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Health official: Oklahoma virus case count is accurate

Jan. 21, 2021 1:45 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health's reporting of new coronavirus cases in recent days is accurate, health commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said Thursday, a day after voicing concern that the count may have been under-reported this week. Frye told legislators Wednesday that a potential...

Vermont officials to announce COVID-19 vaccine details

Jan. 21, 2021 1:40 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont officials are expected to release more information Friday about how people age 75 can get vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19. On Monday the state will begin taking reservations for that age group. During the state's twice weekly virus briefing on Friday state...

A pedestrian passes the perimeter fence of the Presbyterian Church in Bedfordview, Johannesburg South Africa, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. The fence is covered with ribbons to represent a person who has died in the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

The Latest: South Africa cabinet minister dies from virus

Jan. 21, 2021 1:18 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa’s president says Jackson Mthembu has died from the coronavirus, becoming the first cabinet minister to succumb to the disease. The 62-year-old Mthembu in recent months had been a central figure in communicating to the public the South African government’s response...

Governor vaccinated; AG probes hospital vaccine distribution

Jan. 21, 2021 1:17 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general is reviewing whether the state's largest hospital operators are properly distributing COVID vaccines. The Providence Journal reports state Attorney General Peter Neronha's office has been in contact with the state Department of Health regarding the...

Indiana report shows COVID-19 vaccination rate up slightly

Jan. 21, 2021 1:16 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s COVID-19 vaccination pace picked up slightly in the past week, pushing to about 362,000 the number of residents who’ve received at least the first of the two-shot immunization. The state health department’s daily update on Thursday also shows 391 more...

Anne Hoguet, 74, fan maker and director of the hand fan-making museum poses with a wood roasted hand fan representing a falcon hunt, gouache painting g on paper from 1880 at the museum in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Just like the leaves of its gilded fans, France's storied hand fan-making museum could fold up and vanish. The splendid Musee de l'Eventail in Paris, a classed historical monument, is the culture world's latest coronavirus victim. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

U.N. calls on France to help as virus imperils Fan Museum

Jan. 21, 2021 1:09 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Just like the leaves of its gilded fans, France’s storied fan-making museum could fold and vanish. The U.N.'s cultural agency has called on France to do more to stop the splendid Musee de l’Eventail in Paris becoming the cultural world’s latest coronavirus victim. The...

People wait in their vehicles to monitor for adverse reactions to the shot, after being vaccinated at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site outside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections, according to a tally Monday by Johns Hopkins University.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Despite reactions, California says virus vaccine can be used

Jan. 21, 2021 1:05 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California said it's safe to immediately begin using a batch of coronavirus vaccine doses after health officials urged a halt to injections and held a review because several people had reactions. Wednesday's decision frees up more than 300,000 doses to counties, cities and...

European Council President Charles Michel, top, and European leaders are shown on screen during a EU summit video conference at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Worried that the new coronavirus variants could result in another surge of deaths across the European Union and push hospitals to the verge of collapse, EU leaders will assess in a video summit Thursday such measures as further border restrictions, better tracking of mutations and improving coordination of lockdowns. (Oliver Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

EU summit assesses virus restrictions amid worrying reports

Jan. 21, 2021 1:05 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit Thursday as the bloc's top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths. The 27 leaders were looking at further...

Aston Villa's Jack Grealish, right, and Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus challenge for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Jan.20, 2021. (Clive Brunskill/Pool via AP)

The Latest: Mancheseter City's Aguero positive for COVID-19

Jan. 21, 2021 1:04 PM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Mancheseter City striker Sergio Aguero says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Argentine had already been self-isolating after being identified as a close contact of someone already infected. He tweeted that:...

Vaccinations urged for Southern California dockworkers

Jan. 21, 2021 1:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Port executives, union leaders and elected officials are pushing for dockworkers to become eligible for coronavirus vaccinations to prevent a slowdown of cargo moving through the booming twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. According to the International Longshore Workers Union, 694...