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Ambulances line up at the entrance of the emergency room to drop off patients in Murray, Utah. Photo: AFP via Getty Images

It feels like early March again across America, where curfews are coming back and a slate of football games have been canceled or postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Those restrictions may grow to include crackdowns on indoor dining, Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened today.
  • “If that doesn’t work, if these numbers keep going crazy—you have some scientists who believe we’ll go back to a closedown. I’m praying that doesn’t happen," he said.

The big picture: It's not just blue states feeling the pain, with traditional football powerhouses sitting at home this weekend due to outbreaks among teams and staff, reports CBS Sports.

Among the teams not playing this weekend:

  • Ohio State-Maryland (canceled)
  • Alabama-LSU (TBD)
  • Texas A&M-Tennessee (rescheduled for Dec. 12)
  • George-Missouri (TBD)
  • Memphis-Navy (TBD)
  • Auburn-Mississippi St (rescheduled for Dec. 12)
  • Wyoming-Air Force (canceled)

The bottom line: For many families, the decision of whether or not to congregate this Thanksgiving could be among the most consequential of their lives.

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Jan 30, 2021 - World

Science helps New Zealand avoid another coronavirus lockdown

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (L) visits a lab at Auckland University in December. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

New Zealand has avoided locking down for a second time over COVID-19 community cases because of a swift, science-led response.

Why it matters: The Health Ministry said in an email to Axios Friday there's "no evidence of community transmission" despite three people testing positive after leaving managed hotel isolation. That means Kiwis can continue to visit bars, restaurants and events as much of the world remains on lockdown.

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Germany to impose travel restrictions to curb spread of coronavirus variants

Border police officers check passports and COVID-19 tests at Frankfurt Airport. Photo: Thomas Lohnes via Getty Images

Germany announced Friday that it was imposing new travel restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of more contagious coronavirus variants.

Details: All non-German residents traveling from countries deemed "areas of variant concern," including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Portugal, Ireland, Brazil, Lesotho and Eswatini, will be banned from entering the country, even if they test negative for the coronavirus.