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A woman gets her first jab of the Covaxin vaccine at a hospital in Zimbabwe. Photo: Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Getty Images

Zimbabwe's health ministry announced a two-week lockdown on the central city of Kwekwe after detecting the coronavirus variant dominant in India.

The state of play: The lockdown will start Friday and a curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. will be strictly imposed.

  • Bars will shutter and public gatherings — including weddings and church services — are banned. Funerals can proceed, but will be supervised by health officials.
  • Businesses can operate between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Visitors will not be allowed in schools.
  • "Travelers through Kwekwe are strongly being advised to spend as little time as possible in Kwekwe during the next two weeks," the ministry's statement says.

Zimbabwe had stopped imposing restrictions after infection rates went down following "a devastating resurgence in December and January," AP reports.

By the numbers: The country has reported a total of 38,635 coronavirus cases and almost 1,600 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Sep 29, 2021 - Health

CDC issues urgent advisory calling on pregnant people to get COVID vaccine

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The CDC issued "an urgent health advisory" on Wednesday urging people who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Why it matters: The CDC said it "strongly recommends" vaccination because its benefits for a pregnant person and the fetus outweigh the risks. It added that pregnant people with COVID-19 are at "increased risk" of outcomes such as preterm birth, stillbirth and admission of a newborn into the ICU.

AT&T mandates COVID vaccination for most unionized workers

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AT&T expanded its COVID-19 vaccine mandate Wednesday to employees who are members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union.

Why it matters: The communications giant is one of the biggest employers in the U.S. to require frontline workers to be vaccinated against the virus. The union said it represents some 90,000 AT&T workers, per AP.

School principals are not OK

Principal Alice Hom (purple jacket) of New York's Yung Wing School P.S. 124 near a vaccination van in November. Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

The overwhelming majority of secondary school principals experienced frequent stress last school year, according to a RAND Corporation report out Wednesday.

The big picture: The stress levels among female principals and principals of color were especially stark, with nearly 40% in these groups reporting constant job-related stress, compared to about 24% of male principals and 26% of white principals.