Taiwan Records First Omicron Case in Traveler from Africa
Taiwan Records First Omicron Case in Traveler from Africa

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has recorded its first case of the omicron variant in a passenger who recently traveled to the southern African country of Eswatini, health officials said Saturday.

La Scala Delays Ballet Season Opener Due to Virus Outbreak
La Scala Delays Ballet Season Opener Due to Virus Outbreak

ROME (AP) — Italy’s La Scala has postponed its ballet season premiere after a coronavirus outbreak in its ranks, just days after the famed Milan theater staged its high-profile opera season opener with a full-capacity audience.

UK Scientists Urge More Restrictions to Fight Omicron Surge
UK Scientists Urge More Restrictions to Fight Omicron Surge

LONDON (AP) — The British government may need to introduce tougher restrictions to slow the growth of the omicron variant and prevent a new surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, British scientists said Saturday.

Wary, Weary World Slams Doors Shut, Fearing Omicron Variant
Wary, Weary World Slams Doors Shut, Fearing Omicron Variant

Nations around the world sought Monday to keep the new omicron variant at bay with travel bans and further restrictions, even as it remains unclear what it means for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Swiss Vote on COVID Law amid Sharp Rise in Infections
Swiss Vote on COVID Law amid Sharp Rise in Infections

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters were having their say in a referendum Sunday on legislation which imposed the use of a special COVID-19 certificate that lets only people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative attend public events and gatherings.

Is Travel Safe During the Pandemic This Holiday Season?
Is Travel Safe During the Pandemic This Holiday Season?

Is travel safe during the pandemic this holiday season? It depends. It can be safe if you're fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but officials say people who haven't gotten the shots should delay travel.

WHO Europe Warns of Possible Surge in COVID Deaths Ahead
WHO Europe Warns of Possible Surge in COVID Deaths Ahead

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe office says projections show its 53-country region could face another 700,000 deaths in the coronavirus pandemic by next spring, topping 2 million in total.

Health Minister Tells Germans: Get Vaccinated or Get COVID
Health Minister Tells Germans: Get Vaccinated or Get COVID

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister said Monday that the rapid rise in coronavirus cases means it's likely everyone in the country who isn't vaccinated will have caught COVID-19 by the end of the winter — and some of those will die.

Virus Surge Worsens in Midwest as States Expand Boosters
Virus Surge Worsens in Midwest as States Expand Boosters

A surge in cases in the Upper Midwest has some Michigan schools keeping students at home ahead of Thanksgiving and the military sending medical teams to Minnesota to relieve hospital staffs overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients.

Scientists Mystified, Wary, as Africa Avoids COVID Disaster
Scientists Mystified, Wary, as Africa Avoids COVID Disaster

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At a busy market in a poor township outside Harare this week, Nyasha Ndou kept his mask in his pocket, as hundreds of other people, mostly unmasked, jostled to buy and sell fruit and vegetables displayed on wooden tables and plastic sheets. As in much of Zimbabwe, here the coronavirus is quickly being relegated to the past, as political rallies, concerts and home gatherings have returned.

Austrian Unvaccinated Lockdown Starts amid COVID Resurgence
Austrian Unvaccinated Lockdown Starts amid COVID Resurgence

BERLIN (AP) — Austria took what its leader called the “dramatic" step Monday of implementing a nationwide lockdown for unvaccinated people who haven't recently had COVID-19, perhaps the most drastic of a string of measures being taken by European governments to get a massive regional resurgence of the coronavirus under control.

COVID-19 Hot Spots Offer Sign of What Could Be Ahead for US
COVID-19 Hot Spots Offer Sign of What Could Be Ahead for US

In a deviation from national recommendations, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Thursday that allows any resident 18 or older access to a COVID-19 booster shot, another step to prevent hospitals and health care workers from being overwhelmed by the state's surge in delta infections.