Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce Tests Positive for COVID-19

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce tested positive for COVID-19 on Dec. 9 while on an official visit to the United States. In a statement, Joyce’s office said that he tested positive while in Washington, D.C. after he experienced mild …

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South Korea Mulls Expanded COVID-19 Home Care as Cases Rise

South Korea would consider expanding home treatment of COVID-19 patients as infections skyrocketed this month after the government has eased restrictions under the “living with COVID-19” scheme in November. Senior Health Ministry official Son Young-rae said hospital capacity is under …

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WHO Advises Against Blood Plasma Treatment for COVID-19 Patients due to Alleged Inefficiency

The World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that it is not recommending convalescent plasma therapy, which involves getting a blood transfusion from someone who has recovered from COVID-19, as a treatment for COVID-19 because it is ineffective. “The Guideline Development …

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New U.S. Cases of Omicron COVID-19 Variant Reported in Minnesota, Colorado

Health officials from Minnesota and Colorado reported two new cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the United States on Dec. 2. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) detected the new variant in an adult male living in Hennepin County. …

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U.S. Supreme Court Signals Support for Restricting Abortion in Landmark Mississippi Case

A majority of the United States Supreme Court signaled their support for curbing abortion access during oral arguments on Dec. 1 in a case that directly threatens its landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The Supreme Court heard nearly two hours …

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All Nine Omicron COVID-19 Cases in Scotland Linked to Single Event, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon Says

All nine cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant detected in Scotland are linked to a “single private event” held on Nov. 20, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said. Sturgeon said that the nine individuals were tested on or around Nov. 23 …

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Greece Announces COVID-19 Vaccination For Over 60 Mandatory

The government of Greece on Tuesday announced COVID-19 vaccinations for over 60 years old as mandatory to tame the new surge in infections. Unvaccinated aged-60 residents of Greece would be fined 100 Euros ($114) if they failed to get vaccinated …

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