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Japan declares emergency for Tokyo area as cases spike

TOKYO (AP) — Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued the declaration at the government task force for the coronavirus. It ...

24 deaths, 912 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced 912 new positive test results for COVID-19 and 24 deaths on Wednesday for a current PCR test positivity rate of 5.8%. The deaths include: 1 male resident of Belknap County, 60 years of age and older 3 male residents of ...

Arizona deemed ‘hot spot of the world’ amid virus surge

PHOENIX (AP) — Five months after President Donald Trump hailed Arizona as a model for how it dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, public health experts warned Wednesday that the state has become "the hot spot of the world" and that health restrictions the governor has been hesitant to impose ...

Death of 9 nuns highlights toll of coronavirus in convents

LATHAM, N.Y. (AP) — Through the month of December, mixed in with joyful Christmas messages, death announcements filled the Facebook page of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet as a coronavirus outbreak took its toll in a residence for retired and infirm nuns. "We have lost nine beloved ...

Dates, plans of WHO expert visit to China under negotiation

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China said Wednesday it was still negotiating with the World Health Organization the dates and itinerary for a visit by international experts looking into origins of COVID-19, after the head of the agency criticized Beijing for not finalizing permissions for the mission. ...

Governors scramble to speed vaccine effort after slow start

New York's governor threatened to fine hospitals if they don't use their allotment of COVID-19 vaccine fast enough. His South Carolina counterpart warned health care workers they have until Jan. 15 to get a shot or move to the back of the line. California's governor wants to use dentists to ...

Pandemic-era Mardi Gras: No big crowds, but plenty of cake

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A subdued Carnival season begins Wednesday after the coronavirus pandemic put an end to the crowd-heavy balls and street parades that draw thousands of people to the city every year. The Mardi Gras season always starts on Jan. 6 and ends on Fat Tuesday, which this year ...

11 deaths, 667 new COVID-19 cases

CONCORD – The state Department of Health and Human Services announced 667 new positive test results for COVID-19 and 11 deaths Tuesday, for a current PCR test positivity rate of 6.6%. The deaths include: 4 female residents of Hillsborough County, 60 years of age and older 3 male ...

EXPLAINER: Why the smallest state has a big virus challenge

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For a few days in December, Rhode Island was one of the worst places on the planet when it came to new cases of COVID-19 per capita. Hospitals hit capacity as the rate of new cases topped the nation, nearly double the rate in neighboring Connecticut. The state's ...

UK leader to use ‘every second’ to vaccinate the vulnerable

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged that his government would use "every available second" to shield the elderly and the vulnerable from the virus rampaging across Britain as he told Parliament why the country needed to return to a COVID-19 lockdown. Lawmakers, who were ...

EU agency approves Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine

AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Union's medicines agency gave the green light Wednesday to Moderna Inc.'s COVID-19 vaccine, a decision that gives the 27-nation bloc a second vaccine to use in the desperate battle to tame the virus rampaging across the continent. The approval recommendation by ...

Balkans feel abandoned as vaccinations kick off in Europe

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — When thousands of people across the European Union began rolling up their sleeves last month to get a coronavirus vaccination shot, one corner of the continent was left behind, feeling isolated and abandoned: the Balkans. Balkan nations have struggled to ...

Netanyahu re-election hopes hinge on vaccination campaign

JERUSALEM (AP) — For media-obsessed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the coronavirus vaccine has arrived just in time. With elections approaching in March, Netanyahu has placed his world-leading vaccination drive at the center of his reelection campaign — launching an aggressive media ...

First responders to receive shots; 44 cases traced to church

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts will begin administering COVID-19 vaccine doses to police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders on Jan. 11, Gov. Charlie Baker said Monday. The state is offering a variety of options for first responders, including administering vaccinations onsite at ...

EXPLAINER: US regulator weighs in on vaccine dosing debate

The first Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 are getting their second dose, while Britain has decided to postpone boosters and focus instead on giving more people a first shot — international differences that are adding to public confusion. There's growing debate about whether to change ...

Prosecutor: Wisconsin pharmacist thought vaccine was unsafe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin pharmacist convinced the world was "crashing down" told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he believed the shots would mutate people's DNA, according to court documents released Monday. Police in Grafton, about 20 miles ...

Statehouses could prove to be hothouses for virus infection

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — As lawmakers around the U.S. convene this winter to deal with the crisis created by the pandemic, statehouses themselves could prove to be hothouses for infection. Many legislatures will start the year meeting remotely, but some Republican-controlled statehouses, from ...

Vaccination drive enters new phase in US and Britain

The first Americans inoculated against COVID-19 began rolling up their sleeves for their second and final dose Monday, while Britain introduced another vaccine on the same day it imposed a new nationwide lockdown against the rapidly surging virus. New York State, meanwhile, announced its ...

UK first in world to start using Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

LONDON (AP) — The U.K. on Monday became the first nation in the world to start using the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University and drugmaker AstraZeneca, ramping up a nationwide inoculation program as rising infection rates are putting an unprecedented strain on British ...

Fauci: Vaccinations are increasing in a ‘glimmer of hope’

The U.S. ramped up COVID-19 vaccinations in the past few days after a slower-than-expected start, bringing the number of shots dispensed to about 4 million, government health officials said Sunday. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious-disease expert, also said on ABC's "This Week" ...