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In Uganda, disputes over bills mark chaotic COVID-19 care

Jul. 07, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Holding out for nearly $9,000 in unpaid medical bills, one hospital in Uganda allegedly refused to hand over the dead body of a patient who had received oxygen therapy for several days. Tofa Tamale said he tried to reason with hospital managers,...

As Tokyo Olympics approach, virus worries rise in Japan

Jul. 06, 2021 00:09 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The pressure of hosting an Olympics during a still-active pandemic is beginning to show in Japan. The games begin July 23, with organizers determined they will go on, even with a reduced number of spectators or possibly none at all. While Japan has made...

Virus infections surging in Africa's vulnerable rural areas

Jun. 30, 2021 02:21 AM EDT

ZVIMBA, Zimbabwe (AP) — For Pelagia Bvukura, who lives in a rural part of north-central Zimbabwe, COVID-19 had always been a “city disease,” affecting those in the capital, Harare, or other, distant big towns. “There was no virus for us. We only used to hear it...

The Latest: UK health secretary quits in wake of scandal

Jun. 26, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

LONDON — U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock has resigned after breaking social distancing rules with an aide he was allegedly having an affair with. The tabloid Sun newspaper had run images appearing to show the married Hancock and senior aide Gina Coladangelo kissing...

As virus surges in Uganda, hospitals accused of profiteering

Jun. 26, 2021 04:52 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — As he struggled to breathe earlier this month, Dr. Nathan Tumubone was tormented by thoughts of hospitalization as a COVID-19 patient. Thinking of the costs involved, he knew he wanted to stay home. He and his wife “steamed” up to five times a...

The Latest: Protests decry Brazil policies as toll tops 500K

Jun. 19, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO — Anti-government protesters have taken to the streets in cities across Brazil as the nation’s confirmed death toll from COVID-19 soared past half a million. It’s a tragedy many critics blame on President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to minimize the...

The Latest: Uganda tightening measures due to virus surge

Jun. 18, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants. The measures announced late Friday by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private and...

Uganda tightens lockdown measures as virus cases surge

Jun. 18, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda is tightening its lockdown measures to try and stem a surge in coronavirus infections in the East African country that is seeing an array of variants. The measures announced late Friday by President Yoweri Museveni include a ban on private...

Ethiopia finally set to vote as PM vows 1st fair election

Jun. 18, 2021 04:36 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopians will vote Monday in a landmark election overshadowed by reports of famine in the country’s war-hit Tigray region and beset by logistical problems that mean some people won’t be able to vote until September. The election is the...

In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

Jun. 17, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hati Maronjei once swore he would never get a COVID-19 shot, after a pastor warned that vaccines aren't safe. Now, four months after the first batch of vaccines arrived in Zimbabwe, the 44-year-old street hawker of electronic items is desperate...