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The Latest: No. 2 Australian city passes Sydney in new cases

Australia’s Victoria state has recorded more coronavirus infections than New South Wales for the first time since an outbreak of the delta variant began in Sydney in June
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, Michelle Chester, director of employee health services at Northwell Health, prepares the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in Valley Stream, N.Y. Hospitals and nursing homes across the country are preparing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. New York health care employees had until the end of the day Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, to get at least one dose. (Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP, File)
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Japan set to lift all virus emergency steps nationwide

Japan is set to lift all coronavirus emergency measures when they expire later this week as infections slow and the nation tries to reactivate its economy
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People gather at bars that are open and serving alcohol on an ally filled with bars and restaurants despite Tokyo government has requested businesses not to serve alcohol under the state of emergency Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tokyo. Japan is set on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 to lift ongoing coronavirus state of emergency and less-stringent measures in all 27 prefectures including Tokyo when they expire at the end of September as the infections slow and the nation tries to reactivate its economy. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
September 27

Court says it will wait to rule on Georgia abortion law

A federal appeals court says it will wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a separate Mississippi abortion case before weighing in on a restrictive Georgia abortion law that a lower court blocked
September 27
September 27

California bill aims to reduce deaths for Black mothers

California has among the lowest rates of death nationally among pregnant women and new mothers
September 27
Mashariki Kudumu, maternal and infant health director for the March of Dimes in Los Angeles, talks about her work to improve outcomes for Black women and babies on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Los Angeles. Kudumu, a cosponsor of the “Momnibus" bill, understands from personal experience the imperative to improve outcomes for Black women and babies. She is also a doula, who helps low-income women in particular. Doulas do not deliver babies, but they are trained to assist and advocate for women in pregnancy and during and after birth. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
September 27

Judge blocks Arizona laws banning school, city mask mandates

A judge has struck down Republican-passed Arizona laws that block schools from requiring masks and restrict the power of local governments to impose COVID-19 requirements
September 27
FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a press conference in Phoenix. In the summer of 2021 Ducey signed into law several measures that restricted the power of local governments to enact COVID-19 protection measures. On Monday, Sept. 27 a judge struck down Arizona laws prohibiting public school districts from imposing mask requirements, colleges from requiring vaccinations for students and communities from establishing vaccine passports for people to show they were vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)
September 27

Tennessee AG to appeal school mask opt-out rulings

Tennessee’s Attorney General Herbert Slatery says his office would appeal the recent federal court decisions that blocked Gov. Bill Lee’s order allowing families to opt out of school mask mandates
September 27
September 27

Biden getting COVID-19 booster shot after authorization

Biden got his first shot on Dec. 21 and his second dose three weeks later.
September 27
President Joe Biden stops to speak to members of the media as he arrives at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, after returning from a weekend at Camp David. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
September 27

Judge extends order halting Iowa schools mask mandate ban

A federal judge has extended a restraining order for 14 days that prohibits Iowa officials from enforcing a law that bans school districts from enacting mask mandates
September 27
September 27

Boy dies from brain-eating amoeba found at Texas splash pad

A child has died after being infected with a rare brain-eating amoeba that was found at a Texas splash pad
September 27
September 27

Hospitals fear staffing shortages as vaccine deadlines loom

Hospitals and nursing homes around the country are bracing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for health care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19
September 27
FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, Michelle Chester, director of employee health services at Northwell Health, prepares the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Valley Stream hospital in Valley Stream, N.Y. Hospitals and nursing homes across the country are preparing for worsening staff shortages as state deadlines arrive for employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. New York health care employees had until the end of the day Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, to get at least one dose. (Eduardo Munoz/Pool Photo via AP, File)
September 27

Biden to name African-born doctor to lead HIV/AIDS response

President Joe Biden says he intends to nominate Dr. John Nkengasong to lead the U.S. response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic worldwide
September 27
September 27

Vaccination deadline arrives for NY healthcare workers

Some hospitals and nursing homes in New York began removing workers Monday for failing to meet a state-mandated deadline to get a COVID-19 vaccine as Gov. Kathy Hochul pleaded with holdouts to get 11th-hour inoculations
September 27
Shyrel Ritter, a certified nursing assistant at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, receives her COVID-19 booster shot at her workplace in New York, Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. The deadline for hospital and nursing home workers in New York state to be vaccinated against COVID-19 arrived Monday with the prospect of severe staff shortages fueled by workers getting suspended or fired for refusing to be inoculated. All health care workers in New York state at hospitals and nursing homes are required to be vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Monday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
September 27

