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2 films offer 2 tales ahead of Wuhan lockdown anniversary

Jan. 22, 2021 5:40 AM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — Two new films about Wuhan were released Friday, the eve of the anniversary of the 76-day lockdown in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus was first detected. How they were released and who their audiences are stand in stark contrast. The first, a state-backed film praising...

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a meeting of the coronavirus infection control headquarters at his office in Tokyo Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Suga, in a speech earlier, said the vaccine is “the clincher” in the fight against the pandemic and vowed to start vaccinations as soon as late February, when a health ministry approval of the Pfizer vaccine, the first applicant, is expected. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan vaccination uncertainty casts doubts over Olympics

Jan. 22, 2021 5:34 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is publicly adamant that it will stage its postponed Olympics this summer. But to pull it off, many believe the vaccination of its 127 million citizens for the coronavirus is key. It's an immense undertaking in the best of circumstances and complicated now by an overly cautious...

Funeral home workers carry the coffin of Pedro Miguel Infante Vilchez, 80, who died from COVID-19, to the

The Latest: Portugal halts flights to UK over virus variant

Jan. 22, 2021 4:44 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal -- Portugal is stopping flights to and from the United Kingdom from Saturday, blaming a COVID-19 variant first identified in the U.K. for a devastating surge in new Portuguese cases. The move comes a week after the British government halted flights to and from Portugal in an effort to prevent a...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus line up for mass COVID-19 testing in a central district of Beijing, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Beijing has ordered fresh rounds of coronavirus testing for about 2 million people in the downtown area following new cases in the Chinese capital. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

AP PHOTOS: Long lines as Beijing expands mass COVID testing

Jan. 22, 2021 4:21 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has ordered more coronavirus tests for about 2 million people in its downtown area after new cases were reported in the Chinese capital. The city health department said all residents of the Xicheng and Dongcheng districts are required to undergo testing on Friday and Saturday....

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2020, file photo, the Wuhan Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, where a number of people related to the market fell ill with a virus, sits closed in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. The Chinese city of Wuhan is looking back on a year since it was placed under a 76-day lockdown beginning Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, File)

Timeline: China's COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown of Wuhan

Jan. 22, 2021 4:16 AM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — The Chinese city of Wuhan is looking back on a year since it was placed under a 76-day lockdown beginning Jan. 23, 2020. It was the most extreme step taken up to that point against the coronavirus. China presents the lockdown as a huge sacrifice that bought the rest of the world time...

FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo, a man with a face mask watches empty chairs with names of bars and restaurants on the Roemerberg square in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 50,000 people have died after contracting COVID-19 in Germany, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks as the country has struggled to bring down infection figures. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

German virus death toll tops 50,000 even as infections sink

Jan. 22, 2021 4:01 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The death toll from the coronavirus in Germany has passed 50,000, a number that has risen swiftly over recent weeks even as infection figures are finally declining. The country’s disease control center, the Robert Koch Institute, said Friday that another 859 deaths were reported over...

Ontario Premier Doug Ford looks on as a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is administered at The Michener Institute in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Ontario leader blames Pfizer for COVID-19 vaccine delays

Jan. 22, 2021 3:34 AM EST

TORONTO (AP) — The leader of Canada’s most populous province said Thursday he isn’t buying the explanation given by Pfizer about why the company has deferred next week's coronavirus vaccine deliveries to Canada. Ontario Premier Doug Ford said that it is unacceptable that other countries are...

Sri Lankan municipal health workers take a swab sample from a man to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. Sri Lanka on Thursday re-opened the country for tourists after keeping the doors closed for the visitors for nearly 10 months due to the COVID-19. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka approves vaccine amid warnings of virus spread

Jan. 22, 2021 3:27 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka on Friday approved the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for COVID-19 amid warnings from doctors that front-line health workers should be quickly inoculated to stop the system from collapsing. Minister for Pharmaceutical Production and Regulation Channa Jayasumana said the...

Ultra-Orthodox attack Israeli police amid lockdown tensions

Jan. 22, 2021 3:24 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ultra-Orthodox Jews attacked an unmarked Israeli police vehicle overnight, pelting it with stones and smashing the windows while officers were inside, and igniting a riot in which at least six people were arrested, police said Friday. The violence erupted in Bnei Brak, an ultra-Orthodox...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo Dr. Mark Ghaly, secretary of the California Health and Human Services, discusses the coronavirus as Gov. Gavin Newsom, center, listens at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Sacramento area officials were caught off guard when the state public health agency lifted the regional stay-at-home order, allowing businesses like barber and beauty shops and nail salons, to reopen, restaurants to offer outdoor dining, and houses of worship to offer outdoor services. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

It's a secret: California keeps key virus data from public

Jan. 22, 2021 1:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency. But with the state starting to emerge from its worst surge, his administration won't disclose key information that...