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Czech health minister breaks virus rules, asked to resign

The Czech Republic’s prime minister has called on his health minister to resign or be fired after he broke strict government restrictions to slow a record surge of coronavirus infections and visited a Prague restaurant
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FILE - In this March 15, 2020 file photo, Deputy Minister of Health Roman Prymula addresses a press conference after the government talks on new measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus in Prague, Czech Republic. Prymula will be the new Czech Health Minister, replacing Adam Vojtech (for ANO), who announced his resignation on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo via CTK/Ondrej Deml)
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Asia Today: Vaccine promise is election issue in India state

A promise of free COVID-19 vaccination has become an issue in key state elections in India
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An employee wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus arranges dolls at a shop in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The steady spread of the coronavirus caused concern in a country that eased its social distancing restrictions just last week to cope with a weak economy. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Polish police: 15 detained after abortion ban protest

Polish police say they detained 15 people during protests against a court ruling that toughened Poland's strict abortion law and banned abortion of fetuses with congenital defects
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Police grab a poster while protesters gathered before the house of Poland's ruling conservative party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski to protest a decision by the Constitutional Court, in Warsaw, Poland, on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, shutting a major loophole in the predominantly Catholic country's abortion laws that are among the strictest in Europe. Defying the pandemic-related ban on gatherings, the protesters chanted for the government to resign. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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The Latest: Poland brings in restrictions across the country

Poland’s government has announced all of the country will become a “red zone” of strict anti-COVID-19 restrictions starting Saturday, just short of a lockdown
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A doctor collects a sample for a coronavirus test outside a clinic in Kajang on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Malaysia restricted movements in its biggest city Kuala Lumpur, neighbouring Selangor state and the administrative capital of Putrajaya from Wednesday in an attempt to curb a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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French woman in Thailand may have acquired virus locally

Health officials in Thailand say a French woman on the resort island of Samui has tested positive for the coronavirus and probably acquired it after arriving in Thailand in what could be one of few cases of local transmission
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Sailboats sit anchored off Choeng Mon beach on the resort island of Koh Samui, Thailand, on Oct. 15, 2020. Thai Health officials said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 a French woman who traveled to the resort island on the same day and later tested positive for the coronavirus there probably acquired the infection after arriving in Thailand. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)
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HBCUs trying to bridge medical distrust in Black community amid COVID-19

Calls to join vaccine trials have been met with criticism.
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Nurse Kathe Olmstead prepares a shot that is part of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y., July 27, 2020.
October 23

Hospitals are full but some parts of Idaho refuse mask rules

Members of an Idaho health department board have voted to repeal a local mask mandate despite hearing a hospital was overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients
October 23
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2020 file photo Gov. Brad Little makes a COVID announcement plan during a press conference at the Joe R. Williams Building in Boise, Idaho. Moments after hearing their regional hospital was overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients and looking at sending people as far away as Seattle for care, members of Idaho's northernmost health department board voted to repeal the local mask mandate. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)
October 22

The Latest: Cases in Germany spike past 10K in new record

The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to the coronavirus as he proposed
October 22
Disco and dance club operators stage a protest against government's order for them to close in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rome Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 22

Hospitals are full but some parts of Idaho refuse mask rules

Members of an Idaho health department board have voted to repeal a local mask mandate despite hearing a hospital was overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients
October 22
FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2020 file photo Gov. Brad Little makes a COVID announcement plan during a press conference at the Joe R. Williams Building in Boise, Idaho. Moments after hearing their regional hospital was overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients and looking at sending people as far away as Seattle for care, members of Idaho's northernmost health department board voted to repeal the local mask mandate. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)
October 22

Walmart sues US in pre-emptive strike in opioid abuse battle

Walmart is suing the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis
October 22
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, file photo, signage is pictured at a Walmart store in Oklahoma City. On Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, Walmart filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government in a pre-emptive strike in the battle over its responsibility in the opioid abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
October 22

Poland's top court rules out abortions due to fetal defects

Poland’s top court ruled Thursday that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional, toughening the predominantly Catholic country’s abortion laws that are among Europe's strictest
October 22
Anti-abortion activists attend a protest in front of Poland's constitutional court, in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Poland’s top court has ruled that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional. The decision by the country’s Constitutional Court effectively bans terminating pregnancies in cases where birth defects are found and will further limit access to abortions in Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 22

FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir

U.S. regulators have approved the first drug to treat COVID-19
October 22
FILE - In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, rubber stoppers are placed onto filled vials of the investigational drug remdesivir at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. Given through an IV, the medication is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (Gilead Sciences via AP)
October 22

Wisconsin admits 1st patient to field hospital, reports record COVID-19 deaths

90% ICU beds are full in some areas of the state.
October 22
An overhead view shows a field hospital known as an Alternate Care Facility set up at the state fair ground near Milwaukee, Wis., as cases of COVID-19 spike in the state, Oct. 12, 2020.
October 22

FDA approves remdesivir, the first drug for treating COVID-19.

