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Poland coach Sousa tests positive for COVID-19

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s soccer federation says national team coach Paulo Sousa has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at his home in Portugal.

Florida sues Biden over contractor vaccine mandate

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The state of Florida on Thursday sued President Joe Biden's administration over its coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal contractors, opening yet another battleground between Republican Gov.
Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

Vaccine reluctance in Eastern Europe brings high COVID cost

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Truck driver Andriy Melnik never took the coronavirus seriously. With a friend, he bought a fake vaccination certificate so his travel documents would appear in order when he hauled cargo to other parts of Europe.

UK eases travel, takes all countries off virus 'red list'

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Thursday said it was removing the last seven countries on its travel “red list,” meaning travelers vaccinated against the coronavirus will no longer have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel after arriving in the U.K.

Ontario expands take-home COVID-19 tests to schools across the province

TORONTO — Ontario's education minister says take-home COVID-19 tests will be available at all public schools across the province starting in a few weeks.
Moscow shuts most workplaces as infections, deaths soar

Moscow shuts most workplaces as infections, deaths soar

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow city authorities on Thursday ordered most people to stay off work for at least 11 days to stem coronavirus infections, as new daily cases and deaths from COVID-19 in Russia surged to all-time highs.
Quebec reports 478 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths as hospitalizations drop slightly

Quebec reports 478 new COVID-19 cases, five deaths as hospitalizations drop slightly

MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting 478 new cases of COVID-19 today and five additional deaths linked to the novel coronavirus.

Ontario legislature condemns member's COVID-19 posts, calls for apology

TORONTO — Ontario's legislature has unanimously called on Independent member Randy Hillier to apologize for "a string of disreputable conduct" in the context of COVID-19.

Nova Scotia reports 31 new COVID-19 cases, 10 people hospitalized

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting 31 new cases of COVID-19. Provincial health officials say 17 of the new infections have been identified in the central zone, which includes Halifax.
Pandemic restrictions fuel recall efforts on fall ballots

Pandemic restrictions fuel recall efforts on fall ballots

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Hospitals in Missouri were inundated with COVID-19 patients last summer when a group opposed to a mask mandate that had already expired gathered enough signatures to trigger a recall vote against the mayor who enacted it.