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S. Korea sets high of 8,000 new virus cases ahead of holiday

South Korea has recorded more than 8,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time as health authorities reshape the country’s pandemic response to address a surge driven by the highly contagious omicron variant
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A medical worker moves to guide people as they wait for their coronavirus test at a makeshift testing site in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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David Perdue tests positive for COVID-19 after campaign stop

Georgia Republican gubernatorial candidate David Perdue has tested positive for COVID-19
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Extra cash for low-income mothers may influence baby brains

New research suggests giving extra cash to low-income mothers can change their infants’ brain development
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FILE - This April 3, 2019, file photo shows U.S. currency in New York. U.S. scientists have shown that payments to reduce poverty can enhance infants’ brain development in the first rigorous study of its kind. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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FDA halts use of antibody drugs that don't work vs. omicron

U.S. health officials say COVID-19 antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly should no longer be used because they don't work against the omicron variant
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FILE - A doctor holds a Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusion bag during a news conference Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration said COVID-19 antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly should no longer be used because they are unlikely to work against the dominant omicron variant. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
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Seattle hospitals at breaking point as COVID-19 patients increase

Doctors say they are dealing with a wave of new COVID-19 patients amid the latest surge fueled by the omicron variant.
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Doctors say they are dealing with a wave of new COVID-19 patients amid the latest surge fueled by the omicron variant.
January 24

Hospitals in Seattle are at their breaking point amid COVID crush of patients

Weekly hospitalizations have increased 460% from one month ago.
January 24
Registered nurse Estella Wilmarth tends to a patient in the acute care unit of Harborview Medical Center, Jan. 14, 2022, in Seattle.
January 24

Hope seen once the omicron wave increases global immunity

World health officials are offering hope that the ebbing of the omicron wave could usher in a new, more manageable phase of the COVID-19 pandemic
January 24
Workers walk over London Bridge towards the City of London financial district during the morning rush hour, in London, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The British government have asked people to return to working in offices starting Monday as they ease coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
January 24

UK to lift travel test requirements for the vaccinated

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says his government will remove coronavirus testing requirements for vaccinated people arriving in England
January 24
Workers walk over London Bridge towards the City of London financial district during the morning rush hour, in London, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The British government have asked people to return to working in offices starting Monday as they ease coronavirus restrictions. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
January 24

Germany keeps COVID restrictions as omicron infections soar

Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Germany’s 16 state governors have decided to keep existing coronavirus restrictions in place and examine how best to use strained PCR test capacities as the highly contagious omicron variant fuels a steep rise in infections
January 24
A woman walks past a Covid-19 test center in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, the day when German politicians discusses further measures to avoid the outspread of the coronavirus. Slogan read "Corona? test here". (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
January 24

Kosovo tightens COVID measures for people entering country

Kosovo has tightened COVID-19 measures for people coming into the country amid a surge in coronavirus infections
January 24
January 24

WHO chief warns against talk of 'endgame' in pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization has warned that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and says it’s dangerous to assume omicron is the last one or that “we are in the endgame.”
January 24
FILE - Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization speaks during a news conference on updates regarding on the novel coronavirus COVID-19, at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 9, 2020 . The head of the World Health Organization is warning that conditions remain ideal for more coronavirus variants to emerge and says it’s dangerous to assume omicron is the last one or that “we are in the endgame.” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also says the acute phase of the pandemic could still end this year — if some key targets are met. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File)
January 24

Belgium OKs 4th vaccine shot for immunocompromised people

Belgium’s health ministers have approved a recommendation to use a fourth dose of coronavirus vaccine to better protect people with a weakened immune system against the virus
January 24
Two people help a woman overcome by tear gas during a demonstration against COVID-19 measures in Brussels, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Demonstrators gathered in the Belgian capital to protest what they regard as overly extreme measures by the government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including a vaccine pass regulating access to certain places and activities and possible compulsory vaccines. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
January 24

Graduation rates dip across US as pandemic stalls progress

An analysis shows high school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states.
January 24
Counselor Carly Lott stands outside her office at Procter R. Hug High School in Reno, Nev., Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Lott became concerned about the hours students were working outside the classroom early in the pandemic and its potential effect on graduation rates, which are dipping in many states for the first time in decades. (AP Photo/Samuel Metz)
January 24

