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Slovakia in lockdown records new daily record in infections

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Coronavirus cases in Slovakia hit a daily record despite the country entering a national lockdown last week, the Health Ministry reported Friday.
WHO says measures used against delta should work for omicron

WHO says measures used against delta should work for omicron

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Measures used to counter the delta variant should remain the foundation for fighting the coronavirus pandemic , even in the face of the new omicron version of the virus, World Health Organization officials said Friday, whil
Biden, allies increasingly pushing back at GOP's virus barbs

Biden, allies increasingly pushing back at GOP's virus barbs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden looked out over an audience of government scientists and framed his latest plan for fighting COVID-19 as an opportunity to at last put an end to divisiveness over the virus , calling the politicization of the iss
Germany: 1 in 100 infected with virus, health minister says

Germany: 1 in 100 infected with virus, health minister says

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Friday that more than 1% of the population is currently infected with the coronavirus, and he called on citizens to get vaccinated if they haven't done so yet.
NACI to answer urgent plea for COVID-19 booster directives in face of Omicron

NACI to answer urgent plea for COVID-19 booster directives in face of Omicron

OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization is set to release new guidance this morning on the use of COVID-19 vaccine boosters as public health faces down the threat of the Omicron variant.

Auckland reopens as New Zealand tries new virus approach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days ended.

Malaysia detects first omicron case in South African student

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia said Friday it has detected its first case of the new omicron strain of the coronavirus in a foreign student who returned to the country last month after visiting her family in South Africa.
Governor, AG sue Defense Department over vaccine requirement

Governor, AG sue Defense Department over vaccine requirement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican governor and the state attorney general filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, challenging the Defense Department's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for the Oklahoma National Guard. In a statement, Gov.

No. 9 Iowa returns from COVID-19 pause, loses at Duke 79-64

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Ninth-ranked Iowa never looked like itself playing a road game in front of a hostile crowd in its return from a COVID-19 pause. “We were out of sorts,” coach Lisa Bluder said.
South Korea tightens social distancing to fight virus wave

South Korea tightens social distancing to fight virus wave

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is tightening recently relaxed restrictions on social gatherings as it grapples with its worst wave of the virus since the start of the pandemic.