1. Officials cut isolation restrictions for Americans who catch the coronavirus from 10 to 5 days. Growing evidence shows that people with the coronavirus are most infectious in the 2 days before and 3 days after symptoms develop.
2. An Amtrak train bound for Portland collided with a car Monday, just south of the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state border. One death related to the crash is being investigated.
3. The omicron variant went from less than 1% of COVID-19 cases in Maine to 10% in 1 week, and it already may be causing the majority of new cases statewide. The spread in Maine is faster than health officials expected based on the spread elsewhere.
4. Several New Year’s Eve celebrations in Maine have been cancelled or scaled back. New Year Gorham is switching to a virtual format. The State Theatre and the Portland House of Music announced they were canceling New Year’s Eve shows.
5. TikTok dethroned Google as the most popular domain of 2021. Google was ranked first in 2020, with TikTok.com ranking at No. 7. TikTok exploded in popularity during the pandemic, hitting 1 billion monthly active users in September.
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