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State lowers bar on teaching hires amid Covid-related shortage

At least one US state is struggling so much to find enough teachers to keep classrooms open that it will hire teenagers who were high school students themselves less than a year ago as fill-in educators. The Kansas State Board of Education approved an emergency declaration on Wednesday, temporarily easing …

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Expiration date on nearly 1 million old Covid tests extended

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has lengthened the shelf-life for around 800,000 expired coronavirus tests that have sat in a warehouse in Florida for months, giving state health officials more time to use them up. The FDA allowed the extension after Abbott Diagnostics, the firm that produced the …

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US sets new record for Covid-19 hospitalizations

The US has broken its previous record for Covid-19 hospitalizations, counting 145,982 patients currently in the hospital with the virus as of Tuesday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Tuesday’s figure outstrips the previous peak of 142,000 hospitalizations set last January – before the widespread rollout of …

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Elderly man gets 12 Covid vaccines in one year

An Indian senior has been detained by the authorities after getting a dozen of Covid shots, which he claims have had a very positive effect on his health beyond keeping him safe from the virus. Former postman Brahamdev Mandal, a resident of Orai village in Bihar, received his first vaccine …

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Country shatters records with 1.35 million daily Covid cases

The US shattered all records on Monday with a whopping 1.35 million new Covid-19 cases recorded. The news comes as hospitalizations with the infection also broke records. The troubling figures come courtesy of a fresh Reuters tally. Mondays typically yield particularly high numbers, as many states do not report cases …

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Facebook mandates Covid boosters

Employees at Meta will have to show proof that they received a Covid-19 vaccine booster, with the company citing its effectiveness. Meta is now set to reopen its offices in March. Meta – which owns Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and virtual reality company Oculus – will fully reopen its offices on …

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Boosted Mexican president gets Covid again

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced he tested positive for Covid-19 for the second time in under a year and will now carry out his duties from quarantine. López Obrador – who is fully vaccinated and received a booster shot in December – revealed the result of his …

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Poll reveals Americans’ biggest concern – and it’s not Covid

A shrinking number of Americans name Covid-19 among their top concerns, according to recent polling, which indicates greater worry over a lagging economy and four decade-high price inflation than the ongoing health crisis. Published on Monday, a new poll conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public …

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AOC catches Covid after maskless party

Democratic New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is fully vaccinated and boosted, has tested positive for Covid-19 just a week after she was spotted partying without a face mask in Florida. Ocasio-Cortez’s office announced the news on Sunday evening and revealed that the congresswoman was experiencing symptoms for the virus …

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