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California lifts virus stay-at-home order and curfew

California has lifted regional stay-at-home orders across the state in response to improving coronavirus conditions
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FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021, file photo, diners have dinner at an outdoor dining area at the Polanco Cantina in Sacramento, Calif. California has lifted regional stay-at-home orders statewide in response to improving coronavirus conditions. Public health officials said Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, the state will return to a system of county-by-county restrictions intended to stem the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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Mexican president tests positive for COVID-19, symptoms mild

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is working from isolation at home a day after announcing he's tested positive for COVID-19
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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gives his daily, morning news conference at the presidential palace, Palacio Nacional, in Mexico City. Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is under medical treatment, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)
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COVID-19 vaccine theft charge dismissed against Texas doc

A judge has dismissed a theft charge against a Houston area health department doctor who had been accused by prosecutors of stealing nine doses of coronavirus vaccine from a damaged vial and administering them to family and friends
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The Latest: Texas COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to fall

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients in Texas continues to fall from record highs as the state nears the end of what has been its deadliest month of the pandemic
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President Joe Biden speaks during an event on American manufacturing, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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China pushes conspiracy theories on COVID origin, vaccines

China is trying to spread doubt about the effectiveness of Western vaccines and the origin of the coronavirus as a World Health Organization-selected team of scientists is in the city where the pandemic began
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FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo, a biosafety protective suit for handling viral diseases are hung up in a biosafety level 4 training facility at U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md., where scientists are working to help develop solutions to prevent, detect and treat the coronavirus. China is trying to spread doubt about the effectiveness of Western vaccines and the origin of the coronavirus as a World Health Organization-selected team of scientists are in the city where the pandemic first broke out. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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Minnesota case marks 1st detection of Brazil variant in US

Officials say a new Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has made its first known appearance in the United States in a person who recently traveled from Brazil to Minnesota
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California measure aims to pay off 80% of most unpaid rent

California could pay off up to 80% of most people's unpaid rent because of the coronavirus
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FILE -- In this photo, Feb. 8, 2019 file photo, work is done on an apartment building under construction in Sacramento, Calif. On Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, Newsom and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Tempore Toni Atkins announced a proposal that would extend pandemic eviction protections through the end of June and pay up to 80% of some tenants' unpaid rent. The proposal must still be approved by the state Legislature. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
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California lifts some COVID restrictions as state continues to be hard-hit

Projections for ICU capacity are above the 15% threshold, officials said.
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A Registered Nurse tends to a COVID-19 patient in the Intensive Care Unit at Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, Calif., Jan. 11, 2021.
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US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up

Coronavirus deaths and cases in the U.S. have dropped markedly over the past couple of weeks but are still running at alarmingly high levels
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Cars line up for COVID-19 testing, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Coronavirus deaths and cases per day in the U.S. dropped markedly over the past couple of weeks but are still running at alarmingly high levels, and the effort to snuff out COVID-19 is becoming an ever more urgent race between the vaccine and the mutating virus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

President Joe Biden has reinstated COVID-19 travel restrictions on non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders
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President Joe Biden departs after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
January 25

VIRUS TODAY: US numbers fall but new strains cause concern

Coronavirus deaths and cases in the U.S. have dropped markedly over the past couple of weeks but are still running at alarmingly high levels
January 25
People work near refrigerators used to store the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, as patients who have received the shot sit in an observation area during a one-day vaccination clinic set up in an Amazon.com facility in Seattle and operated by Virginia Mason Franciscan Health. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
January 25

Biden replaces White House doctor with longtime physician

President Joe Biden has brought back Dr. Kevin O’Connor as his physician, replacing President Donald Trump’s doctor with the one who oversaw his care when he was vice president
January 25
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2020 file photo, then President-elect Joe Biden leaves a doctor's appointment at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Biden has brought back Dr. Kevin O’Connor as his physician, replacing President Donald Trump’s doctor with the one who oversaw his care when he was vice president(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 25

White House adding sign language interpreter for briefings

The Biden administration is adding a sign language interpreter to its daily press briefings
January 25
White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 25

