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More Ontario schools reopen for in-person learning after snowstorm

More Ontario schools reopen for in-person learning after snowstorm

More schools across Ontario are set to reopen for in-person classes today. Boards in some parts of the province including Windsor and Thunder Bay saw schools open on Monday after a two-week period of remote learning.

Russia to shorten COVID-19 isolation period to 7 days

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities said Tuesday that the government is shortening the required isolation period for people infected with the coronavirus from 14 to seven days.

Vatican No. 2 and deputy both positive for COVID

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican secretary of state and his deputy have both tested positive for the coronavirus , Vatican officials said Tuesday. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who serves as the Vatican's secretary of state and the pope's No.
Poland expects highest infection rate so far in new wave

Poland expects highest infection rate so far in new wave

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's health officials say that the country has entered a new, fifth wave, in the coronavirus pandemic, predicting that it it will peak in mid-February at about 60,000 new infections per day or even more.
Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

Hong Kong to kill 2,000 animals after hamsters get COVID-19

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities said Tuesday that they will kill about 2,000 small animals, including hamsters, after several tested positive for the coronavirus at a pet store where an employee was also infected.
China cites coronavirus on packaging, despite doubts abroad

China cites coronavirus on packaging, despite doubts abroad

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say parcels mailed from overseas may have spread the omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing and elsewhere, despite doubts among overseas health experts that the virus can be transmitted via packaging.
Experts stress Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 treatment not a replacement for vaccines

Experts stress Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 treatment not a replacement for vaccines

There's hope that Health Canada's approval of Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 treatment will help ease the strain on the country's health-care system, as hospitalizations continue their steady climb.
B.C. nurses, doctors exhausted as next COVID-19 peak comes this week: spokespeople

B.C. nurses, doctors exhausted as next COVID-19 peak comes this week: spokespeople

VANCOUVER — While the most challenging days of COVID-19 are predicted to be ahead for British Columbia’s health-care system, representatives for doctors and nurses say their members are on the verge of a possible collapse. Doctors of BC president Dr.

Abu Dhabi requires booster shots to enter the emirate

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Facing a nationwide surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the spread of the highly transmissible omicron variant, Abu Dhabi is requiring people entering the city to show proof of booster shots.
Japan ready to expand virus restrictions as infections surge

Japan ready to expand virus restrictions as infections surge

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government is preparing social restrictions in Tokyo and other regions as the omicron variant of the coronavirus infects more people.