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A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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: — US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic border closures...

A woman wears a mask against the spread of COVID-19 disease, as she attends a funeral at the Central cemetery of Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, May 11, 2020. President Daniel Ortega's government has stood out for its refusal to impose measures to halt the new coronavirus for more than two months since the disease was first diagnosed in Nicaragua. Now, doctors and family members of apparent victims say, the government has gone from denying the disease's presence in the country to actively trying to conceal its spread. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Health organization urges Nicaragua to take action

May. 26, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Pan-American Health Organization called on Nicaragua’s government Tuesday to urgently take steps to control the spread of the novel coronavirus in a country that so far has minimized its threat. “The protection of life and health cannot wait,” said Ciro Ugarte, the...

FILE - In this Dec 5, 2012 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega, left, and Nicaragua's Army Commander Gen. Julio Cesar Aviles Castillo speak during the closing ceremony of an annual defense course at the

US sanctions top Nicaraguan officials over rights abuses

May. 22, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The U.S. Treasury announced sanctions Friday against two high-ranking Nicaraguan officials for their support of government crackdowns on protesters. The Treasury said in a statement that the measures target Gen. Julio César Avilés Castillo, commander of Nicaragua's army,...

A medical worker wears a mask and a face shield at the entrance of the SERMESA hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, May 11, 2020. President Daniel Ortega's government has stood out for its refusal to impose measures to halt the new coronavirus for more than two months since the disease was first diagnosed in Nicaragua. Now, doctors and family members of apparent victims say, the government has gone from denying the disease's presence in the country to actively trying to conceal its spread. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Health organization: Nicaragua won't allow hospital access

May. 19, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Pan-American Health Organization said Tuesday that Nicaragua's government has denied its personnel access to the nation's hospitals despite having offered access, a move adding to the widespread belief President Daniel Ortega is trying to underplay the effects of the...

FILE - In this  March 21, 2019 file photo, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks during the inauguration ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua. After not appearing in public for 34 days, Ortega spoke to the nation on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, and said that the country is fighting patiently against the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

Nicaragua closes Costa Rica border to protest virus testing

May. 18, 2020 11:37 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega blamed new coronavirus-related health monitoring measures taken by neighboring Costa Rica for his country's decision Monday to close their two border crossings. In a nationally televised address, Ortega said more than 1,000 trucks were stranded...

A person wears a mask as he attends a funeral at the Central cemetery of Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, May 11, 2020. President Daniel Ortega's government has stood out for its refusal to impose measures to halt the new coronavirus for more than two months since the disease was first diagnosed in Nicaragua. Now, doctors and family members of apparent victims say, the government has gone from denying the disease's presence in the country to actively trying to conceal its spread. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Truck drivers test positive for virus at Costa Rica border

May. 14, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — In the week since Costa Rica began testing truck drivers entering the country from Nicaragua and Panama, 23 who were asymptomatic have tested positive for the new coronavirus and others who showed symptoms were turned away without tests, officials said Thursday. The results are...

A medical worker wears a mask and a face shield at the entrance of the SERMESA hospital in Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, May 11, 2020. President Daniel Ortega's government has stood out for its refusal to impose measures to halt the new coronavirus for more than two months since the disease was first diagnosed in Nicaragua. Now, doctors and family members of apparent victims say, the government has gone from denying the disease's presence in the country to actively trying to conceal its spread. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

Nicaragua releases more than 2,800 inmates amid pandemic

May. 13, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Nicaragua released more than 2,800 prisoners Wednesday, one day after the death of an inmate who reportedly had suffered from respiratory problems and while the government maintained there was no local spread of the coronavirus in the country. Loyda Valle, a friend of inmate...

A woman wears a mask against the spread of COVID-19 disease, as she attends a funeral at the Central cemetery of Managua, Nicaragua, Monday, May 11, 2020. President Daniel Ortega's government has stood out for its refusal to impose measures to halt the new coronavirus for more than two months since the disease was first diagnosed in Nicaragua. Now, doctors and family members of apparent victims say, the government has gone from denying the disease's presence in the country to actively trying to conceal its spread. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga)

'Express burials' cast doubt on Nicaragua's virus figures

May. 12, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Roger Ordoñez was hospitalized with breathing problems last week. When his son Enrique came to visit the next morning, the 69-year-old retiree was already being buried by government workers in protective white full-body suits in a cemetery on the outskirts of Chinandega, a...

FILE - This Sept.16, 2015 aerial file photo shows land cleared by

Report: Nicaragua government failing to protect indigenous

Apr. 29, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nicaragua’s government has not only failed to enforce laws that protect its indigenous peoples and their communal lands, but is actively promoting illegal land grabs and granting concessions to mining and timber companies, according to a report released Wednesday. Since 2015,...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2004 file photo, two time former world boxing champion Rosendo Alvarez collects donations for a young cancer patient, in Managua, Nicaragua. With nearly all the world's sport shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, Nicaragua is hosting an event Saturday, April 25, 2020, with a full card of boxing matches before a live audience, organized by Alvarez, who — like the Central American nation's government — waved aside the threat of COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

Fights resume in Nicaragua because 'boxers have to eat'

Apr. 26, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — With the world pretty much devoid of sports events because of the coronavirus pandmeic, boxing resumed in Nicaragua on Saturday night with a televised eight-fight card in front of a live, though sparse audience in Managua. Promoter Rosendo Álvarez, a former two-time world...