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    By The Associated Press MOSCOW — Russia’s national coronavirus taskforce on Saturday reported 17,906 new infections, more than double the daily tally from early June. More than half of the new infections are in Moscow, where cases have tripled this month. The soaring case count has caused alarm among officials, who have increased measures to obstruct the spread. Moscow, its...
    A shocking amount of people haven’t been intimate since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. According to a study from SWNS, 45% of people between the ages of 18 and 40 haven’t engaged in physical intimate activity since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (SLIDESHOW: These Women On Instagram Hate Wearing Clothes) Furthermore and arguably worse, 2/3 of people involved...
    Tokyo Olympic organizers sent a message to athletes looking to do more than just participate in the sporting events later this summer: Take your condoms back home with you. Officials are planning to hand out some 150,000 condoms at the Games but for awareness purposes only. According to Reuters on Monday, athletes have been warned against mingling with each other...
    President Joe Biden's former Covid czar said the pandemic would not have been as deadly if Americans 'had sacrificed a little bit' more. In an appearance on CBS This Morning to promote his new book Preventable, Andy Slavitt, the former White House Senior Adviser for COVID-19 Response, said much of what occurred in the U.S. was avoidable.  Slavitt said there...
    By The Associated Press BEIRUT — Lebanon has vaccinated a daily record of people against COVID-19, raising the total number of shots administered around the country against the virus to more than 1 million. The Health Ministry said nearly 23,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday alone in different parts of the country on the third weekend of a COVID-19 vaccination...
    By The Associated Press CARBIS BAY, England — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says Britain wants further investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that at the moment the country doesn’t believe it came from a lab. Speaking at the end of the Group of Seven summit in southwest England, Johnson says that while it doesn’t look as...
    By The Associated Press FALMOUTH, England — Public health experts and humanitarian groups are calling for money, increased vaccine production and logistical support to help developing countries where the coronavirus is still rampant. They say rich nations must do more than donate surplus vaccines if they hope to end the COVID-19 pandemic. While almost half of the G-7′s combined population...
    President Joe Biden announced Thursday his plan to purchase 500 million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine for the world to help fight the global pandemic. “The United States is providing these half-million doses with no strings attached,” Biden said, claiming the United States would not use them for “pressure for favors” or “concessions.” “We’re doing this to save lives, to...
    VIDEO7:1807:18From gap semesters to a gap year: college students during the pandemicCollege Voices The Covid-19 pandemic was incredibly challenging for college students and when schools shut down and went to remote classes, many students chose to take time off — a gap year or even a gap semester — instead. Postsecondary enrollments dropped 2.5% in the fall of 2020, nearly...
    Monday on FNC’s “Fox News @ Night,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) criticized the media for its reporting on the origins of the COVID-19 virus, believed by some to have leaked from a lab in Wuhan, China. The Arkansas GOP lawmaker noted the erosion of trust in the media because of the reluctance to report on matters that did not advance...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. MinnPost provides updates on coronavirus in Minnesota Monday through Friday. The information is published following a press phone call with members of the Walz administration or after the release of daily...
    A Chinese military scientist with ties to the United States reportedly filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine well before the disease was declared a global pandemic.  Yusen Zhou, who worked for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), lodged the paperwork on behalf of the Chinese political party on February 24 2020, according to The Australian newspaper.  That date was just...
    As has become clear in recent weeks, the establishment media and Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe were never particularly interested in doing accurate reporting on the COVID-19 pandemic. As I document in my new bestselling book, Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption, the press sought to turn the virus into “God’s gift to...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — On a beautiful day in the Pittsburgh area, COVID-19 restrictions now a thing of the past. There were plenty of events for people to choose from as they looked to get out of the house they’ve been stuck inside for the past 15 months. Art, earth and activism all were in the planner for a busy Pittsburgh...
    By The Associated Press HONOLULU — A review of Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s emails shows the state epidemiologist spent key weeks in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic resisting suggestions and requests that she boost contact tracing to control the spread of COVID-19. They also showed Dr. Sarah Park repeatedly telling her superiors that the state’s failure to adequately...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci communicated with a Chinese official about the United States's coronavirus response and said they'd “get through this together,” a newly released email batch shows. “Let’s work together to get the virus out of the earth,” said George Gao, the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in an email correspondence. Gao initiated the email...
    The United Kingdom has recorded zero daily deaths from the Chinese coronavirus for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. In a major subversion of recent claims by government scientists that the nation is on the verge of a coronavirus third wave — a claim which has been used to promote cancelling the end of lockdown — there...
