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Australia records deadliest day of pandemic with 80 deaths

Australia has reported its deadliest day of the pandemic with 80 coronavirus fatalities, as an outbreak of the omicron variant continues to take a toll
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Nepal imposes tough restrictions as virus cases set record

Nepal’s capital has shut schools, ordered citizens to carry vaccination cards in public, banned religious festivals and instructed hotel guests to be tested every three days as it battles its biggest COVID-19 outbreak
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People stand in a queue to receive the vaccine after the Nepalese government made vaccination cards mandatory for people to access public services in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
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Inside one state's surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations among children

Weekly COVID cases among kids have risen 138%, according to state data.
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In this screen grab taken from Google Maps Street View, the Oklahoma Children's Hospital is shown in Oklahoma City.
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Poland hits pandemic record of over 36,600 daily infections

Poland's deputy health minister says the nation has hit a COVID-19 pandemic record of 36,665 new infections reported in 24 hours
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Japan widens virus restrictions as omicron surges in cities

Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday as the country widens COVID-19 restrictions due to the omicron variant, which has caused cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan areas
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FILE - People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus walk on a street lined with bars and restaurants in Tokyo on Jan. 19, 2022. Restaurants and bars will close early in Tokyo and a dozen other areas across Japan beginning Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 as Japan widens COVID-19 restrictions due to omicron causing cases to surge to new highs in metropolitan areas. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
January 21

Preteens may be vaxed without parents under California bill

California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated.
January 21
State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, addresses the state Senate at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. Wiener is introducing, Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 a bill that would allow children ages 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents consent. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
January 21

Nation's largest abortion protest could be last under Roe

Abortion opponents are gathering Friday in Washington for the largest anti-abortion rally in the U.S., and they're hoping it's the last one under Roe v
January 21
A stage in place for the March for Life rally is reflected on a wet camera stand on the National Mall in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The March for Life is scheduled to take place Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
January 20

'You're not alone': TikTokker’s message for those struggling with mental health

ABC News' Linsey Davis talks to motivational speaker Zachery Dereniowski about how he seeks to bring his community together and raise mental health awareness by giving out free hugs.
January 20
VIDEO: 'You're not alone': TikTokker’s message for those struggling with mental health
January 20

CDC urges Americans to get moving, but there's no simple solution

More than one-fifth of Americans aren't active enough, data shows.
January 20
In this undated file photo, a woman works out on a rowing machine at a gym.
January 20

California's COVID gun store shutdowns ruled illegal

A federal appeals court has found that two California counties violated the Constitution’s right to bear arms when they shut down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic
January 20
FILE - In this March 15, 2020 file photo people wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, overturned two California counties orders shutting down gun and ammunition stores in 2020 as nonessential businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
January 20

Early treatment could tame peanut allergies in small kids

A new study finds that young children might be able to overcome their peanut allergies if treated early enough
January 20
January 20

Judge to dismiss 11 murder counts against Ohio doctor

A judge has agreed to dismiss 11 of 25 murder counts against an Ohio doctor charged in multiple hospital deaths
January 20
January 20

US appeals court: 2 California counties violated Constitution by shutting down gun shops during early days of pandemic

US appeals court: 2 California counties violated Constitution by shutting down gun shops during early days of pandemic
January 20
January 20

Kentucky congressman against mandates says he has COVID-19

A Kentucky congressman who has been critical of pandemic mask and vaccine mandates says he has COVID-19
January 20
FILE - Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., talks to reporters before leaving Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, March 27, 2020, after attempting to slow action on a rescue package. Massie who has been critical of pandemic mask and vaccine mandates said he has tested positive for COVID-19, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
January 20

French premier says vaccine pass to go into effect Monday

French Prime Minister Jean Castex says a new COVID-19 pass will go into effect Monday, severely restricting the public lives of those who refuse to get inoculated by banning them from domestic flights, restaurants, sports events and other venues
January 20
FILE - Parliament members attend a session of questions to the Government at the French National Assembly in Paris, Jan. 4, 2022. France's parliament is voting Sunday on a bill that would exclude unvaccinated people from restaurants, movie theaters, sports arenas and other venues, the central measure of government efforts to protect hospitals amid record numbers of virus infections. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)
January 20

