Latest Pandemics News

A woman wearing a protective face mask speaks with healthcare workers during a house-to-house campaign to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Mallasa neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: Planned layoffs at British companies surge

Aug. 9, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

LONDON — The number of British companies planning to cut staff numbers in June was five times higher than in the same month a year earlier, in an ominous sign of COVID-19’s economic impact. Figures obtained by the BBC show that 1,778 companies informed the government of plans to cut a total of...

Overdoses up as people in recovery struggle during pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — When the state of Georgia shut down as part of its battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gainesville’s recovery community was the busiest it has ever been. Just two miles from the Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. Recovery Center on Juanita Avenue, Northeast Georgia Medical Center and its...

Marcio Antonio do Nascimento stands next to a framed childhood image of his 25-year-old son Hugo do Nascimento  who died from the new coronavirus, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. Brazil was leaping toward a grim milestone, 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, on Saturday, Aug. 8, and five months after the first reported case, the country had not shown signs of crushing the disease. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

Brazil makes grim milestone -- 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil surpassed a grim milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday night, and five months after the first reported case the country has not shown signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths...

FILE - In this April 29 2020, file photo, a resident from the Alexandra township gets tested for COVID-19 , in Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher.  (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

Aug. 8, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic...

Texas governor extends disaster declaration for coronavirus

Aug. 8, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday extended a statewide disaster declaration he first issued in March to allow the state to better respond to the coronavirus pandemic. “Renewing this Disaster Declaration will provide communities with the resources they need to respond to...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019, file photo, members of the Miami of Ohio team pose on the field after the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game against Central Michigan, in Detroit. The Mid-American Conference on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020, became the first league competing at college football’s highest level to cancel its fall season because of COVID-19 concerns. A person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press the university president’s voted to not play in the fall and consider a spring season. The person spoke to AP on condition of anonymity because an official announcement was still being prepared.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

After MAC surrenders to pandemic, will other leagues follow?

Aug. 8, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

In many ways, the Mid-American Conference has little in common with Power Five leagues that first come to mind when fans think of major college football. There are no 75,000-seat stadiums in the MAC. Million-dollar per year coaches are rare. In a typical season, NFL scouts might find one or two potential...

Bikers ride through downtown Sturgis, S.D., on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. Organizers of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally expect 250,000 people to visit the town of Sturgis during the 10 day rally.  (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Bikers descend on Sturgis rally with few signs of pandemic

Aug. 8, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The coronavirus may be changing the world, but there aren't many signs of the pandemic at the massive annual motorcycle rally being held this week at a small city along Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The scene Saturday at the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was familiar to...

Municipal police watch that pedestrians wear the mandatory facemasks in Saint-Tropez, southern France, Saturday Aug 8, 2020. The glamorous French Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez is requiring face masks outdoors starting Saturday, threatening to sober the mood in a place renowned for high-end, free-wheeling summer beach parties. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

France's Saint-Tropez resort makes masks mandatory outdoors

Aug. 8, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

SAINT-TROPEZ, France (AP) — The glamorous French Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez began requiring face masks outdoors Saturday, threatening to sober the mood in a place renowned for high-end, free-wheeling summer beach parties. More French cities and towns, especially in tourist areas, are imposing mask...

Mendy McNulty swabs the nose of her son, Andrew, 7, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in their home in Mount Juliet, Tenn. Six thousand U.S. parents and kids are swabbing their noses twice a week to answer some of the most vexing mysteries about the coronavirus. The answers could help determine the safety of in-class education during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

US kids, parents perform DIY tests for coronavirus science

Aug. 8, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

In a comfy suburb just outside Nashville, a young family swabs their noses twice a month in a DIY study seeking answers to some of the most vexing questions about the coronavirus. How many U.S. children and teens are infected? How many kids who are infected show no symptoms? How likely are they to spread it to...

Tucson to use pandemic money to boost Wi-Fi connectivity

Aug. 8, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's second most populous city plans to use $4.5 million of federal pandemic aid to expand free public Wi-Fi into areas of Tucson most impacted by the digital divide. City Council members who approved the plan last month said it will support the needs of citizens and help them...