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Quebec restaurant and bar owners mull reopening in defiance of health orders

Quebec restaurant and bar owners mull reopening in defiance of health orders

MONTREAL — Hundreds of Quebec restaurant and bar owners are considering opening their doors at the end of January in defiance of government health orders, the head of a group representing bar owners said Friday.

Bulgaria limits classes, events to curb latest virus surge

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Health authorities stepped up anti-infection measures in Bulgaria's capital, Sofia, and other major cities in response to a surge in new coronavirus cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.

NEC, Horizon still having forfeits because of COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — Linda Cimino hasn't lost a Northeast Conference game on the court this season at St. Francis, N.Y.

Italian doctors, dentists not fully vaccinated are suspended

ROME (AP) — Some 1,900 Italian doctors and dentists have been suspended from the country's professional association because they haven’t complied with a law requiring them to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including having a booster shot.
Public Health Agency of Canada involved in 'error' on trucker vaccine rules: sources

Public Health Agency of Canada involved in 'error' on trucker vaccine rules: sources

OTTAWA — Turmoil and confusion over whether truckers would remain exempt from the vaccine mandate last week stemmed from bureaucrats misinterpreting policy in more than one federal agency — including the one that co-ordinates Canada's response to the
Mental health visits by doctors up 27 per cent in first year of COVID-19, study says

Mental health visits by doctors up 27 per cent in first year of COVID-19, study says

The annual rate of outpatient mental health and substance use visits by Ontario doctors increased 27 per cent in the first year of the COVID-19 crisis, a new study suggests, raising concerns about the pandemic's psychological toll across the medical

Omicron surge is undermining care for other health problems

Roger Strukhoff was being treated for intestinal bleeding at a hospital outside Chicago this month when he suffered a mild heart attack. Normally, the 67-year-old would have been sent to the intensive care unit.
Russia hits all-time high of new infections, blames omicron

Russia hits all-time high of new infections, blames omicron

MOSCOW (AP) — Daily new coronavirus infections in Russia reached an all-time high Friday and authorities blamed the highly contagious omicron variant, which they expect to soon dominate the country's outbreak.

WHO: COVID boosters should start with most vulnerable

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says that coronavirus vaccine boosters should now now be offered to people, starting with the most vulnerable, in a move away from its previous insistence that boosters were unnecessary for healthy adults a
Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

TOKYO (AP) — Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as the country widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant, which has caused cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan are