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 2022-01-19 11:18 

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WHO counts 18 million virus cases last week as omicron slows...

The World Health Organization says the number of new coronavirus cases globally rose by 20% last week to more than 18 million, marking a slowdown in the surge caused by the omicron variant....

 2022-01-19 10:50 

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Slovakia imposes COVID restrictions to get ready for omicron...

Slovakia has limited access to what the government considers the most risky events and public gatherings as the country gets ready for the highly infectious omicron coronavirus variant....

 2022-01-19 09:12 

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Beijing residents disappointed Olympics will be closed event...

With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital are disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions....

 2022-01-19 08:56 

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Report: German police see surge in fake vaccine certificates...

German news agency dpa has reported that police are investigating thousands of cases of suspected forgery of coronavirus vaccine certificates....

 2022-01-18 13:03 

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Vatican No. 2 and deputy both positive for COVID...

The Vatican press office says that Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Edgar Pea Parra have both tested positive for the coronavirus....

 2022-01-18 12:04 

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Poland expects highest infection rate so far in new wave...

Poland's health officials say that the country has entered a new, fifth wave, in the coronavirus pandemic, predicting that it it will peak in mid-February at about 60,000 new infections per day or even more....

 2022-01-18 06:45 

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China media say foreign parcels suspected in new infections...

Chinese state media report parcels mailed from overseas may have spread the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing and elsewhere....

 2022-01-18 04:52 

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Japan ready to expand COVID restrictions as infections surge...

Japan's government is preparing social restrictions in Tokyo and other regions as the omicron variant of the coronavirus infects more people....

 2022-01-18 03:54 

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Australia has record COVID-19 deaths, hospitals under stress...

Australia has reported a record high of COVID-19 deaths, and its second-largest state declared an emergency in hospitals to cope with surging patient admissions and a staffing shortage due to the coronavirus....

 2022-01-18 03:19 

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Hong Kong arrests 2 ex-air crew for breaking COVID-19 rules...

Hong Kong police have arrested two former flight attendants for allegedly leaving their homes when they should have been in isolation for possible coronavirus infections, which were later confirmed....

 2022-01-17 20:53 

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More than 500 St. Johns County students have COVID, district reports...

The Friday edition of the St. Johns County School District's COVID-19 report showed 515 students were confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus and 161 were quarantined....

 2022-01-17 19:21 

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Israel study: 4th vaccine shows limited results with omicron...

An Israeli hospital says preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron variant that's raging around the world....

 2022-01-17 16:54 

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Omicron slamming S. American hospitals as workers fall ill...

The coronavirus' omicron variant is barreling across South America and pressuring hospitals whose employees are getting infected and taking sick leave, leaving facilities understaffed to cope with COVID-19s third wave....

 2022-01-17 15:50 

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Mexico president returns after 2nd COVID-19 infection...

Mexico President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador has returned to his morning news conference following a week of isolation for his second coronavirus infection....

 2022-01-16 10:14 

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COVID program delivers 1 billion doses to poorer countries...

The World Health Organization says a U.N.-backed program shipping coronavirus vaccines to many poor countries has now delivered 1 billion doses, but that milestone "is only a reminder of the work that remains" after hoarding and stockpiling in ric...

 2022-01-15 14:15 

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Expect more worrisome variants after omicron, scientists say...

Scientists warn that omicron's whirlwind spread across the globe practically ensures it won't be the last worrisome coronavirus variant....

 2022-01-15 13:38 

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Second gentleman Emhoff acts as public link to White House...

As America's first second gentleman, Doug Emhoff has visited 31 states to promote Biden administration policies and the coronavirus vaccine....

 2022-01-15 13:25 

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Tulips for Amsterdam: Growers hand out free flowers...

As stores in Amsterdam and across the Netherlands cautiously reopened after weeks of a coronavirus lockdown, the Dutch capital's mood was further lightened by dashes of color as thousands of free bunches of tulips were handed out....

 2022-01-15 07:35 

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COVID, China, climate: Online Davos event tackles big themes...

The coronavirus pandemic has forced the World Economic Forum's annual meeting of world leaders, business executives and other heavyweights to go virtual for the second year in a row....

 2022-01-15 00:47 

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Florida adds 430,000 infections to weekly caseload, setting record...

With the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus continuing to spread, Florida totaled more than 430,000 cases of COVID-19 during the week that ended Thursday, according to a report released Friday by the state Department of Health....

 2022-01-14 18:23 

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Czechs to let some workers stay on after testing positive...

The new Czech government will allow some workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus to stay on the job, in an extraordinary measure to ease possible staff shortages caused by an anticipated surge of the omicron variant....

 2022-01-14 15:53 

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Russia backs away from unpopular anti-coronavirus measures...

The Russian government has decided to delay a controversial bill requiring QR codes confirming vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 to access public places, despite surging cases and warnings from top officials about the highly infectious omicron variant...

 2022-01-14 13:09 

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In southern Dutch town, cafes open in lockdown protest...

Shops, bars and restaurants in a southern Dutch town have opened in a protest action that underscored growing anger at weeks of coronavirus lockdown measures....

 2022-01-14 09:28 

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Anti-coronavirus measures tightened across China...

China is tightening its anti-pandemic measures in Beijing and across the country as scattered outbreaks continue ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics in a little over two weeks....

 2022-01-14 05:49 

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SKorea slightly eases distancing but warns of omicron surge...

South Korea will slightly ease its coronavirus gathering restrictions starting next week but continue to maintain a 9 p.m. curfew on restaurants and entertainment venues as it braces for a possible surge in infections driven by the contagious omicron vari...

