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    WASHINGTON -- Setting foot in a restaurant for his first time as president, Joe Biden made a Cinco de Mayo taco and enchilada run to highlight his administration's $28.6 billion program to help eateries that lost business because of the coronavirus pandemic.The president went to Taqueria Las Gemelas in Washington on Wednesday and ordered lunch. The restaurant, owned in part by Mexican immigrants, was a beneficiary of a pilot version of the restaurant relief program. It went from 55 employees to seven during the pandemic, though it was able to rehire some workers through the Paycheck Protection Program that predates the Biden administration."The restaurant industry was so badly hurt nationwide," Biden said Wednesday, the anniversary of Mexico's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.EMBED More News Videos The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age...
    WASHINGTON -- Setting foot in a restaurant for his first time as president, Joe Biden made a Cinco de Mayo taco and enchilada run to highlight his administration's $28.6 billion program to help eateries that lost business because of the coronavirus pandemic.The president went to Taqueria Las Gemelas in Washington on Wednesday and ordered lunch. The restaurant, owned in part by Mexican immigrants, was a beneficiary of a pilot version of the restaurant relief program. It went from 55 employees to seven during the pandemic, though it was able to rehire some workers through the Paycheck Protection Program that predates the Biden administration."The restaurant industry was so badly hurt nationwide," Biden said Wednesday, the anniversary of Mexico's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.EMBED More News Videos The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age...
    WASHINGTON -- Setting foot in a restaurant for his first time as president, Joe Biden made a Cinco de Mayo taco and enchilada run to highlight his administration's $28.6 billion program to help eateries that lost business because of the coronavirus pandemic.The president went to Taqueria Las Gemelas in Washington on Wednesday and ordered lunch. The restaurant, owned in part by Mexican immigrants, was a beneficiary of a pilot version of the restaurant relief program. It went from 55 employees to seven during the pandemic, though it was able to rehire some workers through the Paycheck Protection Program that predates the Biden administration."The restaurant industry was so badly hurt nationwide," Biden said Wednesday, the anniversary of Mexico's victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.EMBED More News Videos The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine for young adults age...
    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 used to being home alone but wound up spending all day with their owners for the past year. “It could be that they’re starting to lose that coping mechanism that allowed them to tolerate the owners absence,” she said, One of the unintended results of having to stay at home because of the coronavirus pandemic has been people spending a lot more time with their pets. “It’s been so comforting for people to have their pets. They’ve been isolated and stressed and worried and having a pet is such a...
    If China granted investigators full access to resources and data allowing for a thorough investigation into the coronavirus, experts would know its true origin in just a matter of months, Jamie Metzel, a member of a World Health Organization (WHO) advisory committee, told Fox News. "From the earliest days following the outbreak, Chinese authorities have been systematically destroying biological samples, hiding databases and other records, imprisoning citizen journalists, and strictly enforcing a gag order prohibiting Chinese scientists from writing or saying anything about pandemic origins without prior government approval," Metzl said in a recent interview. "If we had, right now, full and unrestricted access to all of the relevant records, samples and key personnel inside of China, I believe there is a real possibility we could identify the source of the pandemic within a short number of months." Metzl was a lead drafter and co-organizer of an open letter released...
    WASHINGTON -- The Biden administration is highlighting early applications for a $28.6 billion program for eateries that closed, shifted to take-out or restricted the number of diners to combat the coronavirus pandemic.The White House said Wednesday that 186,200 restaurants, bars and other eligible businesses had applied for the program over its first two days of accepting applications. More than half of the applicants are owned by women, veterans or people from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. The aid for eateries was part of the Biden administration's broader $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. President Joe Biden plans to discuss the program in a Wednesday afternoon speech.The coronavirus outbreak was especially brutal for restaurants. America lost nearly 2,700 dining establishments through last summer, according to the Labor Department. About 1.8 million food service jobs also have been lost, though the sector has been gradually returning jobs since last May.EMBED More News Videos The U.S....
    California reported 932 new cases of the coronavirus in the state, bringing the total number of cases so far to 3,717,692, according to Monday’s end-of-day totals on California public health websites. The 14-day average of new cases is at 1,847. There were 38 new deaths reported statewide Monday, for a total of 61,548 people who have died from COVID-19. Hospitalizations across the state are at 1,930, according to Monday’s end-of-day totals on California public health websites. According to the California Department of Public Health, 30.1 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state and 31.8% of residents are now fully vaccinated. Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Johns Hopkins University, the World Health Organization, the California Department of Public Health, The Associated Press, reporting counties and news sources Related Articles The hardest thing about traveling during the NBA’s pandemic season? Not going out to dinner,...
    MENLO PARK, Calif. (KGO) -- Handmade pandemic piñatas are becoming a smash hit for Menlo Park resident, Elizabeth McCarthy.She's a full-time nurse at Stanford Hospital, and is now spending any free moment constructing giant germs, modeled after COVID-19.Necessary materials include corrugated cardboard, textured crepe paper and time.RELATED: East Bay teen turns her pandemic hobby into a blooming business"Each one, start to finish, takes me about a week," McCarthy told ABC7 News. "Because it's many, many steps that require drying in-between each step."Headquarters is her home kitchen.McCarthy said her creativity comes from her time as cake decorator. She also said her family celebrated many milestones with celebratory piñatas.She went through a half-dozen prototypes before settling for the current design."Some looked great, but took forever to make. So I knew I wouldn't be able to scale it up," she said about the discovery process. "Others were just far too labor intensive. Others...
    A spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday that reports linking him to a key ambassadorship in the Biden administration are "speculative" but did not outright deny them. President Joe Biden is considering making Garcetti the ambassador to India, according to a Tuesday report from Axios. Garcetti was co-chair for Biden's campaign and announced in December that he would not be accepting an invitation to join the president's administration. "Today's Axios story is speculative," Alex Comisar, the mayor's deputy communications director, told the Washington Examiner. "We aren't going to engage in speculation. We're 100% focused on ending the COVID pandemic and passing a justice budget for the city." JUDGE TAKES OVER EFFORTS TO RE-HOME ALL OF SKID ROW AND BLASTS OFFICIALS AS CORRUPT India, a nation of 1.37 billion people, is in the grips of a deadly outbreak of the coronavirus. The country has experienced over...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The California tourism industry is ready to rebound. Visit California, a non-profit organization that promotes tourism, held a press conference in San Francisco Tuesday morning to announce that the state is open for business, and to encourage Californians to vacation in-state."Just from June of 2020 through February of 2021, California lost nearly $12 billion in visitor spending from Californians leaving the state to vacation in other destinations. Mexico in particular, a billion dollars went to Mexico," said Caroline Beteta, the President and CEO of Visit California.RELATED: Experts weigh in on what it'll take to get tourists back in San FranciscoSan Francisco tourism has been hit hard in the past year."SFO has lost more passengers than any airport in the U.S. due to the pandemic and is the slowest to recover," said Joe D'Alessandro, President of the San Francisco Visitors and Conventions Bureau.Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis was...
