NY COVID latest: Sunday, November 29, 2021

Omicron variant prompts new US travel ban on South Africa, other nations

The United States’ ban on non-citizen travel from South Africa and seven additional African nations began on Monday, Nov. 29, due to omicron, a new COVID-19 variant of concern, White House officials said.

Gov. Hochul mandates booster availability at all NY nursing homes

New York nursing homes will be required to make booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine available to all residents, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Sunday, Nov. 28. The governor’s order comes as officials and health experts around the world monitor the spread of omicron, a new “variant of concern.”

5 things to know about omicron, the new COVID ‘variant of concern’

The announcement of a COVID-19 variant called omicron by scientists in South Africa, where it was first detected, has sent governments and financial markets around the world reeling. Click here to learn more about what experts know about the new “variant of concern.”

FILE – A person asks a subway conductor for information at the Grand Central Subway Station, May 18, 2021, in New York. After months of negotiations, New York and its two neighboring states have finally agreed on how to divide up billions in federal COVID-19 relief money aimed at […]

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