COVID-19/Coronavirus

These are the latest articles of the COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

  1. Washington, DC, is back to requiring masks be worn indoors

    ...returning to mandatory indoor mask requirements, regardless of vaccination status. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser says the new regulations will kick in on Saturday and apply to everyone over age 2....

  2. The Latest: Filipino leader says unvaccinated may be shut in

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is warning that Filipinos who refuse to get vaccinated against the coronavirus will not be allowed to leave their homes as a safeguard against the more contagious delta variant.

  3. No hazard leave for unvaccinated Tulsa city employees

    ...who are unvaccinated for the coronavirus will not receive hazard leave if they contract the illness, Mayor G.T Bynum said. Hazard leave is paid leave that is not counted against sick days or vacation days,...

  4. The Latest: Louisiana reports high rates of COVID-19 cases

    ...staffs again are stretched thin by the state’s fourth surge since the pandemic began. Meanwhile, Mayor Ronny Walker of the north Louisiana city of Ruston has been hospitalized with pneumonia related to...

  5. The science didn’t change, the virus did, Fauci says as CDC updates mask guidance

    The change in CDC guidance recommending all Americans wear a mask indoors in areas with high Covid-19 transmission is a sign of the change the Delta variant has carved into the pandemic landscape, Dr. Anthony Facui told CNN. “We’re not changing the...

  6. The Latest: S Korea sets another new high for daily cases

    South Korea is reporting a new daily high for coronavirus cases a day after authorities enforced stringent restrictions in areas outside the Seoul capital region seeking to slow a nationwide spread of infections. The 1,896 cases announced Wednesday...

  7. Maine: COVID-19 counts rise, indoor masking could return

    ...cases. The state's top public health official, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, told the Bangor City Council that a return to indoor mask use is likely coming even for fully vaccinated residents, the...

  8. ‘We are now in crisis mode’ amid COVID-19 surge, says mayor of Fla. county home to Disney

    ...Fla. (WESH) - “So a thousand a day is extraordinary. We are now in crisis mode,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings. Officials in Orange County, the home of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, said...

  9. The US could see 200,000 Covid-19 cases a day within the next six weeks, former CDC director says

    "We're heading into a rough time. It's likely, if our trajectory is similar to that in the United Kingdom, that we could see as many as 200,000 cases a day," Dr. Tom Frieden said, adding the US likely won't see the "horrific death tolls" of earlier...

  10. Savannah reimposes mask mandate as COVID-19 cases spike

    ...masks in some public settings, citing a “steep and alarming rise” in cases of COVID-19. Savannah Mayor Van Johnson made the announcement at a news conference Monday, saying people now must wear masks any...

  11. The Latest: UN says COVID worse this year for poor nations

    ... so far in 2021 almost three-quarters of countries needing humanitarian aid have recorded more pandemic cases or deaths than in all of 2020. He adds that in over one-third of those countries “at least three times more cases or deaths have been...

  12. NYC to require vaccines or weekly testing for city workers

    ...and police officers — to get coronavirus vaccines by mid-September or face weekly COVID-19 testing, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday. The rule is expected to affect about 340,000 city employees, making...

  13. VA Requires Health-Care Workers to Get Covid Vaccine, First Major Federal Agency to Do So

    The Department of Veterans Affairs will require its health-care personnel to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, becoming the first major federal agency to implement such a mandate, as the highly transmissible delta variant spreads across the nation while...

  14. Brazil reopens amid looming threat from delta variant

    ...state governors to roll back restrictions, soccer fans are starting to return to stadiums, and the mayor of Rio de Janeiro has said the city’s famous New Year’s party is back on. But one question looms...

  15. US Covid-19 cases rise 65% in 1 week

    ...availability of beds for people who don’t have Covid. “It reminds me of the movie ‘Jaws,’ when the mayor’s like, ‘The beaches will be open,'” Palmer said. “The priorities are messed up. They’re more worried...

  16. Texas Has Seen Nearly 9,000 COVID-19 Deaths Since February. All But 43 Were Unvaccinated People.

    ...the state. Travis County’s health authority, Dr. Desmar Walkes, told county commissioners and Austin City Council members in a Tuesday meeting that almost all new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the...

