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Ukraine registers record daily number of COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 26, 2021 07:37 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine reported another record daily number of COVID-19 deaths Tuesday as vaccinations in the nation of 41 million people lags. Ukraine's Health Ministry registered 734 deaths in 24 hours, raising the country's pandemic death toll to 64,936. ...

Facebook froze as anti-vaccine comments swarmed users

Oct. 26, 2021 07:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In March, as claims about the dangers and ineffectiveness of coronavirus vaccines spun across social media and undermined attempts to stop the spread of the virus, some Facebook employees thought they had found a way to help. By altering how posts...

Moderna to supply Africa with up to 110 million COVID doses

Oct. 26, 2021 06:50 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Moderna on Tuesday said it will make up to 110 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine available to African countries, which local officials called a breakthrough on the world's least vaccinated continent. The announcement said Moderna is prepared to...

Russia's coronavirus deaths mark another high

Oct. 26, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The daily number of COVID-19 deaths in Russia hit another high Tuesday amid a surge in infections that forced the Kremlin to order most Russians to stay off work starting this week. The national coronavirus task force reported 1,106 deaths in 24 hours, the...

Infections soar as Czech authorities urge vaccination

Oct. 26, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have soared to the highest levels in more than half a year as authorities call on people to get vaccinated. The Health Ministry said the daily tally of new cases jumped to 4,262 on Monday, 1,733 more than a week...

COVID-19 cases spike in Belgium; govt poised for action

Oct. 26, 2021 06:16 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Coronavirus indicators are shooting upward in Belgium, pushing the government on Tuesday to consider re-imposing some pandemic measures that it only relaxed a few weeks ago. Daily infections in the nation of 11 million increased 75% to reach 5,299 case...

Global shares mostly higher, tracking Wall Street rally

Oct. 26, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mostly higher Tuesday after another rally to a record high on Wall Street. France's CAC 40 added 0.8% in early trading to 6,765.92, while Germany's DAX edged up 1.0% to 15,759.82. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.7% to 7,270.40. U.S. shares...

New Zealand expands vaccine mandate to 40% of all workers

Oct. 26, 2021 02:29 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government said Tuesday it will expand a vaccine mandate to include thousands of workers who have close contact with their customers — including employees at restaurants, bars, gyms and hair salons. The changes will mean...

Louisiana governor to announce if he'll lift mask mandate

Oct. 26, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday will announce whether he'll keep Louisiana's indoor mask mandate for another month or let it expire since the state has emerged from its latest coronavirus spike and is seeing lower rates of COVID-19 infection. ...

Hong Kong to tighten COVID-19 rules, seeks to open to China

Oct. 26, 2021 00:49 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong will tighten COVID-19 restrictions despite a lack of local outbreaks to better align with China’s policies and increase chances of quarantine-free travel between the territory and mainland, leader Carrie Lam said Tuesday. It will step up...