Latest Pandemics News

Maui mayor exposed to COVID by foes of pandemic safety rules

Oct. 19, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said he tested negative for COVID-19 after seeing on social media that opponents of pandemic safety rules he met with earlier tested positive. Victorino had a meeting Thursday with three unvaccinated residents opposed...

Russia hits another record of daily coronavirus deaths

Oct. 19, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia registered another daily record of coronavirus deaths Tuesday as rapidly surging infection rates raised pressure on the country’s health care system and prompted the government to suggest declaring a nonworking week. The government task force...

Romania hits record infections, deaths amid vaccination lag

Oct. 19, 2021 12:40 PM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania on Tuesday hit daily records in both coronavirus infections and deaths as the country grapples with an acute virus surge amid alarmingly low vaccination uptake. Romania confirmed a record high of 18,863 new COVID-19 infections and 574...

UK faces calls for ‘Plan B’ with virus cases high and rising

Oct. 19, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Life has returned to normal for millions in Britain since coronavirus restrictions were lifted over the summer. But while the rules have vanished, the virus hasn't. Many scientists are now calling on the government to reimpose social restrictions and speed...

New Zealand hits virus high, pushes vaccination as way out

Oct. 19, 2021 01:21 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand counted its most new coronavirus cases of the pandemic Tuesday as an outbreak in its largest city grew and officials urged vaccinations as a way out of Auckland's two-month lockdown. Health officials found 94 new local...

Mexico City lowers pandemic alert to lowest level

Oct. 18, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's capital returned to the lowest level on its COVID-19 pandemic warning system Monday for the first time since June. In practice, the shift from the yellow to green category changes meant only small changes to daily life. Mask wearing is still...

Russia's virus infections over 8 million; daily deaths high

Oct. 18, 2021 15:15 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s total number of coronavirus infections has topped 8 million, more than 5% of the population, and the daily infection toll hit a new record. The national coronavirus task force said Monday that 34,325 new infections over the past day raised the...

Slovenia PM blames rising infections on virus protesters

Oct. 18, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia's populist prime minister on Monday blamed a rise in COVID-19 infections on protests in early October that erupted into clashes between police and those who oppose vaccinations and coronavirus restrictions. Prime Minister Janez Jansa...

FIFA, Qatar team up with WHO for World Cup health promotion

Oct. 18, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA and Qatari organizers of next year's World Cup teamed up with the World Health Organization on Monday to use soccer’s marquee event for promoting public health. The move follows years of scrutiny on Qatar and criticism of conditions for hundreds of...

Belarus suspends routine medical care to focus on COVID-19

Oct. 18, 2021 11:15 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarus on Monday ordered a halt to routine medical care at state clinics in order to devote more resources to coronavirus patients. The Health Ministry said the suspended services include medical examinations and screenings, physiotherapy and...