Latest Epidemics News

China accuses 'some Western media' of COVID-19 coverage bias

Jan. 19, 2023 05:38 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday accused “some Western media” of bias, smears and political manipulation in their coverage of China’s abrupt ending of its strict “zero-COVID” policy, as it issued a vigorous defense of actions taken to prepare for the change of strategy. ...

Highway marker notes former slave who became town's nurse

Jan. 17, 2023 09:55 AM EST

BARRINGTON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's latest historical highway marker notes the gravesites of two people in Barrington, including an African American woman who was enslaved as a child and who nursed the town's sick residents during a severe epidemic. The marker on Route 9 notes...

Editorial Roundup: Kentucky

Dec. 08, 2022 07:18 AM EST

Bowling Green Daily News. December 4, 2022. Editorial: Minton guided high court through difficult times with integrity Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr., a Bowling Green resident, has only a few weeks left in his role. He is retiring and leaving...

China eases anti-COVID measures following protests

Dec. 07, 2022 14:14 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China rolled back rules on isolating people with COVID-19 and dropped virus test requirements for some public places Wednesday in a dramatic change to a strategy that confined millions of people to their homes and sparked protests and demands for President Xi Jinping to resign. ...

Congress set to rescind COVID-19 vaccine mandate for troops

Dec. 06, 2022 22:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members of the U.S. military would be rescinded under the annual defense bill heading for a vote this week in Congress, ending a directive that helped ensure the vast majority of troops were vaccinated but also raised concerns that it harmed...

China reports 2 new COVID deaths as some restrictions eased

Dec. 04, 2022 22:29 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Sunday reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 as some cities move cautiously to ease anti-pandemic restrictions following increasingly vocal public frustrations. The National Health Commission said one death was reported each in the provinces of...

China reports 2 new COVID deaths as some restrictions eased

Dec. 04, 2022 01:17 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — China on Sunday reported two additional deaths from COVID-19 as some cities move cautiously to ease anti-pandemic restrictions amid increasingly vocal public frustration over the measures. The National Health Commission said one death was reported each in the...

Scientists call for action to help sunflower sea stars

Dec. 03, 2022 14:32 PM EST

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Scientists along the West Coast are calling for action to help sunflower sea stars, among the largest sea stars in the world, recover from catastrophic population declines. Experts say a sea star wasting disease epidemic that began in 2013 has decimated about...

WHO pleased to see China ease harsh zero COVID policies

Dec. 02, 2022 10:31 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. agency was “pleased” to see China loosening some of its coronavirus restrictions, saying “it's really important that governments listen to their people when the people are in pain.” At a press...

Hong Kong divided over China's COVID-19 protests

Dec. 02, 2022 05:09 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — The recent wave of protests against China's anti-virus restrictions was a ray of hope for some supporters of Hong Kong's own pro-democracy movement after local authorities stifled it using a national security law enacted in 2020. Thomas So, who joined about a...