Countries Consider Further Post-Christmas Omicron Curbs


The day after Christmas, people across Europe were set to face new restrictions to slow the spread of the Omicron variant as infection rates hit new records in many areas, while the U.S. and other countries eased isolation guidelines to help stem staff shortages in the healthcare sector and other key industries.

The disruptions have had an immediate effect on the travel sector with airlines continuing to cancel flights on Saturday as pilots and flight attendants continued reporting infections. Airlines scrubbed around 900 flights on Saturday after canceling nearly 700 the day before. More cancellations are scheduled for Sunday, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.

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