China condemns U.S., Canada for sending warships through Taiwan Strait

TAIPEI/BEIJING — The Chinese military on Sunday condemned the United States and Canada for each sending a warship through the Taiwan Strait last week, saying they were threatening peace and stability in the region. China claims democratically-ruled Taiwan as its own territory, and has mounted repeated air force missions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone … Read more

Pennsylvania offering grants to local groups seeking to address COVID-19 vaccine disparities

Pennsylvania has rolled out a new program that provides grants to local organizations working to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among communities that could be more hesitant and less able to receive a vaccine.  The COVID-19 Vaccine Outreach Grant Program is offering $5 million in federal funding to support nonprofits and educational institutions across Pennsylvania with … Read more

State Workers Face Sunday Deadline To Get COVID Vaccine Or Risk Losing Jobs

BOSTON (CBS) – Sunday marks the deadline for thousands of Massachusetts state workers to prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs. The mandate applies to about 42,000 employees of the state’s executive branch. Two court challenges to the requirement have both failed. Another deadline also is in place for health … Read more

Today’s coronavirus news: Worrying number of pregnant individuals remain unvaccinated

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 8:07 a.m.: Dr. Mariam Hanna noticed an uptick in requests for allergy assessments in her Burlington, Ont., clinic after the province began implementing COVID-19 vaccine certificates last month. Whether … Read more

Coronavirus: 1,380 new cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Ireland

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Father of suspect in British MP slaying is ‘traumatized’

LEIGH-ON-SEA, ENGLAND — The father of a man held for the fatal stabbing of a British MP during a meeting with local voters has told British media that he was shocked and “traumatized” by his son’s arrest, as police continued questioning the suspect under terrorism laws. Harbi Ali Kullane, a former adviser to Somalia’s prime … Read more

‘We’re not prepared’: What it takes to recover from long COVID – National |

Cindy McLean was living a normal life, working in a small-town Saskatchewan pharmacy, taking care of her family, and even going to the pool and occasional Zumba class to keep active. Then, in January, she caught COVID-19 and her life hasn’t been the same since. “Everything came to a halt,” she said. “I had people … Read more

Nearly Two-Thirds of New Yorkers Are Fully Vaccinated

Nearly two-thirds of New York residents are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest federal statistics. About 12.7 million of New York’s 20 million residents are fully vaccinated, according to data released Saturday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s the seventh highest percentage of any state — below Vermont, … Read more

De Gascun: Covid-19 cases ‘will increase as restrictions ease’, but vaccines are effective

COVID-19 CASE numbers are likely to increase as restrictions ease, but this does not mean the vaccines are not effective, Dr Cillian De Gascun has said.  In a Twitter thread last night, the Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory said that the vaccines are not sufficiently effective, on their own, to suppressing or eliminating … Read more

Melbourne to ease world’s longest COVID-19 lockdowns as vaccinations rise

MELBOURNE — Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday. By Friday, when some curbs will be lifted, the Australian city of five million people will have been under six lockdowns totalling 262 days, … Read more