COVID-19/Coronavirus

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  1. Fauci says new Covid-19 cases are at a disturbing level as the US is primed for a surge

    While lower than the peak earlier this year, there were still more than 61,000 new cases reported on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And the lack of continued significant decreases in infections is a concern, the director...

  2. Detroit going door-to-door to push need for vaccinations

    ...every Detroiter knows how to make an appointment,” Victoria Kovari, an executive assistant to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, told The Detroit News. The initial outreach is expected to last six to seven weeks....

  3. Oahu stays in current restriction tier despite virus uptick

    ...despite a rise in cases that could have triggered a rollback. Under an agreement between Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and Gov. David Ige, the island will remain at the current level of business and social...

  4. With outdoor concert, Lincoln Center starts path to return

    ...100 open-air concerts and graduations. “It’s so beautiful to have culture back in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told the crowd. “We live through our artists, our musicians. We live through the plays...

  5. The Latest: Brazilian president ignores calls for lockdown

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says there will be “no national lockdown,” ignoring growing calls from health experts a day after the nation saw its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours since the pandemic began.

  6. Dentists, Optometrists, Podiatrists, Veterinarians Can Now Administer COVID-19 Vaccines in the U.S.

    As President Biden said last night, the key to getting us back to our lives is increasing vaccinations, and in order to do that, we need more vaccinators. … As vaccine supply ramps up, we want to be sure communities have the help they need to get...

  7. Honolulu mayor wants eased virus restrictions despite uptick

    HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu's mayor wants to change Oahu's coronavirus guidelines to allow for less restrictions despite a growing number of COVID-19 cases on the island. Each county in Hawaii sets forth...

  8. Alabama governor lifts mask rules, urges common sense

    ...fourth surge of the virus. Birmingham and Montgomery will keep mask mandates in place beyond Friday. Mayor Randall Woodfin said Birmingham's mask ordinance is needed because COVID-19 continues to be a health...

  9. Nearly half of new US COVID infections are in just 5 states

    ...options were on the table. In New York City, vaccination appointments are still challenging to get. Mayor Bill de Blasio has publicly harangued the federal government about the need for a bigger vaccine allotment...

  10. Osaka issues virus spike warning, wants torch relay rerouted

    Japan's Osaka prefecture issued a special warning Wednesday that a rapid surge in coronavirus cases is placing medical systems in the region at the verge of collapse and requested the cancellation of the Olympic torch relay along all public roads in...

  11. Asia Today: India sees another record rise in virus cases

    The rise of 115,736 coronavirus cases reported in the past 24 hours, tops the 103,844 infections reported Sunday. Fatalities rose by 630 in the past 24 hours, the highest since November, driving the total death toll in the country to 166,177 since...

  12. AP Interview: India could resume vaccine exports by June

    The world's largest vaccine maker, based in India, will be able to restart exports of AstraZeneca doses by June if new coronavirus infections subside in the country, its chief executive said Tuesday. But a continued surge could result in more delays...

  13. Birmingham extends mask order as Alabama gets vaccine funds

    ...of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to CDC data. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the mask ordinance is needed because COVID-19 continues to be a health threat...

  14. Kauai rejoins Hawaii's Safe Travels program for visitors

    ...think as more vaccines get out, generally speaking, the entire world will be in a better place,” Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said. The island since December welcomed back some interisland travelers and adopted...

  15. Hungary to ease lockdown after hitting vaccination milestone

    Hungary's prime minister says some lockdown restrictions will be lifted Wednesday after more than a quarter of the population has been inoculated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Viktor Orban said a vaccination benchmark of 2.5 million...

  16. Spain prepares vaccine rollout surge as supplies gather pace

    Spain is stepping up its vaccination drive, with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez saying Tuesday that a steep rise in deliveries over coming months will allow the country to inoculate 70% of its adult population -- some 33 million people -- against...

  17. A dangerous Covid-19 variant has spread to all 50 US states. Experts worry it could send cases surging

    “America appears to be done with the pandemic,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “The virus is not done with us.”

  18. New Zealand to open travel bubble with Australia on April 19

    The start of quarantine-free travel between the neighboring nations comes as a relief to families who have been separated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as to struggling tourist operators. Both countries have been successful in stamping out the...

  19. European countries scramble to tamp down latest virus surge

    ...be allowed on public transport. “The hospitals are almost full. The situation is difficult,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said. Elsewhere, North Macedonia has delayed mass immunization amid vaccine shortages...

