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The Latest: Germany hopes for opening-up by late May

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff says he is “very skeptical” about prospects of people traveling at Easter but expects the situation will have changed by late May
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Customers wait for the opening of a branch of the German discounter 'Aldi' in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, March 6, 2021. From Saturday the discounter offers new coronavirus, COVID-19, quick tests for sale. (Haller/dpa via AP)
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Speedy variants power virus surge sweeping Europe

Fast-spreading mutant versions of the coronavirus are powering another uptick in infections in Europe
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FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021 file photo, people gather at the Darsena dei Navigli, in Milan, Italy. Europe recorded 1 million new COVID-19 cases last week, an increase of 9% from the previous week and ending a six-week decline, WHO said Thursday, March 4, 2021. The so-called UK variant is of greatest concern in the 53 countries monitored by WHO in Europe. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
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Senate works through night with virus aid on path to passage

Senators have worked through the night on the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill, dispensing with a variety of mostly Republican amendments in a marathon series of votes
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Congressional staffers wait in the ornate corridor outside the Senate chamber during a delay in work on the Democrats' $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 5, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 06

California OKs reopening of ball parks, Disneyland

California has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening-day baseball games and return to Disneyland nearly a year after coronavirus restrictions shuttered major entertainment spots
March 06
FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, visitors take photos at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. California officials will allow people to attend Major League Baseball games and other sporting events, go to Disneyland and watch live performances in limited capacities starting April 1, 2021. The rules announced Friday, March 5, 2021, coincide with baseball's opening day. (AP Photo/Amy Taxin, File)
March 06

New California law aims to put kids in class. Will it work?

California's governor has signed a law aiming to return public school students to classrooms
March 06
FILE - In this March 2, 2021, file photo, socially distanced and with protective partitions students work on an art project during class at the Sinaloa Middle School in Novato, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law Friday, March 5, with $6.6 billion in incentives to try to get more California schools to reopen. The response has been lukewarm support, as teachers resist and parents complain that it doesn't do enough to get kids in the classroom. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File)
March 06

Highlights: What's changed in the Senate's virus relief bill

Senate Democrats have come out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill
March 06
The sun sets on the U.S. Capitol building, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
March 06

Senate Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief bill OK in sight

Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin have struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill
March 06
Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., carries containers of food as he leaves a Senate Republican policy luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 4, 2021. Johnson insisted that the entire text of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill be read aloud during its consideration. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 05

Highlights: What's changed in the Senate's virus relief bill

Senate Democrats have come out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill
March 05
The sun sets on the U.S. Capitol building, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
March 05

The Latest: Ontario wants vaccine shot in adults by June 20

The head of the vaccine program for Canada’s most populous province of Ontario expects to get every adult a first vaccine shot by June 20
March 05
Signs reading in Italian "No gathering" hang from a closed gate of the Cesare Battisti primary school, in Rome, Thursday, March 4, 2021. The first anti-pandemic decree from Italy's new premier, Mario Draghi, tightens measures governing school attendance while easing restrictions on museums, theaters and cinemas. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 05

Study shows link between mask mandates, reduced COVID-19 spread

The study also examined allowing dining at restaurants.
March 05
Diners eat at a restaurant on the River Walk, March 3, 2021, in San Antonio.
March 05

Dad gets cutting-edge double lung transplant after nearly dying of COVID-19

He was the fourth person in the U.S. to get the transplant due to COVID-19.
March 05
Leo Castillo is recovering from surgery with the help of his family.
March 05

Oregon governor ordering teachers to return to classroom

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will issue an executive order mandating that all public schools provide universal access to in-person learning by the month's end for students up to fifth grade and by mid-April for older students
March 05
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits the Marion County and Salem Health COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Salem, Ore. Brown said Friday, March 5, 2021, that she is issuing an executive order mandating that all public schools provide universal access to in-person learning by the month's end for students up to fifth grade and by mid-April for older students. (Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP, Pool, File)
March 05

Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 still wait for advice

More than 28 million Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to keep waiting for guidance from federal health officials for what they should and shouldn’t do
March 05
FILE - In this March 1, 2021, file photo, a patient receives a shot of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next to a guidelines sign at a CVS Pharmacy branch in Los Angeles. More than 27 million Americans fully vaccinated against the coronavirus will have to keep waiting for guidance from U.S. health officials for what they should and shouldn’t do. The Biden administration said Friday, March 5, it’s focused on getting the guidance right and accommodating emerging science. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
March 05

