Latest Pandemics News

A member of the Iranian Army works at a temporary hospital in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, March 26, 2020. The Iranian Army set up a 2,000 bed temporary hospital for the new coronavirus patients at the Iran International Exhibition Center in northern Tehran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Prisoners riot in Iran, region's worst virus outbreak

Mar. 30, 2020 3:27 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East. Iran had temporarily released...

A group of kayakers practice social distancing while floating down the Greenbrier River Thursday, March 26, 2020 in Ronceverte, W.Va. Greenbrier County Health Department reported it's first COVID-19 case in the county Thursday. (Jenny Harnish/The Register-Herald via AP)

The Latest: Phuket closes land and sea entry and exit points

Mar. 30, 2020 3:07 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: — Trump extends stay-at-home guidelines for another 30 days....

A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, March 30, 2020. Asian shares started the week with further losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares extend losses as toll from pandemic surges

Mar. 30, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian markets started the week with fresh losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world. Japan's benchmark fell nearly 3% and other regional markets were mostly lower. Shares in...

President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, March 28, 2020. Trump is en route to Norfolk, Va., for the sailing of the USNS Comfort, which is headed to New York. (Jim Watson/Pool Photo via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 1:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded alarm about what was coming — and already here. That sunlit trail now has hit a wall. On Sunday, Trump appeared to...

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti listens as California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks in front of the hospital ship US Naval Ship Mercy that arrived into the Port of Los Angeles on Friday, March 27, 2020, to provide relief for Southland hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Admiral John Gumbleton, U.S. Navy stands behind Mayor Garcetti. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

Coronavirus response highlights deepening partisan divide

Mar. 30, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has instituted a shutdown on a city of nearly 4 million people and threatened uncooperative business owners with power shutoffs and arrest. In Mississippi, home to nearly 3 million people, Gov. Tate Reeves has allowed most businesses to stay open —...

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing in the Rose Garden of the White House, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump extends virus guidelines, braces US for big death toll

Mar. 30, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic....

A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Monday, March 30, 2020. Asian shares started the week with further losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world.(AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares extend losses as toll from pandemic surges

Mar. 29, 2020 10:52 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Asian shares started the week with fresh losses as countries reported surging numbers of infections from the coronavirus that has prompted shutdowns of travel and business in many parts of the world. Japan's benchmark dropped almost 4% and other regional markets were mostly lower. Shares in...

A view of La Boqueria market closed down in downtown Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, March 26, 2020. 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/Emilio Morenatti)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Mar. 29, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

President Donald Trump on Sunday extended the country's voluntary national shutdown for a month, significantly changing his tone on the coronavirus pandemic only days after musing about the country reopening in a few weeks. He heeded public-health experts who told him the virus could claim over 100,000 lives in...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, foreground left, talks to Matt Heckard, right, assistant director of preparedness with the state's Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, as members of DEMA work responding to the coronavirus pandemic, in the DEMA operations center at the Arizona National Guard Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix. Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire, background center, the director of DEMA, and Wendy Smith-Reeve, stand next to Ducey. Smith-Reeve, director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, submitted her resignation Saturday, March 29. The state's emergency operations will now be directed by Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire. (David Wallace/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool, File)

Leader of Arizona’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic quits

Mar. 29, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman who has been a key figure leading Arizona’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has resigned after complaining she was being sidelined from her role. Wendy Smith-Reeve, director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management, submitted her resignation late last week and it...

Chicago residents call for rent freeze during pandemic

Mar. 29, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Some Chicago residents want a citywide rent freeze, saying the coronavirus outbreak has caused extreme financial hardship. More than 13,000 have signed an online petition started by a tenants union calling for protections including a freeze on rent, mortgages and utility payments, according...