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July 31

The Latest: Navajo nation reports rise in virus cases

The Navajo Nation on Saturday reported 25 additional COVID-19 cases as officials said some tribal members are foregoing needed precautions to ward off spread of the coronavirus
July 31
People, some with face masks and some without, walk on a main shopping street in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
July 31

CDC: Florida reports 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic

CDC: Florida reports 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic
July 31
July 31

Mask guidance divides parents heading into new school year

Parents and policy makers across the nation have been plunged anew into a debate over whether face coverings should be optional or a mandate when schools reopen
July 31
Joann Marcus of Fort Lauderdale, left, cheers as she listens to the Broward School Board's emergency meeting, Wednesday, July 28, 2021, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A small but vocal group spoke vehemently against masks, saying their personal rights were being eroded and their children were suffering socially. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
July 31

Tenants prepare for unknown as eviction moratorium ends

Tenants who are months behind on rent now face the end to a federal eviction moratorium Saturday
July 31
Roxanne Schaefer holds a photograph in the living room of her apartment, in West Warwick, R.I., Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Schaefer, who is months behind on rent, is bracing for the end to a CDC federal moratorium Saturday, July 31, 2021, a move that could result in millions of people being evicted just as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
July 31

Bring in the kids: Estonian city targets youths for jabs

Estonian city targets kids for vaccine jabs.
July 31
A medical worker, right, administers a shot of a coronavirus vaccine to Gloria Raudjarv, 13-year-old girl, at a vaccination center inside a sports hall in Estonia's second largest city, Tartu, 164 km. south-east from Tallinn, Estonia, Thursday, July 29, 2021. Estonia's second largest city Tartu is making rapid progress in vaccinating children aged 12-17 ahead of the school year in September. Around half of the town's teenagers have already received their first vaccine, and local health officials are confident they will hit 70% in the coming 30 days. (AP Photo/Raul Mee)
July 31

French police clash with anti-virus pass protesters in Paris

Thousands of people in France have turned out to protest a special virus pass by marching through Paris and other French cities
July 31
A protestor holds a sign which reads in French, "freedom" and "no to the Covid passport" as she attends a demonstration in Paris, France, Saturday, July 31, 2021. Demonstrators gathered in several cities in France on Saturday to protest against the COVID-19 pass, which grants vaccinated individuals greater ease of access to venues. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
July 31

Air pollution remained higher in minority communities during pandemic

Overall, the pandemic took an uneven toll on minority communities.
July 31
Smoke fills the sky over a heavily trafficked highway in Detroit in an undated stock image.
July 31

California learns costly pandemic lesson about hospitals

California spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state's worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winter
July 31
FILE — In this April 18, 2020 file photo sheeting is placed on partitions installed between beds as work is performed to turn the Sleep Train Arena into a 400 bed emergency field hospital to help deal with the coronavirus , in Sacramento, Calif. California spent nearly $200 million to set up, operate and staff alternate care sites that ultimately provided little help when the state’s worst coronavirus surge spiraled out of control last winter, forcing exhausted hospital workers to treat patients in tents and cafeterias. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
July 31

Malaysian PM postpones Parliament, avoids no-confidence vote

Malaysia’s embattled prime minister has postponed a critical parliamentary session set for Monday, citing COVID-19 infections and allowing him to avoid a no-confidence vote amid growing calls for him to resign
July 31
A protester holds a placard during a demonstration demanding the prime minister step down near the Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Saturday, July 31, 2021. Hundreds of black-clad Malaysian youths have rallied in the city center, demanding Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin resign for mismanaging the coronavirus pandemic that has worsened. (AP Photo/FL Wong)
July 31

Biden's infrastructure win overshadowed by new virus surge

President Joe Biden this week took a huge step toward achieving a hallmark legislative accomplishment
July 31
President Joe Biden holds a face mask as he announces from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021, that millions of federal workers must show proof they've received a coronavirus vaccine or submit to regular testing and stringent social distancing, masking and travel restrictions in an order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 31

Pentagon grappling with new vaccine orders; timing uncertain

The Pentagon is grappling with new vaccine orders.
July 31
United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin holds a press conference with Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (not in photo) after a bilateral meeting at Camp Aguinaldo military camp in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Friday, July 30, 2021. Austin is visiting Manila to hold talks with Philippine officials to boost defense ties and possibly discuss the The Visiting Forces Agreement between the US and Philippines. (Rolex dela Pena/Pool Photo via AP)
July 31

Hungary: health care workers protest for higher wages

Several thousand health care workers and their supporters have gathered in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, to demand wage increases and better conditions for those working in the country’s ailing public health system
July 31
July 31

