Minnesota Has Omicron Case; Germany Cracks Down: Virus Update
A Minnesota resident who was recently in New York City has tested positive for the omicron variant of Covid-19, according to New York and Minnesota officials. It’s the second reported case in the U.S.
The variant will be met in the U.S. by a health-care system accustomed to viral surges yet battered by almost two years of fighting the pandemic with no end in sight.
Pfizer Inc. expects its vaccine to hold up against the omicron variant, an executive said, as the new strain continued to pop up in countries around the world, with a handful of infections discovered in countries including the Singapore, India and South Korea.
Germany imposed stringent nationwide restrictions on people who aren’t vaccinated to halt a surge in infections. Lawmakers are considering a national vaccine mandate.