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FILE- In this May 14, 2018 file photo, candidate Jahana Hayes addresses delegates during the Democratic convention for the 5th District in Waterbury, Conn. On Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, Rep. Jahana Hayes , D-Conn., said that she and all of her staff will be quarantining after one of her aides tested positive for the coronavirus. (Jim Shannon/Republican-American via AP, File)

The Latest: Rep. Hayes tests positive for new coronavirus

Sep. 20, 2020 12:59 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. — Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut has tested positive for the new coronavirus and will quarantine for 14 days, she announced Sunday on Twitter. “After going to 2 urgent care centers yesterday, I finally got an appointment at a 3rd site and was tested this morning,” the...

A pastor wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus prays during a service at the Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. South Korea's new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Fewer cases in Melbourne, new surge in India

Sep. 20, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has moved close to easing severe lockdown restrictions after recording only 14 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. It was the second day in a row new infections fell below 30, after 21 were reported on Saturday, the lowest daily...

The logo of Australian Associated Press is displayed in its headquarters in Sydney, March 3, 2020. The Australian government has announced Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, a 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) grant to the national news agency as part of pandemic-related assistance to journalism. (Danny Casey/AAP Image/ via AP)

Australia pays $3.7 M to help news agency though pandemic

Sep. 18, 2020 2:53 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Friday announced a 5 million Australian dollars ($3.7 million) grant to the national news agency as part of pandemic-related assistance to regional journalism. Australian Associated Press is critical to media diversity and has consistently...

Queensland state Chief Health officer Dr. Jeannette Young speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Brisbane, Australia, on July 24, 2020. The Australian health official revealed Monday, Sept. 14, that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

Australian official under police guard over virus measures

Sep. 14, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian health official revealed Monday that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. Queensland state Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she now travels with a police escort because of the...

Sarah Caisip wears a protective mask after viewing her father's body at a funeral home in Brisbane, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Caisip was refused permission to go to her father Bernard Prendergast's funeral because she was forced to spend 14 days in a hotel quarantine. (Darren England/AAP Image via AP)

Family heartache spotlights Australia virus restrictions

Sep. 10, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government has ramped up pressure on a state government to relax pandemic border restrictions after a woman was refused permission to attend her father’s funeral on Thursday and a dying dad was told he was only allowed to be visited by one of his four...

In this image made from video released by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Office, Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes a public speech on the need for big tech companies to police their public platforms, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Canberra, Australia. Australian regulators have ruled out prosecuting TikTok over an apparent suicide video under tough new laws prohibiting some forms of violent online images, but the prime minister urged social media companies on Wednesday to take more responsibility for offensive content. (Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Office via AP)

Australian prime minister criticizes TikTok suicide video

Sep. 9, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian regulators have ruled out prosecuting TikTok over an apparent suicide video under tough new laws prohibiting some forms of violent online images, but the prime minister urged social media companies on Wednesday to take more responsibility for offensive content. The...

Marylou Ligier takes a to-go order to a patron at her family's restaurant and pastry shop Clafoutis on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An outdoor tent, seen in the reflection of a pastry case, was installed three weeks ago in the parking lot after indoor seating was banned due to COVID-19. Ligier says the tent rental costs thousands of dollars each month, nearly amounting to a second mortgage. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

The Latest: New Mexico sees lowest new case number in months

Sep. 7, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. -- New Mexico health officials are reporting 46 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus — the lowest daily number in the state since early April. The new cases announced Monday bring the state’s total to 26,144. State health officials also said four more people have died from...

An Indian boy cries as a medical worker prepares to collect his swab sample for COVID-19 test at a rural health centre in Bagli, outskirts of Dharmsala, India, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. India's coronavirus cases are now the second-highest in the world and only behind the United States. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Asia Today: India surges to world's 2nd-worst virus caseload

Sep. 7, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus cases surged to 4.2 million, the second-highest total in the world, on Monday as urban metro trains partially resume service in the capital New Delhi and other states. The 90,802 cases added in the past 24 hours pushed India’s total to 4,204,614, passing...

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. Morrison has said he expected a

Australia leader expects 'sensible outcome' to news pay plan

Sep. 7, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Monday that he expected a “sensible outcome” to his government’s plans to make digital platforms pay for journalism after Facebook threatened to block Australian publishers and individuals from sharing news stories....

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, looks out of his window in Bnei Brak, Israel Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. The death toll from the coronavirus in Israel has surpassed 1,000, as the government on Sunday mulled steps for imposing new restrictions to quell a resurgence in infections. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The Latest: Australia OKs funding for two potential vaccines

Sep. 6, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced on Monday it had struck supply and production agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth 1.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion) over two potential COVID-19 vaccines. Under the agreement, Britain’s University of Oxford in collaboration with...