Latest Epidemics News

Moroccan police officers wearing face masks patrol Ain Diab beach in Casablanca, Morocco, Wednesday, Sept.23, 2020. Morocco first decreed lockdown measures on March 20. Today, police checks are part of the scenery in hard-hit Casablanca, the country's economic powerhouse, or Marrakech, a major tourist destination at a standstill. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)

Morocco faces down COVID spread with tough rules

Sep. 27, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — With air and sea borders closed for months and eight cities barring people from entering or leaving, Morocco has been pulling out the stops to stanch the spread of coronavirus. Still, the kingdom on the Atlantic coast, a magnet for tourists in better times, has registered more than...

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 test in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The nation of 1.3 billion people is expected to become the pandemic's worst-hit country within weeks, surpassing the United States. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Asia Today: Melbourne eases lockdown, schools, work resume

Sep. 27, 2020 1:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has further eased lockdown restrictions imposed after a surge in coronavirus cases, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work. Melbourne and surrounding parts of...

Spartan band high steps through pandemic at a distance

Sep. 27, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Samantha Barringer was in eighth grade when she first dreamed of leading the Spartan Marching Band up and down the field in front of thousands of fans. That dream was supposed to come true this fall. Barringer, a sophomore who high-stepped with the Big Ten Flags Corps during pregame...

Fayetteville food trucks gain popularity amid pandemic

Sep. 27, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Melissa and Jason Wilson harbored a longtime dream of owning their own restaurant. And when they came into a little money, they decided to make that dream come true. But it wasn’t a brick-and-mortar restaurant they invested in — it was the mobile kind. They opened...

A refuge for homeless transgender people is in the works

Sep. 27, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group of advocates in New Orleans have raised more than $400,000 to create what will be the city’s first home for transgender and gender non-confirming people who are experiencing homelessness. The project called the House of Tulip (Trans United Leading Intersectional Progress)...

A limited number of fans in the student section, seated according to COVID-19 restrictions requiring social distancing and masks, watch in the first half an NCAA college football game between LSU and Mississippi State in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. Mississippi State won 44-34. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Latest: Cal State Long Beach campus announces quarantine

Sep. 26, 2020 9:36 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. — All California State University, Long Beach, students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine after five students tested positive for COVID-19 and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks. University President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement that the...

Arkansas cases during the coronavirus pandemic top 80,000

Sep. 26, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The number of reported Arkansas coronavirus cases has topped 80,000 after the addition Saturday of 809 cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, the Arkansas Department of Health reported. Those new cases brought the state’s total caseload since tracking of the pandemic began...

Florida reports 107 new COVID-19 deaths, 2,795 new cases

Sep. 26, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 107 new resident coronavirus deaths Saturday, the day after Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis announced he's lifting restrictions on restaurant capacity. The state also reported 2,795 new confirmed cases of the disease, bringing its total to just under 699,000 people...

Minnesota marks 2,000 COVID-19 deaths, hits daily case high

Sep. 26, 2020 4:53 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota recorded a grim milestone on Saturday as health officials reported that over 2,000 people have died from COVID-19. The state also posted an all-time high for cases reported in a day with 1,478 people testing positive for the virus. The Minnesota Department of Health recorded 10...

Wisconsin hits record for new coronavirus cases reported

Sep. 26, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) — Wisconsin on Saturday hit a record for coronavirus cases reported in a single day as health officials reported 2,817 people have tested positive for the virus. The state has seen some of the nation's fastest coronavirus spread over the last two weeks. The rolling average number of...