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FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2020, file photo, marks are seen on the face of registered nurse Shelly Girardin as she removes a protective mask after performing rounds in a COVID-19 unit at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo. Across the U.S., the surge has swamped hospitals with patients and left nurses and other health care workers shorthanded and burned out. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

The Latest: US hits record daily deaths, hospitalizations

Dec. 3, 2020 12:29 PM EST

NEW YORK — The U.S. has reached daily coronavirus records with more than 3,100 deaths and 100,000 hospitalizations New cases have topped 200,000 a day, according to figures released Thursday. The three benchmarks show a country slipping deeper into crisis, with perhaps the worst yet to come. Millions of...

Tony Award-winner Jefferson Mays performs during a one-man high-tech “A Christmas Carol Live” that is being filmed for streaming this month at the empty 3,000-seat United Palace. The one-man show is an example of how many who work in the theater are increasingly defying COVID-19 by refusing to let it stop their art. (Courtesy of A Christmas Carol Live via AP)

Theater uses its creativity to defy pandemic and stage shows

Dec. 3, 2020 11:21 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — There's theater on Broadway. You just have to adjust your sights. More than a hundred blocks north of Manhattan's shuttered theater district but on that same famed thoroughfare, an actor recently read his lines from a huge stage. But there was no applause. Instead, all that was heard was a...

In this image made from UNTV video, United Nations General Assembly President Volkan Bozkır speaks during the U.N. General Assembly's special session to discuss the response to COVID-19 and the best path to recovery from the pandemic, Thursday, Dec. 3,2020, at U.N. headquarters, in New York. (UNTV via AP)

UN and world leaders meet to forge path to end pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 11:20 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly president opened the world body’s first special session on COVID-19 Thursday, calling it a historic and overdue moment of reckoning to forge a path to end the pandemic that not only ensures people everywhere have access to vaccines but mobilizes...

HIV testing down at Louisiana clinic during pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 11:16 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A health care worker and an academic in Louisiana are warning that testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections is being neglected during the coronavirus pandemic. Joseph Olsen, an HIV testing manager at a clinic in New Orleans, told WDSU-TV on Wednesday that the clinic has...

Statues of Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares, right, and Jorge Luis Borges, sit at a table at La Biela restaurant in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. At least four of the city’s more than 70 officially recognized “cafe notables” have closed since a quarantine to curb the spread of the new coronavirus was announced on March 20 and others are hanging by a thread after months of revenues near zero. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Buenos Aires' cafe culture fighing to survive amid pandemic

Dec. 3, 2020 9:46 AM EST

BUENOS AIRES (AP) — Just nine months ago, a line would form each day outside Buenos Aires’ bustling Cafe Tortoni, people trying to get in to drink a cortado coffee in the Argentine Belle Epoque halls once frequented by writers and artists such as Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Gardel and Federico...

Maine senator joins push to renew pandemic unemployment help

Dec. 3, 2020 9:43 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's independent U.S. senator has joined a call for the federal government to extend pandemic unemployment benefits before they run out. Sen. Angus King said Wednesday that Congress must extend Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation. King...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, a health worker administers the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine currently on phase III clinical trials to Cem Gun, an Emergency Medicine Physician, at the Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. Turkish health minister Fahrettin Koca, who had previously announced an agreement with Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech for 50 million doses of CoronaVac, said in a statement late Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, that the first shipment of the inactivated vaccine will arrive in Turkey after Dec. 11. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, file)

Turkey announces vaccination plan for Chinese CoronaVac

Dec. 3, 2020 9:29 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey’s health minister has announced a plan to start using an experimental Chinese COVID-19 vaccine later this month amid a surge in infections and deaths. Fahrettin Koca had previously announced an agreement with China’s Sinovac Biotech for 50 million doses of CoronaVac,...

Zhong Hanneng holds a photo of her son, Peng Yi, and talks about his difficulties in getting tested for COVID-19, eventually dying from the disease, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. “There were very, very few tests, basically none. ... if you couldn’t prove you were positive, you couldn’t get admitted to a hospital. ... The doctor said there was nothing that could be done.” (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China testing blunders stemmed from secret deals with firms

Dec. 3, 2020 7:52 AM EST

WUHAN, China (AP) — In the early days in Wuhan, the first city struck by the virus, getting a COVID test was so difficult that residents compared it to winning the lottery. Throughout the Chinese city in January, thousands of people waited in hours-long lines for hospitals, sometimes next to corpses lying...

In this Dec. 1, 2020, photo, President-elect Joe Biden speaks as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris listens at left, during an event to introduce their nominees and appointees to economic policy posts at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Up soon for Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It’s hard to imagine more consequential picks. Biden is expected to announce his choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services next week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Next for Biden: Naming a health care team as pandemic rages

Dec. 3, 2020 5:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Up soon for President-elect Joe Biden: naming his top health care officials as the coronavirus pandemic rages. It's hard to imagine more consequential picks. Already one prominent candidate to lead the Department of Health and Human Services has faded from the scene. New Mexico Democratic...

A student checks the time as others wait for the start of the annual college entrance examination amid the coronavirus pandemic at an exam hall in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. South Korean officials are urging people to remain at home if possible and cancel gatherings as about half a million students prepare for a crucial national college exam. (Kim Hong-Ji/Pool Photo via AP)

The Latest: Young S. Koreans taking crucial university exam

Dec. 3, 2020 3:45 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of masked students in South Korea, including 35 COVID-19 patients, are taking the country’s highly competitive university entrance exam despite a viral resurgence that has forced authorities to toughen social distancing rules. The Education Ministry says...