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High inflation? Low polling? White House blames the pandemic

Inflation is soaring, businesses are struggling to hire and President Joe Biden’s poll numbers have been in free fall
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FILE - President Joe Biden talks about the newly approved COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 from the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Nov. 3, 2021. Biden’s team views the pandemic as the root cause of both the nation’s malaise and his own political woes. It sees getting more people vaccinated and finally controlling COVID-19 as the key to reviving the country and Biden’s own standing. But the coronavirus has proved to be a vexing challenge for the White House. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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High alert: World scurries to contain new COVID variant

61 people across 2 flights to the Netherlands have tested positive for Covid-19.
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A sign reading 'Stay safe' in Regent Street, in London, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
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New variant omicron detected in UK

Travelers entering the U.K. from southern African countries must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days starting at 4 a.m. Sunday.
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Travelers entering the U.K. from southern African countries must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for 10 days starting at 4 a.m. Sunday.
November 27

Reports: Italy, Germany report cases of omicron COVID-19 variant

Reports: Italy, Germany report cases of omicron COVID-19 variant
November 27
November 27

South African scientists brace for wave propelled by omicron

Worried scientists in South Africa are scrambling to combat the lightning spread across the country of the new and highly transmissible omicron COVID-19 variant as the world grapples with its emergence
November 27
People lineup to get on the Air France flight to Paris at OR Tambo's airport in Johannesburg, South Africa', Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
November 27

Amid riots, France to consider some autonomy for Guadeloupe

France’s government is offering to discuss greater autonomy for the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe
November 27
Debris left by demonstrators block a street of Le Gosier, Guadeloupe island, Sunday, Nov.21, 2021. French authorities sent police special forces to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, an overseas territory of France, as protests over COVID-19 restrictions erupted into rioting and looting for the third day in a row. On Sunday, many road blockades by protesters made traveling across the island nearly impossible. (AP Photo/Elodie Soupama)
November 27

UK plans new measures to combat the omicron COVID variant, including PCR tests for travelers and ramping up mask-wearing

UK plans new measures to combat the omicron COVID variant, including PCR tests for travelers and ramping up mask-wearing
November 27
November 27

COVID-19 positive Czech president discharged from hospital

Czech President Miloš Zeman has been discharged from the capital’s military hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus
November 27
FILE- In this picture taken on Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, Czech Republic's President Milos Zeman welcomes his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Prague Castle in Prague, Czech Republic. On Thursday Nov. 25, 2021, Czech President Milos Zeman has been admitted to the Czech capital's military hospital after tested positive for the coronavirus just hours after he was discharged from it. The presidential office says Zeman was tested after he arrived at the presidential chateaux in Lany, west of Prague, on Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
November 27

German minister hopes patient transfers a 'wake-up call'

Millions of Germans are still holding out on getting vaccinated against COVID-19
November 27
A Bundeswehr aircraft stands with its side flap open at the airport in Memmingen, Germany, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. The German air force Luftwaffe will begin assisting the transfer of intensive care patients from hospitals in Bavaria to northern German states. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)
November 27

UK health secretary says that 2 cases of new coronavirus variant omicron identified in Britain, says they are linked

UK health secretary says that 2 cases of new coronavirus variant omicron identified in Britain, says they are linked
November 27
November 27

Dutch authorities: 61 people on 2 flights from South Africa positive for COVID-19; omicron variant not confirmed

Dutch authorities: 61 people on 2 flights from South Africa positive for COVID-19; omicron variant not confirmed
November 27
November 26

EXPLAINER: What is this new COVID variant in South Africa?

South African scientists have identified a new version of the coronavirus.
November 26
People with masks walik, at a shopping mall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa, though its impact on COVID-19 vaccines may not be known for weeks. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
November 26

World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant

The world is racing to contain a new coronavirus variant that is potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled waves of infection on nearly every continent
November 26
People shop in a mall, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session Friday to flesh out information about a worrying new variant of the coronavirus that has emerged in South Africa, though its impact on COVID-19 vaccines may not be known for weeks. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
November 26

WHO hosts special meeting on worrying new COVID-19 variant

Advisers to the World Health Organization are holding a special session.
November 26
FILE - A child winces as he receives his Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
November 26

US to ban travel from South Africa, 7 other African nations by non-US citizens beginning Monday due to COVID-19 variant

US to ban travel from South Africa, 7 other African nations by non-US citizens beginning Monday due to COVID-19 variant
November 26
November 26

