The Latest: New Zealand has first big case drop in 2 weeks

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By The Associated Press

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The fig of caller coronavirus cases successful New Zealand has fallen importantly for the archetypal clip since an outbreak was detected astir 2 weeks ago.

Officials anticipation it is an denotation that a strict nationwide lockdown mightiness beryllium moving to halt the virus’s spread.

Health authorities connected Monday reported 53 caller assemblage cases, down from 83 a time earlier. Some of that alteration whitethorn person been attributable to less tests being completed.

New Zealand’s authorities is pursuing an elimination strategy successful which it tries to stamp retired the microorganism wholly whenever it appears. The authorities enactment the state into the toughest signifier of lockdown aft the archetypal lawsuit of the existent delta-variant outbreak was detected Aug. 17.

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MORE ON THE PANDEMIC:

__ Louisiana hospitals are packed with COVID-19 patients, fearfulness the accomplishment of Hurricane Ida

— Croatia thrilled astatine summertime tourism play occurrence contempt COVID-19

— Russia’s virus-related deaths deed grounds of implicit 50,000 successful July

— Once a beacon of safety, Hawaii is seeing a surge of coronavirus cases driven by delta variant

— U.S. quality agencies stay divided connected the origins of the coronavirus

— U.S. conflict implicit masks successful schools has shifted from schoolhouse boards to courts

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— Find much AP sum astatine https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine

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HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia has seen its highest fig of play cases of the coronavirus successful 7 months, fueled by the much contagious delta variant.

The 5,333 caller affirmative cases reported statewide for the six-day play ending Saturday were the highest since much than 5,900 cases were reported for the seven-day week ending Jan. 17. Figures for Sunday volition beryllium released connected Monday.

The fig of deaths from COVID-19, the unwellness that tin beryllium caused by the coronavirus, grew for the 2nd consecutive week. There person been astatine slightest 3,064 microorganism deaths statewide since the commencement of the pandemic.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii has reported astir 1,700 caller COVID-19 cases, which is the state’s highest level for the pandemic, though officials enactment that the number includes a backlog from 1 lab.

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 1,678 cases Sunday, portion noting that it included a partial catch-up of reporting aft 1 laboratory experienced strategy errors from Aug. 15 to Aug. 25.

The authorities saw 10,817 caller confirmed coronavirus infections documented successful the past 14 days.

The authorities wellness manager Dr. Elizabeth Char says that “this tidal question of cases is straining our quality to respond astatine each levels — our hospitals, our labs and adjacent our morgues are nearing oregon astatine capacity.”

Hawaii besides reported 2 deaths from COVID-19, some women older than 60 with underlying wellness conditions. That brings the state’s totals since the pandemic began to 62,229 coronavirus cases and 589 deaths.

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HONOLULU — Hawaii has reported astir 1,700 caller COVID-19 cases, which is the state’s highest level for the pandemic, though officials enactment that the number includes a backlog from 1 lab.

The Hawaii Department of Health reported 1,678 cases Sunday, portion noting that it included a partial catch-up of reporting aft 1 laboratory experienced strategy errors from Aug. 15 to Aug. 25.

The authorities saw 10,817 caller confirmed coronavirus infections documented successful the past 14 days.

The authorities wellness manager Dr. Elizabeth Char says that “this tidal question of cases is straining our quality to respond astatine each levels — our hospitals, our labs and adjacent our morgues are nearing oregon astatine capacity.”

Hawaii besides reported 2 deaths from COVID-19, some women older than 60 with underlying wellness conditions. That brings the state’s totals since the pandemic began to 62,229 coronavirus cases and 589 deaths.

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ATHENS, Greece — Clashes erupted successful Athens connected Sunday evening betwixt the constabulary and immoderate participants successful a protestation rally against COVID-19 vaccinations.

Police estimation the participants successful the rally successful cardinal Syntagma Square astatine betwixt 7,000 and 8,000.

As the past of the speeches denouncing authorities plans to marque vaccinations for wellness workers and students mandatory were finishing, immoderate youths attacked constabulary lasting earlier the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, adjacent to the Greek Parliament with bottles, firecrackers and immoderate firebombs.

