COVID-19

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As the coronavirus continues to spread in the United States and elsewhere, some locations are experiencing new waves of cases. And this week, that includes Hong Kong and South Korea.

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Despite recommendations to the contrary by federal health authorities, millions of Americans plan to travel for Thanksgiving, with their numbers dipping only slightly from 2019 levels.

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Updated 11/20/20, 12:53 p.m.

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

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Pfizer said Friday it is asking U.S. regulators to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine, starting the clock on a process that could bring limited first shots as early as next month and eventually an end to the pandemic -- but not until after a long, hard winter.

The action comes days after Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech announced that its vaccine appears 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease in a large, ongoing study.

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Cases of COVID-19 are continuing to rise around the world. And one of many locations hit by record numbers this week is Japan.

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Canadian citizens will soon be eligible to skip Hawaii’s travel quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test.

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Communities around the country and the world are responding in different ways to the continuing spread of the coronavirus. In Australia, one state has entered lockdown with a severe and sudden impact.

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Governments around the world are taking different steps to fight the spread of the coronavirus. In South Korea’s capital, that means a new round of restrictions is about to kick in — less than a month after they were reduced.

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Updated 11/17/20, 1:43 p.m.

With more shutdowns looming and a vaccine months away from wide distribution, governors across the U.S. are pleading for more help from Washington ahead of what is shaping up to be a bleak winter.

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As the case numbers of COVID-19 climb in the United States and many places around the world, government officials in Japan are still planning to host the Olympics next summer. That's also the plan of the head of the International Olympic Committee — who's in Tokyo this week.

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Updated 11/16/20, 4:28 p.m.

From California to Pennsylvania, governors and mayors across the U.S. are ratcheting up COVID-19 restrictions amid the record-shattering resurgence of the virus that is all but certain to get worse because of holiday travel and family gatherings over Thanksgiving.

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As countries around the world struggle with the pandemic, those who have had some success in dealing with the virus are getting more attention. That includes Australia — which has received an inquiry from the transition team of President-elect Joe Biden.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is straining Hawaii's hospitals. It's not just a question of capacity, it's also a matter of finances.

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With a COVID-19 vaccine drawing closer, public health officials across the country are gearing up for the biggest vaccination effort in U.S. history — a monumental undertaking that must distribute hundreds of millions of doses, prioritize who's first in line and ensure that people who get the initial shot return for the necessary second one.

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State officials say Australia is among the countries in talks to join Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program. It’s also in touch with several other potential partners to expand international travel slowly.

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Updated 11/12/20, 9:54 a.m.

Temperature and COVID-19 symptom checks like the ones used at schools and doctor's offices have again proved inadequate for spotting coronavirus infections and preventing outbreaks.

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Updated 11/11/20, 10:56 a.m.

Texas on Wednesday became the first state with more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, and California closed in on that mark as a surge of coronavirus infections engulfs the country from coast to coast.

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Events are being held across the country today in honor of those who have served in the U.S. military. Veterans Day celebrations in Hilo will be especially meaningful in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak that claimed the lives of 27 residents at the Yukio Okutsu State Veterans Home. 

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Updated 11/10/20, 3:50 p.m.

NEW YORK — The U.S. hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations Tuesday and surpassed 1 million new confirmed cases in just the first 10 days of November amid a nationwide surge of infections that shows no signs of slowing.

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Economists, healthcare professionals, and elected lawmakers have all called for Governor David Ige to set statewide standards for the wear of masks.

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Researchers around the world are continuing to work on a vaccine for COVID-19. A team in India is focusing on an even more challenging project: a vaccine that can tolerate hot weather.

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People in Australia are starting to deal with a new development in the pandemic: returning to the workplace. While many businesses are encouraging staffers to return to the office, a lot of the workers would prefer to stay home.

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U.S. voters went to the polls starkly divided on how they see President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic. But in places where the virus is most rampant now, Trump enjoyed enormous support.

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Updated 11/4/20, 3:07 p.m.

The United States set another record for daily confirmed coronavirus cases as states around the country posted all-time highs, underscoring the vexing issue that confronts the winner of the presidential race.

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Americans went to the polls Tuesday under the shadow of a resurging pandemic, with an alarming increase in cases nationwide and the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 reaching record highs in a growing number of states.

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Researchers around the world are working on various strategies to keep the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum, while allowing certain aspects of routine life to return. For some, that includes sporting events — a focus in Japan.

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FENTON, Michigan — As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help — especially in rural areas and at small hospitals.

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Hawaii's businesses are still reeling from eight months of the COVID economy — and bracing themselves fo rmore. And in the restaurant industry, that's bringing a great deal of change.

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On Oahu, everyone from the police chief to the mayor is asking people to be careful this Halloween, and not gather in crowds. That message is also being delivered in Asia — particularly in South Korea.

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