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Tokyo Olympics kick-off amid COVID-19 fears, protests

A year after they were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Olympics kicked off in Tokyo, Japan-- but not without controversies. The opening ceremony was held without spectators and most competitions are being held without an in-person audience. Meanwhile, as COVID-19 cases rise, public outcry against the Games has grown. New York Times Tokyo Bureau Chief Motoko Rich joins.

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December 28, 2021 - PBS NewsHour full episode
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December 28, 2021

Tuesday on the NewsHour, as rising omicron cases keep many at home, "PBS NewsHour" explains the new CDC recommendations for shorter isolation times.
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December 27, 2021

Monday on the NewsHour, hospitals battle a surge in omicron cases around the United States amid holiday travel.
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December 25, 2021

On this edition for Saturday, December 25, Omicron cases rise and disrupt holiday travel plans, and the world’s most powerful and largest space telescope launches.
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December 24, 2021

Friday on the NewsHour, thousands of flights are canceled on Christmas Eve as the omicron variant leads to airline staffing shortages.
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December 23, 2021

Thursday on the NewsHour, the jury finds Minnesota police officer Kim Potter guilty in her manslaughter trial after she shot and killed Daunte Wright.
Season 2021 Episode 357
December 22, 2021 - PBS NewsHour full episode
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December 22, 2021

Wednesday on the NewsHour, hospitals in the United States struggle to handle the influx of COVID patients following the rapid spread of the omicron variant.
Season 2021 Episode 356
December 21, 2021 - PBS NewsHour full episode
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December 21, 2021

President Joe Biden announces plans to ship free COVID tests to millions of Americans, and tells military medical personnel to help hospitals expecting a case surge.
Season 2021 Episode 355
December 20, 2021 - PBS NewsHour full episode
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December 20, 2021

Monday on the NewsHour, more U.S. schools and businesses close while hospitals brace for a wave of new patients from the omicron variant.
Season 2021 Episode 354
December 17, 2021 - PBS NewsHour full episode
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December 17, 2021

Friday on the NewsHour, former Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter takes the stand in her own defense in the trial over the killing of Daunte Wright.
Season 2021 Episode 351
December 16, 2021 - PBS NewsHour full episode
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December 16, 2021

Thursday on the NewsHour, rapidly increasing infection rates from the omicron variant in the U.S. prompt more COVID concerns.
Season 2021 Episode 350
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