7 U of California campuses will start January online

Seven University of California campuses announced Monday that they will start instruction online in January in response to the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The campuses are at Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Riverside. … Irvine chancellor Howard Gillman tried to offer context for students. … “Many members of our community will be traveling and gathering in the weeks before classes are scheduled to begin on January 3, increasing the risks of exposure to the virus, and the transmission of the Omicron variant is predicted to be especially intense toward the end of December and early January.”