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Asia Today: China sees virus outbreaks across its northeast

China is dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans ahead of next month’s Lunar New Year holiday
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A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks along a street during a snowy morning in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A Chinese province near Beijing grappling with a spike in coronavirus cases is reinstating tight restrictions on weddings, funerals and other family gatherings, threatening violators with criminal charges. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge

Coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights in the United Arab Emirates
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Tourists look at the skyline at sunset, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Since becoming one of the world's first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. With peak tourism season in full swing, coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights, with daily case counts nearly tripling in the past month, but in the face of a growing economic crisis, the city won't lock down and can't afford to stand still. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
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Spain's rising cases give pandemic hospital a second chance

As a surge of coronavirus infections is once again putting Spain’s public health system against the ropes, an emergency hospital once seen by many as an extravagant vanity project is getting a fresh opportunity to prove its usefulness
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COVID-19 patients receive treatment at the new Nurse Isabel Zendal Hospital in Madrid Madrid, Spain, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. As the coronavirus curve of contagion turned increasingly vertical after Christmas and New Year's, the Zendal has been busy. On Monday, 392 virus patients were being treated, more than in any other hospital in the Madrid region. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
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Why lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19 after Capitol riot, despite vaccinations

Full protection against the virus doesn't happen right after getting the shot.
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Rep. Lou Correa and other members take cover as protesters attempt to disrupt the joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College vote on Jan. 6, 2021.
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The Latest: Panel: China, WHO too slow in virus response

 Experts commissioned by the World Health Organization have criticized China and other countries for not moving to stem the initial outbreak of coronavirus earlier and questioned whether the U.N. health agency should have labeled it a pandemic sooner
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An Indian boy awaits customers as he sells face masks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
January 19

Germany's Merkel, state leaders ponder tougher virus rules

Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding a virtual meeting with the governors of Germany’s 16 states to discuss the country’s pandemic measures amid concerns that new mutations of the coronavirus could trigger a fresh surge in cases
January 19
People stay in the new open Erika-Hess-Eisstadion vaccine center in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Kay Nietfeld/Pool via AP)
January 19

Exhausted hospital chaplains bring solace to lonely, dying

Just like doctors, nurses and other medical-care providers, hospital chaplains have become part of the line of first responders when it comes to treating people with COVID-19
January 19
January 19

Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold
January 19
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021 photo provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths, placing them into temporary storage at the medical examiner-coroner's office in Los Angeles. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths is rising in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and on Monday, Jan 18, 2021, the U.S. was approaching 398,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, by far the highest of any country in the world. (Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner via AP, File)
January 18

The Latest: China grapples with virus outbreaks in northeast

China is now dealing with coronavirus outbreaks across its frigid northeast, prompting additional lockdowns and travel bans
January 18
Students wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus, attend classes as schools reopen after being closed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Delhi, India, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Delhi on Monday opened schools for students of grade 10 and 12 after a gap of more than nine months. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
January 18

NY gov explores buying virus vaccine directly from maker

Frustrated by the flow of coronavirus vaccine from the federal government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday floated the idea of buying shots for New Yorkers directly from one of the vaccine makers, Pfizer
January 18
CVS Pharmacist Gerard Diebner prepares a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine for the nursing home residents at Harlem Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a nursing home facility, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 in Harlem neighborhood of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
January 18

California becomes first state to top 3 million virus cases

California has become the first state to record more than 3 million known coronavirus infections
January 18
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021 photo provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, National Guard members assisting with processing COVID-19 deaths, placing them into temporary storage at the medical examiner-coroner's office in Los Angeles. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths is rising in 30 states and the District of Columbia, and on Monday, Jan 18, 2021, the U.S. was approaching 398,000, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, by far the highest of any country in the world. (Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner via AP, File)
January 18

California becomes first state to top 3 million coronavirus infections

California becomes first state to top 3 million coronavirus infections
January 18
January 18

Vaccine rollout delay

Explaining why Americans around the country continue to wait for the COVID-19 vaccine.
January 18
VIDEO: Vaccine rollout delay
January 18

Your Voice: The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Americans are excited and frustrated with the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
January 18
VIDEO: Your Voice: The 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine
January 18