Polish president backs lockdown despite business frustration

Poland's president says he understands the “despair” of people opening their businesses in defiance of the anti-COVID-19 lockdown to survive, but says they must keep to government-ordered restrictions
January 25
A man delivers a supply of heating gas to Warsaw's popular Piw Paw pub in Warsaw, Poland, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, a business that is struggling to survive under lockdown by organizing legal, small-scale educative meetings and courses for beer lovers. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
January 25

EU pressures AstraZeneca to deliver vaccines as promised

The European Union has lashed out at pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, accusing it of failing to deliver the coronavirus vaccine doses to the bloc that it promised despite getting EU funding to ramp up vaccine production
January 25
European Council President Charles Michel, left, and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen leave after a joint news conference at the end of a EU summit video conference at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. European Union leaders assessed more measures to counter the spread of coronavirus variants during a video summit Thursday as the bloc's top disease control official said urgent action was needed to stave off a new wave of hospitalizations and deaths. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)
January 25

Coronavirus crisis: Vaccine rollout grows amid travel ban and variant concerns

Dr. Todd Ellerin discusses how the reinstated travel restrictions could help protect from dangerous COVID-19 variants, and a new report that breast milk can help young kids fight COVID-19.
January 25
VIDEO: Coronavirus crisis: Vaccine rollout grows amid travel ban and variant concerns
January 25

Asia Today: Australia OKs Pfizer vaccine, to begin in Feb.

Australia’s medical regulator has approved use of its first coronavirus vaccine, paving the way for inoculations to begin next month
January 25
Security patrol outside the Pullman Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand, July 6, 2020. Health officials in New Zealand say Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that genome tests indicate the country's most recent COVID-19 patient contracted the virus from another returning traveler just before leaving quarantine. (Peter Meecham/New Zealand Herald via AP)
January 25

California governor to lift regional stay-at-home orders, return to restrictions based on conditions in each county

California governor to lift regional stay-at-home orders, return to restrictions based on conditions in each county
January 25
January 25

Chaos mars over-80s vaccine start in major German state

Thousands of elderly Germans are facing online error messages and jammed-up hotlines as technical problems marred the start of the coronavirus vaccine campaign for over-80s in the country’s most populous state
January 25
Cars queue in front of a Corona test station at the German-Czech Republic border in Furth im Wald, Germany, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. German police say hundreds of cars and pedestrians are lining up at border crossings along the Czech-German border after Germany declared the Czech Republic a high risk area in the pandemic meaning it requires proof a negative coronavirus test results before entry. (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)
January 25

Thailand confirms record 914 new coronavirus cases

Thailand has confirmed a record 914 new cases of the coronavirus, all in Samut Sakhon province near Bangkok where a major outbreak began in December
January 25
Workers spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus at a shrimp market in Samut Sakhon, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Thailand on Monday registered a new daily high of over 900 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus at the province near the capital Bangkok, where a major outbreak occurred in December. (AP Photo)
January 25

EU proposes more travel restrictions to stop virus variants

The European Union's executive body has proposed that EU nations impose more travel restrictions to counter the worrying spread of new coronavirus  variants
January 25
Officers of the German Federal Police check passengers arriving with a plane from Prague at the Frankfurt Airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Sunday, Jan 24, 2021. Anyone how is entering Germany from countries classify as high-risk countries by the federal government, must now be able to show a negative, up-to-date Corona test. (Boris Roessler/dpa via AP)
January 25

In ambulances, an unseen, unwelcome passenger: COVID-19

For emergency medical technicians, the coronavirus is constantly close
January 25
January 25

Merck ends development of two potential COVID-19 vaccines

Merck is giving up on two potential COVID-19 vaccines following poor results in early-stage studies
January 25
FILE- This May 1, 2018, file photo shows Merck corporate headquarters in Kenilworth, N.J. The drugmaker will stop developing two potential COVID-19 vaccines after seeing poor results in early-stage studies. The company said Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, that it will focus instead on studying two possible treatments for the virus that also have yet to be approved by regulators. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
January 25

