India virus death toll passes 300,000, 3rd highest in world

NEW DELHI — India crossed another grim milestone Monday of more than 300,000 people lost to the coronavirus as a devastating surge of infections appeared to be easing in big cities but was swamping the poorer countryside. The milestone, as recorded by India’s health ministry, comes as slowed vaccine deliveries…

Judge: Iowa school leader improperly kept kids out of school

DES MOINES, Iowa — The leader of Iowa’s largest school district violated his duty by not complying with a law intended to ensure students could learn in classrooms during the pandemic, an administrative law judge ruled, without specifying how he should be punished. Administrative Law Judge David Lindgren said during…

Navajo students describe pandemic struggles to Jill Biden

ST. MICHAELS, Ariz. — Students on the country’s largest Native American reservation spoke to first lady Jill Biden on Friday about challenges they’ve faced during the coronavirus pandemic, including poor internet service and feelings of isolation. The hourlong discussion took place at Hunters Point Boarding School, a small, aging grade…

Kosovo doctors protest colleague's arrest, suspension

PRISTINA, Kosovo — Kosovar doctors on Friday threatened to take action in support of a colleague who was arrested for refusing to treat a patient after working hours. Police reported that pulmonologist Ibrahim Hoti was detained a day earlier and local health authorities suspended him from work. It was not…

Marchers protest Romania's virus restrictions as cases soar

BUCHAREST — Marchers took to the streets Saturday in the Romanian capital of Bucharest to protest restrictive measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 even as new daily infections and deaths rose in the European Union nation. About 1,000 people converged on Victory Square and University Square, expressing frustration with…

Duke University to require COVID vaccinations for fall term

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke University will require all new and returning students to present proof of vaccination to student health officials before they can enroll for the fall semester, the school’s president said Friday. A statement from Duke President Vincent Price says the policy will cover all undergraduate, graduate, and…

Texas governor bans mandated COVID-19 'vaccine passports'

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott used his executive power Tuesday to ban state government and some private entities from requiring COVID-19 “vaccine passports” to access services, in the latest move from a Republican governor pitting public health campaigns against personal freedom and private choices. According to Abbott’s order,…