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New restrictions irk many in Canada's most populous province

New pandemic restrictions imposed in Ontario ran into immediate opposition.
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A cake is rolled out to celebrate the nursing students for the class of 2021, so they can gather around the cake during a mini celebration at the Downsview Arena vaccination site, in Toronto, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP)
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The Latest: Canadian police say won't do random virus checks

New pandemic restrictions imposed by Canada’s most populous province have immediately run into opposition as police departments insist they won't use new powers to randomly stop motorists
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People enjoying outdoor restaurants in Chinatown, London Saturday, April 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Treatment ban creates uncertainty for trans youth, families

Arkansas law bans gender confirming treatments for transgender minors.
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Andrew Bostad, center, talks with his mother, Brandi Evans and stepdad Jimmy Evans at their home in Bauxite, Ark., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Andrew is one of hundreds of transgender youth in Arkansas who could have their hormone therapy cut off under a new state law banning gender confirming treatments for minors. Opponents have vowed to challenge the ban in court before it takes effect later this year. (AP Photo/Andrew DeMillo)
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Black Americans experiencing collective trauma, grief

Many Black Americans are facing a collective sense of grief and trauma that has grown more profound with the loss of each life at the hands of police in America
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Visitors browse a memorial to George Floyd as a new addition commemorating Daunte Wright is displayed outside Cup Foods, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people.
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FILE - In this April 13, 2021, file photo, the remains of a woman who died from complications related to COVID-19 are placed into a niche by cemetery workers and relatives at the Inahuma cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
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Scientists exploring possible link between J&J, AstraZeneca vaccine blood clot issues

Experts focus on what could be behind uncommon but concerning adverse events.
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A health worker prepares a dose of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine at a coronavirus vaccination center at the Fazl Mosque in southwest London on March 23, 2021.
April 17

Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 3 million, by Johns Hopkins University's count

Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 3 million, by Johns Hopkins University's count
April 17
April 16

Ontario to limit outdoor gatherings amid wave of infections

The premier of Canada’s most populous province says he will be limiting outdoor gatherings to those in the same household and will close playgrounds and golf courses amid a record wave of coronavirus infections fueled by variants
April 16
Health care staff provide life saving medical care to 60-year-old COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Humber River Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The patient was intubated and put on a ventilator successfully. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 16

Alaska to offer tourists COVID-19 vaccines starting June 1

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1
April 16
April 16

The Latest: Vaccines to be made available at Alaska airports

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says COVID-19 vaccines would be made available at key airports in the state starting June 1
April 16
Helpers test a woman at a test center for the novel corona virus using a rapid test in Hannover, Germany, Friday, April 16, 2021. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) continues to report an increase in new corona infections in Germany. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)
April 16

'Secret prom' puts New Mexico school back on remote learning

A high school in New Mexico returned to remote learning Friday as the school district investigates an off-campus “secret prom."
April 16
April 16

Federal officials reverse limits on fetal tissue research

Federal officials have reversed Trump administration restrictions on using human fetal tissue for medical research
April 16
FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Xavier Becerra speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Federal officials have reversed Trump administration restrictions on using human fetal tissue for medical research. The move clears the way for using government money on work that in the past has led to treatments for a variety of diseases, including COVID-19. The changes announced Friday, April 16, 2021 allow government scientists to resume research that uses tissue from elective abortions. Scientists at universities also can now apply for federal grants without getting approval from a special ethics panel for any such work. The changes overturn rules imposed in June 2019. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra determined there were “no new ethical issues that require special review,” so the agency will return to using procedures that had been in place for decades before the Trump policy change in June 2019, a statement from the agency said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 16

Italy health chief distances himself from spiked WHO report

The head of Italy’s national health institute is distancing himself from a scandal over a spiked World Health Organization report into Italy’s coronavirus response
April 16
FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2020 file photo, Francesco Zambon, lead author of a withdrawn World Health Organization (WHO) report into Italy's coronavirus response, shows his report during an interview with The Associated Press in Rome. Italian prosecutors formally accused top WHO official Ranieri Guerra of lying to them about a spiked U.N. report into Italy’s coronavirus response, revealing private communications Friday that are likely to embarrass the U.N. agency. Emails show that Guerra tried to have one of the main report authors, Dr. Francesco Zambon, alter the data in the report to say that Italy had “updated" its pandemic plan when it had not. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, file)
April 16

Amid hesitancy, Louisiana gets creative in vaccine outreach

Louisiana is making a full-court press to get shots in arms, with sometimes creative outreach to make it as easy as possible to get vaccinated
April 16
Lary Dolley walls to the waiting area after receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccine event hosted by Nola Ready, where people received a free drink at the bar if they received a COVID-19 vaccine, at The Howling Wolf, a music venue and bar, in New Orleans, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Louisiana is making a full-court press to get shots in arms, with sometimes creative outreach to make it as easy as possible to get vaccinated. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
April 16

