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IIHF announces more positive COVID-19 results after cancellation of world juniors

IIHF announces more positive COVID-19 results after cancellation of world juniors

The International Ice Hockey Federation has announced seven new positive COIVD-19 tests from the world junior hockey championship following the cancellation of the tournament, including a member of the Canadian team.
Do at-home COVID-19 tests detect the omicron variant?

Do at-home COVID-19 tests detect the omicron variant?

Do at-home COVID-19 tests detect the omicron variant? Yes, but U.S. health officials say early data suggests they may be less sensitive at picking it up. Government recommendations for using at-home tests haven't changed.
Another Canadian bobsledder tests positive for COVID-19, 14 team members now affected

Another Canadian bobsledder tests positive for COVID-19, 14 team members now affected

SIGULDA, Latvia — Another member of Canada's bobsled team has tested positive for COVID-19. That brings the total up to 11 athletes and three staff members affected by the outbreak.
Russia sets another monthly record for virus-linked death

Russia sets another monthly record for virus-linked death

MOSCOW (AP) — More than 87,500 people with COVID-19 died in Russia in November, the highest montly tally since the start of the pandemic, the state statistics agency reported Thursday.
QMJHL extends break to Jan. 14 due to rise in COVID-19 cases in Eastern Canada

QMJHL extends break to Jan. 14 due to rise in COVID-19 cases in Eastern Canada

MONTREAL — The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has extended its holiday break until Jan. 14 as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Eastern Canada.
In New Year's message, governor general says Canadians can be hopeful amid pandemic

In New Year's message, governor general says Canadians can be hopeful amid pandemic

OTTAWA — The governor general says Canadians can be hopeful as they ring in the new year, despite the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Officials promise groceries for Xi'an residents in lockdown

Officials promise groceries for Xi'an residents in lockdown

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Chinese officials promised steady deliveries of groceries to residents of Xi’an, an ancient capital with 13 million people that is under the strictest lockdown of a major Chinese city since Wuhan was shut early last year at the
Low-vaccinated Eastern Europe braces for omicron surge

Low-vaccinated Eastern Europe braces for omicron surge

SIBIU, Romania (AP) — As the fast-spreading coronavirus variant omicron rages through Western Europe, officials and experts in low-vaccinated Eastern Europe anticipate a post-holiday explosion of COVID-19 cases in much of the region.
New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

New COVID-19 cases in US soar to highest levels on record

CHICAGO (AP) — More than a year after the vaccine was rolled out, new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. have soared to their highest level on record at over 265,000 per day on average, a surge driven largely by the highly contagious omicron variant.
NBA postpones Heat-Spurs matchup after Miami has COVID outbreak

NBA postpones Heat-Spurs matchup after Miami has COVID outbreak

MIAMI (AP) — The NBA postponed Wednesday's game between Miami and San Antonio after a combination of injuries and positive COVID-19 tests left the Heat unable to meet the league's requirement of eight available players.