U.S. to Restrict Travel From South Africa, 7 Other Countries as New Covid Variant Emerges

The United States will restrict travel for non-U.S. citizens from South Africa and seven other countries starting Monday as a new Covid variant emerges. President Joe Biden was briefed Friday by White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci. The briefing came as other nations announced travel restrictions on southern Africa. In addition to South … Read more

Belgium Confirms Case of New, Heavily Mutated Covid Variant

Marc Van Ranst, who works with the Rega Institute for Medical Research, said a sample was confirmed as the novel B.1.1.529 variant in a traveler who returned from Egypt on Nov. 11. Belgian Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke told reporters that the individual was unvaccinated, according to Reuters. The variant was detected in a small number … Read more

Oil Drops 13% in Worst Day of 2021, Breaks Below $70 as New Covid Variant Sparks Global Demand Concerns

Oil posted its worst day of the year on Friday, tumbling to the lowest level in more than two months as the new Covid-19 strain sparked fears about a demand slowdown just as supply increases. The leg lower came amid a broad sell-off in the market with the Dow dropping more than 900 points. The … Read more

Black Friday 2021: Bargain Hunters to Turn Out at Stores Even as Pandemic Fears Reignite

The holiday shopping season is in high gear. With the price of toys, clothes and other popular gifts on the rise, retailers are expecting to welcome bigger crowds on Black Friday, a day known for its discounts, even as the Covid-19 pandemic remains top of mind. Holiday sales are expected to climb at a record … Read more

Black Friday Loses Some Luster as Shoppers Turn Out to Hunt Scarce Deals

As the pace of shopper visits begins to dwindle at malls around the country on Black Friday, the holiday shopping season has officially kicked into high gear. This season is playing out much differently than those of the past, however. Notably, the activity at many shopping centers was more subdued and deals were harder to … Read more