West African health officials race to vaccinate amid spikes

West African health officials race to vaccinate people amid spikes in cases.
July 31
FILE- In this Wednesday, July 28, 2021 file photo, people wait to be vaccinated J at Leopold Sedar Senghor stadium in Dakar, Senegal. Thousands of new coronavirus cases have been reported in West Africa in recent weeks amid low vaccination rates and the spread of the delta variant. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)
July 30

US sues Kaiser Permanente over alleged Medicare fraud

The federal government has sued Kaiser Permanente, alleging the health care giant committed Medicare fraud and pressured doctors to list incorrect diagnoses on medical records in order to receive higher reimbursements
July 30
July 30

Pentagon grappling with new vaccine orders; timing uncertain

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is vowing he “won’t let grass grow under our feet” as the department begins to implement new vaccine and testing directives
July 30
United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin holds a press conference with Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (not in photo) after a bilateral meeting at Camp Aguinaldo military camp in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines Friday, July 30, 2021. Austin is visiting Manila to hold talks with Philippine officials to boost defense ties and possibly discuss the The Visiting Forces Agreement between the US and Philippines. (Rolex dela Pena/Pool Photo via AP)
July 30

Florida COVID ward nurse: ‘We’re back to where we were in December’

ABC News' Kyra Phillips speaks with Jacksonville, Florida, COVID ward nurse Lauren Schiller on life inside a hospital in one of the nation's delta variant hotspots.
July 30
VIDEO: Florida COVID ward nurse: ‘We’re back to where we were in December’
July 30

‘Super-spreaders of digital disinformation’ hindering COVID vaccine efforts

ABC News' Kyra Phillips speaks with Imran Ahmed, the founder and CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, on vaccine misinformation online and what can be done to combat it.
July 30
VIDEO: ‘Super-spreaders of digital disinformation’ hindering COVID vaccine efforts
July 30

The Latest: Dallas judge says masks required in courthouses

An administrative court judge has ordered that anyone entering a Dallas County courthouse must be wearing a mask to be admitted
July 30
FILE - In this March 12, 2020, file photo, a poster advertising "The Phantom of the Opera" is displayed on the shuttered Majestic Theatre in New York. Broadway theatergoers will need to prove they've been vaccinated for COVID-19 and masks will be required when theaters reopen in the coming weeks, producers announced Friday, July 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
July 30

Obstetrician groups recommend COVID vaccine during pregnancy

Two obstetricians’ groups are now recommending COVID-19 shots for all pregnant women, citing concerns over rising cases and low vaccination rates
July 30
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 9, 2021 file photo, A nurse gives a shot of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 to a pregnant woman in Montevideo, Uruguay. Two obstetricians’ groups are now recommending COVID-19 shots for all pregnant women, citing concerns over rising cases and low vaccination rates. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine said vaccinations in tens of thousands of pregnant women have shown the shots are safe and effective. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico, File)
July 30

Oklahoma GOP likens vaccine mandates to persecution of Jews

The Oklahoma Republican Party is facing fierce criticism for a Facebook post likening vaccine mandates to the persecution of Jewish people in Nazi Germany
July 30
July 30

Florida coronavirus cases jump 50% as surge continues

Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, continuing a six-week surge that has seen it responsible for 1 in 5 new infections nationally, becoming the outbreak’s epicenter
July 30
Cars line up at Miami Dade College North campus' COVID-19 testing site, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Miami. Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients continue to soar in Florida with at least two areas in the state surpassing previous peaks reached during last summer's surge. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
July 30

To get shots in arms, governments turn to money in pockets

Millions of people in the U.S. who haven’t gotten the COVID-19 vaccine could soon have a new reason to roll up their sleeves: money in their pockets
July 30
Jay Vojno gets the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Friday, July 30, 2021 in New York. Amid increasing concern over the spread of the Delta variant, New York City announced on Wednesday that anyone can receive $100 if they get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at any city-run vaccination clinic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
July 30

Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, with more than 110,000 new infections reported statewide

Florida’s coronavirus cases jumped 50% this week, with more than 110,000 new infections reported statewide
July 30
July 30

Henrietta Lacks' family hires prominent civil rights lawyer

The family of a Maryland woman who spurred a research bonanza when her cancer cells were taken without her knowledge in 1951 has hired a prominent civil rights lawyer to seek compensation from pharmaceutical companies
July 30
July 30

Walmart mandates vaccines for workers at headquarters

Walmart is requiring that all workers at its headquarters as well as managers who travel within the U.S. be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 4
July 30
FILE - In this July 30, 2020 file photo, shoppers wear face masks as they leave a Walmart store in Vernon Hills, Ill. Walmart is reversing its mask policy, Friday, July 30, 2021, and will require vaccinated workers in its distribution centers and stores in areas to wear masks in areas with high infection rates of the virus. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
July 30

Fallout continues over alleged slurs aimed at health chief

Civil rights advocates, religious leaders and others say they're outraged by St. Louis County Health Director Faisal Khan’s claims that he was assaulted and bombarded with racial slurs after defending a new mask mandate
July 30
July 30

