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    New Zealand will make household contacts of Covid cases isolate for 24 days under harsh new rules brought in to combat an impending Omicron outbreak. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has brought in the strict measures as the country battles to stay Covid Zero despite the threat of the highly contagious mutant strain. But critics say the lengthy quarantine period is 'unworkable' and will lead people to avoid getting tested. Anyone infected with Covid is now required to isolate for 14 days, up from 10 days under the new interim rules. Household contacts must then stay in quarantine for a further 10 days, stretching the time alone out to three and a half weeks. New Zealand will make household contacts of Covid cases isolate for 24 days under harsh new rules brought in to combat an impending Omicron outbreak (pictured, NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern) The extension to isolation comes as New Zealand recorded 84 new Covid cases on Saturday, with 43 in the community and another 41 caught at the border. It includes an Auckland airport worker who tested positive...
    BRITS can finally go abroad again as restrictions are being eased across Europe. We've explained the latest travel rules for Italy, including the current Covid restrictions in place. 3Italy is open to Brits right now but there are still Covid restrictions for all arrivals Can I go on holiday to Italy? Italy has welcomed Brits back, welcoming both vaccinated and unvaccinated Brits. If double-jabbed, Brits just need proof of vaccination, as well as a completed Passenger Locator Form and a negative Covid test, which can be a PCR or an antigen. If unvaccinated, you will have to quarantine for five days on arrival, as well as complete the forms and required Covid tests. Kids aged 17 and under do not have to quarantine if they are traveling with a fully vaccinated parent and have a negative Covid test, while kids under 6 do not need to have tests. Brits will also need to check their passports due to the rules since leaving the EU - needing at least three months on it, and them not allowed to be more than...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Hong Kong police have arrested and charged two former Cathay Pacific staffers for violating the city's quarantine rules, underscoring the challenges the city's flagship airline and its staff face under some of the world's most restrictive anti-pandemic policies.The government on Monday confirmed the arrests of two former flight attendants, saying that they ran afoul of orders preventing them from leaving self-isolation. While authorities did not name the airline, Cathay confirmed to CNN Business on Tuesday that the two people worked for the company, but are now "no longer employed" by the carrier. The company added that it is "acutely aware of the critical importance of complying with anti-pandemic measures both in Hong Kong and overseas." In zero-Covid Hong Kong, this is what happens when you test positiveHong Kong is home to some of the toughest quarantine rules in the world, as it and mainland china stick with "zero Covid" strategies intended to eliminate any trace of the coronavirus. Most people coming into the city are forced to quarantine in a hotel for up to three weeks upon...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police arrested two former flight attendants for allegedly leaving their homes when they should have been in isolation for possible coronavirus infections, which were later confirmed. The two arrived from the U.S on Dec. 24 and 25. While in medical surveillance, they had “conducted unnecessary activities,” according to a government statement posted late Monday. While the statement did not name their employer, the arrests came after flagship carrier Cathay Pacific said it had fired two crew members for breaching coronavirus protocols. Both later tested positive for the omicron variant. The duo have been released on bail and will have their case heard in court on Feb. 9. If convicted of violating anti-epidemic regulations, they could face up to 6 months imprisonment and a fine of up to 5,000 Hong Kong dollars ($642). Hong Kong has been grappling with a local omicron outbreak traced to several Cathay Pacific crew members who had dined at bars and restaurants across the city before later testing positive for the omicron variant. Previously in Hong Kong, certain air...
    Germany’s leaders agreed Friday to toughen requirements for entry to restaurants and bars, and decided to shorten quarantine and self-isolation periods as the omicron variant spreads fast through the country.  Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the 16 state governors built on restrictions introduced just after Christmas that limited private gatherings to 10 people and effectively shut nightclubs.  People have already been required for some time to show proof of full vaccination or recovery to enter restaurants and bars — as well as many nonessential shops, theaters and cinemas.  GOOGLE NOW UNDER EXTRA ANTITRUST SCRUTINY IN GERMANY  A sign at a winter market in Cologne, Germany, demands a mandatory mask and the 2G rule, that means only vaccinated or recovered customers are allowed to enter, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.  (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) Friday’s decision calls for the requirements to be ratcheted up for restaurants and bars across the country. Customers will have to show either that they have received a booster shot or provide a negative test result on top of proof that they have been vaccinated or recovered.  "This is...
    Hawaii is changing its COVID-19 entry requirements. The state is dropping a health questionnaire and cutting the mandatory quarantine time for unvaccinated domestic travelers from 10 days to five days in accordance with the CDC.Visitors who are fully vaccinated or who have tested negative do not need to quarantine when they arrive.There are some other restrictions. Beginning Saturday on Maui, indoor restaurants are requiring proof of full vaccination, including a booster shot.People can still eat outside without a vaccination card.
