CDC reviewing new data that suggests coronavirus variant identified in UK could be more deadly

“The CDC has reached out to UK officials and is reviewing their new mortality data associated with variant B.1.1.7,” a CDC official told CNN Saturday, using the scientific name for the variant first spotted in the UK in November. A UK report released Friday states there is “a realistic possibility” that the new variant has … Read more

The Latest: New Zealand Reports 1st Community Case in Months | World News

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community. Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe. Like other … Read more

Canada reports 146 more COVID-19 deaths as feds approve rapid PCR test – National

Another 5,124 cases of COVID-19 were identified in Canada Saturday as the federal government approved its first domestically-produced rapid PCR coronavirus test. Saturday’s data pushed the national caseload to 742,531, of which over 658,000 patients have since recovered. Another 146 deaths were reported by provincial health jurisdictions as well, with the country’s death toll standing … Read more

Coronavirus vaccine rollout ‘on track’ for February, says Josh Frydenberg

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg insists Australia is still on track to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from February, as new figures suggest people are more than happy to get their jab. The Therapeutic Goods Administration is due to approve the Pfizer vaccine, and others Australia has signed up to, in the coming weeks. “We are not … Read more

The Latest: N.Y. Seniors, Churches to Get Vaccine Prep Kits | Business News

NEW YORK — New York will be sending more vaccination preparation kits to senior housing complexes and churches in an effort to ensure fairness in vaccine distributions, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The kits include syringes, vials, room dividers, privacy curtains, cleaning supplies, personal protective gear and other items. They also include instructions on how … Read more

Arizona Republicans Censure Cindy McCain, GOP Governor | Political News

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Republicans voted Saturday to censure Cindy McCain and two prominent GOP officials who have found themselves crosswise with former President Donald Trump. The censures of Sen. John McCain’s widow, former Sen. Jeff Flake and Gov. Doug Ducey are merely symbolic. But they show the party’s … Read more

‘Probable’ new community COVID case in NZ

After a summer without community transmission of COVID-19, New Zealand health officials have unearthed a “probable” new local case. It is likely the case has slipped from NZ’s rigorous border regime, which mandates all international arrivals must spend 14 days in a hotel. Reports state the case, found in Northland, is linked to a person … Read more

COVID-19 outbreak at St. Paul’s Hospital grows to third unit

A trio of outbreaks at Vancouver’s St. Paul’s Hospital have grown to include 53 cases of COVID-19, a spokesperson said Saturday. Outbreaks have been detected on three floors, including a medicine unit (declared Jan. 22), a renal unit (declared Jan. 20) and the cardiac unit, including the cardiac care ICU (declared Jan. 10). Twenty-four patients … Read more

Nordic walking, the strange Scandinavian sport helping people overcome injury

Kristen Pratt was working in her Geneva office one day when she looked out the window and saw something that she found both surprising and amusing. A group of people were walking along with poles, almost as if they were cross-country skiing without snow. What started out as mere curiosity that day, however, developed into … Read more

2,600 Arrested at Protests Demanding Navalny’s Release | World News

By DARIA LITVINOVA and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police arrested more than 2,600 people Saturday in nationwide protests demanding the release of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin’s most prominent foe, according to a group that counts political detentions. The protests in scores of cities in temperatures as low as minus-50 … Read more

Health Canada approves 1st rapid PCR coronavirus test, Spartan Bioscience says – National

Ottawa-based Spartan Bioscience says their rapid on-site PCR coronavirus test has been approved for use by Health Canada. In a press release issued Saturday, the company said this test is the first “truly mobile, rapid PCR test for COVID-19 for the Canadian market.” A PCR test is designed to detect minute amounts of the novel … Read more

Capitol attack reflects US extremist evolution over decades

The takeover in 2016 by right-wing extremists of a federal bird sanctuary in Oregon. A standoff in 1992 between white separatists and federal agents in Ruby Ridge, Idaho. The 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people. Right-wing extremism has previously played out for the most part in isolated pockets … Read more

Nova Scotia reports no new coronavirus cases, 20 active cases remain – Halifax

Nova Scotia reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and said 20 active cases remain in the province. “Nova Scotians can be proud of the work they’re doing to keep our case numbers low,” said Premier Stephen McNeil in a press release. “We need to stay the course — following public health protocols and … Read more

