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China announces 1st COVID-19 death in almost 6 months

China announces 1st COVID-19 death in almost 6 months

BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday announced its first new death from COVID-19 in nearly half a year as strict new measures are imposed in Beijing and across the country to ward against new outbreaks.
China's COVID-19 restrictions hit historic Beijing theater

China's COVID-19 restrictions hit historic Beijing theater

BEIJING (AP) — Performances have been suspended at one of Beijing’s oldest and most renowned theaters as part of a new wave of shop and restaurant closures in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the Chinese capital.

Ringleaders in massive COVID fraud extradited to US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles couple who fled to Europe after being convicted of running a fraud ring that stole $18 million in COVID-19 aid money were returned to the United States to face prison, authorities announced Friday.
California recovers pandemic job losses amid economic woes

California recovers pandemic job losses amid economic woes

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California said Friday it had recovered all of the 2.
TTC to drop COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers, reinstate terminated employees

TTC to drop COVID-19 vaccine mandate for workers, reinstate terminated employees

TORONTO — The Toronto Transit Commission will be ending its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirement for workers and offering to reinstate employees who were terminated as a result of the policy without back pay.

Alaska jobs up over October 2021, lag pre-pandemic numbers

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska had about 6,100 more jobs last month than in October 2021 but most industries had not regained pre-pandemic job levels, a state labor department report shows.
Pfizer booster spurs immune response to new omicron subtypes

Pfizer booster spurs immune response to new omicron subtypes

Pfizer said Friday that its updated COVID-19 booster may offer some protection against newly emerging omicron mutants even though it's not an exact match.
Transport minister encourages masks on planes, Ontario says illnesses slowing down

Transport minister encourages masks on planes, Ontario says illnesses slowing down

Canada's transport minister says the federal government strongly encourages people to wear masks on planes and trains as regions across the country report increasing pressure on the health-care system, but he stopped short of making it a requirement.
Health-care workers' pandemic overtime hours highest in more than a decade, CIHI data shows

Health-care workers' pandemic overtime hours highest in more than a decade, CIHI data shows

OTTAWA — New labour data offers a snapshot of COVID-19’s toll on health-care workers during the earlier part of the pandemic.
Africa CDC chief urges more COVID-19 testing as cases rise

Africa CDC chief urges more COVID-19 testing as cases rise

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The head of Africa's top public health institute is urging authorities across the continent to step up COVID-19 testing amid a concerning rise in new cases in some countries. The continent of 1.
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