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November 29, 2021

(WJW) – The Omicron coronavirus variant is impacting more countries, prompting travel restrictions as nations attempt to seal themselves off.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classified the new variant on November 26 from cases in South Africa.

B.1.1.529 has been named Omicron.

No cases have been identified in the U.S.

President Joe Biden will address the nation about the new variant Monday.

8 a.m. headlines

  • (AP) – President Joe Biden will urge Americans to get vaccinated and to receive a booster shot in his address about omicron. According to DDr. Fauci, he won’t immediately push for more restrictions to stop the spread of the virus
  • (AP) – European stock and oil prices have rebounded and Wall Street was poised to open higher, even as Asian markets fell further over virus fears

5 a.m. headlines

  • (AP) – European stocks have rebounded while Asian markets fell further after the coronavirus’s omicron variant was found in more countries and governments imposed travel controls.
  • (AP) – Portuguese health authorities said Monday they have identified 13 cases of omicron, the new coronavirus variant believed to be more contagious, among team members of a professional soccer club.

4 a.m. headlines

  • Asians stock markets fall Monday as the new variant has been found in more countries
  • (AP) – The Scottish government announces 6 new cases of the omicron variant of coronavirus, taking the UK total to 9.
  • (AP) – Japan has announced it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors due to the spread of the virus
  • France is awaiting laboratory confirmation of eight suspected cases of the new version of the coronavirus, involving people who traveled recently to southern Africa.
  • Australia reports 3 cases of the Omicron variant
  • Morocco is suspending all incoming flights due to the new variant
  • EU orders travel ban due to South Africa to stop virus spread