The CDC will start requiring travelers from the U.K. test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their flight to the U.S. This comes as hospitals and health officials fear a massive post-holiday surge on top of already spiking cases. Dr. Bob Lahita, professor of medicine at New York Medical College and chairman of medicine St. Joseph University Hospital, joined CBSN to discuss the latest on the pandemic in the U.S. A new variant of COVID-19 has been identified in Canada and intensive care units in the U.S. are filling up quickly as case numbers surge.
#ABCNews #COVID-19 #ChristmasSurge Across the country, hospitals are overwhelmed with new cases of COVID-19. Health care workers fear that Alabama's national championship celebration may have been a superspreader event. Japan's prime minister is considering declaring a state of emergency in Tokyo over a "very severe" third wave of COVID-19 infections.
Japan saw a record 4,520 new cases on December 31, prompting the capital, Tokyo, and three neighbouring prefectures to seek an emergency declaration from the national government.
Yoshihide Suga says restaurants and karaoke bars there will have to close earlier.
Although the figures pale in comparison to those of many parts of Europe and the Americas, Suga has the challenge of hosting the Olympics in Tokyo this summer after the pandemic caused the Games' first-ever delay in 2020.
Al Jazeera's Rob McBride joins us live from Seoul in neighbouring Korea for the latest updates.