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Hong Kong's John Lee stresses balance in easing quarantine

Jul. 05, 2022 00:12 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee said Tuesday at his first news conference since taking office that he will work on easing restrictions for travelers while balancing the risks of a coronavirus outbreak overwhelming the health care system. Hong Kong and mainland...

CDC recommends 6 Washington counties should wear masks again

Jul. 02, 2022 13:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — People in six Washington counties should begin wearing masks indoors in public and on public transportation again, according to recommendations from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The latest information from the CDC shows that Lewis...

For now, wary US treads water with transformed COVID-19

Jul. 02, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

The fast-changing coronavirus has kicked off summer in the U.S. with lots of infections but relatively few deaths compared to its prior incarnations. COVID-19 is still killing hundreds of Americans each day, but is not nearly as dangerous as it was last fall and winter. ...

With hospitalizations up, France weighs return to masks

Jul. 02, 2022 08:46 AM EDT

NICE, France (AP) — Tourism is booming again in France — and so is COVID-19. French officials have “invited" or “recommended” people to go back to using face masks but stopped short of renewing restrictions that would scare visitors away or revive antigovernment protests. ...

After two pandemic years, a summer travel bounce — and chaos

Jul. 01, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — At a tourism conference in Phuket last month, Thailand’s prime minister looked out at attendees and posed a question with a predictable answer. “Are you ready?” Prayuth Chan-ocha asked, dramatically removing his mask and launching what's hoped to be the...

Bacterial outbreak found at Arizona's largest state hatchery

Jul. 01, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona officials have halted all fish stockings from the largest state-run hatchery because of a bacterial outbreak among its trout. The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced Friday a temporary ceasing of stockings from Page Springs Hatchery, which is north of...

Vaccine no longer mandated for Nevada university employees

Jul. 01, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Board of Regents will no longer require staff at the state's public universities and colleges be vaccinated for COVID-19. A majority of the regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education voted Thursday to rescind an employee vaccine mandate. ...

Monkeypox cases triple in Europe, WHO says, Africa concerned

Jul. 01, 2022 14:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization's Europe chief warned Friday that monkeypox cases in the region have tripled in the last two weeks and urged countries to do more to ensure the previously rare disease does not become entrenched on the continent. And African health...

Massachusetts man to plead guilty to pandemic relief fraud

Jul. 01, 2022 09:52 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts man has agreed to plead guilty to fraudulently obtaining about $1.2 million in federal loans intended to help businesses struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic. James Joseph Cohen, 59, of Wenham, between April 2020 and September 2021 submitted six...

African officials: Monkeypox spread is already an emergency

Jul. 01, 2022 09:51 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Health authorities in Africa say they are treating the expanding monkeypox outbreak there as an emergency and are calling on rich countries to share the world's limited supply of vaccines in an effort to avoid the glaring equity problems seen during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...