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Yukon reports two Omicron cases, expands booster program to those aged 18 and over

WHITEHORSE — Yukon health officials say two cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been found in the territory as it expands its booster program to those aged 18 and over. Acting chief medical officer of health Dr.

Tenn medical board takes virus misinformation policy offline

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Work from home again: UK tightens rules amid omicron spread

Work from home again: UK tightens rules amid omicron spread

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced tighter restrictions Wednesday to stem the spread of the omicron variant, urging people in England to again work from home and mandating COVID-19 passes for entrance into nightclubs and lar
Ontario premier defends current approach amid calls for more rapid COVID test access

Ontario premier defends current approach amid calls for more rapid COVID test access

TORONTO — Ontario's premier defended the province's approach to COVID-19 testing on Wednesday as calls grew for expanded access to rapid tests ahead of the holiday season.

WHO: Omicron could spread faster but it's still not certain

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization says early evidence suggests the omicron variant may be spreading faster than the highly transmissible delta variant but brings with it less severe coronavirus disease -– though it’s too early to make firm
UK's Johnson apologizes, orders probe of staff lockdown fest

UK's Johnson apologizes, orders probe of staff lockdown fest

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday ordered an inquiry and said he was “furious” after a leaked video showed senior members of his staff joking about holding a lockdown-breaching Christmas party.
Man arrested for threatening N.L. health minister about mask mandate

Man arrested for threatening N.L. health minister about mask mandate

GANDER, N.L. — Police in Newfoundland and Labrador say they've arrested a 64-year-old man for threatening the provincial health minister at his home over pandemic mask rules. A news release today from RCMP in Gander, N.L.

Native corporations face deadline for federal relief funds

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native corporations face a year-end deadline to use federal coronavirus relief funds that the U.S. Supreme Court in late June ruled they were entitled to receive.
EXPLAINER: Must employers follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

EXPLAINER: Must employers follow Biden's vaccine mandates?

Tens of millions of workers across the U.S. are in limbo as federal courts have put President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates affecting private companies on hold.
Five cases of Omicron variant now detected in Quebec, 7 more under investigation

Five cases of Omicron variant now detected in Quebec, 7 more under investigation

MONTREAL — Quebec is reporting four additional cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant. The Health Department said in a post on Twitter today that the cases were detected among travellers and that seven more cases are under investigation.