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South Africa should step up COVID-19 vaccinations, President Ramaphosa says

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa should step up COVID-19 vaccinations, President Cyril Ramaphosa said, urging members of his governing African National Congress (ANC) party to fight vaccine hesitancy in communities.Nearly 40 per cent of South Africa’s adult …

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Omicron Explosion Spurs Nationwide Breakdown of Services in US

Ambulances in Kansas speed toward hospitals then suddenly change direction because hospitals are full. Employee shortages in New York City cause delays in trash and subway services and diminish the ranks of firefighters and emergency workers. Airport o…

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Omicron Is Milder Than Delta But Nothing to Sneeze At

Omicron may not cause as much lung damage as the delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, according to new lab studies.That, plus vaccination, may help explain why patients with omicron are not being hospitalized or dying as often as patients infected with…

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Cameroon Says Africa Soccer Fever Pushing Thousands to Get COVID Jabs

YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — Authorities in Cameroon say thousands of people have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine so they can attend the continent’s top soccer tournament, the Africa Football Cup of Nations, or AFCON, which begins January 9. Organizers are putting …

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Covid-19: Mozambican president, first lady test positive

MAPUTO, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and his wife Isaura Nyusi have tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential office announced in a statement.They president and first lady, both asymptomatic, got a positive result from a routine test on Monda…

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COVID Outbreak Ends Cruise for Thousands on German Ship in Lisbon

LISBON — The German operator of a cruise ship that has been stuck in Lisbon’s port due to an outbreak of the coronavirus among its crew pulled the plug on the voyage on Sunday after some passengers tested positive, port authorities said.The AIDAnova, w…

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Israel to Offer 4th COVID Vaccine Shot to People Over 60, Medics

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Sunday that Israel would offer a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to people over 60 and to medical staff as it faces a surge in omicron variant infections.Israel last week approved a fourth dose of the …

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South Africa Lifts Curfew, Says COVID-19 Fourth Wave Peaked

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — South Africa has lifted a midnight-to-4 a.m. curfew on people’s movement, effective immediately, saying the country has passed the peak of its fourth COVID-19 wave driven by the omicron variant, a government statement said Thu…

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Low Vaccination Rates a Concern Amid African COVID Surge

Low vaccination rates are of mounting concern amid a new wave of COVID-19 infections in Africa, where nearly 227,000 deaths have been reported, according to the Africa CDC’s COVID-19 dashboard. Only 20 African countries had vaccinated at least 10% of t…

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CDC Recommends Shorter COVID-19 Isolation, Quarantine for All

NEW YORK — U.S. health officials on Monday cut isolation restrictions for Americans who catch the coronavirus from 10 to five days, and similarly shortened the time that close contacts need to quarantine.The guidance is in keeping with growing evidence…