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The Latest: Pakistani troops to help enforce distancing

 Pakistan’s prime minister has summoned troops to help police implement social-distancing rules as a part of new measures aimed at containing the spread of coronavirus
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Lukas Furtenbach, an ace mountain guide speaks during an interview with Associated Press in Kathmandu, Nepal, Friday, April 23, 2021. Furtenbach became the first to test positive for COVID-19 in Mount Everest base camp. Erlend Ness told The Associated Press in a message Friday that he was confirmed infected on April 15 and was flown to Kathmandu. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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Asia Today: Thailand's new cases exceed 2,000, set record

Thailand’s health authorities have confirmed 2,070 new COVID-19 cases, a daily record that brings the country’s total above 50,000
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Peoples line up for a coronavirus test in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 23, 2021. Thailand’s health authorities announced Friday they have confirmed just over 2000 new COVID-19 cases, a new daily record that brings the country's total to 50,183. (AP Photo/Nathatida Adireksarn)
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Japan issues third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western areas to curb surge in coronavirus before Olympics.

Japan issues third state of emergency for Tokyo and three western areas to curb surge in coronavirus before Olympics.
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US drop in vaccine demand has some places turning down doses

Demand for the coronavirus vaccine has fallen off in some places around the United States to the point where some counties are turning down new shipments of doses
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Indian hospitals plead for oxygen, country sets virus record

India is putting oxygen tankers on special express trains as major hospitals in New Delhi begged on social media for more supplies to save COVID-19 patients who are struggling to breathe
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A COVID-19 patient waits inside an ambulance to be attended to and admitted into a dedicated COVID-19 government hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Thursday, April 22, 2021. A fire killed 13 COVID-19 patients in a hospital in western India early Friday as an extreme surge in coronavirus infections leaves the nation short of medical care and oxygen. India reported another global record in daily infections for a second straight day Friday, adding 332,730 new cases. The surge already has driven its fragile health systems to the breaking point with understaffed hospitals overflowing with patients and critically short of supplies. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
April 23

Jill Biden hears from Navajo women on needs, priorities

Jill Biden spent her first day of a trip to the Navajo Nation listening to female leaders who she referred to as her “sister warriors” on the needs and priorities of the country's largest Native American reservation
April 23
FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, Jill Biden, left, and Tuba City Regional Health Care Corp. CEO Lynette Bonar pose for photos after an event in Flagstaff, Ariz. Biden is traveling to the country's largest Native American reservation, the Navajo Nation, which was hit hard by the coronavirus but is outpacing the U.S. in vaccination rates while maintaining strict pandemic restrictions. The trip, scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 22-23, 2021, will be Biden's third to the reservation that spans 27,000 square miles (70,000 square kilometers) in the Four Corners region, and her inaugural visit as first lady. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)
April 22

Sanctions-battered Iran, weary of pandemic, faces worst wave

After facing criticism for downplaying the virus last year, Iranian authorities have put partial lockdowns and other measures in place to try and slow the coronavirus’ spread
April 22
A heart-shaped balloon and a bouquet of roses adorn the bed of a man who died from COVID-19 at the ICU unit of the Shohadaye Tajrish Hospital in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, April 18, 2021. After facing criticism for downplaying the virus last year, authorities have put partial lockdowns and other measures in place to try and slow the coronavirus’ spread, as Iran faces what looks like its worst wave of the coronavirus pandemic yet. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
April 22

Low on beds, oxygen, India adds global high 314K virus cases

India reported a global record of more than 314,000 new infections as a grim coronavirus surge in the world’s second-most populous country sends more and more sick people into a fragile health care system critically short of hospital beds and oxygen
April 22
Hospital staff shift the body of a COVID-19 patient on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance at a specialized COVID-19 hospital in Noida, a suburb of New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
April 22

Topless clubs among businesses that can reopen in Vegas

Topless dancers can shed coronavirus restrictions next weekend in Las Vegas and get face-to-face with patrons again under rules accepted Thursday by a state COVID-19 task force
April 22
FILE - In this Tuesday, June 21, 2016 file photo, Dancers at Girls of Glitter Gulch, 20 Fremont St., sit while waiting for costumers in Las Vegas. Topless dancers can shed coronavirus restrictions next weekend in Las Vegas and get face-to-face with patrons again under rules accepted Thursday, April 22, 2021, by a state COVID-19 task force. (Jeff Scheid/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File)
April 22

Oregon: CDC investigating woman's death after J&J vaccine

Oregon health authorities say federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
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A box of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is shown in a refrigerator at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, Wash., Thursday, March 25, 2021. Oregon health officials said Thursday, April 22, 2021, that federal officials are investigating the death of a woman in her 50s who developed a rare blood clot and low platelets within two weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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The Latest: Las Vegas strip clubs given OK to reopen May 1

