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Students protest, discontent grows over China's COVID policy

Students protest, discontent grows over China's COVID policy

BEIJING (AP) — Administrators at an elite Beijing university have backed down from plans to further tighten pandemic restrictions on students as part of China’s “zero-COVID” strategy after a weekend protest at the school, according to students Tuesda
Indonesia lifts outdoor mask mandate as COVID-19 wanes

Indonesia lifts outdoor mask mandate as COVID-19 wanes

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia is lifting its outdoor mask mandate because its COVID-19 outbreak is increasing under control, President Joko Widodo said Tuesday.
Biden offering additional 8 free COVID-19 tests to public

Biden offering additional 8 free COVID-19 tests to public

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government website for people to request free COVID-19 at-home tests from the U.S. government is now accepting a third round of orders. The White House announced Tuesday that U.S.
Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

Japan to allow limited foreign package tours as experiment

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s government announced Tuesday it will begin allowing small package tours from four countries later this month before gradually opening up to foreign tourism for the first time since it imposed tight border restrictions due to the
North Korea reports another fever surge amid COVID-19 crisis

North Korea reports another fever surge amid COVID-19 crisis

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday reported another large jump in illnesses believed to be COVID-19 and encouraged good health habits, as a mass outbreak spreads through its unvaccinated population and military officers were deployed to
NAC revives pandemic-stalled shows for mix of new and old gems to lure back audiences

NAC revives pandemic-stalled shows for mix of new and old gems to lure back audiences

Following two seasons scuttled by the pandemic, the National Arts Centre is inviting audiences back to its stages with a mix of new and revived shows.
New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole town celebrated in 2020 when, early in the coronavirus pandemic, Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened, offering state-of-the-art medicine that was previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part of Alabama.
Coroner says Quebec Health Department chose to ignore COVID-19 risk in long-term care

Coroner says Quebec Health Department chose to ignore COVID-19 risk in long-term care

MONTREAL — Quebec's decision to focus on protecting hospitals, coupled with the chronic dysfunction in the long-term care system, contributed to many long-term care deaths at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the province's coroner said Monday.
US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

US deaths from COVID hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.

Mask up in indoor public settings, NYC health chief urges

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City health officials issued an advisory Monday urging New Yorkers to wear masks in all indoor public settings as the city approaches “high risk” COVID-19 alert status.