Rapid COVID testing recommended for holiday parties, but with these 2 caveats

Amid the new COVID-19 strain and the proliferation of cases, over-the-counter home testing kits are in high demand. Now, a new White House initiative will make it easier for many Americans to use them. Doctors say rapid antigen testing is something you’ll need in your medicine cabinet this holiday season. But here’s what you need … Read more

Germany imposes coronavirus lockdown on unvaccinated people – POLITICO

BERLIN — The German government and leaders of the country’s 16 states imposed a lockdown on Thursday on people who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus. “Today we talked about an act of national solidarity,” outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel said, adding that restrictions – including some lighter ones for vaccinated people – are required … Read more

Germany tightens coronavirus restrictions – POLITICS

BERLIN – The outgoing German government and the leaders of the country’s 16 states plan to tighten pandemic rules, according to a draft document seen by POLITICO. Under the plan to be passed Thursday, only those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered from COVID-19 will have access to venues such as … Read more

Wake schools will use ‘pool testing’ to identify coronavirus outbreaks quickly and cheaply :: WRAL.com

By Joe Fisher, WRAL reporter Henderson, NC Eleven public schools in Wake County began weekly testing of students for coronavirus on Monday in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, and the district plans to expand the testing program to all its schools by next year. Students are not tested without their parents’ … Read more

Wake schools will use ‘pool testing’ to identify coronavirus outbreaks quickly and cheaply :: WRAL.com

By Joe Fisher, WRAL reporter Henderson, NC Eleven public schools in Wake County began weekly testing of students for coronavirus on Monday in an effort to limit the spread of the virus, and the district plans to expand the testing program to all its schools by next year. Students are not tested without their parents’ … Read more

Portugal finds 13 Omicron cases at top football club – POLITICO

Thirteen cases of the new Omicron coronavirus variant have been found in players of Portugal’s top football club Belenenses SAD, according to preliminary results from the country’s National Institute of Health (INSA). One of the players recently returned from South Africa, where the new species was discovered last week, the institute said. “Preliminary tests conducted … Read more

New coronavirus variant discovered in Belgium as Europe bans travel to southern Africa

European countries moved on Friday to restrict travel to South Africa, citing concerns about a recently identified coronavirus variant – which has now been discovered in Belgium. That follows a phone call by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Friday morning to have the bloc activate an emergency brake to stop … Read more

Commission proposes 9 months vaccine validity for travel – POLITICO

The Commission proposed on Thursday that vaccine certificates for travel are valid for nine months and that rules for intra-block travel should be linked to travelers’ personal health risk, rather than their country of departure. “This means that, in principle, holders of an EU certificate should not receive additional travel restrictions, wherever they come from … Read more

Get ready for an endless coronavirus winter – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article This is the new normal. Hospitals full of vaccinated and not. Riots in the streets. Masks at the Christmas markets – if they are open at all. After several months of overturned restrictions that pushed the number of cases up, people saw what “living with the virus” looked … Read more