Latest Epidemics News

Coronavirus spurs students to seek public health degrees

Jan. 18, 2021 3:00 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When COVID-19 hit, Jakira Lewis put her academics into practice. A second-year student at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, Lewis dove into working as a case investigator and contact tracer. “It was really exciting at first getting that...

A man gets a swab for the coronavirus test at a hospital in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Chinese province ups restrictions amid outbreak

Jan. 18, 2021 1:41 AM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese province grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. The notice from the high court in Hebei province did not give specifics, but said all types of social...

Israelis receive the second Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, in Netanya, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the drugmaker in exchange for the continued flow of its COVID-19 vaccine. Critics say the deal is raising major ethical concerns, including possible privacy violations and a deepening of the global divide between wealthy countries and poorer populations, including Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, who face long waits to be inoculated. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Israel trades Pfizer doses for medical data in vaccine blitz

Jan. 18, 2021 1:30 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — After sprinting ahead in the race to inoculate its population against the coronavirus, Israel has struck a deal with Pfizer, promising to share vast troves of medical data with the international drug giant in exchange for the continued flow of its hard-to-get vaccine. Proponents say the...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga delivers a policy speech during an ordinary Diet session at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Japan's PM vows Olympics will be proof of victory over virus

Jan. 18, 2021 12:58 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed Monday to get the pandemic under control and hold the already postponed Olympics this summer with ample coronavirus protection. In a speech opening a new Parliament session, Suga said his government would revise laws to make anti-virus measures...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2020, file photo, women eating snack walk by a Chanel cosmetic shop at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing. China’s economy grew 2.3% in 2020 as a recovery from the coronavirus pandemic accelerated while the United States, Europe and Japan struggled with disease flare-ups. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China economy grows in 2020 as rebound from virus gains

Jan. 17, 2021 11:06 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China eked out 2.3% economic growth in 2020, likely becoming the only major economy to expand as shops and factories reopened relatively early from a shutdown to fight the coronavirus while the United States, Japan and Europe struggled with disease flare-ups. Growth in the three months...

Medical workers are registered to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, outside a vaccination center at General Hospital on the first day of coronavirus vaccinations in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Christian Chavez)

Mexico says it's OK with getting less Pfizer vaccine for now

Jan. 17, 2021 8:18 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Sunday that his government has agreed with a U.N. proposal to delay shipments of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine to countries like Mexico that had exiting purchase agreements, in order to get more doses to poorer countries quicker....

New Mexico reports 751 new COVID-19 cases, 22 more deaths

Jan. 17, 2021 6:02 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 751 new COVID-19 cases and 22 additional deaths. The latest numbers increased the state’s totals to 163,637 cases and 2,932 deaths since the pandemic began. Of the 751 new cases, 173 were reported in Bernalillo County, the...

Travellers walk towards the Covid-19 testing centre at Heathrow Airport in London, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021.  The UK will close all travel corridors from Monday morning to protect against the coronavirus with travellers entering the country from overseas are required to have proof of a negative Covid test. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The Latest: Slovakia wants tests for nearly all in nine days

Jan. 17, 2021 5:01 PM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia — Slovakia is launching a project to test almost all citizens for the coronavirus in nine days. The government hopes the nationwide testing will speed up a recovery from the latest wave of the infections, make it possible for students to return to school in February, help the health...

Pharmacist Ric Griffith stands in his family's business Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Kenova, W.Va. Griffith & Feil is among 250 mom-and-pop pharmacies in West Virginia helping to vaccinate residents in the quest to banish the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raby)

'Little old West Virginia' sets pace on vaccine rollout

Jan. 17, 2021 1:59 PM EST

KENOVA, W.Va. (AP) — Griffith & Feil Drug has been in business since 1892, a family-owned, small-town pharmacy. This isn't their first pandemic. More than a century after helping West Virginians confront the Spanish flu in 1918, the drugstore in Kenova, a community of about 3,000 people, is helping the...

COVID-19 death toll in Oklahoma nears 3,000

Jan. 17, 2021 1:09 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people in Oklahoma who have died from the coronavirus is nearing 3,000, state health officials say. The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Sunday reported 35 additional deaths, bringing the state's total since the pandemic began to 2,987. The health department also...