Latest Epidemics News

The Latest: Taiwan raises alert amid sharp rise in cases

May. 15, 2021 03:13 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan has raised the COVID-19 alert level for the capital Taipei and the surrounding area of New Taipei city following its worst outbreak since the pandemic began. The level 3 alert announced Saturday requires people to wear a mask outdoors and limits...

Michigan lifts indoor mask requirement for vaccinated people

May. 14, 2021 22:27 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — People in Michigan who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 don't need to wear a mask any longer, and people who aren't vaccinated don't have to wear one outdoors, officials said Friday, also declaring that the state's indoor mask requirement will expire in July. ...

The Latest: New Mexico adopts CDC guidance on facemasks

May. 14, 2021 21:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico has adopted guidance on facemasks from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks indoors or outside in most cases. Under revisions Friday to the state’s emergency public...

No more mask mandate, but some Minnesotans will keep them

May. 14, 2021 18:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — On the first day that Minnesotans could go without a mask in public, Amber Raitz wasn't about to do so. It's not that she disagrees with Gov. Tim Walz dropping the state's mask requirement in public spaces, but Raitz, 48, said Friday that she plans to...

Governor: Maryland ending statewide mask mandate on Saturday

May. 14, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is ending its statewide mask mandate this weekend, following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday. The mask mandate will end effective Saturday, the Republican governor said at a news...

Virus business limits, most mask mandates end in N. Carolina

May. 14, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Friday immediately ended the state's capacity limits on businesses and nearly all the remaining statewide mask-wearing mandates, returning the state to almost normal operations after 15 months marked by COVID-19 lockdowns and...

Virginia governor lifting indoor mask mandate in most places

May. 14, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor announced Friday that he is lifting the state’s indoor mask mandate in line with new guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Gov. Ralph Northam said the mask policy change takes effect at...

Gov. Baker to update Massachusetts reopening plans next week

May. 14, 2021 17:43 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said in a tweet Friday that he’ll update the state’s reopening plans early next week. Baker’s comments came a day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance saying that fully vaccinated...

Cuba rolls out mass vaccines while awaiting study results

May. 14, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The jab didn't even hurt, and Mabel Aguilera figures it may finally let her see granddaughters on the other side of Cuba who she hasn't glimpsed during many months of pandemic restrictions. “Sometimes I thought I wouldn't be able to stand not seeing my...

Boise lifts mask requirement, stops restricting crowd sizes

May. 14, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The city of Boise has lifted its mask requirement, but city officials say they'll still work with businesses that choose to require masks on private property during the coronavirus pandemic. Boise Mayor Lauren McLean made the announcement Friday,...