Latest Pandemics News

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

Oct. 22, 2021 12:59 PM 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: ___ Unvaccinated FEMA...

Russia's infections, deaths soar to new record high

Oct. 22, 2021 12:29 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Coronavirus infections and deaths in Russia climbed on Friday to another pandemic record high, putting an additional strain on the country's health care system. The government coronavirus task force reported 37,141 new infections and 1,064 deaths in the...

Belarus scraps short-lived mask mandates amid virus surge

Oct. 22, 2021 12:19 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Belarusian authorities on Friday abolished mask mandates, less than two weeks after their introduction for the first time during the pandemic and a day after the country registered a record number of new coronavirus infections. The decision came...

Amnesty seeks COVID-19 inquiry into Italian nursing homes

Oct. 22, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Amnesty International called Friday for an independent parliamentary inquiry into COVID-19 deaths in Italian nursing homes and reports of retaliation against nursing home staff who spoke out about unsafe conditions there. Amnesty based its findings on...

Reported COVID-19 infections surpass 100,000 in Maine

Oct. 22, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of reported COVID-19 infections since the start of the pandemic has surpassed 100,000 in Maine. Maine has faced a lower burden of COVID-19 cases than states with similar populations, such as Rhode Island and Montana. Vermont and Hawaii...

3 years after Pittsburgh synagogue attack, trial still ahead

Oct. 22, 2021 09:01 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — As the three-year mark since the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue approaches, survivors are planning now-familiar annual rituals of remembrance, the criminal case involving the suspect plods on, and the site is in line for restoration. The...

As virus cases rise, so do pleas for Russians to get vaccine

Oct. 22, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — As she stood in the courtyard of the morgue holding the body of her grandmother who died of COVID-19, Ramilya Shigalturina had a message for anyone still resisting vaccinations. “I'm begging all Russians: Please get vaccinated, because...

German governors press to keep nationwide pandemic rules

Oct. 22, 2021 08:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's state governors pressed Friday for a nationwide legal framework for coronavirus rules to be kept in place after the outgoing health minister suggested that the current legislation should be allowed to expire next month. The call came as official...

Dozens missing in Nepal as floods, mudslides kill over 100

Oct. 22, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese authorities on Friday searched for dozens of people missing in this week's heavy rains, floods and landslides, as survivors complained they were yet to receive any government help. The death toll has crossed 100 in the country’s...

A jab in each arm: France vaccinates against flu and COVID

Oct. 22, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Worried that the flu and COVID-19 could trigger a winter-time double-whammy of new infections and deaths, France is forging ahead with a nationwide vaccination and booster-shot program against both diseases, offering simultaneous jabs to millions of at-risk people. ...