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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.

Click on the maps below for more information on coronavirus cases by state and vaccinations by county, and for a fuller picture of COVID-19, scroll down for the most recent reporting from The Washington Times.

Recent Stories

Pharmacist Kaitlin Harring, left, administers a Moderna COVID-19 vaccination to three year-old Fletcher Pack, while he sits on the lap of his mother, McKenzie Pack, at Walgreens pharmacy Monday, June 20, 2022, in Lexington, S.C. Today marked the first day COVID-19 vaccinations were made available to children under 5 in the United States. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

COVID-19 vaccine drive for youngest kids kicks off in earnest

- The Washington Times

Kids aged 6 months to 5 years old will begin to receive COVID-19 shots in earnest on Tuesday, but the campaign will be centered on pediatrician offices and select pharmacies, giving the rollout a different look than mass efforts for older ages that featured converted gymnasiums and drive-thru centers.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a media event regarding the 2022 Florida Python Challenge, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Miami. Florida is the only state that hasn't preordered COVID-19 vaccines for toddlers in anticipation of their final approval by the federal government. DeSantis said Thursday that his administration won't facilitate their distribution, though he said they'll be available to those who want them. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

White House: Florida doctors can order under-5 COVID shots

- Associated Press

Florida doctors will be able to directly order COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 from the federal government, the White House said Friday, after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state would not order and distribute the shots in the state.

The Treasury Building is viewed in Washington, May 4, 2021. The first three months of fiscal 2022 are in the books, and the numbers show the federal government's deficit has gone from the catastrophic levels of last year back to the merely grave situation pre-pandemic. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Feds 'nowhere near' understanding scope of pandemic fraud

- The Washington Times

The Secret Service has "hundreds" of investigations into international criminal syndicates suspected of stealing taxpayers' money from pandemic relief programs, the agency's top coronavirus official told Congress on Tuesday. But he and other federal investigators also said they can't yet say how much of the trillions of dollars paid out in relief was fraudulent.

FILE - A Store For Rent sign is displayed at a retail property in Chicago, on June 20, 2020. As much as 20% of a federal pandemic relief program intended to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 outbreak is believed to have gone to fraudsters, while some 1.6 million applications for the loans may have been approved without even being evaluated. The program overseen by the U.S. Small Business Administration is one of the key targets of a Tuesday, June 14, 2022, congressional hearing that is expected to look more widely at the fraud that bedeviled many of the federal COVID-19 relief programs.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Clyburn: U.S. failed to stop fraud in COVID-19 loan program

- Associated Press

The U.S. government failed to take basic steps at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to prevent fraud in a federal aid program intended to help small businesses, depleting the funds and putting Americans at a greater risk of suffering the consequences of identity theft, the head of a congressional panel examining the payouts said Tuesday.

Residents line up for mass COVID tests, Monday, June 13, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

COVID-19 cluster at nightclub sets off new Beijing clampdown

Associated Press

China's capital has put school online in one of its major districts amid a new COVID-19 outbreak linked to a nightclub, while life has yet to return to normal in Shanghai despite the lifting of a more than two-month-long lockdown.

FILE - A worker in protectively overalls and carrying disinfecting equipment walks outside the Wuhan Central Hospital, China on  Feb. 6, 2021. Experts drafted by the World Health Organization to help investigate the origins of the coronavirus pandemic say further research is needed to determine how COVID-19 first began. They say they need a more detailed analysis of the possibility it was a laboratory accident. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

WHO: COVID origins unclear but lab leak theory needs study

- Associated Press

More than two years after coronavirus emerged in China and after at least 6.3 million deaths have been counted worldwide from the pandemic, the World Health Organization is recommending in its strongest terms yet that a deeper probe is required into whether a lab accident may be to blame.

FILE - A vial of the Phase 3 Novavax coronavirus vaccine is seen ready for use in the trial at St. George's University hospital in London, Oct. 7, 2020. The Novavax COVID-19 vaccine that could soon win federal approval may offer a boost for the U.S. military: an opportunity to get shots into some of the thousands of service members who have refused the vaccine for religious reasons. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

New vaccine may be option for troops with religious concerns

- Associated Press

A COVID-19 vaccine that could soon win federal authorization may offer a boost for the U.S. military: an opportunity to get shots into some of the thousands of service members who have refused other coronavirus vaccines for religious reasons.

In this image provided by the Serum Institute of India, vials of freshly manufactured Novavax COVID-19 vaccines wait to be labeled in 2022, in Pune, India. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is evaluating a more traditional kind of vaccine made by Novavax, which the company hopes can win over unvaccinated people and become a top choice for boosters. (Serum Institute of India for Novavax via AP)

FDA advisers endorse Maryland company's COVID-19 vaccine

- The Washington Times

A federal advisory panel endorsed a COVID-19 vaccine from Novavax, putting the U.S. on track for a fourth option and sparking hopes that the company's traditional vaccine technology will entice unvaccinated holdouts leery of the messenger-RNA shots.

