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A passenger has her temperature checked to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus as some routes for the Traditional Jeepney buses were opened to help public transportation while the government slowly eases lockdown in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Australia’s most populous state to close border

Jul. 5, 2020 11:16 PM EDT

SYDNEY, Australia — The leader of Australia’s most populous state says her government’s decision to close its border with hard-hit Victoria state marks a new phase in the country’s coronavirus pandemic. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has long been a critic of states that...

South Korean Imperial guards wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus move near the Deoksu Palace in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, July 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea has 60-plus new virus cases for 3rd day

Jul. 4, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has recorded 60-plus COVID-19 cases for a third consecutive day, a continuation of a virus spread beyond the greater Seoul area. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday it has confirmed 61 additional cases, bringing the national total to 13,091. It...

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks volunteer Alejandro Ortiz closes the gate after allowing an overnight camper access to the parking lot at Francis Beach at Half Moon Bay State Park in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Friday, July 3, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the parking lots of state beaches to close for the Fourth of July weekend to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Half Moon Bay added to the closure by restricting visitors access to the beach. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group via AP)

The Latest: Calif gov warns local officials on enforcement

Jul. 3, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is warning local elected officials that they risk losing state funding if they don’t enforce health orders as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. Newsom has rolled back or limited some businesses reopening in Los Angeles and 20 other counties, now including...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

In this June 2, 2020 photo, a demonstrator exhales smoke during a protest against the tobacco ban outside parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria on Friday, June 26, 2020  dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

Court upholds South Africa's cigarette sales ban in lockdown

Jun. 27, 2020 5:56 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An effort to lift South Africa’s ban on cigarette sales during the country’s coronavirus lockdown has failed. The High Court in the capital, Pretoria, on Friday dismissed a bid by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association, which represents smaller manufacturers. The...

Crew members of a Russian cargo ship take a bus to hospital for their treatment as quarantine officers wearing protective gears stand at the Gamcheon Port in Busan, South Korea, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. South Korea said it was testing more than a hundred workers at the southern port of Busan following a virus outbreak among crew members of a Russian cargo ship. (Cho Jung-ho/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: SKorea continues upward trend in new infections

Jun. 23, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has reported 51 additional cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, a continuation of an upward trend in new infections. The figures released Wednesday by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention took the country’s total to 12,535 with 281 deaths. It...

Stranded commuters walks away from a deserted taxi rank in Katlehong, South Africa, Monday, June 22, 2020, as taxi drivers affiliated to the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) protested against what it believes to be insufficient government relief offered to the industry. South Africa's largest city, Johannesburg, has been hit by a strike by mini-bus taxis, preventing many thousands of people from getting to work on Monday, as the country reopens its economy even as cases of COVID-19 are increasing. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa's minibus taxis go on strike, hitting workers

Jun. 22, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A strike by South Africa’s minibus taxi drivers over what they say is inadequate coronavirus relief funds has disrupted the return of scores of thousands of people to work. Taxi operators in the economic hub of Gauteng province, which includes the city of Johannesburg and the...

Visitors wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus walk at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, June 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Coronavirus resurgence continues in South Korea

Jun. 20, 2020 11:04 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea continues to struggle to contain a resurgence in the coronavirus that has seen some of the country’s hard-won pandemic gains erased since social distancing rules were eased in mid-April. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 48 new COVID-19...

FLE - In this April 9, 2015, file photo, cheering students surround a statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes, as it is removed from the campus at the Cape Town University, Cape Town, South Africa. New campaigns in the U.S. and Europe to pull down monuments to slave traders and colonial rulers are now following Africa's lead. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Pulling down statues of racists? Africa's done it for years

Jun. 12, 2020 3:01 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Queen Victoria, Cecil Rhodes, King Leopold. Statues honoring these leaders of colonial rule have been pulled down over the years in Africa after countries won independence or newer generations said racist relics had to go. New campaigns in the U.S. and Europe are now following...

A man wearing chains joins a protest rally in front of the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, June 8, 2020. The protest in support of Black Lives Matter was called by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party in response to the recent killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, USA, that has led to protests in many countries and across the US. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

South Africa, Kenya protest cop brutality in US and at home

Jun. 8, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Protests against police brutality were held in South Africa and Kenya on Monday, with demonstrators who came out to denounce George Floyd's killing in the U.S. charging that they are also suffering abuses by their own authorities. South Africa's leftist opposition party, the Economic...