Latest Epidemics News

Yemen has 1st confirmed virus case, more than 10k in Israel

Apr. 10, 2020 3:20 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Yemen’s internationally recognized government Friday announced the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the war-torn country, stoking fears that an outbreak could devastate an already crippled health care system. The national emergency committee for the COVID-19 disease in...

Josefa Ribas, 86, who is bedridden, looks at nurse Alba Rodriguez as Ribas’ husband, Jose Marcos, 89, stands by in their home in Barcelona, Spain, March 30, 2020, during the coronavirus outbreak. Ribas suffers from dementia, and Marcos fears for them both if the virus enters their home.

AP PHOTOS: Spain's elderly suffer as virus tears safety nets

Apr. 10, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

BARCELONA (AP) — The elderly of Barcelona’s working-class Poble Sec neighborhood, the generation who survived widespread hunger after the Spanish Civil War, started out vulnerable. Drawn to Spain’s industrial heartland a generation ago, they relied in retirement on free lunches from...

The Mass of the Lord's Supper is live-streamed from St. Anthony Parish in San Gabriel, Calif., Thursday, April 9, 2020, with no parishioners present. Without the ability to have public Mass and visitors due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the parish live-streams its services. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

The Latest: Easter observed at home, economies hit hard

Apr. 10, 2020 3:03 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — Easter observed at home, world economies hit hard by...

The Mass of the Lord's Supper is live-streamed from St. Anthony Parish in San Gabriel, Calif., Thursday, April 9, 2020, with no parishioners present. Without the ability to have public Mass and visitors due to the new coronavirus pandemic, the parish live-streams its services. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Easter observed at home as virus divisions surface in Japan

Apr. 10, 2020 2:03 AM EDT

ALBANY, New York (AP) — People around the world began celebrating Good Friday and Easter from the safety of their homes, as rare divisions surfaced in Japan over how to tackle the growing coronavirus outbreak there. Politicians and public health officials have warned that the hard-won gains against the...

A priest closes the door of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, a place where Christians believe Jesus Christ was buried, during a lockdown following government measures to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, during Holy Thursday in Jerusalem's old city, Thursday, April 9, 2020. The traditional Holy Thursday procession is taking place inside the church with out public attendance this year due to restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

In a test of faith, Christians mark Good Friday in isolation

Apr. 10, 2020 1:54 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians are commemorating Jesus' crucifixion without the solemn church services or emotional processions of past years, marking Good Friday in a world locked down by the coronavirus pandemic. A small group of clerics are to hold a closed-door service in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher...

FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak, left, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London.  With British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hospitalized and in intensive care Wednesday April 8, 2020, after contracting the new coronavirus, Sunak is among key players in Johnson's Cabinet who will be directing Britain's response to the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, while their leader is being treated. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, FILE)

The Latest: Japanese leaders press PM to hasten measures

Apr. 10, 2020 1:50 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR — Japanese leaders press prime minister to hasten emergency...

In this Wednesday, April 8, 2020, photograph, Brice Maiurro, back, hugs Shelsea Ochoa after they led a howl in Cheesman Park in Denver as a statewide stay-at-home order remained in effect in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The howling: Americans let it out from depths of pandemic

Apr. 10, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It starts with a few people letting loose with some tentative yelps. Then neighbors emerge from their homes and join, forming a roiling chorus of howls and screams that pierces the twilight to end another day’s monotonous forced isolation. From California to Colorado to Georgia and New...

In this image provided by the McConnell Center at the University of Louisville, Mitch McConnell sits with his parents, Julia

For McConnell, virus carries echo of his boyhood polio

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitch McConnell’s earliest childhood memory is the day he left the polio treatment center at Warm Springs, Ga., for the last time. He was just a toddler in 1944, when his father was deployed to World War II, his mother relocated the family to her sister’s home in rural...

Kansas health official emerges as leader amid virus outbreak

Apr. 10, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — About 20 minutes into a recent press conference, Lee Norman, the man spearheading Kansas’s response to the novel coronavirus, coughed. People noticed. “Is he coughing into his hand?” one person asked on a Facebook livestream. “Your cough worries me. Hope...

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses his statement, during the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

UN chief warns COVID-19 threatens global peace and security

Apr. 10, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is threatening international peace and security — “potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence that would greatly undermine our ability to...