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Pandemic leaves Indians mired in massive medical debts

Life has been tentatively returning to normal in India as coronavirus cases declined
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Anil Sharma breaks down while talking to the Associated Press after visiting his son, Saurav, who is being treated for COVID-19 at a private hospital, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, July 1, 2021. Life is tentatively returning to normal in India as coronavirus cases fall. But millions are embroiled in a nightmare of huge piles of medical bills. Most Indians don't have health insurance and costs for COVID-19 treatment have them drowning in debt. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
2 hours ago

Fauci says US headed in 'wrong direction' on coronavirus

Dr. Anthony Fauci says the United States is in an “unnecessary predicament” of soaring COVID-19 cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant
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Malaysia's Parliament reopens after 7-month virus suspension

Malaysia’s Parliament has reopened for the first time this year after a seven-month suspension under a coronavirus emergency that has failed to curb a worsening pandemic
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FILE - In this June 1, 2021, file photo, police check passengers in vehicles at a roadblock during the first day of Full Movement Control Order (MCO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia’s Parliament reopened Monday, July 26, 2021 for the first time this year after a seven-month suspension due to a coronavirus emergency that has failed to curb a worsening pandemic. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)
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French parliament OKs restaurant COVID pass, vaccine rules

France’s parliament has approved a law requiring special virus passes for all restaurants and mandating vaccinations for all health workers
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Thousands of protesters gather at Place Trocadero near the Eiffel Tower attend a demonstration in Paris, France, Saturday July 24, 2021, against the COVID-19 pass which grants vaccinated individuals greater ease of access to venues. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
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The Latest: Virus on rise in eastern Chinese city of Nanjing

New coronavirus cases continue to grow in the major eastern Chinese city of Nanjing, with another 38 reported on Monday, bringing the total to more than 60 over recent days
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, gestures, as she holds her annual summer news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Merkel said Thursday that new coronavirus infections in Germany are once again rising at worrying speed. She appealed to her compatriots to get vaccinated and persuade others to do so. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
July 25

Thai volunteers aid COVID patients in need of care, testing

As Thailand‘s medical system struggles under a surge of coronavirus cases, ordinary people are helping plug the gaps
July 25
A volunteer from the 'Saimai Will Survive' group in protective gear talks to a woman infected with COVID-19 on her condition while checking her blood pressure and blood oxygen levels Friday, July 23, 2021, in Bangkok, Thailand. As Thailand's medical system struggles beneath a surge of coronavirus cases, ordinary people are helping to plug the gaps, risking their own health to bring care and supplies to often terrified, exhausted patients who've fallen through the cracks. (AP Photo/Tassanee Vejpongsa)
July 25

Tunisian president fires premier after violent protests

Tunisia's president has fired the prime minister and frozen parliament's activities after violent demonstrations over the country's pandemic and economic situation
July 25
Protesters face Tunisian police officers during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, July 25, 2021. Violent demonstrations broke out on Sunday in several Tunisian cities as protesters expressed anger at the deterioration of the country's health, economic and social situation. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
July 25

Germans divided over restrictions for the unvaccinated

Unvaccinated people may face restrictions in Germany, official says
July 25
A Dynamo fan gets vaccinated against COVID-19  in Dresden, Germany, at the start of a vaccination campaign which uses the motto "Bringing the vaccination to the people" at the start of the new season for SG Dynamo Dresden, July 24, 2021.
July 25

Spaniards put faith in COVID-19 vaccines even as cases surge

Spain has an important asset as it tries to stamp out a wave of infections that is steadily filling hospitals with younger COVID-19 patients
July 25
A man cools his head with an ice bag waiting to be vaccinated against Covid-19 at the Isabel Zendal Hospital in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Spain is trying to stamp out a new wave of COVID-19 among its youth thanks to a robust vaccination program that is widely supported. Spain like the rest of the European Union got off to a slow start to compared to the United States and Britain when the first vaccines were released. But it has quickly made up ground once deliveries by drug makers started flowing. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
July 25

Botox users getting younger after a year of Zoom meetings, doctors say

Experts say the "Zoom effect" brought a wave of millennial and Gen Z patients.
July 25
July 25

Unvaccinated snow leopard at San Diego Zoo catches COVID-19

Ramil was tested after caretakers noticed that he had a cough and runny nose.
July 25
In this Oct. 10. 2019, photo, provided by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Ramil, a male snow leopard, rests at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego. Ramil was tested for the coronavirus after caretakers noticed that he had a cough and runny nose on Thursday, July 22, 2021. The animal's stool sample was tested by the zoo staff and at a state-level lab, both of which confirmed the presence of the coronavirus, the zoo said in a statement the following day. It's unclear how Ramil got infected. In 2017, veterinarians removed his left eye due to a chronic condition he already had when he arrived at the zoo. (Tammy Spratt/San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance via AP)
July 25

