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US to lift omicron-linked travel ban on southern Africa

US to lift omicron-linked travel ban on southern Africa

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will lift travel restrictions on eight southern African countries that it imposed to try to blunt the spread of the COVID omicron variant, the White House announced Friday.
EXPLAINER: What COVID-19 therapies are available in US?

EXPLAINER: What COVID-19 therapies are available in US?

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. recently added two new weapons to its small arsenal against the coronavirus: pills that patients can take at home to treat COVID-19.

How can I protect a child too young for a COVID-19 vaccine?

How can I protect a child too young for a COVID-19 vaccine? Children younger than 5 can’t get COVID-19 vaccines in the U.S. yet, but there are steps you can take to protect them from infection over the holidays.
Omicron is latest blow to pandemic-weary front-line workers

Omicron is latest blow to pandemic-weary front-line workers

BOSTON (AP) — Staff absences for COVID-19 tripled this month in London’s hospitals, and nearly 10% of the city’s firefighters called out sick.
Germany anticipates big omicron rise over holiday period

Germany anticipates big omicron rise over holiday period

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Friday that the proportion of coronavirus infections with the new omicron variant will increase sharply in the days ahead, and he appealed to people to take steps to avoid infection during Christmas festiv

Protesters storm Guadeloupe legislature over vaccine rules

PARIS (AP) — Protesters angry over virus and vaccine rules occupied Guadeloupe's regional legislature because of stalled negotiations over their grievances about management of the French Caribbean island.
New health restrictions to tackle COVID-19 Omicron surge to take effect in Alberta

New health restrictions to tackle COVID-19 Omicron surge to take effect in Alberta

EDMONTON — New public health restrictions in Alberta announced earlier this week to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant take effect today.
Boosters shots and COVID test kits topping Canadian's wish lists

Boosters shots and COVID test kits topping Canadian's wish lists

On the eve of the Christmas holiday, COVID-19 booster shots and rapid test kits are topping the wish lists of many Canadians as case numbers rocket to record highs across much of the nation.
'The right thing to do': Canadians differ on holiday plans in light of Omicron threat

'The right thing to do': Canadians differ on holiday plans in light of Omicron threat

It's beginning to look a lot like ... last year.
COVID-19 spike worsens Africa’s severe poverty, hunger woes

COVID-19 spike worsens Africa’s severe poverty, hunger woes

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Outside a foreign currency exchange in Zimbabwe’s capital, hordes of people desperate for U.S. dollars are pushed up against each other.