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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand is among the few remaining countries to have avoided any outbreaks of the omicron variant — but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday an outbreak was inevitable and the nation would tighten restrictions as soon as one was detected.

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Both nationally and regionally, COVID-19 case hospitalizations are at a record high. Dr. Steven Lawrence, Washington University infectious disease expert at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, said the majority of those who are in the ICU's are unvaccinated.

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FRIDAY, Jan. 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Citing the rapid spread of the omicron variant and the need for protection against it, U.S. federal health officials are shortening the recommended time between the second dose of the Moderna vaccine and a booster shot from six months down to five.

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ROME (AP) — The Italian government approved a measure Wednesday requiring people older than 50 to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. as the country struggles with nearly daily new records of fresh infections fueled by the omicron variant.

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Cases in Illinois prisons jumped to 703 active COVID-19 cases among inmates and staff in the past two weeks — compared to 74 inmates and 126 staff on Dec. 6, according to data provided by IDOC.

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