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    Japan recorded its first case of the coronavirus variant Omicron Tuesday in a man who arrived in Tokyo from Namibia on Sunday, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu (pictured below) told reporters at a press conference. Japan’s government confirmed the new infection on the same day it imposed a month-long ban on all foreign entries to Japan. The travel restriction was introduced in response to news that a new variant of “Covid-19,” or the Chinese coronavirus, called Omicron, emerged this month in southern Africa.   Matsuno told reporters on November 30 that Japan’s first Omicron patient is “a diplomat from Namibia in his thirties who arrived at the Japanese capital’s airport of Narita [on November 28].” Japan’s health ministry said the man presented “no symptoms” of illness upon arriving at Tokyo-Narita on Sunday “but developed a fever on Monday.” “Two family members traveling with him have tested negative and are quarantining at a government-designated facility,” according to the ministry. “The man tested positive for the coronavirus upon arrival and samples were being examined at [Japan’s] National Institute of Infectious Diseases...
    This is a rush transcript from "Tucker Carlson Tonight," November 29, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST, TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT: Good evening and welcome to TUCKER CARLSON TONIGHT. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. It seems like a good time to reassess the Holiday season, so let's think about COVID where we are. The first confirmed case of the coronavirus in the U.S. appeared in a blood test on January 18th, 2020. It was in the State of Washington, that was almost two years ago. How have we done since? Well, look at the numbers. Compared to 2019, Americans now are poorer, more isolated, more physically unhealthy, more fearful, and sadder than they have been in generations, maybe ever. Depression has skyrocketed. Church attendance has dropped in half. Cancer deaths are up dramatically, so is obesity, hypertension, diabetes, strokes among young people, suicide, drug ODs. You name it, it's up. These in addition to countless other serious social pathologies -- people are not having children...
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant, a visitor who recently arrived from Namibia, an official said. Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said the patient, a man in his 30s, tested positive upon arrival at an airport on Sunday and was isolated and is being treated at a hospital. A genome analysis confirmed Tuesday that he was infected with the new variant, which was first identified in South Africa. Japan announced on Monday that it will ban all foreign visitors beginning Tuesday as an emergency precaution against the variant. The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying it could lead to surges with “severe consequences.” Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirms first case of new omicron coronavirus variant, a person who arrived from Namibia. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Florida is continuing to report the lowest rate of daily coronavirus cases per capita in the nation, and the figure dropped even lower over the holiday weekend. According to the New York Times’ coronavirus tracker, last updated November 29, Florida is reporting just three cases of the virus per 100,000 — the lowest in the nation. That is down from the six per capita reported Friday. Overall, the Sunshine State is reporting a daily average of 681 cases, representing a 53 percent drop over the past two weeks. Notably, hospitalizations in the state have also dropped by 11 percent in the same time frame.  This is significant, as Florida came under constant scrutiny from the establishment media and left-wing politicians over the course of the pandemic, namely for refusing to embrace extended lockdowns or even a mask mandate. Notably, Florida never once had a statewide mask mandate in place. Illinois for comparison, is currently under another statewide mask mandate, yet it is reporting a daily average of 4,661 cases, or 37 per 100,000, representing an increase of 45 percent in the...
    Blue Michigan, led by famed lockdowner Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), has the highest coronavirus case rate in the nation, with the peak spiking at 59 percent in the last two weeks as other states such as Florida see record low numbers. According to the New York Times’ coronavirus data tracker, Michigan is reporting a daily average of 8,457 cases, or 85 per 100,000. That represents a 59 percent increase over the last 14 days. In that same time frame, hospitalizations in the state jumped 41 percent, reporting a daily average of 4,092 hospitalizations.  Whitmer stood as one of the most prominent pro-lockdown figures throughout the pandemic, extending restrictions well into summer 2021. What is more, she sought police enforcement of her unconstitutional rules, actively seeking the “assistance of the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) and Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police on a plan to urge Michigan residents to call law enforcement on alleged order violators,” as Breitbart News reported in June.  People demonstrate during the Michigan Conservative Coalition organized “Operation Haircut” in Lansing, Michigan on May 20, 2020. The group opposes...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Health Ministry says it has detected the country’s first case of a new coronavirus variant in a traveler who returned from Malawi. The Health Ministry said in a statement Friday that the traveler and two other suspected cases have been placed in isolation. It said all three are vaccinated but that it is currently looking into their exact vaccination status. 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. Late Thursday, the government declared South Africa and six other African nations to be “red countries” from which foreign nationals are barred from traveling to Israel. Israelis returning from those countries must undergo a period of isolation. Israel launched one of the world’s first and most successful vaccination campaigns late last year, and nearly half the population has received a booster shot. Israel recently expanded the campaign to include children as young as five. But the country still endured...