Italy: Conte clears hurdle to retain power, bigger one ahead

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has won a crucial vote in Parliament’s lower house after a coalition defector’s lawmakers abstained in the balloting
January 18
FILE - In this Jan 13, 2021 file photo, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is mobbed by reporters as he walks near Palazzo Chigi government headquarters, in Rome, Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021. Former premier Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by provoking a political crisis that could bring down the government at yet another critical juncture in the fight against the pandemic. The outcome Renzi’s powerplay - orchestrating the resignations of two ministers from his tiny but key Italia Viva party - will play out this week, when Premier Giuseppe Conte addresses both houses of Parliament in a bid to win support and form what would be his third coalition government since elections in 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
January 18

Military nurses, tests coming to help hard-hit Arizona city

Exhausted nurses in rural Yuma, Arizona, are regularly sending COVID-19 patients on a long helicopter ride to hospitals in Phoenix when they don’t have enough staff
January 18
January 18

WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

The World Health Organization chief says it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthier countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people in poorer countries
January 18
A member of staff at the university hospital injects the Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 into a patient in Duesseldorf, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)
January 18

New coronavirus cases on decline as US death toll nears 400,000

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Todd Ellerin discusses how to close the vaccine administration gap, President-elect Joe Biden's vaccine distribution plan and the staggering U.S. death toll numbers.
January 18
VIDEO: New coronavirus cases on decline as US death toll nears 400,000
January 18

EU insists virus shots will remain voluntary

The European Union's trying to ease fears that citizens might be forced to get coronavirus vaccines before they're allowed to travel
January 18
A nurse prepares a syringe with Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during the national launch of the vaccination of hospital staff at the Etterbeek-Ixelles site of the Iris Sud Hospitals in Brussel​s, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (Stephanie Lecocq, Pool Photo via AP)
January 18

Tennessee governor faces criticism for approach to virus

As Tennessee has fueled one of the nation’s worst COVID-19 surges for weeks, Gov. Bill Lee’s approach hasn’t strayed much from how he and several fellow Republican governors battling similar spikes have long approached the virus
January 18
File-This Nov. 10, 2020, file photo shows Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee speaks with reporters in Nashville, Tenn. Lee has tweeted that his wife has mild symptoms of COVID-19 after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Republican governor said Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, that he has tested negative for the virus but will be quarantined at the Governor’s Residence out of an abundance of caution. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
January 18

Asia Today: Philippine cases hit 500K amid vaccine struggles

Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticism for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccines
January 18
Foreign passengers wearing protective suits walk for their flight to China at Manila's International Airport, Philippines, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticisms for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccines. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 18

Israel trades Pfizer doses for medical data in vaccine blitz

Israel is sprinting ahead in vaccinating its population against the coronavirus and it has struck a deal with Pfizer to secure doses in exchange for medical data
January 18
January 17

The Latest: Slovakia wants tests for nearly all in nine days

Slovakia is launching a project to test almost all citizens for the coronavirus in nine days
January 17
Christians inside their cars pray during a drive-in worship service amid measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Songgok high school in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
January 17

'Little old West Virginia' sets pace on vaccine rollout

West Virginia has emerged as an unlikely success in the nation’s otherwise chaotic coronavirus vaccine rollout
January 17
January 17

Brothers jailed for attacking subway stationmaster in Greece

Two brothers, aged 17 and 15, who attacked an Athens subway stationmaster because he told them to wear masks on a subway train, will appear before a magistrate Tuesday for depositions
January 17
January 17

Biden vows rapid steps to battle virus after inauguration

President-elect Joe Biden plans immediate moves to curb the coronavirus pandemic within days after he’s sworn in Wednesday
January 17
Surfers carry their boards along the beach front during a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the oronavirus, In Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
January 17

Italy's South Tyrol again flouts Rome over virus closures

The autonomous province of South Tyrol with its German-speaking majority is flouting Rome’s decision to put it under partial lockdown starting Sunday
January 17
January 17

Why wait? If you can get a COVID-19 vaccine, do it now: OPINION

The millions of Americans eligible for a vaccine shouldn't delay getting it.
January 17
Doctor Richard Dang, Assistant professor USC School of Pharmacy, prepares a Covid-19 vaccine as mass-vaccination of healthcare workers starts at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Jan. 15, 2021.
January 17

Dutch police use water cannon on anti-government protesters

Hundreds held a banned protest against Dutch government's coronavirus lockdown.
January 17
January 17

