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Despite analysis, Parson adamant mask mandates don't work

Dec. 03, 2021 18:50 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A health department analysis shows Missouri cities that require masks to combat the coronavirus pandemic this year saw fewer infections, but Republican Gov. Mike Parson insisted Thursday that mandates don't work. The analysis was first reported...

Study: Black, Asian Britons have higher COVID-19 death rates

Dec. 03, 2021 11:12 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Almost two years into the pandemic, Black people and members of other racial and ethnic minorities in Britain are still dying with the coronavirus at higher rates than white residents, likely because of lower vaccination rates, a government-commissioned report said Friday. ...

Live updates: Greek lawmakers OK vaccine mandate for elderly

Dec. 01, 2021 17:05 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece -- Greek lawmakers have approved legislation making vaccination for COVID-19 mandatory for all people aged over 60 living in the country on pain of a monthly fine, to deal with an infection surge and the emergence of the omicron variant. The draft law...

Idaho braces for expected arrival of omicron variant

Nov. 30, 2021 19:10 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is bracing for the likely appearance of the omicron variant, state officials said Tuesday, noting the state is well-positioned to detect its arrival but a poor vaccination rate among residents is problematic. Idaho Health and Welfare Director...

Hawaii corrects vaccination rates after booster report error

Nov. 30, 2021 18:51 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii health officials had to revise the state's coronavirus vaccination rate after providers counted booster shots as first doses. The percentage of residents who received at least one dose was lower than previously reported and the number booster...

Asia shares mixed as investors weigh omicron economic risks

Nov. 29, 2021 21:54 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Tuesday as investors continued to cautiously weigh how much damage the new omicron coronavirus variant may unleash on the global economy. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 1.0% to 28,577.34 in morning trading. Australia's...

Liz Weston: How to maximize your ‘health span’

Nov. 29, 2021 11:06 AM EST

We’re living longer on average, but the number of years we’re healthy hasn’t kept up. This lagging “health span ” translates into more time living with serious illness and disabilities at the end of our lives. This can have significant repercussions for our...

New variant not stopping New Zealand's reopening plans

Nov. 29, 2021 01:00 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The emergence of the omicron variant hasn't changed New Zealand's plans to ease restrictions in Auckland and move the nation into a new, more open phase of its pandemic response, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday. Bars, restaurants...

Connecticut virus infections twice as high in low-vax areas

Nov. 28, 2021 17:23 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new COVID-19 spike in Connecticut is more heavily concentrated in towns with low vaccination rates, recent data shows. A statistical analysis by the Hartford Courant found that over two weeks in November, municipalities where fewer than 60% of...

Baltimore City schools not ready to enforce vaccine mandate

Nov. 28, 2021 12:29 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — School officials in the city of Baltimore say they're not ready to enforce a requirement that school employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that the school system had set a Nov. 1 deadline. But school officials...