Europe loosens COVID policies as Omicron takes out key workers

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By Clara-Laeila Laudette and Jason Hovet MADRID/PRAGUE (Reuters) – The Czech Republic said on Monday it would allow critical workers such as doctors and teachers to go to work after a positive COVID-19 test, the latest European country to ease restrictions to keep services running as cases surge. As the much more contagious Omicron variant becomes dominant and forces hundreds of thousands to isolate, the pressure is growing on health workers, police and firefighters, with teachers set to follow as schools resume after Christmas holidays. But at the same time, data showing that Omicron is less …

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