Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

NEW YORK (AP) — The spark that started the U.S. coronavirus epidemic arrived during a three-week window from mid-January to early February, before the nation halted travel from China, according to the most comprehensive federal study to date of when the virus began spreading. That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the […]

South Africa eases one of world’s strictest lockdowns

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa began easing one of the world’s strictest lockdowns on Friday, with runners and dog-walkers returning eagerly to the streets but not all wearing the face masks that are now mandatory in the country with Africa’s most coronavirus cases. In Johannesburg, Cape Town and elsewhere, people took a breath of fall […]

US faces ‘truly daunting’ challenges on needed COVID tests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite a massive effort, the nation faces “truly daunting” challenges to deploy millions of coronavirus tests to safely re-open the economy, the head of the National Institutes of Health told lawmakers Thursday. NIH Director Francis Collins told the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee that government and private industry have launched […]

Doctors struggle to stay true to science but not cross Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s becoming a kind of daily ritual: President Donald Trump and a phalanx of doctors file into the White House briefing room each evening to discuss the coronavirus, producing a display of rhetorical contortions as the medical officials try to stay true to the science without crossing the president. The result can […]

As virus deaths rise, Sweden sticks to ‘low-scale’ lockdown

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Crowds swarm Stockholm’s waterfront, with some people sipping cocktails in the sun. In much of the world, this sort of gathering would be frowned upon or even banned. Not in Sweden. It doesn’t worry Anders Tegnell, the country’s chief epidemiologist and top strategist in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The 63-year-old […]

DPH: State flu deaths rise to 70 this season

(WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health has reported the latest number of flu-related deaths in the state. DPH says this past week, two people in Connecticut have died from the flu, bringing the total of reported deaths in Connecticut this season to 70, which includes one child. 184 people were hospitalized this past […]

‘We love you NHS’: UK health service gears up for virus peak

LONDON (AP) — Dr. Nishant Joshi is on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic — and he’s angry. The emergency medicine specialist says he risks his life every time he walks into a British hospital because doctors and nurses haven’t been equipped with the personal protection equipment they need to prevent them from being […]

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in voting during pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Wisconsin struggles to hold its primary on Tuesday, President Donald Trump and Democrats are bickering over how to provide voters with safe and secure access to a ballot as the coronavirus pandemic rages in the U.S. and threatens to extend into the fall, affecting the general election. With another economic rescue […]

DPH: One person in CT died from flu this past week

(WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health has reported the latest number of flu-related deaths in the state. The DPH says this past week, one person in Connecticut has died from the flu, bringing the total of reported deaths in Connecticut this season to 79, which includes one child. 20 people were hospitalized this […]

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