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Residents practice Taiji at a park in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A year after it was locked down to contain the spread of coronavirus, the central Chinese city of Wuhan has largely returned to normal, even as China continues to battle outbreaks elsewhere in the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic

Jan. 22, 2021 10:40 PM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world's first coronavirus lockdown that would last 76 days. Early Saturday morning, residents in the central Chinese city where the virus was first detected were jogging and practicing tai chi in a fog-shrouded...

A portrait of former President Abraham Lincoln President hangs in the State Dining Room of the White House as Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden's early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver

Jan. 22, 2021 7:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a proven political strategy: Underpromise and overdeliver. President Joe Biden, in his first three days in office, has painted a bleak picture of the country's immediate future, warning Americans that it will take months, not weeks, to reorient a nation facing a historic convergence...

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and his wife, First Lady Britainy Beshear, look at the more than 3,000 flags on the lawn at the state Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Each flag memorializes a Kentuckian who died from complications from COVID-19.   (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Kentucky remembers COVID-19 deaths with statehouse ceremony

Jan. 22, 2021 7:08 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Gov. Andy Beshear watched teachers get vaccinated against COVID-19 on Friday and later headlined a memorial ceremony for the thousands of Kentuckians who have died from the virus. The dual events reflected the hope of ultimately defeating the coronavirus and the losses the pandemic...

FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, several tents are set up so people who have registered can get their COVID-19 vaccinations as they drive-thru the parking lot of the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped slightly in the last few weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations down as deaths reach 12K

Jan. 22, 2021 6:50 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country, health officials said Friday. The number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped slightly in the last few weeks, according to Dr....

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...

North Dakota reports 3 more COVID-19 deaths, 196 new cases

Jan. 22, 2021 6:23 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota health officials say three more people have died from COVID-19 in the state, bringing the overall death toll from the pandemic to 1,403. An additional 196 new cases of the virus were confirmed Friday. Health officials say a total of 96,567 people have had the virus in...

Vaccine distribution slow, but Illinois expands eligibility

Jan. 22, 2021 6:17 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday that the state's COVID-19 vaccination program would expand next week to include the second tier of priority recipients. More than 616,000 first doses of the two-round vaccine have been administered, although inoculations for a priority...

South Dakota reports 11 more COVID-19 deaths, 316 new cases

Jan. 22, 2021 5:58 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota health officials reported Friday that an additional 11 people have died from COVID-19, and 316 more people have tested positive for the virus. The figures bring the total number of deaths to 1,684 since the pandemic began. To date, 106,716 people have been infected in...

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2020 file photo, Boxes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the Pfizer Global Supply Kalamazoo manufacturing plant in Portage, Mich. Pfizer has committed to supply up to 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this year to a World Health Organization-backed effort to get affordable vaccines to 92 poor and middle-income countries. The deal announced Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 will supply the shots to the program known as COVAX. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, Pool, File)

Pfizer to supply 40M COVID-19 shots for poor countries

Jan. 22, 2021 4:25 PM EST

Pfizer on Friday committed to supply up to 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine this year to a World Health Organization-backed effort to get affordable shots to poor and middle-income countries. The deal is a boost to the global program known as COVAX, as wealthy nations have snapped up most of the millions...

Walgreens pharmacist Stephanie Rosado, left, administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine shot to Peter Murdakes, a housing board member at the AHEPA apartments in Merrillville, on Monday./The Times via AP)

Indiana COVID-19 deaths and cases down since December peak

Jan. 22, 2021 4:10 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s rates of COVID-19 deaths, hospitalizations and infection have reached their lowest levels in more than two months, and the governor is considering rolling back restrictions on crowd sizes. The state health department’s daily update on Friday reported 49 more...