 2022-01-13 20:31 

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NYC mayor considering virtual learning plan for schools...

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is considering allowing the nation's largest school district to return to some form of virtual instruction as the city weathers a wave of coronavirus cases....

 2022-01-13 18:10 

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St. Johns County School District cancels high school showcase due to COVID concerns...

The St. Johns County Programs of Choice High School Showcase scheduled for Thursday was canceled due to concerns over the rise in coronavirus cases, the school district announced....

 2022-01-13 16:52 

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Ohio governor facing primary: no pandemic response regrets...

GOP Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says he has no regrets about his response to the coronavirus pandemic, even if Republican voters who thought he went too far are angry enough to vote him out in the upcoming May primary....

 2022-01-13 12:44 

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UK deputy medical chief Van-Tam to step down in March...

England's deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam, one of the scientists who led the U.K.'s response to the coronavirus pandemic, will leave his role in March....

 2022-01-13 12:16 

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Frustration grows as Dutch Cabinet mulls future of lockdown...

The new Dutch government is meeting to discuss whether to extend or ease its coronavirus lockdown amid growing anger among owners of businesses that have been shuttered for weeks....

 2022-01-13 10:11 

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UK ministers rally around embattled Boris Johnson, for now...

Senior British government ministers have expressed support for Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson and rejected demands he resign for attending a garden party during the country's first coronavirus lockdown....

 2022-01-13 07:17 

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UK virus hunting labs seek to bolster global variant network...

British scientists hunting down coronavirus variants have a new mission: sharing their expertise with others around the world....

 2022-01-12 22:02 

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What NE Florida districts say about WH distributing more COVID-19 tests to schools...

With parents and school systems all across the country struggling to manage an increase in coronavirus cases, the White House announced it will be distributing 10 million more COVID-19 tests per month to schools nationwide to keep up with the intense dema...

 2022-01-12 17:55 

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Partisan divide on COVID policy widens in state legislatures...

Political divisions about coronavirus policies are evident as state lawmakers across the country are beginning their third year of sessions dealing with another spike in COVID-19 cases....

 2022-01-12 15:59 

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Cannabis compounds, as complement to vaccines, can prevent coronavirus from entering human cells, study says...

A new study published by researchers at Oregon State University found that hemp compounds have the ability to prevent the virus from entering human cells....

 2022-01-12 13:36 

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German president calls for debate over COVID vaccine mandate...

Germany's president has called for a debate over plans for compulsory coronavirus vaccinations in the country, saying such a drastic measure needs to be thoroughly justified....

 2022-01-12 10:50 

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UK's Johnson faces Parliament test over lockdown party claim...

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing a high-stakes showdown in Parliament that could help defuse a crisis over claims that he and his staff held broke coronavirus lockdown rules — or fan the flames even further....

 2022-01-12 10:21 

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WHO: COVID-19 cases rose by more than 50%, deaths stable...

The World Health Organization says the number of new coronavirus infections in the last week globally jumped by about 55% although the number of deaths remained stable....

 2022-01-12 10:04 

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Putin: Russia on the verge of a new virus surge...

President Vladimir Putin has reiterated warnings that Russia is facing a new surge of coronavirus infections because of the highly contagious omicron variant....

 2022-01-12 07:41 

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Once a near COVID-free utopia, Australia sees omicron surge...

The omicron variant of the coronavirus has swept across Australia despite its high vaccination rate and strict border policies that kept the country largely sealed off from the world for almost two years....

 2022-01-12 06:53 

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Japan minister aims to control COVID while achieving growth...

The Japanese minister assigned the task of containing COVID-19 while steering the world's third largest economy toward growth says Japan must learn to coexist with the coronavirus....

 2022-01-11 20:47 

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Top health officials testify before US senators about response to omicron variant...

The nation's top health officials testified Tuesday before United States senators about the federal government's response to the omicron variant of the coronavirus....

 2022-01-11 20:46 

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Florida lawmakers open session without pandemic restrictions...

Florida lawmakers have convened their annual 60-day legislative session in a Capitol building no longer in the grip of coronavirus restrictions that limited public access last year....

 2022-01-11 17:01 

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Russia: Infections could surge 6 times higher due to omicron...

Russian officials are sounding the alarm about a looming surge of coronavirus infections due to the highly contagious omicron variant....

 2022-01-11 11:17 

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Bulgaria's leaders self-isolate after speaker COVID-positive...

Bulgaria's health authorities say the country's top leaders are self-isolating after being in contact with the parliamentary speaker who tested positive for the coronavirus....

 2022-01-11 10:34 

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Poland hits grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19...

Poland has become the latest European nation to reach the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths related to the coronavirus....

 2022-01-11 10:02 

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World Economic Forum warns cyber risks add to climate threat...

The World Economic Forum says cybersecurity and space are emerging risks to the global economy, on top of existing challenges posed by climate change and the coronavirus pandemic....

 2022-01-11 04:34 

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Japan keeps border controls as it prepares for omicron surge...

Japan says it will keep its borders closed to most foreign citizens through February as it attempts to accelerate coronavirus booster shots for elderly people and expand hospital capacity to cope with the rapidly spreading omicron variant....

 2022-01-10 22:46 

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Reaction to Novak Djokovic's visa reinstatement in Australia...

Reaction from social media and elsewhere after Novak Djokovic won a legal battle to stay in Australia and play in the Australian Open after his exemption from strict coronavirus vaccine rules was questioned....

 2022-01-10 20:36 

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Coronavirus cases in Northeast Florida schools skyrocket after winter break...

There was a dramatic increase in the number of reported positive cases of COVID-19 in schools after students around Northeast Florida returned to class last week after winter break....

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