    DR Anthony Fauci has announced that the CDC might change the Covid quarantine rules yet again, just weeks after Americans were told they only had to stay inside for five days. It was just a week ago that the CDC announced that Americans with Covid could shorten quarantine time from 10 to five days, but now Fauci says the decision is being reconsidered. CNN 2 DR Anthony Fauci has announced that the CDC might change the Covid quarantine rules again Getty 2 It’s far from the first time that the CDC has changed its position on the appropriate quarantine time Speaking on Sunday, Fauci was asked by George Stephanopoulos about the backlash surrounding the CDCs decision to allow asymptomatic people to go out, wearing a mask, after just five days. “You’re right, there has been some concern about why we don’t ask people at that five-day period to get tested. That is something that is now under consideration,” Fauci said on ABC News. “The CDC is very well aware that there has been some pushback about that. Looking...
    George Mason University says the school will open as planned on Jan. 3, but with updated COVID-19 requirements for faculty, staff, and students. In a letter sent from GMU President Gregory Washington on Friday, the university has set  new requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, testing, quarantine and masks. The requirements apply to staff beginning Jan. 3, and for students who begin classes on Jan. 24. More Fairfax County News More Education News VACCINES / BOOSTERS Citing the ongoing spread of the omicron variant and recent scientific data, GMU said it will require COVID-19 booster vaccinations and proof of vaccination for all faculty, staff, and students that are eligible. Since students were required to receive the first two vaccine doses for Fall semester by Aug. 1, 2021, GMU says Feb. 15 is the deadline for students to receive a booster and upload their documentation. Faculty and staff are also required to receive their booster and provide documentation by Feb. 15. Students who seek a medical or religious exemption from the boosters may apply for one. Those who received an exemption for...
    CHINA is desperately clinging onto its "zero Covid" strategy as officials ban 13 million people from going outside as they face starvation and brutal punishments. The country is racing to control one of its worst outbreaks in a single city since the beginning of the pandemic with a sweeping lockdown and draconian restrictions. 6Residents in the city of Xian have been banned from drivingCredit: Alamy 6A video showed 'rule breakers' being paraded through the streets in the city of JingxiCredit: Twitter 6Medical workers race around the streets of XianCredit: Alamy 6City-wide testing has been rolled out to curb the spread of the virusCredit: AFP China's brutal "zero Covid" policy sees extreme restrictions in the infected areas, tight border control and lengthy quarantines as the country prepares for the Winter Olympics in February. The 13 million people living in the northern city of Xian have been banned from leaving their homes - even for essential reasons like buying food - to squash the rising tide of Covid infections. The harsh lockdown comes as a string of hugely positive studies show Omicron IS...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Hong Kong's flagship airline warned Friday that strict new quarantine measures in the city could lead to "dramatic disruptions" to local supply chains, as the company is forced to curb some passenger and cargo flights.Cathay Pacific's note of caution came as the Hong Kong government announced that, from Saturday, all cargo air crew based in the city who have stayed overseas will need to spend seven days in hotel quarantine when they return. That's up from the current three-day requirement. The measure marks an escalation from what are already some of the world's most stringent and isolating restrictions, as Hong Kong attempts to stamp out any trace of the coronavirus. The city, along with mainland China, is one of the last places in Asia still adopting a "zero Covid" strategy. And most people coming into the city are forced to quarantine in a hotel for up to three weeks upon arrival, even if they are inoculated. Hong Kong has kept out Covid, but exhausted and depressed pilots are paying the price"We are wary that any further...
    On Wednesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” White House Chief Medical Adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci stated that school mask mandates have a “really different” risk calculus than relaxing quarantine rules. After Fauci defended the CDC relaxing quarantine rules by stating that the CDC is trying to balance disease prevention with getting people back to work, host Jake Tapper asked, “[I]t sounds as though the CDC and you are saying that American society has to accept that there is some risk, and we just need to mitigate the risk. And I think some critics are saying, well, where was this willingness to live with mitigated risk when it came to, for example, keeping schools open? Why are toddlers still being forced to wear masks? Why are schools still being shut down if the science does not support that and if we are now in an era of mitigated risk and taking reasonable risks?” Fauci responded, “Well, Jake, you’re really taking a blanket over every individual thing that’s really different. I mean, there is relative risk, and the risk that you’re willing...
    America should consider relaxing its quarantine guidelines to allow infected essential employees to continue working to avoid paralyzing the economy and the healthcare sector as the country faces a 'viral blizzard' of infections, a leading epidemiologist says. Dr. Michael Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, told DailyMail.com on Monday that with cases snowballing, it could be time to consider slashing the CDC's current recommended 10-day isolation period for infected essential workers.  'We're going to need these people back in the workforce desperately,' Osterholm told DailyMail.com. 'The point is, we may even have at look at the cost and benefit to society, of having someone who may be infectious or low-level infectious, putting an N95 respirator on them and letting them work because that is going to still have a better outcome for patients than somebody not being there at all. 'I mean, what is it like to try to run a hospital ward with 40 patients, when you have no one there to help?'  He added that quarantine periods for others should also...