    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Health Ministry says it has detected the country’s first case of a new coronavirus variant in a traveler who returned from Malawi. The Health Ministry said in a statement Friday that the traveler and two other suspected cases have been placed in isolation. 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. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BERLIN (AP) — As Germany reached 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, here is a look at some of the significant events that happened in the country during the outbreak: Jan 27, 2020 First case confirmed in Germany. A man in the Starnberg region of Bavaria tested positive. Authorities said the risk of the virus spreading in Germany remained low. Feb. 12, 2020 Health Minister Jens Spahn tells German lawmakers that “it can’t completely rule out that a regionally restricted epidemic in China turns into a global pandemic.” Feb. 24, 2020 In view of the worsening situation in Italy, the German government revises its assessment and warns that the virus can be expected to spread in Germany too. March 4, 2020 Leipzig book fair is canceled; cancellations of other large events follow. March 10, 2020 All 16 German states have confirmed coronavirus cases. A national crisis unit recommends canceling all large events with more than 1,000 participants; within days, most states have closed schools. March 18, 2020 In televised address, Merkel warns of “historic” challenge. March 22, 2020 First nationwide lockdown agreed....
    Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers's refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine not only left him exposed to the virus, which he contracted earlier this month, but it may have contributed to the quarterback's recent toe problems as well. Rodgers, who is 1-1 since being sidelined with coronavirus, is currently battling a foot problem, as he told SiriusXM host Pat McAfee on Tuesday.  'No lingering effects, other than the Covid Toe,' Rodgers said. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who is 1-1 since being sidelined with coronavirus , is currently battling a foot problem known as 'COVID toe,' he told SiriusXM host Pat McAfee on Tuesday It may sound like a pseudoscientific diagnosis, but Covid toe, also known as pernio or chilblains, has been found 'with increasing frequency in children and young adults during the COVID-19 pandemic,' according to a recent study in the British Journal of Dermatology. The condition can result in discoloration or lesions around the toes, and as Rodgers said after Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings, it is 'very, very painful' It may sound like a pseudoscientific diagnosis,...
    GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said that coronavirus cases jumped by 11% in Europe in the last week, the only region in the world where COVID-19 has continued to increase since mid-October. In its weekly assessment of the pandemic released on Tuesday, the U.N. health agency said cases and deaths globally have risen by about 6%, with about 3.6 million new infections and 51,00 new deaths reported in the previous week. WHO’s Europe director Dr. Hans Kluge warned that without urgent measures taken soon, the continent could see another 700,000 deaths by the spring. “The European region remains in the firm grip of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Kluge said, calling for countries to increase vaccination and to take other control measures like masking and social distancing to avoid “the last resort of lockdowns.” He noted that while more than 1 billion vaccine doses have been administered across WHO’s European region, which stretches to central Asia, the range in vaccination coverage varies from 10% to 80%. In the last week, Austria, the Netherlands and Belgium have all adopted...
    The Sunshine State is continuing to defy the opinions and attacks offered by members of the far-left and establishment media, reporting the lowest coronavirus cases per capita in the United States.  As of Monday, Florida continued to report the lowest case rate per 100,000 standing at seven, per the New York Times’ latest tally. Florida’s daily average of cases stood at 1,437 as of Monday, a decrease of two percent over the last two weeks. Blue states, famous for their lockdowns, continue to struggle to catch up to Florida in terms of low cases. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s  (D) Michigan, for example, is reporting a daily average of 8,780 daily cases, or 88 per capita. That represents an increase of 78 percent in the last two weeks. Last week, state health leaders issued another health advisory, urging everyone over the age of two to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status.  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer receives a dose of the Pfizer Covid vaccine at Ford Field during an event to promote and encourage Michigan residents to get the vaccine on April 6,...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates each Tuesday covering COVID-19 developments in Minnesota over the previous week. This week in COVID-19 news Though the Food and Drug Administration has only approved booster shots for adults who received the Johnson & Johnson shot and those 65 and over who got Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, some states are moving ahead on their own to expand eligibility.  Last Thursday, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, citing the spread and deadly risk of COVID-19, signed an executive order urging all adults who got a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than six months ago to get a booster. Article continues after advertisement Since then, California, New Mexico, Arkansas, and New York City have also leapfrogged federal officials to issue recommendations to get a booster.  Part of the booster push is a response to the more contagious delta variant, which is behind the latest surge of of cases, including in Minnesota. In fact, the state...
    China’s latest coronavirus epidemic has forced the country to transition from a “zero infection” strategy to a “zero case policy,” which encourages state officials to “prevent viral transmission in communities and to find out and treat patients as soon as possible,” China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said Sunday. The head of NHC’s coronavirus response expert panel, Liang Wannian, told the state-run Global Times on November 14 China’s new “zero case policy” differs from a “zero infection” strategy because it is “dynamic.” China’s NHC considers the approach more flexible in the current “era of epidemic normalization,” according to Liang. The NHC leader said this new era of coronavirus “normalization” includes four conditions: “no local transmitted infections related to imported cases, emergence of sporadic local cases, emergence of partial cluster infection cases in a single location and emergence of sporadic or cluster cases in multiple regions.” China is currently battling its most widespread publicly known outbreak of coronavirus since the initial outbreak that started the pandemic in Wuhan, China. The epidemic has affected “21 provinces, regions, and municipalities” since it began on...