Tunisia’s turmoil is being watched warily around the globe

Days of political turmoil in Tunisia over the economy and the coronavirus have left its allies in the Middle East, Europe and the United States watching to see if the fragile democracy will survive
July 30
File - In this July 25, 2021 file photo, protesters face Tunisian police officers during a demonstration in Tunis, Tunisia. Days of political turmoil in Tunisia over the economy and the coronavirus have left its allies in the Middle East, Europe and the United States watching to see if the fragile democracy will survive. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi, File)
July 30

CDC report reveals the extent of the delta variant’s transmissibility

Plus, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis says he will sign an executive order allowing parents to make decisions for their children on masking.
July 30
VIDEO: CDC report reveals the extent of the delta variant’s transmissibility
July 30

Man pleads guilty to assaulting England's top doctor in park

A man who accosted England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty in a London park has pleaded guilty to assault
July 30
FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, May 1, 2020, Britain's Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty arrives at Downing Street in London. Lewis Hughes and another man filmed themselves harassing Chris Whitty in a London park has pleaded guilty to assault, in court Friday July 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, FILE)
July 30

CDC team: 'War has changed' as delta variant dangers emerge

New evidence showing the delta variant is as contagious as chickenpox has prompted U.S. health officials to consider changing advice on how the nation fights the coronavirus
July 30
Face mask requirements are posted at the various entrances at the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium where COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered on the Jackson State University campus in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The university has similar signage posted throughout the campus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new recommendations that vaccinated people return to wearing masks indoors in parts of the U.S. where the coronavirus is surging and also recommended indoor masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
July 30

Germany requires COVID tests for unvaccinated travelers

Germany will require people entering the country who haven’t been vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 to show a negative test result starting from Sunday
July 30
FILE - In this March 30, 2021, file photo, German federal police officers check passengers arriving from Palma de Mallorca for a negative Corona test as they arrive at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Germany will require people entering the country who haven’t been vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 to show a negative test result starting from Sunday. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
July 30

Cyprus to start COVID-19 vaccination of children 12 and over

Cyprus will start the voluntary COVID-19 vaccination of children over 12 next week using mRNA shots produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna
July 30
July 30

Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I'm vaccinated?

U.S. health officials say people who are fully vaccinated should get tested if they've been around someone who has COVID-19
July 30
Do I need to get tested for COVID-19 if I'm vaccinated? (AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin)
July 30

Residents: Myanmar leaders use pandemic as political weapon

As COVID-19 deaths rise in Myanmar, allegations are growing that the military government is using the coronavirus pandemic to consolidate power and crush the opposition
July 30
FILE - In this July 28, 2021, file photo, A man carries an oxygen tank while walking past people waiting with oxygen tanks in need of refill outside the Naing oxygen factory at the South Dagon industrial zone in Yangon, Myanmar. Supplies of medical oxygen are running low, and the government has put restrictions on its private sale in many places, saying it is trying to prevent hoarding. (AP Photo, File)
July 30

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by The Associated Press from Europe and Africa between July 23 and July 29, 2021. It was a week in which wildfires raged across Europe and President Joe Biden's Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry visited Italy. Parents were reunited with their children after kidnappers released some abducted students from the Bethel Baptist High School in Nigeria. People staged a protest against the COVID-19 “green pass” in Italy and African health officials in Senegal raced to vaccinate the vulnerable. The selection was curated by Rome Photo Editor Fabio Polimeni. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP—Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com
July 30
Fires rage through the countryside in Cuglieri, near Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, early Sunday, July 25, 2021. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in many small towns in the province of Oristano, Sardinia, after raging fires burst in the areas of Montiferru and Bonarcado. (Alessandro Tocco/LaPresse via AP)
July 30

Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

The Biden administration has announced sweeping new pandemic rules for federal workers and some contractors
July 30
President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 30

Israel delivers booster shots of vaccine to people over 60

Israeli health authorities began administering coronavirus booster shots Friday to people over 60 who’ve already received both does of a vaccine, in a bid to combat a recent spike in cases
July 30
Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks to his wife, Michal, left, before the couple received a third coronavirus vaccine at the Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, Israel, Friday, July 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, Pool)
July 30

Why insurance might be a factor in the COVID battle

The same states with surging cases also have high rates of uninsured residents.
July 30
People wait to receive a COVID-19 test at a pop-up testing location on July 26, 2021 in Miami, Fla. Miami-Dade County opened five new mobile vaccine and testing sites as the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
July 30

America is designed to have a housing crisis: Opinion

We can break the cycle by investing in local policies and long-term solutions
July 30
Workers remove belongings from a residence during an eviction in the unincorporated community of Galloway on March 3, 2021, outside Columbus, Ohio.
July 30

