McLean County reports 4 more COVID-related deaths as new cases drop – WGLT

McLean County continues to see improving COVID data as spread of the omicron variant appears to slow, but the county reports four more COVID-related deaths and no further reduction in hospitalizations. The McLean County Health Department (MCHD) on Monday said the latest deaths include a man in his 70s and women in their 50s, 80 […]

‘Felt like a bullet’: Bhutan PM mourns kingdom’s rare COVID death – Al Jazeera English

The Himalayan kingdom that has recorded just four coronavirus deaths sees surge in infections linked to the highly contagious Omicron variant.Bhutan’s success in avoiding coronavirus is almost unrivalled but a rare patient death – just the kingdom’s fourth – shows more work was needed to fight the pandemic there, its leader says.The remote Himalayan nation […]

Sport, politics and Covid collide at the Beijing Winter Olympics – The Guardian

The Games will open on Friday in a country that hopes sport will be the talking point. But political twists or a resurgent virus could leave the event skating on thin iceHosting the Winter Olympics during a pandemic was always going to test the Chinese government, by putting its ever-growing ability to exercise political control […]

Pfizer, Moderna begin trials of boosters aimed at omicron; Biden administration withdraws vaccine mandate for –

A syringe is prepared with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at the Reading Area Community College in Reading, Pa., in September. Both Pfizer and Moderna are starting trials of boosters aimed against the omicron variant. APCLEVELAND, Ohio – Pfizer and Moderna begin trials of vaccines targeted against the omicron variant of COVID-19, and […]

Covid-19 Pandemic: Live Updates and News for Jan. 19, 2022 – Bloomberg

A health worker administers a Covid-19 swab test in Sao Paulo on Jan. 14.The U.K. government is lifting the restrictions it imposed in England in December, when the omicron variant caused a record spike in infections that now shows signs of easing. Cases are still soaring elsewhere in Europe, however. France reported a record of nearly 465,000 new […]

Omicron's New Year's cocktail: Sorrow, fear, hope for 2022 – Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — Sorrow for the dead and dying, fear of more infections to come and hopes for an end to the coronavirus pandemic were — again — the bittersweet cocktail with which the world said good riddance to 2021 and ushered in 2022.New Year’s Eve, which used to be celebrated globally with a free-spirited […]

The News Roundup For January 14, 2022 : 1A – NPR

Doctor Delkhah Shahin checks on a 34 years old, unvaccinated, Covid-19 patient at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images hide caption Doctor Delkhah Shahin checks on a 34 years old, unvaccinated, Covid-19 patient at Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California.Omicron continues to spread through the U.S. […]