  20. A year after pandemic hit, Haiti awaits vaccines amid apathy

    ...the street and a park in Petion-Ville, Haiti. To help contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the mayor of Petion-Ville announced public markets would reduce their operation to three days a week, public...

  21. Stores in Greece open amid virus surge to help save economy

    Retail stores across most of Greece were allowed to reopen Monday despite an ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections, as the country battles to emerge from deep recession. Stores in greater Athens opened for pickup services only but remain closed in...

  22. UK eyes mass testing as it takes next steps out of lockdown

    All adults and children in England will be able to have routine coronavirus tests twice a week as a way to stamp out new outbreaks, the British government said Monday as it prepared to announce the next steps in lifting the nation's months-long...

  23. Polish hospitals struggle with surge of virus patients

    Tougher new pandemic restrictions were ordered in Poland for a two-week period surrounding Easter in order to slow down the infection rate. The country hit new records of over 35,000 daily infections on two recent days, and deaths have been in the...

  24. India's daily virus cases soar past 100,000 for first time

    India reported its biggest single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began Monday, and officials in the hard-hit state home to Mumbai are returning to the closure of some businesses and places of worship in a bid to slow the...

  25. Epidemiologist warns of COVID-19 variant’s effect on kids

    One of the COVID-19 variants can infect children more easily, posing a new risk to kids, a nationally respected epidemiologist warned on Sunday. The variant called B.1.1.7, first detected in the U.K., represents “a brand-new ballgame” in the fight...

  26. Michigan's case spike could repeat across US; Italy enters Easter lockdown; Florida bans vaccine passports. Latest COVID-19 updates

    ...Ducey has demanded that Phoenix open public park amenities for the Easter weekend after the Phoenix City Council voted last month to prohibit grilling and close parking lots to prevent crowding. In a letter...

  27. Kenya stops the private importation of COVID-19 vaccines

    “To ensure the transparency and accountability in the vaccination process, and to protect the integrity of the country, the government is effective today closing the window of private sector importation, distribution and administration of vaccines,...

  28. Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown amid vaccination snags

    The government had announced last month that it would place all regions into the strictest “red zone” lockdown over the Easter weekend to limit the chances of contagion, taking the same precautions it enforced over Christmas and New Year’s.

  29. Alaska community issues emergency after 1st case of COVID-19

    ...The city’s hunker-down order will last from April 1 until April 15 and was approved by the St. Paul City Council on Thursday. All of St. Paul’s residents besides those in essential government, business or...

  30. French hospitals boost Easter staff to battle virus resurge

    With a new virus variant spreading fast and French intensive care units as full as they were last April, the government closed all schools and imposed stricter new rules that take effect Sunday around the country.

  31. The Latest: SKorea's daily virus increase tops 500 again

    More than 320 of the new cases came from the Seoul metropolitan area, home to half of the country’s 51 million people, where officials have struggled to stem transmissions tied to various places, including bars, offices, factories, schools, and gyms.

  32. The Latest: California clears way for indoor concerts, games

    State officials won’t require testing or proof of vaccination for some of those events, but they do limit the number of people allowed to attend. Events that do require testing and vaccinations will be allowed to have more paying customers than those...

  33. Colorado eases mask mandate in about half of its 64 counties

    ...Blue or Level Yellow. Gilpin is the only county in the 10-county metro area at Level Green. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Thursday he plans to keep the city’s mask mandate in place until at least early...

  34. Robots use UV light to zap viruses on Swiss planes

    A robot armed with virus-killing ultraviolet light is being tested on Swiss airplanes, yet another idea aiming to restore passenger confidence and spare the travel industry more pandemic pain. UVeya, a Swiss start-up, is conducting the trials of the...

  35. Israel's dilemma: Can the unvaccinated return to workplaces?

    While Israel provides a glimpse of what may be possible with high immunization rates, it also offers insight into the problems that lie ahead: Workplaces and schools are now grappling with what to do with those who refuse to get vaccinated as the...

  36. UK Refuses to Suspend AstraZeneca COVID Shots as Other Nations Have – 95 New Deaths Recorded this Week in the UK Following AZ COVID Shots

    More than 20 countries had suspended injections of the AstraZeneca experimental COVID shots due to concerns over fatal blood clots, but the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded that there was no link between the AstraZeneca experimental COVID...

  37. Chicago mayor refuses to open COVID-19 vaccine to all due to uptick in cases

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city won't open the vaccine to everyone 16 and older along with the rest of the state in two weeks due to a "quantum leap" in coronavirus cases. Gov. JB Pritzker announced...

