Military branches all punish vaccine refusal | we

WASHINGTON – All U.S. military services have now initiated disciplinary action and layoffs for troops who have refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials said on Thursday, with up to 20,000 unvaccinated forces at risk of withdrawal of service.

On Thursday, the Marine Corps said it had so far fired 103 Marines for refusing the vaccine, and the military said it had reprimanded more than 2,700 troops and would begin dismissal proceedings in January. The Air Force said earlier this week that 27 airmen were fired for refusing the vaccine order. And the Navy has already fired a sailor from his command post for refusing to be tested while seeking an exemption.

The High Court asked for an OK warrant

The Biden administration on Thursday night asked the Supreme Court to block lower court orders that prevent President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers from going into effect in about half of the states. The administration said the requirement “will save hundreds, if not thousands of lives every month.”

France toughens rule on British visitors

Britain’s spike in infections driven in part by the omicron variant of the coronavirus rocked Europe on Thursday, fueling a familiar fear of entering a new phase of the pandemic just in time for the holidays.

After the UK recorded its highest number of new confirmed COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic, France announced on Thursday that it would tighten entry rules for those coming from Britain. Hours later, the country set a new record with 88,376 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases reported, nearly 10,000 more than the day before.

Theaters cancel performances

Many stages on Broadway and the West End have been forced to darken once again as the live theater community grapples with behind-the-scenes outbreaks of the coronavirus and its variants, temporarily shutting down everything from the revival of “Cabaret” in London with Eddie Redmayne at the mighty “Hamilton” in New York.

“At the end of the day, we’ll be following the science,” Broadway League president Charlotte St. Martin told The Associated Press.

Fireworks return to the Las Vegas Strip

The New Year’s Eve fireworks that were canceled last year on the Las Vegas Strip due to the coronavirus pandemic are back, tourism and elected officials said Thursday.

Last year, thousands of revelers again gathered on the Strip to ring the bell in 2021.

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