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A line of socially distanced shoppers wait to get into Bath & Body Works during Black Friday outdoor shopping at Deer Park Town Center Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, in Deer Park, Ill. (Brian Hill/Daily Herald via AP)

The Latest: Illinois surpasses 12,000 deaths from COVID-19

Nov. 27, 2020 8:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois has risen above 12,000 deaths from COVID-19, while also surpassing the 700,000 mark for confirmed coronavirus infections. The latest 1,000 deaths were recorded in just nine days — matching the state’s deadliest period previously in the...

Greece sets price limit on COVID-19 tests at private clinics

Nov. 27, 2020 12:45 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s government said Friday it is putting limits on how much private medical facilities can charge for coronavirus tests. Commerce and Consumer Protection Secretary General Panagiotis Stamboulidis said that the price limits would be 40 euros ($48) for PCR tests and 10 euros...

Medical staff conducts a rapid COVID test on an elderly woman in Athens, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Greece has seen a major resurgence of the virus after the summer, leading to dozens of deaths each day and thousands of new infections. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece faces renewed lockdown as pressure on hospitals rises

Nov. 23, 2020 2:45 PM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greece is set to extend its lockdown measures beyond the end of November given the spread of COVID-19 and the pressure on hospitals, the country's health minister warned Monday. “Based on the epidemic figures, the pressure on the national health system and the spread of...

Vehicles line up as healthcare workers help to check-in as citizens are being tested at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

The Latest: Washington state sees record hospitalizations

Nov. 22, 2020 9:18 PM EST

SEATTLE — Health officials in Washington state said the number of people who were hospitalized to receive treatment for the coronavirus has reached a record high. KOMO-TV reports there were 762 people receiving hospital care for the virus in Washington as of Saturday. At the Swedish First Hill campus of...

A woman wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a propaganda billboard with the characters for

The Latest: China starts mass testing 3 million in Tianjin

Nov. 21, 2020 12:42 AM EST

BEIJING — China is starting mass testing on 3 million people in a section of the northern city of Tianjin and has tested 4,015 others in a hospital in Shanghai after the discovery of a pair of cases there. The National Health Commission recorded seven new domestically transmitted cases Saturday,...

A paramedic wearing a suit to protect against coronavirus, closes the door of an ambulance at Evangelismos hospital in Athens, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Greece has imposed a nationwide nightly curfew as the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to surge despite a lockdown. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Greece: 2 private clinics appropriated to treat COVID-19

Nov. 20, 2020 11:57 AM EST

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities are taking over two private health clinics in the northern city of Thessaloniki as the region’s public hospitals struggle to cope with a surge in coronavirus cases, the country's Health Ministry said Friday. The ministry said its request for private...

The Parthenon temple is illuminated atop of the Acropolis hill as a ferry approaches the port of Piraeus as another one departs in Athens, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Barely out of crisis, Greek economy hammered by new lockdown

Nov. 20, 2020 11:21 AM EST

Greece has downgraded its forecasts for the economy this year to include the impact of a second lockdown, and says the national debt is now expected to exceed 200% of annual output. The Finance Ministry on Friday said that it expects the economy to contract by 10.5% in 2020 and rebound by a modest 4.8% next year,...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, file photo, migrants walk after a rainstorm at the Kara Tepe refugee camp, on the northeastern Aegean island of Lesbos, Greece. The anti-torture committee of the Council of Europe, the continent's main human rights organization, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 has slammed conditions under which migrants are held in some detention centers in Greece and voiced concern over persistent allegations the country conducts illegal pushbacks of migrants. (AP Photo/Panagiotis Balaskas, File)

Report slams conditions in Greek migrant detention centers

Nov. 19, 2020 12:03 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The anti-torture committee of the Council of Europe, the continent’s main human rights organization, slammed the conditions under which migrants are held in some detention centers in Greece and voiced concern Thursday over persistent allegations the country illegally pushes...

FILE - In this May 10, 2018, file photo, Greece's Orthodox Church Archbishop Ieronymos poses during the visit of Britain's Prince Charles in Athens. The head of the Orthodox Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with COVID-19, a leading Athens hospital said Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

Greece's archbishop hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms

Nov. 19, 2020 7:48 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The head of the Orthodox Church of Greece, Archbishop Ieronymos, has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with COVID-19, the Archdiocese of Athens announced Thursday. The 82-year-old archbishop was hospitalized in an augmented care unit of Athens' Evangelismos Hospital, the...

Protesters from the communist party-affiliated PAME union run away to avoid tear gas thrown by riot police during clashes in central Athens, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. Police have detained several people and fired tear gas during scuffles in Athens as hundreds of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than three people to mark the anniversary of the crushing of a 1973 student uprising against the military junta then ruling Greece. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Police fire tear gas to break up banned gatherings in Greece

Nov. 17, 2020 12:27 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police detained several dozen people and fired tear gas in Athens Tuesday as hundreds of protesters defied a ban on gatherings of more than three people to mark the anniversary of the crushing of a 1973 student uprising against the military junta then ruling Greece. Nov. 17, the day...