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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

Moderna CEO and Director Stephane Bancel arrives to testify to the Senate HELP Committee on the price of COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, March 22, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Moderna CEO defends COVID vaccine price hike, citing pivot to endemic phase

- The Washington Times

Moderna is hiking the price of its COVID-19 shot because it faces "increased complexity and risk" as the pandemic stabilizes and the life-saving vaccine pivots from a government-funded product to a commercial one, CEO Stephane Bancel told Congress Wednesday in a Senate hearing on what taxpayers are owed after they support critical medicine.

A worker in protective gear collects a sample from a resident at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Nov. 29, 2022. China's sudden reopening after two years holding to a "zero-COVID" strategy left older people vulnerable and hospitals and pharmacies unprepared during the season when the virus spreads most easily, leading to many avoidable deaths, The Associated Press has found. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Ignoring experts, China's sudden zero-COVID exit cost lives

- Associated Press

When China suddenly scrapped onerous zero-COVID measures in December, the country wasn't ready for a massive onslaught of cases. Hospitals turned away ambulances, crematoriums burned bodies around the clock, and relatives hauled dead loved ones to warehouses for lack of storage space.

FILE - In this file photo dated Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, security personnel clear the way for a convoy of the World Health Organization team to enter the Huanan Seafood Market on the third day of field visit in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. International scientists have examined previously unavailable genetic data from samples collected at a market in China close to where the first human cases of COVID-19 were detected and said they have found suggestions the pandemic originated from animals, not a lab. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

New COVID origins data point to raccoon dogs in China market

- Associated Press

Genetic material collected at a Chinese market near where the first human cases of COVID-19 were identified show raccoon dog DNA comingled with the virus, suggesting the pandemic may have originated from animals, not a lab, international experts say.

A doctor uses a hand-held Doppler probe on a pregnant woman to measure the heartbeat of the fetus on Dec. 17, 2021, in Jackson, Miss. COVID-19 drove a dramatic increase in the number of women who died from pregnancy or childbirth complications in the U.S. last year, a crisis that has disproportionately claimed Black and Hispanic women as victims, according to a report released Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Maternal deaths surged in 2021, CDC says

- The Washington Times

The rate of women who died during pregnancy or within six weeks of childbirth surged during the second year of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Cots fill Tecnopolis Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, April 17, 2020. Authorities set up the field hospital in this space that normally hosts museum exhibits, fairs and other attractions, to take in patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms if necessary. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)

Pandemic 3 years later: Has the COVID-19 virus won?

- Associated Press

On the third anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus is still spreading and the death toll is nearing 7 million worldwide. Yet most people have resumed their normal lives, thanks to a wall of immunity built from infections and vaccines.

Dr. Robert Redfield, left, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, confers with Rep. Ami Bera, D-Calif., before the start of a hearing by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 8, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former CDC director says COVID-19 'more likely' came from Chinese lab leak

- The Washington Times

The former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and experts told Congress on Wednesday the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic had unusual features that lend credence to the Chinese lab-leak theory -- a position that was downplayed by government scientists early in the crisis in favor of a natural-origin theory.

Syringes with vaccines are prepared at the L.A. Care and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plans' Community Resource Center where they were offering members and the public free flu and COVID-19 vaccines Oct. 28, 2022, in Lynwood, Calif. COVID-19's origins remain hazy. Three years after the start of the pandemic, it's still unclear whether the coronavirus that causes the disease leaked from a lab or spread to humans from an animal. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

COVID-19 conspiracies soar after latest report on origins

- Associated Press

COVID-19's origins remain hazy. Three years after the start of the pandemic, it's still unclear whether the coronavirus that causes the disease leaked from a lab or spread to humans from an animal.

Two nurses put a ventilator on a patient in a COVID-19 unit at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. California's COVID-19 emergency declaration ends on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom first issued the emergency declaration on March 4, 2020. The emergency ends just as California officially passed 100,000 COVID-related deaths during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Final state emergencies winding down 3 years into pandemic

- Associated Press

California's coronavirus emergency officially ends Tuesday, nearly three years after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the nation's first statewide stay-at-home order and just days after the state reached the grim milestone of 100,000 deaths related to the virus.

FILE - In this undated photo provided on July 23, 2020 by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, visits a new chicken farm being built in Hwangju County, North Korea. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)

N. Korea food shortage worsens amid COVID, but no famine yet

- Associated Press

There's little doubt that North Korea's chronic food shortages worsened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and speculation about the country's food insecurity has flared as its top leaders prepare to discuss the "very important and urgent task" of formulating a correct agricultural policy.

Somerville City Councilor Willie Burnley Jr., stands near the Prospect Hill Monument, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, in Somerville, Mass. Somerville could follow the lead of an increasing number of municipal, county and state governments and use federal pandemic relief funds to pay residents' burdensome medical debt. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Governments target medical debt with COVID relief funds

- Associated Press

Millions of Americans mired in medical debt face difficult financial decisions every day - pay the debt or pay for rent, utilities and groceries. Some may even skip necessary health care for fear of sinking deeper into debt.

Recent Commentary Columns

This image released by PBS shows Dr. Anthony Fauci in a scene from the documentary “American Masters: Dr. Tony Fauci,” premiering nationwide on PBS, Tuesday, March 21. (Topspin Content/Room 608/American Masters Pictures/PBS via AP)

Fauci offers to debate 'anybody' -- so here's his invitation

- The Washington Times

Anthony Fauci denied during a PBS interview he was a flip-flopper on face mask guidance and that he'd be "happy to debate that anywhere, any place, with anybody." Fauci is hereby invited to "debate that" with yours truly on the "Bold and Blunt" podcast at The Washington Times.

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)

Dr. Fauci and the art of COVID cover-up

- The Washington Times

It's clear that Dr. Anthony Fauci did everything in his power early on to knock down speculation that the COVID-19 virus may have originated from a leak out of a Chinese lab in Wuhan.

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. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

CDC goes ballistic on eyedrops -- but not on COVID shots?

- The Washington Times

On the heels of fielding 50 reports of eye infections from 11 different states, the CDC has decided enough is enough: The agency is now warning Americans to stop buying and using EzriCare Artificial Tears. That's nice. Now where's the warning to stop taking the COVID-tied shots?

President Joe Biden steps off Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023, after returning from New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden's bogus 'end' of COVID emergency health orders

- The Washington Times

President Biden is going to "end" on May 11 the two COVID-tied public health emergencies that America has been living under since 2020. Given these same PHEs were due to expire on March 1 and on April 11 -- what Biden actually meant by "end" was expand.

President Joe Biden removes his face mask as he arrives to speak about the economy during a meeting with CEOs in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex in Washington, Thursday, July 28, 2022. Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again Saturday, July 30, slightly more than three days after he was cleared to exit coronavirus isolation, the White House said, in a rare case of “rebound” following treatment with an anti-viral drug. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) **FILE**

Biden, Democrats want face masks forever

- The Washington Times

Joe Biden's biggest presidential fight isn't about securing the borders or reeling in China or blasting back at globalists who want to cripple America's Constitution. No. It's about forcing free citizens to wear stupid face masks -- forever, it would seem.