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Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic updates

The latest news and commentary on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

NOTE: As the world adjusts to COVID-19, research continues on its origins, the effectiveness of masks, vaccines and boosters, new variants, workplace policies, politics and much more. The Washington Times is committed to accuracy in our reporting of the coronavirus. We continue to explore how COVID-19 affects us here in the United States and around the world. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to update its guidance on coronavirus (available here) with information geared toward parents, employers, healthcare professionals and consumers. They also offer a COVID data tracker here where you can explore vaccination trends, levels of community spread and other valuable tools for making healthy choices for you and your family.

For more detailed information on total cases, total deaths, global maps and dashboards, visit the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center here.

Recent Stories

Migrants cross the Rio Bravo into the United States from Matamoros, Mexico, Tuesday, May 9, 2023. The U.S. is preparing for the Thursday, May 11th end of the Title 42 policy, linked to the coronavirus pandemic that allowed it to quickly expel many migrants seeking asylum. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

U.S. to limit asylum at Mexico border, open 100 migration hubs as COVID-19 restrictions end

- Associated Press

President Joe Biden's administration on Thursday will begin denying asylum to migrants who show up at the U.S.-Mexico border without first applying online or seeking protection in a country they passed through, according to a new rule released Wednesday, as U.S. officials warned of difficult days ahead as a key limit on immigration is set to expire.

A Marine stands guard outside of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 9, 2023. President Biden is meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss the debt limit. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

White House eases COVID protocols as emergency lifts

Associated Press

Pandemic-era rules on COVID-19 testing for White House journalists are being loosened as the public health emergency declaration expires Thursday. It's another sign of how a vast web of policies designed to limit the spread of the virus is dissipating.

FILE - A relative adjusts the oxygen mask of a tuberculosis patient at a TB hospital on World Tuberculosis Day in Hyderabad, India, March 24, 2018. The number of people infected with tuberculosis, including the kind resistant to drugs, rose globally for the first time in years, according to a report issued Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022 by the World Health Organization. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

Ukraine, Sudan conflicts fuel alarming surge in tuberculosis

- Associated Press

Top U.N. officials and health industry leaders are trying to tackle an alarming surge in tuberculosis, which is now killing more people worldwide than COVID-19 or AIDS. Among the problems: a high number of cases in conflict zones, including Ukraine and Sudan, where it's difficult to track down people with the disease and diagnose new sufferers.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update on the ongoing Federal response to COVID-19, June 16, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Walensky submitted her resignation Friday, May 5, 2023, saying the waning of the COVID-19 pandemic was a good time to make a transition. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky to depart next month, citing pandemic transition

- The Washington Times

Dr. Rochelle Walensky will depart as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the end of June, citing the imminent end of the COVID-19 public health emergency as a "tremendous transition for our country" after two years of rolling closures, battles against variants and subsequent efforts to overhaul the agency and regain public trust.

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro leaves Federal Police headquarters after giving testimony over the Jan. 8 attacks in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, April 26, 2023. Thousands of Bolsonaro supporters trashed the presidential palace, the Supreme Court and Congress one week into President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's third term in office. (AP Photo/Gustavo Morteno)

Bolsonaro home searched as Brazil probes fake vaccine cards

- Associated Press

Brazil's Federal Police searched former President Jair Bolsonaro's home and seized his phone Wednesday in what they said was an investigation into alleged falsification of COVID-19 vaccine cards. Several other locations also were searched and a half-dozen people faced arrest, police said.

A passenger arrives from overseas at the arrivals hall of Haneda international airport in Tokyo, Nov. 8, 2021. Japan will lift its coronavirus border controls and no longer require entrants to show pre-departure negative tests and records of triple vaccinations beginning Saturday, April 28, 2023, as the country’s Golden Week holiday season begins and a large influx of foreign tourists are expected. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

Japan to lift COVID-19 border controls before holiday week

- Associated Press

Japan will lift most of its coronavirus border controls, including a requirement that entrants show proof of three vaccinations or a pre-departure negative test, beginning Saturday as the country's Golden Week holiday season begins and a large influx of foreign tourists is expected.

Julie Su speaks during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions confirmation hearing for her to be the Labor Secretary, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 20, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Biden's labor chief pick haunted by $30B COVID-era fraud payments

- The Washington Times

President Biden's choice to lead the Labor Department faces an uncertain fate within the Democratic-controlled Senate because of her tenure overseeing a California unemployment agency that paid out billions in fraudulent benefits at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Recent Commentary Columns

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, speaks during a news conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP, File)

Globalists are not done exploiting COVID, not by a long shot

- The Washington Times

COVID may have been taken off the emergency, emergency, emergency list. But it's still going to be used as a platform for bureaucrats to issue controls. And it just so happens, WHO just updated its COVID-19 Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan. How handy. How dandy. How top-down controlling.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Washington. House Republicans kicked off an investigation Monday, Feb. 13, 2023, into the origins of COVID-19 by issuing a series of letters to current and former Biden administration officials for documents and testimony, including Fauci who until December served as Biden’s chief medical adviser. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Fauci is fooling only himself

- The Washington Times

Dr. Anthony Fauci, for all his fancy explanations and even fancier dances of obfuscations, is probably the leading person to blame for the COVID lockdowns, clampdowns, seizures of individual liberties and ridiculous forced face masking. Don't be taken by his lies.