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Omicron confirmed in nine African countries, say officials

Dec. 07, 2021 09:50 AM EST

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Omicron cases have been confirmed in at least nine African countries, with some officials reporting that initial cases appear to be mild. Countries reporting omicron include: Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda and...

Armed gangs raise risks in vaccinating rural Nigerians

Dec. 07, 2021 03:56 AM EST

KUJE, Nigeria (AP) — Yunusa Bawa rolled his motorcycle away from the health care clinic where he works in Kuje, southwest of Nigeria's capital of Abuja, and secured a black box of COVID-19 vaccine for the rough ride ahead. The rocky and rugged pathway — Bawa described it as a...

Nigeria slams UK's 'discriminatory' travel ban over omicron

Dec. 06, 2021 09:05 AM EST

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian official on Monday criticized a travel ban imposed on the West African nation by the British government amid fears about the new omicron coronavirus variant as “punitive, indefensible and discriminatory.” U.K. Health Secretary Sajid...

Denver Art Museum mulls fate of plundered African art

Dec. 05, 2021 10:17 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — British troops in 1897 mounted a violent, retaliatory raid on the Kingdom of Benin, in what’s now southern Nigeria, looting and burning the royal palace and sending the oba, or king, into exile. The British confiscated all the royal treasures from their colonial subjects,...

UK tightens travel testing rules amid omicron concerns

Dec. 04, 2021 14:34 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government tightened travel restrictions Saturday amid concerns about the spread of the omicron coronavirus variant, saying all travelers arriving in England will need to take a COVID-19 test before they board their flight. Health Secretary...

SKorea sets daily records for new coronavirus cases, deaths

Dec. 03, 2021 23:31 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea again broke its daily records for coronavirus infections and deaths and confirmed three more cases of the new omicron variant as officials scramble to tighten social distancing and border controls. The 5,352 new cases reported by...

Sri Lanka reports 1st omicron case in returnee from Nigeria

Dec. 03, 2021 10:34 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka announced Friday it has confirmed its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in an unvaccinated person who returned from Nigeria. Health ministry spokesperson Dr. Hemantha Herath said the 25-year-old Sri Lankan woman...

Live updates: California reports 2nd omicron case in 2 days

Dec. 02, 2021 21:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES — California is reporting its second confirmed case of the omicron COVID variant in as many days. The Los Angeles County public health department says a county resident is self-isolating after apparently contracting the infection during a trip to South...

South Korea breaks daily virus record for 2nd straight day

Dec. 02, 2021 08:21 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea broke its daily record for coronavirus infections for a second straight day on Thursday with more than 5,200 new cases, as pressure mounted on a health care system grappling with rising hospitalizations and deaths. The rapid...

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...