    Los Angeles County schools lost over 92,000 in-person school days during a period of just over one month in the fall due to quarantine rules, a CDC study found. That number, however, could have been higher if some of the schools did not implement a testing strategy for exposed students that prevented them from sending home classrooms full of students, according to the study released on Friday. Those schools implemented a Test to Stay program that allowed students who are exposed to COVID to stay in school as long as they wear a mask, undergo two COVID tests per week and quarantine while they are not in school.  They must also remain asymptomatic to return to class.  Schools that implemented the strategy, the Centers for Disease Control found, had fewer cases of transmission between students and were able to keep students in the classroom more often. Los Angeles County schools lost over 92,000 days of in-person learning due to strict quarantine rules from September 20 to October 31, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control. California Gov....
    California is expanding workplace quarantine regulations to include vaccinated workers who test negative for COVID-19 in a move that business groups say could worsen the labor shortage.   The change taking effect Thursday erases current distinctions between vaccinated and unvaccinated employees, with both groups now barred from the workplace if they come in close contact with someone with the virus.    The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board's revised temporary rule requires that exposed, vaccinated but asymptomatic workers stay home for 14 days even if they test negative. If they return to work, they must wear masks and stay 6 feet from anyone else for two weeks. 'Treating vaccinated and unvaccinated people similarly really denies the scientific value of the vaccine and disincentivizes vaccination,' said Rob Moutrie, a policy advocate at the California Chamber of Commerce. A new California rule requires that exposed, vaccinated but asymptomatic workers stay home for 14 days even if they test negative. Governor Gavin Newsom is seen above California has seen new cases spike in recent weeks though deaths are trending down RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    FRANCE has heavily restricted Brits from entering the country in a bid to curb the spread of the Omicron variant. Here's what you need to know about going to France this Christmas. 2France has restrictions UK citizens from going to France this ChristmasCredit: AP Can I travel to France? Brits who have had both jabs can now visit the country without having to quarantine or having a "compelling reason" to visit. All arrivals will have to provide a negative Covid test less than 24 hours old and isolate for at least two days. Confirmed Omicron cases are currently much higher in the UK than in France. French citizens, their partners and children, legal residents, and EU citizens travelling home through France, won't need an essential reason to travel - but must still abide by all other rules. UK travellers who have only had one jab, or no jabs, are still banned from entering France unless for an essential reason. France lifted most of their lockdown measures on July 1, with very few restrictions on travelling around the country. What...
    SAN JOSE – Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson said he would likely not participate in February’s Winter Olympics in Beijing if the International Olympic Committee’s quarantine rules for those who test positive for COVID-19 remain the same. The IOC has stated that athletes who test positive for COVID-19 in China would need to produce two negative tests 24 hours apart to exit protocol. However, if they continue to test positive, the quarantine period could last from 21 days to five weeks. “I don’t think it’s very feasible or very smart as a human being to do that,” Karlsson said. The Olympic men’s hockey tournament runs from Feb. 10-20 and the NHL has agreed to halt its schedule for most of that month to allow players to compete for their home countries. Karlsson was likely going to be chosen to help represent Team Sweden at the Olympics but doesn’t anticipate that many NHLers would still choose to go to if the possibility existed that they would have to remain there well after the tournament ended. “We’ve had...
    Map of countries that have identified omicron variant of COVID-19 within their borders PytyCzech/Getty Images/iStockphoto Although scientists have detected few severe symptoms associated with the omicron variant, some countries are reacting with extreme measures to contain its spread. The United States, for example, imposed a travel ban aimed at a number of African countries and extended mask mandates for public transportation for weeks, working to get ahead of the variant as doctors scramble to learn more about its effects. Other countries have extended their already burdensome restrictions in light of the new variant, despite protests that have emerged in multiple countries against what some people see as heavy-handed measures. Here are some of the strictest COVID-19 requirements currently in place around the world. Germany German officials on Thursday announced a mandatory lockdown for unvaccinated people, keeping them from almost all public spaces and limiting their interactions with others. Under the new rules, unvaccinated Germans can only enter essential businesses, such as pharmacies, and can’t gather with more than two people from outside their households, even in private. The severe...
    BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic officials in Switzerland urged the federal government Tuesday to exempt international athletes and officials from new quarantine rules that threaten the hosting of World Cup events in winter sports. People arriving from the rising number of countries on Switzerland’s red list must enter mandatory 10-day quarantine periods to protect against COVID-19 and the aggressive omicron variant. The red list now includes Canada, where women’s Alpine skiers — including former World Cup champions Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States and Lara Gut-Behrami of Switzerland — are currently competing at Lake Louise. They are scheduled to travel next to Switzerland for two super-G races at upscale St. Moritz. “If travel restrictions and quarantine rules are maintained, the organization of international sporting events in Switzerland will be in danger, if not impossible,” said Jürg Stahl, the president of Switzerland’s national Olympic committee. Switzerland is also due to host cross-country skiing at Davos, ski jumping at Engelberg and ski cross races at Arosa in the next three weeks. Swiss Olympic warned of difficulties under the current rules for athletes...
    IT’S not much, but it’s home. Daniel Sturridge gave fans a hilarious tour of his tiny hotel room as he waits out quarantine in Australia. 7Daniel Sturridge has moved to A-League side Perth GloryCredit: Instagram @danielsturridge 7He gave Instagram followers a tour of his quarantine hotel roomCredit: Instagram @danielsturridge 7The 'kitchen' comes complete with a 'barista area'Credit: Instagram @danielsturridge The ex-England striker signed for A-League side Perth Glory last month to bring to an end his free agency nightmare. But before he is allowed to meet his new team-mates, the 32-year-old must undergo 14 days of isolation in a Perth hotel. And with time on his hands, Sturridge decided to show fans around the place. Posting a video on his Instagram account, the ex-Chelsea and Liverpool forward added some hysterical commentary. First up is the bathroom, complete with a sack of cleaning products. Sturridge explained: “Bathroom, bin, cleaning products - can’t let nobody in baby, got to clean your room yourself.” Most read in Premier LeagueLive Blogget your goss Harry Kane to STAY at Spurs, Unai Emery REJECTS NewcastleUNITED LATEST...
    INTERNATIONAL travel is set to resemble something close to normality as the Government announced that the red list will be scrapped. Covid testing and 'precautionary measures' will remain in place, but flying should become easier as the rules are relaxed. 2All holiday destinations are now hotel-quarantine free for returning BritsCredit: Alamy When is the next UK travel announcement? The UK's travel policy is currently reviewed every three weeks with the next one expected on November 18, 2021. Currently there is no allotted time for the announcement to be made. Normally, there is no formal announcement but any changes previously have been detailed on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ social media accounts. coronavirus travel adviceTRAVEL LIST Red list countries: Which destinations are still banned from travel?HOL SHOT Brits 'need 3 Covid jabs to travel next year' as under 50's may be stuck in UKFEZ UP Can I travel to Morocco? Flight rules explainedBreakingTAKE OFF US lifting UK and EU travel ban for vaccinated passengers on November 8ABOUT TIME! Biden to FINALLY open US borders to Canada and Mexico to vaccinated travelers Are...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will tighten COVID-19 restrictions despite a lack of local outbreaks to better align with China’s policies and increase chances of quarantine-free travel between the territory and mainland, leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday. It will step up contact tracing, such as requiring the use of its LeaveHomeSafe app in government premises to record the coming and going of visitors. It will also tighten quarantine rules to exempt only emergency workers or those in essential industries such as logistics. Currently, those exempt from quarantine include airline crew, banking and insurance executives, directors of public companies, as well as crew members on cargo and passenger ships, among others. Hong Kong has not had a major local outbreak since the beginning of the year, with virtually no local transmission in recent months. But it is largely closed to international travel, and travelers from countries deemed high-risk such as the U.S. must serve a 21-day quarantine. Authorities say resuming quarantine-free travel with the mainland is the top priority, compared to reopening travel internationally. Lam said tightening restrictions to be...
    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is accelerating plans to reopen the country to foreign tourists, slashing mandatory quarantines beginning Nov. 1 for fully-vaccinated visitors arriving by air from 46 countries and territories, officials announced Friday. The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration also announced a loosening of local restrictions, including cancellation of a curfew in some areas where risks have lessened and tourists can move freely. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha had announced earlier this month that Thailand no longer planned to require visitors from at least 10 low-risk nations to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. He had said the list would be expanded on Dec. 1, and then made even more extensive on Jan. 1. Under the new rules, vaccinated travelers to Thailand from the approved 45 countries plus Hong Kong will be required to show negative results from RT-PCR tests before flying and upon their arrival. They will need to spend their first night in a government-approved hotel awaiting their test results, though the government is not calling that a quarantine. If the results are negative, the person...
    Starting Monday, Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland will have a new policy regarding who has to quarantine in an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the disruption to students. So far, only about 2% of students who have been required to quarantine have tested positive, Superintendent Terry Alban told the board of education on Wednesday. More Education News More Frederick County News Unlike last year, where students have had access to classroom activities online, quarantined students this year have largely done their work at home by themselves. The Frederick County board voted Wednesday to alter the conditions by which a person has to quarantine if they have spent 15 minutes near a person who is confirmed to have coronavirus. “A student is not going to have to quarantine if they are a close contact and masked — we are only going to call close contacts if students were unmasked,” Alban said. The only times students are allowed to remove their masks are during lunch and recess. Alban said schools have been alerting parents about...
