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Health care workers wait to administer nose-swab tests at the mobile COVID-19 testing site in Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bars and restaurants across Belgium have been shut down for a month and a night-time curfew entered into force Monday, as health authorities warned of a possible sanitary

Belgium limits care home visits as COVID-19 cases increase

Oct. 21, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities in Belgium fear another deadly wave of coronavirus cases could soon hit care homes as the country confronts the risk of seeing its hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, leading them to restrict nursing home visits. The country of 11.5 million inhabitants recorded half of...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: USA Wrestling won’t attend world championships

Oct. 21, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The United States won’t send a team to the world wrestling championships because of health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive committee of USA Wrestling, the national governing body for...

Roger Williams investigates coronavirus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — Roger Williams University has closed one building and moved some classes online in response to a cluster of positive coronavirus tests, but said in a message to students that some of the positives could be tied to research on the virus, rather than actual infections. The school in...

More economic relief funds available for Vermont businesses

Oct. 21, 2020 9:33 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — An additional $76 million in federal relief is available to Vermont businesses hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. State officials announced the expansion of the state's economic recovery grants on Tuesday during Gov. Phil Scott's bi-weekly virus briefing. Scott said the pandemic...

Coronavirus patients lie in an infectious diseases clinic in Stepanakert, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces since a war there ended in 1994, faces an outbreak of the coronavirus amid the largest outbreak of hostilities in more than a quarter-century. (AP Photo)

Coronavirus spreads in Nagorno-Karabakh amid heavy fighting

Oct. 21, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

STEPANAKERT, Nagorno-Karabakh (AP) — People who are sick with the coronavirus pack into chilly basements alongside the healthy to hide from artillery fire. The local health minister who tested positive keeps working, despite a fever and pneumonia. Doctors with the virus perform surgery on the wounded....

A worker wearing protective mask to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus pulls a plastic container full of debris washed ashore after tropical storm Saudel, locally called Pepito, hit the country on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in Manila, Philippines. The Philippine weather agency said Saudel continues to move out of the Philippines and is heading towards Vietnam. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

Oct. 21, 2020 9:29 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Wednesday lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau said the move did not immediately spark large numbers of departures for tourism and leisure. The government has gradually eased travel restrictions to bolster the...

Wisconsin's Country USA and Rock USA festivals call it quits

Oct. 21, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) — Two of Wisconsin's biggest annual music festivals are shutting down for good following COVID-related cancellations this summer. The company that puts on the 25-year-old Country USA and the 9-year-old Rock USA in Oshkosh said this week it plans to file for bankruptcy. The events have...

Salvation Army: 20 who went to Minnesota event test positive

Oct. 21, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Salvation Army says 20 of its staff members from Minnesota and North Dakota tested positive for the coronavirus after 62 people attended a recent conference in northern Minnesota. “Despite adherence to the health guidance, we fully acknowledge that COVID-19 is formidable and...

An elderly flower vendor wears a face mask for protection against COVID-19 infection in Bucharest, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Local authorities imposed the use of face masks in all public spaces, indoors and outdoors, closed schools, restaurants, theatres and cinemas after the rate of COVID-19 infections went above 3 cases per 1000 inhabitants in the Romanian capital Bucharest. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

The Latest: Romania daily virus cases reach nearly 5,000

Oct. 21, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

Bucharest, Romania — Romania hit an all-time high Wednesday with 4,848 positive coronavirus cases as authorities carried out a record number of tests. Romania reported 37,025 coronavirus tests, the highest so far. It added 69 deaths in the last 24 hours. The rate of infections over the past 14 days passed...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend the weekly session of Prime Ministers Questions at Parliament in London, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The European Union is taking a defiant tone as the standoff over resuming post-Brexit trade negotiations with the United Kingdom continues. The bloc told London Wednesday that

Another chunk of England faces tight virus restrictions

Oct. 21, 2020 8:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Wednesday put another 1.4 million people into England’s tightest coronavirus restrictions, but faced growing criticism that its piecemeal approach to curbing the outbreak is sowing division and confusion. Dan Jarvis, mayor of the northern England city of...