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COVID-19

Cases at Valley nursing home rise

YOUNGSTOWN — The number of COVID-19 cases at Mahoning Valley nursing homes and assisted-living facilities rose by seven this week. The number rose from 29 to to 31 in Mahoning County, rose from none to six in Trumbull County, but dropped by one from three to two in Columbiana County. One ...

Fri. 10:07 a.m.: No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hospitals in Turkey and Poland are filling up fast. Pakistan is restricting domestic travel to bring a surge in coronavirus infections under control. Even Thailand, which has weathered the coronavirus pandemic far better than many nations, is now struggling to contain a ...

Cases top 2K mark for third time in April

In just the first week of April, there have been three days in which the number of newly reported COVID-19 cases in Ohio exceeded 2,000. While Wednesday was the seventh day of April, the Ohio Department of Health didn’t give a daily report Sunday because of Easter and combined it with ...

Thu. 9:23 a.m.: US jobless claims up to 744K as virus still forces layoffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to 744,000, signaling that many employers are still cutting jobs even as more people are vaccinated against COVID-19, consumers gain confidence and the government distributes aid throughout the ...

Thu. 9:20 a.m.: UK infections drop about 60% amid vaccinations, lockdown

LONDON (AP) — The U.K.'s COVID-19 vaccination program is beginning to break the link between infection and serious illness or death, according to the latest results from an ongoing study of the pandemic in England. Researchers at Imperial College London found that COVID-19 infections ...

Vaccination and case numbers rise in Ohio

Nearly one in every three Ohioans at least has started the COVID-19 vaccination process, while the state continues to see a higher than average number of cases of the virus. The Ohio Department of Health reported 1,871 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday in the state, above the daily average of 1,742 ...

Wed. 10:14 a.m.: Merkel backs ‘short, uniform lockdown’ across Germany

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel today threw her weight behind a "short, uniform lockdown" as the country grapples with a high level of coronavirus cases fueled by the spread of a more contagious variant first detected in Britain. German state governors, who are responsible for ...

Wed. 9:14 a.m.: Iran sets new record for virus infections amid holiday surge

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran shattered its daily record for new infections for the second consecutive day today as cases soared to 20,954, a worrisome trend after more than a year of the country battling the worst outbreak in the Middle East. Iran's severe surge triggered new movement ...

Wed. 8:43 a.m.: China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics

BEIJING (AP) — China's government warned Washington today not to boycott next year's Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses. A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of ...

Wed. 8:33 a.m.: EU agency to share results of probe into AstraZeneca shot

LONDON (AP) — The European Union's drug regulator will announce the conclusions of its investigation into the possible connection between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots later today, including recommendations that could have far-reaching effects on the use of the shot ...

Tue. 9:34 a.m.: Official: Biden moving vaccine eligibility date to April 19

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden was set to announce today that he is shaving about two weeks off his May 1 deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines. With states gradually expanding eligibility beyond such priority groups as older people and essential, ...

Tue. 8:38 a.m.: North Korea says it won’t participate in Tokyo Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea became the first country to drop out of the Tokyo Olympics because of coronavirus fears, a decision that underscores the challenges facing Japan as it struggles to stage a global sporting event amid a raging pandemic. A website run by North Korea's ...

People with disabilities battle through isolation

The isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year has hit many hard, but the disruption to daily routines and how services are delivered have been particularly painful for those with developmental disabilities and the people who care for them. “Much like everyone else, the ...

Mon. 9:06 a.m.: UK eyes mass testing as it takes next steps out of lockdown

LONDON (AP) — All adults and children in England will be able to have routine coronavirus tests twice a week as a way to stamp out new outbreaks, the British government said today as it prepared to announce the next steps in lifting the nation's months-long lockdown. Prime Minister Boris ...

Mon. 9:03 a.m.: Stores in Greece open amid virus surge to help save economy

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Retail stores across most of Greece were allowed to reopen today despite an ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections, as the country battles to emerge from deep recession. Stores in greater Athens opened for pickup services only but remain closed in Greece's second- and ...

Vaccination effort turns to colleges

While COVID-19 numbers continue to climb in Ohio, a new focus on vaccinations will begin as early as next week. Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday college campuses will offer vaccinations to students who wish to receive them. “We have the ability to do this with the Johnson & ...

Nursing home cases steady, rise in prisons

YOUNGSTOWN — The number of COVID-19 cases at Mahoning Valley nursing homes and assisted living facilities remained essentially unchanged this week, compared to last week. There were 29 cases in Mahoning County, three in Columbiana County and none in Trumbull County. In Mahoning County, ...

Fri. 9:10 a.m.: US employers add 916,000 jobs in March as hiring accelerates

WASHINGTON (AP) — America's employers unleashed a burst of hiring in March, adding 916,000 jobs in a sign that a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession is taking hold as vaccinations accelerate, stimulus checks flow through the economy and businesses increasingly reopen. The March ...

Fri. 8:54 a.m.: Christians mark Good Friday amid lingering virus woes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land are marking Good Friday this year amid signs the coronavirus crisis is winding down, with religious sites open to limited numbers of faithful but none of the mass pilgrimages usually seen in the Holy Week leading up to Easter. The virus is still ...