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Hong Kong's John Lee stresses balance in easing quarantine

Jul. 05, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee said Tuesday at his first news conference since taking office that he will work on easing restrictions for travelers while balancing the risks of a coronavirus outbreak overwhelming the health care system. Hong Kong and mainland...

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

Jul. 03, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. ...

From one July Fourth to the next, a steep slide for Biden

Jul. 03, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Last Fourth of July, President Joe Biden gathered hundreds of people outside the White House for an event that would have been unthinkable for many Americans the previous year. With the coronavirus in retreat, they ate hamburgers and watched fireworks over the National Mall. ...

CDC recommends 6 Washington counties should wear masks again

Jul. 02, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — People in six Washington counties should begin wearing masks indoors in public and on public transportation again, according to recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest information from the CDC shows that Lewis...

Colorado's drop in life expectancy blamed on COVID, drugs

Jul. 02, 2022 10:12 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Life expectancy dropped in Colorado for the second straight year in 2021. It’s the kind of decline, driven by the pandemic, not seen in decades, data from the state health department show. The average life expectancy for Colorado residents fell to 78 years in 2021....

Doctors look to athletes for clues to COVID’s heart impacts

Jul. 02, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Doctors learned early in the pandemic that COVID-19 was more than a respiratory disease. It was attacking bodily organs, including the heart — even in healthy, young athletes. Enough athletes with COVID were experiencing heart inflammation, called myocarditis,...

For now, wary US treads water with transformed COVID-19

Jul. 02, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

The fast-changing coronavirus has kicked off summer in the U.S. with lots of infections but relatively few deaths compared to its prior incarnations. COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of Americans each day, but is not nearly as dangerous as it was last fall and winter. ...

With hospitalizations up, France weighs return to masks

Jul. 02, 2022 08:46 AM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — Tourism is booming again in France — and so is COVID-19. French officials have “invited" or “recommended” people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing restrictions that would scare visitors away or revive antigovernment protests. ...

Monkeypox: 2 more presumptive cases reported in Oregon

Jul. 01, 2022 20:26 PM EDT

Lane County, Oregon, has reported two presumed monkeypox cases after testing from the state public health lab - the second and third presumptive cases reported in Oregon. Jason Davis, a spokesperson for Lane County Public Health, said an epidemiological link between the first and...

After two pandemic years, a summer travel bounce — and chaos

Jul. 01, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — At a tourism conference in Phuket last month, Thailand’s prime minister looked out at attendees and posed a question with a predictable answer. “Are you ready?” Prayuth Chan-ocha asked, dramatically removing his mask and launching what's hoped to be the...