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CORRECTS THE MONTH - Coral Princess cruise crew members looks from their balcony at PortMiami as the coronavirus pandemic continues on Sunday, April 5, 2020 in Miami. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 2:56 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —South Korea health minister urges vigilance to keep gains...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. Some 200,000 Afghans and counting have returned from Iran to their home country after losing their jobs in the coronavirus pandemic or out of fear of getting infected. They are flowing across the border from a country that has one of the world's worst outbreak to an impoverished nation that is woefully unprepared to deal with the virus. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi, File)

From Iran's hot zone, Afghans flee home, spreading virus

Apr. 6, 2020 2:13 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mahdi Noori, a young Afghan refugee in Iran, was left jobless when the factory where he’d worked cutting stone was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. He had no money, was afraid of contracting the virus and had no options. So he headed home. He joined a large...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump tempers officials' grave assessments with optimism

Apr. 6, 2020 2:05 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general says that Americans should brace for levels of tragedy reminiscent of the Sept. 11 attacks and the bombing of Pearl Harbor, while the nation’s infectious disease chief warned that the new coronavirus may never be completely eradicated from the globe. Those...

The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 13 hospitalized, 1 dead from cruise ship with coronavirus...

Foreign tourists wait to be checked by German Embassy staff at Christchurch Airport terminal as they prepare to check in for a charter flight back to Germany via Vancouver from Christchurch, New Zealand, Monday, April 6, 2020. The German Embassy in Wellington last week said more than 12,000 German tourists had signed up for its repatriation program from New Zealand following the strict monthlong lockdown, which is aimed at preventing more coronavirus infections. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

No need to swim: Germans stuck in New Zealand fly home

Apr. 6, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — German tourist Steffen Schmieg joked on Monday that his last option for getting home from New Zealand was to swim. Schmieg is among an estimated 100,000 tourists who found themselves stranded in New Zealand after it went into a strict lockdown 12 days ago in an attempt to...

In this March 2020 photo provided by Gilead Sciences, a vial of the investigational drug remdesivir is visually inspected at a Gilead manufacturing site in the United States. Given through an IV, the medication is designed to interfere with an enzyme that reproduces viral genetic material. (Gilead Sciences via AP)

Patients rush to join studies testing drug for coronavirus

Apr. 6, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

The new coronavirus made Dr. Jag Singh a patient at his own hospital. His alarm grew as he saw an X-ray of his pneumonia-choked lungs and colleagues asked his wishes about life support while wheeling him into Massachusetts General’s intensive care unit. When they offered him a chance to help test...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2019, file photo, U.S.Navy Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), addresses the crew during an all hands call on the ship's flight deck while conducting routine training in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The commander of the U.S. 7th Fleet visited the leadership of the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam, where the aircraft carrier is being cleaned after an outbreak of COVID-19 among its crew. The ship’s commander, Capt. Crozier, was fired for going outside of the chain of command in asking for help for the outbreak, in a decision now under review. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Kaylianna Genier via AP)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Apr. 6, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...

This undated photo provided by the family in April 2020 shows Enrico Giacomoni, right, and his son, Roberto. The last time Roberto Giacomoni saw his 80-year-old father Enrico, he gently helped him up from bed, put his socks, shoes and jacket on, and walked him out to the paramedics who had come to take him to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing. (Courtesy of Giacomoni family via AP)

Lives Lost: A man loved by many, a death at 80 alone in Rome

Apr. 6, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Nothing in the way Enrico Giancomoni lived during his 80-plus years in Rome corresponded to the way he died: alone. He was a good person, Giancomoni’s son says, a man who took his responsibilities seriously but didn’t let the pressures of life make him unkind. He built a...

Laurie Martin, of Laurie's Better Bears-crafts, has begun to sew masks rather than bears in an effort to help with the COVID-19 pandemic, March 31, 2020. (John Davis/Aberdeen American News via AP)

Aberdeen seamstress switches from bears to masks

Apr. 6, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Mr. Rogers always said that when in a crisis, look for the helpers. It was wisdom he took to heart from his own mother. In Aberdeen, those with sewing skills have taken to making cloth masks in order to help increase the longevity of personal protective equipment used by health care...

Christy Remington, owner of Prima School of Dancing in Rapid City, S.D., encourages students in her first-grade class during their online class Monday, March 30, 2020. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP)

Dancing classes, theater group find online audiences

Apr. 6, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Spring theater performances, dance recitals and a symphony concert came to a standstill as COVID-19 prompted closures and cancellations. Though live shows can’t go on right now, local actors and dancers are using online tools to take entertainment and classes safely into...