    By The Associated Press BERLIN — The German government is following up on media reports that coronavirus test centers across the country have overbilled authorities for the number of tests taken. Germans are allowed one free “citizen’s test” per week to check if they are negative for coronavirus. They can use the result to be able to dine at outside...
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — COVID-19 restrictions on traditional campaign tactics are winding down or gone. That's clear as both parties contest New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District special election race, on Tuesday, to replace now-Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Rather than hammering issues related to coronavirus restrictions, Republican candidate state Sen. Mark Moores has focused on a defund-the-police message. He’s...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Biden, allegedly justified experimenting on contagious viruses as worth the risk of a laboratory accident, such as a global pandemic, outlining his view in an American Society for Microbiology analysis in October 2012, according to a report from The Australian.  Fauci, whose alleged remarks were highlighted by The Australian, “argued that the...
    Former State Department official David Asher, a member of the Trump administration, said his team found no evidence that the coronavirus originated in animals and was transmitted to humans A former State Department official who led a task force investigating the origins of the coronavirus said President Biden would need to back up his new investigation with the threat...
    Cardiac arrests associated with drug overdoses rose by more than 40 percent in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic, a new study reveals. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, who say the increase from 2019 to 2020 is 'unprecedented,' found that May 2020 had more than 2,000 calls, - the highest number ever recorded in a single month....
    (CNN)President Joe Biden has directed US intelligence agencies to investigate the origins of Covid-19, as international health officials and scientists call for a more in-depth examination of a theory that the deadly virus was accidentally leaked from a lab in China. In a statement Wednesday, Biden said the intelligence community had yet to reach a definitive conclusion on how the...
    VIDEO4:5704:57Dr. Gottlieb: I think we will have a 'quiet summer' on Covid transmissionClosing Bell More Americans are vaccinated against Covid everyday, but that's not the only reason coronavirus cases in the U.S. keep falling, Dr. Scott Gottlieb told CNBC on Friday. In an interview on "Closing Bell," the former Food and Drug Administration commissioner said additional factors contributing to declining infection levels...
    The coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions that accompanied it caused economic ruin for millions of Americans and businesses.
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco's iconic cable cars aren't the only thing being adjusted as the pandemic wanes and people return to work, school and enjoying life.This is the first week the SFMTA brought back the historic streetcars on Market Street and the Embarcadero.All Muni Metro subway stations are open now too, with Wi-Fi.RELATED: SF plans to resume cable...
    (CNN)Imagine finally sinking into a theater seat to enjoy watching a movie outside of your own home, immersing yourself in surround sound and wafts of popcorn butter oil. It sounds inviting, but is it really safe now that more people are getting Covid-19 vaccines? Fully vaccinated people are at much lower risk of Covid-19, but unvaccinated people remain unprotected from...
    New York City resumed 24-hour subway operations on Monday and is set to lift virtually all coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, but it comes as the city is experiencing a spike in crime, including on the trains. The subway was closed overnight for cleaning during overnight hours since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic last year.  Long famous for their...
    By The Associated Press ATLANTA — The immunologist who leads the COVID-19 response in the United States said Sunday that “the undeniable effects of racism” have led to unacceptable health disparities that especially hurt African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans during the pandemic. COVID-19 has highlighted “our own society’s failings,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said during a graduation ceremony for Emory...
    (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Axios/Ipsos poll finds that 67% of American adults have either gotten a Covid-19 vaccine or will get it as soon as possible. The same poll shows on a separate question that 75% of respondents said they either had gotten the vaccine or were likely to get it. Both of these were all-time highs in...
    By The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when outdoors, except when on attractions, in line or riding transportation. Florida’s major theme parks are adjusting face mask policies after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosened its recommendations on Thursday as more people get vaccinated...
    By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Yale University is requiring its faculty and staff to get coronavirus vaccinations before the fall term, extending a requirement already imposed for students. The private university says faculty members, staffers and academic trainees must be fully inoculated by Aug. 1, although there are provisions for exemptions for reasons based on medical conditions or...
    THE Euros is not the only international competition on the horizon. There is also the Copa America, co-hosted by Argentina and Colombia, which is due to take place between June 13th and July 10th. Like the Euros, it was put back from last year after the coronavirus pandemic struck. And with the situation in South America especially bad, the pandemic...
    How do we assess the Biden administration’s response to COVID? Well, here’s one marker: it tells you pretty much everything that the White House that is supposedly so committed to science chose as its head COVID coordinator a man with no background at all in science or medicine. His name is Jeffrey Zients. Zients ran Joe Biden’s presidential transition team,...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- With messages from celebrities like Gabby Sidibe and kids like Uzziah, the Child Mind Institute launched the "Getting Better Together" mental health campaign this month.The campaign could not have come soon enough."We know the effects of the pandemic have caused mental health symptoms to be exacerbated in pretty much the entire population," Dave Anderson, PhD,...
    New polling from AP-NORC continues to show that President Joe Biden's handling of the coronavirus is key to his entire presidency. And so far, Americans continue to really like what they see. The poll found that 71% of respondents approve of Biden’s pandemic handling, including 47% of Republicans. Biden's overall approval rating in the poll is 63%—an inflated outlier from the...
    WASHINGTON - The United States is “turning the corner” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a key White House official said Sunday.  Jeffrey Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told CNN that the U.S. has “enough supply [of vaccines] for all Americans,” even as the number of new daily vaccinations has dropped to 2.1 million, down 40% from...
    By The Associated Press PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron welcomed the decision from the European Union not to renew its order for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Macron said the EU policy is aiming at “responding in particular to the variants… We see that some other vaccines are more efficient.” The bloc’s Internal Market Commissioner, Thierry Breton, said Sunday the...
    WASHINGTON - The United States is “turning the corner” in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a key White House official said Sunday.  Jeffrey Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told CNN that the U.S. has “enough supply [of vaccines] for all Americans,” even as the number of new daily vaccinations has dropped to 2.1 million, down 40% from...
    Dr. Stefanie Schwartz has always had four-legged patients with separation issues. And while the Orange County-based veterinary behaviorist, who runs the site petbehavior.org, hasn’t seen an uptick just yet, she expects to see even more cases of dogs with separation issues as the coronavirus pandemic wanes, even in pets who have been with their owners for years and were already...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Mental health experts have called the pandemic a kind of "perfect storm" for negatively impacting mental health.In addition to the fear, grief and anxiety around the virus itself, the pandemic has brought on for many people financial instability, job loss, isolation, uncertainty around school and work and related political disagreements.In the year since COVID-19 upended daily...
    A stock image of a prison.  Getty/iStockphoto CBS News has been reporting on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the nation's prison system, and here, shares the perspectives of inmates, as told by them. Key details of their accounts have been verified by CBS News. They have been edited for length and clarity. Marybeth Hill, 33Hill is serving 36-months...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland reported zero COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours. It’s the first time since March 25, 2020 that there hasn’t been at least one coronavirus-related death reported in the state. Maryland added 520 new COVID-19 cases on Monday as hospitalizations and the positivity rate continued to decline, according to information released from the state...
    (CNN)"Coronavirus, Fact vs Fiction," the podcast I'd been hosting for the last 14 months, posted its last episode on Friday. That might come as a surprise, or even a shock, to some of our loyal listeners, who came to rely on its daily dose of scientific fact blended with calm assurances.But, almost 300 episodes later, we felt it was time....
    By The Associated Press DENVER — Colorado’s governor has extended a statewide mask mandate for another 30 days, but loosened face covering requirements for groups who are vaccinated against COVID-19. Under Gov. Jared Polis’ new executive order, people gathering inside in groups of 10 or more are no longer required to wear masks if at least 80% of the group...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The White House says the U.S. trade representative will begin talks with the World Trade Organization on ways to overcome intellectual property issues that are keeping critically needed COVID-19 vaccines from being more widely distributed. The White House has been under intense pressure to join an effort to help waive patent rules for the...
    By The Associated Press LONDON — Britain rushed to increase aid for India’s teetering health care system on Sunday, promising more ventilators and expert advice as doctors grapple with a surge in coronavirus infections that is killing thousands of people a day. The U.K. government said it will send an additional 1,000 ventilators to India. In addition, England’s National Health...
    By The Associated Press ISLAMABAD—- Pakistan’s national body to control coronavirus decided Sunday to temporarily restrict the country’s borders to people coming in from Afghanistan and Iran. Inbound pedestrian movement from those two countries will halt at midnight May 4 until May 20 with the exception of Pakistani citizens in Afghanistan and Iran who want to return home and extreme...
    A professor has explained the mathematical concept for why she believes the coronavirus pandemic may decline quickly in a new op-ed on Thursday. Zoë M. McLaren, an associate professor at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, wrote in The New York Times about the mathematical concept of exponential decay in relation to COVID-19. 'The United States is still a long way from...
    By The Associated Press REPUBLIC, Wash. — About 10% of the population of Republic, a small city in north-central Washington, has tested positive for COVID-19 in an outbreak traced to large indoor events last month at the local Fraternal Order of Eagles hall. Ferry County Memorial Hospital officials have confirmed more than 100 cases, with one reported death, since the...