Latest Pandemics News

AP Interview: UN aid chief says we must tackle crises causes

Jun. 18, 2021 01:41 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The outgoing U.N. humanitarian chief warned that “the explosion” in needs for humanitarian assistance in recent years will keep getting worse until major powers tackle the root causes of hunger and desperation -- conflicts, extremism, climate change, poor...

The Latest: Nevada to disburse $5 million in vaccine effort

Jun. 17, 2021 20:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS — Nevada is distributing $5 million in cash prizes to residents who have been vaccinated as part of an effort to encourage more people to get shots. Gov. Steve Sisolak said Thursday that the new “Vax Nevada Days” initiative provided skeptics one more...

California drops workplace mask rule for vaccinated workers

Jun. 17, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators on Thursday approved revised workplace pandemic rules that allow employees who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus the same freedoms as when they are off the job, including ending most mask requirements. The...

In poorest countries, surges worsen shortages of vaccines

Jun. 17, 2021 13:10 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hati Maronjei once swore he would never get a COVID-19 shot, after a pastor warned that vaccines aren't safe. Now, four months after the first batch of vaccines arrived in Zimbabwe, the 44-year-old street hawker of electronic items is desperate...

UK records over 10,000 virus cases for first time since Feb

Jun. 17, 2021 12:57 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s latest surge in coronavirus infections gathered pace Thursday with new confirmed cases rising above 10,000 for the first time in nearly four months as a result of the spread of the more contagious delta variant. Government figures showed another...

Japan announces easing of virus emergency ahead of Olympics

Jun. 17, 2021 09:48 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan on Thursday announced the easing of a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas from next week, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month. Japan has been...

US jobless claims tick up to 412,000 from a pandemic low

Jun. 17, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week for the first time since April despite widespread evidence that the economy and the job market are rebounding steadily from the pandemic recession. The Labor Department said...

AP PHOTOS: Mumbai doctor recounts harrowing COVID-19 surge

Jun. 17, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Dr. Kedar Toraskar hasn't been able to sleep much over the last few months. His mind would constantly turn to the young COVID-19 patients fighting for their lives in the ICU ward he oversees at Wockhardt Hospital in the western Indian city of Mumbai. ...

New law extends some Massachusetts pandemic-era policies

Jun. 16, 2021 21:01 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Some pandemic-era policies that had expired on Tuesday — such as allowing restaurants to offer take-out cocktails — were quickly extended Wednesday after Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill sent to him by state lawmakers. The new law would also...

Iowa to shutter state-run coronavirus Test Iowa in July

Jun. 16, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa is ending its coronavirus testing program next month saying demand has fallen for testing at the state-funded drive-thru and clinic sites. “Demand for testing is at its lowest levels in more than a year since vaccine is now...