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B.C.'s active COVID-19 infections surpass 1,000 with more than half in the Interior

B.C.'s active COVID-19 infections surpass 1,000 with more than half in the Interior

VICTORIA — British Columbia has surpassed 1,000 active cases of COVID-19 as daily infections continue to rise, particularly in parts of the province's southern Interior.
Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the “American tragedy” of rising-yet-preventable deaths
Alberta's top doctor came up with plan to lift all COVID-19 orders: health minister

Alberta's top doctor came up with plan to lift all COVID-19 orders: health minister

CALGARY — Alberta's health minister says it was the idea of the province's chief medical health officer to end isolation requirements for those who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been in close contact with someone who has.
The Latest: WVirginia to study if some should get 3rd shot

The Latest: WVirginia to study if some should get 3rd shot

CHARLESTON, W.Va.
Florida virus cases soar, hospitals near last summer's peak

Florida virus cases soar, hospitals near last summer's peak

MIAMI (AP) — Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients continue to soar in Florida with at least two areas in the state surpassing the previous peaks of last summer's surge, prompting calls by local officials for the governor to declare an emergenc
Nunavut opens travel bubble with Nunavik as pandemic restrictions ease

Nunavut opens travel bubble with Nunavik as pandemic restrictions ease

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The government of Nunavut says residents of the territory and of Arctic Quebec can now travel freely between both regions as long as they've been in a community for at least 14 days.

Kentucky state officials refuse to enforce virus mask rule

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear defended his mask requirement for state workers Thursday, brushing off criticism by state GOP officials who announced that they would not enforce the mandate in their offices.
Quebec to open pop-up vaccine clinic at La Ronde amusement park to reach young people

Quebec to open pop-up vaccine clinic at La Ronde amusement park to reach young people

MONTREAL — Quebec reported 138 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, no more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, and the government announced it would open a pop-up vaccination clinic at an amusement park to reach young people.
New Brunswick to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions, but experts warn of relapse

New Brunswick to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions, but experts warn of relapse

HALIFAX — As New Brunswick prepares to drop all of its COVID-19 restrictions on Friday night, some infectious disease experts are warning the province should prepare for a surge in cases this fall because of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Israel to offer 3rd COVID booster shot to older citizens

Israel to offer 3rd COVID booster shot to older citizens

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister on Thursday announced that the country would offer a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who have already been vaccinated.