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This undated image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication.

Panel weighs safety, effectiveness of Merck's COVID-19 pill


MDH: 12,632 newly-reported COVID-19 cases

New info shows omicron spread wider earlier than thought
Bus passengers wait at a bus stop next to a Stay Safe sign which encourages social distancing and the wearing of masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, in London, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. The emergence of the new COVID-19 omicron variant and the world's desperate and likely futile attempts to keep it at bay are reminders of what scientists have warned for months: The coronavirus will thrive as long as vast parts of the world lack vaccines.

US tracking of virus variants has improved after slow start
James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Boston University in Boston. The United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early 2021.

Mayo Clinic infectious disease physician: Omicron variant 'concerning' but no reason for panic

Omicron variant remains a mystery; experts say getting vaccinated is still the best defense
Omicron mutation

U.S. military personnel walk through St. Cloud's CentraCare Hospital. The military response team arrived over the weekend after Gov. Tim Walz requested federal assistance to alleviate strain on hospitals overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients.

2nd military medical response team arrives at Minnesota hospital


MDH: 44 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths, 4,511 newly-reported cases

MDH: 44 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths, 4,511 newly-reported cases


President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 variant named omicron, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, in Washington, as Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases listens.

New variant cause for concern, not panic, Biden tells US


St. Paul infectious disease physician calls omicron a 'concern'
WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries
EXPLAINER: What we know and don't know on new COVID variant
More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more
People line up to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nov. 26, 2021. As the world grapples with the emergence of the new highly transmissible variant of COVID-19, worried scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its lightning spread across the country.

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert


MDH: 56 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths, 4,131 newly-reported cases
EXPLAINER: What is this new COVID variant in South Africa?
World takes action as new 'omicron' variant triggers travel bans
FDA: Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Minnesota hospitals face capacity challenges for second Thanksgiving in a row

Families struggle with how to hold 2nd pandemic Thanksgiving

St. Paul Police Federation files lawsuit over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

White House: 92% of fed workers under mandate are vaccinated


South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike


MDH: 53 newly-reported COVID-19 deaths, 3,759 newly-reported cases


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WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

People wear face masks as they walk, in Regent Street, in London, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was necessary to take

EXPLAINER: What we know and don't know on new COVID variant

A woman wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 holds a child on her back on a crowded sidewalk in Pretoria, South Africa, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. As the world grapples with the emergence of the new variant of COVID-19, scientists in South Africa — where omicron was first identified — are scrambling to combat its spread across the country.

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Travelers walk with their luggage in the Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. Israel on Sunday approved barring entry to foreign nationals and the use of controversial technology for contact tracing as part of its efforts to clamp down on a new coronavirus variant.

In French Pantheon, Josephine Baker makes history yet again

FILE - Charlie Chaplin congratulates entertainer Josephine Baker after her performance at the charity gala

Solomon Islands police find 3 bodies after violent protests

This photo shows aftermath of a looted street in Honiara's Chinatown, Solomon Islands, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China.

Russia jails 5 people over coal mine disaster that killed 51

Ambulances and fire trucks are parked near the Listvyazhnaya coal mine out of the Siberian city of Kemerovo, about 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021. A fire at a coal mine in Russia's Siberia killed 11 people and injured more than 40 others on Thursday, with dozens of others still trapped, authorities said.

Macy's Thanksgiving parade returns, with all the trimmings

Police walk by an inflated helium balloon of Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda, from the Star Wars show The Mandalorian, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021, in New York, as the balloon is readied for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday.

PHOTOS: Veterans Day 2021

A tomb guard of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as

LIST: Thanksgiving 2021 meals

LIST: Thanksgiving 2021 meals

Tips to save on energy bills this winter

Tips to save on energy bills this winter

LIST: Local yard waste pickup ending

Yard waste collection site in Arden Hills