Latest Epidemics News

S. Korea sets high of 8,000 new virus cases ahead of holiday

Jan. 24, 2022 22:56 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea recorded more than 8,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time Tuesday as health authorities reshape the country's pandemic response to address a surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The 8,571 new cases reported by the...

RFK Jr. remarks on Anne Frank, vaccines draw condemnation

Jan. 24, 2022 18:03 PM EST

Anti-vaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. made “deeply offensive" comments when he suggested things are worse for people today than they were for Anne Frank, the teenager who died in a Nazi concentration camp after hiding with her family in a secret annex in an Amsterdam house for two years,...

6th Michigan hospital to get federal medical team amid surge

Jan. 24, 2022 17:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A sixth Michigan hospital will receive staffing assistance from a federal medical team to help treat COVID-19 patients during the latest surge, state health officials said Monday. Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, where 100% of beds were occupied as of Monday, will...

Hope seen once the omicron wave increases global immunity

Jan. 24, 2022 13:56 PM EST

World health officials are offering hope that the ebbing of the omicron wave could give way to a new, more manageable phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as they warn of difficult weeks ahead and the possibility of another, more dangerous variant arising. In the U.S., cases have...

WHO chief warns against talk of 'endgame' in pandemic

Jan. 24, 2022 11:10 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's director-general on Monday warned that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and it's dangerous to assume omicron is the last one or that “we are in the endgame.” But Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the...

S. Korea to expand testing, shorten quarantine for omicron

Jan. 24, 2022 02:52 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea will expand rapid testing and shorten quarantines as it reshapes its pandemic response to deal with a faster-than-expected surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. The plans were announced as the country...

Chicago schools change COVID data tracking raising questions

Jan. 23, 2022 15:08 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's third-largest school district has quietly changed how it tracks COVID-19 in schools, renewing concerns about the accuracy and transparency of data used to make decisions during the pandemic. Chicago Public Schools officials recently acknowledged the...

Russia sets another daily virus record amid omicron surge

Jan. 23, 2022 13:44 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — New coronavirus infections in Russia reached an all-time high on Sunday, the third consecutive daily record as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads through the country. The national coronavirus task force reported 63,205 new infections tallied in 24 hours...

Pandemic struggles proving too much for some Conn. breweries

Jan. 23, 2022 11:58 AM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The pandemic has finally proved too daunting for several Connecticut breweries. Three have closed or announced closings within the last month, and a fourth announced it is leaving its current space and assessing options for the future. It's...

China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

Jan. 22, 2022 09:13 AM EST

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The sweeping “zero-tolerance” strategy that China has used to keep COVID-19 case numbers low and its economy functioning may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic. Most experts say the coronavirus around the world isn’t...