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Health care workers wait to administer nose-swab tests at the mobile COVID-19 testing site in Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bars and restaurants across Belgium have been shut down for a month and a night-time curfew entered into force Monday, as health authorities warned of a possible sanitary

Belgium limits care home visits as COVID-19 cases increase

Oct. 21, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Authorities in Belgium fear another deadly wave of coronavirus cases could soon hit care homes as the country confronts the risk of seeing its hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients, leading them to restrict nursing home visits. The country of 11.5 million inhabitants recorded half of...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams speaks during a press conference on the second day of surge COVID-19 testing, at Kalakaua District Park in Honolulu. Adams who was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, appears for a virtual arraignment in a Hawaii court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP,File)

US surgeon general to be in court on Hawaii virus citation

Oct. 21, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general is set to be arraigned Wednesday in a virtual court hearing in Hawaii on charges he illegally entered a public park that was closed because of the coronavirus. The criminal complaint against Jerome Adams, who was on Oahu in August helping with surge testing amid a...

A woman wearing a protective mask walks in front of a FOPH poster in front of a shopping centre in Fribourg, Switzerland, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. Europe is at a “turning point” in the fight against the coronavirus, said Bertrand Levrat, head of Switzerland’s biggest hospital complex, acknowledging growing public fatigue over anti-COVID measures but says people must buckle down as Switzerland grapples with record daily case counts with measures like limiting the size of gatherings and stripping soldiers of weekend leave.
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Swiss fear rise in COVID-19 cases could overburden hospitals

Oct. 21, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Swiss health minister said coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations were doubling every week, warning of the prospect of overburdened hospitals as Switzerland has gone from one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit in just three weeks. Alain Berset made the...

A woman wearing a face mask walks in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Facing a record surge of coronavirus infections, the Czech Republic returns to a recipe that was believed to work well to contain the pandemic in the spring. Starting Wednesday, face masks will be again mandatory outdoors. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Czechs impose more restrictions as virus cases surge

Oct. 21, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government on Wednesday announced further restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including limits on free movement, after a series of earlier restrictive measures failed to slow a surge in the number of new infections. Prime Minister Andrej Babis apologized for the measures...

FILE - Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. on June 11, 2016. Pearl Jam has encouraged fans to vote and asks them to take a pledge to try and mail-in their ballots. Vedder posted step-by-step photos on his Instagram page on how to vote by mail.  (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Given to Vote: Pearl Jam gets political again during hiatus

Oct. 21, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stone Gossard made some serious promises this campaign season. Pearl Jam fans who answered FaceTime calls from the rhythm guitarist got something extra for taking a vote-by-mail pledge — the latest offering from the band in a career full of activism and advocacy for political...

Pedestrians pass the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in New York. Stocks are mostly lower in Asia after pandemic concerns snapped a four-day winning streak on Wall Street.  US stocks are drifting higher Wednesday, Oct. 21,  as negotiations continue in Washington on more aid for the economy, though prospects remain cloudy that anything can happen soon.(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Stocks tick up on Wall Street as stimulus talks continue

Oct. 21, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are drifting higher on Wall Street Wednesday as negotiations continue in Washington on more aid for the economy, though prospects remain cloudy that anything can happen soon. The S&P 500 was up 0.4% after swinging between very small gains and losses in early trading. The Dow...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. The architect of the Senate measure, McConnell, isn’t claiming the vote will advance the ball. Once the measure fails, he plans to turn the chamber's full attention to cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court by confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Pandemic relief talks inch ahead, but McConnell is resistant

Oct. 21, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill have taken a modest step forward, though time is running out and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, President Donald Trump's most powerful Senate ally, is pressing the White House not to move ahead right now. McConnell told fellow...

An ambulance brings a COVID-19 patient to a specialized hospital in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Poland is seeing a sharp spike in new cases daily of coronavirus infections, filling up hospital beds. Poland's government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of people infected with the coronavirus, and expects it to be operational within days, officials said. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland heralds virus strategy protecting both lives and jobs

Oct. 21, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s prime minister on Wednesday outlined a “middle of the road” strategy of defending people’s health and lives while also protecting the economy and jobs in the country's fight against COVID-19. Mateusz Morawiecki said the policy rejected the...

Britain's Chancellor Rishi Sunak leaves 11 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

UK government borrowing hits record due to pandemic

Oct. 21, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is battering Britain’s public finances, pushing government borrowing to a record last month as tax revenue fell and authorities spent billions of pounds to prop up the economy. The government borrowed a net 36.1 billion pounds ($47.1 billion) in September, pushing...

A fan wearing face mask to protect against coronavirus waits for the start of the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Portugal and Sweden at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

The Latest: USA Wrestling won’t attend world championships

Oct. 21, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The United States won’t send a team to the world wrestling championships because of health and safety concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The executive committee of USA Wrestling, the national governing body for...