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German authorities announced it will ban most non-essential travel from the United Kingdom starting Sunday to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants.

The state of play: Germany classified Britain as "an area of variant of concern," saying that outbreaks are reemerging and more infectious variants, including the one dominant in India, have been detected.

  • The ban will not apply to German citizens and residents who need to enter the country from Britain, but those exempt will be required to present a negative test before travel and must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

What they're saying: "Had a long discussion until late last night until this decision was taken. We looked at all available data and details. We did not take this step lightly," said Andreas Michaelis, Germany's ambassador to the United Kingdom.

  • "We had to move into this direction given the rules we have set ourselves in Germany."

The big picture: The World Health Organization this month declared the mutation of the virus first detected in India a "variant of concern," and its spread in Britain could "serve as an early warning for other European countries that have relaxed restrictions," the New York Times writes.

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Why it matters: As the work to determine how common certain coronavirus vaccine side effects are in children, it's important to balance these risks against the risk of children remaining unvaccinated — which includes their risk of long-term health issues if they get infected.

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A tech company is announcing a new health app Thursday that it says will help employers bring their employees back to the office safely by verifying their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Why it matters: The app, or others like it, could be a sign of how employers can enforce vaccination requirements without relying on the honor system or hand-checking CDC vaccine cards.

Naomi Osaka eliminated from Olympic tennis tournament in Tokyo

Czech 42nd-ranked Marketa Vondrousova (L) shakes hands with Japan's Naomi Osaka after their Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles third round tennis match at the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo on Tuesday. Photo: Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images

Naomi Osaka was eliminated from the Olympics after losing her Tokyo tennis tournament match 6-1, 6-4 in the third round to Czech Marketa Vondrousova on Tuesday.

Of note: Japan's Osaka is the women's world No. 2, while is Vondrousova ranked No.42.