Police utilized teardrop gas, stun grenades and a h2o cannon to disperse protesters, who shouted obscenities astatine the constabulary and against Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

While implicit 5.7 cardinal radical successful Greece’s colonisation of 10.7 cardinal person been afloat vaccinated, determination has been a caller resurgence of cases and hospitalizations, astir wholly fueled by the delta variant and chiefly affecting the unvaccinated.

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WASHINGTON — The government’s apical infectious illness adept says the U.S. is sticking with its proposal for Americans to get coroanvirus booster shots 8 months aft receiving the vaccine but volition beryllium unfastened to changes based connected evolving data.

Dr. Anthony Fauci says there’s “no doubt” successful his caput that radical volition request to get an other changeable aft they person received the two-dose Pfizer oregon Moderna vaccine, fixed the highly contagious delta variant.

He indicated the medication remained focused connected doing that successful an “expeditious” and “feasible” mode aft the eight-month mark, with doses opening the week of Sept. 20, pending support from the Food and Drug Administration.

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BERLIN — Protesters who reason the German government’s coronavirus measures took to the streets again successful Berlin connected Sunday, defying bans connected respective planned gatherings.

Throughout the afternoon, thousands marched successful the German capital’s Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte neighborhoods. More than 2,000 constabulary officers were connected work crossed the metropolis to respond to the protests.

Police had banned much than a twelve planned protests for this weekend, including from the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, the astir disposable anti-lockdown question successful Germany. A tribunal ruled to let 1 specified protest, planned for an estimated 500 radical connected Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday’s demonstrations travel a akin turnout of respective 1000 connected Saturday, besides successful defiance of constabulary bans.

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SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s internationally recognized authorities connected Sunday received much than 151,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine.

The 151,200 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines arrived astatine Aden airport, the U.N. children and wellness agencies said. The shipment is from the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative.

The doses would beryllium utilized to vaccinate healthcare workers and different precedence groups successful the war-torn country, the UNICEF said.

Earlier this year, Yemen received a 360,000-dose shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the COVAX initiative.

Yemen has been convulsed by civilian warfare since 2014.

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JERUSALEM — Israel has expanded its coronavirus booster changeable programme to see anyone implicit 12.

The decision, approved Sunday, is the latest signifier of a booster programme that began past period with Israelis implicit 60. It was expanded successful phases implicit respective weeks to radical successful their 50s, 40s and 30s. Some 2 cardinal radical — much than 20% of the country’s astir 9 cardinal radical — person received a 3rd dose.

Israel was 1 of the archetypal countries to vaccinate its colonisation aboriginal this year, allowing the authorities to driblet astir each restrictions connected nationalist activities. But it present has 1 of the world’s highest rates of corruption owed to the accelerated dispersed of the delta variant, adjacent among the vaccinated, and has reinstated disguise mandates and limits connected assemblage sizes.

Israel approved the booster programme aft experts concluded the vaccine’s effectiveness wanes implicit time. It is present offering boosters to anyone vaccinated implicit 5 months ago. Early information has indicated that the booster is slowing the dispersed of the delta variant and preventing superior unwellness among the vaccinated.

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TEHRAN, Iran — The constabulary main for Iran’s superior says a pack of thieves has robbed scores of COVID-19 vaccines aft attacking a hired car carrying the doses, media reported.

The robbery comes arsenic Iran, with implicit 106,000 virus-related deaths, has the highest decease toll successful the Mideast but lone 8% of its radical are afloat vaccinated.

Tehran constabulary main Hossein Rahimi said robbers attacked and seized 300 vaccines aft a courier work near a Health Ministry aesculapian retention installation southbound of the capital.

He did not accidental which vaccine was stolen. Iran mostly uses the Chinese-made Sinopharm, though it besides has utilized immoderate Russian made Sputnik-V, AstraZeneca and its ain home CovBarekat vaccine.

On Sunday, Iran registered 581 regular deaths and much than 31,000 caller cases. Last week connected Tuesday, Iran deed a grounds of 709 patients dying successful a azygous day.

The state is struggling done a 5th question of the illness driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

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DUBROVNIK, Croatia — Summer tourism has exceeded adjacent the astir optimistic expectations successful Croatia this year. Beaches on the country’s Adriatic Sea coastline are swarming with people.

Guided tours are afloat booked, restaurants are packed and sailboats were chartered good successful advance.

Croatia’s tourism manufacture was caught by surprise. There had been fearfulness that the coronavirus pandemic would discourage radical from traveling.

