Russia warns of Cuba, Venezuela deployment if tensions mount

MOSCOW — Russia on Thursday sharply raised the stakes in a showdown with the West over Ukraine, with a top diplomat saying he wouldn’t exclude a Russian military deployment to Cuba and Venezuela if tensions with the United States mount. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, who led the Russian delegation in Monday’s talks with the … Read more

School Districts Across North Texas Close Due To Surge In COVID-19 Cases And Teacher Shortages

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Nearly two dozen Independent School Districts across North Texas are closing their doors due to a rise in COVID cases and shortages of available teachers and staff. While the largest school districts in North Texas — Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Garland and Plano — will have classes as usual, the surge … Read more

What the rise and fall of Horacio Arruda tells us about Canada’s long, strange pandemic journey

Quebec Premier François Legault didn’t spend a lot of time acknowledging the resignation of his top public health official during his news conference this week. He merely thanked public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda for his service, named his replacement and moved on to the announcement of a tax on the unvaccinated, a policy that … Read more

Military doctors, nurses set to arrive next week in NY, NJ to help with omicron surge

NEW YORK (WABC) — President Joe Biden is set to announce plans to send military medical teams to the New York and New Jersey area to help with the omicron surge. Military doctors and nurses will soon enter the doors at Coney Island Hospital to help with staffing shortages. New York is just one of … Read more

Biden To Highlight Federal ‘Surge’ Of Military Medical Staff To Help Weather Omicron

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is highlighting the federal government’s efforts to “surge” military medical personnel to help overwhelmed medical facilities weather the spike in coronavirus cases and staff shortages due to the highly transmissible omicron variant. Starting next week, 1,000 military medical personnel will begin arriving to help mitigate staffing crunches at hospitals … Read more

Boosting boosters: Experts say fourth doses not yet needed for general population

Many jurisdictions have extended fourth-dose boosters to their most vulnerable populations as Canada’s third-dose COVID-19 vaccine rollout ramps up, leading some to wonder whether we’ll all need another shot to protect against the virus in the near future. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that the country will have enough third and fourth doses for … Read more

Oakland Unified Prepares For Sickout Thursday From Students Pushing For Increased COVID-19 Safety Measures

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – Student leaders in the Oakland Unified School District said they’re planning a sickout for Thursday, because they say district leaders aren’t doing enough to protect them from COVID-19 in the classroom amid the omicron surge. “I wanted to feel safe at school,” said Blue Lopez, a sophomore at Fremont High School. … Read more

Bay Area Grocery Stores Struggle To Keep Shelves Full Amid Supply Issues, COVID Staffing Shortages

REDWOOD CITY (KPIX 5) – Global supply issues, winter weather impacting delivery trucks on the East Coast and record high COVID-19 infections have all come to a head, and are impacting grocery stores in the Bay Area and across the nation. A KPIX 5 camera captured empty shelves at Whole Foods locations in Campbell, Palo … Read more

Omicron to become dominant COVID-19 variant in the Americas in weeks, agency says – National |

The Pan American Health Organization said Wednesday it expects omicron to become the predominant COVID-19 variant in the Americas in the coming weeks, where confirmed cases have reached record levels. The health agency added that although healthcare systems face challenges with rising hospitalizations, vaccination has meant that COVID-19 deaths have not increased at the same … Read more

Inside an ICU where 70 per cent of COVID-19 patients are unvaccinated

This is where the Omicron wave is starting to show its worst side: inside the ICU at Toronto General, which is filling up with critically ill COVID-19 patients, the majority of whom are unvaccinated. There are twice as many COVID-19 patients here than two weeks ago. “Based on the pace of which we’re seeing the … Read more