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The Latest: CDC says ages 18 and up should get booster shot

The Latest: CDC says ages 18 and up should get booster shot

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday broadened its recommendation for COVID-19 booster shots for all adults as the new omicron variant is identified in more countries.
Portugal probes local transmission of omicron at soccer team

Portugal probes local transmission of omicron at soccer team

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese health authorities on Monday identified 13 cases of the omicron coronavirus variant among members of a professional soccer club and were investigating whether it was one of the first reported cases of local transmis

MLB, union stopped blood testing for HGH due to pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball and the players' association stopped blood testing for Human Growth Hormone because of the coronavirus pandemic.
WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.
Oklahoma bid for Guard exception to vaccine mandate denied

Oklahoma bid for Guard exception to vaccine mandate denied

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday rejected a request by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt that his state's National Guard be exempt from a Pentagon requirement that all military members be vaccinated against COVID-19.
New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US

New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden called the new coronavirus variant omicron a cause for concern but “not a cause for panic" Monday and said he was not considering any widespread U.S. lockdown.
Travel restrictions amid Omicron variant force cancellation of Winter Universiade

Travel restrictions amid Omicron variant force cancellation of Winter Universiade

More than 100 Canadian university athletes competing in the Winter Universiade were days away from boarding their flights to Switzerland. The curling teams were scheduled to travel first, later this week. The hockey teams were next.
FACT FOCUS: New omicron variant fuels old misinformation

FACT FOCUS: New omicron variant fuels old misinformation

A new coronavirus variant revived old conspiracy theories this week as widely shared social media posts falsely claimed the omicron variant was nothing but a cover-up for darker agendas.
Quebec confirms case of Omicron variant of concern; 115 travellers under watch

Quebec confirms case of Omicron variant of concern; 115 travellers under watch

MONTREAL — Quebec confirmed its first case of the Omicron novel coronavirus variant on Monday, and officials said 115 travellers who recently returned to the province from affected countries, primarily in southern Africa, have been told to take a PCR
Cowboys' McCarthy out vs. Saints after positive COVID test

Cowboys' McCarthy out vs. Saints after positive COVID test

Dallas Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy checked into the team hotel the day after the Thanksgiving game as a precaution with COVID-19 infections spreading on his staff.