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Nearly 86% of US COVIDs caused by BA.2 Omicron -CDC subvariant
The BA.2 Omicron subvariant of the coronavirus is now responsible for 86% of COVID-19 cases in the United States and more than 90% of infections in the Northeast, according to data released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States. COVID-19 infections have started to rise again in recent weeks, particularly in northeastern states such as New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, although overall cases have fallen sharply nationwide since then. that they hit record highs in January, according to agency data.
Yelp will offer American workers an abortion travel allowance
Yelp, Inc said on Tuesday it will cover the expenses of its employees and their dependents who need to travel to another state for abortion services starting next month, making it the latest U.S. company to offer similar benefits to its employees. The crowdsourced rating platform for restaurants and other businesses will provide travel benefits to its U.S. employees who must travel out of states like Texas and Oklahoma that have restricted access to abortion services.
Screening for anxiety should start at age 8, US panel says
According to new recommendations from the government-backed US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), children as young as 8 should be screened for anxiety and those 12 and older for depression. The advice to healthcare providers, still in draft form, applies to children and adolescents who do not have signs or symptoms of these conditions.
White House faces April 18 deadline on transit mask mandate
The Biden administration faces an April 18 deadline to extend or end a mandate requiring travelers to wear masks on planes, trains and in transit centers. Industry groups and Republican lawmakers want the White House to end the 14-month mask mandate. But it comes amid a spike in COVID-19 cases – including many US officials who attended a recent white-tie dinner in Washington.
Factbox-Restrictions vs protections: how states take sides on abortion
This spring, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to strike down constitutional abortion protections that have been in place since the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade. Conservative states are moving quickly to adopt abortion restrictions in anticipation of the court ruling, while liberal states seek to protect and expand abortion rights. Here are a few bills that are gaining traction this year:
FDA Warns Websites Illegally Selling ADHD Drug Adderall
The United States Food and Drug Administration and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration jointly sent warning letters to two websites for illegally selling Adderall, a treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD ). Adderall is an FDA-approved prescription drug consisting of two stimulants, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, and has a high potential for abuse and dependence.
Ferrero asks Americans to get rid of Kinder chocolates for fear of Salmonella
Ferrero on Tuesday asked American consumers to dispose of Kinder chocolates that are not authorized for distribution in the country, warning that they could come from the batch of chocolates recently recalled in Europe due to possible contamination with Salmonella Typhimurium. The confectionery group’s North American division last week recalled the Kinder Happy Moments Chocolate Assortment and the Kinder Mix Chocolate Candy Basket because they were made in a facility where Salmonella was detected.
Oklahoma governor signs near-total abortion ban, threatens providers with jail
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a bill that makes it illegal to perform an abortion in the state except in medical emergencies, penalizing those who do so with up to $100,000 in fine and 10 years in prison. The legislation, which is one of several anti-abortion measures advanced by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature this year, will go into effect this summer unless blocked in court.
Shanghai eases COVID restrictions for some even as factory shutdowns widen
Some Shanghai residents were able to leave their homes for the first time in more than two weeks on Tuesday as the city took tentative steps to ease the COVID-19 lockdown amid growing concerns over the economic impact of the tough restrictions. With a quarter of the population under what brokerage Nomura described as ‘full or partial lockdowns’, China’s leaders are increasingly taking steps to alleviate the economic toll of their ‘zero-COVID’ strategy, but remain reluctant to risk greater waves of infection.
Italy reports 83,643 coronavirus cases, 169 deaths on Tuesday
Italy reported 83,643 COVID-19-related cases on Tuesday, down from 28,368 the previous day, the health ministry said, while the death toll rose by 115 to 169. Italy recorded 161,032 deaths linked to COVID-19 since its outbreak emerged in February 2020. , the second highest toll in Europe after Britain and the eighth in the world. The country has reported 15.4 million cases so far.
(With agency contributions.)