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Live updates: Greek lawmakers OK vaccine mandate for elderly

Dec. 01, 2021 17:05 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infection surge and the emergence of the omicron variant. The draft law...

Nigeria says it found first case of omicron in November

Dec. 01, 2021 13:34 PM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has detected its first case of the omicron coronavirus variant in travelers who arrived from South Africa in the past week, the country’s national public health institute said Wednesday, correcting its earlier statement that it found the variant in samples...

South Korea confirms first five cases of omicron variant

Dec. 01, 2021 09:08 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed its first five cases of the new omicron coronavirus variant in people linked to arrivals from Nigeria, prompting the government to tighten the country's borders. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention...

Canada bans more countries amid fears over omicron variant

Nov. 30, 2021 17:32 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — Canada announced a ban Tuesday on foreign nationals from three more countries because of concerns with the omicron COVID-19 variant. Canada is banning all foreigners who have traveled through Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt. Dr. Theresa...

Canada confirms country’s first two cases of omicron COVID-19 variant among two people who had recently visited Nigeria

Nov. 28, 2021 19:04 PM EST
TORONTO (AP) — Canada confirms country’s first two cases of omicron COVID-19 variant among two people who had recently visited Nigeria.

Nigeria designates gunmen in troubled north as terrorists

Nov. 26, 2021 16:02 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has designated armed groups blamed for hundreds of abductions and killings in northern areas as terrorist organizations, in a major swing in response to a key security challenge facing Africa’s most populous country. The office of...

WHO: Vaccine hesitancy persists among Africa health workers

Nov. 25, 2021 12:05 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Africa is seeing a rise in deliveries of vaccine doses to the continent, but only one in four of its health workers has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the World Health Organization regional office said on Thursday. The most common reasons...

In Africa, Blinken sees limits of US influence abroad

Nov. 22, 2021 06:18 AM EST

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Traveling across Africa, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken saw firsthand the limits of America’s influence abroad. Blinken confronted authoritarianism, growing threats from newly energized extremists, and persistent challenges posed by...

Blinken eyes African crises, says continent must reform

Nov. 19, 2021 16:03 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Friday called on African nations to heed warnings posed by crises in Ethiopia and Sudan, take seriously popular demands for better governance and enact reforms. In a speech outlining the Biden...

Scientists mystified, wary, as Africa avoids COVID disaster

Nov. 19, 2021 11:55 AM EST

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,...