Latest Pandemics News

The Latest: U.N. cancels meetings after reported virus cases

Oct. 27, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations canceled all in-person meetings after a U.N. member nation reported five coronavirus cases among its staff. General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir sent a letter to the 193 U.N. member nations announcing Tuesday’s cancellation on the advice of the U.N. Medical...

Smoke billows as clashes broke out during a protest against the government restriction measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Turin, Italy, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. Protesters turned out by the hundreds in Italian several cities and towns on Monday to vent anger, sometimes violently, over the latest anti-COVID-19 rules, which force restaurants and cafes to close early, shutter cinema, gyms and other leisure venues. In the northern city of Turin, demonstrators broke off from a peaceful protest and hurled smoke bombs and bottles at police in the city square where the Piedmont regional government is headquartered. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)

New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions

Oct. 27, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Protesters set trash bins afire and police responded with hydrant sprays in downtown Rome Tuesday night, part of a day of public outpouring of anger against virus-fighting measures like evening shutdowns for restaurants and bars and the closures of gyms and theaters — a sign of growing...

Evers urges self-imposed lockdown as cases hit new record

Oct. 27, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers pleaded with Wisconsin residents Tuesday to stay home and limit their interactions to immediate family amid new statewide daily records for confirmed coronavirus infections and related deaths. The virus has been running rampant in Wisconsin since September. The state...

Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations begin creeping back up

Oct. 27, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Oklahoma began creeping back up on Tuesday, although not to the record levels reached last week. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 907 people were hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, the...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden leaves after speaking at Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Warm Springs, Ga. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden faces challenges in quickly combating the pandemic

Oct. 27, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

WILIMINGTON, Del. (AP) — If Joe Biden wins next week's election, he says he'll immediately call Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert. He'll work with governors and local officials to institute a nationwide mask-wearing mandate and instruct Congress to pass a sweeping spending bill...

People enjoy a beer on an improvised beach terrace during road construction works outside a bar in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Dutch bars and restaurants were closed as of last week as part of a

Dutch government holds off on new lockdown measures, for now

Oct. 27, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' current partial lockdown, introduced two weeks ago amid sharply rising coronavirus infections, will likely remain in place until December, the Dutch prime minister and health minister said Tuesday, but they did not announce any new restrictions. “What...

In this Oct. 20, 2020, photo, Evelio Mancera and his daughter, Jennifer Mancera, both residents of Madison, fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the city's City-County Building Tuesday in Madison, Wis. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Worst place, worst time: Trump faces virus spike in Midwest

Oct. 27, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Gabe Loiacono is the kind of voter President Donald Trump can ill afford to lose. He lives in a pivotal county of a swing state that is among a handful that will decide the presidency. A college history professor who last cast a ballot for a Democrat more than 20 years ago, Loiacono...

Carol McCarthy sends candy down the candy chute that she will use to give out treats to socially-distant trick-or-treaters on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, in Palmyra, N.J. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

One Good Thing: Wickedly creative pandemic trick-or-treating

Oct. 27, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Dropping candy down a chute for little costumed Baby Sharks, Mulans and Black Panthers. Flinging full-size candy bars to them via mini-catapults, “Game of Thrones” style, or with decorated slingshots. Scattering candy at social distances across the front yard, placing it in...

FILE- This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J.  Surging sales of cancer medicines and reduced spending helped Merck overcome a big hit from the coronavirus pandemic and increase its profit 12% in the second quarter. The  drugmaker on Friday, July 31, 2020,  increased its financial forecast for the year, all while it’s investing in development of two experimental vaccines and a possible treatment for COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Strong sales of drugs, vaccines, propel Merck in 3Q

Oct. 27, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

Drugmaker Merck, bouncing back from a $1.6 billion hit from the coronavirus pandemic in the second quarter, boosted its third-quarter profit by 55% and blew past Wall Street expectations. The strong result was due to sales slightly higher than a year ago, plus restrained spending. The Kenilworth, New Jersey,...

Indiana reports 51 more COVID-19 deaths, 2K more virus cases

Oct. 27, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana reported 51 more coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday as the state's new coronavirus infections topped 2,000 for the sixth straight day and its COVID-19 hospitalizations remained at the highest level since April. The new deaths, which occurred over several days, raised...