COVID-19

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As Hawaii continues with its pre-travel testing program, some countries in the Asia Pacific are making plans to gradually ease travel restrictions. But the pace of change is cautious — and uneven.

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The same day that Hawaii started its pre-travel testing program, two of Asia’s leading cities announced a travel agreement of their own. It’s a “travel bubble” involving Hong Kong and Singapore. That means residents will be able to skip a quarantine when traveling between the two cities — as long as they test negative for COVID-19.

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The state reopens to tourism today, waiving the mandatory quarantine for travelers who test negative for COVID-19 before their arrival. But there is still debate over whether the plan will keep Hawaii safe.

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Facing public skepticism about rushed COVID-19 vaccines, U.S. health officials are planning extra scrutiny of the first people vaccinated when shots become available — an added safety layer experts call vital.

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Tomorrow, Hawaii will start the state’s new pre-travel testing program — a first step to increase the number of visitors.  Some locations in the Asia Pacific are slowly loosening certain restrictions related to the virus, and that includes South Korea.

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WASHINGTON — Social Security recipients will get a modest 1.3% cost-of living-increase in 2021, but that might be small comfort amid worries about the coronavirus and its consequences for older people.

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Updated 10/13/20, 9:06 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he's scheduling a procedural vote on a GOP COVID-19 relief bill next week, saying aid to hard-hit businesses shouldn't be held up by gridlock involving other aid proposals.

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The state’s new traveler testing program starts later this week, but the Ige Administration has still not produced a final plan.

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Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program is on track to start this Thursday — opening the way to a gradually rising number of visitors. But if you were planning a trip to Australia anytime soon, you’ll have to make some adjustments.

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Oahu has faced two complete lockdowns and now four tiers of restrictions that will last for at least four months. And many business leaders are concerned the current reopening won’t be enough for many enterprises to stay in business.

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Hawaii is a week away from welcoming tourists who undergo pre-travel testing. And the race is on to develop faster ways to reliably detect the coronavirus. Local company Oceanit has been working on a rapid test using saliva, and trials are underway for other tests.

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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration released updated safety standards Tuesday for makers of COVID-19 vaccines after the White House blocked their formal release, the latest political tug-of-war between the Trump administration and the government's public health scientists.

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COVID has changed the world and with over a million deaths worldwide, there are plenty of stories about coronavirus and what might come next if we have a second wave. Today on The Body Show, we’ll talk with an infectious disease expert about what the experiences on the mainland and beyond can teach us right here at home.

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Updated: 10/2/2020, 4:28 p.m. WASHINGTON — Stricken by COVID-19, a feverish and fatigued President Donald Trump was flown to a military hospital Friday night after being injected with an experimental drug combination in treatment at the White House.

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We’re now less than two weeks away from the date when Hawaii will open the door to visitors a bit wider. As the state continues to refine the points of pre-travel testing, other destinations are finding some complications when it comes to visitors.

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Updated 10/1/20, 9:20 p.m.

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump said early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, a stunning announcement that plunges the country deeper into uncertainty just a month before the presidential election.

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October is prime time for flu vaccinations, and the U.S. and Europe are gearing up for what experts hope is high demand as countries seek to avoid a "twindemic" with COVID-19.

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Airlines here in Hawaii and around the world are continuing to struggle. The decline in travel because of the pandemic has led some airlines to cut jobs by the thousands. Others are looking for different ways to use their airplanes — including a new idea this week from Southeast Asia.

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Squeezed by limits on attendance at its theme parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic, The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday it planned to lay off 28,000 workers in its parks division in California and Florida.

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Today we throw the spotlight on fraud, waste and abuse. The state has launched a campaign urging the public to be on the alert during this time of free flowing government dollars. The money is supposed to help those most affected by this health and economic crisis, but is someone helping themselves to the funds or diverting the aid where it should not go? We look at the state ethics laws that may apply and talk about what to do if you suspect wrongdoing. Will you be protected for speaking up if you flag a problem?

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Hawaii is not the only tourist destination preparing for the eventual return of visitors. Thailand is moving ahead with plans to accept visitors, but very gradually.

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Updated 9/29/20, 2:45 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans won't be back inside their building until Saturday at the earliest because of eight positive tests for the coronavirus, the first outbreak to hit the NFL as it tries to play a full schedule amid the pandemic.

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The Hawaii Department of Heath’s troubled contact tracing program is reporting new issues, even after an influx of new staff.

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What’s it like to actually have COVID-19? Today on The Body show we get a firsthand account of two people that have survived the virus. They’ll share their tips on how to stay safe and healthy. 

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Update 9/28/20, 4:40 p.m.

NEW DELHI — The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed 1 million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, tested world leaders' resolve, pitted science against politics and forced multitudes to change the way they live, learn and work.

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