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Manager of North End pizzeria punched by man who refused to wear mask, officials say

The general manager of the Regina Pizzeria in Boston’s North End was assaulted by a man who refused to wear a mask inside the restaurant on Sunday night.

Watch live: President Biden holds a formal press conference

President Biden is set to hold a formal press conference on Wednesday afternoon. Watch live here at 4 p.m.

A United States government website is displayed on a computer on Wednesday that features a page where people can order free, at-home COVID-19 tests.

US begins offering 1 billion free COVID-19 tests, but many more needed

For the first time, people across the US can log on to a government website and order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. But the White House push may do little to ease the Omicron surge, and experts say Washington will have to do a lot more to fix the country’s testing system.

Rapid antigen test kits.

Baker announces launch of state’s ‘test and stay’ program for child care providers

Under the new Testing for Child Care program, child care and early education providers will receive rapid antigen COVID-19 tests by the week of Jan. 31, Baker said at a news conference at Ellis Early Learning in Boston.

Governor Charlie Baker.

Watch live: Governor Baker to speak about COVID-19 in Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker is scheduled to speak Wednesday about COVID-19 testing. Watch live here at 1 p.m.

A volunteer dressed in a costume talked to a young boy who is about to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at vaccination center in Prague, Czech Republic, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. On Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022, the new Czech government dismissed the previous government's plan to order a vaccine mandate for the elderly people and for some professional groups.

Omicron is a bigger risk for the young, medical data shows

The Omicron variant may be more dangerous for children than earlier coronavirus strains, a study of hospitalization data from one of South Africa’s biggest medical insurance programs showed.

Hazel O'Donnell gives her COVID-19 test swab to Dr. Helenann Civian, the principal of South Boston Catholic Academy, which partnered with Ginkgo Bioworks.

Ginkgo acquires Project Beacon, consolidating COVID testing efforts in Mass.

Two of the state’s major COVID-19 testing players are combining their efforts.

N95 masks.

Biden to give away 400 million N95 masks starting next week

The Biden administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to Americans starting next week, now that federal officials are emphasizing their better protection against the Omicron variant of COVID-19 over cloth face coverings.