Latest Pandemics News

Trump aide says 'we're not going to control the pandemic'

Oct. 25, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus has reached into the heart of the White House once more, less than a week before Election Day, as it scorches the nation and the president's top aide says "we're not going to control the pandemic.” Officials on Sunday scoffed at the notion of dialing back...

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

The Latest: UN chief says COVID 'greatest crisis of our age'

Oct. 25, 2020 4:04 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...

Wisconsin health officials worry about contact tracing plans

Oct. 25, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A key element of Wisconsin's plan to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic is proving to be difficult. With an average of 3,400 daily cases reported in the last week in Wisconsin, and an additional 3,626 positive tests confirmed in Sunday's update, contact tracers are now so overrun that...

A woman with a child casts her ballot at a polling station during the second round of a parliamentary election in Vilnius, Lithuania, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Polls opened Sunday for the run-off of national election in Lithuania, where the vote is expected to bring about a change of government following the first round, held on Oct. 11, which gave the three opposition, center-right parties a combined lead. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

Lithuania holds parliamentary vote as pandemic hits jobs

Oct. 25, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanians voted Sunday in a parliamentary runoff where the winner will have to tackle a growing health crisis and high unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic. The election was widely expected to bring a change of leadership for the southernmost Baltic nation, which has...

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 3:34 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...

President Donald Trump points to supporters as he leaves a campaign rally at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020, in Londonderry, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The Latest: Trump insists US 'rounding the turn' on virus

Oct. 25, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local): 3:20 p.m. President Donald Trump is asserting that even without a vaccine, “we’re rounding the turn. It’s going to be over.” Trump made the dubious claim to voters at a packed campaign rally in New...

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...

A waiter stands outside a cafe in downtown Rome, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. For at least the next month, people outdoors except for small children must now wear masks in all of Italy, gyms, cinemas and movie theaters will be closed, ski slopes are off-limits to all but competitive skiers and cafes and restaurants must shut down in early evenings, under a decree signed on Sunday by Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte, who ruled against another severe lockdown despite a current surge in COVID-19 infections. (Cecilia FabianoLaPresse via AP)

Italy closes gyms, shuts eateries early to fight COVID-19

Oct. 25, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy's leader imposed at least a month of new restrictions across the country Sunday to fight rising coronavirus infections, shutting down gyms, pools and movie theaters, putting an early curfew on cafes and restaurants and mandating that people keep wearing masks outdoors. Worried about...

How retailers are reinventing Black Friday during COVID-19

Oct. 25, 2020 1:18 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Will COVID-19 finally be the thing that makes Black Friday a thing of the past? With the coronavirus spreading, local businesses and national retailers can’t risk attracting the crowds that normally show up — often camping outside and waiting in line for hours —...

Are neighboring states part of rural Minnesota virus growth?

Oct. 25, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Statistics from Minnesota health officials show that the 10 counties with the fastest growth in coronavirus cases since the beginning of October are all in rural parts of the state, many of which border surrounding states. Adjusted for population, the rate of new cases across 56 counties...