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The Latest: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

The Latest: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community.Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.Like other returning travelers, she spent 14 days in quarantine and twice tested negative before being returning home on Jan. 13. She later developed symptoms and tested positive.He said health officials will conduct genome testing but are working under the assumption that the case is a more transmissible variant of the virus.He said they are investigating to see whether its possible she caught the disease from another returning traveler who was staying
The Latest: Online vaccine appointments filling up in Kansas

The Latest: Online vaccine appointments filling up in Kansas

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is reporting a one-day record of 764 COVID-19 deaths but the rate of new infections is falling.The deaths reported Friday by the California Department of Public Health top the previous mark of 708 set on Jan. 8. In the last two days California has recorded 1,335 deaths.Hospitalizations and newly confirmed cases have been falling, however, and health officials are growing more optimistic that the worst of the latest surge is over.The 23,024 new cases reported Friday are less than half the mid-December peak of nearly 54,000. Hospitalizations have fallen below 20,000, a drop of more than 10% in two weeks.———THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:Dr. Fauci says a lack of candor about the coronavirus under President Donald Trump “very likely” cost lives. Japan is publicly ad

Bitcoin’s latest slump shows why people should be cautious before investing in cryptocurrency

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Hermione Granger | Moment | Getty ImagesIn the last few weeks, bitcoin has been on a wild ride, surging to record highs and then wiping hundreds of billions of dollars from the cryptocurrency market days later.The volatility shows why curious investors should pause before putting money into the cryptocurrency.Bitcoin had an epic runup early in 2021. The asset hit a record high of $ 41,973 on Jan. 12, according to data from Coin Metrics, but just days later fell about 15%, wiping as much as $ 200 billion from the cryptocurrency market in just 24 hours.The next week, it regained some of its losses, surging to near $ 40,000 before reversing course yet again. On Thursday, the cryptocurrency slipped about 8%, bringing the asset's two-day losses to more than 10%. In addition, the price of bit...
The Latest: Fauci to resume virus updates in White House

The Latest: Fauci to resume virus updates in White House

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WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci is back in the White House briefing room.Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, was tasked by President Joe Biden to give an update on the coronavirus pandemic after largely being sidelined in recent months by former president Donald Trump.Fauci said the new administration would “be completely open and honest” in dealing with the pandemic and, in an implicit rebuke to the Trump administration, said everything now would be “based on science and evidence.”He also said in the Biden administration, the rule would be “if you don’t know the answer, don’t guess.”Fauci, who repeatedly attacked by Trump for breaking with his rosy view of the pandemic, provided an update on the new, more contagious strains of the virus, which has now claimed the lives o
The Latest: California urges halt to 300K vaccine doses

The Latest: California urges halt to 300K vaccine doses

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PHOENIX -- LOS ANGELES — California’s state epidemiologist is urging a halt to more than 300,000 coronavirus vaccine doses by Moderna because some people who received it needed medical treatment for possible severe allergic reactions.Dr. Erica S. Pan is recommending that vaccine providers stop using one lot of the Moderna vaccine pending completion of an investigation. She says less than 10 people who were inoculated at a single vaccination site needed medical attention.But she also said serious reactions to vaccinations are extremely rare.The virus has claimed more than 33,000 lives in California.———THE VIRUS OUTBREAK:— Japan’s prime minister vows to hold the already postponed Olympics this summer as proof of victory over virus— Israel trades Pfizer vast troves of medical