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University students struggling with impact of online classes as pandemic wears on

University students struggling with impact of online classes as pandemic wears on

TORONTO — Breanna Reid-Clarke has attended all her university classes over the last two years from her bedroom and it's taking a toll.
Pfizer opens study of COVID shots updated to match omicron

Pfizer opens study of COVID shots updated to match omicron

Pfizer has begun a study comparing its original COVID-19 vaccine with doses specially tweaked to match the hugely contagious omicron variant . Pfizer and its partner BioNTech announced the study on Tuesday.
Ahead of Olympics, abrupt lockdowns loom over Beijing life

Ahead of Olympics, abrupt lockdowns loom over Beijing life

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing residents are coping with abrupt local lockdowns and sweeping COVID-19 testing requirements as the Chinese capital seeks to prevent a coronavirus outbreak ahead of the Winter Olympics that opens in less than two weeks.
Czech virus hospitalizations rise amid record omicron surge

Czech virus hospitalizations rise amid record omicron surge

PRAGUE (AP) — The number of COVID-19 patients in the Czech Republic has begun to grow amid a record surge of infections driven by the highly contagious omicron coronavirus variant.

Cyprus court upholds vaccination certificate requirements

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A Cypriot District court rejected a petition by 64 people to strike down as unconstitutional government regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccination certificates to enter indoor and outdoor venues, the Attorney-General's office s

Abu Dhabi says vaccinated tourists need no boosters to enter

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have published new information about the capital's entry requirements, saying that unlike residents and citizens, vaccinated tourists do not need to show proof of a booster sh
Tories gain support but O'Toole lags Trudeau, Singh as best choice for PM: Poll

Tories gain support but O'Toole lags Trudeau, Singh as best choice for PM: Poll

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests the Conservatives are back within striking distance of the Liberals after a slump in support late last year amid internal grumbling about the party's election loss. The Leger poll, conducted Jan.

Israeli expert panel advises 4th vaccine dose for adults

JERUSALEM (AP) — An expert panel on Tuesday advised the Israeli government to begin offering a fourth vaccine dose to everyone over the age of 18, citing research showing it helps prevent COVID-19 infection and severe illness.
S. Korea sets high of 8,000 new virus cases ahead of holiday

S. Korea sets high of 8,000 new virus cases ahead of holiday

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea recorded more than 8,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time Tuesday as health authorities reshape the country's pandemic response to address a surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.

Hong Kong virus cluster in housing prompts partial lockdown

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong expanded a partial lockdown and tightened pandemic restrictions Tuesday after more than 200 cases of COVID-19 were discovered at a public housing estate.