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Virus deaths in Russia hit daily record despite work halt

Virus deaths in Russia hit daily record despite work halt

MOSCOW (AP) — Coronavirus deaths in Russia hit a new record Tuesday and new confirmed cases remained high two days after a nine-day work stoppage ended in most of the country's regions.
Bulgaria sees record COVID-19 deaths amid low vaccinations

Bulgaria sees record COVID-19 deaths amid low vaccinations

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Bulgaria had 334 COVID-19 patients die in a single day in its count Tuesday, the country's highest daily toll since the start of the pandemic.

Ukraine hits another record for daily coronavirus deaths

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Tuesday hit another record for daily coronavirus deaths amid a spike in infections fueled by public reluctance to get a vaccine.
Are you vaxxed? Some families face fraught divide over jabs

Are you vaxxed? Some families face fraught divide over jabs

NEW YORK (AP) — Thanksgiving is Jonatan Mitchell's favorite holiday, usually spent with his wife co-hosting up to 20 loved ones.
Pandemic sparks union activity where it was rare: Bookstores

Pandemic sparks union activity where it was rare: Bookstores

NEW YORK (AP) — Britta Larson, a shift leader at Half Price Books in Roseville, Minnesota, has been with the store for nearly 12 years but only recently thought about whether she wanted to join a union.

Hospitals in southern Dutch province raise COVID-19 alarm

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Hospitals in the southern Dutch province of Limburg warned the government Tuesday that they can no longer cope with new COVID-19 patients amid soaring rates of coronavirus infections.
In shift, UK to require COVID vaccination for health workers

In shift, UK to require COVID vaccination for health workers

LONDON (AP) — The British government says all health care staff who work with the public will have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus starting in April, despite concerns the move could drive thousands of people to quit their jobs.
Denmark wants to reintroduce phased-out coronavirus pass

Denmark wants to reintroduce phased-out coronavirus pass

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark wants to again consider COVID-19 as “a socially critical disease,” paving the way for the reintroduction of a digital pass months after the label was removed and restrictions were phased out.
Quebec's Nunavik region struggling with COVID, has highest infection rate in province

Quebec's Nunavik region struggling with COVID, has highest infection rate in province

MONTREAL — The health board governing Quebec's Nunavik region says the COVID-19 situation in the northern territory is worse than it's ever been. Health officials reported 30 new cases Monday across the region, which is home to 14 Inuit communities.
Take advantage of the pandemic book bump with a holiday gift

Take advantage of the pandemic book bump with a holiday gift

NEW YORK (AP) — In this world, there's a book for everybody. Take advantage of that sentiment during the holiday shopping season. Book sales have thrived during the pandemic after initial concerns that it might hurt the publishing business.