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In poorest countries, surge combines with vaccine shortage

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hati Maronjei once swore he would never get a COVID-19 shot, after a pastor warned that vaccines aren't safe. Now, four months after the first batch of vaccine...

AP PHOTOS: Mumbai doctor recounts harrowing COVID-19 surge

MUMBAI, India (AP) — Dr. Kedar Toraskar hasn't been able to sleep much over the last few months. His mind would constantly turn to the young COVID-19 patients fighting for their lives in the ICU ward ...

France's Pavard felt KO'd for nearly 15 seconds at Euro 2020

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Crashing face-first into the ground, France defender Benjamin Pavard said he felt like a boxer knocked out on the canvas. Pavard slammed into the turf in the...

COVID: A huge tragedy is unfolding in Afghanistan

The number of COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan has risen exponentially over the past few weeks, with hospitals struggling to deal with the ongoing wave. Health officials in almost all Afghan provinces a...

COVID: What has India learned from the second wave?

Despite a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases and the easing of restrictions in India, experts are warning that the country still has a long way to go to effectively prevent the spread of the...

Fighting COVID-19 surge, South Africa increases restrictions

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Confronted with a rapid surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, South Africa has returned to tighter restrictions on public gatherings and liquor sales, President Cyril Ramap...

Attacks target polio teams in east Afghanistan, 5 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen on Tuesday targeted an anti-polio drive in eastern Afghanistan, killing at least five members of two vaccination teams in separate attacks, officials said. ...

Health experts say India missed early alarm, let deadly coronavirus variant spread

A veteran public health expert warned top Indian officials in early March that a new variant of the coronavirus was spreading quickly in a rural district in the heart of the country and that the outbr...

Entertainer donates 330 oxygen-supplying machines to Taiwan hospitals

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese entertainer Jia Yong-jie (賈永婕) was able to raise enough money to purchase 330 high-flow nasal cannula machines (HFNC) within just a couple of days, donating the ...

Puerto Rico probes fire that left 900K clients without power

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities said Friday they are investigating what sparked a fire at a key substation that plunged 900,000 customers into darkness across Puerto Rico, with thousands stil...

The Latest: Philippines reopens gyms, museums as surge ebbs

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials have allowed the reopening of gyms, skating rinks, racket courts and museums in metropolitan Manila and adjacent provinces as a coronavirus surge continues t...

Indian state sharply raises COVID-19 death toll prompting call for wide review

An Indian state has raised its COVID-19 death toll sharply higher after the discovery of thousands of unreported cases, lending weight to suspicion that India’s overall death tally is significan...

COVID fatality rate in Taiwan climbs to 2.8%

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Health authorities in Taiwan are seeking ways to address the nation's high COVID-19 case fatality rate of 2.8 percent, which is higher than the global average of 2.1 p...

India: Rumors fuel COVID vaccine hesitancy in Muslim communities

Abida Ahmed, 27, a former student of the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), is grieving, yet angry. She has lost three members of her family since the devastating second COVID wave hit the c...

Nurses in Indian villages defy obstacles to play key role in fighting the pandemic

Panagarh rural hospital is a major government health care facility in West Bengal state's Paschim Bardhaman district. On June 4, dozens of people were seen huddled together outside a section of th...