  38. Merkel: 'A quiet Easter' needed to counter rising infections

    ...maximum of five people from two households can gather outside, not counting children under 14. Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said kindergartens will be closed except for those who need emergency day care, such...

  39. Pfizer Vaccine Said To Be 100% Effective In Adolescents

    ...approved COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to vaccinate every adult in the U.S. by the end of May. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and Uber partnered on a new initiative to provide free rides to COVID-19 vaccination...

  40. Chicago warns ballparks may close if virus numbers climb

    ...that includes Chicago had recorded its 10,000th COVID-19 death. Of particular concern, said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, are the North Side neighborhoods near Wrigley Field. “That's where we're seeing the...

  41. The Latest: France orders school closure, travel ban

    French President Emmanuel Macron announced a three-week nationwide school closure and a one month domestic travel ban to fight the spread of the coronavirus. In a televised address to the nation Wednesday night, Macron says efforts are needed as “the...

  42. State's 1st federal mass vaccination site opens in Yakima

    The state's first federal mass vaccination center is located at the Central Washington State Fair Park. It opened Wednesday and will administer close to 1,200 doses of vaccine per day, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which...

  43. The Latest: Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes mask mandate

    The 4-3 ruling from the conservative-controlled court is the latest legal blow to attempts by Evers to control the coronavirus. It comes after Republicans in the Legislature voted to repeal the mask mandate in February, only to see Evers quickly...

  44. CDC chief says latest Covid-19 numbers scare her. Here’s what could be ahead and how to change the country’s course

    ...across the country to put mask mandates back in place. “I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate. Please,” he said. “This is not politics.”...

  45. Detroit opens vaccine eligibility to all amid spiking cases

    ...as Michigan continued to confront spiking infection rates that rank third-highest in the country. Mayor Mike Duggan said the seven-day testing positivity rate in the state's largest city doubled in 10 days,...

  46. Virus fight stalls in early hot spots New York, New Jersey

    The two states now rank No. 1 and 2 in new infections per capita among U.S. states. New Jersey has been reporting about 647 new cases for every 100,000 residents over the past 14 days. New York has averaged 548. The situation in New York and New...

  47. Cape Cod sees virus surge; Gov urges patience with website

    MASSACHUSETTS - Cape Cod officials say they're dealing with a third surge in virus cases since the pandemic emerged last year. Seven communities— Barnstable, Yarmouth, Sandwich, Mashpee, Dennis, Harwich, and Brewster — are now considered by the state...

  48. The Latest: Navajo Nation extends "safer at home" order

    Under the latest “safer at home” order issued Friday, the daily curfew hours are 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. MDT and businesses can remain open until 9 p.m. MDT daily, tribal officials said Saturday. The order also includes provisions allowing outdoor...

  49. Worst may lie ahead for Brazil as it nears 4,000 daily COVID-19 deaths

    ...particularly governors, who dare defy him. "We need to open our eyes and understand this is no joke," Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes said in a recorded message on the eve of the 10-day shutdown, stressing that no mayor...

  50. Outdoor weddings up to 100 people allowed on Oahu in Hawaii

    ...100 people after an easing of public health orders related to the coronavirus pandemic. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said Friday that the easing of restrictions would be effective immediately. Weddings...

  51. FEMA vaccination sites to close as California ramps up shots

    ...more supply is on its way. Representatives for the Alameda County Public Health Department, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Alameda County Board of Supervisors President Keith Carson did not respond to requests...

  52. The Latest: Turkey to start vaccinating people over 60

    Turkey will begin vaccinating people over 60 and some risk groups as daily infections climb, the country’s health minister says. Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Twitter the spouses of people above 60 are also eligible. The risk groups included...

  53. The Latest: Cyprus reports "alarming" rise of variant cases

    Cyprus’ Health Ministry says the spread of the U.K. variant of the coronavirus throughout the east Mediterranean island nation has marked an “alarming” increase, making up 95.5% of all new infections from Feb. 16 through Mar. 6.

  54. Arizona governor lifts mask mandates, reopens bars

    ...suffered so much during this year long shutdown we’re getting there slowly, but surely.” Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, a Democrat, said Ducey’s decision “directly contradicts the best scientists in the field.”...

  55. The Latest: North Carolina to open vaccination eligibility

    The governor of North Carolina has announced all residents who are at least 16 years old will qualify for a COVID-19 vaccine starting April 7. Meanwhile, essential workers not yet vaccinated can get their shot starting March 31.

