France has detected first case of new coronavirus variant

France has detected the country’s first confirmed case of the new coronavirus variant initially identified in the United Kingdom, health officials said Friday.

South Korea detected 1,132 cases of Covid-19 on Friday, the country’s Disease Control and Prevention Agency reported Saturday.

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has received his first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, state-run SPA news reported Friday.

Duke University’s women’s basketball team will not play the remainder of the 2020-2021 season, citing health and safety concerns stemming from Covid-19, the school announced Friday.

Los Angeles County public health officials reported 148 new Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, the second day in a row that the county reported its highest number of new deaths.

According to the Department of Public Health’s Thursday news release, there are about 6,500 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in the county, 20% of whom are in intensive care units — a pandemic high.

A Boston health care worker with a history of allergies developed an allergic reaction after receiving a Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on Christmas Eve. This is the first known case of allergic reaction from a Moderna coronavirus vaccine, though there have been at least six reported cases of allergic reaction in the US associated with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.