    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 life, mental health struggles have skyrocketed. Often, the hardest action we can take on our mental health journey is the very first one: reaching out for the first time to a friend, walking into the first support group meeting, finding a therapist or calling a support line. It is time we all take care of our emotional wellbeing in the same way we tend to our physical health, before we reach a moment of crisis.For Mental Health Awareness Month in May, we put together some resources and information to help.RELATED:...
    The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation gave Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) its “Profile in Courage” award for her response to the coronavirus pandemic. Whitmer’s office announced she would be joining six others in receiving the accolade. “It is my honor to accept this prestigious award on behalf of every Michigander who stepped up to help their family and community through the COVID-19 pandemic,” Whitmer, who recently traveled to Florida before telling others to stay home, said in a news release. “I am humbled by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Kennedy Family for their recognition,” the vice chair of the Democratic National Committee said. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and her son, Jack Schlossberg, will present the awards during a virtual ceremony airing May 26. Kennedy claimed Whitmer put her own life “at risk to keep others safe.” Via Whitmer’s statement: While her leadership earned praise from many, she also faced sustained, vocal backlash over stay-at-home rules that remained...
    The Chicago Auto Show is returning in July, the first major convention planned in the city after taking a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chicago Mayor Lori Lighfoot (D) made the announcement on Tuesday, saying the auto show will take place July 15-19 at the McCormick Place convention center. “While this marks the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we expect to welcome other conventions and tourist events this summer with safety precautions. See you there,” Lightfoot wrote in a tweet. The @ChiAutoShow is back July 15-19 at @McCormick_Place.While this marks the first large convention to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we expect to welcome other conventions and tourist events this summer with safety precautions. See you there. #OpenChicago pic.twitter.com/w4TfLx9GDY— Mayor Lori LightfootLori LightfootChicago mayor mulls 'vaccination passes' for events Police accountability office releases video in Anthony Alvarez shooting Latino groups calling for...
    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 for possession with intent to distribute. FCI Greenville, Illinois: zero confirmed virus cases. As told to Justin Carissimo. The first few weeks were very chaotic. We've been on lockdown since April 1. Tensions are running high. There's a lot of uncertainty, especially being incarcerated and not knowing if your loved ones are safe and constantly not knowing from day-to-day whether or not the virus is going to get into our facility. We spend our days trying to stay as positive as possible, cleaning as much as we can with what...
    Some left-wing Americans are having trouble emerging from coronavirus lockdowns, according to a new report in the Atlantic. “Progressive communities have been home to some of the fiercest battles over COVID-19 policies, and some liberal policy makers have left scientific evidence behind,” writes reporter Emma Green, who notes that some ordinary Americans of liberal political persuasions have become so committed to lockdowns that they are having trouble returning to normal life. To some extent, the difficulty in returning to normal life may simply reflect human nature, and inertia. In Genesis 8:14-17, in the Old Testament, Noah has trouble leaving the Ark despite the end of the Flood. Eventually, God has to tell him to leave. For those who have been able to work from home, shop from home, and enjoy entertainment at home, the lockdowns are simply a new reality. Many older Americans, who have been at greater risk during the...
    Canada will “absolutely” require Chinese coronavirus “vaccine passports” for international travel, the country’s health minister said in an interview with Canadian public radio, Britain’s Independent news outlet reported Monday. “Canadians need to be able to have the right kind of certification for international travel because, as we know, Canadians will want to travel internationally, and they will want to make sure they have the right credentials to do that from a vaccination perspective,” Canadian Health Minister Patty Hajdu told The House, a radio program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), on May 1. “I am meeting on a regular basis with my G7 [Group of Seven] counterparts and this is an ongoing conversation about how that might look and how we might be able to have some sort of standardized approach to this,” Hajdu told the radio program. The G7 is an intergovernmental organization consisting of Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Germany,...
    Migrants scheduled for removal from Sweden have found that if they refuse to undergo a test for the Wuhan coronavirus, they can not be deported. Mikael Holmgren, acting head of the Border Patrol section in the western region, has noted that there are at least several cases a week of migrants in his district who have avoided repatriation to their home countries by refusing to be tested for coronavirus. The technicality is due to those home nations demanding that those being deported test negative for the virus. Under Swedish law, the tests have to be conducted with the consent of the migrant as well, broadcaster SVT reports. “During this pandemic and during this situation, it is every week that we have this problem. So it has become part of our everyday life,” Mr Holmgren told the broadcaster, according to Expressen. “Many of these that we have in custody have been...
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved to suspend all remaining COVID-19 restrictions imposed by communities across his state, signing into law on Monday freshly passed legislation giving him sweeping powers to invalidate local emergency measures put in place during the pandemic — including mask mandates, limitations on business operations and the shuttering of schools. "We don’t know what’s going to happen in the future," DeSantis said, "but I think this creates a structure that’s going to be a little bit more respectful, I think, of people’s businesses jobs, schools and personal freedom." Some mayors, particularly those aligned with the Democratic Party, decried Republican-led preemptions as a power grab against local government's ability to control a potential resurgence of the coronavirus but also restrict their ability to respond to future public health emergencies. ZUCKERBERG MONEY COULD AFFECT DESANTIS REELECTION CAMPAIGN "It feels like he’s spiking the ball on the...
    'Can you imagine if each city had been led by Ron DeSantis? How many lives would have been lost?' said the mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis moved to suspend all remaining COVID-19 restrictions imposed by communities across his state, signing into law on Monday freshly passed legislation giving him sweeping powers to invalidate local emergency measures put in place during the pandemic — including mask mandates, limitations on business operations, and the shuttering of schools. "We don't know what's going to happen in the future," DeSantis said, "but I think this creates a structure that's going to be a little bit more respectful, I think, of people's businesses, jobs, schools, and personal freedom." Some mayors, particularly those aligned with the Democratic Party, decried Republican-led preemptions as a power grab against local government's ability to control a...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 454 new Coronavirus cases and no additional deaths in the last 48 hours. READ MORE: Kidsburgh: Family-Friendly Events In May Of the newly reported cases, the Health Department says 296 are confirmed and 158 are probable cases. The Health Department says new cases range in age from three months to 89 years with a median age of 31 years. READ MORE: Pittsburgh-Based Company Duolingo Makes Time Magazines 100 Most Influential Companies List There have been 6,749 total hospitalizations and 97,975 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 1,867. MORE NEWS: Woman Killed, Firefighter Injured Following McCandless House Fire More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    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 health department. READ MORE: Heavy Seas Collaborates With BARCS On New IPA Over 4.9 million vaccine doses have been administered across the state as of Monday morning. The total number of covid-related deaths are at 8,585 since the pandemic began. Hospitalizations went down by 7, dropping the total number to 953 Of those, 265 people are in ICU beds and 688 are in acute care. The state’s positivity rate went slightly up 3.69%. The state conducted 14,345 coronavirus tests in the last day. Since the pandemic began in 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. Time because the course of the pandemic in the United States has been experiencing a slow but palpable shift, thanks in no small part to the vaccines available to us, and we want to create stories that mirror this change for our audience. So we decided to turn the page on the old chapter, and start the next one.Origin storyOur very first "Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction" podcast posted on Monday March 2, 2020. Covid-19 was just beginning to gain traction here in the United States -- it wasn't even being...