S. Korea to expand testing, shorten quarantine for omicron

South Korea will expand rapid testing and shorten quarantines as it reshapes its pandemic response to deal with a faster-than-expected surge in coronavirus infections driven by the highly contagious omicron variant
January 24
A medical worker in a booth wears plastic gloves at a temporary screening clinic for the coronavirus in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, Pool)
January 24

Minnesota COVID patient transferred to a Texas hospital dies

A family attorney thanked the public for its "outpouring of love."
January 24
Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minn., is pictured in an Aug. 2021 image taken from Google Maps Street View.
January 24

Monthlong pandemic lockdown lifted on China's Xi'an

Authorities have lifted a monthlong pandemic lockdown on the northern Chinese city of Xi'an and its 13 million residents
January 24
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a child gets a throat swab for the COVID-19 test at a residential area in Fengtai District in Beijing, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. People in a Beijing district with some 2 million residents were ordered Sunday to undergo mass coronavirus testing following a series of infections as China tightened anti-disease controls ahead of the Winter Olympics. (Tang Rufeng/Xinhua via AP)
January 23

Monthlong pandemic lockdown lifted on northern Chinese city of Xi'an, allowing 13 million residents to travel freely

Monthlong pandemic lockdown lifted on northern Chinese city of Xi'an, allowing 13 million residents to travel freely
January 23
January 23

Youth's overdose death renews pleas for Narcan in schools

The death of a Connecticut seventh grader from an apparent fentanyl overdose has renewed calls for schools to carry the opioid antidote naloxone
January 23
Students at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy return to school, Jan. 19, 2022 in Hartford, Conn. The school has been closed since last week after a student died from a fentanyl overdose. The death of the seventh grader has renewed calls for schools to carry the opioid antidote naloxone. The 13-year-old student in Hartford died after falling ill in school two days earlier. The school did not have naloxone, which is known by the brand name Narcan. But now city officials are vowing to put it in all schools. Fatal overdoses among young people in the U.S. have been increasing amid the opioid epidemic but remain relatively uncommon. (Mark Mirko/ The Hartford Courant via AP)
January 23

Water cannon, tear gas at COVID-19 protests in Brussels

Police in Brussels have fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse violent demonstrations against COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictions
January 23
Police set off a water cannon against protestors during a demonstration against COVID-19 measures in Brussels, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Demonstrators gathered in the Belgian capital to protest what they regard as overly extreme measures by the government to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, including a vaccine pass regulating access to certain places and activities and possible compulsory vaccines. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
January 23

Russia sets another daily virus record amid omicron surge

It's the third consecutive daily record as omicron spreads through the country.
January 23
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride a a subway car in an underground in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Daily new coronavirus infections in Russia have reached an all-time high and authorities are blaming the highly contagious omicron variant, which they expect to soon dominate the country's outbreak. Record numbers of new cases were reported  in Moscow and in St. Petersburg, where health officials on Friday limited elective outpatient care.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)
January 23

New conservative target: Race as factor in COVID treatment

Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people
January 23
FILE - Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez checks on IV fluids while talking to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2021. Some conservatives are taking aim at policies that allow doctors to consider race as a risk factor when allocating scarce COVID-19 treatments, saying the protocols discriminate against white people. Medical experts say the opposition is misleading. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
January 23

How does COVID-19 cause people to lose sense of smell? And how many regain it?

Some studies suggest up to 96% of COVID patients are affected.
January 23
Food editor Leah Holzel smells aromatic spices on March 22, 2021 in New York City. Holzel, who had lost her sense of smell from 2016 to 2019, now coaches people who have lost their sense of smell due to Covid-19.
January 23

Omicron spreads in New Zealand, spoiling PM's wedding plans

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is postponing her wedding after announcing new COVID-19 restrictions following the discovery of nine cases of the omicron variant in a single family that flew to Auckland to attend a wedding
January 23
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks about the COVID-19 situation while visiting New Plymouth on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. New Zealand is among the few remaining countries to have avoided any outbreaks of the omicron variant — but Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Thursday an outbreak was inevitable and the nation would tighten restrictions as soon as one was detected. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
January 22

With new AG, Virginia takes new position on abortion case

There is a closely watched abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
January 22
January 22

