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Shanghai lockdown: Residents demand release, and some get it

May. 28, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — On a balmy Sunday night, residents of an upscale Shanghai compound took to the streets to decry lockdown restrictions imposed by their community. By the following morning, they were free to leave. The triumphant story quickly spread on chat groups across the Chinese...

Argentina reports 2 cases of monkeypox

May. 27, 2022 18:50 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina reported two cases of the monkeypox virus on Friday in men who had recently arrived from Spain, marking the first time the presence of the virus has been confirmed in Latin America during this latest outbreak. Argentina's health ministry...

Investigation: No retaliation against COVID-19 whistleblower

May. 27, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — There's nothing to indicate the Florida Department of Health told an employee to falsify COVID-19 data and she wasn't fired out of retaliation, according to a state investigator's report released this month. Former department employee Rebekah Jones received...

Cyprus gets rid of required COVID-19 tests for visitors

May. 27, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Travelers to Cyprus will no longer be required to show either a valid COVID-19 vaccination or a recovery certificate and won’t need to produce a negative recent COVID-19 test of June 1, the Cypriot government said Friday. The government also decided to...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

May. 27, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts misidentify photos of trans...

WHO: Nearly 200 cases of monkeypox in more than 20 countries

May. 27, 2022 10:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization says nearly 200 cases of monkeypox have been reported in more than 20 countries not usually known to have outbreaks of the unusual disease, but described the epidemic as “containable” and proposed creating a stockpile to equitably share the limited...

Spanish LGBTQ groups wary of monkeypox stigma as Pride nears

May. 27, 2022 08:24 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — With one of Europe's largest gay pride celebrations right around the corner, Spain's LGBTQ community is worried that the outbreaks of monkeypox on the continent could lead to an increase in homophobic sentiment based on misunderstandings of the disease. Spanish health...

COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise in Alabama

May. 27, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is again on the rise in Alabama after weeks in decline, with more than 130 being treated statewide for the first time since late March. While state statistics show hospitalizations crept up this week to reach...

Widespread disbelief over N. Korea's tiny COVID death rate

May. 27, 2022 03:34 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — According to North Korea, its fight against COVID-19 has been impressive: About 3.3 million people have been reported sick with fevers, but only 69 have died. If all are coronavirus cases, that's a fatality rate of 0.002%, something no other country,...

Japan to resume tourism in June; only packaged tour for now

May. 26, 2022 22:22 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan will open its borders to foreign tourists in June for the first time since imposing tight pandemic travel restrictions about two years ago, but only for package tours for now, the prime minister said Thursday. Beginning June 10, Japan will allow the entry of...