Anti-lockdown protesters march through Dutch city of Utrecht

Thousands of people have marched peacefully through the Dutch city of Utrecht to protest the government’s coronavirus lockdown measures By ALEKSANDAR FURTULA Associated Press December 4, 2021, 8:31 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article UTRECHT, Netherlands — Thousands of people marched peacefully through the Dutch city of Utrecht on … Read more

China’s communists bash US democracy before Biden summit

China’s Communist Party has taken American democracy to task, sharply criticizing a global democracy summit being hosted by President Joe Biden next week and extolling the virtues of its governing system By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press December 4, 2021, 1:35 PM • 4 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BEIJING — China’s … Read more

Local infectious disease doctor: Omicron variant seems like weaker cousin to Delta

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — As of now, there’s a lot of uncertainly surrounding the latest COVID-19 variant named omicron. But infectious disease specialist Dr. Luther Rhodes of the Lehigh Valley Health Network says a new variant was bound to happen. “I don’t know how many letters there are in the Greek alphabet, but there will be … Read more

US jobless claims rise by 28,000, but still low at 222,000

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week even though the U.S. job market has been rebounding from last year’s coronavirus recession By PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer December 2, 2021, 6:30 PM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for … Read more

CDC confirms first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and health authorities in California confirmed the first case of COVID-19 linked to the newly discovered variant Omicron in the U.S. on Wednesday, saying an individual who had recently returned from South Africa tested positive for the strain. The traveler was fully vaccinated and is experiencing “mild symptoms that are … Read more

US stocks start higher, regaining footing after slump Friday

BEIJING — Stocks are opening with broad gains on Wall Street Monday as markets regain their footing following a big stumble on Friday on worries about the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus. Signs of fear in the market also ebbed as traders regained their appetite for riskier assets. The S&P 500 rose … Read more

Hochul Directs Booster Access at All NY Nursing Homes After State of Emergency Order

Nursing homes and adult care facilities in New York must provide access to COVID-19 booster shots to all residents, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced. The directive came down Sunday, two days after the governor declared a state of emergency ahead of potential COVID-19 spikes this winter due to the already-circulating Delta and newly-identified Omicron variants of coronavirus. … Read more

South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron

JOHANNESBURG — As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country. In the space of two weeks, the omicron variant has sent South Africa from a period … Read more

WTO delays key meeting amid COVID variant concerns

The World Trade Organization is postponing its conference set to open Tuesday after Switzerland initiated new travel restrictions following the emergence of a worrying new coronavirus variant, officials said By JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press November 27, 2021, 12:35 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article GENEVA — The World Trade … Read more

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Federal health regulators say an experimental COVID-19 pill from Merck is effective against the virus, but they will seek input from outside experts on risks of birth defects and other potential problems during pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration posted its analysis of the pill ahead of a public meeting next week where academic and … Read more