Cuba launches commercial exports of COVID-19 vaccines

Cuba has begun commercial exports of its homegrown COVID-19 vaccines, sending shipments of the three-dose Abdala vaccine to Vietnam and Venezuela
September 27
A mother holds her daughter who is injected with a dose of the Soberana-02 COVID-19 vaccine, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. Cuba began inoculating children as young as 2-years-old with locally developed vaccines on Thursday.(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
September 27

Cardinal Raymond Burke says his recovery slow after COVID-19

A high-ranking Roman Catholic cardinal who was placed on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19 says his recovery is going slowly
September 27
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, Cardinal Raymond Burke applauds during a news conference at the Italian Senate, in Rome. Burke, a high-ranking Roman Catholic cardinal who was placed on a ventilator after contracting COVID-19 said he has moved into a house but is still struggling to recover from the disease. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
September 27

UK's Johnson finally agrees to meet COVID-bereaved group

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Tuesday finally meet with members of the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaigning group
September 27
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 file photo, Jo Goodman holds a portrait of her late father Stuart as she poses for a photo in London. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Tuesday, Sept. 28 finally meet with members of the COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice campaigning group, who for more than a year have sharply criticized his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Johnson's Downing Street office confirmed Monday that the prime minister will hold a “private meeting” with members of the group. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)
September 27

The Latest: New Zealand to allow home isolation to travelers

New Zealand’s prime minister says the government will start a pilot program of home-isolation for travelers, ahead of what she expects to be increasing vaccination levels
September 27
A face mask hangs from a door knocker in Lisbon, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Portugal is scrapping many of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions, after becoming the world leader in the vaccination rollout, but the wearing of face masks will still be mandatory on public transport, in hospitals and care homes, and in shopping malls. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
September 26

Rowdy celebrations erupt in Norway as COVID restrictions end

Police in Norway reported disturbances and violent clashes including mass brawls
September 26
People out on the streets to celebrate the end of the COVID-19 restrictions, in Oslo, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Police in Norway on Sunday reported dozens of disturbances and violent clashes including mass brawls in the Nordic country’s big cities after streets, bars, restaurants and nightclubs were filled with people celebrating the end of COVID-19 restrictions. The Norwegian government abruptly announced Friday that most of the remaining coronavirus restrictions would be scrapped from Saturday and that life in the nation of 5.3 million would return to normal. (Naina Helen Jama/NTB via AP)
September 26

San Marino voters decide whether to decriminalize abortion

Voters in the tiny republic of San Marino are voting on decriminalizing abortion
September 26
A nun holds her ballot after voting for the abortion referendum at a polling station in San Marino, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Tiny San Marino is one of the last countries in Europe which forbids abortion in any circumstance — a ban that dates from 1865. Its citizens are voting Sunday in a referendum calling for abortion to be made legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
September 26

Nearly complete returns show republic of San Marino votes overwhelmingly to legalize abortion

Nearly complete returns show republic of San Marino votes overwhelmingly to legalize abortion
September 26
September 26

UK counts on vaccines, 'common sense' to keep virus at bay

Britain's Conservative government is hoping a combination of relatively high vaccination rates and common-sense behavior will keep a lid on coronavirus infections this fall and winter and avoid the need for restrictive measures
September 26
September 25

Federal judge delays vaccine mandate for NYC teachers

New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a vaccine mandate for its teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge days before it was to take effect
September 25
September 25

COVID-19 vaccine boosters could mean billions for drugmakers

Billions more in profits are at stake for some vaccine makers as the U.S. moves toward dispensing COVID-19 booster shots to shore up Americans’ protection against the virus
September 25
September 25

The Latest: NY teacher vaccine mandate temporarily blocked

New York City schools have been temporarily blocked from enforcing a vaccine mandate for its teachers and other workers by a federal appeals judge days before it was to take effect
September 25
Medical personnel prepare the COVID-19 vaccination train parked at the Swartkops railroad yard outside Gqeberha, South Africa, for the arrival of patients Thursday Sept. 23, 2021. South Africa has sent a train carrying COVID-19 vaccines into one of its poorest provinces to get doses to areas where healthcare facilities are stretched. The vaccine train, named Transvaco, will go on a three-month tour through the Eastern Cape province and stop at seven stations for two weeks at a time to vaccinate people. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
September 25

Federal judge temporarily blocks NYC schools, nation's largest district, from enforcing vaccine mandate for teachers

Federal judge temporarily blocks NYC schools, nation's largest district, from enforcing vaccine mandate for teachers
September 25
September 25