Europe considers new COVID-19 strategy: accepting the virus

With one of Europe’s highest vaccination rates and its most pandemic-battered economies, the Spanish government is laying the groundwork for a new different COVID-19 playbook
January 20
January 20

Police: Man tried to kill 2 North Carolina hospital workers

Authorities say a man choked a hospital worker unconscious and tried to snap another employee’s neck during a rampage inside a North Carolina emergency room earlier this week
January 20
January 20

1 police department loses 2 officers to COVID-19 within days

Both Sgt. Thurman and officer Shields were 51 years old.
January 20
Officer Brian Shields and Sergeant Ken Thurman were members of the Aurora Police Department in Aurora, Ill.
January 20

Police union lawyer: Suspect freed after positive COVID test

The attorney for the St. Louis Police Officers Association says a domestic assault suspect was freed from jail after testing positive for COVID-19, despite being deemed dangerous enough that prosecutors wanted him held without a chance of bail
January 20
January 20

Austrian parliament approves vaccine mandate for adults

Austria’s parliament has voted to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults from Feb. 1, the first of its kind in Europe
January 20
FILE- Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer presents new COVID19 regulations at a press conference in Vienna, Austria, Jan. 6, 2022. Austria's parliament is due to vote Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, on plans to introduce a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the adult population, the first of its kind in Europe. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner, File)
January 20

Austrian parliament approves national COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults effective Feb. 1

Austrian parliament approves national COVID-19 vaccine mandate for adults effective Feb. 1
January 20
January 20

Indonesia wants to use G20 presidency to aid COVID rebound

Indonesia’s leader says the country holding the presidency of the Group of 20 biggest economies wants to strengthen global partnership to aid the economic recovery from COVID-19
January 20
FILE - Indonesia's President Joko Widodo arrives at Rome's Fiumicino Airport, on Oct. 29, 2021. The Indonesia’s leader said Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, that his country, which holds the presidency of the Group of 20 biggest economies this year, sought to strengthen global partnership and inclusiveness to aid the economic recovery amid a resurgent COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
January 20

UK lawmaker says Johnson critics face government 'blackmail'

A lawmaker from Britain’s governing Conservatives has accused the government of blackmailing opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson
January 20
In this photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, in London, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defied calls to resign in a feisty performance Wednesday in Parliament — but it may be too little to prevent a push by his Conservative Party's lawmakers to oust him over a string of lockdown-flouting government parties. Pressure on the prime minister grew as one Conservative lawmaker defected to the opposition Labour Party and former Conservative Cabinet Minister David Davis told him: “In the name of God, go!” (Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via AP)
January 20

Ontario to lift lockdown on dining rooms and gyms

Canada’s largest province is ending a lockdown of restaurant dining rooms, gyms and cinemas at the end of the month
January 20
January 20

Study: Drug-resistant bacteria kill 1.2 million globally

“Superbugs” have joined the ranks of the world’s leading infectious disease killers
January 20
This scanning electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows rod-shaped Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria. According to a report published Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, in the medical journal Lancet, antibiotic-resistant germs caused more than 1.2 million deaths globally in one year, according to new research that suggests that so-called “superbugs” have joined the ranks of the world’s leading infectious disease killers. (Janice Haney Carr/CDC via AP)
January 20

Portugal draws fire with plan for COVID-positive voters

Portugal’s government is under fire over its preparations for people infected with COVID-19 to vote in an upcoming snap election
January 20
A man wearing a face mask walks past election campaign billboards in Lisbon, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Portugal's government is under fire over its preparations for people infected with COVID-19 to vote in an upcoming snap election, as officials struggle to square the constitutional right to vote with a duty of care for public health. Eligible voters who are infected and confined at home - as many as 600,000 people on the day of the Jan. 30 election, officials estimate - are to be allowed to go to polling stations as an exceptional measure, the government announced Thursday. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
January 20

Placebo effect the true cause of many reported COVID-19 vaccine side effects: Study