    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 is vaccinated. The order states people must show proof of vaccination, but his statement did not elaborate on what proof is considered acceptable. Residents are still required to wear masks at schools, child care centers, public government facilities, prisons and health care centers. About 1.9 million people in Colorado are fully vaccinated. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India’s leader weakened by coronavirus crisis as nation sets record for daily cases — U.S. public transit hopes to win back riders after crushing year — Puerto Rico staggers under latest surge of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The month of May could prove to be a turning point for many San Francisco small businesses.Starting May 1, the city is urging residents to only shop local, known as the "Small Business 30 Day Challenge.""I'm hoping it will increase foot traffic. Our business has been creeping up as more people venture out," said Anna Bullard, owner of Bookshop West Portal.RELATED: Bay Area businesses react to June 15 reopening announcementBeginning May 3, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce will also be promoting its annual small business week, with events organized throughout the city.The city is also expected to enter into the least-restrictive yellow tier next week, which would add an additional boost to commercial districts as they attract shoppers, diners and the nightlife crowd."A lot of customers have mentioned they are waiting for yellow tier before they go out more," said Bullard."There is an urgency to...
    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 vaccines so that poorer countries can begin to make their own generic versions. White House chief of staff Ron Klain said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will be starting talks “on how we can get this vaccine more widely distributed, more widely licensed, more widely shared.” Klain and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said the administration would have more to say on the matter in the coming days. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India’s leader weakened by coronavirus crisis as nation sets record...
    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 Service, which has battled one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in Europe, is creating an advisory group to share its expertise with Indian authorities. Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans a video meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday to discuss further cooperation between the two countries, the U.K. government said in statement. India recorded 392,488 new infections, down from a high of more than 400,000 in the previous 24 hours. It also reported 3,689 deaths, raising overall virus fatalities to 215,542. Experts believe both figures are undercounts. The...
    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 medical emergency cases. The development comes after Pakistan reported another 113 deaths and 4,414 new cases amid the third wave of the virus, taking the country’s death tally to 18,070. Authorities said the decision aimed to limit the spread of new COVID-19 variants. It said border terminals with both the countries will remain open seven days a week with increased health staff and there will be no restrictions on outbound passengers or cargo movement. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India’s leader weakened by coronavirus crisis as nation sets record for...
    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 medical emergency cases. The development comes after Pakistan reported another 113 deaths and 4,414 new cases amid the third wave of the virus, taking the country’s death tally to 18,070. Authorities said the decision aimed to limit the spread of new COVID-19 variants. It said border terminals with both the countries will remain open seven days a week with increased health staff and there will be no restrictions on outbound passengers or cargo movement. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India’s leader weakened by coronavirus crisis as nation sets record for daily cases — Olympic...
    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 reaching herd immunity, but things could improve a lot before then. The worst of the pandemic may be over sooner than you think,' McLaren wrote. However, McLaren - who studies policies to combat infectious disease epidemics - said that just because there may be steep drops in cases does not mean that COVID-19 is approaching its end. 'Exponential growth means case numbers can double in just a few days. Exponential decay is its opposite. Exponential decay means case numbers can halve in the same amount of time,' McLaren wrote. A...
    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 April 9-11 events, including a membership drive that featured dinner, live music and a 1980s-themed karaoke night. Some patients have had to be transferred to Wenatchee and Yakima because of a lack of capacity. Less than one-quarter of the county’s residents have received a vaccine, according to the health district, but officials said the outbreak has increased interest in it. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India wants to vaccinate all adults; sets record 400,000 daily virus cases — Olympic torch relay detour; diving test event opens in Tokyo — Las...
    By Nicholas Garriga, Niniek Karmini and John Leicester | Associated Press PARIS — Workers and union leaders dusted off bullhorns and flags that had stayed furled during coronavirus lockdowns for slimmed down but still boisterous — and at times violent — May Day marches on Saturday, demanding more labor protections amid a pandemic that has turned economies and workplaces upside down. In countries that mark May 1 as International Labor Day, the annual celebration of workers’ rights produced a rare sight during the pandemic: large and closely packed crowds, with marchers striding shoulder-to-shoulder with clenched fists behind banners. In Turkey and the Philippines, police prevented the May Day protests, enforcing virus lockdowns and making hundreds of arrests. In France, some marchers battled with riot police. For labor leaders, the day was a test of their ability to mobilize workers in the face of the profound economic disruptions. In France, thousands...
    By The Associated Press NEW DELHI — India has opened vaccinations to all adults in hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections. The world’s largest maker of vaccines is still short of critical supplies — the result of lagging manufacturing and raw material shortages. Those factors delayed the rollout in several states. Only a fraction of India’s population likely can afford the prices charged by private hospitals for the shot. That means states and the federal government will be in charge of immunizing 900 million Indian adults. India set another global record Saturday with 401,993 daily cases, taking its tally to more than 19.1 million. There were 3,523 confirmed deaths in the past 24 hours, raising the overall death toll to 211,853, according to the Health Ministry. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India wants to vaccinate all adults; sets record 400,000 daily virus cases — Olympic torch relay...