  17. US virus cases nearly triple in 2 weeks amid onslaught of misinformation

    Across the U.S., the seven-day rolling average for daily new cases rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 on Tuesday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Health officials blame the delta...

  18. Jump in virus cases may lead to mask rules in New Orleans

    ...has New Orleans officials considering new mitigation measures, a city spokesperson said Tuesday. Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the city’s health officer, Dr. Jennifer Avegno, will announce plans Wednesday,...

  19. The Latest: Vaccines won’t be required in Alabama schools

    With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations up sharply over the last month in Alabama but still far below when the pandemic was at its worst early this year, school officials have said vaccines won’t be required in the fall and local systems can decide...

  20. The Latest: Canada will accept fully vaccinated Americans

    Canadian officials said the 14-day quarantine requirement will be waived as of Aug. 9 for eligible travelers who are currently residing in the United States and have received a full course of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in Canada.

  21. Surgeon general worried as pandemic cases increase in every state

    ...Gov. Kay Ivey told reporters last week. Cases also are on the rise in Springfield, Missouri, where Mayor Ken McClure told CBS-TV’s “Face the Nation” that false information about the pandemic was hampering...

  22. The Latest: SKorea sees 11th straight day over 1,000 cases

    South Korea has reported another new 1,455 cases of the coronavirus, its 11th straight day over 1,000, as officials push to tighten pandemic restrictions nationwide.

  23. Mask mandate back on in Los Angeles as virus cases rise

    The announcements Thursday came amid a spike in COVID-19 cases, most of them the highly transmissible delta variant that has proliferated since California fully reopened its economy on June 15 and did away with capacity limits and social distancing....

  24. Freedom or folly? UK’s end to mandatory masks sows confusion

    ...recommends” masks to be worn by workers and customers in crowded, enclosed spaces such as shops. London’s mayor says masks will continue to be required on the city’s public transit system, and the National Health...

  25. The Latest: Abu Dhabi announces sudden overnight lockdown

    The state-run WAM news agency announced late Thursday the lockdown would begin Monday and last each day from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. It comes just ahead of the long Eid al-Fitr holidays in the UAE, which begins Monday as well.

  26. Canadian government rejects virus shots in US border tunnel

    ...Detroit to travel to Canada. The Canada Border Services Agency has rejected a creative plan by Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens to have Ontario residents line up inside the tunnel to get COVID-19 vaccinations. This...

  27. The Latest: Cases at 6-month high in Tokyo before Olympics

    Coronavirus cases in Tokyo have surged above 1,300 for a six-month high, just one week before the Olympics. There are concerns a dramatic increase could flood hospitals during the Olympics, which start on July 23.

  28. The Latest: US ships 3.2M J&J vaccine doses to Philippines

    ...as possible,” Dr. Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, said Wednesday at a briefing with Mayor Bill de Blasio. The city is deploying mobile vaccine units, door-to-door canvassing and scheduling...

  29. Tens of thousands get COVID-19 vaccines as Juarez shoots for herd immunity

    ...vaccinations of employees of nearby maquiladoras in the Zaragoza area of Juarez. Earlier this week, Juarez Mayor Armando Cabada said he expects the ramped-up vaccinations to raise the city’s COVID-19 immunization...

  30. The Latest: Argentina's pandemic toll rises above 100,000

    Recent coronavirus variants have helped spread the disease even faster and the vaccine program, while making progress, is still falling short. The Health Ministry said Wednesday that 614 people died from the disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the...

  31. The Latest: Spain regions want restrictions after case spike

    Spain is witnessing an increase of infections in recent days as the delta variant sweeps through the younger segments of the population, which have a lower vaccination rate. Catalonia is among the most hard-hit areas in Europe, with more than 1,000...

  32. The Latest: Britain cases above 40,000, 1st time in 6 months

    Daily coronavirus cases in Britain have risen above 40,000 for the first time in nearly six months. Government figures showed another 42,302 infections, the highest daily figure since Jan. 15 when the country was in strict lockdown following a lethal...

  33. No change here: London to retain masks on public transport

    ...transport network even after the legal obligation to wear them in England is lifted on July 19, the city’s mayor said Wednesday. Sadiq Khan has asked the body that oversees transport in the capital to enforce the...

