The U.S. Embassy in Kabul locks down, hit by a coronavirus outbreak surging across Afghanistan.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. Embassy in Kabul went into lockdown on Thursday, citing a surge in coronavirus cases that has swamped the medical facilities that remain open to American diplomats as the U.S. military and international forces depart the country. “Military hospital I.C.U. resources are at full capacity, forcing our health units to create temporary on-compound Covid-19 wards to

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Italy weighs restricting AstraZeneca shots in younger people.

Back in April, Italy, acting on a report by Europe’s drug regulator of a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots, recommended not giving the shots to people under 60. But in the ensuing months, as the country put its inoculation campaign into overdrive, AstraZeneca vaccines became the featured attraction of “open days” or “open nights,” which

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California’s vaccinated residents can go mostly mask-free as of June 15.

Vaccinated Californians will be able to go mask-free in indoor stores, bars, restaurants, movie theaters and many other places as part of the state’s grand reopening next Tuesday, officials announced on Wednesday. The new rules are aligned with federal guidance, meaning that face coverings will still be required on public transportation, and in taxis, hospitals, prisons and homeless shelters. Masks

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England takes a big step toward normality with indoor dining, museum openings and some travel.

In Britain, normality seemed much closer on Monday, with indoor dining and socializing and visits to cinemas becoming options again in England, along with some international travel, and rules also easing in much of Scotland. The English reopenings are the third step in a cautious plan by the British government to ease all restrictions by the summer. But Prime Minister

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A top politician in Japan talked of canceling the Olympics. Then he walked it back.

A leading member of Japan’s governing party said on Thursday that the country would consider canceling the Tokyo Olympics if rising coronavirus cases were not brought under control. But as his comments lit up the internet, he quickly walked them back, issuing a statement saying that he had been speaking hypothetically and that “our party has not changed its support

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Arkansas, Delaware and Wisconsin are the latest states to expand vaccinations to all adults by next week.

By Eileen Sullivan, Bryan Pietsch and Madeleine Ngo Arkansas, Delaware and Wisconsin announced plans on Tuesday to open vaccinations up to all adults by next week, bringing the total to 39 states that have announced plans to open vaccinations to all adult residents by mid-April. Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, Republican, said residents 16 years and older would be eligible to

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More travelers passed through U.S. airports on Friday than any day since March 2020.

By Anushka Patil U.S. airports had 1.357 million people pass through on Friday, the highest number on any day since March 2020, just after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The new figures from the Transportation Security Administration will be welcome news for the aviation industry, which has particularly been decimated during the pandemic but was

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Denmark suspends the use of AstraZeneca shots over worries about blood clots.

Denmark suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine because of concerns about links to an increased risk of blood clots, the Danish Health Authority announced on Thursday. All use of the vaccine is now halted for at least 14 days after several severe cases of clots were reported among people who had received the shot, the national broadcaster DR reported.

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The E.U. will propose a vaccine passport system for Europe.

The European Union will propose issuing a certificate called a Digital Green Pass that would let people who have been vaccinated against the coronavirus travel more freely, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, said on Monday. “The Digital Green Pass should facilitate Europeans’ lives,” Ms. von der Leyen wrote on Twitter. “The aim is to gradually

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