    Workers and union leaders dusted off bullhorns and flags that had stayed furled during coronavirus lockdowns for slimmed down but still boisterous — and at times violent — May Day marches on Saturday. The protesters demanded more labor protections amid a pandemic that has turned economies and workplaces upside down. In countries that mark May 1 as International Labor Day, the annual celebration of workers' rights produced a rare sight during the pandemic: large, closely packed crowds, with marchers striding shoulder-to-shoulder with clenched fists behind banners. In Turkey and the Philippines, police prevented the May Day protests, enforcing virus lockdowns and making hundreds of arrests. MACRON VOWS FRANCE WILL 'NEVER GIVE IN' TO 'ISLAMIST TERRORISM' AFTER DEADLY KNIFE ATTACK In France, thousands took to the streets with trade union banners and flags, hemmed in by and sometimes scuffling with riot police. The masks worn by many marchers were a reminder of...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 3,100 new Coronavirus cases and 35 additional deaths. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 271 New Coronavirus Cases, No Additional Deaths This brings the statewide total to 1,154,105 cases and 26,253 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 2,283 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19 and 518 patients are in ICUs. The state says 8,596,538 vaccine doses have been administered so far, and 3,493,659 people are fully vaccinated. All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated. READ MORE: Grand Jury Indicts 8 In Alcohol-Related Death Of Bowling Green Student Stone Foltz After Fraternity Party If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There are 4,401,685 people who have tested negative for COVID-19 to...
    By The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas has increased its casino capacity and more pandemic-weary tourists are arriving at the entertainment city. Casino capacity on the Strip increased to 80% and person-to-person distancing drops to 3 feet on Saturday. The boom began in mid-March when casino occupancy went from 35% to 50% under state health guidelines. Among the first arrivals were people ages 60 and older who were recently vaccinated with time and disposable income. Analysts said pent-up demand, available hotel rooms and $1,400 pandemic recovery checks from the federal government have contributed to the rush. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority tallied more than 2.2 million visitors in March. The figure was down 40% from March 2019. Casinos closed from mid-March to early June last year, helping to drive the Nevada jobless rate in April above 30% — the highest in any state. The current state...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 271 new Coronavirus cases and no additional deaths. READ MORE: Grand Jury Indicts 8 In Alcohol-Related Death Of Bowling Green Student Stone Foltz After Fraternity Party Of the newly reported cases, the Health Department says 232 are confirmed and 39 are probable cases. The Health Department says new cases range in age from one year to 90 years with a median age of 29 years. READ MORE: West Virginia Transgender Athlete Bill Signed By Governor Jim Justice There have been 6,741 total hospitalizations and 97,521 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 1,867. MORE NEWS: State Troopers Investigating Shooting Death Of 21-Year-Old In Cambria County More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information...
    Coronavirus hospitalizations in California have dropped to their lowest levels since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago, fueled by a surge in vaccinations and one of the lowest case rates in the country. Across the Golden State, the scenes of crowded emergency rooms and cadres of traveling nurses have given way to quieter hallways and, finally, hope. “Things are shockingly positive in ways that we expected,” said Kristina Kramer, medical director of critical care for John Muir Health in Contra Costa County. “But to be living and seeing it in real time is so incredibly gratifying.” During the winter surge, the county’s health system had around 120 people hospitalized with COVID-19. As of Friday, John Muir was down to just four. The decline is mirrored at hospitals across the state. UCSF was down to eight patients from its January peak of 101. Statewide as of Thursday, coronavirus...
    PARIS — Workers and union leaders have dusted off bullhorns and flags that had stayed furled during coronavirus lockdowns for boisterous May Day marches. In countries that mark May 1 as International Labor Day, workers clamored Saturday for more labor protections and financial support in the midst of the pandemic that has impacted workplaces and economies. In Turkey and the Philippines, police cracked down on May Day protests, enforcing virus lockdowns. For labor leaders, the annual celebration of workers’ rights was a test of their ability to mobilize people in the face of the pandemic’s profound disruptions. ___ THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — India sets another record with more than 400,000 daily virus cases — Vaccine campaign begins amid virus surge in rebel-held Syria — Hungary reopens for people holding COVID-19 immunity cards — US to restrict travel from India because of coronavirus surge ___ Follow more of AP’s pandemic coverage...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Novel coronavirus has spread worldwide at a blistering pace, from a cluster of cases in Wuhan, China to a pandemic now affecting most of the world, every U.S. state, and all Bay Area counties. We're keeping track of the major moments here.Updates are usually posted weekdays by 8 p.m.April 30, 2021 Disneyland reopens to visitors for the first time in more than a year. The state issues guidance for races like marathons and triathlons to resume safely, beginning on May 1. Rules include masks, staggered starts, and limited post-race parties with no music or alcohol. Statewide, 40 percent of Californians, or 12.4 million people, are fully vaccinated. 60 percent have received at least one dose. Contra Costa County has administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccines, several weeks ahead of its July 4th goal. The U.S. will restrict travel from India starting May 4,...
    The number of people targeted by federal warrants for suspected spying on behalf of a foreign agency plummeted in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, national intelligence officials said Friday. An annual report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) showed that only 451 people were placed under electronic surveillance or issued search warrants obtained through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, also known as FISA, in 2020. The figure is a sharp drop from the 1,059 people targeted by federal officials in 2019 -- a decline the report suggested was due to the coronavirus. WATCHDOG SAYS FBI VIOLATIONS WITH FISA WARRANTS WENT BEYOND RUSSIA PROBE "The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic likely influenced target behavior, which in turn may have impacted some of the numbers reported for that year," the ODNI report said. But the global pandemic does not explain the even greater decline in the number of people targeted by federal authorities between 2018...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 4,607 new Coronavirus cases and 39 additional deaths. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 366 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing County Total To 97,250 This brings the statewide total to 1,151,005 cases and 26,218 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. The state says a lab submitted about 300 test results dating back to December 2020 in Friday’s numbers, and another lab submitted a large file of results collected in the last three days. There are 2,318 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19 and 522 patients are in ICUs. The state says 8,468,033 vaccine doses have been administered so far, and 3,420,864 people are fully vaccinated. All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated. READ MORE: U.S. Steel Scraps Investment Project In Mon Valley Works If you...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 366 new Coronavirus cases and three additional deaths. Of the newly reported cases, the Health Department says 191 are confirmed and 175 are probable cases. The Health Department says new cases range in age from nine months to 94 years with a median age of 30 years. Of the three new deaths, one person was in their 70s and two people were in their 80s. Two of the deaths were associated with long-term care facilities. There have been 6,734 total hospitalizations and 97,250 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 1,867. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
                      by Thomas Catenacci  The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims dropped to 553,000 last week as the economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics figure released Thursday represented a decrease in the number of new jobless claims compared to the week ending April 17, when 566,000 new jobless claims were reported. That number was revised up from the 547,000 jobless claims initially reported last week. Economists expected Thursday’s jobless claims number to come in around 528,000, The Wall Street Journal reported. Thursday’s figure represented the lowest level for initial jobless claims since March 14, 2020, when the Labor Department reported 225,500 new claims, according to the report. But job claims skyrocketed in the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. It wasn’t until the first week of August that new jobless...
