Remote island nation in Pacific under lockdown for first time

Parts of a remote Pacific island nation are going under a COVID-19 lockdown for the first time during the pandemic. Kiribati’s government announced new coronavirus restrictions on Facebook Friday and a 24-hour lockdown that would go into effect over fears the coronavirus would spread after dozens of passengers on an international flight to the country … Read more

Pacific Islands’ zero-Covid strategies unsustainable, professor says

People wearing face masks at a supermarket in Suva, Fiji, April 23, 2021. Xinhua Press Agency | Getty Images Countries around the world have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases since the emergence of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, with new infections rising 20% ​​globally in the past week. On the Pacific islands, however, it … Read more

Canadian restaurant forced to partially close after accepting dog photos as vaccination proof

A Canadian restaurant was ordered to close its indoor operations shortly after it was discovered it was accepting dog photos as proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Alberta, where The Granary Kitchen requires restaurants to obtain a vaccination certificate, a negative COVID-19 test or a medical waiver from the vaccine from all customers. Alberta Health Services sent … Read more

France to loosen COVID-19 restrictions in February

France announced on Thursday that it would introduce new COVID-19 restrictions in the country, while easing other restrictions from February. French officials said access to public places such as museums, bars and restaurants would not be allowed for most people who do not show a recent recovery from COVID-19 or evidence of vaccination as of … Read more

Lincoln Grand Cinema to require moviegoers be vaccinated at some showings | Movies

Viral epidemic-Viral issues-Animals Yes, pets and other animals can contract the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, but health officials say the risk of them passing it to humans is low. Dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, otters, hyenas and white-tailed deer are among the animals that have tested positive, in most cases after contracting it from infected people. … Read more

Regina Pizzeria worker in Boston’s North End assaulted by man refusing to wear mask

A worker at Regina Pizzeria in Boston’s North End was assaulted Sunday by a man who then fled the area, police said. Officers were called shortly after 9 pm to the restaurant at 11 Thatcher St. for a report of an assault. a man tried to enter the restaurant without a mask. When the worker … Read more

WHO recommends two new drugs to combat COVID-19 infection

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended two new drugs to fight COVID-19 infections. The first new drug recommended for critical COVID-19 cases is baricitinib, an oral drug that suppresses the immune system when overstimulated. The WHO recommends giving baricitinib along with corticosteroids. The second drug to use for mild cases where a person has a … Read more

U.S. grocery shortages deepen as pandemic dries supplies

Jan 14 (Reuters) – High demand for groceries combined with high freight costs and Omicron-related labor shortages are creating a new round of delays at processed food and fresh produce companies, leading to empty supermarket shelves at major US retailers. Producers of perishables across the West Coast are paying nearly triple pre-pandemic freight rates to … Read more

How long will the omicron variant spike last in San Antonio? Infectious disease specialist weighs in.

SAINT ANTONY – With thousands of COVID-19 cases reported in San Antonio every day, and with even more cases across the country, many are wondering when this wave will end and when normality will begin again. Dr. Ruth Berggren, an infectious disease specialist at UT Health San Antonio, joined KSAT’s Q&A on Thursday, saying there … Read more