    Unvaccinated adolescents have been the driving force behind a stubbornly persistent Delta surge in Britain, a potential warning sign for California if inoculation rates don’t improve considerably among this age group, health experts warn. Dr. George Rutherford, a UC San Francisco epidemiologist and infectious-disease expert, said unvaccinated 10- to 14-year-olds are driving the pandemic in the United Kingdom, with case rates among these ages significantly higher than any other group. Rutherford was citing data from a New York Times analysis, which said that in mid-October, school-age children in England were 15 times as likely to be infected with the coronavirus as 80-year-olds. The analysis noted that England ended mandatory mask-wearing in mid-July, and officials did not recommend vaccinations for 12- to 15-year-olds until mid-September, four months after they were available for those ages in the U.S. The U.K.’s surge in coronavirus cases has been uneven — climbing rapidly from mid-June to mid-July, then decreasing sharply before yo-yoing into a second peak in mid-October. There have been some signs of waning since the middle of last month, but cases remain...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. This week in COVID-19 news Minnesota’s COVID-19 situation worsened over the last week, with case positivity rising to levels not seen since last December. Deaths and hospitalizations were also up over the previous week. The big news of the week is that kids ages 5 to 11 are now eligible to get the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Kids in this age group get a smaller dose than adults and kids age 12 and up. More information on kids’ vaccines and how to schedule appointments can be found here.  In an October survey, the Kaiser Family Foundation found 27 percent of parents would get their 5 to 11-year-olds vaccinated right away, while 33 percent would “wait and see.” Five percent would only get their kid vaccinated if necessary, and 30 percent said they definitely would not get their...
    Jon Bon Jovi has tested positive for the coronavirus. A representative for the singer, 59, confirmed to Fox News that he recently tested positive for COVID-19, however, he is seemingly in good spirits.  "I can confirm he’s tested positive and that he’s fully vaccinated and feeling fine," the representative said.  Variety reports that the artist was due to appear at a fan event in Miami on Saturday at the Loews South Beach. However, after the crowd had already filed into the venue, they were reportedly informed that the singer would be unable to perform. The outlet reports that he did not perform alongside Kings of Suburbia as planned out of an abundance of caution.  JON BON JOVI SAYS HE’S THE ‘POSTER BOY’ FOR WHITE PRIVILEGE FOLLOWING RELEASE OF GEORGE FLOYD-INSPIRED SONG Bon Jovi tested positive for the coronavirus. (Ricky Vigil M/GC Images) The event was called "Runaway with JBJ." According to the event’s website, it was due to be a three-day, two-night event in Miami Beach for fans that would incorporate a costume party and photo op with the...
    Florida is tied for having the lowest number of daily average cases of the Chinese coronavirus per capita in the United States. The Sunshine State, which came under tremendous criticism from members of the far left throughout the pandemic, is now tied with Hawaii for having the lowest coronavirus case rate per capita, according to the New York Times’ case map last updated Wednesday. Both states are reporting 9 daily average cases per 100,000. That represents a 39 percent drop in cases for Florida over the last two weeks.  Meanwhile, notoriously blue states, even those which still have mask mandates in place, are reporting a higher volume of cases per capita. Illinois, for example, which still has a statewide mask mandate in place per Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker, is reporting 17 cases per 100,000. Washington, DC, which also has a mask mandate in place, is reporting 12 cases per capita. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) Michigan is reporting 38 cases per 100,000, Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) Pennsylvania is reporting 30 per capita, and Gov. Kathy Hochul’s (D) New York is reporting...
    For the first time since the indoor mask mandate was reinstated in early August, Montgomery County, Maryland’s, coronavirus case rate has dropped from “substantial” to “moderate” transmission. In Montgomery County, the indoor mask mandate automatically ends when there have been seven days in a row with the county in moderate transmission. Moderate transmission is defined by the Centers for Disease Control as when there are 10 to 49 new coronavirus cases per day on average in a seven-day period per 100,000 people. Until Thursday, the coronavirus case rate had been above 50 per 100,000 since early August, even going over 100 cases per 100,000, which is high transmission, in early September. The case rate on Thursday in Montgomery County was 49.71 and on Friday was 47.11. This data is as of Saturday. There is a delay in the reporting of the results of one or two days. If Montgomery County continues on this trend of under 50 cases per 100,000 per day through next week, the indoor mask mandate could be lifted as early as Thursday.
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday morning. DHS spokesperson Marsha Espinosa said Mayorkas is fully vaccinated against coronavirus and is experiencing minor symptoms. “Secretary Mayorkas tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols. Secretary Mayorkas is experiencing only mild congestion; he is fully vaccinated and will isolate and work at home per CDC protocols and medical advice. Contact tracing is underway,” Espinosa said in a statement obtained by CNN. Mayorkas will no longer travel to Colombia with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and will work from his residence instead. This story is developing. Check Breitbart News for updates. 