    Brazil on Thursday became the second country to officially top 400,000 COVID-19 deaths, losing another 100,000 lives in just one month, as some health experts warn there may be gruesome days ahead when the Southern Hemisphere enters winter. April was Brazil's deadliest month of the pandemic, with thousands of people losing their lives daily at crowded hospitals. The country's Health Ministry registered more than 4,000 deaths on two days early in the month, and its seven-day average topped out at above 3,100. That figure has tilted downward in the last two weeks, to less than 2,400 deaths per day, though on Thursday the Health Ministry announced another 3,001 deaths, bringing Brazil's total to 401,186. Local health experts have celebrated the recent decline of cases and deaths, plus the eased pressure on the Brazilian health care system — but only modestly. They are apprehensive of another wave of the disease, like...
    In this article AMZNJeff Bezos, founder of AmazonKatherine Taylor | ReutersAmazon is set to report first quarter earnings after the bell Thursday. Here's what analysts are expecting:  Earnings: $9.54 per share, according to Refinitiv Revenue: $104.47 billion, according to Refinitiv Few companies have benefited from the pandemic-fueled surge of online shopping as much as Amazon. The company notched record profits and revenue last year, while CEO Jeff Bezos announced earlier this month that Amazon crossed more than 200 million Prime subscribers, up from 150 million at the start of 2020. Wall Street's forecast for the first quarter suggests that analysts don't believe that momentum has let up for the e-commerce giant, even as vaccine rollout has accelerated and more states have lifted their coronavirus restrictions. Amazon is also expected to continue showing growth in its cloud-computing and advertising businesses. Any guidance given by the company could indicate...
    A new survey highlights the adverse effects that remote learning had on many children in the past year that has been the coronavirus pandemic.  A survey of more than 32,000 caregivers of youth in Chicago Public Schools found that nearly a quarter of children were described by their caregivers as "stressed, anxious, angry or agitated" when the deadly disease shuttered in-person learning and Zoom became the country’s collective new classroom.  The survey, conducted by Children’s Hospital of Chicago and published recently in JAMA Network Open, was completed on behalf of nearly 50,000 children in various levels of education, ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade. The survey took place from mid-June to July 15, 2020.  The survey also found that about a third of youth were described by their caregivers as "lonely," while only one-third were described as "having positive social and peer relationships" during the year of remote learning, per a...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 3,322 new Coronavirus cases and 50 additional deaths. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 214 New Cases, 2 Additional Deaths This brings the statewide total to 1,146,398 cases and 26,179 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 2,447 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19 and 539 patients are in ICUs. The state says 8,330,129 vaccine doses have been administered so far, and 3,349,820 people are fully vaccinated. All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated. READ MORE: Genesis To Bring First North American Tour In 14 Years To Pittsburgh If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There are 4,382,980 individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19 to date. There have been 70,669 cases among residents...
    A year ago, the nation watched in horror as the novel coronavirus ravaged one of America’s biggest cities. New York City was the county’s early epicenter for COVID-19, with some 203,000 cases of the disease reported in the city during the first three months of the pandemic alone. Hundreds of deaths occur each day, and for months any relief from the devastation appeared elusive.  Health care workers on the pandemic’s front lines felt the effects of the crisis firsthand, with a new study pointing to one particular group who experienced staggering levels of anxiety and depression during the virus’s first wave: nurses.  A new study from New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing found that city nurses caring for COVID-19 patients during the first wave of the pandemic experienced anxiety, depression and illness. But the study, published in Nursing Outlook earlier this month, also identified steps the nurses’ hospitals...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Moderna says it will make new funding commitments to increase its global supply.The company says it will reach up to 3 billion vaccine doses by 2022.That would include any potential booster and pediatric vaccines if they become authorized.The company has also increased its global supply forecast for this year to between 800 million and 1 billion doses.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more of today's headlines:NYC plans to fully reopen July 1Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City would fully reopen on July 1. "This is going to be the summer of New York City," de Blasio said. However, he acknowledged the final call to reopen...
    The number of Americans filing new unemployment claims dropped to 553,000 last week as the economy continues to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Department of Labor. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics figure released Thursday represented a decrease in the number of new jobless claims compared to the week ending April 17, when 566,000 new jobless claims were reported. That number was revised up from the 547,000 jobless claims initially reported last week. Economists expected Thursday’s jobless claims number to come in around 528,000, The Wall Street Journal reported. Thursday’s figure represented the lowest level for initial jobless claims since March 14, 2020, when the Labor Department reported 225,500 new claims, according to the report. But job claims skyrocketed in the outset of the coronavirus pandemic. It wasn’t until the first week of August that new jobless claims dropped below 1 million for the first time since March 2020....
    A boy reacts next to the body of his father, who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium in New Delhi, India April 24, 2021.Adnan Abidi | Reuters LONDON — The threat for Europe posed by the coronavirus "remains present," the World Health Organization said Thursday, despite a recent decline in new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the region. "It is 462 days since the first Covid-19 cases were reported. Based on numbers of confirmed cases, 5.5% of the entire European population have now had Covid-19, while 7% have completed a full vaccination series," WHO's regional director for Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, said in a press conference on Thursday. "But even as new cases, hospitalizations and deaths decline, the threat remains present," Kluge warned. The virus still carries the potential to inflict devastating effects, he added, noting that close to half of all reported infections in Europe since...
    Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottSenate tries to shake off graveyard status Chauvin sentencing pushed back to June 25 Posthumous pardon request for George Floyd submitted in Texas MORE (R-S.C.) will tout Trump-era wins, including efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine, as he delivers his party's response to President BidenJoe BidenTulane adds Hunter Biden as guest speaker on media polarization Trump discussing resumption of MAGA rallies: report Biden's unavoidable foreign policy crisis MORE's first joint address before Congress. "This should be a joyful springtime for our nation. This Administration inherited a tide that had already turned. The coronavirus is on the run!" Scott will say, according to excerpts of his remarks released in advance. Scott will add that "thanks to Operation Warp Speed and the Trump Administration," referring to the public-private partnership launched to quickly develop a coronavirus vaccine, "our country is flooded with safe and effective vaccines.""So why do...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired the next generation of doctors, as there's a surge in the number of students in the Tri-State area answering the call to serve.The hope is to bring underserved communities to the frontlines.As the pandemic spread throughout the country, straining hospitals and disproportionately affecting minority communities, many have answered the call for help - starting with medical school."We had a 26% increase in applications over the previous cycle, so this is really an unusual increase," said Dr. Valerie Parkas, with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.Unusual but understood, as nationwide medical school applications for the 2021-2022 school year are up an unprecedented 18%.Nationwide, medical school applications for the 2021-2022 school year are up an unprecedented 18%."We're living through the history of medicine right now," Parkas said. "They might be thinking there are huge disparities in healthcare that COVID is...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- India crossed a grim milestone Wednesday of 200,000 people lost to the coronavirus as a devastating surge of new infections tears through dense cities and rural areas alike and overwhelms health care systems on the brink of collapse.The health ministry reported a single-day record 3,293 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing India's total fatalities to 201,187, as the world's second-most populous country endures its darkest chapter of the pandemic yet.The country also reported 362,757 new infections, a new global record, which raised the overall total past 17.9 million. The previous high of 350,000 on Monday had capped a five-day streak of recording the largest single-day increases in any country throughout the pandemic.India, a country of nearly 1.4 billion people, is the fourth to cross 200,000 deaths, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico. And as in many nations, experts believe the coronavirus infections and...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- An official report released Wednesday details the full economic impact of the loss of tourism and business in New York City due to the coronavirus pandemic.New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said a 10-year period of record growth in tourism came to an abrupt end in 2020, as 43.7 million fewer visitors came to the city because of COVID-19.Tourists spent only $13 billion in 2020, a 73% decline from the prior year, and in the end, that will cost the city $1.2 billion in lost tax revenues in Fiscal Year 2021.Employment in the tourism industry also saw a significant decline in 2020, as 89,000 jobs were lost from 2019, when employment reached a record 283,200 jobs.ALSO READ | New York state to lose Congressional seat after new census countEMBED More News Videos New York state's delegation will shrink from 27 to 26. It is one...
    CNN is facing criticism over a story published Monday that’s being described as "propaganda" in favor of the Biden administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The story focused on the administration’s role in ramping up vaccinations across the U.S., but it failed to mention the critical groundwork after the rapid production and distribution of the vaccines through Operation Warp Speed. It described the Biden administration’s effort to vaccinate more Americans as urgent and wartime, and claimed it brought the U.S. from having one of the worst pandemic responses in the world to being a global leader in vaccinations. CNN ADMITS THAT MODERNA'S PROMISING VACCINE DEVELOPMENT IS AN 'UNMITIGATED SUCCESS' FOR TRUMP "The interviews reveal how the Biden team inherited a pandemic at its zenith with a high demand for vaccines and little supply, along with no long-term plan to vaccinate millions of Americans," the story continued. It went on to praise...
    Originally Published by: Indias coronavirus death toll tops 200K Pfizer CEO predicts coronavirus oral antiviral pill ready ‘by end of year’ Greece is reopening tourism sectors in May Burning Man, the annual desert festival that attracts tens of thousands from all over the world, is canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.  “Although here in the United States we may be feeling the weight lifting and the light at the end of the tunnel brightening, we are still in the pandemic and the uncertainties that need to be resolved are impossible to resolve in the time we have,” organizers wrote on the festival’s website. “We have decided to set our sights on Black Rock City 2022.” The enigmatic festival had been bringing artists, musicians and revelers from around the globe to the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada since 1986, until the pandemic forced...
    House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) praised President Joe Biden for his Coronavirus response, despite Biden’s absence on coronavirus calls with governors. “If I’ve had any surprises, it has been the steely way in which he has stuck to his guns on this,” Clyburn said before adding the administration deserves an “A+” for their coronavirus response, according to an Associated Press reporter. White House press secretary Jen Psaki confessed Monday “Biden had never participated in conference calls with the nation’s governors on the coronavirus pandemic, but claimed that he had never intended to do so,” Joel B. Pollak reported for Breitbart News. In fact, RealClearPolitics reported, “Joe Biden has not dialed in to any of the weekly COVID-19 coordinating calls with the nation’s governors since he came into office, a sharp contrast with his predecessor and a break from last year’s pandemic ritual.” Biden attacked former President Donald Trump in the 2020...
    Burning Man, the annual desert festival that attracts tens of thousands from all over the world, is canceled for the second year in a row because of the coronavirus pandemic.  "Although here in the United States we may be feeling the weight lifting and the light at the end of the tunnel brightening, we are still in the pandemic, and the uncertainties that need to be resolved are impossible to resolve in the time we have," organizers wrote on the festival's website. "We have decided to set our sights on Black Rock City 2022." Burning Man was canceled for the second year in a row due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. (REUTERS/Jim Urquhart) LAS VEGAS MAYOR CALLS NEVADA GOVERNOR A 'DICTATOR' OVER STRICTER CORONAVIRUS ORDER The enigmatic festival had been bringing artists, musicians and revelers from around the globe to the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada since 1986,...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 3,333 new Coronavirus cases and 84 additional deaths. READ MORE: Police: Violent Criminal Off The Streets After North Side Raid This brings the statewide total to 1,139,390 cases and 26,072 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 2,495 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19 and 517 patients are in ICUs. The state says 8,130,899 vaccine doses have been administered so far, and 3,239,152 people are fully vaccinated. All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated. READ MORE: REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Pushed Back To 2023 If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There are 4,364,133 individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19 to date. There have been 70,516 cases among residents and 14,734 cases among employees...
    BOSTON (CBS) — As vaccinations continue and some coronavirus regulations are lifted in Massachusetts, many see a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic. So what’s the first thing Gov. Charlie Baker wants to do when things get back to “normal”? “I want to take my kids and my wife and go to a concert. That’s what I want to do. But I don’t want to do that until we get to the point where that can be done in a way where people aren’t putting one another at risk by virtue of doing that,” he said Tuesday, after announcing that the outdoor mask mandate will be loosed and the state will continue to Phase 4 Step 2 of reopening. “I know I speak for a lot of people in Massachusetts – this has easily been the longest year of my life,” Baker...
    Selena Gomez is using her public platform to call on politicians around the world to join in the fight against COVID-19 to help make coronavirus vaccines accessible to poor nations in need. The singer took to her Twitter account, which boasts 65 million followers, to petition for access to the coronavirus vaccines worldwide. "@moderna_tx & @NoubarAfeyan, thanks for developing a vaccine for COVID-19 but we need your help to get it to everyone, everywhere. Will you follow others in providing it not-for-profit for the countries most in need? #vaxlive," Gomez tweeted on April 24. In another tweet, Gomez specifically called on the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, as well as all leaders of the other G7 countries (Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States) to "pledge dollars or doses to help everyone around the world fight" the pandemic. SELENA GOMEZ UNVEILS PLATINUM BLONDE HAIR AS FANS DECLARE 'BLONDELENA IS...
