Latest Epidemics News

Drug overdoses rise in NH; Hospitalizations in MA drop

Jun. 13, 2021 10:06 AM EDT

A look at pandemic-related news around New England on Sunday: NEW HAMPSHIRE As the number of COVID-19 cases have fallen and restrictions have been dropped in New Hampshire, drug overdoses are on the rise in some cities. Suspected...

The Latest: Virus infections are rising sharply in Moscow

Jun. 13, 2021 06:07 AM EDT

MOSCOW — The tally of new coronavirus infections in the Russian capital rose more than 1,000 from the previous day as Moscow heads into a week in which many businesses will be closed under a mayoral order. The national coronavirus taskforce said Sunday that 7,704 new...

Rash of mass shootings stirs US fears heading into summer

Jun. 12, 2021 21:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Two people were killed and at least 30 others wounded in mass shootings overnight in three states, authorities said Saturday, stoking concerns that a spike in U.S. gun violence could continue into summer as coronavirus restrictions ease and more people are free to socialize....

Bolsonaro fined for flouting mask order at motorcycle rally

Jun. 12, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro led thousands of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday — and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask in violation of local pandemic restrictions. The conservative president waved...

‘Space race’ level attack on future public health crises

Jun. 12, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Maureen Lichtveld’s nearly 40 years in environmental public health — from her home country of Suriname, to the U.S. government, to the Hurricane Katrina-devastated Gulf Coast and, finally, to Pittsburgh this year — has focused on a central principle: how to prepare...

The Latest: Brazil president fined for not wearing mask

Jun. 12, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro led a throng of motorcyclist supporters through the streets of Sao Paulo on Saturday and got hit with a fine for failure to wear a mask. Sao Paulo’s state government press office said a fine — equivalent to about $110...

The Latest: WHO chief says vaccine need outstrips G7 pledges

Jun. 12, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

The Latest on the Group of Seven nations meeting being held in England: FALMOUTH, England — The head of the World Health Organization has welcomed the vaccine-sharing announcements coming out of the Group of Seven summit but says “we need more, and we need them...

Moscow orders new restrictions as COVID-19 infections soar

Jun. 12, 2021 13:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's mayor on Saturday ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses to fight coronavirus infections that have more than doubled in the past week. The national coronavirus task force reported 6,701 new confirmed...

Johnson voices caution over next lockdown easing in England

Jun. 12, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a strong hint Saturday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England this month will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India. In a series of...

As virus cases wane, governors weigh ending emergency orders

Jun. 12, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

New coronavirus infections and deaths in the U.S. are down dramatically from earlier highs, though more contagious variants are spreading. Most people are now are at least partially vaccinated, yet lingering hesitancy has slowed the pace and even caused some doses to go to waste. ...