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EXPLAINER: What are the rules for travelers entering the US?

President Joe Biden’s latest measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 will increase the hassle factor of flying into the United States, even for American citizens returning from overseas. ...

Taiwan announces relaxed mask rules for Level 2 alert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on Thursday (Oct. 28) announced that although the Level 2 COVID alert will remain in place for two more weeks, mask rules will b...

Outdoor exercise is mask-free starting today in Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Effective on Tuesday (Oct. 19) residents of Taiwan will no longer be required to wear face masks while exercising outdoors, and they will be able to go maskless when takin...

Taiwanese can stop wearing masks when vaccination rate reaches 70%: Expert

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC), politicians, and disease experts are eyeing a full vaccination rate of 70% as a milestone when epidemic prevention measures, in...

Schools get the brunt of latest COVID wave in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In the past few weeks, South Carolina has set records for COVID-19 hospitalizations and new cases have approached peak levels of last winter. Classes, schools and entire district...

Los Angeles hopes new mask mandate will reverse virus spike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County residents are again required to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status — a new mandate starting this weekend that health officials hope will re...

Taipei cop fines couple for drinking water in car

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A couple was ticketed by Taipei police for removing their masks inside their car to drink water on a hot summer day. At approximately 4 p.m. on July 8, having just fini...

Bennett: Israel could beat COVID-19 variant without lockdown

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday that the country can beat a concerning rise in new coronavirus cases without a nationwide shutdown, but that depends in part on p...

As New York salutes health workers, Missouri fights a surge

New York held a ticker-tape parade Wednesday for the health care workers and others who helped the city pull through the darkest days of COVID-19, while authorities in Missouri struggled to beat back ...

Photo of the Day: Astute statue observing mask rule in New Taipei

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Honduran photographer captured this scene of a masked statue reading the newspaper at an empty waterfront in New Taipei City amid the Level 3 restrictions that are in pl...

New Taipei to penalize 206 residents for going maskless

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The New Taipei City Government on Tuesday (May 18) dispatched 1,200 police officers to the streets to clamp down on violators of the outdoor mask-wearing rule. Mayor Ho...

The Latest: Fire at India hospital kills 18 virus patients

NEW DELHI — A fire in a COVID-19 hospital ward in western India killed 18 patients early Saturday, as the country grappling with the worst outbreak yet steps up a vaccination drive for all its adults ...

US extends face-mask requirement on planes until September

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re traveling on a plane, train or bus, don’t put that face mask away yet. The Transportation Security Administration said Friday it will extend its mask requ...

Thailand's prime minister fined for breaking face mask rule

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand are imposing fines of up to 20,000 baht ($640) for people who fail to wear face masks in public in 48 provinces, as the government struggles to cope with a new w...

Tardy Gras? Mobile considers Carnival-style parade for May

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Its 2021 Mardi Gras celebration all but a bust because of the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Mobile is considering staging a Carnival-style parade in May after the state's manda...