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Forest Gauthier, an emergency services medical assistant, walks through a tent set up outside the Emergency Department at the Harborview Medical Center before it opened for patients, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Seattle. The tent, which was recently put in place, is used to examine walk-up and other patients who arrive at the emergency room with respiratory symptoms possibly related to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Latest: North Korea says only 500 still quarantined

Apr. 2, 2020 10:02 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: — North Korea says only around 500 remain under coronavirus...

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Battling exhaustion and trolls, Fauci says he's OK

Apr. 2, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, owns up to doing some not-so-smart things as he helps lead the White House effort to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. Things like forgetting to eat and not getting enough sleep. The blunt-speaking Fauci also...

National Health Service staff wait in their cars to take a coronavirus test at a drive through centre in north London, Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 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.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK's Johnson under fire for low number of COVID-19 tests

Apr. 1, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — When Prime Minister Boris Johnson developed a cough and fever, he got a test for the new coronavirus. Most other Britons won’t be offered one. Johnson’s Conservative government was under fire Wednesday for failing to keep its promise to increase the amount of testing being done...

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listen as President Donald Trump speaks before he signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

McConnell: Impeachment 'diverted attention' from coronavirus

Mar. 31, 2020 7:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's impeachment trial distracted the federal government from the coronavirus as it reached the United States in January, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, despite warnings at the time from public health experts and members of Congress about the...

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”...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, March 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues

Mar. 30, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Siding with public health experts' dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision to extend restrictive social distancing guidelines through the end of April, while bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000. “Challenging...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 11, 2020, file photo, Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and other House Democrats arrive to meet with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley say in a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar dated Friday, March 27, 2020, that comprehensive demographic data on people who are tested or treated for the coronavirus does not exist. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

Mar. 30, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent Friday to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, both from...

President Donald Trump speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Saturday, March 28, 2020. Trump is en route to Norfolk, Va., for the sailing of the USNS Comfort, which is headed to New York. (Jim Watson/Pool Photo via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump gets a reality check on coronavirus

Mar. 30, 2020 1:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For weeks, President Donald Trump carved out a trail of groundless assurances about the coronavirus pandemic as health officials, governors and local officials sounded alarm about what was coming — and already here. That sunlit trail now has hit a wall. On Sunday, Trump appeared to...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus accompanied by Dr. Anthony Fauci, left, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Vice President Mike Pence, and Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, in the James Brady Briefing Room in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump a rosy outlier on science of the virus

Mar. 28, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groundless assurances keep coming from President Donald Trump, a rosy outlier on the science of the coronavirus pandemic. It's been that way since before the virus spread widely in the United States, when he supposed that the warmer weather of April might have it soon gone, a prospect the...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo Hospital staff wash the emergency entrance of Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where some infected with a new virus are being treated, in Wuhan, China. (AP Photo/Dake Kang, File)

Timeline of key events in the spread of the new coronavirus

Mar. 27, 2020 5:22 PM EDT

JAN. 3: The number of cases of a new type of viral pneumonia in central China rises to 44 in an outbreak that awakens fearful memories of the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic. Most of the cases are traced to the South China Seafood City market in the suburbs of sprawling Wuhan, where offerings are reported to include wild...