Latest Pandemics News

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...

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

Jul. 01, 2022 04:44 AM 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...

N. Korea suggests balloons flown from South brought COVID-19

Jul. 01, 2022 02:04 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea suggested Friday its COVID-19 outbreak began in people who had contact with balloons flown from South Korea — a highly questionable claim that appeared to be an attempt to hold its rival responsible amid increasing tensions over its nuclear program. ...

WVa National Guard's full-time pandemic response to end

Jun. 30, 2022 14:32 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia National Guard’s full-time response to the COVID-19 pandemic will end Friday, Gov. Jim Justice said. Justice first activated the National Guard to assist with the state’s pandemic response in March 2020. Among their duties, guard...

Commission report blasts decision to cull all Denmark's mink

Jun. 30, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish Parliament-appointed commission has harshly criticized the country's government for its decision to cull millions of healthy mink at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to protect humans from a mutation of the virus. The 2020 decision to wipe...

WHO: COVID-19 cases rising nearly everywhere in the world

Jun. 30, 2022 06:29 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases rose by 18% in the last week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported globally, according to the World Health Organization. The U.N. health agency said in its latest weekly report on the pandemic that the worldwide number of...

A viral reprise: When COVID-19 strikes again and again

Jun. 29, 2022 11:50 AM EDT

For New York musician Erica Mancini, COVID-19 made repeat performances. March 2020. Last December. And again this May. “I’m bummed to know that I might forever just get infected,” said the 31-year-old singer, who is vaccinated and boosted. “I don’t want to...

South Korea approves first homemade COVID-19 vaccine

Jun. 29, 2022 03:38 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Health officials in South Korea on Wednesday approved the country's first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 years or older, adding another public health tool in the fight against a prolonged pandemic. In clinical trials involving some...

51 migrants die after trailer abandoned in San Antonio heat

Jun. 28, 2022 23:03 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Desperate families of migrants from Mexico and Central America frantically sought word of their loved ones as authorities began the grim task Tuesday of identifying 51 people who died after being abandoned in a tractor-trailer without air conditioning in the sweltering Texas...