    LIVERPOOL have posted a pre-tax loss of £46million as the cost of the Covid-19 pandemic starts to bite hard. The Premier League saw incomes hit hard in the year up until May 2020 as the shutdown in football in England led to a huge drop in money coming in. 3Liverpool, whose owner John W Henry is pictured above, have announced a pre-tax loss of £46mCredit: Reuters Matchday revenue dropped by £13m as the absence of fans for their final four matches of their title winning campaign made a major impact. Accounts were also damaged by a £59m drop in media revenue because no matches were being played in the period – although some of that money will be recouped by the season extending into last summer. But with supporters barred from Anfield throughout the majority of the current campaign, there will be further losses in the matchday revenue needing to...
    Months after a coronavirus surge sickened hundreds of thousands of people, left thousands dead and pushed hospitals to their breaking point, California’s virus case rate is now the lowest of any state in the nation, federal figures show. Although the distinction doesn’t lessen the heavy toll exacted by the fall-and-winter wave, it does demonstrate the tremendous strides the state has made in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic — progress that, to this point, has not been interrupted even as the state more widely reopens its economy. California’s latest seven-day rate of new cases was 32.5 per 100,000 people, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over that same period, Hawaii had the second-lowest rate, at 36.8, and the nationwide rate was 114.7. California has for weeks reported one of the lowest case rates in the nation — though the top spot had...
    CHICAGO (CBS) – New cases of COVID-19 in Illinois are continuing to drop, and the number of people hospitalized from the virus appears to be plateauing, as Gov. JB Pritzker said Monday that vaccine supply is finally meeting demand. The Illinois Department of Public Health reported 2,137 new confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 on Monday, as well as 10 more deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, Illinois has reported a total of 1,323,170 cases, including 21,836 deaths. READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Will There Be A Fourth Relief Payment? Over the past week, Illinois is averaging 2,710 new cases per day, a 14% decrease from one week ago. However, cases are still up significantly from one month ago. So far in April, Illinois is averaging 3,023 new cases per day, up 70% from the same time period in March. The state’s seven-day average case positivity rate stands at 3.5%, is...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Vaccinated tourists will be allowed to visit Europe once again, as early as this summer.The head of the European Union said in a published report that "All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated.""With the vaccine, you should be able to travel, especially domestically. Now, international travel is still a question in the public health community, especially the E.U. where you have countries like France, Spain, and Italy, which have vaccinated just 7% of its population," said Dr. Imran Ali, a physician fellow at Mount Sinai Health.Meanwhile, as the weather warms up, Dr. Anthony Fauci expects guidelines on wearing masks to be revised soon."I think it's pretty common sense now that outdoor risk is really, really quite low," Dr. Fauci said.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where...
    By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden says the U.S is determined to help India as it grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases. In a tweet Sunday, Biden said, “Just as India sent assistance to the United States as our hospitals were strained early in the pandemic, we are determined to help India in its time of need.” The president didn’t offer specifics in the brief message. But earlier Sunday the White House said the U.S. is “working around the clock” to immediately deploy to India drug treatments and rapid diagnostic COVID-19 testing kits. Also coming are ventilators and personal protective equipment, and the U.S. will seek to provide oxygen supplies as well. The White House says it has identified sources of raw material urgently needed for India’s manufacture of the Covishield vaccine and will make that available. The U.S. also intends to pay for an expansion...
    The 2021 Oscars are expected to be the lowest-rated yet despite several opportunities to make history. The 93rd Academy Awards kick off on April 25 amid unprecedented times caused by the coronavirus pandemic. There will be no host, no audience, nor face masks for nominees attending the ceremony at Los Angeles' Union Station — this year's hub for a show usually broadcast from the Dolby Theatre. While this isn't the first awards show to forge ahead despite the pandemic, the Oscars are breaking from the largely virtual Golden Globes by having locations for the stars to actually attend the event. However, numerous international hubs and satellite feeds will connect nominees unable to travel. The most noteable change from other pandemic-era award shows is that the red carpet is back. However, it will still be a little different in that only a handful of media outlets will be allowed on site. Casual wear is a...
    REAL Housewives of Cheshire star Leanne Brown has sparked outrage after denying the coronavirus pandemic on Instagram today. Over 127,000 Brits have died from the virus, which has ravaged the globe for over a year. 6Leanne horrified fans with a bizarre anti-coronavirus rant today But 44-year-old Leanne has dismissed the devastating death toll, speaking out against the pandemic, wearing face masks, and getting the life-saving vaccine on her social media page. She made the shock post after attending an anti-lockdown march, which understandably left her 241k followers horrified. The star also bizarrely referenced child trafficking in her lengthy rant, appearing to suggest that the pandemic is a worldwide government cover-up for something more sinister. Sharing a variety of photos of the march and the protestors' placards, Leanne wrote: "What a day! You are not alone! The tide is turning people are waking daily, more and more, coming forward to spread...
    Garion Frankel, The Western Journal April 25, 2021 0 Comments For a long time, Americans were hungry for doomsday coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and establishment media outlets were happy to oblige. The phenomenon led to “doomscrolling,” which Dr. Ariane Ling, a psychologist and assistant professor at New York University’s Langone Health, described as “the act of endlessly scrolling down one’s news apps, Twitter and social media and reading bad news.” “In the efforts to make information accessible to all, many major news resources like [The New York Times] are offering coverage of COVID for free,” Ling told Healthline in July. “This creates both less barriers to being informed, but it also adds to the abundance of doomsday headlines out there.” The crippling fear of COVID-19 fueled by media handwringing was reflected in public polling. In June, the Pew Research Center found that 58 percent of Americans believed the...
    With the coronavirus forcing thousands out of work and upending painstaking business plans and countless lives, many people are approaching this year’s May 17 tax deadline with a series of new and unfamiliar situations that have prompted questions about what is and isn’t taxable. Randy Seid, a certified public accountant (CPA) in Belmont, has been helping his clients navigate the tax changes brought on by the pandemic — relying, like many others, on video conferences and phone calls to conduct business. We grabbed a bit of his time to get answers to some of those questions. But first, a little more about Seid. Q: Tell me a little bit about what led you to become a CPA and the work that you do.  Randy Seid: When I was at UCLA, a friend suggested I take an accounting course. I took the introductory course and really liked it. I continued...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 4,164 new Coronavirus cases and 45 additional deaths. This brings the statewide total to 1,131,014 cases and 25,938 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. There are 2,702 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19 and 563 patients are in ICUs. The state says 7,909,892 vaccine doses have been administered so far, and 3,136,599 people are fully vaccinated. All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There are 4,342,722 individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19 to date. There have been 70,429 cases among residents and 14,704 cases among employees of licensed nursing and personal care homes statewide. Out of all total deaths, 13,083 have been in residents of nursing or personal...
