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France bars unvaccinated from restaurants, sports venues

France bars unvaccinated from restaurants, sports venues

People who aren't vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer allowed in France’s restaurants, bars, tourist sites and sports venues unless they recently recovered from the virus.

Ontario to start sharing data about school absences amid Omicron

TORONTO — Ontario is set to start sharing data about school absences today, a week after in-person learning resumed without public reporting of classroom COVID-19 exposures.

Proof of vaccination now required to access more Quebec retail stores

MONTREAL — Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 is now required to access big-box and other large-scale retail stores across Quebec.
China tests 2M in Beijing, lifts COVID lockdown in Xi’an

China tests 2M in Beijing, lifts COVID lockdown in Xi’an

BEIJING (AP) — A fresh outbreak in Beijing has prompted authorities to test millions and impose new measures two weeks ahead of the opening of the Winter Olympics, even as Chinese officials on Monday lifted a monthlong lockdown on the northern city o
Pakistan launches anti-polio drive as COVID-19 cases rise

Pakistan launches anti-polio drive as COVID-19 cases rise

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani authorities on Monday launched this year's first nationwide anti-polio campaign even as coronavirus infections surge. About 150,000 health workers are taking part in the five-day, anti-polio drive to inoculate 22.

German leaders confer on COVID as omicron infections soar

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany's 16 state governors will confer Monday to chart the country's way forward in the coronavirus pandemic, and are expected to prioritize the use of PCR tests for those most at risk as the omicron variant

S. Korea to expand testing, shorten quarantine for omicron

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will expand rapid testing and shorten quarantines as it reshapes its pandemic response to deal with a faster-than-expected surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant.
COVID-19: Quebec reopens stores on Sundays, Ontario logs fewer hospitalizations

COVID-19: Quebec reopens stores on Sundays, Ontario logs fewer hospitalizations

MONTREAL — Sunday shoppers streamed back into Quebec stores for the first time in three weeks as a measure meant to curb soaring COVID-19-related hospitalization rates in the province came to an end amid declining patient numbers.

Ontario Hockey League postpones two regular-season games from its Sunday schedule

TORONTO — The Ontario Hockey League postponed two games from its Sunday schedule.. The Windsor Spitfires-Kitchener Rangers game was postponed due to COVID--19 protocols affecting the Spitfires.
Vancouver Canucks add goalie Spencer Martin, two assistant coaches to COVID protocol

Vancouver Canucks add goalie Spencer Martin, two assistant coaches to COVID protocol

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Canucks are down two more goalies due to COVID-19.