Latest Pandemics News

The Latest: Virus harms during pregnancy detailed in study

Apr. 22, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

A multi-country study suggests pregnant women who get COVID-19 have higher risks for death, intensive-care stays, preterm birth and other complications. Pregnancy causes various changes in the body that may make women vulnerable to harm from the coronavirus. Pregnant...

Searching for footing in a life nearly extinguished by COVID

Apr. 22, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — On line in the hospital atrium, Kari Wegg folds her hands in her lap while husband Rodney pilots the wheelchair, moving forward together a few feet at a time, their progress halting but methodical. After all the years the two have worked in...

J&J vaccine 'pause' latest messaging challenge for officials

Apr. 22, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Confronted with rare cases of blood clots potentially linked to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. health officials faced a delicate task: how to suspend distribution of the shots without setting off alarm about their safety. It was the...

Scientists get creative to carry on research during pandemic

Apr. 22, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

SAN LORENZO, Panama (AP) — Biologist Claudio Monteza pushed through thick vegetation to install a camera near a Panamanian highway in a dense tropical rainforest. Securing the device to a tree just off the forest floor, he checked its field of vision. The camera and...

US jobless claims fall to 547,000, another pandemic low

Apr. 22, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment aid fell last week to 547,000, the lowest point since the pandemic struck and an encouraging sign that layoffs are slowing on the strength of an improving job market. The Labor Department said Thursday...

Maine: Unemployment fix soon; Collins touts hate crime bill

Apr. 22, 2021 09:59 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's two U.S. senators said the coronavirus pandemic has provided evidence that the state's unemployment system needs to be modernized. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said Wednesday the federal government is...

German 'emergency brake' plan clears last legislative hurdle

Apr. 22, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly cleared its final legislative hurdle on Thursday as it was passed by parliament's upper house. The upper house,...

Sanctions-battered Iran, weary of pandemic, faces worst wave

Apr. 22, 2021 07:38 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As Iran faces what looks like its worst wave of the coronavirus pandemic yet, Tehran commuters still pour into its subway system and buses each working day, even as images of the gasping ill are repeatedly shown on state television every night. ...

Low on beds, oxygen, India adds global high 314K virus cases

Apr. 22, 2021 06:22 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported a global record of more than 314,000 new infections Thursday as a grim coronavirus surge in the world's second-most populous country sends more and more sick people into a fragile health care system critically short of hospital beds and oxygen. ...

UK food bank use rises by a third during COVID-19 pandemic

Apr. 22, 2021 06:13 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. food bank rose use by a third during the past 12 months as the COVID-19 pandemic left more people without the money to buy basic necessities, a charity that distributes food said Thursday. The Trussell Trust said the food banks it works with handed...