FDA approves remdesivir, the first drug for treating COVID-19.
October 22
October 22

Officials prepare to faceoff over masks as Kansas cases rise

Kansas’ coronavirus case count continued to climb, even as one GOP lawmaker pushed back against Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s call for a statewide mask mandate
October 22
October 22

French PM says 2nd virus wave is here, vastly extends curfew

France's prime minister has announced a vast extension of the nightly curfew that is intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus
October 22
A man wearing a face mask crosses the Bidassoa river between France and Spain at Behobie, southwestern France, Thursday, Oct.22, 2020. France has seen over 34,000 confirmed deaths in the pandemic. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
October 22

Iowa's use of pandemic aid for 2nd IT project draws scrutiny

Iowa plans to use millions of dollars in federal pandemic funds on a long-term plan to improve data management across state agencies, a second information technology project that may not fit the purpose of the aid
October 22
FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference in Johnston, Iowa. Iowa is planning to use millions of dollars in federal pandemic funds on a long-term plan to improve data management across state agencies, a second information technology project that may not fit the purpose of the aid. State and federal auditors this week told Iowa’s executive branch to return millions of dollars to the state’s $1.25 billion coronavirus relief fund that have been spent on new accounting and human resources software. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
October 22

Europe faces more curfews, restrictions as virus cases swell

Curfews have been vastly expanded in France, which has added 41,600 new coronavirus infections in one day, and similar nighttime crackdowns loomed in Italy, including for Rome, Naples and Milan
October 22
A journalist takes a picture of beds prepared in a field hospital, which will function as a backup device for patients with coronavirus, in the Letnany neighbourhood at the Prague outskirts, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo via CTK/Roman Vondrous) SLOVAKIA OUT
October 22

Women diagnosed with breast cancer amid COVID-19 stress importance of mammograms

"Breast cancer loves the woman who is too busy," survivor Jennifer Grannis said.
October 22
Jennifer Gordon, seen here in this undated photo, shares her breast cancer story on "The View," Oct. 22, 2020.
October 22

UK expert: Racism not to blame for minorities' COVID risk

A scientist newly appointed as an advisor to the British government has expressed skepticism about focusing on the role of structural racism in the disproportionate effect that the coronavirus has on ethnic minority groups
October 22
October 22

In video classes teachers parse clues to student wellbeing

The shift from in-person to remote learning is giving some teachers unprecedented video access into their students’ homes
October 22
October 22

WHO Africa: New rapid tests a 'game changer' against COVID

Health officials in Africa say the rollout of rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 could be a “game changer” for their fight against the coronavirus
October 22
FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, speaks to the media at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Health officials in Africa say the rollout of new rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 could be a “game-changer” for its fight against the coronavirus, while warning that increased testing could also drive up numbers for a continent that has seen a decline or a plateauing in confirmed cases — at a time when the West has seen case counts soar. “African countries are gearing up to introduce antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests on a large scale, and this will be a game changer, we think, in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)
October 22

Poland’s top court rules that law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional

Poland’s top court rules that law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional
October 22
October 22

Stressing freedom, vaccine opponents rebranding in virus era

Vaccine opponents have long been undergoing a rebranding effort to shift their messaging toward the promotion of civil liberties
October 22
October 22

Funnel cakes to go: Drive-thru fair draws thousands in SC

Organizers say thousands of people turned out for a drive-thru fair in South Carolina
October 22
FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, South Carolina's fairgrounds sit mostly empty in Columbia, S.C. Organizers say thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-thru fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair couldn't go off as normal this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so organizers devised a drive-thru version that was held Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday in Columbia. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
October 22

Spain lawmakers set to reject far-right no-confidence motion

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected a no-confidence motion called by the far-right party Vox against Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his left-wing coalition over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic
October 22
Vox party leader Santiago Abascal walks past Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left and 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is facing a no-confidence vote in parliament brought by the nation's far-right Vox party. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Pool via AP)
October 22

Former Belgian PM in intensive care with COVID-19

Belgian Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes has been hospitalized in intensive care with the coronavirus
October 22
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 file photo, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, left, speaks with Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde during a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg. Former Belgian Prime minister Sophie Wilmes has been hospitalized in intensive care after getting infected with the coronavirus. The 45-year-old Wilmes, who was admitted to hospital on Wednesday evening Oct. 21, said last week she thought she got infected within her family circle. (Jean-Christophe Verhaegen, Pool via AP, File)
October 22

California theme park closures hit jobs, shops, budget

California’s amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates
October 22
October 22

Asia Today: Sri Lanka closes fish market, expands curfew

Sri Lanka’s main fish market has been closed and a curfew widened as a COVID-19 outbreak grows
October 22
A Sri Lankan police officer stands guard as health officers collect swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
October 21

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections tied to a new cluster centered on a garment factory
October 21
A youth attends a teachers' demonstration for higher pay in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Some health workers also joined the protest and complained about their salaries of about $4 dollars a month, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers earn about $2 dollars a month. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
October 21

