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Newfoundland and Labrador to end requirement for some workers to get COVID-19 vaccine

Newfoundland and Labrador to end requirement for some workers to get COVID-19 vaccine

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — As of June 1, Newfoundland and Labrador will no longer require that certain public and private sector employees be vaccinated against COVID-19.
US Census Bureau: Big city losses early in COVID pandemic

US Census Bureau: Big city losses early in COVID pandemic

Ko Im always thought she would live in New York forever. She knew every corner of Manhattan and had worked hard to build a community of friends. Living in a small apartment, she found her attitude shifting early in the coronavirus pandemic.
Dominant coronavirus mutant contains ghost of pandemic past

Dominant coronavirus mutant contains ghost of pandemic past

The coronavirus mutant that is now dominant in the United States is a member of the omicron family but scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and might possibly cause more serious disease.
Vancouver Island fight promoter Jason Heit set for first post-pandemic boxing show

Vancouver Island fight promoter Jason Heit set for first post-pandemic boxing show

There's not much Jason Heit hasn't done in combat sports. As a fighter, Heit competed in boxing, kickboxing and MMA.
WHO: COVID-19 cases mostly drop, except for the Americas

WHO: COVID-19 cases mostly drop, except for the Americas

LONDON (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases and deaths are still falling globally after peaking in January, the World Health Organization said. In its latest weekly assessment of the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said there were more than 3.
Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now, the prime minister said Thursday.
US making COVID antiviral drug more available at test sites

US making COVID antiviral drug more available at test sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday announced more steps to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the U.S. as it projects COVID-19 infections will continue to spread over the summer travel season.
2021 French Open champ Krejcikova says she has COVID-19

2021 French Open champ Krejcikova says she has COVID-19

PARIS (AP) — Barbora Krejcikova, last year’s French Open champion in singles and doubles, says she has tested positive for COVID-19 and will withdraw from the tournament.
COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

COVID-19, shootings: Is mass death now tolerated in America?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As the nation marked 1 million deaths from COVID-19 last week, the milestone was bookended by mass shootings that killed people simply living their lives: grocery shopping, going to church, or attending the fourth grade.
TransLink says ridership recovery outpacing other North American systems

TransLink says ridership recovery outpacing other North American systems

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Metro Vancouver's transportation authority says its recovery of ridership that plummeted during the pandemic has been stronger than many other North American transit networks, but still hasn't rebounded entirely.