US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

The Biden administration says the U.S. is setting up a $1.7 billion national network to identify and track worrisome coronavirus mutations whose spread could trigger another pandemic wave
April 16
President Joe Biden speaks about Russia in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
April 16

Italy moves toward slow reopening with outdoor dining

Italy is planning to start emerging later this month from rolling partial lockdowns that were imposed during a fall coronavirus surge
April 16
People wait at a vaccination center in Milan, Italy, Friday, April 16, 2021. Italian Premier Mario Draghi announced Friday that Italy will take a “reasoned risk” in reopening restaurants with outdoor seating and school at all grade levels in some regions from April 26. The openings will apply to regions that have the lowest tiers of restrictions and require both mask-wearing and social distancing be “scrupulously observed.” (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
April 16

Big Chile study finds Chinese vaccine slashes COVID deaths

A study of millions of Chileans who have received the Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine has found it 67% effective against symptoms and 80% against death from COVID-19
April 16
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2021 file photo, a teacher gets a shot of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine at the Salvador Sanfuentes public school during the start of the vaccination campaign for educators, in Santiago, Chile. A real-world study of millions of Chileans who had received the Chinese-developed CoronaVac vaccine has found it 67% effective against symptoms and 80% against death from COVID-19, the South American country's Health Ministry said Friday, April 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)
April 16

Kentucky governor looks beyond virus to post-pandemic world

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he’s holding out hope for bipartisan progress on “kitchen table issues” even though political rancor has increased
April 16
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear speaks before the signing of a bill creating a partial ban on no-knock warrants at the Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, Ky., Friday, April 9, 2021. The bill signing comes after months of demonstrations set off by the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in her home during a botched police raid. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
April 16

Kentucky governor looks beyond virus to post-pandemic world

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he’s holding out hope for bipartisan progress on “kitchen table issues” even though political rancor has increased
April 16
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear speaks before the signing of a bill creating a partial ban on no-knock warrants at the Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, Ky., Friday, April 9, 2021. The bill signing comes after months of demonstrations set off by the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in her home during a botched police raid. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
April 16

Portugal reaps benefits of a prolonged COVID-19 lockdown

Portugal is preparing to loosen virus restrictions as most of the Europe Union grapples with new COVID-19 cases and brings back curbs on what people can do
April 16
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 10, 2021 file photo, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa addresses European lawmakers at the European Parliament in Brussels. While most of the Europe Union grapples with new surges of COVID-19 cases and brings back curbs on what people can do, Portugal is going in the other direction. From next Monday, the Portuguese will be able to go back to restaurants, shopping malls and cinemas. Prime Minister Antonio Costa warned late Thursday, April 15, 2021 that the country could reverse gear and go back into lockdown if cases start to rise again. (Johanna Geron, Pool Photo via AP, file)
April 16

Day workers leaving India's cities as virus dries up jobs

Migrant workers are piling into rail stations in India’s financial capital Mumbai to go to their home villages as virus-control measures dry up work in the hard-hit region
April 16
Health workers wait to screen passengers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj train Terminus in Mumbai, India, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The teeming metropolis of Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, the Indian state worst hit by the pandemic, face stricter restrictions for 15 days starting Wednesday in an effort to stem the surge of coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
April 16

Kosovo doctors protest colleague's arrest, suspension

Kosovar doctors are threatening to take action over the arrest of a colleague who refused to treat a patient after working hours
April 16
April 16

For people in prison, Johnson & Johnson pause may come at a cost

"There's going to be barriers to access that come from this pause."
April 16
A vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is held by pharmacist Madeline Acquilano at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., March 3, 2021.
April 16

Despite increase in depression during pandemic, suicides may have decreased: Studies

But it's still too early to grasp COVID-19's full impact on mental health.
April 16
April 16

The Latest: Half eligible Californians have at least 1 shot

Gov. Gavin Newsom says nearly half of Californians eligible for vaccination have received at least one shot against the coronavirus
April 16
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announces his appointment of Gayle Smith as the new State Department Coordinator for Global COVID-19 Response and Health Security as he speaks about U.S. leadership in fighting the coronavirus pandemic at the State Department in Washington, Monday, April 5, 2021. (Al Drago/Pool via AP)
April 16

China ramps up vaccination drive with free eggs, other goods

China’s success at controlling the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a population that has seemed almost reluctant to get vaccinated
April 16
April 15

