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France waits on tests for 8 suspected omicron variant cases

PARIS (AP) — French authorities are waiting Monday for laboratory confirmation of eight suspected cases of the new variant of the coronavirus , involving people who traveled recently to southern Africa.
New variant not stopping New Zealand's reopening plans

New variant not stopping New Zealand's reopening plans

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The emergence of the omicron variant hasn't changed New Zealand's plans to ease restrictions in Auckland and move the nation into a new, more open phase of its pandemic response, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monda
More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new
Prince Edward Island reports five new cases of COVID-19, Prince County cluster grows

Prince Edward Island reports five new cases of COVID-19, Prince County cluster grows

CHARLOTTETOWN — Health officials in Prince Edward Island are reporting five new cases of COVID-19.

New Brunswick reports 45 new cases of COVID-19, active cases hold at 793

FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19 today, for a total of 130 new infections confirmed over the weekend.

Ontario detects Canada's first two known cases of Omicron COVID-19 variant

TORONTO — Ontario detected Canada's first two known cases of Omicron on Sunday, a new COVID-19 variant of concern that has led to a slate of fresh border restrictions around the world.
Omicron response should focus on global vaccine equity, not travel bans: scientists

Omicron response should focus on global vaccine equity, not travel bans: scientists

As Canada confirms its first cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, scientists say banning travellers from southern African countries in an effort to curb its importation is wishful thinking that could do more harm than good.
WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant.
Dogs trained to comfort nervous people, help kids get COVID-19 vaccines

Dogs trained to comfort nervous people, help kids get COVID-19 vaccines

OTTAWA — Children turning up for their COVID-19 vaccine in Quebec last Friday were surprised to find not just the promise of a sticker at the end of the ordeal, but a waggy-tailed dog eager to be petted and potentially calm their fears over getting t

Morocco halts all incoming flights because of virus variant

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco is suspending all incoming air travel from around the world starting Monday for two weeks because of the rapid spread of the new omicron variant, the government’s committee in charge of monitoring COVID-19 announced Sund