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. This week in COVID-19 news As much of the country is on the downswing of the current delta variant wave, Minnesota continues to see high case numbers: the New York Times’ COVID-19 tracker lists Minnesota eighth for new cases per capita among U.S. states, with an average of 49 new daily cases per 100,000 residents. The U.S. average is 25 new cases per 100,000 residents. It’s a big booster-shot news week. Last Thursday, a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended booster shots for Moderna recipients who are age 65 and up and others vulnerable to the virus. The panel’s recommendation is an important step in the process of FDA approval for the boosters, which could come within days, CNBC reports. Article continues after advertisement Johnson & Johnson boosters could be approved very soon, too. On...
    Florida, which came under a constant stream of criticism from corporate media outlets and blue state leaders throughout the Chinese coronavirus pandemic, is faring better than nearly every other state in the country in terms of case averages per capita, as the state’s two-week average of cases dropped by 33 percent. According to the New York Times’ coronavirus map and case count, only two states are reporting fewer average cases per capita than the Sunshine State, which is reporting 14 per 100,000.  “This table is sorted by places with the most cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. Charts show change in daily averages and are each on their own scale,” the Times guide reads.  Only Louisiana and Hawaii reported lower figures per 100,000 residents — 13 and 9, respectively.  California tied with Florida at 14 per capita, but other blue states are reporting significantly higher numbers. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) Michigan, for example, is reporting 43 cases per 100,000, and Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) Pennsylvania is reporting 35. New York — which implemented some of the most...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is reporting its largest daily number of new coronavirus infections, more than 70% up on the number a month ago as the country faces a sustained rise in cases. The national coronavirus task force on Sunday said 34,303 new infections were recorded in the previous day, compared with the 20,174 reported Sept. 19. The death toll of 999 was barely lower than the record 1,002 deaths reported on Saturday. Russian authorities have tried to speed up the pace of vaccinations with lotteries, bonuses and other incentives, but widespread vaccine skepticism and conflicting signals from officials stymied the efforts. The government said this week that about 43 million Russians, or some 29% of the country’s nearly 146 million people, are fully vaccinated. Despite the mounting toll, the Kremlin has ruled out a new nationwide lockdown like the one early on in the pandemic that badly hurt the economy, eroding President Vladimir Putin’s popularity. Instead, it has delegated the power to enforce coronavirus restrictions to regional authorities. Some of Russia’s 85 regions have restricted attendance...
    MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s Victoria state on Friday reported a record of 1,838 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths. The daily tally of confirmed cases is the highest in a 24-hour period of any Australian state or territory. It was the ninth consecutive day Australia’s second-most populous state has reported more than 1,000 cases, with active infections soaring to 16,823. The deaths brought Victoria’s toll from an outbreak of the delta variant that began in early August to 75. Infections are declining in New South Wales state. Australia’s most populous state reported 646 new confirmed cases and 11 deaths on Friday. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: — UK eases travel restrictions further by slashing ‘red list’ — U.S. President Biden, a convert to vaccine mandates, champions compliance — Massachusetts hospitals prepare to fire hundreds of unvaccinated workers — Pfizer’s request to OK shots for kids a relief for parents ___ — See all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: NICOSIA, Cyprus — The president of Cyprus has received a booster dose of a...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates covering COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. This week in COVID-19 news In the last week, the United States’ COVID-19 death toll surpassed 700,000. The grim milestone makes the COVID-19 pandemic one of the worst in the nation’s history. It also means that one in 500 Americans have died of COVID-19.  Because of the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, some 140,000 lives were spared, according to an August report from the National Institutes of Health. A recent study also found that pregnant women who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine passed on protection to their unborn babies.  Article continues after advertisement On Tuesday, Johnson & Johnson asked the Food and Drug Administration to clear its vaccine booster. Last month, the FDA approved a Pfizer booster for older adults and those who are more vulnerable to COVID-19. Cases Data from the Minnesota Department of Health show...
    Orange County, California, a non-mask mandate county, has a lower coronavirus case rate than neighboring Los Angeles County, which enforces mask wearing, a new report found.  The number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people sits at five in Orange County, while Los Angeles County has nine cases per 100,000 people, SFGate reported Monday. The two counties have identical hospitalization rates per 100,000 people, at six cases each. The two counties also have a similar vaccination rate, the outlet reported.  The data comes as the delta variant of the coronavirus winds down in the state, after a handful of counties implemented indoor face mask policies in response to the variant. Los Angeles County was the first in the state to issue a mask mandate in July for all people, after most of California’s previous mask mandates were lifted in June.  GOV. NEWSOM ANNOUNCES CALIFORNIA FIRST STATE TO REQUIRE COVID VACCINATIONS FOR K-12 STUDENTS Guidance from Orange County, meanwhile, currently recommends all residents wear masks indoors, while unvaccinated people are required to wear masks indoors, per California Department of Public Health guidance. ...
