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NYC mayor says even he doesn't feel safe on subway system

Jan. 18, 2022 18:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After a woman was pushed to her death in front of a New York City subway train beneath Times Square over the weekend, Mayor Eric Adams acknowledged to reporters Tuesday that even he didn’t feel entirely safe riding the rails. The Democrat recounted when he rode...

Indiana vaccine exemption bill advances, faces GOP hurdles

Jan. 18, 2022 17:20 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana House Republicans pushed through a proposal Tuesday that would severely limit workplace COVID-19 vaccination requirements even as the move faces resistance from Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and GOP state Senate leaders. The Republican-dominated Indiana...

COVID-19 health emergency could be over this year, WHO says

Jan. 18, 2022 15:03 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The worst of the coronavirus pandemic — deaths, hospitalizations and lockdowns — could be over this year if huge inequities in vaccinations and medicines are addressed quickly, the head of emergencies at the World Health Organization said Tuesday. Dr. Michael...

Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Jan. 18, 2022 13:19 PM EST

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. January 18, 2022. Editorial: State should boost fund to municipalities and help control property taxes Costs are rising for all of us. Inflation has increased the price of everything from gas and groceries to new and used...

Russia shortens COVID-19 isolation to 7 days as cases surge

Jan. 18, 2022 11:47 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities are shortening the required isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 from 14 to seven days as the country faces another surge of COVID-19 cases, this time driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana...

Poland expects highest infection rate so far in new wave

Jan. 18, 2022 07:09 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's health officials say that the country has entered a new, fifth wave, in the coronavirus pandemic, predicting that it it will peak in mid-February at about 60,000 new infections per day or even more. Waldemar Kraska, the deputy health minister, said...

Japan ready to expand virus restrictions as infections surge

Jan. 18, 2022 02:32 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government is preparing social restrictions in Tokyo and other regions as the omicron variant of the coronavirus infects more people. Japan has never had a lockdown during the pandemic but has focused instead on asking restaurants and bars to close early....

In Greece, unvaccinated people 60 and up face monthly fines

Jan. 17, 2022 13:58 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece imposed a vaccination mandate Monday for people 60 and older as a spike in infections has put sustained pressure on Greek hospitals, where most of the seriously ill patients belong to that age group. Older people failing to get vaccinated will face...

Alaska ER doctor’s paintings follow passage of pandemic

Jan. 17, 2022 13:05 PM EST

HOMER, Alaska (AP) — First Friday art talks usually become passive affairs, with artists discussing their works as visitors politely watch and listen. At the Jan. 7 opening of “The Mind of a Healthcare Worker During the COVID-19 Pandemic” at the Homer Council on the Arts, artist and emergency...

China's Xi rejects 'Cold War mentality,' pushes cooperation

Jan. 17, 2022 12:54 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that his country will send an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, calling for global cooperation to tackle the pandemic and other challenges while urging other powers to discard a "Cold-War mentality” — a...