COVID-19 Omicron variant poses risk for worldwide infection

The U.S. is on high alert as the Omicron variant of the coronavirus spreads throughout the world. Scientists are researching how effective current vaccines are against the new variant. CBS News reporter Alexander Tin joins CBSN "Red and Blue" anchor Tanya Rivero with the latest.

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Omicron poses very high global risk, WHO says

The heavily mutated Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally and poses a very high risk of infection surges that could have ‘severe consequences’ in some places, the World Health Organization said.

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November 29, 2021: Omicron poses ‘very high’ risk, Japan, Israel, South Africa, Biden, Virgil Abloh

November 29, 2021: Omicron poses ‘very high’ risk, Japan and Israel, South Africa, Biden, Virgil Abloh

1. The Omicron variant of coronavirus carries a ‘very high’ global risk of surges, the WHO warned, as more countries reported cases, prompting border closures and reviving worries about the economic recovery from a two-year pandemic.

2. Japan and Israel bar foreigners as the WHO flags a global risk from the Omicron variant.

3. A South African doctor who was one of the first to suspect a different coronavirus strain among patients said on Sunday that symptoms of the Omicron variant were so far mild and could be treated at home.

4. The top U.S. infectious disease official, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told President Joe Biden on Sunday it will take about two weeks to have definitive information on the new coronavirus variant Omicron.

5. Virgil Abloh, the American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants who became fashion’s highest profile Black designer and the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton’s menswear collections, died on Sunday at age 41, following a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer.



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WHO warns Omicron poses ‘very high’ global risk as UK calls urgent meeting of G7 health ministers

The World Health Organization has warned of the threat posed by the Omicron COVID-19 variant. It said the new strain presents a very high global risk, and has urged the world to speed up vaccinations of high-priority groups. Britain has called for an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers. Meanwhile, scientists are racing to find answers about the strain: Whether it’s deadlier or more evasive to vaccines.

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Interfaith love a risk as India nationalism surges

Arbaz Mullah’s love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. The romance so angered relatives of Kumbhar, a Hindu, that they allegedly hired members of a hardline Hindu nationalist group to kill the 24-year-old Mullah, who was Muslim. (Nov. 29)

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Migrants risk life and limb on the EU’s borders | DW News

As temperatures across Europe plummet, thousands of migrants are still stranded in Belarus. Many have spent weeks outside in freezing forests near Poland. They’re still hoping to find a route into the European Union – though Brussels insists the bloc will not accept them. DW’s Nick Connolly met some of those migrants in the Belarusian capital Minsk. He spoke to people torn between hope and resignation.
Meanwhile, the exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has told the European Union it must live up to its values and actively oppose the authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko. DW’s Barbara Wesel caught up with her in Brussels.
And the deaths of 27 people in the English Channel are deepening tensions between Britain and France. The French interior minister has cancelled weekend talks with his UK counterpart after suggestions by the British Prime Minister France wasn’t doing enough to stop migrants trying to reach England by boat. DW correspondent Jack Parrock visited the French port of Calais. And spoke to people hoping to make the same journey.


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Brexit: US trade deal could be at risk if the Good Friday Agreement is damaged

Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut in the USA has told Sky News of the importance that Congress holds the Good Friday Agreement.

The Senator even suggested that a free trade deal between the United States and the United Kingdom could be in jeopardy if ‘the foundations of the good Friday agreement’ were put at risk.

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