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Poverty increases in Mexico amid COVID-19 pandemic

Aug. 05, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — An additional 3.8 million Mexicans had fallen into poverty in 2020 compared to 2018, largely because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mexico’s poverty-measurement agency said Thursday. The poor made up 43.9% of the population, or 55.7 of Mexico’s 126...

The Latest: Amazon pushes back its return-to-office date

Aug. 05, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE - Amazon has pushed back its return-to-office date for tech and corporate workers until January as COVID-19 cases surge nationally due to the more contagious delta variant. Unlike its Seattle-area rival Microsoft and other tech giants, Amazon will not mandate...

French will need health pass by Monday after court approval

Aug. 05, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French constitutional court on Thursday validated most aspects of a new law that, starting next week, requires people to carry a special COVID-19 health pass to access cafes, restaurants, long-distance travel and, in some cases, hospitals. But it struck down several measures...

Australia's 2nd largest city, Melbourne, enters 6th lockdown

Aug. 05, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, went into a sixth lockdown on Thursday, with a state government leader blaming the nation’s slow COVID-19 vaccination rollout. Melbourne joins Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s most populous and...

Tokyo logs record 5,042 cases as infections surge amid Games

Aug. 05, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo reported 5,042 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, its most since the pandemic began as infections surge in the Japanese capital hosting the Olympics. Tokyo has been under a state of emergency since mid-July, and four other areas of the country have...

EXPLAINER: What Olympic host Japan’s COVID ‘emergency’ means

Aug. 05, 2021 04:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is playing host to the Tokyo Olympics. But the capital, as well as other populous areas, are in the middle of a government-declared “state of emergency” to curb surging COVID-19 infections. What does that state of emergency mean? How is it enforced? We break it down...

The Latest: Sydney reports worst day of its current outbreak

Aug. 04, 2021 23:37 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australia’s most populous state is reporting the worst day of its outbreak of the coronavirus delta variant, with a record 262 new local infections and five deaths from COVID-19. New South Wales state Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Thursday that four of the...

Head of UN health agency seeks vaccine booster moratorium

Aug. 04, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization called Wednesday for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines as a way to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots. WHO...

Macao orders closure of entertainment venues, mass testing

Aug. 04, 2021 20:23 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Macao authorities on Wednesday ordered the closure of entertainment venues but not casinos, and coronavirus tests for its 600,000 residents, after the gambling city confirmed four new infections. The closure covers gyms, bars, massage parlors and...

Nursing home to workers: Get vaccine or lose your job

Aug. 04, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. nursing home industry’s resistance to forcing workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 for fear that too many of them might quit began to crack this week when its biggest player announced its employees must get the shot to keep their jobs. ...