Latest Pandemics News

People wait in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Paterson, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The first people arrived around 2:30 a.m. for the chance to be vaccinated at one of the few sites that does not require an appointment. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The Latest: US Chamber of Commerce likes Biden's virus plan

Jan. 21, 2021 1:53 PM EST

WASHINGTON — The largest business lobbying group in the U.S. is supporting President Joe Biden’s early moves to confront the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce chief policy officer Neil Bradley says Biden is correct in his assessment that controlling the coronavirus is the key to...

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...

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...

FILE- In this Tuesday Dec. 15, 2020, file photo, A skull is glued onto a traffic light on the near-empty Dam Square with the Royal Palace, seen center rear, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch government said Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, that it wants to impose a curfew as part of beefed-up restrictions to rein in the spread of new more contagious variants of the coronavirus that already accounts for at least one in every 10 Dutch infections.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch lawmakers back coronavirus curfew despite criticism

Jan. 21, 2021 12:57 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A majority of Dutch lawmakers backed the government’s planned curfew Thursday, despite fierce criticism from some opposition legislators. The four parties that make up the ruling coalition and several opposition parties backed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. —...

Pennsylvania passes 20K deaths from the coronavirus

Jan. 21, 2021 12:41 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania has surpassed 20,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. The department said another 260 people died from the virus, pushing the total past 20,120. Pennsylvania’s seven-day average of deaths reported hit its highest point...

The Ramlet al-Baida public beach is empty during a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, in Beirut Lebanon, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Authorities on Thursday extended a nationwide lockdown by a week to Feb. 8 amid a steep rise in coronavirus deaths and infections that has overwhelmed the health care system. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon extends lockdown into February as virus numbers rise

Jan. 21, 2021 11:26 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Authorities in Lebanon on Thursday extended a nationwide lockdown by a week, to Feb. 8, amid a steep rise in coronavirus deaths and infections that has overwhelmed the health care system. Despite increasing the number of hospital beds in the country of nearly 6 million, doctors and nurses...

A nurse sorts pharmacy supplies just delivered at a new field hospital set up in a sports hall in Lisbon, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Portugal's new daily COVID-19 cases have jumped to more than 14,600 to set a new national record. The pandemic has gained momentum in Portugal since Christmas, when restrictions on gatherings and movement were eased for four days. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Portugal shuts schools, blames variant for COVID-19 surge

Jan. 21, 2021 10:28 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s government on Thursday ordered the closure of schools for two weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 infections that the prime minister blamed on the rise of a more contagious variant. “The risk of this virus spreading through society has increased,” Prime...

President Joe Biden addresses the nation at the Celebrating America concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, after his inauguration.. (Joshua Roberts/Pool photo via AP)

Biden to sign virus measures, requires mask use to travel

Jan. 21, 2021 10:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep in the deadliest coronavirus wave and facing worrisome new mutations, President Joe Biden will kick off his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans...

Ohio jobless claims rise again amidst pandemic uncertainty

Jan. 21, 2021 9:30 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of Ohioans filing initial claims for unemployment compensation during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic jumped last week, according to state data released Thursday. The latest figures show Ohioans filed 42,975 initial jobless claims for the week ending Jan. 16, a 15%...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden leaves after attending a virtual swearing in ceremony of political appointees from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Biden's US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Jan. 21, 2021 8:38 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The United States will resume funding for the World Health Organization and join its consortium aimed at sharing coronavirus vaccines fairly around the globe, President Joe Biden’s top adviser on the pandemic said Thursday, renewing support for an agency that the Trump administration...