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World - International
12/16/2021 9:36:37 AM
The UK recorded the highest number of confirmed new COVID-19 infections Wednesday since the pandemic began, and England's chief medical officer warned the situation is likely to get worse as the omicron variant drives a new wave of illness during the Christmas holidays.

World - International
12/15/2021 5:55:09 PM
The EU health agency ECDC on Wednesday warned that vaccinations alone would not stop the rise of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus, and said "strong action" was urgently needed.

World - International
12/15/2021 3:46:09 PM
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday cut short a trip to Southeast Asia after a member of his delegation contracted the coronavirus, a spokesman for the US state department said.

World - International
12/15/2021 1:49:17 PM
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday warned the Omicron variant of Covid-19 could become dominant in Europe next month, but said her 27-nation bloc had ample vaccines to fight the pandemic.

World - International
12/14/2021 11:30:11 PM
The new coronavirus variant Omicron is spreading at an unprecedented rate, the WHO said Tuesday, urging countries to act swiftly to rein in transmission and protect their health systems.

World - Region
12/14/2021 10:01:05 PM
Israel has announced that it was adding Britain and Denmark to its "red" list of countries that Israelis are forbidden to visit, citing concern over the spread of the Omicron variant.

World - International
12/14/2021 9:44:34 PM
Pfizer said Tuesday that clinical trials confirmed its Covid pill -- a new type of treatment that should withstand the mutations seen with Omicron -- drastically reduced hospitalizations and deaths among at-risk people by almost 90 percent.

World - International
12/14/2021 5:45:56 PM
The UK is to drop 11 African countries including South Africa from its "red list" barring incoming travel, ministers said Tuesday.

World - Africa
12/14/2021 3:15:32 PM
A Kenyan court on Tuesday suspended a government order to prevent those who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from accessing services and entering public places such as national parks, bars and restaurants.

World - Africa
12/14/2021 3:12:37 PM
Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo warned EU lawmakers Tuesday that the bloc's drive to deliver Covid booster jabs could hamper inoculations in Africa, as he slammed travel bans over the Omicron variant.

Sports - World
12/14/2021 1:20:27 PM
Premier League fans will be subject to vaccine passport checks to enter stadiums from Wednesday, but fears are rising over how long the English top flight can continue in front of capacity crowds as the Omicron variant sweeps across Britain.

World - Region
12/14/2021 1:16:21 PM
A person who was on Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's flight back from the United Arab Emirates has tested positive for COVID-19, the prime minister's office said Tuesday. Bennett returned to Israel on Monday from a historic two-day trip to the Gulf Arab state, the first by an Israeli leader to the country, which recently normalized ties with Israel.

World - Africa
12/13/2021 9:39:34 AM
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday and was receiving treatment for mild symptoms, the presidency said in a statement.

Egypt - Politics
12/12/2021 5:17:40 PM
A number of Egyptian MPs teamed up on Sunday to voice their discontent regarding Canada’s decision to ban travel from Egypt and other African countries on 1 December due to concerns over the Omicron variant.

World - International
12/12/2021 2:08:50 PM
Austria ended lockdown restrictions for vaccinated people across most of the country on Sunday, three weeks after reimposing strict rules to combat a rising wave of coronavirus infections.

World - International
12/11/2021 10:15:07 PM
The British government may need to introduce tougher restrictions to slow the growth of the omicron variant and prevent a new surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, British scientists said Saturday.

World - International
12/11/2021 6:02:30 PM
Taiwan has recorded its first case of the omicron variant in a passenger who recently traveled to the southern African country of Eswatini, health officials said Saturday.

World - International
12/11/2021 10:58:17 AM
As the omicron variant sweeps through South Africa, Dr. Unben Pillay is seeing dozens of sick patients a day. Yet he hasn't had to send anyone to the hospital. That's one of the reasons why he, along with other doctors and medical experts, suspect that the omicron version really is causing milder COVID-19 than delta, even if it seems to be spreading faster.

World - Region
12/10/2021 12:22:06 PM
The Jordanian health ministry announced on Thursday evening it had identified its first two cases of the omicron variant of coronavirus.

World - International
12/9/2021 9:02:47 PM
The World Health Organization expressed concerns Thursday that rich countries spooked by the emergence of the omicron variant could step up the hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines and strain global supplies again, complicating efforts to stamp out the pandemic.

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