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Despite restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19, thousands crowd Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)

The Latest: Mexico, Russia leaders to discuss vaccine supply

Jan. 24, 2021 3:19 PM EST

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday about obtaining doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, his foreign affairs secretary said Sunday. Marcelo Ebrard said via Twitter the two leaders would speak Monday morning about...

Nevada reports 1,194 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths

Jan. 24, 2021 2:10 PM EST

CARSON CITY Nev. (AP) — Health officials in Nevada on Sunday reported 1,194 new COVID-19 cases and 15 more deaths. The latest figures increased state’s pandemic totals to 270,907 cases and 4,026 known deaths. Clark County had 907 of the new cases and five of the 15 deaths, according to statistics...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

Jan. 23, 2021 9:38 PM EST

BEIJING — A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus. The single-occupancy rooms in the city of Nangong in Hebei province just outside Beijing are each equipped with their own heaters, toilets, showers and other...

This Dec. 16, 2020 image provided by UNM Health shows a bin of COVID-19 vaccines for the first round of health care workers to be vaccinated at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in Albuquerque, N.M. (UNM Health via AP)

New Mexico reports nearly 860 new virus cases, 38 deaths

Jan. 23, 2021 6:03 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday reported 859 additional COVID-19 cases and 38 more deaths, increasing the state's pandemic totals to 168,579 cases and 3,115 deaths. Bernalillo County had the most additional cases with 184, followed by 83 in San Juan County, 74 in Dona Ana County and 53 in...

Tennessee adds vaccine groups; no promised extra doses yet

Jan. 22, 2021 6:19 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is making moves to prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations for people in households with medically frail children and workers at jails and prisons, while residents 70 and older are expected to start getting shots in the next two or three weeks, the state's top health official...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a coronavirus press conference at 10 Downing Street in London, Friday Jan. 22, 2021.  Johnson announced that the new variant of COVID-19, which was first discovered in the south of England, may be linked with an increase in the mortality rate. (Leon Neal/Pool via AP)

UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

Jan. 22, 2021 3:57 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — There is some evidence that a new coronavirus variant first identified in southeast England carries a higher risk of death .than the original strain, the British government’s chief scientific adviser said Friday -- though he stressed that the data is uncertain Patrick Vallance told a...

A man carries a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, as they stroll along a street near the popular frozen Houhai Lake in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. China is making some of its toughest travel restrictions yet as coronavirus cases surge in several northern provinces ahead of the travel rush for Lunar New Year on next month. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: Shanghai locks down 2 major hospitals over cases

Jan. 21, 2021 10:33 PM EST

BEIJING — Shanghai has imposed lockdowns on two of China’s best-known hospitals after they were linked to new coronavirus cases. Outpatient services have been suspended at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center and Renji Hospital, both of which have been cordoned off along with some surrounding...

Navajo Nation reports 94 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

Jan. 20, 2021 7:13 PM EST

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials on Wednesday reported 94 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths. The latest figures bring the total reported coronavirus cases on the reservation to 26,612 with 933 known deaths. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said in a statement that while...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, a Walgreens pharmacist prepares a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for residents and staff at the The Palace assisted living facility in Coral Gables, Fla. Scientists are reporting troubling signs that some recent mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19 may modestly curb the effectiveness of current vaccines but stress that the shots still remain protective. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Some COVID-19 mutations may dampen vaccine effectiveness

Jan. 20, 2021 5:57 PM EST

Scientists are reporting troubling signs that some recent mutations of the virus that causes COVID-19 may modestly curb the effectiveness of two current vaccines, although they stress that the shots still protect against the disease. Researchers expressed concern Wednesday about the preliminary findings, in...

More testing urged in Arizona as new COVID-19 cases persist

Jan. 20, 2021 4:21 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — As Arizona remains the worst state in the nation for the rate of new COVID-19 cases, a public health expert warned Wednesday that more people in the state need to get tested. Only about 15,000 COVID-19 tests are being administered each day across the state, a figure that is low considering...