Nightly curfew for pandemic takes effect across Quebec

A curfew meant to curb a surge in coronavirus infections took effect across Quebec on Saturday evening. The measure is needed to prevent gatherings that have fueled the rampant spread of the virus, Premier Francois Legault said in announcing the rules earlier in the week. The French-speaking Canadian province has a population of more than 8.4 million. “The situation is […]

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Brazil’s pandemic deaths top 200,000 amid a return to fun

The night before New Year’s Eve in Rio de Janeiro, thousands of revelers clad in their bathing suits crowded onto the iconic Ipanema beach to have some seaside drinks. It was one of many open-air parties occurring along Brazil’s vast coastline since the summer heat set in, and as the COVID-19 death toll climbed higher. “It was so packed, you […]

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Pandemic pods offer social relief, but there are risks

Patti Ghezzi knows the risks posed by the pandemic. She also knows that her 14-year-old daughter thrives in the company of her friends. So Ghezzi and her family did something many other Americans have attempted: They became part of a ‘pod,’ or ‘social bubble,’ with two other Atlanta families. All agreed to limit their exposure to the outside world, and […]

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The U.K. Says a Faster-Spreading Strain of COVID-19 Is Circulating: Here's What to Know

The United Kingdom tightened COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday due to a new, faster-spreading strain of the virus that experts say is moving through the commonwealth. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that London and other parts of Southeast England would move to the highest level of restrictions after England’s public health officials confirmed that a variant of COVID-19 found in the […]

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