China tackles pandemic with mass construction once again

China is building a coronavirus quarantine center with more than 4,000 rooms in a northern city at a speed that's rarely seen in other countries
January 25
This combination of satellite images released by Copernicus, the European Union's Earth observation program, shows a massive quarantine camp built in Shijiazhuang in China's Hebei province. China is building a COVID quarantine center with more than 4,000 rooms in the northern city of Shijiazhuang, at a speed that's rarely seen in other countries. The satellite images show dramatic changes over 10 days in an area where there had been only flat land before construction started on Jan. 13, 2021. (European Union, Copernicus Sentinel-2 imagery via AP)
January 25

White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package
January 25
People stroll past a section of the National Mall by the Capitol where workers were still dismantling inauguration installations, after most downtown streets and public spaces had reopened to the public, on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 in Washington. Biden is looking to jump-start his first 100 days in office with action and symbolism to reassure a divided and weary public that help is in the offing. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
January 25

North Carolina field hospital helps fight coronavirus surge

A temporary field hospital in North Carolina is easing the burden on medical facilities overwhelmed by coronavirus patients
January 25
Nurse Chris Rutledge suits up in personal protective equipment before entering the patient wards of a COVID-19 field hospital, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Lenoir, N.C. Rutledge works for Samaritan’s Purse, the international Christian relief organization which built the temporary facility to take pressure off local hospitals overwhelmed with coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)
January 24

The Latest: Hong Kong ends lockdown in Kowloon neighborhood

Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said
January 24
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 24

Thousands take to streets protesting Brazil's Bolsonaro

Thousands marched a second day, calling for impeachment of President Bolsonaro.
January 24
A demonstrator uses a bullhorn to shout slogans in a caravan to protest against the government's response in combating COVID-19 and demanding the impeachment of Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Bruna Prado)
January 24

Argentina's abortion law enters force under watchful eyes

Argentina’s groundbreaking abortion law has gone into force under the watchful eyes of women’s groups and government officials, who hope to ensure its full implementation despite opposition from conservative and church groups
January 24
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo, abortion-rights activists watch live video streaming of lawmakers in session, outside Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Argentina became the largest nation in Latin America to legalize elective abortion after its Senate on Dec. 30 passed a law guaranteeing the procedure up to the 14th week of pregnancy. The abortion law goes into force Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, File)
January 24

Year after lockdown, Wuhan dissident more isolated than ever

One year after Wuhan’s lockdown, the central Chinese city has long since sprung back to life
January 24
January 24

Center-right incumbent wins Portugal's presidential election

The center-right incumbent candidate has won a resounding victory in Portugal’s presidential election
January 24
A woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Lisbon, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Portugal holds a presidential election Sunday, choosing a head of state to serve a five-year term. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
January 24

VIRUS TODAY: More hospital ICUs edge nearer a breaking point

U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients
January 24
January 24

Dutch police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in 2 cities

Rioters have set blazes in the center of the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven and pelted police with rocks at a banned demonstration against coronavirus lockdown measures
January 24
A police officer takes images of a torched coronavirus testing facility in the Dutch fishing village of Urk, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, after it was torch Saturday night by rioting youths protesting on the first night of a nation-wide curfew. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
January 24

Exit poll suggests the center-right incumbent candidate has won Portugal's presidential election

Exit poll suggests the center-right incumbent candidate has won Portugal's presidential election
January 24
January 24

Chicago teachers vote to teach from home, defying district

The school district ordered has ordered in-person instruction to resume.
January 24
January 24

Chicago teachers vote to defy district's orders to return to in-person instruction before vaccinations

Chicago teachers vote to defy district's orders to return to in-person instruction before vaccinations
January 24
January 24

Turkey passes 25,000 COVID-19-related deaths

Turkey has recorded more than 2.4 million infections since the first in March.
January 24
People, some wearing masks to help protect from the spread of the coronavirus sit on a square in Eminonu market in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, hours before the start of a two-day weekend curfew. The country of 83 million rolled out its vaccination drive a week ago, starting with health care workers as well as nursing home residents and their care-givers. More than 1 million people received the first of two doses of the vaccine developed by China's Sinovac pharmaceutical company in the first week. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
January 24

2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

U.S. hospital intensive care units in many parts of the country are straining to handle record numbers of COVID-19 patients
January 24
January 24

