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Italian Interior Minister Giuliana Lamorgese addresses the Senate on days of protests following Italy’s latest anti-virus restrictions  in Rome, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Italy reported nearly 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus infections as the interior minister accused right-wing extremists, soccer hooligans and anarchists of using widespread malcontent over new anti-virus restrictions as a pretext to wage “urban guerrilla” violence. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

The Latest: Kansas reports about 3,400 new cases over 2 days

Oct. 28, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas doesn’t appear to be containing the coronavirus, reporting nearly 3,400 new cases over just two days. The state health department’s data showed that the rolling average for new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases was 1,084 a day for the seven days ending Wednesday....

A medical crew treat a COVID-19 patient in the intensive care unit at the Joseph Imbert Hospital Center in Arles, southern France, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Many French doctors are urging a new nationwide lockdown, noting that 58% of the country's intensive care units are now occupied by COVID patients and medical staff are under increasing strain. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge

Oct. 28, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

A new wave of lockdowns and business closings swept across France, Germany and other places in Europe on Wednesday as surging coronavirus infections there and in the U.S. wipe out months of progress against the scourge on two continents. The resurgence and the resulting clampdown sent a shudder through Wall...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 29, 2020, file photo, a sign welcomes motorists to New York, on the border with Connecticut, near Rye Brook, N.Y. Governors in New York's tri-state region were left scrambling in late October 2020 when virus infection rates in Connecticut and New Jersey climbed high enough to qualify for their own 14-day quarantine requirements. It highlighted a worrying trend in a region that used the list to set itself apart from large swaths of the country and raised questions about whether it was worth keeping. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rising infections complicate rules for New York-area travel

Oct. 28, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rich Collins is trapped in the maze of coronavirus-related travel restrictions in the Northeast. The Rhode Island firefighter has custody of his 5-year-old daughter every other weekend in an agreement with his ex-wife, but he can't bring her to his home because she lives in upstate...

A woman holds a poster reading:'The culture dies' as she attends a protest of people working in the entertainment and event industry against the German government's economic policies to combat the spread of the coronavirus and COVID-19 disease and demand more support for their business, in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

France, Germany impose new lockdowns to curb virus spread

Oct. 28, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — France announced a full nationwide lockdown for the second time this year and German officials imposed a partial four-week lockdown Wednesday, as governments across Europe sought to stop a fast-rising tide of coronavirus cases. The World Health Organization says the European region —...

People wearing masks, walk on Alexandre III bridge in Paris, Sunday Oct.25, 2020. A curfew intended to curb the spiraling spread of the coronavirus, has been imposed in many regions of France including Paris and its suburbs. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)

France imposes new national lockdown as virus deaths mount

Oct. 28, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron ordered his country into a new month-long, nationwide lockdown Wednesday aimed at stopping a fast-rising tide of virus patients filling French hospitals, but said schools and some workplaces will stay open. With over 520 deaths recorded Tuesday, the French...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, medical staff work in the intensive care ward for COVID-19 patients at the CHR Citadelle hospital in Liege, Belgium. Small, yet so divided, Belgium is hit hard again by the pandemic, and now has some of the worst results to show in Europe during the resurgence of the Coronavirus, it is revealed Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Divided Belgium among Europe's worst virus hotspots

Oct. 28, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — Small, yet so divided, Belgium has been hit hard again by the pandemic, and now presents some of the most worrying statistics in a continent reeling under a coronavirus resurgence. If ever there was a common enemy for the rival Dutch- and French-speaking citizens and regions to...

Passengers wear face masks as they sit in a subway in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Germany heads into November 'lockdown light' to slow virus

Oct. 28, 2020 2:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials agreed Wednesday to a four-week shutdown of restaurants, bars, theaters and other leisure facilities in an effort to curb a rapid rise in coronavirus infections, opting for decisive action to prevent an “acute national health emergency,” Chancellor Angela Merkel...

UK vaccine chief warns of over-optimism, early imperfection

Oct. 28, 2020 1:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Warning that the first COVID-19 vaccines may be imperfect, the head of the U.K effort to develop a vaccine called Wednesday for immediate international cooperation to prevent the “largest global recession in history.’’ U.K. Vaccine Taskforce chair Kate Bingham also warned...

FILE — In this Friday, April 24, 2020 file photo, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa visits a field hospital in Johannesburg. Ramaphosa has announced he has gone into quarantine after coming into contact with a dinner guest who has tested positive for COVID-19. He came into contact with a guest at a dinner of 35 people in Johannesburg last weekend, the president's spokesman said Wednesday, Oct. 28. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

South Africa's president in quarantine as virus cases rise

Oct. 28, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced he has gone into quarantine after coming into contact with a dinner guest who has tested positive for COVID-19. Ramaphosa came into contact with a guest at a dinner of 35 people in Johannesburg last weekend, the president's spokesman...

La Vuelta fans wearing face mask protection to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, keep safe a distance behind barriers, before the start of the eight stage of La Vuelta between Logrono and Alto de Moncalvillo, in Logrono, northern Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

The Latest: Texans close facility after positive virus test

Oct. 28, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Houston Texans closed their practice facility Wednesday, hours after a player tested positive for the coronavirus. The team was notified of the positive test on Tuesday night and said the unidentified player immediately...