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A health worker wearing a protective suit checks chairs before they open a free COVID19 swab testing at a gymnasium in Navotas city, Philippines on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. The capital and outlying provinces returned to another lockdown after medical groups warned that the country was waging a losing battle against the coronavirus amid an alarming surge in infections. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Central Japan region put under virus emergency

Aug. 6, 2020 7:42 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A governor in central Japan announced a state of emergency Thursday because of rising virus cases and asked businesses and people to curb activities, especially during an upcoming holiday. Aichi prefecture has been seeing more than 100 new infections a day since mid-July after an extended...

Chairman Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks with Acting U.S. Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan, prior to a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

The Latest: China's Xinjiang region has 28 new cases

Aug. 2, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Numbers of new COVID-19 cases in China’s far northwestern region of Xinjiang are continuing to fall, with 28 reported on Monday. China reported 43 new cases nationwide, seven of the imported and eight in the northeastern province of Liaoning. No new deaths were reported, leaving...

A man prays with only a few other parishioners as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID19 during Mass at the Our Lady of Consolation Parish on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Virus surges in India, Philippines; Australia imposes curfew

Aug. 2, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Surges of new coronavirus cases continued Sunday in India and the Philippines, which recorded another daily high to surpass 100,000 total infections, as officials across the globe considered stricter measures to stymie the spread of the pandemic. A curfew was imposed on Australia's...

Rows of beds are seen at a temporary field hospital set up at Asia World Expo in Hong Kong, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. The new COVID-19 patient holding facility can accommodate up to 500 adult patients in stable conditions. The facility which is located near the Hong Kong International Airport is a big convention and exhibition facility and was previously used as a coronavirus testing center for incoming travelers. It's transformed into a treatment facility so that it helps freeing up hospital beds for the serious patients. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Asia Today: SKorea arrests leader of church with big cluster

Aug. 1, 2020 10:26 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect Saturday as part of an investigation into allegations that the church hampered the government’s anti-virus response after thousands of worshippers were infected in February and March....

Two employees of the Ryugyong Health Complex disinfect the hands and check the fever of people coming to the complex to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Pyongyang, North Korea, Friday, July 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)

The Latest: SKorea holds leader of church with virus cluster

Jul. 31, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect as part of an investigation into allegations the church hampered the government’s anti-corfonavirus response after thousands of worshipers were infected in February and March. Prosecutors are...

FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file photo, Japanese swimming athlete Rikako Ikee holding the lantern containing Olympic flame poses during a photo session at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Friday, July 31, would have been the seventh full day of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics; almost the halfway point. The focus is now entirely on how to pull off the games next year, in what still might be the middle of a pandemic. (Du Xiaoyi/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Heat! What heat? Tokyo Olympics would have been on cool side

Jul. 31, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Friday would have been Day 7 of the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics — almost the halfway point. The focus has shifted to how — or if — the Olympics will happen next year. The pandemic will call the shots. How will Tokyo remain safe with 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes...

Visitors wearing face masks stand near banners showing precautions against the new coronavirus at National Palace Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 22, 2020.  Just days after South Korean officials hopefully declared the country’s COVID-19 epidemic was coming under control, health authorities reported dozens of new cases following a dual rise in local transmissions and imported infections. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea baseball, soccer fans to return to games

Jul. 23, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday under a phased process planned by health authorities to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic. Officials said Friday that spectators can begin attending professional soccer...

A health worker takes a swab sample of a boy for COVID-19 test at medical camp in Mumbai, Maharashtra state, India, Thursday, July 23, 2020. Nearly 60% of COVID-19 deaths in the country have been reported from the three worst-hit states of Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Asia Today: Tokyo sets virus case record as holiday begins

Jul. 23, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The city of Tokyo announced a record 366 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, exceeding 300 for the first time as Japan begins a four-day weekend with many people joining a tourism promotion campaign that the government is pushing despite concerns of a new wave of infections nationwide....

Registered nurses Army Capt. Rachel Curtis, right, and Capt. Christa Angelotti, with the Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force, sets up a patient board inside a wing at United Memorial Medical Center, Thursday, July 16, 2020, in Houston. Soldiers will treat COVID-19 patients in the newly setup hospital wing as Texas receives help from across the country to deal with its coronavirus surge. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Millions of kids told full return to school in fall unlikely

Jul. 18, 2020 12:53 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Millions more children in the U.S. learned Friday that they're unlikely to return to classrooms full time in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic as death tolls reached new highs. It came as many states — particularly in the Sunbelt — struggled to cope...

Mariachis, some wearing protective face  masks, wait for clients in Plaza Garibaldi, where residents come to hire mariachis for events and parties, in Mexico City, Friday, July 17, 2020. With large gatherings cancelled and concerns over singing inside closed spaces, work has plummeted for the hundreds of Mariachis based in Plaza Garibaldi. Those lucky enough to get occasional work say they are playing for small celebrations at home, such as birthdays or proposals, as well as at wakes for the deceased. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

The Latest: Mexico says its COVID-19 deaths surpass 35,000

Jul. 17, 2020 11:14 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico has registered 736 more COVID-19 deaths and 7,257 more confirmed cases of coronavirus infections. Mexico now has more than 35,000 deaths from the pandemic, the fourth highest total in the world. It also has recorded over 324,000 cases, somewhere around the seventh-highest level. The...