    "Based on a rough count of nearly 600 players in the league right now for training camps — that figure will be closer to 500 when the regular season begins Oct. 19 and rosters get trimmed — the 95% figure would suggest that, on average, one player per team is unvaccinated." The NBA announced its updated health and safety rules for the 2021-22 season last week, which included increased testing for those who have not received the vaccination, and more. According to the report, unvaccinated players will not be permitted to eat in the same room with vaccinated teammates or team staff, must have lockers in an area separate from those who have been vaccinated, and must remain masked and stay at least six feet apart from all other attendees during team meetings. Unvaccinated players will also be required to "remain at their residence when in their home market" and stay on team hotel properties when on the road with few exceptions.
    Unvaccinated NBA players will reportedly face serious consequences in Canada if they break quarantine. According to Shams Charania, unvaccinated players on visiting teams playing the Raptors will face up to six months in jail and a fine of $750,000 if they violate quarantine rules. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Players are only allowed to leave the hotel for team activities. It sounds like any other absence from the hotel might cost them in a major way. Sources: NBA players were informed unvaccinated players who breach quarantine in Toronto face criminal offense. Unvaccinated players only able to leave hotel for team activities. Per Canada’s Quarantine Act, violations could lead to up to 6 months in prison and/or $750K in fines. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 7, 2021 Honestly, if I was an unvaccinated player in the NBA, I wouldn’t even attempt to travel into Canada. You might lose some game checks, but who cares. It’s not worth the risk of possibly getting arrested for running across the street to get coffee. If the choice...
    NBA players who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 and come to Toronto to play against the Raptors this season could reportedly face jail time should be caught breaking quarantine. According to The Athletic on Wednesday, unvaccinated basketball players must stay in their designated hotels and can only leave for team activities. Canada’s Quarantine Act states that violations could result in up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. Players have to pass PCR tests before traveling to Toronto this season, per the NBA’s health and safety rules. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Raptors play in the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images) It’s the latest wrench teams who have unvaccinated players are facing this season. NBA players have come under fire for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine – namely Kyrie Irving, Andrew Wiggins and Jonathan Isaac. Irving, the point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, asked for privacy while he got peppered with questions about his stance on the vaccine. Brooklyn doesn’t know whether he will get the shot...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — The Board of Broward County Public Schools voted 8-1 to keep their mask mandate and current quarantine protocols on Tuesday. Superintendent Vickie Cartwright says the positivity rate in the district has been declining but its still considered fairly high. READ MORE: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez Confident City Manager Will Navigate Friction Between Commission, Police Chief Art Acevedo“We are continuing to monitor not only those who are COVID positive but those being required to quarantine across our students and our staff members,” says Cartwright. In a memorandum from Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to the State Board of Education members Monday, he finds probably cause that Broward schools acted contrary to the law by requiring students to wear a mask or face covering unless certain exceptions apply. He requests that the state considers withholding state funds in an amount equal to one twelfth of all school board members salaries, as well as withholding state funds in an amount equal to any federal grant funds for noncompliance with the emergency rule. “He’s distracted in school, he’s struggling to breathe...
    LONDON (AP) — Simplified international travel rules took effect Monday in the U.K., easing quarantine and testing requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from more than 50 countries, and the Conservative government vowed it will seek to regularly expand the rules to more nations. Still, the rules have sparked anger from many nations in the developing world, particularly India, which have been excluded from the list of countries whose vaccination programs are accepted by U.K. authorities. The New Delhi government on Friday said British citizens traveling in India would have to undergo COVID-19 tests and 10 days of quarantine, similar to the measures imposed on Indian residents visiting the U.K. As part of the new regime, Britain eased entry requirements for fully vaccinated travelers from 18 countries, including Canada, Japan and the United Arab Emirates. It builds on a pilot phase with U.S. and most European countries that began over the summer. The Department for Transport said it would take a “phased approach’’ to recognizing vaccines administered by additional countries and territories. “The U.K. government is continuing to work with international...
    ON-LOAN Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira could face a SIX-GAME ban for breaking quarantine rules when he arrived at Flamengo. Those travelling from the United Kingdom to Brazil face a 14-day quarantine upon arrival due to the country's Coronavirus regulations. 1Pereira could face a six-game ban for breaking quarantine rules when he arrived at FlamengoCredit: GETTY IMAGES And Pereira could be punished by the Superior Sports Court for Football in Brazil for not following the rules. Pereira, according to the STJD, only completed half of the fortnight-long quarantine. In a statement released on Friday, they said: "Flamengo and Andreas Pereira will be judged next Friday, October 8, by the Fifth Disciplinary Committee of the Superior Court of Sports Justice for Football. "The club was denounced for having climbed halfway before the mandatory 14-day quarantine period established by ANVISA Ordinance 655/2021 for travelers passing through the United Kingdom. "The player will be liable for conduct contrary to discipline or sports ethics. "The virtual session is scheduled to start at 10:30 am and will be broadcast...
