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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...

People make their way at a departure lobby of Haneda airport in Tokyo Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Japan is scaling back on the government-backed “GoTo” campaign to encourage travel and dining out, as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached a record for the third day straight, Saturday. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Kyodo News via AP)

The Latest: Japan's virus cases hit record for fourth day

Nov. 21, 2020 10:24 PM EST

TOKYO — The daily tally of reported COVID-19 cases in Japan hit a record for the fourth day in a row, with 2,508 people confirmed infected, the health ministry said Sunday. Japan has had fewer than 2,000 coronavirus-related deaths so far, avoiding the toll of the harder hit nations. But fears are growing...

FILE - In this June 28, 2020, file photo, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton waits on the flight line for the arrival of Vice President Mike Pence at Love Field in Dallas.  Paxton had an extramarital affair with a woman whom he later recommended for a job with the wealthy donor now at the center of criminal allegations against him, according to two people who said Paxton told them about the relationship. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

AP Explains: The FBI is investigating Texas AG Ken Paxton

Nov. 21, 2020 12:41 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The FBI recently opened a criminal investigation into claims that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor. The probe, which was confirmed to The Associated Press by two people with knowledge of it who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the...

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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,...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2020, file photo, EMT Giselle Dorgalli, third from right, performs chest compression on a patient who tested positive for coronavirus in the emergency room at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

Nov. 20, 2020 6:41 PM EST

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears close at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest level since the calamitous spring in and around New York City. The overall U.S. death toll has reached about...

In this March 2, 2020, photo provided by Naomi Worcester, a crew of workers unload gear as they arrive on Kure Atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, one of the most remote places on Earth. Cut off from the rest of the planet since February, four environmental field workers are back, re-emerging into a changed society by the coronavirus outbreak. (Naomi Worcester/Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources via AP)

The Latest: Hawaii imposes new COVID-19 travel restrictions

Nov. 19, 2020 11:18 PM EST

HONOLULU — Anyone flying to Hawaii will be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result prior to their departure for the state, with the new rule going into effect two days before Thanksgiving, Gov. David Ige announced Thursday. Until now, passengers flying to the islands using a pre-travel testing...

Healthcare workers process people waiting in line at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in Houston.  Texas is rushing thousands of additional medical staff to overworked hospitals as the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients increases.  (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Texas governor rules out another shutdown as virus surges

Nov. 19, 2020 6:42 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas shattered a single-day record with 12,000 new coronavirus cases reported, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday ruled out another lockdown and accused local leaders of not enforcing existing restrictions. His rejection of a shutdown comes as other governors across the U.S....

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, notes to medical personnel are hung in an area as they prepare to ender a COVID-19 unit at Starr County Memorial Hospital in Rio Grande City, Texas. As the coronavirus pandemic surges across the nation and infections and hospitalizations rise, medical administrators are scrambling to find enough nursing help — especially in rural areas and at small hospitals. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

'We're in trouble': Texas sending record help to hospitals

Nov. 18, 2020 6:34 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is sending medical staff to overworked hospitals by the thousands — more now than at any point during the pandemic — as a worsening surge of cases leaves virus patients waiting for beds and large public buildings were ordered shut Wednesday in one West Texas city...

Medical assistant Linh Nguyen assists two women with COVID-19 testing at a testing site set up at the OC Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, Calif., Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving

Nov. 16, 2020 8:56 PM EST

From California to Pennsylvania, governors and mayors across the U.S. are ratcheting up COVID-19 restrictions amid the record-shattering resurgence of the virus that is all but certain to get worse because of holiday travel and family gatherings over Thanksgiving. Leaders are closing businesses or curtailing...

FILE - In this Oct. 26,2020, file photo, a medical worker stands at a COVID-19 state drive-thru testing site at UTEP, in El Paso, Texas. The U.S. has recorded about 10.3 million confirmed infections, with new cases soaring to all-time highs of well over 120,000 per day over the past week. (Briana Sanchez/The El Paso Times via AP, File)

Texas surpasses 20,000 virus deaths, second highest in US

Nov. 16, 2020 5:39 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas surpassed 20,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths Monday, as COVID-19 continues to surge in the United States. That is the second-highest death count overall in the U.S., trailing only New York, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University. It's the 22nd-highest per capita...