UK seeks to give 1st COVID shot to all adults by September

The U.K. government says it plans to offer a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to every adult by September as the nation’s health service battles the worst crisis in its 72-year-history
January 17
Britain's Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer watches as Melvin Allanson receives the first of two COVID-19 vaccination shots during a visit to the vaccination centre at Robertson House, in Stevenage, England, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (Leon Neal/Pool Photo via AP)
January 17

EXPLAINER: Italy faces a political crisis amid a pandemic

Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is testing his already low popularity by provoking a political crisis that could bring down the government at yet another critical juncture in the fight against the pandemic
January 17
Italian Senator, former premier and head of the political party 'Italia Viva' (IV), Matteo Renzi holds a press conference at the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The Italian cabinet was in crisis on January 13, 2021 following the resignations of ministers Teresa Bellanova and Elena Bonetti, members of former premier Matteo Renzi's Italia Viva party. (Alberto Pizzoli/pool via AP)
January 17

Austria extends lockdown to Feb. 7, toughens some measures

The Austrian government says it is extending the country’s lockdown until Feb. 7 in a drive to push down still-high infection figures as officials worry about the possible impact of new coronavirus variants
January 17
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz with a face mask walks at the federal chancellery in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. The Austrian government has moved to restrict freedom of movement for people, in an effort to slow the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)
January 17

Vaccine skepticism hurts East European anti-virus efforts

Across the Balkans and other nations in southeastern Europe, a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus is being overshadowed by heated political debates or conspiracy theories that threaten to thwart the process
January 17
In this photo taken on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 A Romanian gendarme leaves after getting a COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bucharest, Romania. Across the Balkans and the rest of the nations in the southeastern corner of Europe, a vaccination campaign against the coronavirus is overshadowed by heated political debates or conspiracy theories that threaten to thwart the process. In countries like the Czech Republic, Serbia, Bosnia, Romania and Bulgaria, skeptics have ranged from former presidents to top athletes and doctors. Nations that once routinely went through mass inoculations under Communist leaders are deeply split over whether to take the vaccines at all. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
January 17

California congressman tests positive for coronavirus

A California congressman contracted the coronavirus before he could get a second dose of vaccine that would have improved his immunity
January 17
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2020, file photo, Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif., questions witnesses during a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on "worldwide threats to the homeland," on Capitol Hill Washington. Democratic Rep. Lou Correa announced Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 he tested positive upon returning home from Washington, D.C., prompting him to self-quarantine away from his family. His office said he received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Dec. 19 and has not received the second shot that would have boosted his immunity to about 95%. (Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP, File)
January 17

Chinese city reports coronavirus found on ice cream

A city government in eastern China says the coronavirus was found on ice cream produced there, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch
January 17
A man gets a swab for the coronavirus test at a hospital in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. The coronavirus was found on ice cream produced in eastern China, prompting a recall of cartons from the same batch, according to the government. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
January 16

The Latest: China reports a few new cases of COVID-19

China is reporting 109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, two-thirds of them in a northern province that abuts Beijing
January 16
First batch of health workers wait for their turn to get vaccinated at a hospital in Kolkata, India, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
January 16

Ex-Florida data scientist Rebekah Jones plans to surrender

Ex-Florida COVID-19 data curator Rebekah Jones says she'll surrender to authorities Sunday amid an investigation that she allegedly hack into the state’s emergency response system
January 16
January 16

Nestlé recalls 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Nestlé Prepared Foods is recalling more than 762,000 pounds of pepperoni Hot Pockets
January 16
January 16

Health fraud case: Mississippi pharmacy owner gets 18 years

He was also ordered to repay more than $287 million.
January 16
January 16

March for Life asks its supporters to stay home this year

There are concerns this year because of COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest.
January 16
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 file photo, anti-abortion activists participate in the "March for Life" rally near Capitol Hill in Washington. Organizers of the March for Life, the anti-abortion movement’s preeminent annual event, are asking their supporters nationwide not to gather in Washington in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and political unrest. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 16

Biden: We'll 'manage the hell' out of feds' COVID response

President-elect Joe Biden is pledging to boost supplies of coronavirus vaccine and set up new vaccination sites to meet his goal of 100 million shots in 100 days
January 16
President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
January 16