Tunisia bans protests, extends curfew

Tunisia is extending its virus curfew and banning demonstrations as it tries to stem a rapid rise in infections and calm tensions after a week of protests over economic troubles. The government is also forbidding travel between regions and ordering all people over 65 to stay at home as part of stricter virus measures announced … Read more

MyPillow Guy Among the Trump Acolytes Picking up the Torch | Virginia News

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Mike Lindell, better known to TV viewers as the MyPillow Guy, went to the White House last week to try to persuade President Donald Trump to keep pushing bogus theories about the election, he came away disappointed. Unexpectedly, Trump passed him — and his claims about … Read more

Mum developed cancer and can’t have more children after smear test blunder

A mum-of-one is unable to have more children after being incorrectly told her smear test was clear. Three years after abnormalities were missed in 2014, Rachel Foley was left needing a hysterectomy after developing cervical cancer. She has now won undisclosed damages from The University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust after the tragic error … Read more

Asia Today: Sri Lanka Minister Who Drank Potion Is Positive | Health News

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s health minister, who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer, has tested positive for COVID-19. A Health Ministry official on Saturday confirmed that Pavithra Wanniarachchi became the highest-ranking official to be infected with the virus. She and her immediate contacts have … Read more

Foods that can reduce stress

Taking control of stress with the foods we eat can help to counter inflammation throughout the body, as well as elevated levels of the hormone cortisol, which can otherwise lead to high blood sugar, increased appetite and weight gain, among other symptoms, according to Felicia Porrazza, a Philadelphia-based registered dietitian who helps stressed-out clients find … Read more

Canada adds 206 new COVID-19 deaths while officials consider mandatory hotel quarantine – National

Another 5,957 cases of COVID-19 were reported by Canada on Friday as government officials considered a mandatory hotel quarantine for all incoming travelers. The announcement comes amid news of at least one passenger aboard one of the 153 flights that arrived in the country over the last weeks testing positive for the novel coronavirus, according … Read more

Denmark Suspends Dubai Flights Amid Doubts Over Virus Tests | Health News

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark has temporarily suspended all flights from the United Arab Emirates for five days after suspicion arose that the coronavirus tests that can be obtained before leaving Dubai are not reliable, authorities announced Friday. The development, which comes amid a surge of infections in the … Read more

COVID-19: Number of U.K. variant cases in B.C. climbs to 6, South Africa variant to 3

The number of known cases of COVID-19 variants in British Columbia climbed again on Friday. Health officials said they had confirmed six cases of the U.K. variant (B.1.1.7), and three cases of the South African variant (B.1.351). Read more: ‘Realistic possibility’ COVID-19 variant from U.K. could be deadlier, researchers say Both variants are believed to … Read more

Thousands of Hong Kongers Locked Down to Contain Coronavirus | World News

By ZEN SOO, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city, authorities said. Hong Kong has been grappling to contain a fresh wave of the coronavirus since November. Over 4,300 cases have been recorded in the … Read more

Coronavirus: Douglas Mental Health Institute in Montreal battles COVID-19 outbreak – Montreal

The Douglas Mental Health Institute is battling a COVID-19 outbreak in one of its units. The regional health authority responsible for the hospital confirmed 23 patients are infected as of Friday. “No employee tested positive,” said in a statement Hélène Bergeron-Gamache, a spokesperson for the CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal. [ Sign up for our Health IQ … Read more

Austin Wins Senate Confirmation as 1st Black Pentagon Chief | Political News

By ROBERT BURNS and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Lloyd J. Austin, a West Point graduate who rose to the Army’s elite ranks and marched through racial barriers in a 41-year career, won Senate confirmation Friday to become the nation’s first Black secretary of defense. The 93-2 vote gave President Joe Biden his … Read more

Wisconsin Republicans Propose Getting Rid of Mask Mandate | Wisconsin News

By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature are considering ending the statewide mask mandate designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus and could do so by passing a resolution as soon as next week. Twenty-seven Republican lawmakers signed on to the resolution that was introduced Thursday. … Read more

‘We were starting to take steps forward’: Manitoba family asked to relocate dad’s body due to mistake with cemetery plot