A circuit usher successful the confederate metropolis of Dubrovnik that is known for its Old Town and nightlife and is Croatia’s astir fashionable destination said this week that “it’s astir similar 2020 ne'er happened.”

The occurrence of the summertime play is indispensable to Croatia’s economy, which is among the weakest successful the European Union.

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TOKYO — Japan’s curate successful complaint of the vaccine rollout has committedness a timely administering of booster shots for the coronavirus arsenic the federation aims to afloat vaccinate its colonisation by October oregon November.

Taro Kono said Pfizer and Moderna booster shots volition get aboriginal adjacent twelvemonth successful clip for aesculapian workers and the elderly, who were prioritized and mostly got their 2nd shots by July.

“Japan is aiming for 80% vaccination levels,” Kono said connected a nationally broadcast Fuji TV show.

A integer strategy for impervious of vaccination volition beryllium disposable aboriginal this year, helium added.

Japan has lagged among developed nations connected vaccinations, with its afloat vaccinated present astatine astir 43%.

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WASHINGTON — The rancorous statement implicit whether returning students should deterioration masks successful the schoolroom has moved from schoolhouse boards to courtrooms.

In astatine slightest 14 states, lawsuits person been filed either for oregon against masks successful schools. In immoderate cases, usually rule-enforcing schoolhouse administrators are uncovering themselves warring authorities leaders.

Legal experts accidental that portion authorities laws usually trump section control, ineligible arguments from disguise proponents person a bully accidental of coming retired connected top. But amid protests and adjacent unit implicit masks astir the United States, the tribunal conflict is conscionable beginning.

Mask rules successful nationalist schools alteration widely. Some states necessitate them; others prohibition mandates. Many much permission it up to idiosyncratic districts.

Big schoolhouse districts that privation to necessitate masks are successful tribunal and battling governors successful Florida, Texas and Arizona. Worried parents are suing implicit akin legislative bans connected mandates successful Utah, Iowa and South Carolina.

Lawsuits warring disguise requirements person popped up successful Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky and Montana.

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HONOLULU — Kuulei Perreira-Keawekane could hardly respire erstwhile she went to a Hawaii exigency room. Nausea made it hard for her to basal and her assemblage throbbed with pain.

Like galore Native Hawaiians, she was not vaccinated against COVID-19.

Perreira-Keawekane’s concern highlights the COVID-19 situation that is gripping Hawaii arsenic hospitals are overflowing with a grounds fig of patients, vaccinations are stagnating and Hawaiians are experiencing a disproportionate stock of the suffering.

Hawaii was erstwhile seen arsenic a beacon of information during the pandemic due to the fact that of stringent question and quarantine restrictions and wide vaccine acceptance that made it 1 of the astir inoculated states successful the country. But the highly contagious delta variant exploited weaknesses arsenic residents fto down their defender and attended household gatherings aft months of restrictions and vaccine hesitancy lingered successful immoderate Hawaiian communities.

On Friday, the authorities reported a grounds precocious 1,035 recently confirmed cases.

Now the politician is urging tourists to enactment distant and residents to bounds travel, and leaders are re-imposing caps connected sizes of societal gatherings. And successful an effort to code vaccine hesitancy, businesses and nonprofits launched a nationalist work run aimed astatine Native Hawaiians, galore of whom harbor a heavy distrust of the government.

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BEND, Oregon — Oregon’s exigency absorption section says the U.S. state’s decease toll from COVID-19 is climbing truthful rapidly that 2 counties person requested refrigerated trucks to clasp the bodies.

Department spokeswoman Bobbi Doan said Saturday that Tillamook and Josephine person requested the trucks.

Tillamook County Emergency Director Gordon McCraw wrote successful his petition to the authorities that the county’s sole ceremonial location “is present consistently astatine oregon exceeding their capacity” of 9 bodies. He added that microorganism cases among unit person made them incapable to transport bodies to different counties.

The refrigerated motortruck arrived successful the region connected Friday. Doan said that it was loaned by Klamath County.

The Tillamook County Board of Commissioners says determination were six COVID-19 deaths successful the region from Aug. 18 to Aug. 23. The fig surpassed the 5 full COVID-19 deaths that occurred during the archetypal 18 months of the pandemic.

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