Study finds mask mandates, dining out influence virus spread

A new national study adds strong evidence that mask mandates can slow the spread of the coronavirus, and that allowing dining at restaurants can increase cases and deaths
March 05
FILE - In this March 3, 2021, file photo, mariachi perform for diners at a restaurant on the River Walk in San Antonio. U.S. employers added a surprisingly robust 379,000 jobs in February in a sign the economy is strengthening as virus cases drop, vaccinations ramp up, Americans spend more and states ease business restrictions. Texas joined some other states in announcing it will fully reopen its economy. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
March 05

Canada clears Johnson & Johnson vaccine, first to approve 4

Canada is getting a fourth vaccine to prevent COVID-19 as the country’s health regulator has cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two
March 05
People wait in line at a COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at Olympic Stadium marking the beginning of mass vaccination in the Province of Quebec based on age in Montreal, on Monday, March 1, 2021. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 05

Jump in hiring fuels optimism for US economic recovery

U.S. employers added a surprisingly robust 379,000 jobs last month, a sign the economy is strengthening as virus cases drop, vaccinations ramp up, Americans spend more and states ease business restrictions
March 05
A man walks into a restaurant displaying a "Now Hiring" sign, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Salem, N.H. U.S. employers added a robust 379,000 jobs last month, the most since October and a sign that the economy is strengthening as confirmed viral cases drop, consumers spend more and states and cities ease business restrictions.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 05

Detroit mayor turned down J&J vaccine in favor of others

Detroit this week turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine
March 05
FILE - In this April 23, 2020, file photo, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks in Detroit. Mayor Duggan this week turned down 6,200 doses of the newly authorized Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, with favoring shots from Pfizer and Moderna for now. "Johnson & Johnson is a very good vaccine. Moderna and Pfizer are the best," he said Thursday, March 4, 2021. "And I am going to do everything I can to make sure that residents of the city of Detroit get the best." (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
March 05

WHO head wants virus vaccine patents waived to boost supply

The head of the World Health Organization is calling for patent rights to be waived until the end of the coronavirus pandemic so that vaccine supplies can be dramatically increased
March 05
FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, Michael Ryan, left, Executive Director of WHO's Health Emergencies programme, next to Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, right, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The emergencies chief of the World Health Organization said on Monday March 1, 2021, it was “premature” and “unrealistic” to think the pandemic might be stopped by the end of the year, but that the recent arrival of effective vaccines could at least help dramatically reduce hospitalizations and death. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
March 05

VIRUS TODAY: Vaccinated adults await advice on family visits

President Joe Biden has a 60% approval rating for his job performance and even more backing from Americans for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic
March 05
A sign lists symptoms that would require a rescheduled appointment at a COVID-19 mass vaccination site, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at the Portland Expo in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
March 05

Africa welcomes COVAX doses but warns against 'selfishness'

Urgent calls for COVID-19 vaccine fairness are ringing through African countries as more are welcoming or rolling out doses from the global COVAX initiative
March 05
Technicians show a carton of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, inside a cold storage room at the central vaccine depot in Kitengela town on the outskirts of Nairobi, in Kenya Thursday, March 4, 2021. Around 1.02 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country on Wednesday as part of the COVAX facility. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
March 05

Journal's 'appalling' racism podcast, tweet prompt outcry

A prominent medical journal is apologizing for a tweet and part of a podcast episode about structural racism in health care
March 05
March 05

New SC abortion law remains on hold under judge's order

A new South Carolina law banning abortions will stay on hold following a judge’s order to extend a temporary restraining order
March 05
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster holds up a bill banning almost all abortions in the state after he signed it into law on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. On the same day, Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit to stop the measure from going into effect. The state House approved the “South Carolina Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act” on a 79-35 vote Wednesday and gave it a final procedural vote Thursday before sending it to McMaster.  (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)
March 05

Equity is key to this county's push to vaccinate teachers

Educators in Dallas' most vulnerable zip codes will get vaccines first.
March 05
A soldier in a face mask prepares to administer a dose of the Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, March 3, 2021, in Dallas.
March 05

Teacher vaccinations go untracked amid school reopening push

As the U.S. prioritizes teachers nationwide for coronavirus vaccines, states and many districts are not keeping track of how many school employees have received the shots
March 05
Granby kindergarten school teacher Christina Kibby receives the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine by pharmacist Madeline Acquilano, left, at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The first shipments of the vaccine arrived at the hospital this morning. Cities and states are rapidly expanding access to vaccines as the nation races to head off a resurgence in coronavirus infections and reopen schools and businesses battered by the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
March 05

