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U.S. not currently contemplating wider travel limits in face of Omicron, Biden says

U.S. not currently contemplating wider travel limits in face of Omicron, Biden says

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is urging Americans to confront Omicron with caution instead of panic, insisting Monday it's too soon to say whether the heavily mutated, highly contagious COVID-19 variant will demand wider limits on travel into the
Steelers place star linebacker T.J. Watt on COVID-19 list

Steelers place star linebacker T.J. Watt on COVID-19 list

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed star outside linebacker T.J. Watt on the COVID-19 list. The team made the announcement on Monday, a day after the Steelers were embarrassed 41-10 on the road in Cincinnati.
Nova Scotia reports two new deaths from COVID-19 and 59 more virus cases

Nova Scotia reports two new deaths from COVID-19 and 59 more virus cases

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting two more COVID-19 related deaths today, including one linked to an outbreak at a long-term care home in Pugwash.
German governors, Merkel to discuss virus amid high cases

German governors, Merkel to discuss virus amid high cases

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks Tuesday with the governors of Germany's 16 states amid growing concerns about the steep rise in new coronavirus cases in the country.
Health officials in New Brunswick report 46 new COVID-19 cases and one death Monday

Health officials in New Brunswick report 46 new COVID-19 cases and one death Monday

FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 46 new cases of COVID-19 today and another COVID-19-related death. They confirmed that a person in their 70s in the Moncton region has died as a result of COVID-19.
Newfoundland and Labrador reports nine new COVID-19 cases

Newfoundland and Labrador reports nine new COVID-19 cases

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Health officials in Newfoundland and Labrador are reporting nine new cases of COVID-19 today.
What we know so far about the Omicron variant, which has been found in Canada

What we know so far about the Omicron variant, which has been found in Canada

Canada's first two cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant of concern were confirmed Sunday in Ottawa. The variant, which may be more transmissible, was first detected in South Africa, where it coincided with a recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
Omicron brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity 'home to roost'

Omicron brings COVID-19 vaccine inequity 'home to roost'

LONDON (AP) — The emergence of the new omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack
Couple detained on plane after leaving Dutch quarantine

Couple detained on plane after leaving Dutch quarantine

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch military police arrested a husband and wife Sunday who had left a hotel where they were being quarantined after testing positive for COVID-19 and boarded a plane to fly home to Spain.
UK to expand COVID vaccine boosters amid omicron fears

UK to expand COVID vaccine boosters amid omicron fears

LONDON (AP) — Britain is extending its COVID-19 booster vaccine program to millions more people as part of efforts to tackle the spread of the new omicron variant, which is feared to be more contagious and vaccine-resistant.