Van Morrison takes legal action against Northern Ireland health department and minister over Covid article | Van Morrison

Van Morrison has issued legal proceedings against Northern Ireland’s Department of Health and its minister Robin Swann over an opinion piece written for Rolling Stone magazine.

In September 2020, Morrison released three anti-lockdown songs, with lyrics that scientists accused of “making up crooked facts”.

“The new normal is not normal,” he sang. “We were born to be free.”

In response, Swann wrote for the US magazine describing Morrison’s songs as a “smear” on those involved in the public health response to the virus, and highlighting the damage the musician might cause to public messaging around Covid-19 in Northern Ireland.

In the piece, Swann expressed “a real feeling of disappointment” in Morrison, who he acknowledged as a “music legend”.

“If you see it all as a big conspiracy, then you are less likely to follow the vital public health advice that keeps you and others safe,” Swann wrote.

“His words

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Health Department identifies possible monkeypox case in state | News

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has identified a probable case of monkeypox in a central Oklahoma resident who recently traveled internationally to a country with confirmed cases.

OSDH is working with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm the possible infection.

If confirmed it would be the first case of monkeypox in the state.

The person currently is isolated while OSDH officials work to complete contact tracing to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the individual.

“As soon as we learned about the monkeypox outbreak in Europe our response team began working to coordinate areas within the agency to respond if a case was identified in Oklahoma,” said Jan Fox, deputy commissioner of health preparedness. “We are currently working through the case investigation and contact tracing. However, we do want to stress to Oklahomans that the general public is not at risk.”

While not easily transmissible,

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Columbia/Boone County health department to hold ‘comfort’ vaccine clinic as state report shows case increases


The Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department is set to host a vaccine “comfort clinic” this weekend.

The clinic is scheduled to take place Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm at the health department at 1005 W. Worley St. in Columbia. Patients will be provided with several anxiety-reducing activities as well as private rooms, according to the health department.

The clinic is open to all ages and all COVID-19 shots will be offered as the department will be able to administer either a primary dose or a booster dose.

Patients will need an appointment to attend Saturday’s clinics. Appointments can be found on the health department’s website.

The clinic comes as the latest state profile report for Missouri shows increases in COVID-19 numbers.

The report shows 12,756 new cases reported and a 74% increase from the previous week. The state’s positivity rate

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