Japan expands virus alert in Tokyo area as surge spreads

Japan is set to raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo’s three neighboring prefectures and a forth area in central Japan to allow tougher measures as a more contagious coronavirus variant spreads, along with doubts whether the Olympics can go ahead
April 15
FILE - In this April 14, 2021, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games mascot Miraitowa poses with a display of Olympic Symbol after an unveiling ceremony of the symbol on Mt. Takao in Hachioji, west of Tokyo to mark 100 days before the start of the Olympic Games. Japan is set to raise the coronavirus alert level in Tokyo’s three neighboring prefectures and a forth area in central Japan to allow tougher measures as a more contagious coronavirus variant spreads and doubts are growing whether the Olympics can go ahead. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP)
April 15

Michigan governor talks about spring surge of COVID cases in her state

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer explains why she has resisted calls to shut down her state, which is experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including among young adults.
April 15
VIDEO: Michigan governor talks about spring surge of COVID cases in her state
April 15

Iran to purchase 60M Russian vaccines as coronavirus surges

Iran has finalized a deal with Russia to purchase 60 million doses of Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine
April 15
FILE— In this Feb. 9, 2021, file photo, Parsa Namaki, center, son of Health Minister Saeed Namaki, left, is injected with the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a staged event at Imam Khomeini hospital in Tehran, Iran, Iran. Iran has finalized a deal with Russia over purchasing 60 million doses Sputnik V Coronavirus vaccine, state-run IRNA news agency reported Thursday, April 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
April 15

US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

The United States is opening more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world in the race against the coronavirus
April 15
FILE - In this April 14, 2021, file photo, Northwell Health nurse inoculates Local 28 Sheet Metal Worker Demetrius Buttelman with the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine during a news conference at the Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y. The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world on Thursday, April 15, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a months-long race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and poor, struggle with stubbornly high infection rates and deaths. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, Pool, File)
April 15

West Virginia gov signs needle exchange program regulations

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has signed a bill to introduce more stringent requirements to needle exchange programs that critics say will make it harder to get clean needles amid a spike in HIV cases in the state
April 15
In this photo provided by Chad Cordell, signs for syringe returns are shown Saturday, March 6, 2021, at a nonprofit group's health fair in Charleston, W.Va. For years, West Virginia has had the nation's highest rate of drug overdose deaths. Now the state is wrestling with another, not entirely unrelated health emergency: a spike in HIV cases related to intravenous drug use. (Chad Cordell via AP)
April 15

Bill would give US vets of 1966 Spain bomb accident benefits

New legislation in Congress would provide disability benefits for U.S. veterans exposed to radiation while responding to a 1966 hydrogen bomb accident in Spain
April 15
April 15

What to know about those getting rare but severe blood clots from J&J vaccine

Though they're impacting one in a million, unknowns have put the shot on pause.
April 15
A syringe is filled with a dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site, March 13, 2021, in Delano, Calif.
April 15

France's COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 100,000, making nation 8th in the world to reach the bleak milestone

France's COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 100,000, making nation 8th in the world to reach the bleak milestone
April 15
April 15

India's biggest cities shut down as new virus cases hit 200K

India’s two largest cities have imposed stringent restrictions on movement and one planned to use hotels and banquet halls to treat coronavirus patients
April 15
A security person patrols at the Marine Drive in Mumbai, India, Wednesday April 14, 2021. The teeming metropolis of Mumbai and other parts of Maharashtra, the Indian state worst hit by the pandemic, face stricter restrictions for 15 days starting Wednesday in an effort to stem the surge of coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)
April 15

Africa CDC urges India to lift COVID vaccine export limits

The Africa CDC director says he wants to believe that India will lift export restrictions on COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, warning that “India is not an island” while some African nations still have seen no shots at all
April 15
Kenyans line up to receive a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Tuesday, April 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Brian Ingasnga)
April 15

WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

A top official from the World Health Organization says Europe has surpassed 1 million deaths from COVID-19
April 15
A Torlak Institute's employee waits for the visit of Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Serbia has announced it will begin packing and later producing Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, which would make it the first European state outside Russia and Belarus to begin manufacturing the jab. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
April 15

World Health Organization: Europe's 53-country region has surpassed 1 million deaths linked to COVID-19

World Health Organization: Europe's 53-country region has surpassed 1 million deaths linked to COVID-19
April 15
April 15

AP sources: Tool behind crackdown on opioids could expire

The Biden administration has been slow-walking the extension of a legislative order that would keep in place a sweeping tool that’s helped federal agents crack down on drugs chemically similar to fentanyl
April 15
FILE - In this March 25, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Biden administration has been slow-walking the extension of a legislative order that would keep in place a sweeping tool that’s helped federal agents crack down on drugs chemically similar to fentanyl. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
April 15