UK vaccination drive expands as virus toll nears 100,000

Britain is expanding a coronavirus vaccination program that has seen more than 6 million people get the first of two doses — even as the country’s death toll in the pandemic approaches 100,000
January 24
Doctor Claire Chatt prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine inside Salisbury Cathedral in Salisbury, England, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Salisbury Cathedral opened its doors for the second time as a venue for the Sarum South Primary Care Network COVID-19 Local Vaccination Service. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
January 24

Spain's virus surge hits mental health of front-line workers

the critical care capacity has more than doubled and is nearly full.
January 24
A COVID-19 patient receives treatment in the ICU of the Hospital del Mar, in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The unrelenting increase in COVID-19 infections in Spain following the holiday season is again straining hospitals, threatening the mental health of doctors and nurses who have been at the forefront of the pandemic for nearly a year. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
January 23

Asia Today: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community
January 23
A government worker wearing personal protective equipment guards at the closed area in Jordan district, in Hong Kong, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021. Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
January 23

The Latest: New virus clusters hit China's north provinces

A Chinese city has brought 2,600 temporary treatment rooms online as the country’s north battles new clusters of coronavirus
January 23
FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2021 file photo medical staff members walk between traffic cones at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site set up in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif. Five weeks into its vaccination program, California still doesn't have nearly the supply to meet demand and there's growing angst among residents over the difficulty to even get in line for a shot. Social media is awash with people seeking or giving tips on how to maneuver through the system. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong,File)
January 23

Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic

A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world’s first coronavirus lockdown
January 23
Residents practice Taiji at a park in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A year after it was locked down to contain the spread of coronavirus, the central Chinese city of Wuhan has largely returned to normal, even as China continues to battle outbreaks elsewhere in the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 23

Asia Today: Sri Lanka minister who drank potion is positive

Sri Lanka’s health minister who has faced criticism for consuming and endorsing a herbal syrup made by a sorcerer has tested positive for COVID-19
January 23
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus skate at an outdoor ice skating rink in Beijing, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
January 23

Biden's early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver

President Joe Biden pledged in his inaugural address to level with the American people — and the message from his first three days in office has been nothing if not grim and grimmer
January 23
A portrait of former President Abraham Lincoln President hangs in the State Dining Room of the White House as Joe Biden delivers remarks on the economy Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 23

Insurers add food to coverage menu as way to improve health

Food is a growing focus for insurers as they look to improve people's health.
January 23
January 23

It takes a community to help overcome vaccine hesitancy: OPINION

Community health centers care for approximately 30 million Americans.
January 23
Donald Nelson, 80, left, talks with Ella and David Cayson Jr. after Nelson received his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine "It's everything. Maybe It will help me keep me alive," Neslon said. A partnership with Marion County Sheriff's Office, Heart of Florida Health Center, Department of Health and the Marion County Fire Rescue is working to assist in closing the gap in health disparities with COVID-19 in the African American community in Ocala, Fla., Jan. 20, 2021.
January 23

Maine shifts some vaccine doses away from CVS and Walgreens

Independent pharmacists said they want to help with COVID-19 vaccinations.
January 23
Registered nurse Holly Burnham vaccinates Lynn Pelletier, who works as a nurse at Portland Public Schools, at the Northern Light Homecare and Hospice COVID-19 vaccine clinic in South Portland, ME., Jan 13, 2021.
January 23

Thousands of Hong Kongers locked down to contain coronavirus

Thousands of Hong Kong residents are locked down in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city
January 23
Police officers stand guard at the Yau Ma Tei area in Hong Kong, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. Thousands of Hong Kong residents were locked down Saturday in an unprecedented move to contain a worsening outbreak in the city, authorities said. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
January 23

Top Lebanese hospitals fight exhausting battle against virus

Lebanon's hospitals are on the brink: Unable to keep up with coronavirus patients, they have run out of beds, oxygen tanks, ventilators and medical staff
January 23
A medical staffer looks at a COVID-19 patient at the intensive care unit of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Hospitals in Lebanon are reaching full capacity amid a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases across the crisis-hit Mediterranean nation even amid strict lockdown. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)