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Police officers and healthcare workers are stationed outside a public housing tower that is locked down as a Coronavirus hotspot in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says a shutdown of the nation's second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that fear they won't survive a second lockdown. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Australia state bars entry from locked down area

Jul. 8, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia — An Australian state has closed its doors to people fleeing a second lockdown in Australia’s second-largest city. Queensland Health Minister Steven Miles said Thursday that a number of people were willing to pay for their own 14-day hotel quarantine to be allowed to escape...

Germany's Minister of Health Jens Spahn attends a press conference, at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Criticism of US pullout from WHO from allies, China alike

Jul. 8, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Top U.S. allies on Wednesday denounced the planned pullout of the United States from the World Health Organization, with the Italian health minister calling it “wrong” and a political ally of Germany's chancellor warning that the withdrawal could make more room on the world...

A pupil's temperature is checked on returning to school in Johannesburg, Tuesday July 7, 2020, as more learners were permitted to return to class. Schools were shut down in March prior to a total country lockdown in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus and are now slowly being re-opened. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surge above a half-million

Jul. 8, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa now has more than a half-million confirmed coronavirus cases, while South Africa's health minister declared Wednesday that “we have now reached the surge.” The continent-wide total is over 509,000, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past replicas of the Terracotta Warriors outside a restaurant in Beijing on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China defends WHO, lashes out at US move to withdraw

Jul. 8, 2020 6:01 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Wednesday defended the World Health Organization and lashed out at the U.S. decision to withdraw from the U.N. body. Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said the move was “another demonstration of the U.S. pursuing unilateralism, withdrawing from groups and breaking...

FILE - In this May 15, 2019, file photo, a dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is displayed at the Neighborcare Health clinics at Vashon Island High School in Vashon Island, Wash. Sri Lanka and Maldives have become the first two countries in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 target, the U.N. health agency announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

WHO says Sri Lanka and Maldives eliminate measles, rubella

Jul. 8, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka and Maldives have become the first two countries in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia region to eliminate both measles and rubella ahead of a 2023 target, the U.N. health agency announced Wednesday. “This success is encouraging and demonstrates the...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaks during a news conference at the State Department, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, Pool)

US notifies UN of withdrawal from World Health Organization

Jul. 7, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, although the pullout won’t take effect until next year, meaning it could be rescinded under a new administration or if circumstances change. Former Vice President...

Members of the public are seen at a bar on Canal Street in Manchester's gay village, England, Saturday July 4, 2020. England is embarking on perhaps its biggest lockdown easing yet as pubs and restaurants have the right to reopen for the first time in more than three months. In addition to the reopening of much of the hospitality sector, couples can tie the knot once again, while many of those who have had enough of their lockdown hair can finally get a trim. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge virus can spread in air

Jul. 6, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — More than 200 scientists have called for the World Health Organization and others to acknowledge that the coronavirus can spread in the air — a change that could alter some of the current measures being taken to stop the pandemic. In a letter published this week in the journal...

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Indians participate in a health awareness run to mark World AIDS Day in Hyderabad, India. New numbers on the global AIDS epidemic show some big successes such as fewer deaths and new infections. But there are also some tragic failures: Only half of children with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, are getting treatment. UNAIDS, a United Nations agency, reported last year's numbers Monday, July 6, 2020, at the start of an international AIDS conference. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A., File)

AIDS report: Kids are lagging and COVID-19 is harming care

Jul. 6, 2020 10:42 AM EDT

New numbers on the global AIDS epidemic show some big successes, such as fewer deaths and new infections. But there are also some tragic failures: Only half the children with HIV, the virus that causes the disease, are getting treatment. “We are making great progress against the HIV epidemic ... but the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 file photo, U.S. citizens queue to check in and be repatriated aboard an evacuation flight arranged by the U.S. embassy and chartered with Delta Air Lines, at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria. African nations face a difficult choice as infections are rapidly rising: Welcome the international flights that originally brought COVID-19 to the ill-prepared continent, or further hurt their economies. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

Africa starts opening airspace even as COVID-19 cases climb

Jul. 6, 2020 7:12 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — As COVID-19 cases surged in many parts of the world, the island nation of the Seychelles was looking good: 70-plus straight days without a single infection. Then the planes arrived. Two chartered Air Seychelles flights carrying more than 200 passengers also brought the coronavirus. A...