Florida front-line workers say COVID-19 surge 'feels like it's an impending storm'

Over 1,450 COVID patients were admitted to hospitals across the state Tuesday.
July 30
Dr. Seetha Lakshmi, Medical Director, Global Emerging Diseases Institute speaks with ABC News' Trevor Ault at Tampa General Hospital in Florida.
July 30

Doctors worried about long-term damage from COVID 'brain fog'

Studies have found many who recovered from COVID experience cognitive decline.
July 30
A healthcare worker tends to a patient at a temporary ward set up during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, Jan. 19, 2021.
July 30

Air France-KLM reports huge Q2 loss, sees signs of recovery

French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM says that the “first signs of recovery are visible” in bookings amid easing pandemic travel restrictions
July 30
FILE - This May 15, 2018 fie photo shows the logo of Air France-KLM is pictured during the annual shareholders meeting in Paris. French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM said Friday July 30, 2021 that the "first signs of recovery are visible" in bookings amid easing pandemic travel restrictions as it reported a second-quarter net loss of nearly 1.5 billion euros ($1.8 billion). (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
July 30

Pandemic weighs down German beer sales again in 1st half

German beer sales in this year’s first half were 2.7% lower than a year earlier
July 30
FILE - In this Sept.21, 2019 file photo a guest holds glasses of beer during the opening of the 186th 'Oktoberfest' beer festival in Munich, Germany. German beer sales in this year’s first half were 2.7% lower than a year earlier. They were dragged lower by closures of bars and restaurants that stretched through winter and into spring. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, file)
July 30

Thai media restrictions raise freedom of expression concerns

Thailand implemented have new regulations that appear to broaden the government’s ability to restrict media reports and social media posts about the coronavirus pandemic, raising immediate concerns that authorities will seek to stifle criticism
July 30
Local Thai media interviews Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang at the Wat Srisudaram in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, July 30, 2021. Thailand on Friday has implemented regulations that appear to broaden the government's ability to restrict media reports and social media posts about the coronavirus pandemic, raising immediate concerns authorities will seek to stifle criticism rather than just combat false rumors. (AP Photo)
July 30

The Latest: US health officials to release new COVID-19 data

U.S. health officials are expected to release new data about the spread of COVID-19 on Friday that led to their decision to recommend that vaccinated people wear masks in some situations, a reversal of previous guidance
July 30
FILE - In this Friday, July 23, 2021, file photo, people line up in front of a mobile testing site in Paris, as visitors now need a special COVID pass to visit French museums or movie theaters. Europe’s famed summer holiday season is in full swing, but efforts to inoculate people against coronavirus are not taking a break. From France’s Mediterranean coast to Italy’s Adriatic beaches, health authorities are trying to make a COVID-19 shot as much a part of this summer as sunscreen and shades. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh, File)
July 30

Japan expands state of emergency to 4 more areas after record spikes in coronavirus cases amid Olympics

Japan expands state of emergency to 4 more areas after record spikes in coronavirus cases amid Olympics
July 30
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Biden's COVID plan: Federal workers must report shot status

President Joe Biden's plan to stem the increase in coronavirus cases around the country requires federal employees to attest to their vaccination status
July 30
President Joe Biden holds a face mask as he announces from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021, that millions of federal workers must show proof they've received a coronavirus vaccine or submit to regular testing and stringent social distancing, masking and travel restrictions in an order to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
July 30

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by The Associated Press from Europe and Africa between July 23 and July 29, 2021. It was a week in which wildfires raged across Europe and President Joe Biden's Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry visited Italy. Parents were reunited with their children after kidnappers released some abducted students from the Bethel Baptist High School in Nigeria. People staged a protest against the COVID-19 “green pass” in Italy and African health officials in Senegal raced to vaccinate the vulnerable. The selection was curated by Rome Photo Editor Fabio Polimeni. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP—Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com
July 30
Fires rage through the countryside in Cuglieri, near Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, early Sunday, July 25, 2021. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in many small towns in the province of Oristano, Sardinia, after raging fires burst in the areas of Montiferru and Bonarcado. (Alessandro Tocco/LaPresse via AP)
July 30

States race to use COVID-19 vaccines before they expire

Hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been saved from the trash after U.S. regulators extended their expiration date for a second time
July 30
FILE - A registered nurse gives James Mullen the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine at a COVID-19 vaccination site at NYC Health + Hospitals Metropolitan, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in New York. After months of coaxing people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 with incentives like museum tickets and transit passes, New York City is sweetening the pot by offering $100 to any city resident who gets a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine at a city-run site, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday, July 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
July 30

Japan to widen virus emergency after record spike amid Games

Japan is set to expand the coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo to neighboring areas and the western city of Osaka in the wake of a record-breaking surge in infections while the capital hosts the Olympics
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