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Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Swarnamala Ratnayaka prepares RNA for testing for the new coronavirus at the molecular pathology lab at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The test is identical to the PCR test being used by the Centers for Disease Control to ease the testing crisis and stop the spread of COVID-19, which has hit the New Orleans area especially hard. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana has largest daily spike in virus cases since April

Jul. 1, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has recorded its largest daily coronavirus case spike since April, and the mayor of Baton Rouge announced Wednesday that she is requiring people to wear masks inside businesses in hopes of stemming the worrisome spread of the disease. Nearly 2,100 new cases of the COVID-19...

Recent Missouri editorials

Jun. 30, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

The Jefferson City News-Tribune, June 28 An exchange this past week between Gov. Mike Parson and a reporter over the coronavirus has highlighted the divide between liberals and conservatives over the role of governing. “Do you feel any personal responsibility for the people who have been infected and...

Oahu maintains rental restrictions eased by other counties

Jun. 30, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — As other Hawaii counties prepare to loosen restrictions on vacation rentals in anticipation of the reopening of trans-Pacific tourism, Oahu rentals remain under health restrictions imposed at the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s emergency orders...

Contact tracers, from left to right, Christella Uwera, Dishell Freeman and Alejandra Camarillo work at Harris County Public Health contact tracing facility Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a

Tracking coronavirus cases proves difficult amid new surge

Jun. 29, 2020 1:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Health departments around the U.S. that are using contact tracers to contain coronavirus outbreaks are scrambling to bolster their ranks amid a surge of cases and resistance to cooperation from those infected or exposed. With too few trained contact tracers to handle soaring caseloads, one...

A boy who was injured boy in a deadly attack on a market sits on the ground at a hospital in Helmand province, Monday, June 29, 2020. A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province on Monday killed over 20 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor's office said. (AP Photo/Abdul Khaliq)

Attack on crowded market in Afghanistan kills 23

Jun. 29, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A car bombing and mortar shells fired at a busy market in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Monday killed 23 people, including children, a statement from a provincial governor’s office said. Both the Taliban and the Afghan military blamed each other for the attack...

Medical workers offload cylinders of oxygen at the Donka public hospital where coronavirus patients are treated in Conakry, Guinea, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Before the coronavirus crisis, the hospital in the capital was going through 20 oxygen cylinders a day. By May, the hospital was at 40 a day and rising, according to Dr. Billy Sivahera of the aid group Alliance for International Medical Action. Oxygen is the the facility's fastest-growing expense, and the daily deliveries of cylinders are taking their toll on budgets. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)

Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life

Jun. 24, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Guinea’s best hope for coronavirus patients lies inside a neglected yellow shed on the grounds of its main hospital: an oxygen plant that has never been turned on. The plant was part of a hospital renovation funded by international donors responding to the Ebola crisis in...

Medical workers offload cylinders of oxygen at the Donka public hospital where coronavirus patients are treated in Conakry, Guinea, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Before the coronavirus crisis, the hospital in the capital was going through 20 oxygen cylinders a day. By May, the hospital was at 40 a day and rising, according to Dr. Billy Sivahera of the aid group Alliance for International Medical Action. Oxygen is the the facility's fastest-growing expense, and the daily deliveries of cylinders are taking their toll on budgets. (AP Photo/Youssouf Bah)

Scarce medical oxygen worldwide leaves many gasping for life

Jun. 24, 2020 5:45 AM EDT

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Soaring demand for oxygen prompted by the coronavirus is bringing out a stark global truth: Even the right to breathe depends on money. In wealthy Europe and North America, hospitals treat oxygen as a fundamental need, much like water or electricity. It is delivered in liquid form...

Court rules against challenge to state's use of energy funds

Jun. 23, 2020 1:04 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Connecticut electricity ratepayers have no right to challenge the state when it redirects fees they pay for increased energy efficiency to state coffers to help balance the state budget. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of...

24 organizations urge UN chief to blacklist Saudi coalition

Jun. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Two dozen human rights and humanitarian organizations urged Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday to reconsider his decision to take the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s government off a global blacklist of parties whose actions have killed or injured children in...