Latest Pandemics News

The Latest: US health insurees may receive higher rebates

Apr. 13, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON — U.S. health insurance customers may receive higher premium rebates than normal later this year partly because insurers had less care to cover after COVID-19 arrived in 2020. Some individual insurance customers could receive premium credits or rebates of...

Mississippi health officer: Refrain from J&J vaccine for now

Apr. 13, 2021 15:09 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's top public health official said Tuesday that he's telling health care providers to refrain from using the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine while federal agencies investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. Dr....

Michigan extends pandemic restrictions on office work

Apr. 13, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mivh. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration on Tuesday extended workplace coronavirus restrictions for an additional six months, including a requirement that Michigan employers prohibit office work to the extent that employees’ jobs can feasibly be done remotely. ...

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

Apr. 13, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month's signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were...

France suspends all Brazil flights due to virus variants

Apr. 13, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France suspended all flights from Brazil on Tuesday amid mounting fears over the particularly contagious coronavirus variant that has been sweeping the South American country. Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the suspension to parliament. ...

Oklahoma health officials pause distribution of J&J vaccine

Apr. 13, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials announced plans Tuesday to halt distribution of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine following reports of potentially dangerous blood clots. Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said the potential adverse reactions...

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

Apr. 13, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

While most Americans have weathered the pandemic financially, about 38 million say they are worse off now than before the outbreak began in the U.S. Overall, 55% of Americans say their financial circumstances are about the same now as a year ago, and 30% say their...

Voters to weigh in on government pandemic power struggle

Apr. 13, 2021 11:23 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A pandemic power struggle that has raged for a year between Pennsylvania's Democratic governor and its Republican-led Legislature will land on voters' laps next month in the form of two proposed constitutional amendments that could limit the length of disaster...

UK hits vaccine target; Johnson warns of more virus deaths

Apr. 13, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain began offering coronavirus vaccinations to anyone over 45 on Tuesday after hitting its target of giving at least one dose to everyone over 50 by the middle of April. Despite the good news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the U.K. would...

German government seeks more powers to set pandemic rules

Apr. 13, 2021 08:51 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday her government wants clear rules that include nighttime curfews imposed in all regions with high numbers of COVID-19 infections, ending the patchwork of measures that have characterized the pandemic response across Germany's 16 states. ...