Side effects are less common than people think, experts say.
January 20
A nurse administers a pediatric dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to a girl at a L.A. Care Health Plan vaccination clinic at Los Angeles Mission College in the Sylmar neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, January 19, 2022. - While cases of Covid-19 hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise in California, officials are seeing early signs that the Omicron surge is slowing. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
January 20

Aiming to make CDC nimble, agency director has rankled many

The top U.S. public health agency has long been criticized as too slow to collect and act on new information
January 20
January 20

Thai health ministry proposes easing rules on cannabis use

Thailand, which in 2020 became the first Southeast Asian nation to decriminalize the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, is moving to further loosen regulations on the drug
January 20
Cannabis plants sit on display at the first full-time clinic prescribing cannabis oil for medical treatment in the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi province, Thailand, Jan. 6, 2020. Thailand, which in 2020 became the first Southeast Asian nation to decriminalize the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, moved Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, to loosen regulations on the drug. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
January 20

More than 2 dozen drugmakers to make Merck's COVID-19 pill

A U.N.-backed group says it has signed agreements with more than two dozen generic drug makers to produce versions of Merck’s coronavirus pill to supply 105 developing countries
January 20
January 20

Legislator dies using medical suicide law he helped pass

The wife of a former Vermont legislator and House majority leader says he has died with the help of a law he himself helped pass that allows the terminally ill to end their own lives
January 20
FILE — Vermont Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, left, chats with his daughter, Anneke, during the first day of the legislature, in Montpelier, Vt., Jan. 5, 2004. The former Vermont lawmaker and House majority leader died on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. Jewett, who had cancer, helped pass a Vermont's aid-in-dying law that allows terminally ill patients to ask their doctors for a lethal dose of medication. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)
January 20

Sick bear cub in Poland euthanized as no improvement

Veterinarians in Poland say they have euthanized a brown bear cub after more than a week of treatment failed to ease its serious neurological symptoms
January 20
January 20

Thailand loosens entry restrictions as omicron worries ease

Thailand will ease entry requirements for vaccinated visitors from all countries next month as concerns about the omicron variant of the coronavirus decline
January 20
FILE- A tourist arrives at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand, on Nov. 1, 2021. The health authorities in Thailand said Thursday that the country's "Test and Go" program to ease the entry of foreign visitors will resume next month in response to eased concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
January 20

Germany expects COVID-19 cases to peak in mid-February

Germany’s health minister expects the number of coronavirus infections in the country to keep rising for several weeks reaching hundreds of thousands of cases a day
January 20
People rush to a train at a subway station in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 as the daily number of COVID-19 infections are rising again. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
January 20

New Zealand says it won't use lockdowns when omicron spreads

New Zealand is among the few remaining countries to have avoided any outbreaks of the omicron variant
January 20
Mona Lisa, left, and Tau Apihai perform along the roadside to encourage people to get vaccinated Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand will shorten the gap between second COVID-19 vaccine doses and boosters and push back the phased reopening of its borders in measures announced Tuesday to keep the omicron variant at bay. (Dean Purcell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
January 20

Prior infection, vaccines provide best protection from COVID

A new study that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19
January 20
FILE - A 62-year-old nursing home resident receives a COVID-19 booster shot in New York on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. A study released on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination in New York and California concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
January 20

Novavax becomes Australia's 5th approved COVID-19 vaccine

Novavax's COVID-19 vaccine has become the fifth coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia
January 20
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, file photo, a vial of the Phase 3 Novavax coronavirus vaccine is seen ready for use in the trial at St. George's University hospital in London. The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine has become the fifth coronavirus vaccine approved for use in Australia, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The country has ordered 51 million doses of the U.S.-manufactured vaccine, supplied under the brand Nuvaxovid, for its population of 26 million. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
January 19

New technology could signal the future of medicine

ABC News’ Will Carr reports on new, cutting-edge bioelectronic medicine that holds promise for treating diseases like Crohn’s and Parkinson’s.
January 19
VIDEO: New technology could signal the future of medicine
January 19