Vaccine passport protests in Europe draw thousands of people

Thousands of people have gathered in European capitals to protest the measures.
January 22
Protestors gather to demonstrate against the coronavirus measures including the vaccine pass, in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (Fredrik Persson/TT News Agency via AP)
January 22

With Roe in doubt, states act on abortion limits, expansions

State-by-state battles over the future of abortion are setting up around the U.S. Republican lawmakers are proposing new restrictions based on laws in Texas and Mississippi and some Democratic-led states are working to preserve access
January 22
January 22

Samoa goes into lockdown after 15 Australians test positive

The prime minister of Samoa has placed the small Pacific nation into a 48-hour lockdown after 15 passengers on a flight from Australia tested positive for COVID-19
January 22
January 22

China's success taming virus could make exit strategy harder

The sweeping “zero-tolerance” policies that China has employed to protect its people and economy from COVID-19 may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic
January 22
A sweeper wearing a mask to protect from the coronavirus walks past displays promoting winter sports in Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The sweeping "zero-tolerance" policies that China has employed to protect its people and economy from COVID-19 may, paradoxically, make it harder for the country to exit the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
January 22

Anti-abortion protesters optimistic at March for Life in DC

Speakers at the annual anti-abortion rally in Washington say there's a growing sense of optimism that their long-sought goal of a sweeping rollback of abortion rights in America is finally in reach
January 22
People attend the March for Life rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. The March for Life, for decades an annual protest against abortion, arrives this year as the Supreme Court has indicated it will allow states to impose tighter restrictions on abortion with a ruling in the coming months. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 22

First flights leave Chinese city Xi'an as travel curbs ease

The first commercial airline flights in one month have taken off from Xi’an in western China as the government eased travel curbs imposed after a coronavirus outbreak ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing
January 22
A worker wearing a protective suit swabs for a COVID-19 test in northern China's Tianjin municipality, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Officials are still working to eliminate a coronavirus outbreak in the nearby city of Tianjin as the 2022 Winter Olympics are set to begin in Beijing on Feb. 4. (Chinatopix via AP)
January 21

Arizona sues Biden to keep school anti-mask rules

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is suing the Biden administration over its demand that the state stop sending millions in federal COVID-19 relief money to schools if they don’t have mask requirements or close due to COVID-19 outbreaks
January 21
FILE - In this June 10, 2020, file photo, an ambulance is parked at Arizona General Hospital in Laveen, Ariz. Arizona is continuing to see slight downward trends with coronavirus hospitalizations as officials find more related deaths. Arizona is committing millions of dollars and asking the federal government for extra help as hospitals face a growing strain from rising COVID-19 caseloads and warn they are nearing their limits. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
January 21

Youngkin: For now, listen to principals on school masks

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin says he's confident his administration will win a court battle over his executive order allowing parents to opt out of school mask mandates for their children
January 21
January 21

Georgia suing Biden administration over Medicaid rejection

Georgia officials have sued the Biden administration over its decision to revoke approval of the state’s plan to require new Medicaid recipients to meet a work requirement
January 21
FILE - In this April 3, 2021, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp listens to a question during a news conference at the State Capitol in Atlanta. Georgia sued the Biden administration Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, over its decision to revoke approval of the state's plan to require Medicaid recipients to meet a work requirement as part of a limited expansion of the health insurance program to more low-income Georgians, the governor's office said.(AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
January 21

Latin America, Asia latest to get hit with omicron surge

In Costa Rica, election officials are encouraging those infected with the coronavirus to skip voting in upcoming national elections
January 21
Wearing masks to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, people wait for a traffic light to change before crossing a street in San Jose, Costa Rica, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Carlos Gonzalez)
January 21

Anti-abortion protesters optimistic at March for Life in DC

The annual anti-abortion rally in the nation’s capital sounded more like a victory celebration Friday
January 21
People attend the March for Life rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. The March for Life, for decades an annual protest against abortion, arrives this year as the Supreme Court has indicated it will allow states to impose tighter restrictions on abortion with a ruling in the coming months. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
January 21

Preteens may be vaxed without parents under California bill

California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated.
January 21
State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, addresses the state Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Wiener is introducing, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 a bill that would allow children ages 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents consent. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 21

