Freshman and sophomores can't return to Stanford for winter quarter

Less than 48 hours before winter quarter begins, students received an email from the university president that freshmen and sophomores will not be able to return to campus. The email cited the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases, lengthening public health restrictions and how those restrictions likely will affect the on-campus undergrad experience.

New UK lockdown issued until mid-February to combat fast-spreading COVID-19 strain

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Monday a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February to combat a fast-spreading new variant of the coronavirus, even as Britain ramped up its vaccination program by becoming the first nation to start using the shot developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca.