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Biden tests negative for COVID, isolating until 2nd negative

Aug. 06, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday but will continue to isolate at the White House until a second negative test, his doctor said. Dr. Kevin O'Connor wrote in his latest daily update that the president, “in an abundance of caution,”...

Thousands stranded in China resort city amid COVID lockdown

Aug. 06, 2022 09:36 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Some 80,000 tourists are stranded in the southern Chinese beach resort of Sanya, after authorities declared it a COVID-19 hot spot and imposed a lockdown. The restrictions came into force on Saturday morning, as authorities sought to stem the spread of COVID-19 in...

Flathead County has Montana's first suspected monkeypox case

Aug. 05, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A day after the federal government declared a public health emergency to respond to monkeypox, the Montana health department on Friday reported the state's first suspected case of the virus. Wyoming is the only state in the country that hasn't reported a case,...

Still isolating, Biden signs anti-fraud pandemic bills

Aug. 05, 2022 15:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, isolated in the White House residence with COVID-19, signed two measures Friday aimed at curbing fraud in pandemic relief programs. The legislation, which passed Congress with bipartisan support, extends the statute of limitations to give...

Texan sentenced to 25 years for virus-era attack on Asians

Aug. 05, 2022 13:50 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — A Texas man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for attacking an Asian family in 2020 because he thought they were Chinese and therefore responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to federal court records Jose Gomez III, 21, of Midland, Texas, was...

UK: 'Early signs' that monkeypox outbreak may be peaking

Aug. 05, 2022 13:37 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British health authorities said Friday the monkeypox outbreak across the country may be peaking and that the epidemic’s growth rate has slowed. The U.K.'s Health Security Agency said in a statement there were “early signs that the outbreak is plateauing,” with...

Spain leads Europe in monkeypox, struggles to check spread

Aug. 05, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — As a sex worker and adult film actor, Roc was relieved when he was among the first Spaniards to get a monkeypox vaccine. He knew of several cases among men who have sex with men, which is the leading demographic for the disease, and feared he could be next. ...

Pacific rim economies in doldrums, sapped by inflation, war

Aug. 05, 2022 06:32 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Economies in the Asia-Pacific are forecast to hit the doldrums this year as decades-high inflation and the war in Ukraine compound geopolitical uncertainties and the aftereffects of the pandemic. A report on Pacific Rim economies by the Asia Pacific Economic...

Germany's health minister tests positive for COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2022 03:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's health minister, an epidemiologist by training who has led the country's fight against COVID-19 since December, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach's ministry said early Friday that the 59-year-old has only light symptoms...

US declares public health emergency over monkeypox outbreak

Aug. 04, 2022 20:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government declared a public health emergency Thursday to bolster the response to the monkeypoxoutbreak that has infected more than 7,100 Americans. The announcement will free up money and other resources to fight the virus, which may cause fever, body...