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South Dakota tops 1,000 virus cases for 2nd time in 3 days

Oct. 25, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 cases in South Dakota increased by more than 1,000 for the second time in three days, state health officials reported Sunday. The state Department of Health reported 1,063 new cases in the last day, two days after the state recorded a daily high of 1,185...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to supporters Saturday Oct. 24, 2020 in Tallahassee, Fla. Battleground Florida was again a central focus of the presidential campaign Saturday as President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and former President Barack Obama all had high-profile events in the state. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

The Latest: Pence to campaign with Trump in Pennsylvania

Oct. 25, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 3:05 p.m. President Donald Trump’s campaign says in a text message to followers that Vice President Mike Pence will join the president when he campaigns in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Monday. Trump is making a swing through...

Israel to begin human trials of coronavirus vaccine

Oct. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The state-run Israel Institute for Biological Research announced Sunday that researchers will begin human testing on its coronavirus vaccine next week. The institute said clinical tests on an initial group of 80 people would begin Nov. 1. The testing is to expand to a second phase of 960...

A worker moves boxes at Snowman Logistics, India's largest cold storage company in Taloja, on the outskirts of Mumbai, India, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. The vaccine cold chain hurdle is just the latest disparity of the pandemic weighted against the poor, who more often live and work in crowded conditions that allow the virus to spread, have little access to medical oxygen vital to COVID-19 treatment, and whose health systems lack labs, supplies or technicians to carry out large-scale testing. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Vaccine storage issues could leave 3B people without access

Oct. 25, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

GAMPELA, Burkina Faso (AP) — The chain breaks here, in a tiny medical clinic in Burkina Faso that went nearly a year without a working refrigerator. From factory to syringe, the world’s most promising coronavirus vaccine candidates need non-stop sterile refrigeration to stay potent and safe. But...

Father Jonathan Gonzalez celebrates a drive-in Sunday Mass set up to circumvent the regulations that prevent concentrations in religious temples, imposed since March by the authorities to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, at the parking lot of the

UN chief says COVID-19 is 'the greatest crisis of our age'

Oct. 25, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

BERLIN — The head of the United Nations said Sunday that “the Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our age.” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened an online session of the World Health Summit with a call for worldwide solidarity in the global crisis and demanded that developed...

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. About half of U.S. states have seen their highest daily infection numbers so far at some point in October, and the country came very close to back-to-back record daily infection rates last week. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

Fear and anxiety spike in virus hot spots across US

Oct. 25, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

Preslie Paur breaks down in tears when she thinks of her state’s refusal to mandate face masks. The South Salt Lake City, Utah, woman can’t work at her special education job due to an autoimmune disease. Her husband, also a special ed teacher, recently quit because his school district would not...

Illinois reports more than 4,000 new confirmed virus cases

Oct. 25, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois reported more than 4,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 24 deaths, health officials said Sunday. The state’s Department of Public Health reported a 6.1% positive test rate over the past seven days. Labs reported 72,097 tests over 24 hours with 4,062 positive cases. ...

Indiana's COVID-19 hospitalizations highest since April

Oct. 25, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s hospitals entered the weekend with their most COVID-19 patients since the first weeks after the coronavirus outbreak reached the state seven months ago, according to state health officials. The state health department has also added 38 more coronavirus-related deaths to...

NH warns of possible virus exposure at 3 establishments

Oct. 25, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials are advising people who went to several establishments across the state to get tested for the coronavirus due to possible exposure. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says a person who tested positive for COVID-19 was at the...

FILE - Vice President Mike Pence listens during the vice presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, at Kingsbury Hall on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Health policy specialists are questioning Pence’s claim that federal rules on essential workers allow him to continue to campaign and not quarantine himself after exposure to multiple close staffers with COVID-19. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

Health experts question Pence campaigning as essential work

Oct. 25, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

Health policy specialists questioned White House officials' claim that federal rules on essential workers allow Vice President Mike Pence to continue to campaign and not quarantine himself after being exposed to the coronavirus. Campaigning is not an official duty that might fall under the guidelines meant to...