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Michigan extends mask order, capacity limits amid surge

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan on Friday extended by five weeks a pandemic order that limits business capacity and requires masks in public, even for young children in day care, as the state battles the country's highest daily coronavirus infection rate. The measure, which was expected and ...

Indian vaccine maker asks US to ease export curbs

NEW DELHI (AP) — The chief executive of Serum Institute of India, the world's largest maker of vaccines and a critical supplier of the U.N.-backed COVAX facility, asked President Joe Biden on Twitter to lift the U.S. embargo on exporting raw materials needed to make the jabs. Vaccine ...

Shortage of intubation drugs threatens Brazil health sector

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Reports are emerging of Brazilian health workers forced to intubate patients without the aid of sedatives, after weeks of warnings that hospitals and state governments risked running out of critical medicines. One doctor at the Albert Schweitzer municipal hospital in ...

Celebrities make a stand for COVID vaccines on TV special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and a slew of celebrities including Billy Crystal, Jennifer Hudson and Lin-Manuel Miranda are part of a special aimed at boosting COVID-19 vaccination rates. "Roll Up Your Sleeves," airing at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday on NBC, ...

Three COVID-19 deaths, 552 new COVID cases on Thursday in NH

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 552 new positive test results for COVID-19 and three deaths Thursday for a current PCR test positivity rate of 3.0%. One of the three deaths announced today occurred in December 2020 and was recently confirmed as related ...

Day workers leaving India’s Mumbai as virus dries up jobs

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Migrant workers are piling into rail stations in India's financial capital Mumbai to head back to their home villages now that virus-control measures have dried up work in the hard-hit region. "What do I do now?" asked Ramzan Ali, who'd been earning up to 500 rupees ...

Amid hesitancy, Louisiana gets creative in vaccine outreach

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Brass bands playing at a 24-hour drive-thru coronavirus vaccine event. Doses delivered to commercial fishermen minutes from the docks. Pop-up immunization clinics at a Buddhist temple, homeless shelters, truck stops and casinos, with shots available at night or on ...

China ramps up vaccination drive with free eggs, other goods

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China's success at controlling the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in a population that has seemed almost reluctant to get vaccinated. So it is accelerating its inoculation campaign by offering incentives — free eggs, store coupons and discounts on groceries and ...

US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

The United States opened more distance between itself and much of the rest of the world Thursday, nearing the 200 millionth vaccine administered in a race to protect the population against COVID-19, even as other countries, rich and poor, struggle with stubbornly high infection rates and ...

412 new COVID cases in N.H. on Wednesday

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has issued the following update on the new coronavirus, COVID-19. On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, DHHS announced 412 new positive test results for COVID-19, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 2.4%. Today’s ...

Homeless Americans finally getting a chance at COVID-19 shot

Homeless Americans who have been left off priority lists for coronavirus vaccinations — or even bumped aside as states shifted eligibility to older age groups — are finally getting their shots as vaccine supplies increase. While the U.S. government has only incomplete data on infections ...

With 200,000 in 1 day, India skyrockets past 14M virus cases

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reported more than 200,000 new coronavirus cases Thursday, skyrocketing past 14 million overall as an intensifying outbreak puts a grim weight on its fragile health care system. In the capital, New Delhi, more than a dozen hotels and wedding banquet halls were ...

Red states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) — With coronavirus shots now in the arms of nearly half of American adults, the parts of the U.S. that are excelling and those that are struggling with vaccinations are starting to look like the nation's political map: deeply divided between red and blue states. Out ...

More COVID state shutdowns unlikely, despite CDC suggestion

When one of the nation's top health officials this week suggested states dealing with a spring spike of coronavirus cases should "shut things down," the remark landed with a thud. Even Democratic governors and lawmakers who supported tough stay-at-home orders and business closures to stem ...

378 new COVID-19 cases in NH on Tuesday

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 378 new positive test results for COVID-19 Tuesday, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 3.4%. Today’s results include 210 people who tested positive by PCR test and 168 who tested positive by antigen test. There ...

US intel report: Virus impact to cause global ‘aftershocks’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The effects of the coronavirus pandemic are expected to contribute over the next year to "humanitarian and economic crises, political unrest, and geopolitical competition," according to a new intelligence report that also warns about the threats from foreign adversaries and ...

Biden says pause on J&J shots shows gov’t putting safety 1st

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccination campaign hit a snag Tuesday when federal regulators recommended a "pause" in administering Johnson & Johnson shots. But the White House portrayed the action as important validation of his measured approach throughout the ...

South Africa halts J&J vaccine jabs; Europe rollout delayed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa suspended giving Johnson & Johnson vaccine shots Tuesday as a "precautionary measure" and the company delayed its European vaccine rollout following an FDA decision to pause the jabs while very rare blood clot cases are examined. South Africa has given ...