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Covid: Quebec to impose health tax on unvaccinated Canadians

Covid: Quebec to impose health tax on unvaccinated Canadians

The Canadian province of Quebec will charge a health tax to residents who are not vaccinated against Covid-19. Quebec, which has seen the highest number of Covid-related deaths in Canada, is currently struggling with a surge in cases. On Tuesday, the premier announced...

The puzzle of America’s record Covid hospital rate

The puzzle of America’s record Covid hospital rate

Even as the Omicron variant sweeps around the world, public health officials have noted that, in most cases, the number of Covid patients in hospitals remains significantly lower than during previous pandemic surges. That's not the case in the US, however, where the...

Covid: No need for a fourth jab yet, say UK advisers

Covid: No need for a fourth jab yet, say UK advisers

A fourth Covid jab is not yet needed, say UK experts, because booster doses continue to provide high protection against severe disease from the Omicron variant among older adults. UK Health Security Agency data shows three months after boosting, protection against...

Covid: Deadly Omicron should not be called mild, warns WHO

Covid: Deadly Omicron should not be called mild, warns WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against describing the Omicron variant as mild, saying it is killing people across the world. Recent studies suggest that Omicron is less likely to make people seriously ill than previous Covid variants. But the record...

Covid: Critical incidents declared over staff shortages

Covid: Critical incidents declared over staff shortages

A county's health care system has been placed on the highest state of alert. Norfolk and Waveney's care system, covering three hospitals, the ambulance service, community and social services, has declared a critical incident. Hospital trusts elsewhere have also...