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FILE - In this Friday Nov. 6, 2020 file photo, Henrik Nordgaard Hansen and Ann-Mona Kulsoe Larsen kill their herd, which consists of 3000 mother minks and their cubs, on their farm near Naestved, Denmark. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has on Thursday, Nov. 12 issued new guidance to curb the spread of the coronavirus between minks and humans, warning that the transmission of COVID-19 among animals could speed up the number of mutations in the virus before it potentially jumps back into people. (Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP, file)

Danish government gets backing for plan to cull minks

Nov. 17, 2020 9:26 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Danish government said Tuesday that a majority in parliament backed its decision to cull the country's 15 million minks over concerns about a mutated version of the virus that has spread among the animals. The government had announced the cull despite not having the right to...

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by workers smoking outside a retailed shop under renovation at the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. The majority of the people in the capital city are still wearing masks in outdoor areas even as China has largely controlled the outbreak, while the coronavirus is still surging across the globe with an ever-rising death toll. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China suspends entry for residents of Britain

Nov. 4, 2020 11:53 PM EST

BEIJING — China is suspending entry for most foreign passport holders who reside in Britain, reacting to a new surge of coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom. The suspension covers those holding visas or residence permits issued prior to Nov. 3, with exceptions for diplomats and some others. Foreign...

Women wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus get henna designs on their hands on the eve of Karva Chauth festival in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Even as India's overall coronavirus cases continue to fall, health officials say that New Delhi is in the grip of its third and worst wave of infections yet. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: South Korea OKs single test for COVID-19 and flu

Nov. 4, 2020 8:18 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in South Korea have approved a new test that’s designed to detect both COVID-19 and seasonal influenza from the same samples, which would help prevent disruption at hospitals as the pandemic stretches into the flu season. The country has struggled to stem...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2020, file photo, an election worker sorts vote-by-mail ballots at the Miami-Dade County Board of Elections, in Doral, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that 23% of mail-in ballots have been rejected for missing signatures in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. The correct number is about 0.5%. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Oct. 30, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Biden tax plan would not raise taxes on majority of Americans CLAIM: By...

Chickens to be culled after bird flu found on Dutch farm

Oct. 29, 2020 9:25 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — More than 35,000 chickens are to be culled at a Dutch farm after a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was discovered there, the agriculture ministry announced Thursday. The outbreak came despite the government last week ordering all birds on poultry farms to be kept indoors...

Bird flu fears: Dutch farms ordered to keep poultry indoors

Oct. 22, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government said Thursday it is ordering poultry farms to keep their birds indoors after six wild swans were found recently dead and tests on two of the birds came back positive for a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu. The order was set to come into force at...

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Does the flu vaccine affect my chances of getting COVID-19?

Oct. 15, 2020 3:09 AM EDT

Does the flu vaccine affect my chances of getting COVID-19? The flu vaccine protects you from seasonal influenza, not the coronavirus — but avoiding the flu is especially important this year. Health officials and medical groups are urging people to get either the flu shot or nasal spray, so that doctors...

Sam McNamara, 3, of Washington, left, followed by his grandmother, scoots by a yard decorated with giant skeletons, both human and dinosaur, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in advance celebration of Halloween in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

DC Mayor: Rising numbers show 'COVID fatigue' relaxation

Oct. 14, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in the nation's capital are warning residents not to relax their COVID-19 vigilance as the local infection numbers rise and the winter flu season approaches. More than 20% of new cases are people who had been to a restaurant or bar in the preceding two weeks and nearly a quarter...

People wearing masks walk down a street in Saint Jean de Luz, southwestern France, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Some parts of France have been put on maximum coronavirus alert level, which means shutting down bars, implementing stricter measures in restaurants and limiting private gatherings. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)

France launches flu vaccine campaign amid COVID-19 crisis

Oct. 13, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France launched a flu vaccine campaign Tuesday in an effort to avoid facing another epidemic peak as the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in the country. French health authorities have issued official recommendations to prevent potential shortages of flu vaccine, which they fear might happen...

President Donald Trump speaks from the Blue Room Balcony of the White House to a crowd of supporters, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's shaky claims on virus, Dem misfires

Oct. 12, 2020 7:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impatient to return to the campaign trail, President Donald Trump dubiously claimed he's fully recovered and immune from COVID-19, hailed a cure that isn't so and declared the coronavirus is “disappearing” even as cases spiked. The comments over the weekend capped a week...