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Beijing preps COVID-19 hospital spaces, though new cases low

May. 03, 2022 04:35 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is preparing new hospital facilities to deal with a possible spike in COVID-19 cases, even though the numbers of new cases remain low. State media reported Tuesday a 1,000-bed hospital at Xiaotangshan in the northeastern suburbs built for the 2003 SARS...

Shanghai COVID outbreak shows signs of waning as cases fall

May. 02, 2022 07:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The COVID-19 outbreak that has shut down most of Shanghai appears to be waning, with the number of new cases falling below 10,000 a day over the weekend. Authorities have begun a limited easing of a citywide lockdown that has disrupted the lives of millions of...

Indonesian Muslims fully celebrate Eid al-Fitr after 2 years

May. 02, 2022 00:45 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Millions of Muslims in Indonesia returned to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in full swing Monday after two years of subdued festivities due to pandemic restrictions and travel curbs. Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Islamic holy month Ramadan, when the faithful...

China's 'zero-COVID' restrictions curb May 1 holiday travel

May. 01, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Only a trickle of visitors strolled the pedestrian-only streets Sunday in central Beijing's historic Qianmen district, which normally would be bustling with tourists on what was a national holiday and a sunny spring day. Many Chinese marked a quiet May Day this year...

Latin American nations ease restrictions as COVID cases drop

Apr. 27, 2022 16:44 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombians will soon be going to movie theaters without having to wear face masks. Chile opens its borders next week for the first time in two years. Mexico's president has declared the pandemic over. And in Rio de Janeiro, tens of thousands attended Carnival parades just...

Bucket list reimagined: Mindful return to the Greek islands

Apr. 27, 2022 09:34 AM EDT

ASTYPALEA, Greece (AP) — In a small bay flanked by thyme-covered hills and a medieval castle-topped village, I floated in perfect solitude on the shimmering Aegean Sea. Last summer was my fifth year traveling to different Greek islands like far-flung Astypalea. During the pandemic,...

Easing of pandemic concerns leads to boost for Hawaii hotels

Apr. 26, 2022 16:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Hotel statistics show that people are returning to Hawaii and paying more for their stays as pandemic concerns ease and travel restrictions end. Hawaii hotels fetched the highest average daily rates among top tourism markets in the U.S. for the first quarter, the...

Canada eases virus travel measures for kids aged 5 to 11

Apr. 22, 2022 13:21 PM EDT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Unvaccinated children aged five to 11 traveling with a fully vaccinated adult will no longer need a COVID-19 test to enter Canada beginning Monday, the federal government said. Pre-entry tests will still be needed for partially vaccinated or unvaccinated...

Blizzard warning for parts of Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana

Apr. 22, 2022 12:40 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Heavy snow and strong gusty winds will whip up blizzard conditions for parts of several states this weekend, including the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana, according to forecasters. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning from overnight Friday...

American Airlines loses $1.6 billion but sees better outlook

Apr. 21, 2022 08:21 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — American Airlines lost $1.64 billion in the first quarter, a wider loss than a year ago, but said Thursday that it expects to turn profitable in the spring as travel demand strengthens. The airline’s shares soared more than 10% higher in early trading before the...