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The Latest: No. 2 Australian city passes Sydney in new cases

Sep. 27, 2021 22:20 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s Victoria state has recorded more coronavirus infections than New South Wales for the first time since an outbreak of the delta variant began in Sydney in June. Victoria is Australia’s second-most populous state and on Tuesday the state capital...

Japan set to lift all virus emergency steps nationwide

Sep. 27, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to lift all coronavirus emergency measures when they expire later this week as the infections slow and the nation tries to reactivate its economy. Officials in charge of coronavirus measures sought advice from experts at a meeting Tuesday, with...

Federal judges: NYC can impose vaccine mandate on teachers

Sep. 27, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest school district can immediately impose a vaccine mandate on its teachers and other workers, after all, a federal appeals panel decided Monday, leading lawyers for teachers to say they'll ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. The...

Health officials see COVID cases tied to Pendleton Round-Up

Sep. 27, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

PENDLETEON, Ore. (AP) — Health officials in Umatilla County, Oregon, say they are starting to see COVID-19 cases linked to the Pendleton Round-Up. Umatilla County Public Health Director Joseph Fiumara told county commissioners Monday the county’s case count last week...

Navajo Nation reports 20 more COVID-19 cases, but no deaths

Sep. 27, 2021 19:50 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation on Monday reported 20 more COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths. The latest numbers pushed the tribe’s totals to 33,800 confirmed COVID-19 cases from the virus since the pandemic began more than a year ago. The known...

Beshear outlines Kentucky's COVID-19 booster shot guidelines

Sep. 27, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has expanded its COVID-19 booster shot guidelines to recommend that individuals 65 and older, long-term care residents and people with medical conditions that increase their risk of severe coronavirus infection should receive a third dose of the Pfizer or...

Federal judge requires vaccines for California prison staff

Sep. 27, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered that all employees entering California prisons be vaccinated or have a religious or medical exemption, as he tries to head off another coronavirus outbreak like the one that killed 28 inmates and a correctional officer at San...

Tennessee AG to appeal school mask opt-out rulings

Sep. 27, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Attorney General Herbert Slatery on Monday said his office would appeal the recent federal court decisions that blocked Gov. Bill Lee's order allowing families to opt out of school mask mandates. “These orders have impeded the...

Biden, McConnell get COVID-19 boosters, encourage vaccines

Sep. 27, 2021 18:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy-eight-year-old Joe Biden and 79-year-old Mitch McConnell got their booster shots Monday, the Democratic president and the Republican Senate leader urging Americans across the political spectrum to get vaccinated or plus up with boosters when eligible for the extra...

Novant Health fires more than 175 for not getting vaccinated

Sep. 27, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina-based hospital system announced Monday that more than 175 of its workers have been fired for failing to comply with its COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Last week, Novant Health announced 375 employees had been suspended and...