Topless dancers can shed coronavirus restrictions beginning next weekend in Las Vegas and get face-to-face with patrons again
April 22
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, left, talks to 12th grade art student Eugene Coleman at White Plains High School, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in White Plains, N.Y. Cardona visited as part of the 'Help is Here' tour. The school reopened to all students on April 12. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 22

California goes from worst to first in virus infections

California has gone from worst to first in the rate of coronavirus infections
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FILE - In this March 25, 2021, file photo Healthcare workers tend to people in cars at a drive up vaccination center at City College of San Francisco during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco. Just a few months ago, California was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Hospitals in Los Angeles were drowning in patients and ambulances were idling outside with people struggling to breathe, waiting for beds to open. Now as cases spike in other parts of the country, California has gone from worst to first with the lowest infection rate in the U.S. even as it moves toward a broader reopening of its economy. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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Study finds pregnant women with COVID-19 have higher risk of complications, death

The global study involved 2,130 pregnant women in 18 countries.
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A pregnant woman wearing face mask is pictured seated in her living room in this stock photo.
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Canada bans flights from India, Pakistan

Canada is banning all flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days due to the growing wave of COVID-19 cases in that region
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Ontario Premier Doug Ford, left, receives the Astrazeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Anmol Soor at Shoppers Drug Mart during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, April 9, 2021. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
April 22

California's public universities to require COVID-19 vaccine

Two of the nation’s largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall
April 22
FILE - In this April 25, 2019, photo students walk past the Harriet and Charles Luckman Fine Arts Complex at the Cal State University, Los Angeles campus. Two of the nation's largest university systems say they intend to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff on University of California and California State University campuses this fall once the Food and Drug Administration gives formal approval, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
April 22

NYC to pay $750,000 to woman who was shackled during labor

A woman who says she was shackled by police for hours while in active labor has settled a lawsuit against New York City for $750,000
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Searching for footing in a life nearly extinguished by COVID

Like so many health care workers battered by the pandemic, Kari Wegg is searching for footing in a life after COVID-19
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California's 2 major university systems, the nation's largest, plan mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff

California's 2 major university systems, the nation's largest, plan mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for students and staff
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COVID-19 hospitalizations tumble among US senior citizens

COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans
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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2021, file photo, a senior receives a COVID-19 vaccine from a healthcare worker after arriving on a bus to a vaccination site at Anquan Boldin Stadium in Pahokee, Fla. COVID-19 hospitalizations are plunging among older Americans. The falling numbers show the country’s vaccination strategy is working, pushing deaths lower and easing pressure on the frayed hospital system. (Greg Lovett/The Palm Beach Post via AP, File)
April 22

Texting option weighed for upcoming '988' suicide hotline

Recognizing that many Americans rely on texting, U.S. regulators are considering requiring that phone companies allow people to text a suicide hotline
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FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. Recognizing that many Americans rely on texting, rather than phone calls, the U.S. communications regulator will weigh whether to require phone companies to let people text a suicide hotline. Crisis counselors began responding to texts sent to the Lifeline last August, the FCC said, and on Thursday, April 22, 2021, the agency voted unanimously to start a process that could also require phone companies to let people text 988. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)
April 22

In Romania, 'modern slaves' burn noxious trash for a living

Members of the Roma community scrape together a living in the trash-strewn slums outside Romania's capital by setting fire to computers, electrical cables and anything else they can find that contains metal
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A small boy carries discarded ceramic tiles for his family's home during a raid of the National Environmental Guard through scrape littered back yards in Vidra, Romania, Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Many people in the Roma community in SIntesti scrape a dangerous living by illegally setting fire to whatever they can find that contains metal, from computers to tires and electrical cables.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
April 22

Dutch coronavirus infections rise ahead of lockdown easing

Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte has defended his decision to ease his country’s lockdown next week even after the Netherlands recorded 9,648 new coronavirus infections
April 22
FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 1, 2021, Dutch caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte listens to a debate in parliament in The Hague, Netherlands. Rutte announced a significant easing in his country's months-long coronavirus lockdown Tuesday April 20, 2021, calling it a delicate balancing act as infections remain stubbornly high, and as lockdown fatigue grows.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
April 22

Race to vaccinate the country

An ABC News medical expert breaks down how the Johnson and Johnson vaccine pause affected the pace of vaccinations and what the next few months could look like.
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VIDEO: Race to vaccinate the country
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J&J vaccine 'pause' latest messaging challenge for officials

