Expect the impacts of Omicron to continue


The World Economic Forum has just postponed its annual meeting in Davos for the second year in a row due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes as more countries enact travel restrictions and bans in the face of the most contagious variant to date.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has added the United States, Canada and eight other countries to the list of places where citizens are banned from traveling due to higher percentages of positive COVID tests upon their return. It was the first country to close its borders in November and tighten points of exposure as Omicron spreads and the country experiences its fifth wave of COVID infections.

“In my opinion, in three or four weeks, maybe sooner, we will see an increase in morbidity that will leave no room for doubt,” Bennett said on Sunday. He encouraged companies in his country to have their employees work from home, a model that other countries may soon return to.

Organizers of the World Economic Forum have postponed the in-person meeting to early summer and will instead host online sessions instead of meetings in Switzerland next month. It’s a similar circumstance to last year, which saw the WEF postpone and then ultimately cancel the in-person meeting entirely due to pandemic concerns.

In European countries already experiencing massive spikes in infections, experts warn of the dangers to industries that Omicron presents if workers are all to self-isolate simultaneously.

The world continues to depend heavily on internet-related businesses

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