Swelling after COVID-19 shots may cause cancer false alarms

Anyone getting a mammogram or other cancer check soon after a COVID-19 vaccine should alert doctors, to prevent false alarms from a side effect
March 05
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, a syringe filled with the a COVID-19 vaccine is seen alongside its batch number and a patient's vaccination card at a vaccination site in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. According to recommendations from an expert panel from three cancer centers in the U.S. published in the journal Radiology on Feb. 24, 2021, anyone getting a mammogram or other cancer check soon after a COVID-19 vaccine should alert doctors, to prevent false alarms from a side effect. Sometimes lymph nodes, especially in the armpit, swell after the vaccinations. It’s a normal reaction by the immune system but one that might be mistaken for cancer if it shows up on a mammogram or other scan. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
March 05

Czech state orders students to help at struggling hospitals

The Czech health minister says the government has approved his plan to order medical and other university and high school students to help out at hospitals struggling to cope the record numbers of COVID-19 patients
March 05
Healthcare workers move a patient to the infectious ward of the Bulovka hospital in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021. The Czech prime minister Andrej Babis said the pandemic situation in one of the hardest-hit country in the European Union, is "extremely serious" and his government will have to impose more restrictive measures to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
March 05

Australia asks EU to stop blocking vaccine exports

France says it could emulate Italy in blocking the export of COVID-19 vaccines from the European Union if that's what is needed to enforce its own contracts with drugs manufacturers
March 05
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 file photo, a pharmacist prepares a syringe from a vial of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine during preparations at the Vaccine Village in Antwerp, Belgium. A shipment of a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been barred from leaving the European Union in the first use of an export control system instituted by the bloc over a month ago. An EU official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue, confirmed a report that first appeared in the Financial Times. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)
March 05

AP source: Canada clears Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 shot, giving it a fourth vaccine option

AP source: Canada clears Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose COVID-19 shot, giving it a fourth vaccine option
March 05
March 05

After mixed messages, Europe warns against vaccine shopping

Top French and German officials are urging people to take the AstraZeneca vaccine, amid skepticism from some who fear it's not effective enough
March 05
A nurse receives the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Brandenburg where the first coronavirus vaccinations are given in doctors' surgeries, in Senftenberg, Germany, Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (Hannibal Hanschke/Pool via AP)
March 05

Reports: NY officials altered count of nursing home deaths

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times report that the true number of people who had died in nursing homes in New York was altered by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s top aides in a July state Health Department report
March 05
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2020. file photo, families of COVID-19 victims who passed away in New York nursing homes gather in front of the Cobble Hill Heath Center to demand that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologize for his response to the coronavirus in nursing homes during the pandemic, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Top aides to Cuomo altered a state Health Department report to obscure the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state's nursing homes, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported late Thursday, March 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)
March 05

What to know about FEMA vaccination sites

Federal community vaccination centers are meant to reach at-risk groups.
March 05
A motorcyclist receives his COVID-19 vaccine at a new mass COVID-19 vaccination site established between the federal government and the state on Feb. 16, 2021, on the campus at California State University of Los Angeles in Los Angeles.
March 05

A look back at March 2020, when the pandemic first gripped the US

Over 150,000 cases were confirmed during the month.
March 05
A general view of Times Square on March 18, 2020, in New York City.  The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11th.
March 05

'Pharmacy deserts' are new front in the race to vaccinate

In some states, those who need the COVID-19 shot the most have no way to get it.
March 05
O'Reilly Street, the main street in the city of Presidio, Texas, is pictured on Feb. 1, 2020.
March 05

AP PHOTOS: Madrid hospital staff learn to cope with virus

A voice shouts “Red Alert!” from the end of the corridor. An ambulance has just delivered the latest resident of an elderly care home in the Spanish capital. He's in a critical condition and time is of the essence. A well-practiced choreography immediately goes into motion, sending an adrenaline rush through the emergency ward in this suburban Madrid hospital. One by one, the medical team follows the steps they have revisited ever since the first coronavirus case was admitted to the Severo Ochoa Hospital one year ago. Only when the elderly man is stabilized and transferred to the so-called “red zone,” an area reserved for treating COVID-19, does the team slow down and go back to their computers. One year ago, staff had to deal with the exasperation of fighting an unknown enemy, the fear of bringing the virus back home, the scarcity of protective gear and the bodies lined up in the morgue. At the height of contagion, the corridors of this facility of nearly 400 beds were crowded...
March 05
A COVID-19 patient receives a physiotherapy session in the intensive care unit of the Severo Ochoa Hospital in Leganes, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
March 05

