Omicron spread brings fears of more mandates

One year to the day after the U.S. began offering vaccinations against COVID-19, fears are rising that new mandates will be in place to combat the rapidly spread omicron variant.


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December 17, 2021 - 3:33 PM

Kenny Strawbridge #20 of the Alabama State Hornets sits in a seat in an empty arena as it was announced that the game against UCLA Bruins will not be played as scheduled due to COVID-19 protocols at UCLA Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 15, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images/TNS)

Colleges are moving finals online. Offices are putting reopening plans on pause. Cities are instituting mask mandates.

Exactly one year after the United States kicked off its vaccination campaign against COVID-19, cases are surging once again as the country cobbles together a response.

About 120,000 coronavirus cases are being identified each day in the U.S. — up from 80,000 a few weeks ago.

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