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A political display is posted on the outside of the Fox News headquarters on 6th Avenue in New York City in July. Photo: Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Fox News president Jay Wallace and anchors Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum are among those recommended to get tested and quarantine after possible exposure to COVID-19, the New York Times first reported Sunday night.

The big picture: The Fox News contingent, which also included "The Five" show hosts Juan Williams and Dana Perino, were on a charter flight from Nashville to New York following Thursday's presidential debate with a person who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • "The anchors who were affected are expected to host their shows from home for the time being," the New York Times reports.
  • A Fox News spokesperson declined to confirm any details of the exposure to Axios at the time of publication, "given the need to keep private health information confidential."

What they're saying: Wallace and Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott confirmed "a few positive COVID-19 cases" in a memo sent to staff on Monday, saying that "any employee who has tested positive will be quarantining and following all of our mandatory guidelines before they enter any of our buildings."

  • "Please know that we stay in close contact with those employees who have been affected and offer our complete support."
  • "We will be further reducing some of the workforce in our buildings and operating virtually wherever possible throughout the week," the memo said. "We will have enhanced testing procedures in place."

Of note: "Network personnel have been serious about taking precautionary measures like wearing masks and avoiding proximity to one another, both in the studios and on the road for major events like the debates," network employees told NYT.

  • "And Fox staff members on the ground in Nashville were regularly tested by the network and the Commission on Presidential Debates."

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The World Health Organization has altered its guidance for pregnant women who wish to receive the coronavirus vaccine, saying now that those at high risk of exposure to the COVID-19 or who have comorbidities that increase their risk of severe disease, may be vaccinated.

Why it matters: The WHO drew backlash for its previous guidance that did not recommend pregnant women be inoculated with vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, even though data indicated that pregnancy increased the risk of developing severe illness from the virus.

Jan 29, 2021 - World

EU grants conditional approval of AstraZeneca vaccine

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The European Commission on Friday granted conditional approval of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for people 18 years and older.

Why it matters: This is the third vaccine to receive approval from the commission, coming hours after the Emergency Medicines Agency recommended its authorization.

Jan 29, 2021 - Health

NYC set to restart indoor dining in February, weddings in March

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that if the current coronavirus positivity in New York City holds, indoor dining will reopen at 25% capacity on Feb. 14, one of the busiest dining days of the year.

Why it matters: The forced closure of indoor dining in December caused major backlash, as New York's struggling restaurant industry had already been hit hard by pandemic restrictions. Restaurants will still be required to close at 1o p.m.