FILE - In this April 15, 2020 file photo, State Street is mostly empty around noontime due to the coronavirus pandemic in Madison, Wis. A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 said the state health department can release data on coronavirus outbreak cases, information sought two years ago near the beginning of the pandemic. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, file)

Wisconsin Supreme Court says COVID records can be released

- Associated Press

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday said the state health department can release data on coronavirus outbreak cases, information sought two years ago near the beginning of the pandemic.

FILE - An employee of Pyongyang Dental Hygiene Products Factory disinfects the floor of a dinning room as the state increased measures to stop the spread of illness in Pyongyang, North Korea, May 16, 2022. A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. health agency assumes the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea is “getting worse, not better,” despite the secretive country's recent claims that COVID-19 is slowing there. (AP Photo/Cha Song Ho, file)

WHO: COVID-19 'getting worse, not better' in North Korea

- Associated Press

A top official at the World Health Organization said the U.N. health agency assumes the coronavirus outbreak in North Korea is "getting worse, not better," despite the secretive country's recent claims that COVID-19 is slowing there.

Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, makes an opening statement as the panel holds a markup hearing to craft the Democrats' Build Back Better Act, massive legislation that is a cornerstone of President Joe Biden's domestic agenda, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021. The high cost of the bill, to help families and combat climate change, would be financed in part by increasing taxes on the wealthy and corporations. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

GOP challenges Biden's new pandemic prosecutor

- The Washington Times

Top House Republicans demanded answers Tuesday from the Justice Department over President Biden's new pandemic prosecutor, who was tapped earlier this year to take control of investigations into hundreds of billions of dollars the government paid in suspected fraudulent coronavirus-related claims.

An elderly resident waits outside a bank as bank workers receive food supplies as banking services reopen after pandemic measure lockdown are lifted, Tuesday, May 31, 2022, in Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Shanghai moves toward ending 2-month COVID-19 lockdown

Associated Press

Shanghai authorities say they will take some major steps Wednesday toward reopening China's largest city after a two-month COVID-19 lockdown that has throttled the national economy and largely bottled up millions of people in their homes.

FILE - This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows SARS-CoV-2 virus particles which cause COVID-19. The coronavirus mutant that just became dominant in the United States as of May 2022 is a member of the omicron family. But scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and might possibly cause more serious disease. (Hannah A. Bullock, Azaibi Tamin/CDC via AP, File)

Dominant coronavirus mutant contains ghost of pandemic past

- Associated Press

The coronavirus mutant that is now dominant in the United States is a member of the omicron family but scientists say it spreads faster than its omicron predecessors, is adept at escaping immunity and might possibly cause more serious disease.

Recent Commentary Columns

Bill Gates discusses his book "How to Prevent the Next Pandemic" at the 92nd Street Y on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) ** FILE **

Bill Gates tees up COVID boosters forever

- The Washington Times

Bill Gates said those over the ages of "50 or 60" will "probably have to get boosted every six months" until "we get even better vaccines." That was after he revealed how sucky the current slate of shots are by admitting he just tested positive for COVID-19, despite having four doses.

Steven Portnoy, CBS News White House correspondent and WHCA president, reacts while seated alongside President Joe Biden at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, Saturday, April 30, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

COVID cases climb -- yawn!

- The Washington Times

The number of positive test COVID-19 cases have spiked among attendees of the White House correspondents' dinner, and newspapers the nation over have been sounding the alarms, raising a ruckus, blaring the warnings. But here's the thing: So what? So freaking what?

Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing on Jan. 11, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP) ** FILE **

Americans must demand pre-pandemic normalcy

- The Washington Times

If Americans are waiting for a return to pre-pandemic normalcies, then the wait's going to be a long one. Interminably long. Try never. Americans must demand their pre-pandemic freedoms. Expecting the government to return them is a plan of futility.

Vice President Kamala Harris speaks during a Cabinet meeting at the White House complex in Washington, April 13, 2022. Harris tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, the White House announced. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Kamala Harris just the latest COVID-19 vaccine failure

- The Washington Times

Vice President Kamala Harris just tested positive for COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated, despite receiving two booster shots -- the latest on April 1 -- and despite wearing a face mask pretty much everywhere she went. So, not to be rude, but what's the point of getting the shot?

Travelers queue up in long lines to pass through the south security checkpoint in Denver International Airport, Wednesday morning, June 16, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Democrats' dance with face mask stupid

- The Washington Times

A new poll from The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 56% of Americans want to keep in place face mask mandates for airplane, bus, subway and public transportation travelers and staffers. Unsurprisingly, most are Democrats.