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The Ripple Effect Of One Rural Colorado Doctor Catching The Coronavirus

/Dr. Kurt Papenfus
| Hospitals across the country are struggling as staffers get infected with the coronavirus. It's especially tough for small, rural hospitals, where even one doctor out sick can upend patient capacity.

For China's Overburdened Delivery Workers, The Customer — And App — Is Always Right


Delivery workers in Beijing tell NPR they work 12-hour days, six days a week, monitored by apps tracking how and when they deliver hundreds of packages every day. One misstep and their pay is slashed.

Gaza's Hamas Leader Gets Coronavirus As Palestinian Territories' Cases Surge


Yahiya Sinwar has tested positive for the coronavirus as infections reach record levels in the Palestinian territories.

Coronavirus Was In U.S. Weeks Earlier Than Previously Known, Study Says


The discovery, uncovered after analyzing blood donations from nine states, strengthens evidence that the coronavirus was quietly spreading around the world before health officials were aware.

Israeli Tourism Ministry Warns Against Discussing Sensitive Topics With UAE Citizens


The ministry's 29-page advisory is geared to tourism professionals and business travelers now that travel is open between the two countries, but it has been criticized in both Israel and the Gulf.

Biden Is Good News For Europe, But China Challenges Await


Even as European Union leaders welcome more cordial U.S. relations, the trans-Atlantic partnership faces the tough test of handling China's expansion.

New Zealand Charges 13 Parties Over Deaths At White Island Volcano


A work safety agency says last year's eruption, which killed 22 people, was unexpected, but it wasn't unforeseeable. The tragedy struck at New Zealand's most active volcano.

Germany Passes 1 Million Coronavirus Cases As Merkel Warns Of 'A Tough Winter'


With the daily number of new infections hovering around 20,000, Chancellor Angela Merkel told Germans this week that her government may move to extend restrictions into the new year.

Pandemic Renews Debate Over Drivers Licenses for Undocumented Workers


Undocumented workers in some states must choose between driving illegally and risking exposure to the virus by sharing rides.