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Health care workers prepare to transport a COVID-19 patient from an intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital in Kyjov to hospital in Brno, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. With cases surging in central Europe, some countries are calling in soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors to help shore up buckling health care systems. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Latest: WHO concerned about coronavirus in Mideast

Oct. 29, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO -- The World Health Organization says the coronavirus pandemic has reached “an alarming juncture” in Eastern Mediterranean countries. Speaking at a virtual news conference in Cairo on Thursday, Rana Hajjeh, WHO Director of Program Management said: “There are about 3 million confirmed...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks about the coronavirus, in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.  Medicare will cover the yet-to-be approved coronavirus vaccine free for older people under a policy change expected to be announced shortly, a senior administration official said Tuesday.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Feds issue coverage plan for COVID-19 vaccine and treatments

Oct. 28, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials Wednesday issued insurance coverage rules designed to deliver on the promise that every American will have access to free COVID-19 vaccines when they are approved. The regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, will also increase what...

Study: Tennessee hospital rates up most where masks optional

Oct. 28, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Areas of Tennessee where people are not required to wear masks in public are seeing sharper increases of patients in the hospital in recent weeks due to COVID-19, even as hospitalizations grow across the state, according to a new report. Researchers from Vanderbilt University...

A woman holds a poster reading:'The culture dies' as she attends a protest of people working in the entertainment and event industry against the German government's economic policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease and demand more support for their business, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread

Oct. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — France announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown Wednesday, as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization says the European region —...

People wearing masks, walk on Alexandre III bridge in Paris, Sunday Oct.25, 2020. A curfew intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus, has been imposed in many regions of France including Paris and its suburbs. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

France imposes new national lockdown as virus deaths mount

Oct. 28, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron ordered his country into a new month-long, nationwide lockdown Wednesday aimed at stopping a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling French hospitals, but said schools and some workplaces will stay open. With over 520 deaths recorded Tuesday, the French...

This Oct. 22, 2020, photo shows the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, which abruptly shut down its inpatient obstetrics services in August. The move has left dozens of expectant moms scrambling to seek birthing services elsewhere and some facing unexpected, steep costs. (Dalton Walker/Indian Country Today via AP)

Phoenix Indian hospital abruptly shuts down birthing center

Oct. 28, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — For months, Rochelle Chee diligently went to the Phoenix Indian Medical Center for prenatal checkups. She knew a midwife and other staff there well and felt confident in the idea of going to the facility to deliver her first baby, who was growing big, in the 90th percentile for his...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

Dr. Benjamin Aaker, president of the South Dakota State Medical Association, announces a campaign to promote voluntary mask-wearing launched in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. The campaign's promotion of public mask wearing counters Gov. Kristi Noem's promotion of doctors who doubt the efficacy of masks in preventing coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

South Dakota medical groups promote masks, countering Noem

Oct. 27, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's largest medical organizations on Tuesday launched a joint effort to promote mask-wearing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as the state suffers through one of the nation's worst outbreaks, a move that countered Gov. Kristi Noem's position of casting doubt on...

Pat Austin takes COVID-19 swabs in for testing at the state drive-thru testing location UTEP Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. The testing drive-thru site is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP)

Virus pushes twin cities El Paso and Juarez to the brink

Oct. 27, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

A record surge in coronavirus cases is pushing hospitals to the brink in the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, confronting health officials in Texas and Mexico with twin disasters in the tightly knit metropolitan area of 3 million people. Health officials are blaming the spike on family gatherings,...

Elena Suazo, a kindergarten cafeteria worker, puts on the protective gear she brought from home, outside the entrance to the COVID-19 wing of José Gregorio Hernández Hospital which used to be the emergency room, as she prepares to enter and care for her 76-year-old hospitalized father, in the Catia neighborhood of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. In this ruined country, the only way to ensure that he received the care he needed was to do it herself, regardless of the dangers to her own health. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Venezuelans brave COVID wing to bathe, feed sick loved ones

Oct. 27, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Leaning against a hospital wall for balance, Elena Suazo wiggled each foot into blue protective pants. Then she slipped her arms into a surgical gown and snapped on white rubber gloves, finally ready to enter the COVID-19 wing. Suazo is not a nurse. She is a cafeteria worker at a...