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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 () with information geared toward parents, employers, healthcare professionals and consumers. They also offer a COVID data tracker  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 .

Recent Stories

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked the final passage of a measure to create domestic terrorism units in the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times via AP, Pool, File)

Rand Paul takes on Dr. Fauci -- this time in a new book

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul, who has publicly criticized Dr. Anthony Fauci over the origins of COVID-19 and his advocacy of lockdowns and mandates, goes even further in a new book, blaming Dr. Fauci for funding the creation of the virus with U.S. dollars and lying about it to Congress.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz attends the cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany's highest court annuls a decision to repurpose COVID relief funding for climate measures

- Associated Press

Germany's highest court on Wednesday annulled a government decision to repurpose 60 billion euros ($65 billion) originally meant to cushion the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic for measures to help combat climate change and modernize the country. The ruling created a significant new problem for Chancellor Olaf Scholz's quarrelsome coalition.

People wear face masks as they walk outside in the smoke-filled air in Herald Square, June. 7, 2023, in New York. More Americans believe they've personally felt the impact of climate change because of recent extreme weather according to new polling from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura, File)

Face mask mandates persist, despite stupidity, for Marxist strategy

- The Washington Times

A very smart 15-year-old said amid the coronavirus lockdowns in America that face masking is like a small child hiding beneath a blanket as protection against a monster in the closet. In other words: Good luck with that. And yet this, from MSN : "Bay Area reinstates COVID mask orders in healthcare settings."

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. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

House subpoenas records of potential 'coverup' to protect Fauci

- The Washington Times

The House panel investigating the coronavirus announced Friday it has served a subpoena on the National Institutes of Health to get records that could show a "coverup" intended to protect Dr. Anthony Fauci from scrutiny as he shaped the country's response to the pandemic.

A pharmacist administers a Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine at a drug store, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, in Cypress, Texas. Fall 2023 vaccination season is in full swing, with health officials in the U.S. urging both an updated COVID-19 shot and flu vaccine for most everyone. New this year are vaccines for older adults and women in late pregnancy to guard against another virus named RSV. (Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle via AP)

What to know as fall vaccinations against COVID, flu and RSV get underway

- Associated Press

Updated COVID-19 vaccines may be getting a little easier for adults to find but they're still frustratingly scarce for young children. Health officials said Thursday the kid shots have started shipping - and reminded most everyone to get a fall flu shot too.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent watches as undocumented immigrants board a bus at a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint Thursday, May 11, 2023 in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft//The Yuma Sun via AP)

ICE hits post-pandemic high for detaining illegal immigrants

- The Washington Times

The administration is now detaining 35,000 illegal immigrants, the most since President Biden took office, according to new data released Tuesday that shows Homeland Security increasingly turning to Trump-style get-tough measures to respond to the record border surge.

Recent Columns

Dr. Anthony Fauci, then-director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to speak about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, April 22, 2020, in Washington. Fauci steps down from a five-decade career in public service at the end of the month, one shaped by the HIV pandemic early on and the COVID-19 pandemic at the end.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Natural immunity proves better than COVID shots. No duh

- The Washington Times

A new coronavirus study from Estonia involving a pool of 329,496 adults found -- in the words of one researcher -- "natural immunity offers stronger and longer-lasting protection against infection, symptoms and hospitalization" than COVID shots. Umm. Du'oh. No duh. We've known that for some time.