiting longer to buy airline tickets amid the rapidly emerging border restrictions, making it harder for carriers to gauge near-term demand, European airline executives said.