Latest Epidemics News

A woman wearing a protective face mask speaks with healthcare workers during a house-to-house campaign to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Mallasa neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: China sees drop in new locally transmitted cases

Aug. 9, 2020 10:43 PM EDT

BEIJING — New locally transmitted cases of coronavirus in China fell to just 14 over the past 24 hours, the National Health Commission reported Monday. The low figure was offset, however, by 35 cases brought into the country by Chinese travelers from overseas arriving in seven different cities and...

President Donald Trump signs an executive order during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump's pandemic relief orders are limited in scope

Aug. 9, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's new executive orders to help Americans struggling under the economic recession are far less sweeping than any pandemic relief bill Congress would pass. Trump acted Saturday after negotiations for a second pandemic relief bill reached an impasse. Democrats...

Swarnamala Ratnayaka prepares RNA for testing for the new coronavirus at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The test is identical to the PCR test being used by the Centers for Disease Control to ease the testing crisis and stop the spread of COVID-19, which has hit the New Orleans area especially hard. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Analysis: La. nursing homes have vulnerability from staff

Aug. 9, 2020 4:00 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As Louisiana tries to protect vulnerable nursing home residents from coronavirus outbreaks, the facilities still have a significant source of risk for new infections. Hundreds of employees coming and going each day have refused to take a virus test. Gov. John Bel Edwards'...

Most Alabama child care facilities are open amid pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Human Resources says 63% of the state’s 2,410 child care facilities are now open after most closed in the spring because of COVID-19. The department said in a news release that only 12% of child care providers were open for business in March because...

South Dakota reports 129 new cases of COVID-19

Aug. 9, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota reported 129 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday and no new deaths, according to the Department of Health. The number of active cases remained above 1,000 for the second consecutive day, with 1,125 people who have active infections statewide. Over the past two weeks, the...

Ana Marcelo, an agroindustrial engineer from the city of Esteli, poses with the crown after being chosen Miss Nicaragua, in Managua, Nicaragua, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Marcelo was crowned in front of a limited audience (two people per contestant spaced safely) plus a production crew of 85. The masks were off the contestants, but the judges wore them and were spaced at a safe distance. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Virtual preparation allows Miss Nicaragua amid pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — For four months, everything was virtual: the modeling and speech classes, the make-up courses and the emotional support session via videoconference. And when eight contestants vying to be Miss Nicaragua did finally start in-person practices, they did so with masks covering their...

Lebanese priest Marwan Mouawad, speaks during Sunday Mass at Saint Maron-Baouchrieh Church that was damaged by last Tuesday's explosion that hit the Beirut seaport, in Baouchrieh neighborhood in Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. In interviews with The Associated Press, Father Rabih Thoumy and church priest Father Marwan Mouawad recount the horror of the moment the blast rocked the church. Thoumy says:

Lebanon priests recount horror as blast rocked church

Aug. 9, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

The video shows Father Rabih Thoumy swinging a chain censer sending smoke into the air when abruptly there is a rumble and then a loud bang as the shockwave from Beirut's devastating explosion slams into the church. Thoumy darts for cover as stained glass and other debris fall from above. The camera tips over,...

Navajo 'water warrior' drives miles on pandemic aid mission

Aug. 9, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When the sun is up, he’s up and ready to hit the road by 8. Flatbed trucks are loaded with brimming barrels of water, and the teams take off – up and down the burnt orange washboard roads that crisscross the Navajo Nation. Zoel Zohnnie grew up on a ranch in these vast lands,...

Health officials in Colorado conduct mask wearing recon

Aug. 9, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — They really are watching you. From their cars and trucks, parked in the lots of King Soopers, Whole Foods and the corner store, they are staring out their vehicle windows as you shop. But these guys — volunteers from the public health department — are only interested in...

James Jackson poses for a photograph outside his home during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in West Park, Fla. Jackson is among the tens of thousands hospitality workers fighting for survival in the age of the pandemic. Jackson's employer, the Diplomat Beach Resort, in Hollywood, Fla., was forced to close in March because of the outbreak. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

For pandemic jobless, the only real certainty is uncertainty

Aug. 9, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — For three decades, Kelly Flint flourished as a corporate travel agent, sending everyone from business titans to oil riggers around the planet. Then came the worst pandemic in a century, leaving her jobless and marooned in an uncertain economy. Furloughed since March, Flint has dipped into...