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COVID-19 recoveries outpacing new infections in Prince Edward Island

COVID-19 recoveries outpacing new infections in Prince Edward Island

CHARLOTTETOWN — Health officials in Prince Edward Island are reporting 249 new cases of COVID-19 today along with 292 more recoveries. There are 2,471 active reported cases in the province, down 43 from Wednesday.
Capacity limits for Ontario sports teams still over a month away

Capacity limits for Ontario sports teams still over a month away

TORONTO — Ontario's plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions won't have any immediate impact on fan capacity for hockey and basketball teams operating in the province.
COVID outbreak at Nebraska postpones game at No. 19 Ohio St

COVID outbreak at Nebraska postpones game at No. 19 Ohio St

The Nebraska men's basketball game at No. 19 Ohio State on Saturday has been postponed because of a COVID-19 outbreak in the Cornhuskers' program.

Police union lawyer: Suspect freed after positive COVID test

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A domestic assault suspect was freed from jail after testing positive for COVID-19, despite being deemed dangerous enough that prosecutors wanted him held without a chance of bail, the attorney for the St.
Portugal draws fire with plan for COVID-positive voters

Portugal draws fire with plan for COVID-positive voters

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government is under fire over its plans to let people infected with COVID-19 cast their ballots at polling stations in an upcoming election, as officials struggle to square the right to vote with the duty to protect
Vaccines to Africa must have good shelf lives, says expert

Vaccines to Africa must have good shelf lives, says expert

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 2.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated to African countries have expired, the Africa Centers for Disease Control said Thursday, citing short shelf lives as the major reason.

Aiming to make CDC nimble, agency director has rankled many

NEW YORK (AP) — From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the top U.S. public health agency has been criticized as too slow to collect and act on new information.
Testing times for Australian Open amid COVID-19 pandemic

Testing times for Australian Open amid COVID-19 pandemic

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The safety protocols for COVID-19 have been a touchy subject at the Australian Open, particularly after nine-time champion Novak Djokovic was deported for failing to meet the country’s strict vaccination requirements.

Trying to stem the pandemic, Uganda creates a fuel crisis

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A dispute over COVID-19 testing fees for truckers has created a fuel crisis in Uganda, highlighting an economic impact of the pandemic in a landlocked country with virtually no fuel reserves of its own.
Thailand loosens entry restrictions as omicron worries ease

Thailand loosens entry restrictions as omicron worries ease

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand will ease entry requirements for vaccinated visitors from all countries next month as concerns about the omicron variant of the coronavirus decline, officials said Thursday.