Public health

A man wears a mask featuring the smile of comic book character The Joker, amid the spread of the new coronavirus in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, March 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
May 06, 2020 - 11:11 am
HAVANA (AP) — Rarely used in Latin America outside hospitals before the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are now compulsory for subway riders, supermarket shoppers and even joggers in some countries — and they're becoming a colorful part of the region's daily life. Motifs showing up on masks are...
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FILE-In this March 28, 2020 file photo, police officer Rajesh Babu wears a helmet representing the coronavirus, and requests commuters to stay home during countrywide lockdown in Chennai, India. Health officials are rushing to contain a coronavirus outbreak in one of Asia’s largest fruit and vegetable markets in this southern Indian city. (AP Photo/R. Parthibhan, File)
May 06, 2020 - 10:25 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Health officials are rushing to contain a coronavirus outbreak in one of Asia’s largest fruit and vegetable markets in the southern Indian city of Chennai. So far, the market has been linked to more than 500 cases in several districts of Tamil Nadu state and adjacent Kerala state...
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President Donald Trump participates in a tour of a Honeywell International plant that manufactures personal protective equipment, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Phoenix, with Tony Stallings, vice president of Integrated Supply Chain at Honeywell, right and White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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May 06, 2020 - 10:15 am
PHOENIX (AP) — One day after saying that the COVID-19 task force would be winding down, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that it would continue indefinitely, but focus more on rebooting the economy. Trump tweeted that the panel's focus would be on "SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN."...
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May 06, 2020 - 10:08 am
GENEVA (AP) — A senior Chinese diplomat expressed backing for the World Health Organization on Wednesday, but said an invitation for the agency's experts to visit Wuhan to look into the origins of the coronavirus must wait until after the pandemic is beaten. “First things first: The top priority...
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European Commissioner for the Economy Paolo Gentiloni speaks during a media conference on the economy at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 6, 2020. The European Union predicted Wednesday "a recession of historic proportions this year" due to the impact of the coronavirus with a drop in output of more than 7 percent, as it released its first official forecast of the damage the pandemic is inflicting on the bloc's economy. (Kenzo Tribouillard, Pool Photo via AP)
May 06, 2020 - 9:32 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union predicted Wednesday “a recession of historic proportions this year” due to the impact of the coronavirus as it released its first official estimates of the damage the pandemic is inflicting on the bloc’s economy. The 27-nation EU economy is predicted to contract...
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Residents lineup to be tested for COVID-19 as well as HIV and Tuberculosis in downtown Johannesburg Thursday, April 30, 2020. Thousands are being tested in an effort to derail the spread of coronavirus. South Africa will began a phased easing of its strict lockdown measures on May 1, although its confirmed cases of coronavirus continue to increase. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
May 06, 2020 - 8:13 am
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The fight against tuberculosis could be set back by more than five years due to the coronavirus pandemic, risking an additional 1.4 million TB deaths and 6.3 million infections by 2025, a new report says. The Stop TB Partnership is a Geneva-based international body leading the...
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A customer waits for his medication behind a sheet of plastic installed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at a CVS pharmacy store in Morton Grove, Ill., Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Customers and pharmacists are being separated by crates and plastic sheets during the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
May 06, 2020 - 8:11 am
The rush to fill medicine cabinets and pantries ahead of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic fueled surging profits at CVS Health during its first quarter. The outbreak also lifted the health care giant’s insurance business because patients delayed or cancelled elective surgeries and used the...
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FILE - In this Monday, April 13, 2020 file photo a car passes graffiti as the country continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in London. Britain's health secretary said Wednesday May 6, 2020 that national lockdown rules were "for everyone," after one of the government's key scientific advisers, Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, quit for receiving secret visits from his girlfriend amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)
May 06, 2020 - 8:11 am
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s health secretary said Wednesday that national lockdown rules were “for everyone,” after one of the government’s key scientific advisers quit for receiving secret visits from his girlfriend amid the coronavirus pandemic. Imperial College epidemiologist Neil Ferguson developed...
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A man stands next to a logo at the headquarters of broadcast network ABS-CBN Corp. on Wednesday May 6, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. Philippine church and business leaders expressed alarm Wednesday over a government agency’s shutdown of the country’s largest TV and radio network, which has been a major provider of news on the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
May 06, 2020 - 6:32 am
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Alarm over a Philippine government agency’s shutdown of the country’s largest TV and radio network heightened Wednesday with a top official warning that taking a major provider of news on the coronavirus pandemic off the air could cost lives. International watchdogs also...
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A man with face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is reflected on a glass window near a raccoon statue Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Tokyo. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan has extended a state of emergency until end of May. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
May 06, 2020 - 5:01 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Health officials are rushing to contain the spread of the coronavirus in India's southern city of Chennai, where a large cluster has been identified among people at one of the country’s largest markets for fruit, vegetables and flowers. The busy Koyambedu market, with 500 shops, is...
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