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Five-Minute News 11/27/21 — Updates On New COVID-19 Variant

Five-Minute News 11/27/21 — Updates On New COVID-19 Variant

If you’ve got five minutes, Anthony Davis has the news of the day, so you can be up-to-date even before the coffeepot is done. Today the first focus is an update of global proportions, as a new variant of the COVID-19 pandemic that has plagued the world for nearly two years now is discovered — and like the Delta variant, it’s considered highly transmissible.

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In the Five-Minute News for Saturday, November 27, Davis covers this, along with Black Friday protests at Amazon, and a caravan forming of employment-seeking migrants in the Americas.

On the new coronavirus mutation, Davis reports that it was first seen in South Africa, and while scientists are still determining the specific risks and dangers of this new strain, the World Health Organization has already designated it a highly transmissible virus of concern, naming it Omicron, in keeping with the pattern of using Greek letters to designate individual strains. Furthermore, experts are considering it to have a higher incidence of reinfection, increasing the risk of individuals becoming ill with this strain even if they’ve already had COVID-19.

The U.S. is imposing restrictions on entry from South Africa and other countries in the region.

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In other news, Davis covers a migrant caravan forming in Mexico. President Biden is moving forward with a plan that will require asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while waiting for a hearing, but will offer them COVID-19 vaccines.

Finally, a group of labor activists is targeting Amazon, and held protests outside facilities on Black Friday, demanding the company offer better working conditions and pay a fair share of taxes in the United States.

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