Governors' anger grows as federal vaccine stockpile vanishes

Several governors expressed exasperation at the Trump administration after being assured that the federal government had enough vaccine stockpiled to speed up or expand state rollouts only to be later told those reserves don’t exist
January 16
Pharmacist Ric Griffith stands in his family's business Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in Kenova, W.Va. Griffith & Feil is among 250 mom-and-pop pharmacies in West Virginia helping to vaccinate residents in the quest to banish the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Raby)
January 16

Experts explain why the Mediterranean diet is as good as everyone says

The heart-healthy diet might offer anti-aging and cancer progression benefits.
January 16
January 16

India starts world's largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

India has started inoculating health workers in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway
January 16
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, health workers shift a box containing COVID-19 vaccine from a vehicle to a cold storage at Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad, India. India started inoculating health workers Saturday, Jan. 16 in what is likely the world's largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
January 16

China builds hospital in 5 days after surge in virus cases

China has finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on infected people or goods from abroad
January 16
In this aerial photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers build a large centralized quarantine facility in Shijiazhuang in northern China's Hebei Province, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the Lunar New Year travel rush. (Yang Shiyao/Xinhua via AP)
January 16

AP PHOTOS: Vaccinated Indian nurse hopes worst is over

For as long as Shimray Wungreichon can remember, many of the people in her mountain town had little respect for the work she did. “A nurse’s job is said to be noble, but in our part of the world it is interpreted differently,” said Wungreichon, a nurse in Ukhrul, a remote town in India’s northeastern state of Manipur. “We are looked down on as a service profession.” The coronavirus pandemic changed that. Wungreichon was among the first of many Indian health workers to be vaccinated on Saturday, opening a new chapter in the battle against the pandemic in the world's second hardest-hit country, which has been scarred profoundly by a virus that has killed more than 152,000 of its people. “I am very positive about it," said Wungreichon, a nurse for 14 years who described getting vaccinated as a “normal routine” for her. The 43-year-old's town escaped the worst of the pandemic, which has ravaged most of the country. But like so many health workers fighting the virus at the...
January 16
Shimray Wungreichon, 43, holds a syringe after administering a shot to an elderly patient, while being the only nurse on overnight shift in the emergency ward at the District Hospital in Ukhrul, in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Wungreichon was among the first of many Indian health workers to be vaccinated on Saturday, opening a new chapter in the battle against the pandemic in the world's second hardest-hit country, which has been scarred profoundly by a virus that has killed more than 152,000 of its people. (AP Photo/Yirmiyan Arthur)
January 16

Vaccines to stimulus checks: Here's what's in Biden plan

President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to expand coronavirus vaccinations, help individuals and jump-start the economy
January 16
FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021, file photo, health care workers receive a COVID-19 vaccination at Ritchie Valens Recreation Center, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Pacoima, Calif. The rapid expansion of vaccinations to senior citizens across the U.S. has led to bottlenecks, system crashes and hard feelings in many states because of overwhelming demand for the shots. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
January 16

Amazon city scrambles to provide oxygen to COVID-19 patients

Doctors in the Amazon rainforest’s biggest city are having to choose which COVID-19 patients can breathe amid dwindling oxygen stocks and an effort to airlift some of the infected to other states
January 16
A health worker helps the relatives of patients with COVID-19 load an empty oxygen tank into their car which they will take to a store to be refilled and bring back, outside the Joventina Dias Hospital in Manaus, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Hospital staff and relatives of COVID-19 patients rushed to provide facilities with oxygen tanks just flown into the city as doctors chose which patients would breathe amid dwindling stocks and an effort to airlift some of them to other states. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)
January 15

Governors complain over pace of COVID-19 vaccine shipments

Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments is triggering anger and confusion in some states
January 15
FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2021, file photo, Florence Mullins, 89, sits in a chair as a family member holds her place in a long line to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Fair Park in Dallas. Uncertainty over the pace of federal COVID-19 vaccine allotments triggered anger and confusion Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, in some states where officials worried that expected shipments would not be forthcoming. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
January 15

The Latest: Mexico hits another record for COVID-19 cases

Mexico has posted a record spike in coronavirus cases with 21,366 newly confirmed infections, about double the daily rate of increase just a week ago
January 15
Syringes with the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 disease are ready at the vaccination center of the CASH hospital in Nanterre, outside Paris, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. As France tries to figure out why its vaccination campaign launched so slowly, the answer lies partly in forests of red tape and the decision to prioritize vulnerable older people in nursing homes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)