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Omicron and delta spell return of unpopular restrictions

PARIS (AP) — Greeks who are over age 60 and refuse coronavirus vaccinations could be hit with monthly fines of more than one-quarter of their pensions — a get-tough policy that the country's politicia...

Mexico president reaches midterm with high approval rating

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held a massive rally in Mexico City Wednesday to mark the midway point in his six-year term with polls showing that about two-thirds of...

Mexico to reverse course, give COVID-19 booster shots

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials have reversed their previous position against giving coronavirus booster shots and said Tuesday they are studying a plan to administer third doses to people over 6...

All Czech students to be tested to curb surge in virus cases

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government is requiring children to get tested for COVID-19 as part of efforts to curtail a recent steep rise in cases. All elementary and high schools are re...

Northeastern Chinese port city battles growing COVID-19 cluster

A growing COVID-19 cluster in China's Dalian has spurred the northeastern port city to limit outbound travel, cut offline school classes and close a few cultural venues after being told by nationa...

As many try living with virus, China keeps up zero tolerance

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Wang Lijie planned to spend three days in the Gobi Desert last month to take in the area’s famous poplar forest as its trees turned a golden yellow. Instead, the B...

How long will China persist with its 'zero-COVID' strategy?

China is one of the last countries in the world to continue with a strict "zero-COVID" policy, which sometimes entails locking down entire cities if a single case is detected. Even as such ...

As many try living with virus, China keeps up zero tolerance

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Wang Lijie planned to spend three days in the Gobi Desert last month to take in the area's famous poplar forest as its trees turned a golden yellow. Instead, th...

Taiwan lawmaker 'very worried' about COVID cases coming from China over LNY

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Taiwanese lawmaker on Wednesday (Nov. 3) expressed concerns that the loosened quarantine protocol for Lunar New Year should be reconsidered for Taiwanese returning from ...

Shanghai Disneyland tests 33K, closes 2 days over 1 contact

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Fireworks boomed as visitors at Shanghai Disneyland waited for COVID-19 test results, surrounded by health care workers dressed from head to toe in white protective suits. ...

China's Inner Mongolia quarantines tourists over virus fears

BEIJING (AP) — More than 2,000 tourists visiting China’s Inner Mongolia region have been sent to hotels to undergo two weeks of quarantine following the detection of new cases of COVID-19 in the area....

China warns against 'manipulation' of WHO virus probe

BEIJING (AP) — China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned against what it called possible “political manipulation” of a renewed probe by the World Health Organization into the origins of the coronavi...

China kills 3 housecats that tested positive for COVID-19

BEIJING (AP) — A city in northern China has killed three housecats after they tested positive for COVID-19, according to a local media report Wednesday, as the country takes increasingly strict measur...

The Latest: Chinese city shuts down over new outbreak worry

BEIJING — Officials in the northeast China city of Harbin say national level health officials have been sent to the city to deal with what may be a coronavirus outbreak. The city of...

Latest: US to spend $2.1B to improve infection control

WASHINGTON — The federal government is spending $2.1 billion to improve infection control procedures in health care settings, aimed at preventing the transmission of diseases inside hospitals, dialysi...