COVID-19

Australia Eases More COVID-19 Restrictions

Australia has had some of the world’s strictest disease-control measures. Some of those last remaining COVID-19 restrictions now are being eased. At the height of the pandemic, millions of people were forced into protracted lockdowns, masks were mandatory and many front-line workers, including medical staff and teachers, were told be …

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US Advisers Endorse Updated COVID Shots for Fall Boosters

U.S. health advisers on Thursday endorsed new COVID-19 boosters that target today’s most common omicron strains, saying if enough people roll up their sleeves, the updated shots could blunt a winter surge.  The tweaked shots made by Pfizer and Moderna promise Americans a chance at their most up-to-date protection at …

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China Locks Down 21 Million People in Chengdu After COVID Outbreak

Officials in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu have announced a lockdown of its 21.2 million residents and four days of citywide testing following an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. In a statement, Chengdu city officials said city residents must “stay home in principle” from 6 p.m. Thursday, while non-essential employees …

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Taiwan Pilots, Cabin Crews Bemoan Stringent COVID Restrictions 

The flight crews at one of Taiwan’s main airline carriers have voiced frustration about continued COVID-19 policies that require them to adhere to some of the strictest quarantine and testing requirements in the world.  The policies remain in place even as other parts of the world loosen pandemic restrictions and …

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US Clears Updated COVID Boosters Targeting Newest Variants

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized its first update to COVID-19 vaccines, booster doses that target today’s most common omicron strain. Shots could begin within days.  The move by the Food and Drug Administration tweaks the recipe of shots made by Pfizer and rival Moderna that already have saved millions of …

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Notting Hill Carnival Returns to London Streets After Hiatus 

The annual Notting Hill Carnival has returned to the streets of London for the first time since 2019, with more than 1 million people expected to take in the music, spectacular parades, dancing and food offerings at Europe’s largest street party on Sunday and Monday. The carnival, which celebrates Caribbean …

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US Suspends China Flights Over COVID-19 Regulations

The U.S. announced late Thursday it is suspending 26 China-bound flights from the United States by four Chinese carriers after the Chinese government suspended some U.S. flights because of COVID-19 restrictions. In a statement, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) said the suspensions from September 5 to 28 will affect …

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