Shots fired at police, journalists in Martinique COVID riots

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin says shots have been fired overnight at security forces and journalists on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, as violence erupted amid protests over COVID-19 restrictions
November 26
November 26

The state of breakthrough cases in the US and the role of waning immunity

Waning immunity is a "real phenomenon," one health official said.
November 26
Jaime Sores, 70, gets a Covid-19 vaccination booster on Nov. 17, 2021, in El Monte, Calif.
November 26

What to know about new COVID-19 variant omicron

"It's something that, in real time, we're learning more and more about."
November 26
People lineup to get tested for Covid at OR Tambo's airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 26, 2021.
November 26

EU orders travel ban on South Africa to halt variant spread

The European Union nations agreed to impose a ban on travel from southern Africa
November 26
November 26

EU nations agree to impose ban on travel from southern Africa to counter new COVID-19 variant

EU nations agree to impose ban on travel from southern Africa to counter new COVID-19 variant
November 26
November 26

Poland says no new restrictions despite infection surge

Poland isn't planning any new lockdowns or other restrictions despite skyrocketing COVID-19 infections and deaths
November 26
People walk on the streets of in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday Nov. 26, 2021. Poland's resistance to introducing new lockdowns and restrictions amid skyrocketing COVID-19 infections and deaths is drawing criticism from the country's medical professionals and is bucking a growing European trend to put limits on the unvaccinated. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 26

FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

U.S. health officials say Merck's experimental COVID-19 pill is effective but they raised questions about its safety during pregnancy
November 26
FILE - This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication. U.S. health officials say Merck's experimental COVID-19 pill is effective but raises safety issues for pregnant women. The Food and Drug Administration posted its review Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 ahead of a public meeting next week where outside experts will debate the drug's benefits and risks. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)
November 26

German far-right AfD party cancels congress due to COVID

The far-right Alternative for Germany, which has opposed many of the country’s pandemic restrictions, has canceled its planned party congress next month due to the surge in coronavirus cases
November 26
November 26

India's Serum Institute resumes vaccine exports to COVAX

The Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, has resumed exports of coronavirus vaccines to the U.N.-backed COVAX distribution program after halting most overseas sales in March
November 26
An employee packs boxes containing vials of Covishield, a version of the AstraZeneca vaccine, at the Serum Institute of India in Pune, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccine maker, resumed exports of coronavirus vaccines to the U.N.-backed COVAX distribution program on Friday after halting most overseas sales in March. The company was COVAX's main supplier, but an explosion of cases in India saw most exports stopping since March. At the time, COVAX was depending on Serum Institute for nearly 1 billion doses of its version of the AstraZeneca vaccines. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
November 26

German government hesitant on lockdown as COVID cases rise

Germany’s government has refused to back calls for a swift and sharp lockdown to curb the country’s worsening coronavirus situation, which has seen daily confirmed cases hit a new peak
November 26
Intensive care nurses treat a patient severely ill with Covid-19 in the Corona intensive care unit at the University Hospital in Halle/Saale on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The German air force Luftwaffe will begin assisting the transfer of intensive care patients from hospitals in Bavaria to northern German states.(Hendrik Schmidt/dpa via AP)
November 26

US health officials say Merck’s COVID-19 pill is effective, will seek advice next week on safety during pregnancy

US health officials say Merck’s COVID-19 pill is effective, will seek advice next week on safety during pregnancy
November 26
November 26

Israel detects its first case of new coronavirus variant

Israel's prime minister says the country is “on the threshold of an emergency situation” after authorities detected its first case of a new coronavirus variant in a traveler who returned from Malawi
November 26
A man who opposes coronavirus vaccine mandates wears a mask altered to make a statement, poses with a toy sheep and an outsized syringe as he rides a crowded train in Jerusalem ahead of Shabbat, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Israel's prime minister says it is "on the threshold of an emergency situation" after authorities detected the country's first case of a new coronavirus variant in a traveler who returned from Malawi. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
November 26

Czech infections hit new record high, president going home

Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have jumped to a new record high in a surge that hit the country’s president and has delayed the appointment of the new prime minister
November 26
Health workers at the Motol University Hospital take out of army helicopter one of the patients with COVID-19, who was transported to Prague from a hospital in Brno, Czech Republic, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. COVID spread reaches another record in Czech Republic, with 27,717 new confirmed COVID cases on Thursday, another daily maximum since the start of the epidemic. (Vit Simanek / CTK via AP)
November 26

