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    "We will trust the judgement of the English people," Johnson said. "We are the first to emerge from the Omicron wave. There were loud cheers in Parliament after Johnson finished making these announcements. The UK ends mandatory masking and vaxx passports.\n\nParliament cheers in response.pic.twitter.com/7feWkoUyXA — Aaron Ginn (@Aaron Ginn) 1642604432 "This is a...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Supreme Court justices say a media report that they were at odds over the wearing of masks in court during the recent surge in coronavirus cases is false. The court on Wednesday issued an unusual three-sentence statement from Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch. It read: “Reporting that Justice Sotomayor asked...
    When Arsenal this week sent Pablo Mari away on loan and released Sead Kolasinac, trimming the squad looked perplexing for a club already struggling to muster a team to play. Folarin Balogun and Ainsley Maitland-Niles had only just been loaned out when Arsenal told the Premier League it lacked enough players to host Tottenham last...
    In a stunning sign of the heavy burden California’s hospitals are facing this winter, the state’s total number of hospitalizations for all reasons is approaching the peak of last winter’s COVID-19 surge, even as there are some signs that the rise in coronavirus-positive patients may be starting to ebb. Late last week, California averaged 52,000...
    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s new government on Wednesday dismissed the previous government’s plan to require older adults and people in some professions to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. The previous government, led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis, released an order in early December, making vaccination mandatory for people age 60 and over...
    While California continues to see disturbing rises in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, there are some early signs the unprecedented Omicron wave is slowing. The shift is uneven across the state, but the numbers suggest California could be reaching a crest in the latest surge. States on the East Coast that were hit earlier by the...
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s health minister spoke Wednesday in favor of making COVID-19 certificates mandatory for employees. The country is reporting a surge in coronavirus infections, including over 30,000 new cases in 24 hours, Health Minister Adam Niedzielski said, noting that 20% involve the highly contagious omicron variant. Poland currently has some 31,000...
    President Joe Biden launched a website for Americans to order free coronavirus tests on Tuesday, but some people who live in apartments were blocked from placing orders. Each household can order up to four coronavirus tests from covidtests.gov that will be shipped within 7-12 days, according to the website. However, some people living in apartment buildings had...
    (CNN)How will the pandemic end? Nearly two years since it was officially declared by the World Health Organization (WHO), we're still no closer to knowing the answer.The highly transmissible Omicron variant has swept the globe since it was first detected in South Africa in November. But the fact that it is less likely to cause...
    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia on Wednesday limited access to what the government considers the most risky events and public gatherings as the country gets ready for the highly infectious omicron coronavirus variant. To attend weddings, parties, discotheques and other venues like wellness and swimming centers, people need to receive a booster shot, or be...
    The Global Times, an English-language newspaper operated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), wrote an article bragging about President Joe Biden’s reliance on China to implement his coronavirus testing plan. Biden announced a plan last month to deliver 500 million at-home coronavirus tests to Americans across the country. As of Tuesday, citizens may order tests directly from...
    Tianjin, a Chinese port city directly bordering Beijing, recorded its “biggest rise in daily cases” of the coronavirus on Monday since a local outbreak of the disease started earlier this month, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported. “The northern Chinese city recorded 80 new local symptomatic cases on Monday [January 17], up from 33...
    Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced on Tuesday he will not run for governor of New York, ending speculation about his intentions to do so. “No, I am not going to be running for governor in New York State, but I am going to devote every fiber of my being to...
    Those having a hard time masking up might take note of a new study that draws a connection between COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction, researchers say. The University of Florida Health study found that men who’ve had the coronavirus are more than three times more likely to be diagnosed with erectile dysfunction than those who haven’t....
    Those having a hard time masking up might take note of a new study that draws a connection between COVID-19 and erectile dysfunction, researchers say. The University of Florida Health study found that men who’ve had the coronavirus are more than three times more likely to be diagnosed with erectile dysfunction than those who haven’t....
    The White House announced Tuesday President Joe Biden’s website for Americans to request free coronavirus tests was now live. Officials said the website, covidtests.gov, was live but still remained in the beta phase of the programming and testing process. The president expects to officially launch the website on Wednesday as he also plans to hold...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. This week in COVID-19 news The omicron variant continues to cause...