    Teachers in the Los Angeles school district would receive a 5% raise and bonuses under a tentative agreement announced Wednesday by L.A. Unified and the teachers union. The proposed union contract also would update pandemic-related safety protocols, including the frequency of coronavirus testing among teachers and staff, and would provide union endorsement of a district policy that entitles students in quarantine to receive live instruction. Union members will vote on the deal starting Sept. 30. The agreement also must be approved by the Board of Education for the nation’s second-largest school system. The board’s approval is expected. United Teachers Los Angeles represents more than 30,000 teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors. The raise would go to all of them, as would a one-time $2,000 stipend for the current school year and an additional $500 bonus, called a technology stipend, that is being assigned to the prior academic year. Schooling last year took place almost entirely under remote learning conditions, making use of computers and, sometimes, internet access provided by the school system. Nurses, who are in short supply, would receive a...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A day after assuming his job, Florida’s newly appointed surgeon general on Wednesday signed new rules allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school after being exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The guidelines signed by Dr. Joseph Ladapo eliminate previous rules requiring students to quarantine for at least four days off campus if they’ve been exposed. Under the new rules, students who have been exposed can continue going to campus, “without restrictions or disparate treatment,” provided they are asymptomatic. They can also quarantine, but no longer than seven days, provided they do not get sick. “Quarantining healthy students is incredibly damaging for their educational advancement,” Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday at a news conference in Kissimmee. “It’s also disruptive for families. We are going to be following a symptoms-based approach.” The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people who get infected can spread the virus starting from two days before they have any symptoms. The CDC recommends that a student should quarantine for 14...
    Germany will stop paying compensation to unvaccinated workers in quarantine out of "fairness" to those who are vaccinated as countries debate whether to impose vaccine mandates. The new rules, which will go into effect by Oct. 11 at the latest, will affect workers who test positive for COVID-19 and travelers returning from "high risk" countries. Jens Spahn, Germany's health minister, argued that these new rules should not be compared to vaccine mandates, according to Reuters. GERMAN OFFICIALS SHOCKED OVER KILLING OF GAS STATION CLERK FOR TELLING CUSTOMER TO WEAR MASK "We should see this differently," Spahn said during a news conference. "It's about fairness. Those who protect themselves and others via a vaccination can rightly ask why we should have to pay somebody who ended up in quarantine after a holiday in a risk area." The country is also taking new measures to encourage vaccinations. COVID-19 tests will stop being free of charge beginning on Oct. 11, and some German states are allowing businesses to choose whether to admit people with negative tests or...
    Travelers at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021.T. Narayan | Bloomberg | Getty Images India slammed the U.K.'s decision to exclude vaccinated Indian travelers from its new travel guidelines, calling it "discriminatory" and warning of reciprocal measures. The British government will next month allow fully vaccinated travelers from a list of countries to skip quarantine upon arrival — but Indians who are fully vaccinated will still need to be quarantined. The U.K. last week eased travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals from 17 countries and territories, including Japan and Singapore, saying they would not have to stay in quarantine for 10 days after arriving in England. From Oct. 4, travelers from those destinations would have to show that they received a full course of one of the Covid vaccines currently approved in the U.K., at least two weeks prior to their arrival. The approved vaccines are: Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen. India's main vaccine is the one from Oxford University and British-Swedish pharma giant AstraZeneca — but it is manufactured locally by the...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is ramping up COVID testing at schools and relaxing quarantining rules. This comes after the first school had to close for a week due to a cluster of cases among staff. READ MORE: Pfizer Says COVID Vaccine Safe, Effective For Kids Ages 5 To 11 Students from Public School 79 in East Harlem were asked to stay home this week after nearly 20 cases were confirmed. The Department of Education said all of the cases occurred within staff members. Now, the city is upgrading its health and safety measures. “We will be testing in elementary, middle and high schools. Each school, every week,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his Monday briefing. The mayor increased testing protocols from bi-monthly to weekly in all public schools, effective next week. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Vaccination Sites In New York City | Call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC Vaccinations By Zip Code Find NYC Testing Site Near You Check NYC Testing Wait Times CDC’S COVID Vaccine FAQ CDC’s COVID Tracking Map By County Resources: Help With Unemployment, Hunger, Mental...