Resisting pressure, Alabama governor extends mask order

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has resisted political pressure to drop her state's mask order
March 05
March 05

California to give 40% of vaccine doses to vulnerable areas

California will begin setting aside 40% of all vaccine doses for the state's most vulnerable neighborhoods in an effort to inoculate people most at risk from the coronavirus more quickly
March 05
FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2021, file photo, street musician Roberto Hernandez, originally from El Salvador, plays "Lambada" on his trumpet outside Buddy's, a restaurant temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles County could move into the next phase of reopening with fewer restrictions as early as next week, though any actual lifting of coronavirus-related constraints would not happen immediately, health officials said Wednesday, March 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
March 04

The Latest: San Diego zoo vaccinates 9 great apes for virus

The San Diego Zoo has vaccinated nine great apes for the coronavirus after a troop of gorillas in its Safari Park became infected
March 04
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, speaks with German Health Minister Jens Spahn during a debate of the German Parliament Bundestag about the coronavirus outbreak situation in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
March 04

What a difference a year makes: California poised to reopen

This April should look very different than the last for California’s nearly 40 million residents
March 04
A sign reading "Welcome Back Now Open" is posted on the window of a Morton's Steakhouse restaurant as a man works inside during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco, Thursday, March 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
March 04

By slimmest of margins, Senate takes up $1.9T relief bill

The Senate has voted by the slimmest of margins to begin debating a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill
March 04
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting about cancer in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
March 04

Child COVID-19 cases in one state 10 times higher than previously thought: Study

Antibodies show children testing positive are a small percentage of total cases.
March 04
Columbia Elementary School 4th grade reading and language arts teacher Danielle Whittington works with students on Aug. 25, 2020 in Columbia, Miss.
March 04

California Legislature OKs plan aimed at in-person learning

The California Legislature has approved a $6.6 billion plan aimed at returning students to the classroom
March 04
Jennifer Becker, center, Science Teacher, at the Sinaloa Middle School while masked talks her students who are distanced at their desks in Novato, Calif., on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The school just reopened Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, for in-person learning. (AP Photo/Haven Daily)
March 04

Florida governor faces growing claims of vaccine favoritism

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and state health officials are coming under deeper scrutiny amid revelations that seniors in a wealthy enclave in Key Largo received hundreds of life-saving vaccinations as early as mid-January
March 04
March 04

Kentucky bill would ban execution for severely mentally ill

Efforts to ban applying Kentucky’s death penalty to some people with severe mental illnesses have run into resistance
March 04
March 04

Highlights: What's changed in the Senate's COVID relief bill

Senate Democrats have come out with their version of the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill
March 04
The sun sets on the U.S. Capitol building, Thursday, March 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
March 04

Alabama's Republican governor extends face mask mandate

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is bucking the trend among Southern Republican governors to extend the state’s mandatory face mask order by a month
March 04
March 04

VIRUS TODAY: Alabama governor extends face mask order

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is extending the state’s mandatory face mask order by a month, a break from what Texas and neighboring Mississippi are doing
March 04
Visitors wearing face masks walk past a sign requiring masks at a restaurant along the River Walk, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in San Antonio. Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is lifting a mask mandate and lifting business capacity limits next week. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
March 04

A look at critical milestones in the COVID-19 pandemic

Over 500,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus since February 2020.
March 04
Over 500,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus since February 2020.
March 04

Ontario leader disappointed in Biden for not sharing vaccine

The leader of Canada’s most populous province is expressing irritation with the U.S. refusal to ship vaccines north of the border
March 04
Ontario Premier Doug Ford speaks at a news conference at Queen's Park in Toronto on Tuesday Jan. 12, 2021 to announce a state of emergency and stay at home order for the province of Ontario. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 04

Rise in anti-Asian American hate crimes may lead to mental health crisis

"He started saying, 'Go back to China,' and started spitting all over me."
March 04
A worker pauses in front of a grocery store in the streets of Chinatown  neighborhood of New York, March 02, 2021.
March 04

'Falling through cracks': Vaccine bypasses some older adults

Thousands of older Americans are spending hours online or enlisting their grandchildren's help to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine
March 04