  56. New York City launches push to vaccinate theater workers

    ...restore a crucial part of New York's draw. "It's time to raise the curtain and bring Broadway back," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a virtual press conference Thursday. The mayor says the city will set...

  57. Indianapolis keeping mask mandate, virus precautions for now

    ...Eric Holcomb's decision this week to end Indiana's statewide mask mandate in early April, the city's mayor announced Thursday. Mayor Joe Hogsett said it was too early for Marion County — Indiana's most populous...

  58. Orange Beach, Alabama Mayor: ‘I’m not going to worry about COVID anymore’

    “In Orange Beach, it’s just important for us to get back to normal. To get back to living our lives and not living in fear,” said Mayor Tony Kennon ... “We’ve turned into a bunch of snowflakes and cupcakes, and it’s time to get a spine and say...

  59. Amsterdam Bet Its Post-Covid Recovery on ‘Doughnut' Economics — More Cities Are Now Following Suit

    ...April 8, 2020. "We had some doubts at first regarding the timing," Marieke van Doorninck, deputy mayor of the City of Amsterdam, told CNBC. "But it turned out that people were also longing for ideas to...

  60. Hospital official resigns after Covid-19 vaccines were improperly distributed at Trump Tower in Chicago

    ...requests from West Side residents. Illinois governor: ‘it’s unacceptable to let people jump the line’ Alderman Emma Mitts said over the last year she has lost track of how many friends — many who voted for her...

  61. Central Europe's hospitals slammed, can't treat all in need

    Poland recorded its highest daily number of new coronavirus infections Wednesday as hospitals buckle under a new surge. Hungary has the highest per capita death rate in the world. And Romanian doctors are working around the clock and having to decide...

  62. Merkel says Germany in 'a new pandemic' as country extends COVID-19 lockdowns amid rising cases

    ...100,000 people stood at 107 nationwide on Monday, up from the mid-60s three weeks ago. (L-R) Berlin's Mayor Michael Mueller, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Premier of Bavaria Markus Soeder attend a news...

  63. Hawaii gets tourism surge as coronavirus rules loosen up

    ...enforcement of mask rules in Waikiki was not immediately returned. Tim Sakahara, a spokesman for Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, said in an email that the city recently put up banners throughout Waikiki reminding...

  64. Brazil Is Looking Like The Worst Place On Earth For COVID-19

    Once admired worldwide for its fast and efficient national immunization drives, Brazil has seen it's COVID-19 vaccination program plagued by political in-fighting, bureaucratic blunders and supply problems. Fewer than 7% of Brazilians have had one...

  65. St. Joseph, Columbia ease coronavirus restrictions

    ...decline and vaccinations on the rise, two mid-sized Missouri cities are easing restrictions. St. Joseph Mayor Bill McMurray on Monday ended the requirement to wear a mask, effective Wednesday, the St. Joseph...

  66. The Latest: Vaccinated don't need masks at work in Anchorage

    ...under an updated emergency order that took effect Tuesday. The order was signed Tuesday by Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson. Her office, in a release, called the update an easing of an existing mask mandate...

  67. City fined after council members go without masks

    WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) — The state Department of Labor and Industries has fined the city of Woodland in southwest Washington for potentially exposing staff to COVID-19 when councilmembers went without face masks during meetings.

  68. Lawton City Council votes to repeal mask mandate immediately

    LAWTON, Okla. (TNN) - Lawton City Council voted to repeal the mask mandate in Lawton on Tuesday at the meeting unanimously. Brandie Combs from the Health Department testified before council to warn them...

  69. High levels of Covid infection right now could mean problems for vaccines later, ex-CDC chief says

    ...where Miami Beach officials declared a state of emergency and set a curfew in response to crowds the mayor said have been “more than we can handle.” All that while governors and local leaders across the country...

  70. Colombian town uses discipline, speakers to stay virus-free

    ...discipline, speakers to stay virus-free Wearing masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, Mayor Jaime Rodriguez, left, talks with a resident in Campohermoso, Colombia, Thursday, March 18, 2021....

  71. Pawtucket makes all adults in city eligible for vaccine

    ...be 18 or older to receive a Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine or 16 or older for a Pfizer shot, Mayor Donald Grebien said in a statement. “There is a demand in the community for vaccines, and we are...

  72. New York City high schools are reopening for in-person learning on Monday

    ...students, New York’s new Education Chancellor Meisha Ross Porter said in a news conference on March 8 with Mayor Bill de Blasio. In a message to families Friday, Porter said high schools would follow the same...

