Tag Archives: Infectious diseases

Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

HAVANA — Raul Castro said he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech Friday at the opening of […]

Germany sees drop in crime during 1st year of pandemic

Germany saw a drop in reported crime last year, partly due to pandemic restrictions that kept people indoors, although there was a rise in child abuse, domestic violence and cybercrime ByThe Associated Press April 15, 2021, 3:38 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article BERLIN — Germany saw a drop […]

Brazil court greenlights probe of president’s virus response

SAO PAULO — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed a Senate investigation of President Jair Bolsonaro’s handling of the pandemic to go forward, one of two cases it tackled that could affect the leader’s bid for reelection next year. The full court also was weighing the political future of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da […]

Muslims mark Ramadan amid virus surge and new restrictions

MECCA, Saudi Arabia — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month’s signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques. Still, there were glimmers that Ramadan 2021 could feel less restricted than […]

UK economy grows 0.4% amid confidence from vaccine rollout

The U.K. economy grew 0.4% in February, rebounding from a sharp drop the previous month, as the rapid rollout of COVID-19 vaccines boosted confidence in a recovery from the pandemic ByThe Associated Press April 13, 2021, 8:32 AM • 1 min read LONDON — The U.K. economy grew 0.4% in February, rebounding from a sharp […]

Ecuador picks conservative for president; Peru eyes runoff

QUITO, Ecuador — A conservative businessman seemed headed to Ecuador‘s presidency, with voters rejecting the leftist movement started by former President Rafael Correa more than a decade ago. And in neighboring Peru, it remained unclear which of 18 presidential hopefuls would fill the two spots in a June runoff election. The South American nations held […]

Ecuador, Peru head to polls under strict virus measures

Ecuador and Peru are choosing new presidents under strict public health measures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic By REGINA GARCIA CANO and MAURICIO MUÑOZ Associated Press April 11, 2021, 11:35 AM • 3 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LIMA, Peru — Ecuador and Peru choose new presidents Sunday under strict public […]

St. Vincent awaits new volcanic explosions as help arrives

Cots, tents, and respirator masks are pouring into the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent a day after a powerful explosion at La Soufriere volcano uprooted the lives of thousands of people who evacuated their homes under government orders By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press April 10, 2021, 7:30 AM • 3 min read Share to […]

Coronavirus live news: India’s cases surging as deadly second wave spreads

4.35am EDT 04:35 A scientist advising the British government has said that any blood clots associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are “extraordinarily rare events,” PA reports. Professor Peter Openshaw, a member of the Covid-19 clinical information network, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: We still don’t know whether they are directly related and […]

Puerto Rico to shutter schools amid spike in COVID-19 cases

Puerto Rico’s health secretary says all public and private schools in the U.S. territory will close for two weeks amid a surge in COVID-19 cases ByThe Associated Press April 9, 2021, 1:59 AM • 2 min read SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico’s health secretary announced Thursday that all public and private schools in […]