Masks recommended for 27 Virginia localities, including Metro Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. — Universal masking is now recommended for 27 localities in Virginia, including Metro Richmond, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The update comes as new cases in Virginia increased 2% this week and 73.7% of Virginians are fully vaccinated against the virus, according to the Virginia Department of Health. … Read more

Treasury yields dip as key inflation metric shows possible slowdown in rising prices

US Treasury yields slipped on Friday morning as fears over the Federal Reserve’s plans to aggressively hike interest rates appeared to ease and a key inflation reading showed a slowing rise in prices. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note moved lower by 1 basis point to 2.743%. The yield on the 30-year Treasury … Read more

Shanghai lockdown: Residents demand release, and some get it

BEIJING (AP) — On a balmy Sunday night, residents of an upscale Shanghai compound took to the streets to decry lockdown restrictions imposed by their community. By the following morning, they were free to leave. The triumphant story quickly spread on chat groups across the Chinese city this week, sparking one question in the minds … Read more

Spanish LGBTQ groups wary of monkeypox stigma as Pride nears

1 of 2 In this photo provided by the Unidad de Microscopía Electrónica del ISCIII in Madrid, on Thursday May 26, 2022, an electronic microscope image shows the monkeypox virus seen by a team from the Arbovirus Laboratory and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Units of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII) in Madrid. Health authorities … Read more

Baby formula shortage highlights racial disparities

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Capri Isidoro broke down in tears in the office of a lactation consultant. The mother of two had been struggling to breastfeed her 1-month-old daughter ever since she was born, when the hospital gave the baby formula first without consulting her on her desire to breastfeed. Now, with massive safety recall … Read more

Royal Caribbean Takes On Its Biggest Problem

Since Royal Caribbean (LCR) – Get Royal Caribbean Group Report returned to North American sailings in July 2020, the cruise line has dealt with an ever-changing environment due to the pandemic. First, it has had to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s limits on passenger loads, frequently changing mask rules, precruise testing … Read more

Widespread disbelief over N. Korea’s tiny COVID death rate

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — According to North Korea, its fight against COVID-19 has been impressive: About 3.3 million people have been reported sick with fevers, but only 69 have died. If all are coronavirus cases, that’s a fatality rate of 0.002%, something no other country, including the world’s richest, has achieved against a disease … Read more

India Logs 2,710 Fresh Infections, Active Cases Rise To 15,814

India logged 2,710 new coronavirus infections in a day taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 4,31,47,530, while the active cases rose to 15,814, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday. The death toll climbed to 5,24,539 with 14 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. The active cases … Read more

US making COVID antiviral drug more available at test sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday announced more steps to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the US as it projects COVID-19 infections will continue to spread over the summer travel season. The nation’s first federally backed test-to-treat site is opening Thursday in Rhode Island, providing patients with immediate access to … Read more

CEPI chief outlines the disease differences

Health officer uses a thermal head to detect a monkeypox virus on arriving passengers at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang near Jakarta, Indonesia on May 15, 2019. Jepayona Delita | Future Publishing | Getty Images The sudden emergence of monkeypox in several countries around the world represents a concerning outbreak, the head of the Coalition … Read more