Latest Epidemics News

WHO: World coronavirus cases fall 24%; deaths rise in Asia

Aug. 18, 2022 10:57 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — New coronavirus cases reported globally dropped nearly a quarter in the last week while deaths fell 6% but were still higher in parts of Asia, according to a report Thursday on the pandemic by the World Health Organization. The U.N. health agency said there were 5.4...

Gates eyes partnership with South Korea over global health

Aug. 16, 2022 06:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Bill Gates on Tuesday called for South Korea to become more involved in international efforts to prevent infectious diseases like COVID-19 as he stressed the need for the world to be better prepared for the next pandemic. Representing the Bill and Melinda...

Mississippi businessman sentenced in pandemic relief fraud

Aug. 15, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi businessman has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for misusing over $6 million in business loans through a coronavirus pandemic relief program. Christopher Paul Lick of Starkville received the 78-month sentence Friday from U.S....

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Aug. 14, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. August 14, 2022. Editorial: Texas Republicans must extend health care for new mothers after abortion ban Republican lawmakers who voted to ban abortion in Texas say they’re committed to protecting the health of pregnant women who are now...

New Mexico updates public health order following CDC changes

Aug. 12, 2022 18:14 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's emergency public health order was streamlined Friday, with state health officials saying the changes were in order given the evolution of the virus, the changing nature of the pandemic and new recommendations adopted by the federal government. ...

CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

Aug. 11, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said people...

State courts say no COVID-19 loss insurance for restaurants

Aug. 11, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Supreme Court said Wednesday that a sports bar chain could not recoup damages from its insurance policy over the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdown. The ruling in Sullivan Management, LLC v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company is the...

North Korea claims disputed victory over virus, blames Seoul

Aug. 11, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking speech before thousands of North Koreans, leader Kim Jong Un’s sister said he suffered a fever while guiding the country to victory over the coronavirus. She blamed rival South Korea for the outbreak and vowed “deadly” retaliation. Kim...

Court sides with Oregon governor over early prison releases

Aug. 10, 2022 19:18 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that Gov. Kate Brown was within her authority to grant clemency during the coronavirus pandemic to nearly 1,000 people convicted of crimes. Two district attorneys, Linn County’s Doug Marteeny and Lane County’s...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Aug. 10, 2022 15:33 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. August 5, 2022. Editorial: No excuse to harass, threaten Survey finds a shocking number of people think it’s OK to abuse public health staff over infection control measures. It is disturbing how many people in Minnesota and...