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Health workers screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a slum in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Several Indian states imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas as the number of coronavirus cases surged past 900,000 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Quarantine loopholes bring fresh efforts to fight outbreaks

Jul. 14, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian state is toughening its punishments for anyone caught violating coronavirus quarantines, including jailing rule breakers for up to six months — a warning that follows rising virus cases worldwide and violations of restrictions that are now being further...

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 24, 2020 file photo, a volunteer receives a COVID-19 test vaccine injection developed at the University of Oxford in Britain, at the Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make it happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, FIle)

Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more

Jul. 14, 2020 9:51 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. Activists warn...

Shoppers walk along Oxford Street in London, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.Britain's government is demanding people wear face coverings in shops as it has sought to clarify its message after weeks of prevarication amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK, France set to extend rules on face coverings in public

Jul. 14, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Tuesday that the wearing of face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England. The requirement is expected to take effect from July 24. The decision follows weeks of prevarication by the government over their worth during the...

A shopper wearing a mask for protection against COVID-19 leaves a grocery store that is also searing as an early polling site, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas heads to polls for Senate runoff as virus rages

Jul. 14, 2020 9:48 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As Texas struggles to contain a raging coronavirus outbreak, voters on Tuesday were set to head out to polls for runoff elections that include choosing a Democratic nominee in a U.S. Senate race that offers the party another chance to break through in America's biggest red state. Texas...

A technician makes an adjustment to a robot at Miso Robotics' White Castle test kitchen in Pasadena, Calif., Thursday, July 9, 2020. Robots that can flip burgers, make salads and even bake bread are in growing demand as virus-wary kitchens try to put some distance between workers and customers. Starting this fall, the White Castle burger chain will test the robot arm that can cook french fries and other foods.  The robot, dubbed Flippy, is made by Pasadena, California-based Miso Robotics.  (Miso Robotics via AP)

Demand for robot cooks rises as kitchens combat COVID-19

Jul. 14, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

HAYWARD, California (AP) — Robots that can cook - from flipping burgers to baking bread - are in growing demand as virus-wary kitchens try to put some distance between workers and customers. Starting this fall, the White Castle burger chain will test a robot arm that can cook french fries and other foods....

Borgata to reopen July 26, last of Atlantic City's 9 casinos

Jul. 14, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Borgata casino will reopen on July 26, the last of Atlantic City's nine gambling resorts to resume operating amid the coronavirus outbreak. The casino will host an invitation-only “soft opening” starting July 23, Borgata officials told The Associated Press on...

France's President Emmanuel Macron, left, and France's Prime Minister Jean Castex, wear face mask, at the end of the Bastille Day military parade, Tuesday, July 14, 2020 in Paris. Nurses in white coats played the starring role in France's Bastille Day ceremonies Tuesday instead of uniformed soldiers, as the usual grandiose military parade was recalibrated to honor medics who died fighting COVID-19, supermarket cashiers, postal workers and other heroes of the pandemic. (Ludovic Marin, Pool via AP)

The Latest: France to require masks at indoor public spaces

Jul. 14, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to require masks inside all indoor public spaces by Aug. 1. In an interview with French television networks marking Bastille Day, Macron says “the best prevention” for the virus are masks, social distancing and hand washing. Macron says...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump watches as 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 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

White House virus task force member says 'none of us lie'

Jul. 14, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top member of the White House coronavirus task force said Tuesday that “none of us lie” to the public, an accusation President Donald Trump had retweeted, and that while kids need to be back in school as Trump insists, “we have to get the virus under...

FILE - This October 2015, aerial file photo shows U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, southern Japan. Japanese defense minister said on Tuesday, July 14, 2010 that officials have discovered

Japan: US military coronavirus policy has multiple problems

Jul. 14, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense minister said Tuesday that officials have discovered "a number of problems” with U.S. military measures to guard against the coronavirus among service members stationed in Japan after 95 Marines tested positive at several bases on the southern island of Okinawa. Okinawan...

People line up for the coronavirus test in Rayong province, Thailand, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Authorities set up testing for anyone concerned they might have come into contact with an Egyptian soldier who visited a shopping mall in Rayong last week and then tested positive for COVID-19. In Thailand, where there has been no reports of locally transmitted cases for seven weeks, health authorities were rushing to trace the contacts of two recent foreign arrivals in the country who were infected with the coronavirus and may have violated quarantine rules.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thais seek to fix errors that allowed infected foreigners in

Jul. 14, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

RAYONG, Thailand (AP) — Authorities in Thailand urged almost 1,900 people to quarantine themselves and get tested for the coronavirus after a breakdown in screening allowed two foreigners with the disease to pose a risk to public health. The agency coordinating Thailand’s coronavirus response also...