Canada storms: Nearly a million homes lose power in high winds

Nearly 900,000 homes in southern Canada were left without power on Saturday after a severe storm hit the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Four people were killed by falling trees and a woman died when a boat capsized in the Ottawa River. Wind gusts reached 82 mph (132km/h) during the storm, according to Environment Canada. […]

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Monkeypox: Israel, Switzerland and Austria confirm cases

Israel, Switzerland and Austria are the latest countries to confirm cases of monkeypox, bringing the total number of nations reporting outbreaks to 15. Israel and Switzerland both said they identified one infected person who had recently travelled abroad. Israel is investigating other suspected cases. Monkeypox does not tend to spread easily between people and the […]

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Omicron COVID cases could double in NYC

As the COVID-19 pandemic has swept the globe, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including over 795,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering. Just 60.6% of the population in the United States is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data […]

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India begins world’s biggest drive

A sanitation worker became the first Indian to receive a Covid vaccine as the country began the world’s largest inoculation drive. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the programme, which aims to vaccinate more than 1.3 billion people against Covid. He paid tribute to front-line workers who will be the first to receive jabs. India has […]

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Three vaccine doses key for tackling Omicron

Two doses of a Covid vaccine are not enough to stop you catching the Omicron variant, UK scientists have warned. Early analysis of UK Omicron and Delta cases showed the vaccines were less effective at stopping the new variant. But a third booster prevents around 75% of people getting any Covid symptom. Meanwhile, Levelling Up […]

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Europe region faces 700,000 more deaths by March – WHO

A further 700,000 people could die of Covid by March in Europe and parts of Asia, the World Health Organization has warned. The death toll already exceeds 1.5 million in the 53 countries of what the WHO terms as its Europe region. The WHO warned of “high or extreme stress” in intensive care units in […]

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Covid-19: Canada approves Pfizer’s vaccine for children, shipments to start immediately

Canada on Friday authorized the use of Pfizer Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 5 to 11, paving the way for the inoculation of elementary school-age children across the country. The shot is the first to be made available for young children in Canada. Officials had made clear for weeks that the decision would be […]

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Afghanistan: Danger lies on Kabul’s airport road to freedom

As thousands of citizens and foreign nationals attempt to flee Afghanistan, scenes outside Kabul airport have become increasingly desperate. Since the Taliban took control of the country at the weekend and closed land border crossings, the capital’s airport has become the only way out of the country for many. But the militants have said they […]

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Canada border crossing requirements: Travelers will need to be fully vaccinated

American travelers wanting to visit Canada by land, air or water must complete a COVID-19 vaccination at least 14 days before entry. The government of Canada accepts the Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccines. Cruises are not permitted to enter Canadian waters, but the country’s ban on cruise ships with more than 100 […]

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