  73. California adopts 3-foot distancing rule for classrooms

    ...in January, the rates of COVID-19 infection are so low in Los Angeles and across the state that LA Mayor Eric Garcetti said he's feeling hopeful for the first time in a year. As vaccinations ramp up, Los...

  74. Miami Beach declares a state of emergency and curfew as spring break crowds spark safety concerns

    ...measures to crack down on spring breakers who officials have said are out of control. Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declared a state of emergency and set an 8 p.m. curfew Saturday, saying the crowds that...

  75. Hospital executives reprimanded amid fallout over improper vaccinations at Trump Tower in Chicago

    Two top executives at the Loretto Hospital on Chicago’s West Side have been reprimanded amid fallout over their roles in the mishandling of coronavirus vaccinations, the medical center’s board of directors disclosed in a statement Friday.

  76. LA mayor says vaccines by ZIP code would have saved lives

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said many deaths could have been prevented if the state focused earlier on vaccinating those in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods, tacit criticism of Gov. Gavin Newsom's decision to initially focus inoculation...

  77. People 50 and older can get COVID vaccine in Florida starting Monday

    ...everybody certainly before May 1, and it may be much sooner than that.” In Orange County, for example, Mayor Jerry Demings announced Thursday that the age limit would drop to 40 at the Orange County Convention...

  78. San Francisco expands who can get vaccine under new rules

    ...settings, is an important part of our efforts to save lives and protect our most vulnerable residents,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. She cautioned that despite opening up vaccine eligibility for several...

  79. 100 arrested as spring break crowds hit Miami Beach despite the pandemic

    ...some of its beaches have been packed. “We’re seeing too much spring break activity,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told CNN Saturday morning. “We’ve got a problem with too many people coming here, we’ve...

  80. Once a virus epicenter, Los Angeles set to reopen - partly

    ...doors will be opening to spaces patrons haven't been inside for most of the last year. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti closed bars and restaurants last March and days later California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued...

  81. The Latest: Italy plans 80% vaccinated by end of September

    Premier Mario Draghi’s office on Saturday announced more goals of the national vaccination program, which only recently has started picking up its pace after delays in vaccine deliveries and other logistics slowdowns. Just under 2 million people in...

  82. Missouri virus cases tick upward after months of decline

    ...tier — seniors and first responders, for instance — before moving into the next group. St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson said on Friday that 115,000 city residents are eligible now, but only 35,800 have received...

  83. The Latest: Hungary sets new daily record for virus cases

    Hungary reported a record-breaking day of new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, and the number of patients being treated in the country's hospitals also reached a new high. Health authorities announced 9,444 new confirmed cases, more than 1,000 more than...

  84. Music? Yes. Dancing? No, as New Orleans eases virus rules

    ...with the state fire marshal,” city health director Jennifer Avegno said at a news conference with Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “They’re not overly onerous. They can be done.” Rachael Arrington, a manager at...

  85. Austria targets hard-hit area with shots to battle variant

    ...Schwaz district have signed up to get shots and the goal is to have them all done by Monday, Schwaz Mayor Hand Lintner told reporters. A second shot will be given four weeks later. The district, east of...

  86. The Latest: Philippine capital sets restrictions amid surge

    ...kissing and other “public display of affection” after a new surge in coronavirus infections. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said police would not allow people to go in and out of their houses and the two hotels...

  87. Officials say New York variant of COVID-19 spreading in city

    ...virus protocols like mask wearing and by getting vaccinated. Dr. Jay Varma, senior health adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Varma said the science is clear “that if we take all of those individual precautions...

  88. Seattle mass COVID vaccination site aims to operate daily

    ...Lumen site will be able to operate seven days a week and innoculate 22,000 people each day. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said when it is operating at full capacity the operation will be the the largest civilian...

  89. New Yorkers 60 and older can get COVID-19 vaccines this week

    ...increase our distribution levels.” Local and county officials statewide, including New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, have pushed the governor for weeks to lift restrictions on which New Yorkers can get...

  90. South Florida Leaders, CDC Concerned About Spring Break Surge Of Coronavirus

    ...there’s going to be a convergence of people here and a real problem in the aftermath,” said Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber. READ MORE: 'No Matter How Long It Takes,' Police Say DNA Links Jeffrey Wheat To 2003 Sexual...

  91. Spring-break parties fall victim to COVID

    ...midnight curfew is in effect countywide, and no alcohol can be sold after 10 p.m. "If you want to party without restrictions, then go somewhere else. Go to Vegas," Miami Beach City Manager Raul Aguila said.

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