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

Police in Brussels have fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse people protesting COVID-19 vaccinations and restrictions
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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)
1 hour ago

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
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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)
2 hours ago

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.
2 hours ago
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.
3 hours ago

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
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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)
January 21

Romania hits pandemic record of nearly 20,000 infections

Romania has hit a new pandemic record of 19,649 COVID-19 infections amid a rapid rise in cases, but hospitalizations and deaths remain significantly lower compared with the previous wave, official data shows
January 21
January 21

Australia records deadliest day of pandemic with 80 deaths

Australia has reported its deadliest day of the pandemic with 80 coronavirus fatalities, as an outbreak of the omicron variant continues to take a toll
January 21
FILE - Traffic marshals direct vehicles at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, on Jan. 8, 2022. Australia on Friday, Jan. 21, reported its deadliest day of the pandemic with 80 coronavirus fatalities, as an outbreak of the omicron variant continued to take a toll. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
January 21

2 years after 1st COVID case, US is battling biggest surge

Two years ago, the C.D.C. confirmed the first domestic case of coronavirus.
January 21
Medical workers treat a patient who is suffering from the effects of Covid-19 in the ICU at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., Jan. 18, 2022.
January 21

Nepal imposes tough restrictions as virus cases set record

Nepal’s capital has shut schools, ordered citizens to carry vaccination cards in public, banned religious festivals and instructed hotel guests to be tested every three days as it battles its biggest COVID-19 outbreak
January 21
People stand in a queue to receive the vaccine after the Nepalese government made vaccination cards mandatory for people to access public services in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
January 21

Inside Oklahoma's surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations among children

Weekly COVID cases among kids have risen 138%, according to state data.
January 21
In this screen grab taken from Google Maps Street View, the Oklahoma Children's Hospital is shown in Oklahoma City.
January 21

Poland hits pandemic record of over 36,600 daily infections

Poland's deputy health minister says the nation has hit a COVID-19 pandemic record of 36,665 new infections reported in 24 hours
January 21
January 20

'You're not alone': TikTokker’s message for those struggling with mental health

ABC News' Linsey Davis talks to motivational speaker Zachery Dereniowski about how he seeks to bring his community together and raise mental health awareness by giving out free hugs.
January 20
VIDEO: 'You're not alone': TikTokker’s message for those struggling with mental health
January 20

CDC urges Americans to get moving, but there's no simple solution

More than one-fifth of Americans aren't active enough, data shows.
January 20
In this undated file photo, a woman works out on a rowing machine at a gym.
January 20

California's COVID gun store shutdowns ruled illegal

A federal appeals court has found that two California counties violated the Constitution’s right to bear arms when they shut down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic
January 20
FILE - In this March 15, 2020 file photo people wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, overturned two California counties orders shutting down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
January 20

Early treatment could tame peanut allergies in small kids

A new study finds that young children might be able to overcome their peanut allergies if treated early enough
January 20
January 20

Judge to dismiss 11 murder counts against Ohio doctor

A judge has agreed to dismiss 11 of 25 murder counts against an Ohio doctor charged in multiple hospital deaths
January 20
January 20

US appeals court: 2 California counties violated Constitution by shutting down gun shops during early days of pandemic

US appeals court: 2 California counties violated Constitution by shutting down gun shops during early days of pandemic
January 20
January 20

Kentucky congressman against mandates says he has COVID-19

A Kentucky congressman who has been critical of pandemic mask and vaccine mandates says he has COVID-19
January 20
FILE - Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., talks to reporters before leaving Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 27, 2020, after attempting to slow action on a rescue package. Massie who has been critical of pandemic mask and vaccine mandates said he has tested positive for COVID-19, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 20

French premier says vaccine pass to go into effect Monday

French Prime Minister Jean Castex says a new COVID-19 pass will go into effect Monday, severely restricting the public lives of those who refuse to get inoculated by banning them from domestic flights, restaurants, sports events and other venues
January 20
FILE - Parliament members attend a session of questions to the Government at the French National Assembly in Paris, Jan. 4, 2022. France's parliament is voting Sunday on a bill that would exclude unvaccinated people from restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas and other venues, the central measure of government efforts to protect hospitals amid record numbers of virus infections. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
January 20

Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: accepting the virus

With one of Europe’s highest vaccination rates and its most pandemic-battered economies, the Spanish government is laying the groundwork for a new different COVID-19 playbook
January 20
January 20

Police: Man tried to kill 2 North Carolina hospital workers

Authorities say a man choked a hospital worker unconscious and tried to snap another employee’s neck during a rampage inside a North Carolina emergency room earlier this week
January 20
January 20

1 police department loses 2 officers to COVID-19 within days

Both Sgt. Thurman and officer Shields were 51 years old.
January 20
Officer Brian Shields and Sergeant Ken Thurman were members of the Aurora Police Department in Aurora, Ill.
January 20

Police union lawyer: Suspect freed after positive COVID test

The attorney for the St. Louis Police Officers Association says a domestic assault suspect was freed from jail after testing positive for COVID-19, despite being deemed dangerous enough that prosecutors wanted him held without a chance of bail
January 20
January 20

Austrian parliament approves vaccine mandate for adults

Austria’s parliament has voted to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults from Feb. 1, the first of its kind in Europe
January 20
FILE- Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer presents new COVID19 regulations at a press conference in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 6, 2022. Austria's parliament is due to vote Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, on plans to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the adult population, the first of its kind in Europe. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner, File)