COVID-19

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Travel figures are starting to come out for the full year of 2020, and they show the impact of the global collapse in air travel. The Hawaii Tourism Authority hasn't yet posted its year-end statistics, but there's news from major airports in the Asia Pacific.

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Updated 1/19/21, 12:00 p.m.

For the first time, the federal government has officially listed the arts as one of the sectors devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. As the second round of stimulus funds becomes available, there are efforts in Hawaii to aid access to those funds and secure more stable livelihoods for creatives in the state.

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Japan's Prime Minister says safeguarding the country's hospital system is one of his top priorities. He made the comments to parliament Monday in an opening address that comes as the country is struggling with a growing spread of the coronavirus.

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NEW YORK — Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.

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MEXICO CITY — The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 2 million Friday, crossing the threshold amid a vaccine rollout so immense but so uneven that in some countries there is real hope of vanquishing the outbreak, while in other, less-developed parts of the world, it seems a far-off dream.

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Restaurants and bars dominate the group of businesses that have closed in Hawaii since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It's a list compiled by Pacific Business News.

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HONOLULU — A Honolulu hospital plans to update its policies after being struck by coronavirus clusters in two areas of the facility.

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HONOLULU — The Hawaii Department of Education will prohibit events involving gatherings of more than 20 people for the remainder of the school year.

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New cases of the coronavirus are continuing to rise, not only in the United States but also in several other parts of the world. That includes Malaysia — where the government has now declared a state of emergency covering the entire country.

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The doctor shortage on the Big Island has grown nearly 40 percent since 2007. That’s according to research on Hawaiʻi Island’s health workforce over the years.  Big Island doctors say the high cost of living, heavy tax burden, and low reimbursements have created a bad situation that’s likely to only get worse amid a global pandemic.

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The Yukio Okutsu State Veteran’s Home on the Big Island is officially under new management. This comes just months after a COVID-19 outbreak at the Hilo nursing home claimed the lives of 27 residents and infected more than 100 residents and staff.

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DOH Vaccine Update

This morning we hear from Hawaii’s State Health Director Libby Char. She shares the details of how officials are strategically planning how to best roll out the vaccines. Part of the challenge is we will only know from week to week how much and when vaccines will be sent our way.

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The city of Tokyo is under a state of emergency today. New cases of the coronavirus have been spiking this week, and have set new daily records.

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The holiday surge of COVID-19 cases the state was bracing for has started. Hospitals are expected to be heavily affected in the coming weeks.

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The U.S. registered more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than ever before — nearly 3,900 — on the very day the mob attack on the Capitol laid bare some of the same, deep political divisions that have hampered the battle against the pandemic.

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Several parts of Asia that were successful in dealing with containing the early wave of coronavirus are now facing new challenges with the disease. And that includes Thailand

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The U.S. could soon be giving at least a million COVID-19 vaccinations a day despite the sluggish start, Dr. Anthony Fauci said Tuesday, even as he warned of a dangerous next few weeks as the coronavirus surges.

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HONOLULU — Residents have been warned to be extra vigilant and continue to follow safety guidelines as cases of a new seemingly more contagious strain of the coronavirus have recently been reported in the U.S., health officials said.

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Updated 12/30/20, 12:54 p.m.

California on Wednesday announced the nation's second confirmed case of the new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus, offering a strong indication that the infection is spreading more widely in the United States.

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Many university students around the world are on break this week. But when classes resume, there is still a question about how much instruction can be done in person. And that's sparking a controversy in one Southeast Asian country.

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Updated 12/29/20, 3:54 p.m.

DENVER — The first reported U.S. case of the COVID-19 variant that's been seen in the United Kingdom has been discovered in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis announced Tuesday, adding urgency to efforts to vaccinate Americans.

Hawaii universities have been largely distance learning due to COVID-19.

However, Brigham Young University-Hawaii hopes expanded testing will put the institution on the path to reopening. 

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, each country has adopted its own policies to control the spread of the virus — with mixed success. Thailand has had a relatively low number of cases, but a new spike has led to a quick and concentrated response from the government.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's sudden demand for $2,000 checks for most Americans was swiftly rejected by House Republicans on Thursday as his haphazard actions throw a massive COVID  relief and government funding bill into chaos.

LOS ANGELES — Hard-hit California eclipsed 2 million coronavirus cases on Christmas Eve as the U.S. headed into a holiday season of travel and family gatherings that threaten to fuel the deadly crisis across the nation.

Despite warnings from public health experts to stay home, over 1.19 million travelers passed through U.S. airport security checkpoints Wednesday — down by about 40% from a year ago, but the highest one-day total since the crisis took hold in mid-March.

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Spending around the world continues to increase on fighting the spread of the coronavirus. That includes budgeting for events that are still in the planning stages, such as the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The games are scheduled to start seven months from today, but it's still far from certain that they will take place.

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The combination of COVID-19 and the Christmas holidays is turning out to be a difficult one across the country and around the world. That's true this week in Australia's largest city, where one area has seen a recent spike in cases.

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