Latest Epidemics News

Cemetery workers dig fresh graves in a section of the Valle de Chalco Municipal Cemetery which opened early in the coronavirus pandemic to accommodate the surge in deaths, in Valle de Chalco on the outskirts of Mexico City, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico official: definitive COVID-19 toll will take 2 years

Sep. 27, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s top coronavirus official said Sunday that definitive data on the country's death toll from COVID-19 won’t be available for “a couple of years.” The statement by Assistant Health Secretary Hugo López-Gatell is likely to revive debate about...

A woman walks among the Spanish flags placed in memory of coronavirus (COVID-19) victims in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. An association of families of coronavirus victims has planted what it says are 53,000 small Spanish flags in a Madrid park to honor the dead of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

The Latest: S. Korea sees lowest virus increase in 50 days

Sep. 27, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 50 new cases of the coronavirus, its lowest daily increase in nearly 50 days, a possible effect of strengthened social distancing measures that were employed to slow a major outbreak surrounding the greater capital region. The numbers released by the Korea...

Members of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in a baseball game to earn a playoff birth Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Pandemic playoffs: Brewers, Astros in despite losing records

Sep. 27, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers got off to a ragged start this year. They never got above .500. And they dropped their last game to finish with a losing record. Guess what? They’re going to the playoffs. “Weird. I guess that’s the only way to describe it. It’s fitting for...

Montana hits another record number of new coronavirus cases

Sep. 27, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

BILLINGS, MONT. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic in Montana continued to grow as the state recorded a record number of cases Saturday, surpassing the high marks reached two days earlier. Montana recorded 346 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday morning, an increase from 323 cases Friday and 333 cases Thursday,...

Nevada reports 373 new coronavirus cases with 3 more deaths

Sep. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Health officials on Sunday reported 373 new positive coronavirus cases in Nevada along with three additional deaths. That increases the statewide totals to 78,728 cases and 1,585 known deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Nevada Department of Health Services officials had...

This March 2020 photo provided by the family shows Ming Wang in Sydney, Australia. The 71-year-old was sickened in March on a cruise from Australia with his wife, a break after decades of running the family’s Chinese restaurant in Papillion, Neb. In the 74 days he was hospitalized, doctors desperately tried various experimental approaches, including enrolling him in a study of an antiviral drug that ultimately showed promise. Ming died on June 8. “It was just touch and go. Everything they wanted to try we said yes, do it,” said his daughter, Anne Peterson. “We would give anything to have him back, but if what we and he went through would help future patients, that’s what we want.” (Lu Wang via AP)

Nearly 1M who died of COVID-19 also illuminated treatment

Sep. 27, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

The nearly 1 million people around the world who have lost their lives to COVID-19 have left us a gift: Through desperate efforts to save their lives, scientists now better understand how to treat and prevent the disease — and millions of others may survive. Ming Wang, 71, and his wife were on a cruise...

Indiana increased public pension assets despite pandemic

Sep. 27, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s public pension funds for state and local government employees, including teachers, has apparently weathered the financial markets’ volatility during the coronavirus pandemic, new data from the state show. The General Assembly’s Pension Management...

People with addictions face challenges in pandemic

Sep. 27, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many who live with substance use disorder have not been able to attend support groups they rely on for sobriety, social support and connection. Ann Hammond, lead peer recovery coach for First Choice Services, said connecting with one’s peers...

Migrant laborers from other states looking for work gather on a street on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Sunday, Sept.27, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the coronavirus pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown, schools, work resume

Sep. 27, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased lockdown restrictions imposed after a surge in coronavirus cases, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work. Melbourne and surrounding parts of...

Moroccan police officers wearing face masks patrol Ain Diab beach in Casablanca, Morocco, Wednesday, Sept.23, 2020. Morocco first decreed lockdown measures on March 20. Today, police checks are part of the scenery in hard-hit Casablanca, the country's economic powerhouse, or Marrakech, a major tourist destination at a standstill. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Morocco faces down COVID spread with tough rules

Sep. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — With air and sea borders closed for months and eight cities barring people from entering or leaving, Morocco has been pulling out the stops to stanch the spread of coronavirus. Still, the kingdom on the Atlantic coast, a magnet for tourists in better times, has registered more than...