Latest Epidemics News

Japan bans entry of foreign visitors as omicron spreads

Nov. 29, 2021 03:01 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — As cases of a new coronavirus variant are confirmed around the world, Japan announced Monday that it will suspend entry of all foreign visitors, joining an increasing number of countries that are tightening their borders as fear spreads of yet another extension of pandemic...

More omicron cases pop up as world rushes to learn more

Nov. 28, 2021 21:16 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in countries on opposite sides of the world Sunday and many governments rushed to close their borders even as scientists cautioned that it's not clear if the new variant is more alarming than other...

WHO criticizes travel bans on southern African countries

Nov. 28, 2021 18:18 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization on Sunday urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new omicron variant. WHO's regional director for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, called on countries to...

In omicron hot spot, somber mood as S Africa faces variant

Nov. 28, 2021 14:18 PM EST

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The overcast, drizzly skies match the somber mood at the Tshwane University of Technology, a hot spot in South Africa’s latest surge of COVID-19 cases, apparently driven by the new omicron variant that is leading countries around the world to impose new...

Swiss vote to approve COVID restrictions as infections rise

Nov. 28, 2021 12:18 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday gave clear backing to legislation that introduced a system with special COVID-19 certificates under which only people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative can attend public events and gatherings. Final results...

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

Nov. 27, 2021 22:10 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — The new potentially more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus popped up in more European countries on Saturday, just days after being identified in South Africa, leaving governments around the world scrambling to stop the spread. The U.K. on...

High inflation? Low polling? White House blames the pandemic

Nov. 27, 2021 17:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Inflation is soaring, businesses are struggling to hire and President Joe Biden’s poll numbers have been in free fall. The White House sees a common culprit for it all: COVID-19. Biden’s team views the pandemic as the root cause of both the...

Honor Guard's funeral duty triples due to COVID-19 pandemic

Nov. 27, 2021 01:07 AM EST

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the Minot Air Force Base Honor Guard in the number of funerals in which these volunteer men and women have provided military honors. Since latter 2019 to date, Minot Air Force Base Honor...

World races to contain new COVID threat, the omicron variant

Nov. 26, 2021 20:58 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world raced Friday to contain a new coronavirus variant potentially more dangerous than the one that has fueled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent. A World Health Organization panel...

'Hoodwinked' before Christmas, EU nations seek to slow virus

Nov. 26, 2021 13:48 PM EST

THE HAGUE (AP) — Nations across Europe took new measures Friday in an attempt to keep a COVID-19 spike from spiraling out of control, hoping that action now will safeguard the joys of Christmas next month. A spike in cases fueled by the contagious delta variant forced...