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A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Asia Today: China virus cases spike as WHO researchers visit

Jan. 14, 2021 7:19 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China is seeing a new surge in coronavirus cases in its frozen northeast as a World Health Organization team arrived to investigate the origins of the pandemic. China on Thursday also reported its first new death attributed to COVID-19 in months, raising the toll to 4,635 among 87,844 cases....

A shopper wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus uses a mirror as she tries on a hat in a shopping street in Tokyo Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The Japanese capital confirmed more than 1500 new coronavirus cases on Thursday. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan's new virus emergency met with public indifference

Jan. 14, 2021 5:49 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s expanded state of emergency went into effect Thursday as the government seeks to stop a surge of new coronavirus infections, though with the restrictions not binding many people appeared to be ignoring the requests to avoid nonessential travel. People were still commuting on...

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Japan has declared a state of emergency for Tokyo and three nearby areas as coronavirus cases continued to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP)

Japan declares emergency for Tokyo area as cases spike

Jan. 7, 2021 4:59 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three nearby areas on Thursday as coronavirus cases continue to surge, hitting a daily record of 2,447 in the capital. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga issued the declaration at the government task force for the coronavirus. It lasts from Friday...

A man walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday as surging virus counts and China-U.S. tensions weighed on sentiment. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asian shares mostly lower as virus, China-US tensions weigh

Jan. 5, 2021 11:21 PM EST

Asian shares were mostly lower Wednesday as surging virus counts and China-U.S. tensions weighed on sentiment. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.8% after authorities arrested dozens of pro-democracy figures, including lawmakers. A move by the Trump administration to further sanction Chinese companies fueled...

A man walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday, echoing pullbacks on Wall Street, as worries grew about surging coronavirus cases in the region, with Japan preparing to declare a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian stocks track Wall St retreat as COVID caseloads surge

Jan. 4, 2021 10:20 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower Tuesday, echoing pullbacks on Wall Street as worries grow about surging coronavirus cases in the region. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged 0.1% lower in morning trading to 27,232.38, as the government was preparing to declare a state of emergency in Tokyo and...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus offer prayers for New Year at the Kanda Myojin Shrine on the first business day of the year, in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Kanda Myojin is known as the shrine of commerce and industry. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asia Today: Thailand confirms 745 new coronavirus cases

Jan. 4, 2021 10:30 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has registered 745 new coronavirus cases, with a new death reported in Bangkok, where a semi-lockdown went into effect. The Center of COVID-19 Situation Administration said Monday that the new infections bring the total number since last January to 8,439, while the death toll has...

A man looks at a countdown calendar showing 200 day to start Tokyo 2020 Olympics Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Tokyo. The countdown clock for the postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 200 days to go on Monday. Also on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would consider calling a state of emergency as new coronavirus cases surge to record numbers in Tokyo and neighboring prefectures.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tick-Tock: The Tokyo Olympics hit the 200-days-to-go mark

Jan. 4, 2021 3:25 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Tick-Tock-Tick. The countdown clock for the postponed Tokyo Olympics hit 200 days to go on Monday. Tick-Tock-Tick. Also on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would consider calling a state of emergency as new coronavirus cases surge to record numbers in Tokyo and...

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus offer prayers for New Year at the Kanda Myojin Shrine on the first business day of the year, in Tokyo, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021. Kanda Myojin is known as the shrine of commerce and industry. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan's prime minister weighs state of emergency

Jan. 3, 2021 10:47 PM EST

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Monday vaccine approval was being speeded up and border controls beefed up to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and he promised to consider declaring a state of emergency. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike and the governors of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa had...

FILE - In this March 19, 2020, file photo Gov. Doug Ducey, left, hands a bag of food to a student outside Sunset Elementary School in Phoenix. Citing the state's surge of COVID-19 cases, Arizona's top education official on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, called for Ducey to order that public schools use only distance learning for the next two weeks without waivers from health officials. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

The Latest: Ariz. gov. rejects call for online learning

Jan. 2, 2021 6:57 PM EST

PHOENIX — Arizona’s Gov. Doug Ducey has rejected the state’s top education official’s call for Ducey to order public schools to use only online instruction for the next two weeks unless they have waivers from health officials. Amid a coronavirus surge in the state, Superintendent of...

A medical worker in a booth takes a sample from a woman during COVID-19 testing at a makeshift clinic in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. South Korea is extending stringent distancing rules for two more weeks as authorities seek to suppress a viral resurgence, while confirming its first case of an apparently more contagious coronavirus variant detected in South Africa. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: Australian state under fire for slow response

Jan. 2, 2021 6:44 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia’s leading medical group says the New South Wales state government has put the rest of the country at risk by its decision not to go “hard and early” in its response to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney’s northern beaches, which is suspected to have also...