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COVID-19 has been a lesson in Greek letters, one variant at a time

COVID-19 has been a lesson in Greek letters, one variant at a time

VANCOUVER — The Greek alphabet arrived on the global stage and into everyday lexicon riding on waves of the novel coronavirus as the World Health Organization began naming variants in the Glagolitic script.
COVID-19 makes Biden's 1st White House Christmas less merry

COVID-19 makes Biden's 1st White House Christmas less merry

WASHINGTON (AP) — So long eggnog, shrimp cocktail and pet-shaped sugar cookies. It's been a less merry holiday scene at the White House this year under COVID-19's shadow.

Daily COVID cases in Australia's New South Wales top 6,000

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's most populous state recorded more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time Saturday, adding a somber note to Christmas celebrations.

US Navy warship sidelined with COVID-19 outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Navy warship has paused its deployment to South America because of a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy said Friday.
B.C. health officer asks residents to change holiday plans if feeling unwell

B.C. health officer asks residents to change holiday plans if feeling unwell

VICTORIA — British Columbia has hit its COVID-19 testing capacity as the provincial health officer asked residents Friday to not get tested unless they have symptoms. Dr.
Live updates: Tulane delays spring start over virus surge

Live updates: Tulane delays spring start over virus surge

NEW ORLEANS — Tulane University in New Orleans is delaying the start of its spring semester because of the latest surge in coronavirus cases, and another private school says students must get booster shots before returning.
Harris tests negative for coronavirus after close contact

Harris tests negative for coronavirus after close contact

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative Friday for the coronavirus following her close contact earlier this week with an aide who later tested positive, her office said.
COVID puts a damper on Christmas Eve again around the world

COVID puts a damper on Christmas Eve again around the world

BETHLEHEM, Palestinian Territory — From Bethlehem and Frankfurt to London and Boston, the surging coronavirus put a damper on Christmas Eve for a second year, forcing churches to cancel or scale back services and disrupting travel plans and family ga

Yukon reports seven new COVID-19 cases with 49 active infections

WHITEHORSE — Yukon has reported seven new cases of COVID-19 for a total of 49 active infections. Close to 1,700 cases have been diagnosed in the territory since the pandemic began, including 14 people whose deaths were linked to the illness.
Spanish king's annual speech warns against virus complacency

Spanish king's annual speech warns against virus complacency

MADRID (AP) — Citizens should remain cautious as the coronavirus can still inflict widespread damage, Spain's King Felipe VI said during an annual speech — as infections in the country climbed to a yet another record Friday.