    Twitter has removed more than 50 tweets critical of the Indian government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and did so at the request of the Indian government. First reported by Indian news site MediaNama, the Indian government sent Twitter an emergency order on Friday to censor 52 tweets, according to a disclosure notice on the Lumen database. The censored accounts include a sitting member of India’s Parliament, two filmmakers, an actor, and a West Bengal state minister. A Twitter spokesperson said in an email to The News Brig that the company may make certain tweets unable to be viewed by people within India if the tweets violate local law. Twitter says it notified account holders before it withheld content to make them aware that the action was taken in response to a legal request from the government of India. “When we receive a valid legal request, we review...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting 367 new Coronavirus cases and five additional deaths. Of the newly reported cases, the Health Department says 256 are confirmed and 111 are probable cases. The Health Department says new cases range in age from two months to 92 years with a median age of 30 years. There have been 6,584 total hospitalizations and 95,857 total coronavirus cases in Allegheny County since the pandemic started. The county-wide death toll stands at 1,858. More information on the Coronavirus pandemic: CDC Coronavirus Information CDC Global Map of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Pennsylvania Department of Health Information Allegheny County Health Department Information
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The Smithsonian Institution - closed since the pandemic started - is now planning to reopen seven of its museums next month.The National Portrait Gallery and National Zoo are among the institutions set to reopen.Officials say the reopenings will happen in stages over 2 weeks.There will be limited capacity and people must wear masks.What to know about coronavirus:Tracking COVID-19 availability and progress in NYCNew Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine TrackerFind out if you are eligible and where you can go to get your vaccineCoronavirus by zip code - New York CityDo you have coronavirus symptoms? Here are more of today's headlines:NJ to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccineIn a statement on Friday, New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli says the state will plan to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. This comes after the CDC and FDA recommended that the pause on the...
    (Adds health minister on India, paragraphs 7-10) BERLIN, April 24 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday called on Germans to stick to tighter coronavirus restrictions imposed in areas with high infection rates over the weekend, saying the step was needed to break a third wave of infections. Both chambers of parliament approved the amendments to the Infection Protection Act earlier this week to give the federal government more powers to fight the third wave in the pandemic. Merkel drew up the law after some of the 16 federal states refused to implement tougher measures despite a surge in COVID-19 cases and in defiance of a lockdown agreement reached in March. “This is something new in our fight against the pandemic. And I am convinced that it’s urgently needed,” Merkel said in her weekly video podcast. “It serves the goal of first slowing down the third wave of the pandemic,...
    Many kids grow up dreaming of attending a prestigious university, and Jon David Gorman was no exception. Now a senior in high school, the Maryland native needs to decide where to study public and international relations. This difficult choice has him weighing some of the top schools in the country, including Stanford University. On May 1, high schoolers around the country will begin to declare their commitments. Unlike during normal school years, the pandemic has upended regular college traditions such as meeting with college counselors, touring schools and taking the SATs. STUDENTS COULD TAKE SAT AT HOME IN FALL IF SCHOOLS REMAIN CLOSED "There was a little bit of disappointment in the fact that [this year] didn't shape up to be like the normal year where you get accepted, you go to admitted students day, and you go visit the campus. Right now it's like you get accepted and you get a zoom link,"...
    White House officials on Friday warned that the current coronavirus crisis in India is an example of what could happen elsewhere should the pandemic go uncontrolled.  White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Zients made the warning during a coronavirus briefing on Friday.  "This is a global pandemic. And India demonstrates the risk of what can happen if we don't get the pandemic under control everywhere," he said, adding the country serves as a prime example of "why we made the biggest investment in COVAX." "We are committed to sharing vaccine supply as our confidence around our supply increases. We will explore those options," he added.  BIDEN'S GOAL OF 200M COVID-19 VACCINES ADMINISTERED TO BE REACHED Also speaking to the crisis in India, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical officer, called the coronavirus situation in India "terrible" and "dire," noting that on Thursday, the country had the "largest number...
    THE FA is hoping to have 45,000 fans in for England’s potential last 16 game at Euro 2020. And Wembley chiefs believe they could welcome a full house of 90,000 under the Arch for the final in July. 5FA chiefs hope to have 45,000 fans in attendance at WembleyCredit: PA:Empics Sport Uefa announced the June 29 clash featuring the winners of England’s first round group has been shifted from Dublin to Wembley. It means Gareth Southgate and his Three Lions could play six of their potential seven games in the tournament at Wembley, with only the quarter-final match outside London, in Rome. And FA chief executive Mark Bullingham revealed he is aiming to ensure that the group stage capped attendances of 22,500, including for England’s crunch clash with Scotland are at least doubled for the knock-out stage. Wembley will now stage eight matches, including two last 16 games, both semis...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 4,188 new Coronavirus cases and 59 additional deaths. This brings the statewide total to 1,126,850 cases and 25,938 total COVID-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. The Health Department says the statewide percent positivity for the week of April 9-15 stood at 9.6%. There are 2,808 people across the state in the hospital with COVID-19 and 571 patients are in ICUs. The state says 7,788,830 vaccine doses have been administered so far, and 3,076,391 people are fully vaccinated. All Pennsylvanians 16 or older are eligible to get vaccinated. If you have concerns about the virus, you can check out the state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard There are 4,332,764 individuals who have tested negative for COVID-19 to date. There have been 70,383 cases among residents and 14,692 cases among employees of licensed nursing and personal...
    Michigan has seen a 12.5 percent drop in its coronavirus positivity rate over the past week, a sign of potential improvement in a state that has been hammered by a third surge of COVID-19 cases.  On Wednesday the state reported 483 infections per 100,000 people, down from 551.8 per 100,000 people last week, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  By Thursday, this rate had dropped to 449.2 infections per 100,000 people in the state.  Wednesday also marked the first time in nine days that coronavirus hospitalizations in Michigan dipped below 4,000, the same day the total number of cases surpassed the 800,000 milestone.  According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, there have now been 809,591 confirmed coronavirus infections in the state, with at least 17,139 deaths.  Michigan’s most recent surge has rivaled the previous spike it saw in the fall when the...
    UFC 261 will have a packed house this Saturday in Florida. The highly-anticipated fighting event will be at 100% capacity when Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal step into the octagon to fight at Jacksonville Arena. According to Outkick, it’s the first major indoor sporting event in America to have 100% capacity since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) “When this whole #COVID thing started, I told you we would be first — I told you we would figure out a way to get through this but to do that we had to have a place to go … #Florida was the leader in getting things open,” @danawhite said. #UFC261 @Outkick pic.twitter.com/xjUrsdGYQh — Meg Turner (@megnturner_) April 22, 2021 This is what the fans want, it’s what the fans need and I’m glad to see it. It’s been...