    Ohio Rep. Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsNew group of GOP lawmakers file articles of impeachment against Biden GOP lawmakers demand answers on withheld restitution following Nassar revelation Wisconsin lawmaker offers bill to ban teaching of critical race theory in DC schools MORE (R) announced Thursday he had tested positive for the coronavirus.  “Earlier today, I was feeling under the weather with symptoms of a bad cold & was tested for COVID-19,” Gibbs said in a post on Twitter. Gibbs said he is fully vaccinated against the coronavirus and that the vaccine has helped prevent “what could have been a worse infection.” “I will be resting & recuperating the appropriate amount of time at home,” he added. Earlier today, I was feeling under the weather with symptoms of a bad cold & was tested for COVID-19. While it was positive, I am vaccinated & it is so far preventing what could have been a worse infection. I will be resting & recuperating the appropriate amount of time at home.— Rep. Bob Gibbs (@RepBobGibbs) October 1, 2021 He is one of...
    House Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 in the latest breakthrough case among congressional lawmakers. “On Friday, I started having mild, cold-like symptoms. After several negative tests for Covid, I tested positive this morning,” Babin wrote in a Facebook post. “I’ve been fully vaccinated since late December of 2020, and I have already begun a therapeutic regimen under the advice and direction of my physicians. I’ve felt better, but I’ve also felt worse.” pic.twitter.com/qSGrNaWlQ8— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) September 25, 2021 “Thank you to my family, staff, and my physician friends at home and in Congress who are helping me get through this. God bless!,” Babin said.  Last week, Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOhio Republican tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Rep. Tim Ryan becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress MORE (D-Ohio) announced he also tested positive for COVID-19. His office noted in a statement that he had tested negative for COVID-19 three times...
    Florida on Wednesday escalated its war with school districts over mask mandates when a newly appointed, controversial surgeon general issued a rule making it even harder for schools to enforce them while also setting what experts called a dangerous new quarantine policy. Dr. Joseph Ladapo, who was appointed on Tuesday by Gov. Ron DeSantis, instituted his first rule Wednesday to give parents “sole discretion” over whether their child wears a mask or quarantines if exposed to COVID-19. The change, as reported by the Miami Herald, will also allow students who come in contact with the virus to continue attending class if they remain asymptomatic. In addition to representing just the latest chapter of pandemic recklessness in a state that has often set the international bar, experts said, the policy also short-circuited a legal challenge to an already-risky policy, effectively trolling parents in the state. “Essentially, when you have one losing, unlawful policy being challenged, you withdraw it and put in another losing, unlawful policy,” said Lawrence Gostin, a law professor at Georgetown University who specializes in public health and is...
    Tarek El Moussa tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated, Page Six can confirm. "He has since been doing his part to stay safe and get well by quarantining with his fiancée, Heather Rae Young, both of whom are fully vaccinated," a rep told Page Six on Tuesday. The publicist also shared that El Moussa, 40, and Young, 34, had been getting tested "multiple times a week" as they film their respective shows, "Flip or Flop" and "Selling Sunset." "Tarek had many negative tests last week and one positive," the rep added. "Heather Rae’s tests all came back negative." TAREK EL MOUSSA REPORTEDLY REQUESTS 'FLIP OR FLOP' CREW CHANGES AFTER CHRISTINA HAACK RANT LEAK Production on their HGTV and Netflix shows were immediately postponed "out of an abundance of caution," we’re told. TV personality Tarek El Moussa has tested positive for the coronavirus.  (Getty Images) A separate source confirmed production on "Selling Sunset" was paused and they "will be testing the entire cast and crew twice this week before resuming production." "The couple has taken all necessary...
    California has the lowest COVID-19 case rate in the United States, according to a tweet from the governor's office."Over 70% of Californians have received at least one dose. Keep it up, California - get vaccinated," the tweet said."We are not the most vaccinated state," said Dr. Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, chair of UCSF's Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "But we are also a state that has not completely abandoned the other mitigation methods."Masks are required at schools, hospitals and on public transportation, and in counties like Los Angeles, masks are also required indoors.Meantime, South Carolina is setting records for COVID-19 hospitalizations, and new cases are approaching the peak levels of last winter.Since ending South Carolina's state of emergency on June 7, Republican Gov. Henry McMaster has maintained that parents alone should decide if children wear masks in schools, even as the state's new cases soared from 150 a day on average to more than 5,000.Now teachers, students and parents are struggling with the fallout as more young people contract the delta variant, forcing nearly two dozen schools...
    Spencer Platt/Getty Images Chris Rock revealed that he has tested positive for Covid-19. The comedian announced the news in a Sunday tweet, also using the opportunity to urge everyone to get the coronavirus vaccine: Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this. Get vaccinated. — Chris Rock (@chrisrock) September 19, 2021 “Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this,” he wrote. “Get vaccinated.” While the comedian did not offer up any additional information, he told Jimmy Fallon in a May 2021 episode of the Tonight Show that he received the Covid-19 vaccine. “I used my celebrity, Jimmy,” Rock joked. “I didn’t care. I was like, ‘Hey, step aside Betty White, step aside old people, Judge Judy.'” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), breakthrough cases of the coronavirus are “expected,” as “no vaccine is 100% effective at preventing illness.” Despite the breakthrough cases, the CDC further clarifies that the risk of “infection, hospitalization, and death” is much lower in vaccinated people than in unvaccinated. According...