2 COVID patients dead after power outage at Jordan hospital

The country's health minister says two coronavirus patients have died at a hospital in the Jordanian capital of Amman after a short circuit knocked out power at the facility’s intensive care unit
July 25
July 25

Europe's summer tourism outlook dimmed by variants, rules

Chaos and confusion over travel rules and measures to contain fresh virus outbreaks are contributing to another cruel summer for Europe’s battered tourism industry
July 25
FILE - In this Monday, May 17, 2021 file photo, a passenger of a flight arriving at Faro leaves the airport, outside Faro, in Portugal's southern Algarve region. For Europe's battered tourism industry, fresh virus outbreaks and chaos and confusion over travel rules are contributing to another cruel summer. (AP Photo/Ana Brigida, File)
July 24

The Latest: Education Dept OKs Georgia plan for relief funds

The U.S. Department of Education approved Georgia’s plans to use $1.4 billion in federal coronavirus relief money
July 24
A street is cordoned off to control the traffic in Hanoi, Vietnam, Saturday, July 24, 2021. Vietnam announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital Hanoi starting Saturday as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region. (AP Photo/Hieu Dinh)
July 24

French protesters reject virus passes, vaccine mandate

Tens of thousands of people across France are protesting new virus measures
July 24
People lining up to get a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Carry le Rouet, southern France, Friday, July 23, 2021. In France locals and tourists need now a special COVID pass to visit museums or movie theaters, the first step in a new campaign against what the government calls a "stratospheric" rise in delta variant infections. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garriga)
July 24

Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states

Illinois is leading a handful of Democratic-run states in extending health insurance coverage to adult immigrants living in the country illegally, including seniors
July 24
Francisca Perez, 84, sits by the dining table on a wheelchair in her house in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, Wednesday, June 30, 2021. She suffers from a heart condition, rheumatoid arthritis and depression, among other ailments. Her daughter, Eugenia Rodriguez, hasn't been eligible for insurance coverage after overstaying a visitor visa from Mexico. She used to wake up every two or three hours at night to check on her mother. Since getting health insurance through the Illinois program, her mother has all the medications she needs. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)
July 24

What to know about antibody tests in a post-vaccine world

The CDC is warning against using commercial tests to determine immunity.
July 24
A COVID antibody test in an undated stock photo.
July 24

New York City eyes French 'health pass' vaccination policy

Thousands protested the policy in France, while others signed up for shots.
July 24
French Police officers perform educational checks of health passes and verifies the correct application of controls by the manager at the entrance of an aquarium in Amneville, France, July 22, 2021.
July 24

State offers $1 million COVID-19 vaccination scholarship program

Maryland opens up a scholarship program hoping to get young people vaccinated.
July 24
A syringe in filled with a dose for the COVID-19 vaccine in Salisbury, Md., March 19, 2021.
July 24

Tanzania receives 1st batch of COVID-19 vaccines

Tanzania has received its first batch of 1 million Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines donated by the U.S. government
July 24
July 24

DOJ says no probe into state-run nursing homes in New York

The Justice Department says it has decided not to open a civil rights investigation into government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response
July 24
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, nursing home residents wait on line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Harlem neighborhood of New York. The Justice Department says it's decided against opening up any civil rights investigations against government-run nursing homes in New York over their COVID-19 response, in a letter to members of U.S. Congress, Friday, July 23, 2021. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)
July 24

Thousands protest lockdown in Sydney, several arrested

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Sydney and other Australian cities to protest lockdown restrictions amid another surge in cases
July 24
A protester, center, is arrested by police at a demonstration at Sydney Town Hall during a 'World Wide Rally For Freedom' anti-lockdown rally in Sydney, Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)
July 24

China closing county near Myanmar for mass virus testing

The Chinese government says everyone in a county in the southwest near Myanmar will be tested for the coronavirus following a spike in infections
July 24
July 24

Vietnam locks down capital Hanoi for 15 days as cases rise

Vietnam has announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital Hanoi as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region
July 24
Policemen guard behind barricades set up to control the traffic in Hanoi, Vietnam, Saturday, July 24, 2021. Vietnam announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital Hanoi starting Saturday as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region. (AP Photo/Hieu Dinh)
July 23