Logistics center will help abortion seekers get to Illinois

With abortion access increasingly restricted across much of the South and Midwest, two Illinois clinics near St. Louis on Friday announced a new logistics center to help abortion seekers get to their clinics
January 21
January 21

COVID deaths surge in nation's largest county

The county recorded 102 deaths Thursday, the highest number since March 2021.
January 21
A woman receives help with a nasal swab at an express Covid-19 mobile testing site in Paramount, a city in Los Angeles County, Calif., on Jan. 12, 2022.
January 21

Noem unveils abortion ban, mimics Texas' private enforcement

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has unveiled a proposal to ban most abortions
January 21
January 21

Poland's ex-president Solidarity leader Walesa has COVID

Poland's former president and former Solidarity pro-democracy movement leader, Lech Walesa, says he has COVID-19
January 21
Poland's former president Lech Walesa sits in his office in Gdansk, Poland, Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021. The 78-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said Friday Jan. 21, 2022 on Facebook that he was surprised to find out he was infected, despite the three vaccination doses he has received. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
January 21

Booster shots needed against omicron, CDC studies show

Three new U.S. studies offer more evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who have gotten booster shots
January 21
FILE - A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago. Three new U.S. studies offer more evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who have received booster shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the studies, Friday. Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
January 21

Trump appointee blocks Biden federal worker vaccine mandate

A U.S. judge in Texas has issued a nationwide injunction barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden’s requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19
January 21
FILE - A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago. Three new U.S. studies offer more evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are standing up to the omicron variant, at least among people who have received booster shots. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the studies, Friday. Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
January 21

Climate, COVID, China: Takeaways from online Davos event

Government and business leaders have urged global cooperation on climate change, the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recovery at the World Economic Forum’s virtual gathering this week
January 21
German Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), arrives for the opening Davos Agenda 2022, in Cologny near Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. The Davos Agenda, from 17 to 21 January 2022, is an online edition due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak gather global leaders to shape the principles, policies and partnerships needed in this challenging context. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
January 21

Bulgaria limits classes, events to curb latest virus surge

Health authorities have stepped up anti-infection measures in Bulgaria’s capital and other major cities in response to a surge in coronavirus cases
January 21
January 21

Overwhelmed Utah battles omicron surge with limited testing

The state is seeing record COVID-19 hospitalizations.
January 21
A member of the Salt Lake County Health Department COVID-19 testing staff performs a test on Chrissy Nichols outside the Salt Lake County Health Department, Jan. 4, 2022, in Salt Lake City.
January 21

Italian doctors, dentists not fully vaccinated are suspended

Italy's federation of physicians and dentists says some 1,900 members have been suspended from the national professional group because they haven't complied with a law requiring them to be completely vaccinated, including having a booster shot
January 21
January 21

Omicron surge is undermining care for other health problems

The omicron surge this winter has swamped U.S. hospitals with record numbers of patients with COVID-19
January 21
Roger Strukhoff 67, poses for a portrait Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, in his DeKalb, Ill., home. Strukhoff was being treated for intestinal bleeding at a hospital outside Chicago this month when he suffered a mild heart attack. Normally, the medical staff would have sent Strukhoff to the intensive care unit, but, overrun with COVID-19 patients, the staff instead had to wheel a heart monitor into his room and quickly administer nitroglycerin and morphine. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
January 21

2 years since the 1st case of COVID detected in US

Dr. John Brownstein, chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Health, discusses where we are in the fight against COVID-19 as hospitalizations hit new highs.
January 21
VIDEO: 2 years since the 1st case of COVID detected in US
January 21

Russia hits all-time high of new infections, blames omicron

Daily new coronavirus infections in Russia have reached an all-time high and authorities are blaming the highly contagious omicron variant, which they expect to soon dominate the country’s outbreak
January 21
FILE - People eat their takeaway food sitting outside a cafe that is closed due to coronavirus in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. Russia is shortening the required isolation period for people infected with COVID-19 from 14 to seven days. The decision was announced Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022 as Russia faces a surge of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious omicron variant. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
January 21

Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as the country widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant, which has caused cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan areas
January 21
FILE - People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on a street lined with bars and restaurants in Tokyo on Jan. 19, 2022. Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 as Japan widens COVID-19 restrictions due to omicron causing cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan areas. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)