New Mexico asks Guard to sub for sick teachers amid omicron

New Mexico is asking National Guard troops and state bureaucrats to volunteer to serve as substitute teachers as preschools and K-12 public schools struggle to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections
January 19
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, center, announced efforts to temporarily employ National Guard troops and state bureaucrats as substitute teachers and preschool caregivers, during a news conference at Sante Fe High School in Santa Fe, N.M., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2022. New Mexico is is struggling to keep classrooms open amid surging COVID-19 infections. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
January 19

Planned Parenthood sues to stop South Dakota abortion rule

Planned Parenthood is suing the state of South Dakota to stop new rule for medical abortions that would make the state one of the hardest places in the nation to get abortion pills
January 19
January 19

1st for Louisiana: Drug-resistant fungus found at hospital

A hospital in New Orleans says it has identified two patients infected with a rare drug-resistant fungus
January 19
FILE - This 2016 photo made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a strain of Candida auris cultured in a petri dish at a CDC laboratory. A hospital in New Orleans says, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, it has identified two patients infected with a rare, drug-resistant fungus — the first time it's been found in Louisiana. Candida auris has already been found in Washington, D.C., and at least 20 other states including Georgia, Florida and Texas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fungus is a harmful form of yeast that can be resistant to the most common antifungal drugs. (Shawn Lockhart/CDC via AP)
January 19

Starbucks nixes vaccine mandate after Supreme Court ruling

Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a plan it announced earlier this month
January 19
A sign bearing the corporate logo hangs in the window of a Starbucks open only to take-away customers in this photograph taken Monday, April 26, 2021, in southeast Denver. Starbucks is no longer requiring its U.S. workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19, reversing a policy it announced earlier this month. The Seattle coffee giant says, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, it's responding to last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
January 19

US begins offering 1B free COVID tests, but many more needed

For the first time, people across the U.S. can log on to a government website and order free, at-home COVID-19 tests
January 19
A United States government website is displayed on a computer, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022, in Walpole, Mass., that features a page where people can order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. The website, COVIDTests.gov, allows people to order four at-home tests per residence and have them delivered by mail. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
January 19

Sotomayor, Gorsuch deny report they were at odds over masks

The court issued an unusual three-sentence statement from the justices.
January 19
FILE - Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, left, and Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, gather with other justices of the U.S. Supreme Court for an official group portrait, June 1, 2017, at the Supreme Court Building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
January 19

Vaccinated people with prior COVID case had strongest protection during delta: CDC

The study did not involve cases from the latest omicron surge.
January 19
Dennis Simmons receives his booster vaccine shot from nurse Mariel Miagusko during a COVID-19 vaccination event in Chatham, Ill. , Dec. 30, 2021.
January 19

Algeria shuts schools for 10 days as COVID infections surge

Algeria's president has ordered all schools closed for 10 days because of a surge of COVID-19 infections in the North African country
January 19
January 19

Florida man gets 5 years for COVID-19 relief, tax fraud

A Florida man convicted of fraudulently collecting more than $1.3 million in COVID-19 relief funds has been sentenced to five years in prison
January 19
January 19

UK lifts COVID restrictions, says omicron wave 'has peaked'

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events as infections level off in most parts of the country
January 19
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, centre, gestures, during a visit to Finchley Memorial Hospital, in North London, Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. (Ian Vogler, Pool Photo via AP)
January 19

Nursing home fire kills 6, hospitalizes 17 in eastern Spain

Spanish authorities say six residents of a nursing home near Valencia have died in a fire
January 19
A man inspects a nursing home after a fire in the municipality of Moncada just north of Valencia, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 19, 2022. Spanish authorities say that at least five people have died in a fire at a nursing home near Valencia in eastern Spain. Emergency services for the Valencia region said Wednesday that in addition to the victims another 11 people required hospital treatment. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)
January 19

Global vaccine program COVAX low on funds, seeks $5.2B

The global initiative intended to share coronavirus vaccines equally between rich and poor countries is asking for $5.2 billion in funds to be able to keep buying doses
January 19
FILE - A medical staff gives syringes with vaccination against the coronavirus and the COVID-19 disease to a doctor inside the Klunkerkranich Restaurant and night club during an ongoing vaccination campaign of the Clubkommission in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. German news agency dpa has reported that police are investigating thousands of cases of suspected forgery of coronavirus vaccine certificates. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)