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Medicines agency says EU is seeing 'new wave' of COVID-19

Jul. 07, 2022 10:35 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A senior official at the European Union medicines agency said Thursday that many nations in the bloc are seeing a new wave of COVID-19, driven by highly-transmissible mutations of the omicron variant. The European Medicines Agency’s Marco Cavaleri...

Monkeypox cases rise 77% in UN agency's latest weekly count

Jul. 07, 2022 07:28 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Thursday reported a 77% weekly increase in the number of lab-confirmed monkeypox cases, to more than 6,000 worldwide, and two more deaths in parts of Africa where the virus has circulated for years. Most of the cases were reported in...

Beijing mandates COVID vaccines to enter some public spaces

Jul. 07, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The Chinese capital has issued a mandate requiring people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before they can enter some public spaces including gyms, museums and libraries, drawing concern from city residents over the sudden policy announcement and its impact on their...

S Korean group floats balloons toward North amid animosities

Jul. 07, 2022 02:10 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korea activist said Thursday he launched more huge balloons carrying COVID-19 relief items toward North Korea, days after the North vowed to sternly deal with such activities and made a highly questionable claim they were a source of the virus. ...

High number of applicants could shrink Minnesota's hero pay

Jul. 06, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The high number of applicants for hero pay in Minnesota could translate into smaller checks. More than 900,000 Minnesota residents have applied for bonus pay the state is doling out to people who came to work during the height of the coronavirus pandemic,...

New Mexico governor withstands lawsuits over pandemic orders

Jul. 06, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico residents who say they endured constitutional rights violations, depression and anxiety under aggressive public health restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak have abandoned a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after most allegations were...

Tina Kotek, candidate for governor, tests positive for COVID

Jul. 06, 2022 18:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Democratic candidate for Oregon governor Tina Kotek said Tuesday that she tested positive for COVID-19. Kotek said on Twitter she was resting and taking it easy for a few days and that she’s grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, KOIN-TV reported. ...

Virginia immigration jail lawsuit resolved with settlement

Jul. 06, 2022 17:45 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities on Wednesday reached a settlement with immigration advocates that restricts the use of a privately run detention center in Virginia that saw a massive coronavirus outbreak two years ago. The settlement in federal court in Alexandria...

US allows pharmacists to prescribe Pfizer's COVID-19 pill

Jul. 06, 2022 15:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pharmacists can prescribe the leading COVID-19 pill directly to patients under a new U.S. policy announced Wednesday that's intended to expand use of Pfizer's drug Paxlovid. The Food and Drug Administration said pharmacists can begin screening patients to see if...

Cyprus brings back indoor mask wearing amid COVID-19 surge

Jul. 06, 2022 13:05 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is bringing back compulsory mask-wearing in indoor areas for everyone age 12 and over amid a surge of COVID-19 infections. The government said Wednesday the infection spike is in line with a global trend that's mainly owed to the BA.4 and BA.5 variants...