    Chris Rock revealed that he has been diagnosed with the coronavirus in a message urging his followers on Twitter to get vaccinated.  The comedian, 56, took to Twitter on Sunday to share a bare-bones message with his more than 5 million followers announcing both that he tested positive for COVID-19 and encouraged them to get vaccinated against the potentially life-threatening illness.  "Hey guys I just found out I have COVID, trust me you don’t want this. Get vaccinated," Rock wrote.  The star did not go into detail about how he is feeling, but given the dire warning he issued his followers, it seems he’s at the very least experiencing some kind of discomfort or illness. WENDY WILLIAMS ADDRESSES ON-AIR BEHAVIOR AFTER FANS RAISE CONCERNS Rock’s coronavirus diagnosis comes after the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member revealed months ago on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" that he was fully vaccinated, thus making him one of the many breakthrough cases of COVID-19 spreading throughout the country among people who are vaccinated.  "I’m two shots Rock, that’s what they call me,"...
    Wendy Williams is further delaying her show return after being diagnosed with COVID-19. The Instagram account of "The Wendy Williams Show" announced Wednesday that the daytime host, 57, is battling a "breakthrough case of COVID-19." "While continuing her health evaluations, Wendy has tested positive for a breakthrough case of COVID-19," the statement began. "To allow Wendy time to quarantine and fully recover and to ensure that our production abides by all SAG/AFTRA and DGA Covid protocols, we expect to begin the 13th season of ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ on Monday, October 4th." WENDY WILLIAMS SHADES ELLEN DEGENERES, SAYS TV 'EXPOSES YOU FOR THE PERSON THAT YOU REALLY ARE' The show will air repeats in the interim. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN @ HOME -- Episode 17152 -- Pictured in this screen grab: Wendy Williams -- (Photo by: Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) (Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images) The announcement comes after Williams had to bow out of promotional activities because of "ongoing health issues" that required "further evaluations." After news of Williams’ health issues...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- There are renewed concerns about the spread of coronavirus at mass gatherings in New York City.It comes as the city's health department investigates a cluster of COVID-19 cases after a large music festival, and amid the return of the popular Feast of San Gennaro in Little Italy.The NYC Health Department investigation is focusing on more than a dozen COVID cases following the Electric Zoo Music Festival on Randalls Island.Before the pandemic, the Labor Day weekend festival drew more than 100,000 people.This year, attendees had to be fully vaccinated.Still, the health department says the case count is now up to 16, so they are asking anyone who attended to get tested.Electric Zoo ran from September 3 - 5.New Yorkers can click here to find a COVID-19 testing location.For those that attended the festival but live outside of NYC, visit your local health department's website to find a testing option.Officials say eight other attendees may have been contagious at the time - and that's why getting vaccinated is so critical.The vaccine is also why the Feast of...
    BOSTON (CBS) – Dr. Mallika Marshall is answering your coronavirus and coronavirus vaccine-related medical questions. If you have a question for Dr. Mallika, email her or message her on Facebook or Twitter. Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health. READ MORE: Woman From Jamaica Seriously Hurt In Yarmouth Hit-And-Run Debbie writes, “I had heard there was a study saying the Moderna vaccine produces more antibodies than Pfizer’s. If I had the Moderna vaccine do I still need to have a booster shot?” There have been some studies suggesting that the Moderna vaccine might trigger the production of more antibodies against the coronavirus than the Pfizer vaccine, for example. Perhaps because Moderna uses a larger dose or because the two doses were spaced four weeks apart versus three with the Pfizer vaccine. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that one vaccine is more protective than the other, they both probably become less protective over time. So I think boosters will likely be recommended for people who received both the Pfizer and...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — As the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant spread, Maryland has seen a rapid uptick in Covid positivity, hospitalizations and deaths. Despite the upward trend, Maryland is weathering the Delta-driven surge better than nearly every other state in the country. According to the CDC COVID Data Tracker, the state currently has the second-lowest case rate per 100,000 residents in the country. Connecticut has the current lowest case rate. READ MORE: Police: Suspected Noose At Lynching Historical Marker Was Part Of Floral Arrangement Governor Larry Hogan attributes the success to the state’s high vaccination rate. Last week, the state reached 80% vaccination for all eligible residents. On Tuesday, the state announced 95% of all seniors are vaccinated. “We’re proud of the fact that we’re in much better shape here in Maryland,” said Hogan in a press conference Wednesday. “We have been able to avoid the spiking numbers that other states are experiencing with their case rates, surging out of control and their hospitals overflowing. We’re also encouraged that there are positive signs that our health metrics are actually...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present. This week in COVID-19 news With hospital staff fatigued and cases still growing at an alarming pace, Minnesota remains in a fourth wave of the pandemic as the school year begins this week for many students. One big question that remains as classes start up is how much school will add to case counts, since children under age 12 are still ineligible to be vaccinated, and the very-transmissible delta variant isn’t skipping over kids. Another question that health officials expect to have some answers to soon: What was the viral impact of the State Fair? Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday that 3,118 State Fair attendees got vaccinated at the Fair’s on-site vaccination clinic; 3,042 got a $100 gift card for their troubles. Article continues after advertisement While things could be better in Minnesota, they’re worse elsewhere...
