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The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to tackle omicron risks with new travel rules”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Wednesday, the first day of December! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe!

Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 776,639; Tuesday, 778,601; Wednesday, 780,233.

Jolted by the omicron variant and already anticipating a winter surge of COVID-19 infections, the Biden administration is preparing to tighten testing requirements for all travelers entering the United States, including returning Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced (The Hill).

President BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE, who sees the pandemic as the top priority for the U.S. economy and his presidency, plans on Thursday to announce an overhauled COVID-19 strategy for the winter in which the federal government would require everyone entering the country to be tested one day before boarding flights, regardless of country of departure or vaccination status, according to The Washington Post, The Associated Press and many outlets.

“It's going week to week here to determine what we need,” Biden told reporters on Tuesday as he returned to Washington from Minnesota where he touted an infrastructure law he signed last month. Asked how long U.S. travel restrictions will be imposed on eight countries in southern Africa, the president said, “We're going to learn a lot more in the next couple of weeks about the lethality of this virus, about how much it spreads, about whether what we have can control it, etc. So it will depend on those issues.”

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