U.S. Official, Alex Azar, Praises Taiwan During Highest-Level Visit in Decades

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The United States’ top health official lauded Taiwan’s democracy and its response to the coronavirus. Taiwan’s president hailed the island’s growing economic and public health ties with the United States. Yet just offstage from this show of bonhomie on Monday between Alex M. Azar II, the secretary of health and human services, and President Tsai Ing-wen of …

The Latest: School from crowd photo shifts to online classes

DALLAS, Ga. — A Georgia high school plans to start the week with all classes shifting online after nine students and staff tested positive for the coronavirus when the school year opened last week with most students attending in-person. North Paulding High School made headlines soon after students returned to school Aug. 3 when photos posted on social media showed …

Coronavirus and Weddings: Take It Seriously

Rules and Regulations Vary by State State laws vary when it comes to weddings. Some wedding spaces are governed by the same rules as restaurants, meaning they can accommodate a certain percentage of their overall capacity. In Arkansas, for example, you can fill venues to 66 percent capacity. So an event in a 1,000-person ballroom can legally host 666 guests. …

The Latest: Brazil surpasses 100,000 deaths from COVID-19

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil has surpassed a grim milestone — 100,000 deaths from COVID-19. And five months after the first reported case, the country is showing no signs of crushing the disease. The nation of 210 million people has been reporting an average of more than 1,000 daily deaths from the pandemic since late May, and 905 were recorded …

Trump Vows to Issue Executive Orders if Coronavirus Relief Talks Collapse

With little to suggest a compromise was in sight, Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said the negotiators were expected to touch base by phone on Friday to determine whether it would be worthwhile to convene in person for more negotiations. Mr. Mnuchin and Mr. Meadows accused the Democrats in Thursday’s meeting — Ms. Pelosi, of California, and Senator Chuck Schumer …

4 US deaths tied to methanol-based hand sanitizers

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help stop the coronavirus from spreading, but drinking the products turned out to be deadly for four people in two states By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer August 7, 2020, 11:56 PM 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article NEW YORK — Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help stop the coronavirus from spreading, but …

Avoid These 115 Hand Sanitizers, F.D.A. Warns

The Food and Drug Administration has expanded its list of hand sanitizers that consumers should avoid to include products with inadequate levels of alcohol in addition to those containing methanol. The agency issued an advisory last week announcing that its tests had found four hand sanitizers with “concerningly low levels of ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol” — active ingredients in …

Judge orders COVID-19 tests at California detention center

A federal judge has ordered immigration officials to conduct weekly coronavirus testing for more than 100 men held at a California detention center August 7, 2020, 12:03 AM 2 min read SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge Thursday ordered coronavirus testing of everyone held at a California immigration detention center, saying authorities had shown “deliberate indifference to the risk of …

C.D.C. Warns of the Dangers of Drinking Hand Sanitizer After Fatal Poisonings

Federal health authorities issued a formal warning on Wednesday about the dangers of drinking hand sanitizer and alerted poison control centers across the nation to be on the lookout for cases of methanol toxicity after four people died and nearly a dozen became ill. From May 1 to June 30, 15 people in Arizona and New Mexico were treated for …

The Latest: Arkansas says public schools must be open 5 days

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The Arkansas state government is requiring public schools to stay open five days a week when classes resume this month, complicating efforts by some districts to limit on-site instruction because of the coronavirus. Education Secretary Johnny Key issued the guidance to schools Wednesday as the state reported 912 new confirmed virus cases and 18 more deaths. …