    Sign up here to get our updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. On Tuesdays, MinnPost provides weekly updates that cover COVID-19 developments in Minnesota from the previous Wednesday to present.  This week in COVID-19 news In the midst of the Minnesota State Fair, COVID-19 cases continue to tick upward and hospitals are feeling the strain. MDH reported Tuesday 92.7 percent of the state’s intensive care beds are in use, as are 91 percent of non-ICU beds. While that’s not entirely due to COVID-19, the pandemic is still a significant cause of hospitalization in the state. MPR News reported Monday hospitals across the state say they have staff shortages, too. (In Louisiana, hospitals full of COVID-19 patients have made challenges posed by Hurricane Ida even more difficult.) Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday morning that 1,199 people have received a vaccine dose at the fair. People who get their first dose of a vaccine at the fair can get a $100 Visa gift card. Health officials say they...
    Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerMelissa Joan Hart reveals breakthrough COVID-19 case The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by AT&T — COVID-19 infects inoculated senators; Kabul evacuations drag Overnight Health Care: WH says more than one million vaccine doses administered in 24 hours | Texas faces tipping point as COVID-19 spreads | House Democrats press insulin manufacturers for lower prices MORE (R-Miss.) says he’s fully recovered after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month. Wicker announced over two weeks ago that he tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated. He was tested after experiencing mild symptoms. “To everyone who has asked, I have recovered fully from my bout with COVID-19, and I have a clean bill of health. I am looking forward to resuming my travel in the state this week,” Wicker tweeted. “I encourage all who have not yet received a COVID vaccine to talk to their doctor. Being fully vaccinated greatly reduced my risk of developing severe complications from the virus. Getting the shot is safe, easy, and free, and it could save your life,”...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — As students head back into the classroom, we’re continuing to see a spike in new COVID cases, but Gov. Larry Hogan said Maryland’s fight against this virus is one of the best in the country. He shared a map from Global Epidemics that shows our state is just one of nine at an orange risk level. He credited the good news to the state’s data-driven response. READ MORE: Eagle Scout Project Dedicates Memorial Garden To Fallen Officer Amy Caprio “We’re very happy that as of yesterday, we’re 50th lowest in the entire country, out of all states, for positivity rate and for case rate, so we can’t do much better than that,” he said. READ MORE: Memorial Football Game Played To Honor Slain 8-Year-Old Landover Boy On the vaccine front, more people are rolling up their sleeves, including teens. Maryland is approaching 70 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds who have at least one shot. That’s the third-highest rate in the country. MORE NEWS: Fidelia Asomani One of 12 To Research Pediatric Cancer, Thanks To National Grant...
    Updated 08/30/2021 – 17:12 Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas, the last two Roland Garros finalists and members of the ‘top 10’, are just a few of the many tennis players who have declined, so far, the vaccine against COVID-19. “No one can get a vaccine and make me wear it“Tsitsipas declared on the eve of the US Open, something that cost him a lot of criticism in Greece, his native country.”People should have the freedom to choose“, says Djokovic, world number one and a reference for the rest of the wardrobe mates. According to the numbers published in today’s edition of the newspaper ‘The New York Times’, all the major American leagues outnumber the professional tennis circuit in vaccination. In this way, the WNBA, women’s basketball league, has 99 percent of the professionals vaccinated by 90 in the men’s NBA. The MLS reaches 95 percent while the NFL of American football reaches 93 percent. For its part, hockey reaches 85 percent of vaccinated and the circuit PGA golf at 70. In the specific case of the...
    By The Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The number of new coronavirus cases in New Zealand has fallen significantly for the first time since an outbreak was detected nearly two weeks ago. Officials hope it is an indication that a strict nationwide lockdown might be working to halt the virus’s spread. Health authorities on Monday reported 53 new community cases, down from 83 a day earlier. Some of that decrease may have been attributable to fewer tests being completed. New Zealand’s government is pursuing an elimination strategy in which it tries to stamp out the virus entirely whenever it appears. The government put the country into the toughest form of lockdown after the first case of the current delta-variant outbreak was detected Aug. 17. ___ MORE ON THE PANDEMIC: __ Louisiana hospitals are packed with COVID-19 patients, fear the arrival of Hurricane Ida — Croatia thrilled at summer tourism season success despite COVID-19 — Russia’s virus-related deaths hit record of over 50,000 in July — Once a beacon of safety, Hawaii is seeing a surge of coronavirus cases driven...
