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Tempers flare in U.S. Congress as COVID-19 mask mandates return

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WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – Tempers flared in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday after its chief physician urged lawmakers to resume wearing masks to slow the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, with the top Democrat labeling Republican opposition as “moronic.” A high-ranking aide to House of......

Biden considers requiring COVID-19 vaccines for federal workers

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MCLEAN, Va., July 27 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Tuesday his administration is considering whether to require U.S. federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. “That’s under consideration right now,” Biden told a reporter who asked whether the administration was weighing such a requirement. Biden made the remark......

U.S. CDC recommends vaccinated Americans wear masks indoors in many cases

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WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should go back to wearing masks in indoor public places in regions where the coronavirus and especially the Delta variant are spreading rapidly, U.S. authorities said on Tuesday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommended all......

Biden pushes for long COVID sufferers to be protected by law

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WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said Monday the White House is pushing for people with long-term symptoms of COVID-19 to be protected against discrimination, as he marked the anniversary of a landmark law for people with disabilities. U.S. agencies will coordinate to ensure people suffering from severe......

U.S. appeals court lifts CDC cruise ship restrictions in win for Florida

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WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court late on Friday reversed course and let stand a lower court order prohibiting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from enforcing coronavirus-related cruise ship rules in Florida. The decision is a win for Florida that had filed a......

Vaccinated people make up 75% of recent COVID-19 cases in Singapore, but few fall ill

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A medical worker prepares a syringe at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Singapore, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo SINGAPORE, July 23 (Reuters) – Vaccinated individuals accounted for three-quarters of Singapore’s COVID-19 infections in the last four weeks, but they were not falling seriously ill, government data showed,......

Biden softens tone on Facebook, urges action on vaccine misinformation

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WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden took a softer tone when talking about Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Monday, after saying last week that the social media company was “killing people” by allowing the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Biden told reporters on Monday he meant to......

Mexico’s coronavirus death toll rises to 236,240 as cases surge

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Healthcare workers apply a rapid test to people at a temporary testing site for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mexico City, Mexico July 16, 2021. REUTERS/Luis Cortes MEXICO CITY, July 17 (Reuters) – Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 12,631 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country and 225......

Johnson, set to ease England’s rules, says pandemic not over

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UK PM set to outline end of COVID restrictions Government says vaccines breaking link between COVID and deaths Concern that Euro 2020 gatherings could accelerate infections LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge caution on Monday as he confirms plans to remove nearly all remaining......

UK minister confident of further COVID-19 rule easing from July 19

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Britain’s COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi speaks during a media briefing on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at Downing Street in London, Britain, June 23, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Nicholson/Pool LONDON, July 11 (Reuters) – The UK government is confident that plans to lift a range of COVID-19 restrictions will go......

Singapore eyes sports, conferences, concerts for vaccinated residents

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People wearing face masks cross a road amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Caroline Chia SINGAPORE, July 7 (Reuters) – Singapore is aiming to allow bigger gatherings for conferences, live music, sports, weddings and religious events for people fully vaccinated against coronavirus later this month,......

Biden zeroes in on Delta variant as U.S. nears 160 mln fully vaccinated

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July 6 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden on Tuesday encouraged Americans who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19 to get their shots to protect themselves from the widely-spreading, highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus. Biden told reporters the United States will reach a mark of 160 million......

Russian regions run low on vaccines as COVID-19 cases jump

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MOSCOW, June 26 (Reuters) – A central Russian region on Saturday suspended COVID-19 vaccinations for two days due to a shortage of doses, local officials said, as the country reported its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases since mid-January. Russia is facing a surge in new cases that authorities blame......

Brazilian lawmaker denouncing vaccine deal wears bullet-proof vest to hearing

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RIO DE JANEIRO, June 25 (Reuters) – A Brazilian congressman who has denounced alleged wrongdoing in a 1.6 billion reais ($323 million) COVID-19 vaccine contract signed by Brazil’s government arrived at a Senate commission inquiry on Friday wearing a bullet-proof vest for safety. Congressman Luis Miranda and his brother Luis......

Brazilian Senate to hear Google, Facebook, Twitter in pandemic probe

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Facebook, Google and Twitter logos are seen in this combination photo from Reuters files. BRASÍLIA, June 23 (Reuters) – A Brazilian Senate committee on Wednesday formally approved a request to call representatives of Google (GOOGL.O), Facebook (FB.O) and Twitter (TWTR.N) to testify in an ongoing probe into the government’s handling......

Russia tightens COVID-19 restrictions as deaths spike in major cities

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MOSCOW, June 23 (Reuters) – Deaths related to COVID-19 spiked in Russia’s major cities on Wednesday amid a surge in new cases that authorities have blamed on the new Delta variant, and restrictions seeking to curb the virus’ spread were strengthened. Desperate to speed up Russia’s sluggish vaccination campaign, Moscow......

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs insurers on Obamacare reimbursements

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WASHINGTON, June 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a bid by health insurance companies to seek a full reimbursement from the federal government under a provision of the Obamacare law aimed at encouraging them to offer medical coverage to uninsured Americans. The justices turned......

Kremlin blames ‘nihilism’ as Moscow sees record COVID-19 infections

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A specialist wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) sprays disinfectant while sanitizing the Rizhsky Railway Station, one of the measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Moscow, Russia June 17, 2021. Moscow Division of Russian Emergencies Ministry/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW, June 18 (Reuters) – The Kremlin on......

Moscow facing new aggressive coronavirus variant, mayor says

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MOSCOW, June 17 (Reuters) – Moscow is facing a new coronavirus variant that is more aggressive and infectious, and the situation in the city is rapidly deteriorating, its mayor said on Thursday. The Russian capital reported 7,704 new infections on Sunday, the most in a single day since Dec. 24.......

Russia’s new COVID-19 cases rise to highest since Feb. 13

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A medical specialist holds a vial of Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus in a department store in Moscow, Russia, January 18, 2021 REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo Russia on Sunday reported 14,723 new COVID-19 cases, including 7,704 in Moscow, the largest one-day national caseload since Feb. 13. The number of new......

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