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Kentucky congressman against mandates says he has COVID-19

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky congressman who has been critical of pandemic mask and vaccine mandates said he has tested positive for COVID-19. Rep.
French premier says vaccine pass to go into effect Monday

French premier says vaccine pass to go into effect Monday

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Jean Castex says a new COVID-19 pass will go into effect Monday, severely restricting the public lives of those who refuse to get inoculated by banning them from domestic flights, restaurants, sports events and othe
Omicron wave of COVID-19 could be flattening on First Nations, says top doctor

Omicron wave of COVID-19 could be flattening on First Nations, says top doctor

OTTAWA — The top doctor for Indigenous Services Canada says he's cautiously optimistic the Omicron-driven wave of the pandemic may be flattening across First Nations. Dr.
Quebec anti-corruption police investigating fake COVID-19 vaccine passports

Quebec anti-corruption police investigating fake COVID-19 vaccine passports

MONTREAL — Quebec's anti-corruption unit says it is carrying out a "large-scale" investigation into cases of alleged fraud related to the production and sale of false COVID-19 vaccine passports.
N.B. doctor accused of breaking COVID-19 rules sues province, RCMP and Facebook

N.B. doctor accused of breaking COVID-19 rules sues province, RCMP and Facebook

FREDERICTON — A doctor who says he faced a barrage of hate and racism after being accused of breaking COVID-19 rules in New Brunswick in 2020 is suing the provincial government, the RCMP and Facebook's owner, Meta.
Ontario to start reopening businesses, boost gathering sizes

Ontario to start reopening businesses, boost gathering sizes

TORONTO — Ontario will soon begin easing COVID-19 restrictions, starting by reopening businesses such as restaurants, gyms and cinemas with capacity limits and boosting the size of social gatherings – all with an eye to lifting nearly all constraints
After 2-year hiatus caused by COVID-19, Jazz Fest returns

After 2-year hiatus caused by COVID-19, Jazz Fest returns

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — After a two-year hiatus brought on by the coronavirus pandemic , the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival returns this spring with headliners The Who, Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, Lionel Richie, Erykah Badu, Ludacris, Nelly and
Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus

Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: Accepting the virus

MADRID (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic was first declared, Spaniards were ordered to stay home for more than three months. For weeks, they were not allowed outside even for exercise .
Saskatchewan's six largest unions call for more COVID-19 safety measures

Saskatchewan's six largest unions call for more COVID-19 safety measures

REGINA — Leaked government modelling indicates that Saskatchewan's COVID-19 hospitalizations will reach record levels by mid-February if people don't reduce gathering sizes.

Nova Scotia reports three more COVID-19 deaths, 269 patients in hospital

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is reporting three more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus.