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Israel confirms 7 cases of omicron, 27 others suspected

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s Health Ministry said Friday it has confirmed seven cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus, stoking fears of a pending surge in infections. Four of the confirmed ...

Australia records first Omicron community case, authorities hold nerve for now

Australia on Friday reported its first community transmission of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, but authorities held steady on a plan to reopen the economy amid hopes it would prove to be milder...

Taiwan reports 11 imported COVID cases, 29 days without local infections

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Friday (Dec. 3) reported 11 imported COVID-19 cases, while it has not reported a local infection since Nov. 4. CECC Spokes...

South Korea tightens social distancing to fight virus wave

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is tightening recently relaxed restrictions on social gatherings as it grapples with its worst wave of the virus since the start of the pandemic. ...

Live updates: Colorado confirms case of omicron variant

DENVER -- Colorado became the third U.S. state to detect a case of the omicron variant in a woman who had recently traveled to Africa, state health officials announced Thursday. The ...

South Africa accelerates vaccination campaign amid surge

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has accelerated its vaccination campaign by giving jabs at pop-up sites in shopping centers and transportation hubs to combat a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases a week...

Germany locks unvaccinated out of public life; mandate looms

BERLIN (AP) — Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament...

Taiwan reports 17 imported COVID cases, 28 days without local infections

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan confirmed 17 imported COVID-19 cases Thursday (Dec. 2), but also 28 days without local infections, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC). The m...

CUHK Business School Research Finds Rents in Asia-Pacific Fell Dramatically but Property Prices Stayed Strong During the Pandemic

HONG KONG SAR - Media OutReach - 2 December 2021 - Empty office buildings, hotel rooms and shopping malls – these are the facts of life in the post-pandemic new normal. They are also the results o...

South Africa’s new COVID cases double in 1 day amid omicron

South Africa’s new cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in a day, authorities reported Wednesday, signaling a dramatic surge in the country where scientists detected the omicron variant last week. ...

Live updates: Greek lawmakers OK vaccine mandate for elderly

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infec...

South Africa's new COVID cases double in 1 day amid omicron

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's new cases of COVID-19 nearly doubled in a day, authorities reported Wednesday, signaling a dramatic surge in the country where scientists detected the omicron varian...

Brazil confirms 3rd omicron case, considers new measures

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Health officials on Wednesday confirmed Brazil's third known case of the omicron coronavirus variant as officials examined possible new measures to contain the virus, such as req...

EU chief calls for debate on making COVID-19 jabs mandatory

BRUSSELS (AP) — The chief of the European Union's executive arm said Wednesday that EU nations should consider making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory because too many people still refuse to get shots ...

Taiwan reports 8 imported COVID cases, 27 days without local infection

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Wednesday (Dec. 1) reported eight imported COVID-19 cases, while it has not reported a local infection since Nov. 4. CECC ...