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South Korea's daily virus jump exceeds 7,000 for 1st time

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — New coronavirus infections in South Korea exceeded 7,000 for the first time since the start of the pandemic on Wednesday as hours-long lines snaked around testing stations in the capital Seoul amid a worsening virus crisis.
Bulls’ DeRozan remains in NBA’s health and safety protocols

Bulls’ DeRozan remains in NBA’s health and safety protocols

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan remained in the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Tuesday and did not accompany the team to Cleveland. The Bulls play the Cavaliers on the road Wednesday.
Judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

Judge blocks Biden vaccine mandate for federal contractors

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for employees of federal contractors, the latest in a string of victories for Republican-led states pushing back against Biden’s pandemi
Browns place Njoku on COVID-19 list, could miss Ravens game

Browns place Njoku on COVID-19 list, could miss Ravens game

CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns tight end David Njoku was placed on the COVID-19 reserve list Tuesday and could miss Sunday’s crucial matchup against AFC North-leading Baltimore.

High court to hear pastor’s case against virus charges

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana’s Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear arguments in a pastor’s fight against criminal charges he faces for violations of pandemic gathering limits that were in effect last year.
Despite pandemic, famed Italian theater opens season

Despite pandemic, famed Italian theater opens season

MILAN (AP) — While many European theaters remain closed due to the pandemic, the famed Teatro alla Scala on Tuesday opened its new season with the gala premiere of Verdi’s “Macbeth” to a fully seated house.
Five Omicron cases identified in B.C. so far but more expected

Five Omicron cases identified in B.C. so far but more expected

VANCOUVER — Five cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in British Columbia so far among people whose illness is associated with travel to places like Nigeria and Egypt, the provincial health officer says. Dr.
Alberta's chief medical officer says most of 11 Omicron COVID cases were vaccinated

Alberta's chief medical officer says most of 11 Omicron COVID cases were vaccinated

EDMONTON — Alberta's total number of Omicron variant COVID-19 cases remains at 11, but the province's chief medical officer of health expects that number to grow. Dr.
Travel, tourism sectors see glimmers of hope amid Omicron uncertainty

Travel, tourism sectors see glimmers of hope amid Omicron uncertainty

MONTREAL — Katie Summers cancelled her wedding anniversary trip three times over the past 18 months. Now, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 means her January vacation to Hawaii with her husband may be added to the scrap heap.
Indigenous papal visit postponed to 2022 over concerns about Omicron COVID-19 variant

Indigenous papal visit postponed to 2022 over concerns about Omicron COVID-19 variant

OTTAWA — Indigenous leaders and residential school survivors will not travel to the Vatican as planned this month to meet with Pope Francis because of the latest threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.