The “pause” of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine last week is just the latest crisis-messaging challenge for officials during the pandemic
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President Joe Biden speaks about COVID-19 vaccinations at the White House, Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Washington. Even before the coronavirus surfaced, training guides by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noted the difficulty of communicating in a public health crisis, when fear and uncertainty are running high. Yet how leaders communicate can be key to winning public cooperation. Or undermining it. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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German 'emergency brake' plan clears last legislative hurdle

A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly has cleared its final legislative hurdle
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Parliamentarians take part in a special session of the Bundesrat in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, April 22, 2021. The chamber discusses the revision of the Infection Protection Act. A plan by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to mandate uniform restrictions in areas where the coronavirus is spreading too quickly has cleared its final legislative hurdle. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)
April 22

Norway lends AstraZeneca vaccine jabs to Sweden, Iceland

Norway will lend all of its 216,000 doses of Astra Zeneca to neighboring Sweden and Iceland as long as the vaccine is on pause
April 22
FILE - In this April 9, 2021 file photo syringes are prepared to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 during a vaccination campaign at WiZink indoor arena in Madrid, Spain. =Countries in the European Union have ramped up the vaccination after sluggish start. The uptick comes as countries across Europe also grapple with a rise in infections that has pushed the EU’s overall number of confirmed cases close to 30 million. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, file)
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This Aug. 12, 2016 photo, shows a view from the central yard at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa.
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UK food bank use rises by a third during COVID-19 pandemic

A charity says U.K. food bank use rose by a third during the past 12 months as the COVID-19 pandemic left more people without the money to buy basic necessities
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Experts weigh the potential harms of pausing Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

J&J's vaccine is important for those susceptible to consequences of COVID.
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FILE PHOTO: Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Johnson & Johnson logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020.
April 22

When can you ditch your mask outdoors? Experts weigh in on the risks

For outdoor locations with lots of people, wearing a mask is still recommended.
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A dog gets a walk in Allegheny Commons Park as spring blossoms in Pittsburgh, April 9, 2021.
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EXPLAINER: Why India is shattering global infection records

The world’s fastest pace of spreading infections and the highest daily increase in coronavirus cases are pushing India further into a deepening and deadly health care crisis
April 22
Health workers carry a body of a COVID-19 victim for cremation, in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 19, 2021. New infections are rising faster in India than any other place in the world, stunning authorities and capsizing its fragile health system. Overall, India has more than 15.6 million cases, the second-highest after the United States, with 182,553 deaths. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
April 22

Laos locks down capital over virus outbreak tied to Thailand

Laos has locked down its capital and closed its borders to most traffic after identifying a COVID-19 cluster connected to neighboring Thailand
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A restaurant clerk rests at a Chinese restaurant in Vientiane in Feb. 11, 2020. Laos locked down its capital and closed its international borders to most traffic Thursday, April 22, 2021, after identifying a COVID-19 cluster connected to its bigger neighbor Thailand. (Kyodo News via AP)
April 22

China administers 200 million vaccine doses domestically

China has administered around 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine so far inside the country, focusing on front-line workers, university students and people living in border areas
April 22
A man wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks by masked residents lining up for COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination site with a board displaying the slogan, "Timely vaccination to build the Great Wall of Immunity together" in Beijing, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 22

India reports global record of 314,000 new coronavirus cases as surge taxes health system short of beds and oxygen

India reports global record of 314,000 new coronavirus cases as surge taxes health system short of beds and oxygen
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Dems push $25B for electric school buses, a Biden priority

Democratic lawmakers have unveiled legislation that would invest $25 billion to convert the nation’s fleet of gasoline- and diesel-powered school buses to electric vehicles
April 22
Vice President Kamala Harris tours Thomas Built Buses, Monday, April 19, 2021, in High Point, N.C. Harris is joined by EPA Administrator Michael Regan, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, Leslie Kilgore Vice President of Engineering, Rep. David Price, D-NC. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
April 21

On the nose: Perfumers helps COVID patients recover sense of smell

ABC News’ Ines De La Cuetara on how skilled Parisian perfumers use their noses to help COVID patients smell the roses again.
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VIDEO: On the nose: Perfumers helps COVID patients recover sense of smell
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The Latest: New Mexico preparing for 'vaccine hesitancy'

 New Mexico health officials say they are preparing to respond to pockets of vaccine hesitancy in some communities as overall interest increases in receiving the vaccine for COVID-19
April 21
FILE - In this Saturday, May 23, 2020 file photo, a man sprays water at umbrellas outside a tavern at Plaka district, in Athens, as the restaurant prepares for reopening. Greece's Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Wednesday April 21, 2021, the country's tourism industry will open on May 15 when a ban on travel between different regions in the country will be lifted, adding that restaurants and cafes will also be allowed to reopen outdoor areas starting on May 3. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis, File)
April 21

