Latest Infectious diseases News

Moscow to shut shops, schools as COVID-19 deaths soar

Oct. 21, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Authorities in Moscow on Thursday announced plans to shut restaurants, cinemas and non-food stores and introduce other restrictions later this month, as Russia registered the highest daily numbers of new coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic. ...

India celebrates 1B vaccine doses, hopes to speed 2nd shots

Oct. 21, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India celebrated giving its billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose on Thursday, a hopeful milestone for the South Asian country where the delta variant fueled a crushing surge earlier this year and missteps initially held back its inoculation campaign. About...

American Airlines posts $169 million profit on taxpayer help

Oct. 21, 2021 07:53 AM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines is reporting a third-quarter profit of $169 million after collecting nearly $1 billion in federal pandemic aid, and it expects big crowds and more flights during the upcoming holidays. The airline felt the late-summer impact of...

Ukraine hits all-time death record amid vaccine hesitancy

Oct. 21, 2021 07:49 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Coronavirus infections and deaths in Ukraine surged to all-time highs Thursday amid a laggard pace of vaccination, which is one of the lowest in Europe. Ukrainian authorities reported 22,415 new confirmed infections and 546 deaths in the past 24...

Mask mandate may relax in some South Florida schools

Oct. 21, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The mask mandate for students in some South Florida schools could be eased by the end of October as local rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to fall, officials said. The number of students needing to quarantine in Miami-Dade County...

German gas station attendant assaulted by customer over mask

Oct. 21, 2021 07:26 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A gas station attendant in Germany was punched and kicked by a customer after an argument over the latter's failure to wear a mask, police said Thursday. The incident in Bremen on Wednesday came about a month after a gas station clerk was fatally shot in...

Passenger revenue soars at Southwest despite hit from virus

Oct. 21, 2021 07:22 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Passenger revenue almost tripled and Southwest Airlines posted a smaller loss that most had expected, despite slowing air traffic in the third quarter with the spread of the delta variant. Net income was $446 million, or 73 cents per share, bouncing back...

PPP is gone, but government help for small businesses isn't

Oct. 21, 2021 07:14 AM EDT

The federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program provided small-business owners with just under $800 billion in COVID-19 relief, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. The PPP concluded on May 31, but as businesses forge ahead in the recovery process,...

Greece: Striking hospital staff hold protest in Athens

Oct. 21, 2021 06:56 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of Greek state hospital workers marched Thursday through central Athens as part of a 24-hour strike to protest staff shortages and compulsory coronavirus vaccinations. About 500 protesters demonstrated in the center of the capital, heading...

EU leaders seek to safeguard energy supplies as prices soar

Oct. 21, 2021 06:53 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Thursday are seeking to safeguard energy supplies to the 27-nation bloc while speeding up the transition away from polluting fossil fuels to sustainable alternatives. The energy debate at Thursday’s EU leaders’ summit comes...