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The Latest: South Korea health minister urges vigilance

Apr. 6, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — 13 hospitalized, 1 dead from cruise ship with coronavirus...

This undated photo provided by the family in April 2020 shows Enrico Giacomoni, right, and his son, Roberto. The last time Roberto Giacomoni saw his 80-year-old father Enrico, he gently helped him up from bed, put his socks, shoes and jacket on, and walked him out to the paramedics who had come to take him to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing. (Courtesy of Giacomoni family via AP)

Lives Lost: A man loved by many, a death at 80 alone in Rome

Apr. 6, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Nothing in the way Enrico Giancomoni lived during his 80-plus years in Rome corresponded to the way he died: alone. He was a good person, Giancomoni’s son says, a man who took his responsibilities seriously but didn’t let the pressures of life make him unkind. He built a...

A man wears a mask to protect himself from the coronavirus while running in front of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, Sunday, April 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Americans brace for 'hardest, saddest' week of their lives

Apr. 5, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans braced for what the nation's top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hot spot in Europe after a record 24-hour jump in deaths that surpassed even hard-hit...

A faithful from a facing balcony follows the celebration of the Palm Sunday mass on the roof of the church of San Pio X, in Rome, Sunday, April 5, 2020. Churches are closed to faithful all over Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Mauro Scrobogna/LaPresse via AP)

Palm Sunday services held without public; some on rooftops

Apr. 5, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass in the shelter of St. Peter's Basilica without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, while parish priests elsewhere in Rome took to church rooftops and bell towers to lead services so at least some faithful could follow the familiar...

A family burn paper offerings for their departed relatives on the streets of Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Authorities are controlling access and limiting the number of people entering cemeteries across China during the annual Qingming festival, also known as the Grave Sweeping Day, a day when Chinese around the world remember their dearly departed and take time off to clean up the tombs and place flowers and offerings, a move to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Nearly 3,000 released from Sri Lanka prisons

Apr. 4, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: , — China reports 30 new coronavirus cases, mostly from new...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington, as Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Latest: China reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

Apr. 1, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — White House projects between 100,000 and 240,000 U.S....

President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper, right, walk as the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort takes off from the pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Saturday, March 28, 2020. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific

Mar. 31, 2020 1:11 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — WHO warns COVID-19 epidemics “far from over”...

AP PHOTOS: Italy's front-line medical heroes, in portraits

Mar. 28, 2020 7:15 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Their eyes are tired. Their cheekbones rubbed raw from protective masks. They don’t smile. The doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy are almost unrecognizable behind their masks, scrubs, gloves and hairnets — the flimsy battle armor donned at...

Pope Francis arrives to deliver an Urbi et orbi prayer from the empty St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Friday, March 27, 2020. Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead finds

Pope prays for 'fragile' humanity needing help in pandemic

Mar. 27, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Praying in a desolately empty St. Peter's Square, Pope Francis on Friday likened the coronavirus pandemic to a storm laying bare illusions that people can be self-sufficient and instead leaves “all of us fragile and disoriented” and needing each other's help and comfort....

Pope Francis walks to reach S. Marcello al Corso church, where there is a miraculous crucifix that in 1552 was carried in a procession around Rome to stop the great plague, Sunday, March 15, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some, it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (Vatican News via AP)

Vatican employees balk at lack of full shutdown amid virus

Mar. 24, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican is under pressure to let more employees work from home as its offices remain open two weeks after the Italian government ordered Italians home and shut down all non-essential businesses in an urgent attempt to contain the coronavirus. On the same day the Vatican confirmed four...