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Louisiana governor ends mask mandate, except at some schools

Oct. 26, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Tuesday he’s largely ending Louisiana’s nearly three-month-old indoor mask mandate since the state has emerged from its latest coronavirus spike and is seeing lower rates of COVID-19 infection. “I stand here today...

FDA panel backs Pfizer’s low-dose COVID-19 vaccine for kids

Oct. 26, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding COVID-19 vaccinations for millions more children as a panel of government advisers on Tuesday endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer's shots for 5- to 11-year-olds. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel...

Russia, Ukraine see record daily deaths, low vaccinations

Oct. 26, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The daily number of COVID-19 deaths in Russia hit another high Tuesday amid a surge in infections that has forced the Kremlin to order most Russians to stay off work starting this week. Sluggish vaccination rates have allowed the virus to spread quickly...

Belgium reimposes restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike

Oct. 26, 2021 13:02 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — With coronavirus infections and hospitalizations shooting upward, the Belgian government on Tuesday reimposed some pandemic restrictions that it only relaxed a few weeks ago and expanded a nationwide use of the COVID-19 pass. Daily infections in the...

Infections soar as Czech authorities urge vaccination

Oct. 26, 2021 06:27 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — Coronavirus infections in the Czech Republic have soared to the highest levels in more than half a year as authorities call on people to get vaccinated. The Health Ministry said the daily tally of new cases jumped to 4,262 on Monday, 1,733 more than a week...

CDC extends cruise line health rules until mid-January

Oct. 25, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials on Monday extended for nearly three more months its rules that cruise ships must follow to sail during the pandemic. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the extension makes only “minor modifications” to...

Belgium poised to boost COVID-19 measures to counter surge

Oct. 25, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium is poised to reinforce pandemic measures in an attempt to stunt a sharp increase of coronavirus cases, with officials indicating Monday that they are looked at increased mandatory use of face masks and virus passports. The national government...

Board: Vaccine required for most Mississippi university jobs

Oct. 25, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Most employees at Mississippi's eight public universities will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 after a vote from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning board of trustees Monday. The action came on the same day the health...

Harris-Stowe using pandemic funds to cancel student debt

Oct. 25, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harris-Stowe University in St. Louis is using federal pandemic relief funds to eliminate student debt from the last academic school year, school officials said. Harris-Stowe, one of Missouri's two historically Black universities, announced it used the...

Russia marks another record number of daily COVID-19 cases

Oct. 25, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia reported another daily record of confirmed coronavirus cases Monday as a surge in infections has prompted the Kremlin to tell most people to stay away from work starting later this week. The Russian government's coronavirus task force tallied 37,930...