The Latest: New Zealand visitors must show negative test
(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand will soon require that travelers from most countries show negative coronavirus tests before they leave for New Zealand. Public health officials announced plans Monday to replace the state’s distribution plan and direct providers to concurrently vaccinate high-risk groups. State health officials report more than 13,000 coronavirus patients currently in hospitals statewide, and nearly 30,000 deaths since the pandemic started. ___ATLANTA — Georgia’s plan to expand access to the coronavirus vaccine for people over 65 is off to a rocky start. ___AMMAN, Jordan — Jordan has received its first shipment of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine before its vaccination drive kicks off this week.
The Latest: Scores test positive in China's Hebei province
More than 360 people have tested positive in a growing COVID-19 outbreak south of Beijing in neighboring Hebei province. (Jin Haoyuan/Xinhua via AP)BEIJING — Chinese health authorities say scores more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Hebei province bordering on the capital Beijing. The National Health Commission said Monday that another 82 people had tested positive in Hebei and were showing symptoms. Around the country, another 36 people had tested positive without displaying symptoms, although it wasn’t immediately clear how many of those were in Hebei. The man who tested positive had no symptoms upon arrival but was hospitalized after his breathing became difficult.
Mystery surrounds former Marine's imprisonment in Venezuela
In this undated photo courtesy of the Heath family, Matthew Heath is seen at his mother's home in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Heath family via AP)MEDELLIN – “Don’t WORRY!,” reads the cryptic note scribbled on a scrap of perforated paper smuggled out of a dank, basement cellblock. Now, for the first time, Heath’s family in Knoxville, Tennessee is breaking its silence. Like Heath's family, he believes the American innocently entered Venezuela in the hopes of catching up with his boat. Heath’s family doesn’t know what led him to cross into Venezuela.