Whitmer: Michigan at 'dangerous moment' as virus cases spike

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that Michigan on average has more confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month
October 21
In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The governor is warning that Michigan has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. Since the court decision on Oct. 2, the seven-day case average is up to 1,818 — nearly double. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
October 21

Court orders California to cut San Quentin inmates by half

A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world’s most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity
October 21
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world's most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity, citing officials' "deliberate indifference" to the plight of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic. State prison officials said Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, that they are deciding whether to appeal the order, which otherwise will force them to parole or transfer about 1,100 inmates serving time in San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 21

Trump vaccine adviser says immunization is coming

Moncef Slaoui is encouraging people to volunteer for vaccine trials.
October 21
A medical syringe is inserted into a small bottle labeled "Vaccine COVID-19" in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.
October 21

Alabama lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19

Alabama’s lieutenant governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19
October 21
October 21

Vaccine Watch: Warp Speed chief says no undue White House pressure

Bob Woodruff speaks with Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the scientist appointed by President Donald Trump to oversee vaccine development on the current timeline for a coronavirus vaccine.
October 21
VIDEO: Vaccine Watch: Warp Speed chief says no undue White House pressure
October 21

By the Numbers: Justice Department settles with Purdue Pharma

The Department of Justice announced an $8 billion settlement with Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin who have been widely accused of fueling the country’s opioid crisis.
October 21
VIDEO: By the Numbers: Justice Department settles with Purdue Pharma
October 21

Boston schools suspend in-person learning as COVID-19 positivity rate rises

Boston's positivity rate has jumped in the last seven days to 5.7% from 4.5%.
October 21
In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, Brenda Cassellius speaks to the media at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Boston.
October 21

Ex-Blue Bell Creameries CEO charged in deadly listeria case

Authorities say the former president of Blue Bell Creameries has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly trying to cover up a 2015 listeria outbreak linked to the company’s ice cream that killed three people in Kansas and sickened several others
October 21
October 21

University of Arizona students asked to minimize holiday travel to stem COVID spread

The school will also be doing a "testing blitz" prior to Thanksgiving.
October 21
The University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 24, 2020.
October 21

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it’s clear that the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress
October 21
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. The architect of the Senate measure, McConnell, isn’t claiming the vote will advance the ball. Once the measure fails, he plans to turn the chamber's full attention to cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court by confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 21

Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff
October 21
An ambulance is parked at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 12, 2020. Spikes of the coronavirus are hitting spots around the United States, forcing public health officials to scramble to ensure there are enough hospital beds to accommodate the sick. (AP Photo/John Locher)
October 21

Court orders California to cut San Quentin inmates by half

A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world’s most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity
October 21
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world's most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity, citing officials' "deliberate indifference" to the plight of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic. State prison officials said Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, that they are deciding whether to appeal the order, which otherwise will force them to parole or transfer about 1,100 inmates serving time in San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 21

CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19
October 21
Medical personnel prepare to administer a COVID-19 swab at a drive-through testing site in Lawrence, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19. On Wednesday, the CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more, so briefer but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes now count. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 21

Honda, Arizona reach $5 million settlement over air bags

Honda has agreed to a $5 million settlement with Arizona over allegations it failed to disclose defects in air bags that led to two deaths in the state
October 21
October 21

US surgeon general to plead not guilty in Hawaii virus case

A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client will plead not guilty to illegally entering a Hawaii public park that was closed because of the coronavirus
October 21
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams speaks during a press conference on the second day of surge COVID-19 testing, at Kalakaua District Park in Honolulu. Adams who was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, appears for a virtual arraignment in a Hawaii court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP,File)
October 21

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

The Justice Department says Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion
October 21
FILE - This Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo shows the Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of over $8 billion, Justice Department officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
October 21

Nonprofit app aims to help unblock global air travel

Could a secure health app help get international air travel out of the pandemic dumps
October 21
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 file photo, United Airlines planes are parked at gates at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. A nonprofit software developer is testing a smartphone app and data framework that could make it easier for international airline passengers to securely show they've complied with COVID-19 testing requirements. It's an attempt to help get people back to flying after the pandemic sent global air travel down by 92%. The Switzerland-based Commons Project Foundation was conducting a test Wednesday, Oct 21 of its CommonPass digital health pass on United Airlines Flight 15 from London's Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport, using volunteers carrying the app on their smartphones. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)
October 21

Poland faces restriction upgrade, but no lockdown, PM says

Poland’s prime minister has signaled that the whole country faces being placed on the highest restriction level short of a full lockdown, as health authorities registered a record in new confirmed COVID-19 infections
October 21
An ambulance brings a COVID-19 patient to a specialized hospital in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Poland is seeing a sharp spike in new cases daily of coronavirus infections, filling up hospital beds. Poland's government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of people infected with the coronavirus, and expects it to be operational within days, officials said. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 21

Pope reverts back to mask-less old ways at indoor audience

Pope Francis is back to his mask-less old ways a day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service
October 21
Pope Francis meets with bishops in the Paul VI hall on the occasion of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 21

What to expect from the official COVID-19 vaccine committee

The group, mostly doctors and researchers, also includes a member of the public.
October 21
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.