AP PHOTOS: Volunteers help gravediggers in Indonesia

Wearing hazmat suits and masks, gravediggers at the Cipenjo Cemetery in Bogor on the outskirts of Jakarta say they've lost track of how many graves they dug. Despite working late into the night, the bodies of COVID-19 victims keep coming in hearses. For the past two weeks, they've put into earth more than 10 bodies a day, up from two previously — a sign of a devastating surge ripping through the Southeast Asian nation, which is now Asia's hot spot with over 80,000 COVID-19 fatalities and more than 3 million confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. So they turned to volunteers to help them out. “The relatives of the dead asked the community leaders for help to find gravediggers. Because it will be riskier if they wait for a long time at the cemetery," said Jaya Abidin, who answered the call with some of his neighbors. They recently helped bury four residents from their neighborhood, who all died within a week. Government figures show more than 1,000 people died...
July 23
Relatives prepare a grave for a COVID-19 victim at Cipenjo cemetery in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia, on July 14, 2021. With the numbers of death increasing from the latest virus surge in Indonesia which has crippled the healthcare system in Java and Bali, relatives and residents decided to volunteer to dig graves using their own hoes and shovels to help exhausting gravediggers. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
July 23

The Latest: Oklahoma new virus cases top 1,000 for third day

The number of newly reported coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has topped 1,000 for a third consecutive day and the seven-day average of new cases has nearly quintupled in less than a month
July 23
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 walk at a shopping mall in Beijing, Saturday, July 17, 2021. A senior Chinese health official says China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
July 23

Federal court lifts CDC rules for Florida-based cruise ships

The federal court lifts CDC rules for Florida-based cruise ships.
July 23
In this July 7, 2010, file photo, the Norwegian Epic, owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Corporation, sails through the Government Cut to the Port of Miami in Miami.
July 23

Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations jump significantly again

Florida’s COVID-19 hospitalizations again jumped significantly this week as the vaccination rate in rural counties where some of the worst outbreaks are occurring remains well below the state and national average
July 23
July 23

In shift, GOP ramps up vaccine push as resistance hardens

Republican lawmakers are under increasing pressure to persuade vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious COVID-19 variant sends caseloads soaring
July 23
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., joined by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., left, and members of the GOP Doctors Caucus, speaks during a news conference about the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the origin of the virus, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 23

Governors pin hopes on full vaccine approval as cases climb

As U.S. regulators weigh giving the final stamp of approval for certain COVID-19 vaccines, governors in states hard hit by the pandemic hope the move will help persuade the many holdouts in their states to finally get the shot
July 23
FILE - In this July 15, 2021, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks during a town hall meeting in Texarkana, Ark. Facing growing vaccine hesitancy, governors in states hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic are asking federal regulators to grant full approval to the shots in the hope that will persuade more people to get them. The governors of Arkansas and Ohio have appealed in recent days for full approval as virus cases and hospitalizations skyrocket in their states. (Kelsi Brinkmeyer/The Texarkana Gazette via AP, File)
July 23

New study sheds light on pandemic’s effect on language development in children

Children needed more support in speech and language than in previous years, the Education Endowment Foundation reported.
July 23
VIDEO: New study sheds light on pandemic’s effect on language development in children
July 23

31 children test positive at summer camp

Nearly everyone older than 12 at the camp had been vaccinated, officials said.
July 23
The town clock and traffic circle are pictured in Copake, N.Y. in an undated photo. Camp Pontiac is located in Columbia County, near Copake, N.Y.
July 23

Croatia, Montenegro tighten virus rules in tourism season

Croatia and Montenegro have tightened rules against the new coronavirus along the Adriatic Sea coast amid a rise in infections and in effort to save the summer tourism season
July 23
July 23

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations surge in Florida as delta variant spreads

More cities are tightening restrictions and recommending vaccinated people wear masks indoors.
July 23
VIDEO: COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations surge in Florida as delta variant spreads
July 23

South Africa's vaccination drive regains pace after unrest

South Africa’s acting health minister says the country's COVID-19 vaccination campaign is regaining momentum after being disrupted  by a week of riots sparked by the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma
July 23
FILE - In this July 6, 2021, file photo, a patient receives a Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 in Hammanskraal, South Africa. South Africa's COVID-19 vaccination campaign is regaining momentum after being disrupted earlier this month by a week of riots following the imprisonment of former President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Alet Pretorius, File)
July 23

Conservative radio host regrets COVID vaccine hesitancy

The Tennessean had been a vaccine skeptic until he was hospitalized from COVID.
July 23
Syndicated radio host Phil Valentine is pictured in Brentwood, Tenn., March 7, 2019.
July 23

Germany toughens rules for travel from Spain, Netherlands

Germany is listing Spain and the Netherlands as “high-incidence areas.”
July 23
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, looks on, as she holds her annual summer news conference in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 22, 2021. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
July 23

European agency clears Moderna vaccine for children 12-17

The European Medicines Agency has recommended clearing Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18
July 23
FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, three vials of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine are pictured in a new coronavirus vaccination center at the 'Velodrom' (velodrome-stadium) in Berlin, Germany. The European Medicines Agency has recommended approving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17, the first time the shot has been authorized for people under 18. In a decision on Friday, July 23, 2021 the EU drug regulator said research in more than 3,700 children aged 12 to 17 showed that the Moderna vaccine — already given the OK for adults across Europe — produced a comparable antibody response. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
July 23