As Europe virus cases surge, UK plows on with its new normal

As several European nations tighten up or lock down to combat a spike in coronavirus infections, life in Britain is almost back to normal
November 26
FILE - Members of the public watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London, Aug. 23, 2021, which is taking place for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As countries across Europe reimpose lockdowns in response to surging COVID-19 cases and deaths, the UK – long one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries -- carries on with a policy of keeping everything as normal as possible. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali, File)
November 26

Israeli Health Ministry says new coronavirus variant detected in traveler who returned from Malawi

Israeli Health Ministry says new coronavirus variant detected in traveler who returned from Malawi
November 26
November 25

Germany's COVID timeline: from first case to 100,000 dead

Germany has become the latest country to record 100,000 deaths from COVID-19
November 25
FILE - -In this Thursday, Nov.5, 2020 file photo, a box with food slides down to car from a window of the apple cider restaurant 'Zum Lahmen Esel' in Frankfurt, Germany. Due to the new partial lockdown to avoid the coronavirus spread the restaurant which has been in operation since 1807 offers cider and food to go in a self-made drive through set up. Germany is set to mark 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, passing a somber milestone that several of its neighbors crossed months ago but which some in Western Europe's most populous nation had hoped to avoid. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
November 25

South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike

A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa.
November 25
FILE - A young woman reacts as she receives a Pfizer jab against COVID-19, in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. A new COVID-19 variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Minister of Health Joe Phaahla announced Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
November 25

Portugal returns to COVID restrictions despite high jab rate

Portugal is bringing back some tight pandemic restrictions.
November 25
A woman wearing a face mask crosses a street in Lisbon, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. Portugal is reporting its highest number of new daily COVID-19 infections since July amid a surge in cases across Europe. The Portuguese government is due to announce on Thursday what new pandemic restrictions it is introducing, seven weeks after scrapping almost all of them due to the high vaccination rate. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
November 25

Czech President Zeman back in hospital, now with COVID-19

Czech President Milos Zeman has been readmitted to hospital after he tested positive for COVID-19, just hours after he had been discharged following more than a month’s treatment for an unspecified illness
November 25
FILE - President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman addresses the media during a joint press conference after their meeting at the Hofburg palace with the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria, June 10, 2021. Czech President Milos Zeman was released on Thursday Nov. 25, 2021, from the Czech capital’s military hospital after his condition improved. Zeman was rushed to the clinic on Oct. 10, a day after the election for the lower house of parliament to be treated in an intensive care unit. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner, File)
November 25

Brazilian mayors torn between Carnival and pandemic safety

Mayors across Brazil are divided on whether to maintain end-of-year festivities.
November 25
FILE - Owners and their pets take part in the annual Carnival dog parade, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb. 13, 2021. Mayors across Brazil are divided on whether to maintain end-of-year festivities and February’s legendary Carnival in spite of the ongoing pandemic. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
November 25

Czechs declare state of emergency, impose new virus measures

The Czech government has declared a 30-day state of emergency and imposed additional restrictions in its effort to tackle a record surge of infections
November 25
FILE - Health care workers transport a COVID-19 patient, in Ceska Lipa, Czech Republic, Thursday, March 18, 2021. Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have soared to a record level again, reaching almost 26,000 daily cases. The Health Ministry says the daily tally hit 25,864 on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, about 3,000 more than the previous record registered on Friday.(AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)
November 25

Polyp in Biden's colon was benign, potentially pre-cancerous

Doctor's report says Biden's polyp was 'benign but potentially pre-cancerous'.
November 25
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden are greeted before boarding Air Force one at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, en route to Nantucket, Mass. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
November 25

Merkel: 'Sad day' as Germany marks 100,000 deaths from COVID

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke of “a very sad day” as her country became the latest to surpass 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began
November 25
FILE - A hotel has switched on the lights in some rooms to form a heart near the buildings of the banking district in in Frankfurt, Germany, Dec. 10, 2020, as the German government discusses further restrictions to avoid the outspread of the coronavirus. Germany is set to mark 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 this week, passing a somber milestone that several of its neighbors crossed months ago but which some in Western Europe's most populous nation had hoped to avoid. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
November 25

EU warns differing virus measures put free travel at risk

The European Union is warning members that they risk undermining the 27-nation bloc’s COVID-19 travel and access certificate system with new uncoordinated restrictions some are introducing to try to thwart a surge in cases
November 25
From left, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, European Commission Vice-President in charge Europe Fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Commission Vice-President in charge for Promoting our European Way of Life Margaritis Schinas speak prior to a meeting of the College of Commissioners at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)
November 25

