Latest Pandemics News

An Orthodox worshiper, wearing a mask for protection against the COVID-19 infection, prays during a religious service, on the first day of the Saint Dimitrie Basarabov pilgrimage in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

The Latest: China reports 6 new cases in far west outbreak

Oct. 31, 2020 2:15 AM EDT

BEIJING — China has reported six new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in an outbreak in Xinjiang, bringing the total in the far-west region to 51. Six were in serious condition, Xinjiang health authorities said Saturday. Another 161 people have tested positive but show no symptoms. The outbreak in Shufu...

A family wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus wait for a bus in Kolkata, India, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Health officials have warned about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the upcoming religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

Oct. 31, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced it will spend 500 million Australian dollars ($351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia “as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic.” The government said it would use a range of advance...

N. Carolina artists face fears, change tactics in pandemic

Oct. 31, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As she watched COVID-19 cancel Wilmington-area festivals earlier this year, Linda Callison started freaking out a little. Callison, a 60-year-old Wilmington-based artist, relies on venues like festivals and farmer’s markets to sell her work. Her jewelry business - called Out...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

FILE - In this July 26, 2020, file photo, Texas Rangers starting pitcher Corey Kluber pitches against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, declined the $18 million contract option on Kluber, who lasted just one inning in his only start before a shoulder injury ended his season. Kluber gets a $1 million buyout, and the club has said it is interested in re-signing Kluber to a less expensive deal. (AP Photo/Louis DeLuca, File)

Lester, Kluber, Hand boost free agent total to 175

Oct. 30, 2020 9:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Lester, Corey Kluber and Brad Hand were among 15 more major leaguers who became free agents Friday when teams declined their 2021 options, many the victims of budget cuts following a regular season without fans due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Also cut loose were Milwaukee...

An emergency alert regarding the coronavirus pandemic is displayed on a cellphone Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Rio Rancho, N.M. The alert was sent out to New Mexicans across the state urging them to stay home amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and record-high hospitalizations. The state also surpassed the 1,000 mark for deaths related to the virus. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

New Mexico marks grim milestone with over 1,000 virus deaths

Oct. 30, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Friday marked a grim milestone, as deaths related to the coronavirus topped 1,000. The statewide toll surpassed the mark with the addition of 13 more deaths, the most in a single day since the pandemic began. They included two women in their 20s and another in her...

Medical personnel don PPE while attending to a patient (not infected with COVID-19) at Bellevue Hospital in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Hospitals in the city's public NYC Health and Hospitals' system have been upgrading their equipment, bracing for a potential resurgence of coronavirus patients, drawing on lessons learned in the spring when the outbreak brought the nation's largest city to its knees. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

State leaders facing 2nd wave resist steps to curb virus

Oct. 30, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as a new surge of coronavirus infections sweeps the U.S., officials in many hard-hit states are resisting taking stronger action to slow the spread, with pleas from health experts running up against political calculation and public fatigue. Days before a presidential election...

Indiana reports 3,000-plus new COVID-19 cases for 2nd day

Oct. 30, 2020 6:03 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana reported more than 3,000 new coronavirus cases for the second straight day Friday as the state's new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to surge. The Indiana State Department of Health also reported 26 newly recorded COVID-19 deaths, raising the state’s...

Spokane health officer is out of job in midst of pandemic

Oct. 30, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Many people in Spokane are wondering why county health officer Dr. Bob Lutz appears to be out of his job, which includes leading the county's response to the coronavirus pandemic. There are lots of questions about why Lutz is out, but few answers. The Spokesman-Review reports that the...

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For many Latinos, virus deaths loom over Day of the Dead

Oct. 30, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Matilde Gomez wants her mother, Gume, to know how much she appreciates her love and sacrifices. So, she's putting her feelings into a letter. Only Gume Salazar will never get to read it. Instead, it's going on a table in Gomez's home in Arizona that's dedicated to her mother, who died of...