    After hundreds of students in Montgomery County, Maryland, were quarantined due to potential coronavirus exposure in the first two weeks of the new school year, officials say they are doing away with the strict quarantine guidance, thanks in part to the rollout of a new rapid COVID-19 testing program. Under new guidance, announced during a Montgomery County Council briefing Tuesday, public school students who show possible coronavirus symptoms at school will receive a rapid COVID-19 test and only those who test positive and their close contacts will be sent home. Use of the rapid tests requires parental consent, but that can now be given over the phone, officials said. The county’s previous quarantine guidance required students who exhibited possible coronavirus symptoms — as well as all their close contacts — to quarantine as they awaited standard COVID-19 test results, which led, in some cases, to entire classes being sent home — and also sparked a backlash from some parents as being overly restrictive and disruptive. Rapid tests are one part of a five-part plan announced by interim Montgomery County Public...
    PREMIER LEAGUE clubs may have to strike deals with 'red list' countries next month - as the Government is considering only a partial lifting of quarantine rules. Fifa persuaded Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Mexico to withdraw their complaints over the refusal of clubs to release players for World Cup qualifiers late on Friday. 1Thiago Silva was one of the Premier League stars caught up in the quarantine chaos earlier this monthCredit: Getty That prevented the clubs from having to ignore the world governing body’s automatic bans for the likes of Alisson, Ederson and Thiago Silva. In a statement confirming the U-turn, Fifa spoke of the 'positive signals and constructive dialogue' in talks with the Government to avoid a repeat next month and in November. But at this stage, it is understood that Public Health England remains unlikely to recommend a full quarantine exemption for players returning from red list nations. Those currently include all of South America and large areas of Asia and Africa. Instead, the favoured option will see the mandatory quarantine period reduced from the current ten days...
    A Vietnamese man will spend five years behind bars for defying the country’s COVID-19 quarantine laws, according to local media reports. Le Van Tri, 28, was sentenced Monday for ‘spreading infectious diseases to people,’ following a single-day trial at a Cau Mau courthouse, the state-run Vietnamese News Agency (VNA) said. The sentence comes as Vietnam, which had managed to largely contain the virus,  battles a recent surge of infections.    In early May, the country had impressively recorded just over 3,100 confirmed cases and 35 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The number of infections has since swelled to 536,788 cases and 13,385 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.  Le Van Tri, 28, was sentenced Monday for ‘spreading infectious diseases to people' As this chart indicates, COVID-19 infections have skyrocketed in the communist country According to the indictment, Tri and his brother-in-law travelled to the City of Ho Chi Minh to work for in March, and returned on motorbikes to Cau Mau in July. Both men sought unemployment benefits and, in the process, made false claims about their travel...
    An Arizona father whose son had to quarantine after coming into contact with a COVID-positive student confronted the school's principal with zip ties and threatened to make citizen's arrest over the school's rules during a march captured on video.  The parent and a group of of other dads filmed their march to the Mesquite Elementary School's principal office after school administrators, following Health Department protocols, said one of their kids had to quarantine for a week after being exposed to a student who tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent John Carruth confirmed to KOLD.com  The father, who called himself Reese in the video, claimed it was illegal for the school to force his son into quarantine then him and two other men confronted the school's principal, a live-stream of the march showed.  Scroll Down For Video:  An Arizona father (pictured) whose son had to quarantine confronted the school's principal with zip ties and threatened to make citizen's arrest over school's rules A group of fathers recorded themselves 'confronting' principal Diane Vargo (pictured) after one of their sons was ordered to quarantine ...
    Police arrested a 40-year-old Arizona dad after he stormed into an elementary school principal’s office with a friend wielding plastic handcuffs, insisting the administration broke the law by asking his child and six others to wear a mask and quarantine after being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. “I can tell you the end result of that incident was we did make one arrest for trespassing,” Sgt. Richard Gradillas of the Tucson, Arizona, Police Department told The Daily Beast, identifying the dad arrested as Rishi Rambaran. Two men accompanied Rambaran on Thursday as he ambushed Principal Diane Vargo while she sat with another educator at the Mesquite Elementary School in Tucson. One of the men, Kelly Walker, livestreamed the incident on Instagram, explaining that Rambaran, who is also known as “Reese,” had called him and asked him to be there in case he needed backup. The third man, who has not been identified, stood in the doorway of Vargo’s office with a fistful of “law enforcement-grade” zip ties at the ready—as the trio was prepared to...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Public Schools on Thursday announced new travel guidelines in accordance with the city’s COVID-19 travel advisory. CPS noted that every U.S. state except Vermont is now on the travel advisory, and that has ramifications for CPS students and families – especially with Labor Day weekend coming up. READ MORE: Chicago Police Lt. Wilfredo Roman Charged With Aggravated Battery, Accused Of Putting Flashlight Between Teen Carjacking Suspects Buttocks CPS noted that: • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends delaying travel altogether if not fully vaccinated; • Unvaccinated people who leave the State of Illinois – which includes all children 11 and younger who are not presently eligible for the vaccine – should self-quarantine for seven days upon returning to Chicago, even if they have received a negative COVID-19 test. • Unvaccinated students who leave the state should not come to school during their self-quarantine period – which is seven days if after a negative COVID test and 10 days if they do not take a test. • Vaccinated travelers do not have to self-quarantine...