  34. Covid-19 cases are surging in 45 states. In one hot spot, hospitalized patients are younger than ever, doctor says

    In 46 states, the rates of new cases this past week are at least 10% higher than the rates of new cases the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In 31 states, new cases this past week are at least 50% higher than new cases...

  35. Variant could mean mask mandates at big New Orleans events

    ...degree of mitigation. And before Delta I was maybe a little more confident that we would get there.” Mayor LaToya Cantrell's spokesman, Beau Tidwell, said nearly 64% of the city's adult population has had...

  36. In Arkansas, Covid-19 cases surge as state combats vaccine skepticism

    ...are also those who believe in conspiracy theories about the vaccine, the experts said. Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. knows that skepticism well. It was something he grappled with himself. “I’m someone,...

  37. Indonesia short on oxygen, seeks help as virus cases soar

    ...fueled by soaring infections in the West Java provincial capital, said Yaya Mulyana, the city’s deputy mayor. “Panicked people bought oxygen tanks even though they didn’t need them yet,” Mulyana said. “That...

  38. The Latest: California to require masks at schools in fall

    California will require that masks be worn at schools when classrooms open this fall, despite new guidance issued Friday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear face...

  39. Hungarian capital offers tests amid vaccine efficacy worries

    ...laboratories indicated that they hadn’t developed antibodies to defend against COVID-19. Budapest Deputy Mayor Ambrus Kiss said those reports came primarily from people who received China’s Sinopharm vaccine,...

  40. The Latest: Virus outbreak straining Fiji's medical system

    Fiji’s medical system is showing signs of strain as a coronavirus outbreak grows. The Pacific island nation reported a record 791 new daily cases and three deaths. The Ministry of Health says that due to the increase in cases, it will no longer test...

  41. The Latest: Outbreak returns mask mandate at Calif. Capital

    At least nine people who work at the California state Capitol have contracted the coronavirus, triggering a return of the mask mandate for lawmakers and staff. Masks have been required in public spaces inside the Capitol throughout the pandemic. But...

  42. The Latest: Indonesia faces virus surge, shortage of oxygen

    Indonesia is facing a coronavirus surge as hospitals grapple with soaring cases amid widespread shortages of oxygen. The country registered 1,040 confirmed deaths on Wednesday, the deadliest day since the start of the pandemic.

  43. The Latest: Ahead of Olympics, Tokyo cases highest since May

    Tokyo is reporting 920 new coronavirus cases, the highest since mid-May, two weeks ahead of the Olympics. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga held a meeting with key ministers to discuss coronavirus measures. Suga noted Tokyo’s upsurge and vowed “to do...

  44. The Latest: New cases in S Korea near its pandemic high

    South Korea is reporting more than 1,200 new coronavirus cases, a level unseen since the worst of its outbreak in December as it slips into another virus surge with most of its people unvaccinated.

  45. The Latest: Zimbabwe back to strict lockdown, virus surges

    Infections have dramatically increased in recent weeks despite a night curfew, reduced business hours, localized lockdowns in hotspot areas, and bans on inter-city travel. The country’s information minister announced the virus has spread to rural...

  46. The Latest: Britain to scrap isolation of fully vaccinated

    Britain’s government says it is scrapping rules for self-isolation for those who are fully vaccinated starting mid-August, as the country prepares to lift most remaining coronavirus restrictions. Currently, people who are notified they’ve come into...

  47. The Latest: COVID-19 cases grow in hard-hit area of Missouri

    ...vaccine among children ages 12 to 17 have started in Moscow, city officials said Monday. Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said 100 volunteers have been recruited who haven’t been previously infected with...

  48. No lockdown plans in Russia as virus deaths hit new record

    ...will view all cases of acute respiratory infections as, highly likely, coronavirus infection,” Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said. Russia’s coronavirus task force has reported more than 5.5 million confirmed...

  49. Russia launches booster shots amid soaring infections

    ...more than six months ago, an effort that comes amid a surge in new infections and deaths. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said he had received a booster shot and urged city residents to follow suit. “In...

  50. Sinovac vaccine restores a Brazilian city to near normal

    ...on more contagious variants. Hospitals in Ribeirao Preto are so full of COVID-19 patients that the mayor imposed strict shutdown measures last week, including halting public transportation and limiting hours...

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