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Biden bets on shorter Covid-19 isolation time amid labor crunch

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New York (AFP) – Eyeing an Omicron surge that has exacerbated US labor stress especially in front-line industries, President Joe Biden’s administration is betting shorter Covid-19 quarantine times will lessen the economic hit from the latest variant. The announcement Monday to cut isolation times in half was cheered by airlines and hospitality industries, but sharply criticized by labor unions who question whether public health concerns have been short-changed. Economists generally offered muted praise as they analyze the Omicron impact, which caused staff shortages that led to thousands of fl…

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