'Concerning' drop in blood donor turnout as hospital demand increases, Red Cross says

Getting blood donations has been a challenge throughout the pandemic.
April 15
The Red Cross and L.A. Care Health Plan hold a blood drive in Los Angeles amidst a shortage of blood donations during the pandemic, March 23, 2021.
April 15

Bangkok nightlife clusters expose Thailand's virus stumbles

When Thailand’s transport minister was diagnosed with COVID-19, it was Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who got a headache
April 15
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha holds samples of Sinovac vaccine during a ceremony to mark the arrival of 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine shipment at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Prayuth was not particularly lauded for his leadership last year against the coronavirus, but for much of 2020 Thailand fought the disease to a standstill, with low infection and death rates envied by more developed countries. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
April 15

Cambodia orders strict 2-week lockdown of Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered a strict stay-at-home two-week lockdown in the capital Phnom Penh starting Thursday to slow a surge in coronavirus cases, warning “we will die unless we act responsibly.”
April 15
Local police officers stand guard at a blocked street near Phnom Penh International airport in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, April 15, 2021. Cambodia’s leader said that the country’s capital Phnom Penh will be locked down for two weeks from Thursday following a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
April 14

Bangkok nightlife clusters expose Thailand's virus stumbles

When Thailand’s transport minister was diagnosed with COVID-19, it was Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha who got a headache
April 14
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2021, file photo, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha holds samples of Sinovac vaccine during a ceremony to mark the arrival of 200,000 doses of the Sinovac vaccine shipment at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Prayuth was not particularly lauded for his leadership last year against the coronavirus, but for much of 2020 Thailand fought the disease to a standstill, with low infection and death rates envied by more developed countries. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
April 14

Study finds that blocking seats on planes reduces virus risk

A new study says leaving middle seats open could reduce the risk of airline passengers contracting the virus that causes COVID-19
April 14
FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a passenger wears a face mask she travels after take off from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. A new study says leaving middle seats open could reduce the risk of airline passengers contracting the virus that causes COVID-19. The study was published Wednesday, April 14, 2021 by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas State University. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
April 14

Vaccine Watch: How far away are COVID-19 booster shots?

ABC News’ Bob Woodruff looks at how Pfizer and Moderna are developing booster shots to target virus variants
April 14
VIDEO: Vaccine Watch: How far away are COVID-19 booster shots?
April 14

France fights kids' mental health woes with free counseling

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that free psychological counseling will be provided to children and teenagers struck by a wave of mental health difficulties that accompanied the coronavirus pandemic
April 14
French President Emmanuel Macron, wearing a protective face mask, talks during a meeting with medical staff members during a visit in a child psychiatry department at Reims hospital, eastern France, to discuss the psychological impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the lockdown on children and teenagers in France, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Christian Hartmann/Pool via AP)
April 14

EXPLAINER: Chauvin defense suggests prone position not risky

The attorney for the officer on trial in George Floyd’s death says several studies suggest police can safely use their bodyweight to hold a handcuffed suspect facedown on the ground, as Floyd was in the last minutes of his life
April 14
In this image from video, Dr. David Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist and former chief medical examiner for the state of Maryland is questioned by prosecutor Jerry Blackwell, as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV via AP, Pool)
April 14

Interview: Kentucky governor sees useful lessons in pandemic

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says there are lessons to be drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic
April 14
Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear speaks before the signing of a bill creating a partial ban on no-knock warrants at the Center for African American Heritage in Louisville, Ky., Friday, April 9, 2021. The bill signing comes after months of demonstrations set off by the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in her home during a botched police raid. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
April 14

J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine will remain in limbo for a while longer
April 14
FILE - In this March 6, 2021, file photo, boxes stand next vials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the pharmacy of National Jewish Hospital for distribution in east Denver. U.S. health officials are weighing next steps as they investigate unusual blood clots in a small number of people given the vaccine -- a one-dose shot that many countries hoped would help speed protection against the pandemic. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 14

The Latest: California governor says all schools must reopen

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging all schools in the state to reopen, saying there are no health barriers to getting children back into classrooms and ending distance learning
April 14
Customers enjoy their dinner specially constructed domes to ensure social distancing as a way to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, at a restaurant in Istanbul, Monday, April 12, 2021. Turkey has been posting record-high single-day COVID-19 cases for the past 10 days.Keen to minimise repercussions on its ailing economy and under intense pressure by services industry, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan eased COVID-19 measures in early March. With the spike, he was forced to announce renewed restrictions, such as weekend lockdowns and the closure of cafes and restaurants during Ramadan, the holy Muslim month, starting on April 13.(AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)