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White House lifting its COVID-19 testing rule for people around Biden, ending a pandemic vestige

White House lifting its COVID-19 testing rule for people around Biden, ending a pandemic vestige

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Monday lifted its COVID-19 testing requirement for those who plan to be in close contact with President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their spouses, bringing to an end the last coronavirus prevention
The CDC has relaxed COVID guidelines. Will schools and day cares follow suit?

The CDC has relaxed COVID guidelines. Will schools and day cares follow suit?

BOSTON (AP) — Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools and upended child care, the CDC says parents can start treating the virus like other respiratory illnesses . Gone are mandated isolation periods and masking.
COVID-19 no longer means five days in isolation, CDC says

COVID-19 no longer means five days in isolation, CDC says

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans who test positive for COVID-19 no longer need to stay in isolation for five days, U.S. health officials announced Friday.
Older US adults should get another COVID-19 shot, health officials recommend

Older US adults should get another COVID-19 shot, health officials recommend

NEW YORK (AP) — Older U.S. adults should roll up their sleeves for another COVID-19 shot, even if they got a booster in the fall, U.S. health officials said Wednesday.
Child poverty rate rises in B.C. after pandemic cash lost, report says

Child poverty rate rises in B.C. after pandemic cash lost, report says

VANCOUVER — A report says more than 126,000 children in British Columbia lived in poverty in 2021 despite decades of policy changes, with some of the worst situations in single-parent families and on First Nation reserves.
A swift rebound and unprecedented tickets sales for live music after pandemic shut venues down

A swift rebound and unprecedented tickets sales for live music after pandemic shut venues down

Powered by big stadium tours from artists like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, ticket sales are booming and it appears likely that live acts will continue to draw massive crowds this year after the pandemic closed down concert venues globally for close to
Nova Scotia Health drops proof of COVID-19 vaccination for its employees

Nova Scotia Health drops proof of COVID-19 vaccination for its employees

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s health authority says it is lifting a requirement for its employees and on-site hospital staff to submit proof of COVID-19 immunization, beginning Monday.
Alaska's chief medical officer, a public face of the state's pandemic response, is resigning

Alaska's chief medical officer, a public face of the state's pandemic response, is resigning

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dr. Anne Zink, who was a public face of Alaska's pandemic response, is resigning as the state's chief medical officer.
Dubai International Airport had 86.9 million passengers last year in a post-pandemic surge

Dubai International Airport had 86.9 million passengers last year in a post-pandemic surge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The number of passengers flying through Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, surged last year beyond its total for 2019 — just before the coronavirus pandemic grounded global av
Air Canada sees profit rise as pandemic recovery continues, despite cost concerns

Air Canada sees profit rise as pandemic recovery continues, despite cost concerns

MONTREAL — Air Canada continued its post-pandemic recovery last quarter, earning roughly 10 per cent higher profits year-over-year while straining to keep a lid on costincreases that have plagued the industry.