Medical marijuana legal in Utah, but not always affordable

A Utah group that led the push to legalize medical marijuana in the state has launched a financial relief program for patients who can't afford their medication
April 21
FILE - In this July 2, 2019, file photo, Darren Johnson, a hemp processor, holds raw hemp that will be used to make CBD oil at his processing facility, Wasatch Extraction, in Salt Lake City. A Utah group that led the push to get medical marijuana legalized in Utah launched a new project with marijuana pharmacies in the state Tuesday, April 20, 2021 to get certain people discounted rates on pot. They say they're doing it because people can't use health insurance to pay for it. (AP Photo/Morgan Smith, File)
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Pfizer warns of increase in fraudulent vaccines as fake doses found overseas

The fraud adds to a running tally of scam attempts exploiting the pandemic.
April 21
Registered Nurse Morgan James loads a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine at the Blood Bank of Alaska in Anchorage, March 19, 2021.
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Messenger RNA COVID vaccines likely safe for pregnant women: Study

Researchers observed more than 35,000 women in the study.
April 21
A pregnant woman receives a vaccine for the COVID-19 at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pa., Feb. 11, 2021.
April 21

Jill Biden visits US Southwest amid vaccine push

First lady Jill Biden is kicking off a three-day, two-state visit to the U.S. Southwest with a tour of a vaccination clinic in Albuquerque
April 21
First lady Jill Biden and New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, left, visit a COVID-19 vaccination center at First Choice Community Healthcare - South Valley Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, April 21, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/Pool via AP)
April 21

New data reassuring for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy

One of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy bolsters evidence that it is safe although more comprehensive research is needed
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FDA inspection found problems at factory making J&J vaccine

U.S. regulators say the Baltimore factory contracted to make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff
April 21
FILE - In this Wednesday, March 3, 2021 file photo, a pharmacist holds a vial of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. Janssen Pharmaceuticals is a division of Johnson & Johnson. On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration released a report saying the now-idle Emergent Biosciences factory where a key contractor hired to help make Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine was dirty, didn’t follow proper manufacturing procedures and had poorly trained staff, resulting in contamination of a batch of the vaccine. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
April 21

White House offers new tax credit to help spur vaccinations

President Joe Biden has announced new employer tax credits and other steps to encourage people reluctant to be inoculated to get the COVID-19 vaccine
April 21
FILE - In this March 11, 2021, file photo, President Joe Biden holds up his face mask as he speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during a prime-time address from the East Room of the White House in Washington. The U.S. is meeting President Joe Biden’s latest vaccine goal of administering 200 million COVID-19 shots in his first 100 days in office, as the White House steps up its efforts to inoculate the rest of the public. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
April 21

US reaches 200 million COVID-19 shots

In remarks made Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced the U.S. would reach 200 million COVID-19 shots in arms on his 92nd day in office.
April 21
In remarks made Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced the U.S. would reach 200 million COVID-19 shots in arms on his 92nd day in office.
April 21

Tennessee could require fetal remains be buried or cremated

It will now be up to Tennessee's Republican Gov. Bill Lee to decide whether some medical providers will be required to cremate or bury fetal remains from surgical abortions
April 21
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Paris perfumers help COVID-19 long-haulers regain their sense of smell

Experts say olfactory rehab can treat the loss of taste or smell from COVID-19.
April 21
Laurent Brossard, of Paris, lost his sense of smell when he contracted COVID-19 five months ago. He's still trying to get it back.
April 21

Europe lines up more shots, hoping to beat back virus surge

The European Union has ramped up its COVID-19 vaccination efforts amid doggedly high infection rates
April 21
FILE - In this March 27, 2021 file photo a laboratory worker simulates the workflow in a cleanroom of the BioNTech Corona vaccine production in Marburg, Germany, during a media day. Countries in the European Union have ramped up the vaccination after sluggish start. The uptick comes as countries across Europe also grapple with a rise in infections that has pushed the EU’s overall number of confirmed cases close to 30 million. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)
April 21

Greece to reopen tourism services on May 15

Greece’s prime minister says the country’s tourism industry will open on May 15 when a ban on travel between different regions in the country will also be lifted
April 21
A man wearing a protective face mask walks with is dog in Alimos, a seaside suburb of Athens, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
April 21

France to impose entry restrictions on travelers from India

A government official says France is about to impose new entry restrictions on travelers from India, in order to fight a contagious coronavirus variant spreading in that country
April 21
French President Emmanuel Macron attends a weekly meeting about the vaccination campaign, with Prime Minister Jean Castex, Secretary General of the Elysee Palace Alexis Kohler, Government's spokesman Gabriel Attal, Health Minister Olivier Veran, at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, France, Tuesday April, 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, pool)