Here's the latest for Tuesday, April 27th: The CDC says the fully vaccinated don't need to wear masks outdoors; Red Cross helps India amid COVID crisis; Thousands protest military transition in Chad; New Mexico wildfire prompts evacuations.
ED DONAHUE: This is AP News Minute. New guidelines put forth by US health officials Tuesday say fully vaccinated Americans no longer need to wear masks outdoors, unless they find themselves in a large crowd of strangers. The change comes as more than half of all US adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine. And more than a third have been fully vaccinated.
The Red Cross is stepping in to aid the government of India as the country grapples with a record wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths that are overwhelming its health care system. Coronavirus cases in India are surging faster than anywhere in the world. The deepening crisis is a major contrast to an improving picture in wealthier nations.
Thousands took to the streets in Chad against the rule of a transitional military council headed by the son of the late President Idriss Deby Itno, who died last week. Two people were killed during the nationwide protest Tuesday.
A top-tier management team and additional tankers and crews have been assigned to a wildfire burning in the Sacramento mountains in South Central New Mexico. The nearly 10-square-mile fire has prompted local evacuations. Ed Donahue, Associated Press, with AP News Minute.