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A woman wearing mask to help protect herself from the coronavirus stands in the sun as she walks her dogs in Beijing on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. With next month's Lunar New Year travel rush looming, the government is telling people to stay put as much as possible and not travel to or from the capital Beijing. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: 2 Chinese cities urge people to stay at home

Jan. 9, 2021 12:33 AM EST

BEIJING — Chinese authorities are asking residents in two cities south of Beijing to stay home for seven days as they try to stamp out a coronavirus outbreak in which more than 300 people have tested positive in the past week. According to official notices on social media, the cities of Shijiazhuang and...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020, file photo, people are dwarfed against the financial skyline as they take photos of the Merlion statue along the Marina Bay area in Singapore. Singapore has approved the use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine and the first shipment will arrive by end of this month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Yong Teck Lim, File)

Singapore approves use of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine

Dec. 14, 2020 5:59 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore has approved the use of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine, and the first shipment will arrive by the end of this month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Monday. Lee said Singapore, with a budget of over 1 billion Singapore dollars ($750 million) for vaccines, has...

A government health worker sprays sanitiser on a street shut down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in Dharmsala, India, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Asia Today: Tokyo's daily infections top 600 for first time

Dec. 10, 2020 8:02 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The number of new coronavirus infections in Japan’s capital topped 600 in a day for the first time Thursday, while experts warned of the increased burden on hospitals. Tokyo reported 602 new cases, while the daily tally for the entire nation was 2,810. Japan has reported 168,573...

The Quantum of the Seas cruise ship is docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Center Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 in Singapore. Royal Caribbean said in a statement that a guest on the Quantum of the Seas “tested positive for coronavirus after checking in with our medical team.

Singapore: Virus tests on cruise passenger now negative

Dec. 9, 2020 7:53 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — A Royal Caribbean “cruise to nowhere” was cut short and the ship returned to Singapore on Wednesday after an elderly passenger was diagnosed with the coronavirus, but the Health Ministry later said new tests on the man were negative. The 83-year-old passenger on the Quantum...

In this photo provided by Malaysia's Department of Information, monitors show Chinese President Xi Jinping delivering speech via virtual meeting during the APEC CEO Dialogues 2020, ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Nazri Rapaai/Malaysia Department of Information via AP)

Xi: China will avoid decoupling amid tension with US, Europe

Nov. 19, 2020 2:10 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — China's President Xi Jinping on Thursday spurned suggestions that his country might decouple or separate itself from the U.S. and other trading partners amid tension with Washington and Europe over technology and security. Speaking by video link from Beijing to a meeting of...