Amid another Covid surge, schools and businesses find plans disrupted once again

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  • The pandemic is far from over, driving cases of the Omicron type of virus to record levels.
  • As Americans enter the new year, the boom has sent businesses and schools scrambling to accommodate.

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A COVID-19 outbreak on a cruise in Lisbon. Thousands of flights canceled, colleges are going away again.

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It’s a new year, but the pandemic continues to cause several major disruptions in American life for nearly two years now.

The most recent variant of the defect is the Omicron strain, which is highly permeable and more likely to evade the protection of vaccines. In the past week, the seven-day average of daily new cases of the virus topped 386,000, more than double the week before, according to a CNBC analysis of Johns Hopkins University data. Rates are likely to be even higher as holidays lead to delays in reporting and increased at-home testing that could keep cases off the radar of officials.

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A surge in new COVID-19 cases means businesses and schools are once again trying to resume normal operations after the holidays.

Companies are once again pushing back dates to return to work as cases peak, including beam, Apple, Google and Uber.

Dozens of colleges have announced that they are taking online classes. Harvard University said it would aim to move most of its work and distance learning to at least the first three weeks of January.

“Please know that we do not take this step lightly,” Harvard officials said. wrote In a letter to staff and students. “This is driven by the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases locally and across the country.”

Other schools making the change include University of Chicago, George Washington University And Columbia University, Many colleges will likely need their booster vaccines to return in the spring, as success cases become more common.

Local school districts across the country are also re-evaluating their plans. Some districts are going back to remote or hybrid learning, while others are trying to reduce the risk of children coming into contact with each other by allowing students to attend classes at modified times without a lunch period. Huh.

Although New York City, the nation’s largest school district, has seen an explosion in Covid cases, the school system will remain open as scheduled on Monday. The district is hoping to step up testing efforts to keep in-person instructions.

One concern is that people may be returning from vacations and traveling with family and friends during the holidays. The virus has also increased travel.

A cruise ship with more than 4,000 people has been grounded in Lisbon, Portugal, due to an outbreak of COVID-19 among crew members, the AP reported on Saturday. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said On Thursday Americans should avoid cruises regardless of their vaccination status.

Meanwhile, more than 2400 US flights had been canceled as of Saturday morning. according For the tracking service FlightAware. Some disruptions are also due to winter storms.

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