Latest Pandemics News

The Latest: Delta variant behind spike of cases in Portugal

Jun. 20, 2021 09:50 AM EDT

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities have confirmed suspicions that the new delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a spike in new cases in the Lisbon region. Portugal’s National Health Institute said Sunday that the highly infectious variant that was first...

Tokyo: Olympics like no other with Olympic Village to match

Jun. 20, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics will be like no other when they open on July 23. And they'll have an idiosyncratic Olympic Village to match. Start with the aptly named “Fever Clinic,” a prefabricated complex of isolation rooms inside the sprawling...

Pride returns to SC after COVID-19 canceled it last year

Jun. 20, 2021 00:19 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It’s almost impossible to go to Pride, a gay bar or really any queer space without hearing Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.” The song has long been one of those unofficial anthems of the LGBTQ+ community. A ballad about love...

Vietnamese community emerges among Alabama’s most vaccinated

Jun. 20, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. (AP) — At the boat dock in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, shrimp boat Captain Truc Le unties a thick mooring line attached to his blue and white vessel with the name “Lucky Kim” painted on the side. Le and his wife and son are at the dock to restock...

Uganda Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus

Jun. 19, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for the coronavirus and was barred entry into Japan, in the first detected infection among arriving athletes for the Tokyo Games opening in five weeks. The eight other members of the team left early...

'Protected them to death': Elder-care COVID rules under fire

Jun. 19, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

Barbara and Christine Colucci long to remove their masks and kiss their 102-year-old mother, who has dementia and is in a nursing home in Rochester, New York. They would love to have more than two people in her room at a time so that relatives can be there too. “We...

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Jun. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million. It’s a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to minimize the...

Metal fans mosh at 1st UK live music festival since pandemic

Jun. 19, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Thousands of heavy metal fans were camping, singing — and even moshing — on Saturday at Britain’s first full music festival since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The three-day Download Festival, taking place at Donington Park in central...

Virus surge claims brightest minds at Indian universities

Jun. 19, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Sajad Hassan sat at his professor's hospital bedside for three nights, doing most of the talking as his friend and mentor breathed through an oxygen mask and struggled with a suspected COVID-19 infection. Both were confident the 48-year-old...

Senior center steps up to meet food demand during pandemic

Jun. 19, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Mike and June Benedict walked from their car to their Bismarck apartment on a cold, blustery spring morning in April, carrying boxes and sacks of meals they received from the free-will offering program at the Bismarck Senior Center. Inside the...