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New virus infections driven by omicron soar in Australia

New virus infections driven by omicron soar in Australia

SYDNEY (AP) — New coronavirus infections soared again in Australia on Friday to a record of more than 32,000, just days after surpassing 10,000 for the first time.
Nuggets-Warriors postponed; Rivers, Malone enter NBA protocols

Nuggets-Warriors postponed; Rivers, Malone enter NBA protocols

The NBA postponed another game for virus-related reasons Thursday, raising the total to 11 pushed back so far this season while two more head coaches entered the league's health and safety protocols.
Live updates: South Korea extends social distancing rules

Live updates: South Korea extends social distancing rules

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea says it’ll extend the toughest social distancing rules for another two weeks to try to lower critical cases and guard against the omicron variant.
Alberta extends winter break for K-12 students as COVID-19 cases grow

Alberta extends winter break for K-12 students as COVID-19 cases grow

CALGARY — Alberta is delaying the start of in-person learning for kindergarten to Grade 12 students after the province recorded its biggest jump in daily COVID-19 cases.

Quebec imposes curfew as several provinces report record COVID-19 case numbers

The Omicron variant continued to cause record-breaking COVID-19 case numbers in several provinces Thursday, which also prompted Quebec to impose a nighttime curfew that will come into effect on New Year's Eve.
B.C. breaks previous day's COVID-19 record by more than 1,400

B.C. breaks previous day's COVID-19 record by more than 1,400

VICTORIA — British Columbia is reporting a daily record of 4,383 COVID-19 cases, shattering the previous record of 2,944 set a day earlier.
Colts linebacker Darius Leonard off virus list, ready to face Raiders

Colts linebacker Darius Leonard off virus list, ready to face Raiders

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard couldn’t wait to get back to work Thursday. He has even bigger plans for Sunday.
CDC warns against cruises, regardless of vaccination status

CDC warns against cruises, regardless of vaccination status

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned people on Thursday not to go on cruises, regardless of their vaccination status, because of onboard outbreaks fueled by the omicron variant.
Quebec imposes nighttime COVID-19 curfew starting on New Year's Eve

Quebec imposes nighttime COVID-19 curfew starting on New Year's Eve

MONTREAL — Warning that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, Quebec Premier François Legault imposed a series of new restrictions Thursday, including a nighttime curfew that will begin on New Year's Eve.
No fans allowed at Canada's figure skating championships due to COVID-19 concerns

No fans allowed at Canada's figure skating championships due to COVID-19 concerns

OTTAWA — Canada's figure skating championships will have no fans in attendance as the national sports organization adapts to surging COVID-19 numbers.