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba family is reliving the heartbreak of losing their father as they have been asked to dig up his body and move it because the plot the family purchased already had been sold to someone else. Dan Griffith, 62, died unexpectedly Christmas Day at his home in Deloraine, Man., and he was … Read more

US coronavirus: The US can vaccinate up to 85% of adults and begin a return to normal by fall, Fauci says

“When you put …. the pedal to the floor, you can get it done,” Fauci told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday night. And Fauci said Friday he believes the US can go faster than 1 million shots per day. “I’d like it to be a lot more,” Fauci told CNN’s John Berman. “The goal (of … Read more

Man Pleads Guilty to Deaths of 36 People in Warehouse Fire | U.S. News®

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The master tenant of a San Francisco Bay Area warehouse where 36 people perished when a fire ignited during a dance party in 2016 pleaded guilty Friday to the deaths, avoiding a second trial after the first ended in a hung jury. Derick Almena, 50, pleaded guilty to 36 counts of … Read more

NFL giving free Super Bowl tickets to 7,500 health workers

The NFL says 7,500 health care workers vaccinated for the coronavirus will be given free tickets to next month’s Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, Florida By CURT ANDERSON Associated Press January 22, 2021, 6:07 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The NFL announced … Read more

Existing home sales rise in 2020 to highest in 14 years

Sales of existing homes rose 0.7% in December, helping to push sales for the entire year to the highest level in 14 years, giving the economy a rare bright spot in a global pandemic By MARTIN CRUTSINGER AP Economics Writer January 22, 2021, 3:26 PM • 1 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this … Read more

Biden Ordering Stopgap Help as Talks Start on Big Aid Plan | Business News

By JOSH BOAK, Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — President Joe Biden plans to take executive action Friday to provide a stopgap measure of financial relief to millions of Americans while Congress begins to consider his much larger $1.9 trillion package to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The two executive orders that Biden is … Read more

UK Covid live: one in 35 Londoners and one in 55 in England had coronavirus last week, ONS figures say | World news

Good morning everyone. I’ll be leading the blog today. Feel free to drop me a message on Twitter with any coverage suggestions. Ministers have been responding to the reports first revealed in the Guardian of the government considering paying £500 to everyone in England who tests positive for Covid-19. George Eustice, the environment secretary, was … Read more

German Virus Death Toll Tops 50,000 Even as Infections Sink | Health News

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in Germany has passed 50,000, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks even as infection figures are finally declining. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that another 859 deaths were reported over the past … Read more

Masks, testing, distancing: Coronavirus measures now the rule in Biden’s White House – National

Testing wristbands are in. Mask-wearing is mandatory. Desks are socially distanced. The clearest sign that there’s a new boss at the White House is the deference being paid to coronavirus public health guidlines. It’s a striking contrast to Donald Trump’s White House, which was the epicenter of no less than three separate outbreaks of COVID-19, … Read more

India’s female health workers on rural front line get COVID shot | Coronavirus pandemic News

Jyoti Bhambure is usually the one dispensing medicine – this week she was at the receiving end, among the first in India’s million-strong force of women health workers to win a COVID-19 vaccine. Dressed in a bright green sari with a gold border, Bhambure visited the small, rural hospital in western India at the time … Read more

Tokyo Olympics organizers, Japanese government deny report Games will be cancelled – National

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, local organizers and the Japanese government are pushing back against reports that the postponed Tokyo Olympics will be cancelled. Now set to open July 23, the Tokyo Games were postponed 10 months ago at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, and now the event appears threatened again. Read more: … Read more

Surviving cardiac arrest: what it’s like to come back to life – podcast | News

When the Guardian’s global environment editor, Jonathan Watts, collapsed during a game of football in a London park last year, he thought he was dying. He felt his body shutting down as medics rushed him to hospital, where he was given emergency defibrillator treatment to shock his heart back to life. He describes the experience … Read more

Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

GENEVA — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for an agency that the Trump administration had pulled back from. Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to … Read more

No data to suggest COVID transmission is coming from out-of-province travel: B.C. mayor

The mayor of a small city in B.C.’s East Kootenay region said Thursday there is no data to suggest visitors from Alberta are contributing to a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the area. Fernie, a city of about 4,800 people that is less than one hour drive from the B.C.-Alberta border, has seen a … Read more