    Two New York judges ordered defendants, whose cases were related to minor crimes and drug offenses, to get vaccinated against the Chinese coronavirus,” the New York Times reported on Monday. According to the report: In one case, Judge Jeffrey Zimmerman of the Bronx County criminal court, explained that the defendant, William Gregory, had been accused of crimes — including drug possession, criminal trespass, shoplifting and criminal contempt — that showed he had placed his own interest above others in getting the vaccine, the judge argued, Mr. Gregory would be doing the opposite, and so vaccination would represent a form of rehabilitation. In the second case, which was a week later, federal Judge Jed S. Rakoff for the Southern District of New York granted Elouisa Pimental release on the condition she get the coronavirus jab. She was originally charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. According to the Times: Judge Rakoff argued that it fell to him to determine whether a person seeking release represented a danger to their community. The unvaccinated, he wrote, did pose such a danger, given their “enhanced...
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (KGO) -- It's a trip many people dream of -- an anniversary trip to Italy.But for Matthew and Katherine Walden of Mountain View, their anniversary to Milan has turned into a nightmare."The night that we arrived here in Italy, I woke up in the middle of the night with a fever," Matthew said.RELATED: Thinking of traveling soon? Expert shares tips on how to navigate pandemic travelThe next morning, Matthew tested positive for COVID-19, despite both he and his wife taking two tests 24 hours before they left and both being fully vaccinated.Now, they're stuck in quarantine in their hotel for anywhere between 10 and 21 days, depending on how things unfold."I tested negative this whole time. So if I still continue to test negative, I can leave on day 10 because I've been in contact with a positive case. But if I test positive on day 10 then that restarts my clock," Katherine said.VIDEO: California father and son arrested in Hawaii for fake COVID-19 vaccine cardsEMBED More News Videos A Los Angeles-area father and son have been...
    Sen. Angus KingAngus KingRural community foundations support the ACE Act — you should too David Sirota: Seven Democrats who voted against fracking ban trying to secure future elections Report finds US government has made progress on cybersecurity, more work remains MORE (I-Maine) announced on Thursday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, in the Senate's second breakthrough case this week.  King's announcement comes hours after Sen. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerThe 19 GOP senators who voted for the T infrastructure bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Final countdown: Senate inches toward last infrastructure vote Senate votes to end debate on T infrastructure bill MORE (R-Miss.) announced that he had also tested positive for the coronavirus. Both senators are fully vaccinated, and the Senate is out of town until mid-September.  King, in a statement, said that while he and his staff took precautions to social distance while in Washington, D.C., that he began "feeling mildly feverish" on Wednesday.  "I took a test this morning at my doctor’s suggestion, and it came back positive. While I am not...
    New Zealand entered a strict three-day national lockdown Tuesday after a single case of coronavirus was detected in Auckland, the first locally transmitted example in six months. The last community outbreak in the South Pacific nation was in February and New Zealand has reported just 26 virus deaths nationally since the pandemic began. Despite that virus-free stretch, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed she would move to Alert Level Four on the presumption the Delta variant has been isolated, saying it was important for the country to “go hard and go early.” Level Four means reducing contact between people to the bare, essential minimum with the closing of schools, offices and all businesses with only essential services remaining operational. “As we’ve seen overseas, particularly in Sydney, unnecessary trips outdoors can spread the virus,” she said, Nine News reports.  There is no immediate link between this case and any possible breach of the New Zealand border. “We will not be able to identify if this is a case of the Delta variant until genome sequencing comes back tomorrow,”Ardern said. Just around 20 percent...
    WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand's government took drastic action Tuesday by putting the entire nation into a strict lockdown for at least three days after finding a single case of coronavirus infection in the community. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern invoked some of the stirring rhetoric she used early in the pandemic by urging the "team of 5 million" — New Zealand's population — to go hard and early in trying to eliminate the latest outbreak. CORONAVIRUS IN THE US: STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWN "We have seen what happens elsewhere if we fail to get on top of it," Ardern said. "We only get one chance." She said Auckland, where the infected man lives, and Coromandel, where he had visited, would go into a full lockdown for seven days and the remainder of the country for three days while health experts tried to find the source of his infection. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the areas where the infected man lives and visited will enter a full lockdown for seven days while the rest of the country will...
    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois Senate President Don Harmon tested positive for a "mild breakthrough" case of COVID-19 and was recovering from symptoms, his office announced Monday.The Democrat from Oak Park was vaccinated in the spring. He began experiencing symptoms late last week, self-isolated and tested positive, according to a statement. His office said "contact tracing was implemented."RELATED: About 99.999% of fully vaccinated Americans have not had a deadly COVID-19 breakthrough case: CDC"I'm even more grateful to be vaccinated, given how mild my symptoms have been," Harmon said in a statement. "I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and also to not let their guard down as we try to get back to normal."Harmon, an attorney, was elected senate president last year. He was first elected to the Illinois Senate in 2002.The video in the player above is from an earlier report.