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China defends 'zero-COVID' after US envoy warns of costs

China defends 'zero-COVID' after US envoy warns of costs

BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday defended its tough “zero-COVID” policy after the U.S. ambassador said it was causing serious damage to the global economy and foreign business sentiment.

Germany's health minister urges voluntary use of face masks

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister urged residents and visitors to wear face masks indoors to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, but he acknowledged that current data doesn't justify making mask use a legal requirement.
Thailand drops registration for visitors, outdoor mask rule

Thailand drops registration for visitors, outdoor mask rule

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors that was seen as onerous and a drag on the recovery for its ailing tourism industry.
White House clams up on Biden COVID-19 testing regimen

White House clams up on Biden COVID-19 testing regimen

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt change of course, the White House is now declining to comment on the frequency of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 testing regimen, even as it maintains that it would inform the public if he were to ever test positive for
Florida only state not preordering toddler COVID-19 vaccines

Florida only state not preordering toddler COVID-19 vaccines

MIAMI (AP) — Florida is the only state that hasn't preordered COVID-19 vaccines for toddlers in anticipation of their final approval by the federal government, and Gov.
B.C. reports 50 more COVID-19 deaths, 276 hospitalized

B.C. reports 50 more COVID-19 deaths, 276 hospitalized

VICTORIA — The latest figures on COVID-19 in British Columbia show 276 people are hospitalized with the illness, with 19 people in critical care.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination no longer required in House of Commons on Monday

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination no longer required in House of Commons on Monday

OTTAWA — The House of Commons has unanimously agreed to suspend COVID-19 vaccine mandates for MPs, staff and visitors starting on Monday.
Luis Severino scratched by Yankees, goes on COVID-19 IL

Luis Severino scratched by Yankees, goes on COVID-19 IL

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Severino was scratched from his start for the New York Yankees against Tampa Bay on Thursday night and placed on the COVID-19 injured list. “He’s just on the list now,” manager Aaron Boone said.
Backlogged justice system can't return to pre-pandemic ways, chief justice warns

Backlogged justice system can't return to pre-pandemic ways, chief justice warns

OTTAWA — Canada's chief justice says the legal system must continue to modernize and innovate, warning it cannot return to pre-pandemic ways of doing business.

COVID-19 testing provider closing its public sites in Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's largest private COVID-19 testing providers plans to close its public testing sites in the state by the end of June.