The European Medicines Agency recommends approving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17

The European Medicines Agency recommends approving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 12 to 17
July 23
July 23

France starts supply bridge to help Tunisia cope with virus

France has established a “maritime bridge” to provide COVID-19 vaccines and medical oxygen to Tunisia
July 23
A man wearing a face mask to protect from COVID-19 arrives at a hospital in Tunis, Tunisia, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Tunisia's president on Wednesday ordered the military to take over management of the national COVID-19 pandemic response, as the country fights one of Africa's worst outbreaks. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)
July 23

Turkey: Boat carrying 45 migrants sinking in Aegean Sea

Turkey’s defense ministry says a boat carrying 45 migrants is sinking in the southeastern Aegean Sea and rescue units have been deployed
July 23
July 23

England quarantine rules being relaxed to avoid shortages

The British government has sought to ease food supply pressures in England by exempting more than 10,000 workers from quarantine rules that had led to staff shortages and empty shelves and fears of panic-buying
July 23
Empty shelves and signs on the soft drinks aisle of a Sainsbury's store in Rowley Regis in the West Midlands, England, Thursday July 22, 2021. Retailers in England warned Thursday of barren supermarket shelves as more and more staff get “pinged” on their phones to self-isolate because of contact with coronavirus cases. Grappling with staff shortages amid the so-called “pingdemic,” many businesses, such as supermarket chain Iceland, have had to close some stores. (Matthew Cooper/PA via AP)
July 23

University reports 7 breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated students

All seven students were symptomatic, the university said.
July 23
In this Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, a general view of Hoover Tower on the campus of Stanford University is shown in Stanford, Calif.
July 23

How 3 counties reached the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in their states

These counties lead the way in New Mexico, Vermont and Wyoming.
July 23
A healthcare worker speaks with a person that received a second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the University of New Mexico's Gallup campus in Gallup, N.M., March 23, 2021.
July 23

Bangkok closes public spaces as virus surges in Thailand

Thailand’s already locked down capital shut parks and the few remaining public places available to residents Friday, as the country registered a new high of coronavirus infections
July 23
Thai volunteers with PPE protection suits collect a dead body which was left for hours on a road in Bangkok, Thailand on July 20, 2021. Thailand's already locked down capital on Friday, July 23, 2021 shut down parks and the few remaining public places available to residents, as the country registered a new record high of confirmed COVID-19 infections. The near total restriction on movements in the capital came as the prime minister demanded officials find ways to get the sick into hospitals after people were found dead on the streets of Bangkok. (Patipat Janthong/Voice via AP)
July 23

Asia Today: N Zealand suspends travel bubble with Australia

New Zealand has suspended its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for at least eight weeks due to a growing COVID-19 cluster in Sydney
July 23
A medical worker in a booth takes a nasal sample from a man during coronavirus testing at a makeshift testing site in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 22, 2021. South Korea is reporting 1,842 newly confirmed coronavirus cases for the previous 24 hours - setting a new pandemic single-day record for the second straight day. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
July 23

The Latest: SKorea to extend distancing rules in Seoul area

South Korea says it’ll extend the toughest distancing rules imposed on the greater Seoul area for another two weeks, as it’s battling its worst coronavirus outbreak
July 23
FILE - In this July 15, 2021, file photo, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks during a town hall meeting in Texarkana, Ark. A group of Democratic lawmakers in Arkansas, which has the nation's highest COVID-19 rate, urged the governor and Republicans who control the Legislature on Thursday, Muly 22, 2021, to lift the state's ban on schools and government entities requiring people to wear masks. (Kelsi Brinkmeyer/The Texarkana Gazette via AP, File)
July 22

Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections

Vaccinations are beginning to rise in some states where COVID-19 cases are soaring
July 22
Rochelle Walensky, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), left, and Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, listen during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing, Tuesday, July 20, 2021, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times via AP, Pool)
July 22

GOP's vaccine push comes with strong words, few actions

Republican lawmakers are under increasing pressure to persuade vaccine skeptics to roll up their sleeves and take the shots as a new, more contagious COVID-19 variant sends caseloads soaring
July 22
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., joined by House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., left, and members of the GOP Doctors Caucus, speaks during a news conference about the Delta variant of COVID-19 and the origin of the virus, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
July 22

'Superbug' fungus spread in 2 cities, health officials say

U.S. health officials say they now have evidence that an untreatable “superbug” fungus has spread in two hospitals and a nursing home
July 22
FILE - This 2016 photo made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a strain of Candida auris cultured in a petri dish at a CDC laboratory. On Thursday, July 22, 2021, the CDC said they now have evidence of the untreatable fungus spreading in a Washington, D.C, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals. (Shawn Lockhart/CDC via AP)