Who's a hero? Some states, cities still debating hazard pay

While many workers deemed essential in their respective states have already received pandemic hazard pay or hero pay, there are thousands more still waiting for the same financial pat-on-the-back
November 25
FILE - Clarissa Johnson of Hartford marches with long-term care members of the New England Health Care Employees Union, during a rally to demand new laws to protect long-term caregivers and consumers, July 23, 2020, at the State Capitol in Hartford, Conn. Connecticut essential state employees, who worked long hours during the COVID-19 pandemic, are still waiting for "hero pay" from $22.5 million in federal pandemic funds set aside in the state budget. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
November 25

EU regulator authorizes Pfizer's COVID vaccine for kids 5-11

The European Union drug regulator has authorized Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for use on children from 5 to 11 years old
November 25
An employee draws up a syringe with the Pfizer vaccine against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease at vaccination bus in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Germany battles rising numbers of coronavirus infections. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
November 25

European Union authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 to 11

European Union authorizes Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for kids 5 to 11
November 25
November 25

Why are coronavirus cases and hospitalizations on the rise in the US?

The U.S. is now reporting more than 94,000 new COVID-19 cases each day.
November 25
Travellers with their luggage arrive at Covid-19 Testing location at the airport in Los Angeles on Nov. 23, 2021, where up to two million people are expected to travel over the Thanksgiving Day holidays.
November 25

How an NBA player's genetic heart disease led to an advocacy campaign

Jared Butler is playing in the NBA after being diagnosed while in college.
November 25
Utah Jazz guard Jared Butler dribbles the ball against Toronto Raptors guard Malachi Flynn in the fourth quarter at Vivint Arena on Nov. 18, 2021 in Salt Lake City.
November 25

Official figures show Germany has become the latest country to pass the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Official figures show Germany has become the latest country to pass the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19
November 25
November 24

White House: 92% of fed workers under mandate are vaccinated

The Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for millions of federal workers seems to be working, with no apparent disruption to law enforcement, intelligence-gathering or holiday travel
November 24
November 24

Italy targets unvaccinated with restrictions as cases rise

The Italian government is targeting unvaccinated people in its latest effort to contain rising coronavirus infections
November 24
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi holds a press conference after the Council of Ministers in Rome Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. The Italian government on Wednesday decided to exclude unvaccinated people from certain activities over the holidays in a bid to contain rising coronavirus infections and stave off financially crippling lockdowns just as the economy is starting to grow again. A new government decree also makes vaccinations, including booster shots, mandatory for law enforcement, military and all school employees. Previously, vaccines were only required for health care workers and teachers. (Fabio Frustaci/LaPresse pool via AP)
November 24

Slovakia approves 2-week nationwide lockdown as virus surges

The Slovak government has approved a two-week national lockdown amid a record surge of coronavirus infections
November 24
Medical staff attend to a patient at the COVID-19 ICU unit of the hospital in Bratislava, Slovakia, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Slovakia’s leaders have been proposing a national lockdown as hospitals across the European Union country are hitting their limits amid a record surge of coronavirus infections. Inspired by neighboring Austria, the government is set to discuss a lockdown plan for all, the vaccinated and unvaccinated, on its session on Wednesday. (Martin Baumann/TASR via AP)
November 24

US abortions may be inching up after decades of decline

A new government report suggests U.S. abortions may be inching up after a long decline
November 24
FILE - Emily Halvorson, center, of Washington, with Planned Parenthood, joins groups of abortion-rights and anti-abortion activists as they rally outside the Supreme Court, on, Nov. 1, 2021, as arguments are set to begin about abortion by the court, on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. abortions appear to be inching up after a long decline, though officials are cautious about calling it an upward trend because a government report issued Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, is incomplete. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
November 24

Collins Dictionary picks NFT as word of the year 2021

Collins Dictionary has chosen the term NFT as its word of the year after surging interest in the digital tokens that can sell for millions of dollars brought it into the mainstream
November 24
FILE - An NFT, or non-fungible token, is displayed on a billboard in Time Square, New York, on Nov. 4, 2021. Collins Dictionary has chosen the term NFT as its word of the year after surging interest in the digital tokens that can sell for millions of dollars brought it into the mainstream. NFT is short for non-fungible token. Collins defines it as “a unique digital certificate, registered in a blockchain, that is used to record ownership of an asset such as an artwork or a collectible." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)