    World Health Organization (WHO) Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan attends a press conference organised by the Geneva Association of United Nations Correspondents (ACANU) amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva Switzerland July 3, 2020.Fabrice Coffrini | Reuters WHO Chief Scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan said Tuesday "there's no evidence...
    Russian authorities are shortening the required isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 from 14 to seven days as the country faces another surge of COVID-19 cases, this time driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.  Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, who runs the country's coronavirus task force, said Tuesday that health officials were "optimizing...
    California has recorded more than 7 million coronavirus cases, after its fastest accumulation of reported infections in the history of the pandemic. The unprecedented count, recorded in California’s databases late Monday, comes one week after the state tallied its 6 millionth coronavirus case. Even during last winter’s disastrous wave, new infections increased more slowly. It...
    Hours-long lines for coronavirus PCR tests are prompting public officials to push the masses to use rapid, at-home antigen tests instead, but public health experts warn the 15-minute tests are sometimes prone to false negatives. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker last week said: “Rapid tests, in some ways, are a more accurate measure of whether or...
    Moderna is aiming to launch a single-shot vaccine booster to treat both coronavirus and influenza as soon as fall of 2023, according to CEO Stephane Bancel. “Our goal is to be able to have a single annual booster so that we don’t have compliance issues where people don’t want to get two to three shots...
    Some 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, will be killed in Hong Kong after several tested positive for the coronavirus Monday at a pet store where an employee was also infected. AP reports Hong Kong authorities are not ruling out the possibility of transmission between animals and humans as reasoning behind the dramatic culling. “We cannot...
    ROME — Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, his deputy, have tested positive for the coronavirus, reports veteran Vatican journalist Edward Pentin. “Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra have both tested positive for COVID-19 Vatican sources have confirmed, with Cardinal Parolin showing symptoms,” Pentin wrote on...
    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is reportedly looking to abolish all remaining coronavirus restrictions by March as the push to return to normality has gained traction amid steadily decreasing cases of the Chinese virus. Later this Month, MPs will gather to vote on an extension of the ‘Plan B’ restrictions which were put in place...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities said Tuesday that the government is shortening the required isolation period for people infected with the coronavirus from 14 to seven days. The move comes as Russia faces another surge of COVID-19 cases, this time driven by the rapid spread of the highly contagious omicron variant. Deputy Prime...
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican secretary of state and his deputy have both tested positive for the coronavirus, Vatican officials said Tuesday. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who serves as the Vatican’s secretary of state and the pope’s No. 2, has “very light” symptoms, while Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra is asymptomatic, officials said. There was no...
    Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected.  The city will also stop the sale of hamsters and the import of small mammals, according to officials from the Agriculture, Fisheries and...
    Days after being suspended by the social media platform for violating its coronavirus misinformation policy, popular conservative commentator Dan Bongino said YouTube has double standards for conservatives when it comes to content moderation. YouTube on Friday suspended Bongino from posting content on the platform for one week and demonetized his videos for at least 30...
    WASHINGTON, DC — DECEMBER 15: Local residents wait in-line to receive free COVID test kits outside West End Library on Dec. 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. The City of District of Columbia is distributing free test kits to local residents prior to the holidays as COVID case numbers have surged to a new high. (Photo...
              by Eric Lendrum   Several governors around the country are taking federal funds meant to combat the coronavirus and instead using the money to deal with so-called “global warming.” Breitbart reports that, in addition to federal stimulus funds, such governors are taking advantage of budget surpluses as a result of tax collection and massive consumer spending...
    SAN RAFAEL (KPIX) — New guidelines allowing health care workers across the state who test positive for coronavirus to come back to work under certain conditions are getting pushback from unions, as public health officials try to weigh what’s best for patients and staff during the Omicron surge. Hospital officials in the Bay Area...
    Los Angeles County on Monday reported more than 31,500 new coronavirus cases — marking a nearly tenfold increase from the number of new cases tallied a month ago and offering a stark reminder of the lasting power of the highly contagious Omicron variant. Officials announced 31,576 new cases Monday, as well as 27 related deaths,...
    Getty Xpress Covid Testing medical assistant Sandra Cargill, 61, administers a COVID-19 test to a patient on January 08, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Houston‘s COVID-19 data shows that cases of the coronavirus due to the omicron variant may have reached a peak as mitigation efforts continue. The threat level remains at Level 1:...
