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Several states are ramping up contact tracing as omicron spreads , particularly in the Northeast. The virus may be spreading more rapidly than other variants because, researchers suggest, it may have picked up part of the Omicron variant . Belgium has confirmed a case of a new, highly-mutated COVID variant . The same variant has appeared in Hong Kong , as well. The variant’s spread has prompted the stock market to fall dramatically. Massive protests have broken out across Europe, its citizens fed up with COVID lockdowns . In the US, Florida Republicans have approved a bill that will dramatically limit Biden’s vaccine mandate . Meanwhile, like San Francisco and New York, Los Angeles has enacted a vaccine mandate, but LA’s is much stricter . Most types of businesses and public buildings are covered by the mandate. Hospitalizations due to COVID are on the rise in Colorado , but there are only 100 ICU beds left in the entire state. CDC data reveals that the risk of dying of COVID is 11 times higher for unvaccinated adults . Major hospital systems in Ohio are requiring COVID vaccines for organ transplants , adding to the increasing number of organizations that require vaccines. Southwest has recently become the latest airline to require vaccines , joining an ever-growing number of organizations doing so. In fact, nearly ever major airline is now requiring vaccines for employees. Almost all Fox News employees have now been vaccinated, even as hosts go on the air and […]