    Los Angeles County health officials will continue to enforce strict school quarantine rules amid a “sobering” 3,186 campus coronavirus cases countywide last week, public health officials said Thursday. The county quarantine rules, which are stricter than state guidelines, have raised concerns among some school leaders and parents about academic disruption as thousands of students and staff members are being sent home in the opening days of the school year. In the Los Angeles Unified School District alone, 6,500 were in quarantine or isolation the first week of class. L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that the full extent of the risk posed by the Delta variant at local schools remains unknown and that it would be premature to ease quarantine guidelines. Experts have said the Delta variant is at least twice as contagious as earlier forms of the coronavirus. “We have a lot of risk right now,” Ferrer said in her weekly media briefing. “The early data we do have on schools is somewhat sobering.” During the first three days of this week, five school outbreaks throughout...
    All four players tested negative for the virus Tuesday but nevertheless were forced to enter the five-day re-entry process as mandated by the NFL. League protocols require unvaccinated players who come in contact with an infected person to quarantine for five days with daily testing.More details: The Bills’ trainer who tested positive was fully vaccinated. Beasley was in close contact with him ye… https://t.co/0DrO4ZIHLY — Adam Schefter (@Adam Schefter)1629816002.0Two other teammates, linebackers Matt Milano and A.J. Klein, were also reportedly sent home Tuesday out of precaution. But after an investigation, their designations as close contacts were reversed. Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said, "This is our new normal. It's not the normal we like. But it's the world we're in." "We're not exempt from any of this, as we've said many times. We're going to try to keep our building as safe as we can. Everyone understands the protocols and the rules," he added.Why does it matter?The story has gained significant traction due to Beasley's public opposition to the league's vaccine push. In Beasley's case, he's catching flack...
    There could be problems coming up between Premier League clubs and South American national teams. Because now the continent - and the clubs - have to face up to the cost of going ahead with the Copa America in June and July. 3Man Utd star Fred could be the centre of a club v country tussle over his servicesCredit: AFP There were two arguments against the Copa. One was the coronavirus pandemic. The other was the fact that South America has fallen well behind in its 2022 World Cup qualifiers. That time in June and July could have been spent catching up. Instead, 12 rounds need to be squeezed in before the end of March. An extra FIFA date has been set up at the end of next January. Even so, this is still not enough. The solution, then, has been to cram three games into the FIFA dates of September and October. But the only way that this can happen is if the national teams are allowed to keep the players for two days longer than usual. FIFA has...
    Nicole Kidman was pictured filming scenes for Amazon's new series Expats in Hong Kong on Monday. The Australian actress, 54, raised a smile as she spoke to staff at a clothing store, searching through items off the rail before appearing to purchase some from a shop assistant. She appeared in high spirits as she filmed the scenes, sporting a black shirt and beige trousers for the outing. Coming soon: Nicole Kidman has been pictured filming scenes for Amazon's new series Expats in Hong Kong - days after sparking criticism when local government exempted the actress from quarantine rules Nicole wore minimal make-up on her face, and wore her red hair in a half up, half down style. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next How Nicole Kidman foiled the ageists who wanted the... Legs eleven! Nicole Kidman, 54, flaunts her statuesque... 'We're kind of climbing the walls': Nicole Kidman reveals... Manny Jacinto reveals what co-stars Nicole Kidman and... Share this article Share She wore a mandatory face mask while getting direction from crew,...
    Nicole Kidman has been granted a coronavirus quarantine exemption in Hong Kong, much to the dismay of some locals. Hong Kong’s government said Thursday that it has granted a quarantine exemption to an individual to perform "designated professional work" following reports that the 54-year-old did not have to spend time in quarantine when she arrived in the city to film a TV series. "The case in discussion has been granted permission to travel to Hong Kong with a quarantine exemption for the purpose of performing designated professional work, taking into account that it is conducive to maintaining the necessary operation and development of Hong Kong’s economy," the government said in a statement, without identifying the actress by name. It said people granted such exemptions must comply with disease prevention measures to minimize transmission risks and contact with the public. ‘NINE PERFECT STRANGERS’ STAR NICOLE KIDMAN SAYS HUSBAND KEITH URBAN WON’T JOIN HER ON WELLNESS RETREATS Nicole Kidman was granted an exemption to Hong Kong's coronavirus quarantine rules (Reuters) Kidman, who reportedly flew into Hong Kong from virus-hit Sydney,...