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Denmark ends most virus restrictions, as Sweden extends them

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s government said Wednesday it will scrap most pandemic restrictions next week, even as neighboring Sweden extended its own measures for another fortnight. ...

390,000 obtain Taiwan’s digital COVID pass during first morning

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A total of 390,000 people obtained a digital domestic COVID-19 pass during the first hours of availability, reports said Friday (Jan. 21). While a digital certificate f...

Taiwan's adult entertainment venues to require vaccination proof for entry on Jan. 21

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Jan. 20) announced that employees and customers of Taiwan's adult entertainment venues will be require...

Taiwan's domestic COVID pass to launch on Jan. 21

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Jan. 20) announced its domestic COVID pass, which will go live on Friday (Jan. 21). After launching a digital CO...

Taiwan to reveal domestic COVID pass rules Thursday

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is introducing the rules for a national COVID-19 pass on Thursday (Jan. 20), according to the country’s pandemic task force, with applications to open Friday ...

Thousands protest COVID curbs in Europe amid omicron surge

Thousands of people took part in demonstrations against coronavirus restrictions on Sunday in Belgium and the Czech Republic, while cities in Germany and Vienna saw renewed protests on Saturday. Week...

'Hoodwinked' before Christmas, EU nations seek to slow virus

THE HAGUE (AP) — Nations across Europe took new measures Friday in an attempt to keep a COVID-19 spike from spiraling out of control, hoping that action now will safeguard the joys of Christmas next m...

France opts for 3rd shots, not lockdown, to fight new wave

PARIS (AP) — France launched a plan Thursday to give COVID-19 booster shots to all adults, as it opted against a further lockdown or curfew to help combat a worrying uptick in infections in the countr...

EU warns differing virus measures put free travel at risk

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union warned member countries Thursday that they risk undermining the 27-nation bloc’s COVID-19 travel and access certificate system with new restrictions that some are pu...

COVID curbs spark protests worldwide

Thousands took to the streets across Europe and Australia on Saturday to protest fresh rounds of COVID restrictions. Several countries have recently reintroduced tighter measures in a bid to combat a...

Poll shows Swiss support for "COVID-19" law ahead of vote

GENEVA (AP) — A new poll suggests that Swiss voters will vote in an upcoming referendum in favor of a law that has unlocked large amounts of financial aid for businesses and workers affected by the CO...

Positive virus tests reach weekly high in the Netherlands

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands recorded its highest weekly number of positive coronavirus tests over the last seven days, and lawmakers discussed legislation as cases continued to soar ...

As virus surges in Eastern Europe, leaders slow to act

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — At the main hospital in Romania's capital, the morgue ran out of space for the dead in recent days, and doctors in Bulgaria have suspended routine surgeries so they can tend to...

Not out of the woods: COVID cases rising in Western Europe

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Santa won't be getting his traditional welcome in the Dutch city of Utrecht this year. The ceremonial head of Carnival celebrations in Germany's Cologne had to bow out be...

Denmark wants to reintroduce phased-out coronavirus pass

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark wants to again consider COVID-19 as “a socially critical disease,” paving the way for the reintroduction of a digital pass months after the label was removed and res...