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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a vaccination site on March 8 in New York. Photo: Seth Wenig/pool/AFP via Getty Images

Domestic travelers will no longer be required to quarantine after entering New York beginning on April 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) announced Thursday.

Why it matters: New York, like several other states, is easing coronavirus restrictions as new infections and hospitalizations continue to decline.

Driving the news: Cuomo allowed restaurants in New York to increase indoor dining to 50% capacity starting March 19, with the same restrictions being lifted in New Jersey, per the New York Times. New York City high schools will reopen for in-person learning on March 22.

Details: Everyone traveling into New York is still advised to monitor for coronavirus symptoms for two weeks, wear face masks, wash their hands, and immediately self-isolate if any coronavirus symptoms develop.

  • The state's quarantine order for international travelers remains in effect.

What he's saying: "This is great news, but it is not an all-clear for New Yorkers to let their guard down," Cuomo said in a statement.

  • "To beat this virus once and for all we all must continue doing what we know works to stop the spread, including wearing masks, washing our hands and practicing social distancing."

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  2. Vaccines: Pfizer begins clinical trial for Omicron-specific vaccine — The shifting definition of fully vaccinated.
  3. Politics: Biden admin withdraws temporary vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers — New York Supreme Court strikes down Gov. Hochul's mask mandate for public areas — Sarah Palin tests positive, delaying defamation trial — Virginia school boards sue Gov. Youngkin for lifting mask mandate.
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The Robinhood M&A rumor mill churns

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Robinhood's valuation is now just over $11 billion, a fraction of where it traded in August and below that of its last private round of funding. Cue the M&A mongers.

Why it matters: It's not just Robinhood—falling values of growth-oriented tech stocks have raised speculation that formerly high-flying fintechs could be snapped up by more well-capitalized buyers.

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Student's death renews calls for schools to stock opioid overdose drug

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A Connecticut student's death has renewed calls for schools to stock and administer naloxone, a drug that can quickly reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

Why it matters: U.S. drug overdose fatalities reached six figures in a 12-month period for the first time in November, and synthetic or natural opioids were the cause of a majority of the overdoses.