South Africa's vaccine train takes doses to poor areas

South Africa has sent a train carrying COVID-19 vaccines into one of its poorest provinces to get doses to areas where healthcare facilities are stretched
September 25
A man waits at the Swartkops railroad yard to receive a COVID-19 vaccination outside Gqeberha, South Africa, Wednesday Sept. 22, 2021. South Africa has sent a train carrying COVID-19 vaccines into one of its poorest provinces to get doses to areas where healthcare facilities are stretched. The vaccine train, named Transvaco, will go on a three-month tour through the Eastern Cape province and stop at seven stations for two weeks at a time to vaccinate people. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
September 24

The Latest: Washington state to give Pfizer boosters to some

The Washington state Department of Health says it will immediately start offering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to certain people after recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups
September 24
A health worker arrives with vaccine as people wait to register their names to be administered the vaccine for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
September 24

EXPLAINER: Medication abortion becomes latest GOP target

Medication abortion accounts for about 40% of all abortions in the U.S. The increasingly common method relies on pills rather than surgery, opening the possibility for abortions to be done in a woman’s home rather than a clinic
September 24
FILE - Misoprostol drug, the most common abortion pill, sits on a gynecological table at Casa Fusa, a health center that advises women on reproductive issues and performs legal abortions in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Misoprostol empties the uterus by causing cramping and bleeding. The drugs are approved for use by the FDA up to 10 weeks of gestation. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)
September 24

EXPLAINER: Who's eligible for Pfizer booster shots in US?

Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus
September 24
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 file photo, a nurse loads a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. Millions of Americans are now eligible to receive a Pfizer booster shot to help increase their protection against the worst effects of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
September 24

COVID at the UN: One topic, used to make many points

Unsurprisingly, the coronavirus pandemic was THE talking point at the United Nations General Assembly this week — serving as projection, promotional tool and proxy for other pressing issues put forward by world leaders in their signature annual addresses
September 24
Palau's President Surangel Whipps is seen on a video screen as addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly remotely, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool)
September 24

Court indicates it may wait to rule on Georgia abortion law

A federal appeals court seemed to indicate it would wait until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on a separate Mississippi abortion case before ruling on the appeal of a lower court’s ruling blocking a restrictive Georgia abortion law
September 24
FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes questions from the media at the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta. A federal appeals court plans to hear arguments Friday, Sept. 24, 2021 on whether it should overturn a lower court’s ruling that permanently blocks a restrictive abortion law passed in 2019 by Georgia lawmakers. (AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage, File)
September 24

Civil rights complaint targets Idaho health care rationing

An advocacy group for older adults has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over state crisis standards of care guidelines for hospitals overwhelmed amid the coronavirus pandemic
September 24
FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021, file photo, a registered nurse holds the hand of a COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke's Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. An advocacy group for seniors has filed a civil rights complaint against Idaho over the state's "crisis standards of care" guidelines for hospitals overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic. Justice in Aging wants the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to investigate Idaho's health care rationing plan, contending that it discriminates against older adults by using factors like age in prioritizing which patients may get access to life-saving care. (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)
September 24

US booster shots start, even as millions remain unprotected

The U.S. launched a campaign to offer boosters of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to millions of Americans on Friday even as health officials stressed the real problem remains getting first shots to the unvaccinated
September 24
President Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 response and vaccinations in the State Dining Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
September 24

CDC approves booster shots, but vaccinating the unvaccinated may be more important

People who have received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine are still considered fully vaccinated, even if they are eligible for a booster shot.
September 24
VIDEO: CDC approves booster shots, but vaccinating the unvaccinated may be more important
September 24

France, Germany nominate WHO chief Tedros for a second term

Germany and France say they and other European Union countries have nominated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia for a second term as director-general of the World Health Organization
September 24
September 24

Many hurdles for families with food challenges, poll shows

Americans struggling to feed their families have trouble finding healthy food.
September 24
A new Impact Genome/AP-NORC poll finds about 3 in 10 Americans facing food challenges say reliable transportation is necessary to meet food needs. Only about 2 in 10 say that about free, on-demand meals.
September 24

Second Tennessee judge blocks Gov. Lee's mask opt-out

A federal judge has handed down a second blow to Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s contentious order allowing parents to opt out of school mask requirements
September 24
September 24

Booster shots backed for 65 and older, immunocompromised and front-line workers

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and President Joe Biden are pushing the Pfizer booster shots for eligible people as soon as possible.
September 24
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky and President Joe Biden are pushing the Pfizer booster shots for eligible people as soon as possible.
September 24

Polish protesters warn that health care crisis is looming

Doctors, nurses and other health care workers in Poland have been camping out in front of the prime minister’s offices for nearly two weeks to protest working conditions and demand higher wages
September 24
Health care workers staff a protest camp in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday Sept. 21, 2021. Doctors, nurses and other health care workers have been camping out in front of the Polish prime minister's offices for nearly two weeks to protest their working conditions and demand higher wages. Poland has the lowest number of working doctors to its population in the 27-nation European Union, and its nurses are also stretched thin. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
September 24

CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster list

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has endorsed COVID-19 booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans
September 24
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo resident of Harmony Court Assisted Living receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Jackson, Miss. With booster doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine now authorized in the U.S., government advisers reconvened on Thursday, Sept. 23, to tackle the most contentious question yet: Exactly who should roll up their sleeves right away? (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
September 24

Kids whose mothers were depressed during pregnancy more likely to be depressed: Study

The data reinforces the need to identify and treat mental health issues early.
September 24
Pregnant African-American mother holds her stomach in an undated stock photo.
September 24

Tiny San Marino votes in referendum on legalizing abortion

San Marino is one of the last countries in Europe which bans all abortion
September 24
FILE - In this Friday, April 9, 2021 filer, a woman walks in San Marino old town. San Marino is one of the last countries in Europe banning all abortions. Tiny San Marino is one of the last countries in Europe which forbids abortion in any circumstance — a ban that dates from 1865. On Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, its citizens can vote in a referendum calling for abortion to be made legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, File)
September 23

The Latest: Australian cities move closer to ending lockdown

Australia’s two largest cities are moving closer to ending lockdowns as vaccination rates climb, but leaders are warning that people should remain cautious with their newfound freedoms and that coronavirus case numbers will inevitably rise
September 23
FILE - Dr. Howard A. Zucker, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, speaks during a news conference on coronavirus vaccination at Suffolk County Community College on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Brentwood, N.Y. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says Zucker has submitted his resignation, Thursday, Sept. 23. Zucker was appointed by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo as state health commissioner in 2015. He has faced heated criticism over the state's COVID-19 response, particularly in nursing homes.(Michael M. Santiago/Pool via AP)
September 23

Florida superintendents ‘discouraged’ by governor’s COVID policies

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order allowing parents to decide whether or not to send their child to school even after being exposed to COVID-19.
September 23
VIDEO: Florida superintendents ‘discouraged’ by governor’s COVID policies
September 23

CDC advisory panel backs Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans

CDC advisory panel backs Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans
September 23
September 23

Providers challenge only US law banning vaccine mandates

Medical providers and Montana residents with compromised immune systems are challenging the only law in the U.S. that prevents employers from mandating vaccines for employees
September 23
FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2020, file photo, Julie Petre, an ICU pharmacist, receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination at St. Peter's Health in Helena, Mont. Medical providers and Montana residents with compromised immune systems are challenging the only law in the U.S. that prevents state employers from mandating workers get vaccinated amid a surge of COVID-19 infections. They argue the new law violates federal requirements for safe workplaces and reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities and want a federal judge to rule that it doesn't apply to hospitals and other medical providers. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)
September 23

1st Florida school district gets US cash for virus mask vote

A Florida school district has received cash from President Joe Biden’s administration to make up for state pay cuts imposed over a board’s vote for a student anti-coronavirus mask mandate
September 23
September 23

Woman with Down syndrome loses UK abortion law challenge

A woman with Down syndrome has lost a court challenge against the British government over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a fetus with the condition
September 23
Campaigner Heidi Crowter looks on after speaking to the media after her court case, outside the High Court in London, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. A woman with Down’s syndrome has lost a court challenge against the British government over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a foetus with the condition. Heidi Crowter, 26, and two others argued that part of the Abortion Act is discriminatory. Abortions in England, Wales and Scotland are allowed up till 24 weeks of pregnancy, but terminations can be allowed up until birth if there is “a substantial risk" that if the child were born it would suffer from serious abnormalities. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
September 23

New York health chief, defender of Cuomo policies, resigning

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker has submitted his resignation
September 23
FILE - Dr. Howard A. Zucker, commissioner of the New York State Department of Health, speaks during a news conference on coronavirus vaccination at Suffolk County Community College on Monday, April 12, 2021 in Brentwood, N.Y. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul says Zucker has submitted his resignation, Thursday, Sept. 23. Zucker was appointed by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo as state health commissioner in 2015. He has faced heated criticism over the state's COVID-19 response, particularly in nursing homes.(Michael M. Santiago/Pool via AP)
September 23

Naval officer wins praise for Portugal’s vaccine rollout

As Portugal nears its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries want to know how it was able to accomplish the feat
September 23
September 23

New York's health commissioner submits resignation; had been leading defender of former Gov. Cuomo's pandemic response

New York's health commissioner submits resignation; had been leading defender of former Gov. Cuomo's pandemic response
September 23