    A majority of Democrats would agree with the U.S. government taking more drastic coronavirus measures, such as confining unvaccinated Americans to their homes “at all times except for emergencies,” a Rasmussen Reports survey revealed. The survey listed a series of potential coronavirus-related actions, gauging support for a series of penalties, including fines, stay at home...
    The commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, has tested positive for the coronavirus, his spokesperson said in a statement on Monday afternoon. “The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David Berger, has tested positive for COVID-19. the performance of his duties will remain unaffected,” Marine Maj. Eric Flanagan said in the statement. Berger’s...
    Minnesota removed race as a factor for deciding which coronavirus patients receive monoclonal antibody treatments, the Star Tribune reported Thursday. The treatments are outpatient infusions meant to reduce a person’s risk of severe illness and hospitalization, according to the article: Updated rationing guidance on Wednesday prioritizes infusions when they are in short supply for people...
    The Communist Party of China admitted on Sunday it had detected at least one case of the omicron variant of Chinese coronavirus in Beijing on Sunday, a less severe but more contagious iteration of the Wuhan disease. The revelation that Beijing is now home to cases of omicron arrived less than a month before the...
    The nation’s top military officer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley, tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. He is now isolating at a remote location, his spokesperson said Monday morning. “Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley is working remotely and isolating himself from contact...
    The city of Worcester, Massachusetts, fined over 100 businesses for violating the mask rules as of last week, City Manager Edward Augustus Jr. revealed. The city went under another mask mandate in mid-September, which requires individuals — even those fully vaccinated —  to wear a face covering in “all indoor spaces open to the public” throughout the...
    If Utah was a “truly civilized” state, the governor would have deployed the National Guard to ensure those without proof of vaccination would be barred from going anywhere, the Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board wrote Saturday. Per the article: Were Utah a truly civilized place, the governor’s next move would be to find a way...
    The OC Health Care Agency reported 8,257 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday, Jan. 14, increasing the cumulative total since tracking began in the county to 430,675. On Friday, 1,154 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 in Orange County, including 171 patients in intensive care units. That’s an increase of 82 people hospitalized from...
    An estimated 560,000 French people are set to lose access to their coronavirus passport over the third coronavirus jab requirement. The French National Assembly approved changes to the nation’s coronavirus passport legislation to require booster shots of the vaccine to maintain the validity of their health pass. As a result of this new policy, an...
    As the world was buffeted by a coronavirus tsunami leaving forced lockdowns, supply-chain problems, economic upheaval, and poverty in its wake, globalist financial elites “have had a terrific pandemic” according to a report released Monday. The world’s 10 richest men have more than doubled their fortunes to $1.9 trillion, at a rate of $1.6 billion a day,...
    In March 2020, San Rafael resident Margrit Gonzalez lost her husband to COVID-19. Since then, another 199 Marin residents have died from the virus. The county reached the grim milestone of 200 deaths during the holidays. Almost all of the victims were older than 65. “I’m still very sad, sometimes I still cry over him,”...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities on Monday reported a sharp spike in new coronavirus cases, apparently driven by the rapid spread of the omicron variant health officials warned about last week. The country’s state coronavirus task force registered 30,726 new infections over the last 24 hours, which is twice as many as 15,830 just a...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — A delegation of Indonesian officials made a rare visit to Israel recently to discuss coronavirus strategies, despite the countries not having diplomatic relations, Israel’s Army Radio reported Monday. The Indonesian health officials aimed “to learn how to deal with the coronavirus pandemic” and met with Israeli officials, the report said. The report...
    Los Angeles County saw an average of 40 coronavirus deaths a day over the past week, the highest such rate in nearly 10 months, a sign that the prolific Omicron variant may be deadlier than many initially believed. The county’s daily COVID-19 death rate has doubled in just a week, officials said. According to a...
    States across the country have budget surpluses, including federal coronavirus stimulus payments, and many governors are using the money for projects to fight so-called climate change. The excess cash is also from tax collection and post-lockdown consumer spending, and governors of both red and blue states are directing funds to improve protection from extreme weather,...
    ROME, Italy — Callista Gingrich, the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, underscored Saturday the horrifying collateral damage caused by drastic measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. While world powers have understandably focused on battling the disease, far less attention has been paid to the harmful side effects from lockdowns, mask-wearing, the shuttering...