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Japan to reopen to cruise ships after 2 1/2-year ban

Japan to reopen to cruise ships after 2 1/2-year ban

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will lift a more than 2 1/2-year ban on international cruise ships that was imposed following a deadly coronavirus outbreak on the cruise ship Diamond Princess at the beginning of the pandemic, transport officials said Tuesday.
Cambodian leader leaves G-20 early after COVID-19 diagnosis

Cambodian leader leaves G-20 early after COVID-19 diagnosis

NUSA DUA, Indonesia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Tuesday he has COVID-19 and is leaving the Group of 20 meetings in Bali, just days after hosting President Joe Biden and other world leaders for a summit in his country's capital.
Alberta replaces chief medical officer of health who oversaw COVID-19 pandemic

Alberta replaces chief medical officer of health who oversaw COVID-19 pandemic

EDMONTON — Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the chief medical officer of health who became the face of Alberta’s public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has been officially removed from her post.
New Democrats call for independent review of government's COVID-19 response

New Democrats call for independent review of government's COVID-19 response

OTTAWA — It's time for Canadians to find out how well the federal government handled COVID-19 with a public inquiry into Canada's pandemic response, the NDP says.
Early pandemic sees largest recorded drop in number of new marriages: StatCan data

Early pandemic sees largest recorded drop in number of new marriages: StatCan data

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says COVID-19 disruptions are likely behind a historic drop in the number of marriages registered during the earliest days of the pandemic.

North Macedonia to pardon violators of pandemic measures

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia is planning to pardon more than 1,200 people who face prison sentences because they have failed to pay fines for violating restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Canadian sports broadcasters still hampered post-pandemic

Canadian sports broadcasters still hampered post-pandemic

TORONTO (AP) — Radio broadcast crews around the NHL and NBA are essentially back to normal after a couple years of pandemic-related challenges — with exceptions on the travel front and almost all in Canadian markets.
China tightens restrictions as rise in virus cases reported

China tightens restrictions as rise in virus cases reported

BEIJING (AP) — Everyone in a district of 1.8 million people in China’s southern metropolis of Guangzhou was ordered to stay home for virus testing Saturday and a major city in the southwest closed schools as another rise in infections was reported.
China eases some quarantine for travelers even as cases rise

China eases some quarantine for travelers even as cases rise

BEIJING (AP) — Travelers arriving in China will spend less time in quarantine under changes to sweeping anti-virus controls announced Friday to reduce disruptions to the economy and society.

German regions plan to end mandatory COVID isolation

BERLIN (AP) — Four German regions plan to scrap rules requiring people infected with the coronavirus to isolate at home, arguing that the pandemic has evolved and it's time for a different approach.
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