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Locals chat as they sit at a traditional coffee shop in central Athens, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Greece saw a jump in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases during last week, and Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is widely expected to announce new social restrictions.(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: Greece tightens restrictions as virus spreads

Oct. 31, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece — Greece will shut down restaurants, bars, cafes, cinemas and gyms across a large part of the country, including the capital Athens, after a surge in coronavirus cases. Outlining the measures in a televised address, Prime Minister Kyriakos said the changes will take effect Tuesday morning...

A woman compares two pumpkins at a Pumkin market in Covent Garden in London, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Pumpkin season has started with Halloween approaching on Saturday as trick or treating has been strongly discouraged due to the Coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK could see new lockdown in days as virus cases surge

Oct. 31, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government is considering imposing a new national lockdown for England, after its scientific advisers warned that hospitalizations and deaths from the coronavirus could soon surpass the levels seen at the outbreak’s spring peak when daily deaths surpassed 1,000. London...

A woman, wearing a mask for protection against the COVID-19 infection, is reflected in a tinted chapel window, along with a metal casing said to contain the remains of St. Dimitrie of Basarabov, the patron saint of the Romanian capital, in Bucharest, Romania, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. The feast of St. Dimitrie of Basarabov, the patron saint of the Romanian capital, which usually lasted for a week and was attended by up to 100 thousand people from all over the country, was reduced in 2020 to three days due to pandemic control restrictions, which included limiting access to the celebrations to inhabitants of Bucharest, and less than a third of the usual number of worshipers attended. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

AP PHOTOS: Pandemic tempers patron saint festival in Romania

Oct. 31, 2020 4:23 AM EDT

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The feast of St. Dimitrie of Basarabov, the patron saint of Bucharest, is a show of Orthodox Christianity's strength in Romania, where a weeklong festival devoted to the former hermit typically draws up to 100,000 people from all over the country to the capital every October. ...

Nurse Cristina Settembrese talks during an interview with the Associated Press outside the intensive care unit after finishing a night shift, at the San Paolo hospital, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Italian nurse on coronavirus duty sees the nightmare return

Oct. 31, 2020 4:19 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A 54-year-old nurse became convinced the coronavirus “hated” her during the first seven months of Italy’s outbreaks. Those are Cristina Settembrese's words for it. Settembrese, who specializes in treating patients with infectious diseases, faced huge risks during the long...

A family wearing face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus wait for a bus in Kolkata, India, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. Health officials have warned about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the upcoming religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Asia Today: Australia to spend on vaccines for wider region

Oct. 31, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced it will spend 500 million Australian dollars ($351 million) to secure COVID-19 vaccines for the Pacific and Southeast Asia “as part of a shared recovery for our region from the pandemic.” The government said it would use a range of advance...

N. Carolina artists face fears, change tactics in pandemic

Oct. 31, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — As she watched COVID-19 cancel Wilmington-area festivals earlier this year, Linda Callison started freaking out a little. Callison, a 60-year-old Wilmington-based artist, relies on venues like festivals and farmer’s markets to sell her work. Her jewelry business - called Out...

Arizona reports increase of 1,565 confirmed COVID cases

Oct. 30, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's coronavirus outbreak heated up Friday as the state reported over 1,500 additional known COVID-19 cases and daily averages for cases and deaths continued to rise. The state Department of Health Services reported 1,565 additional known cases and 16 more deaths, increasing the state's...

FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

Washington tops 1,000 virus cases for first time since July

Oct. 30, 2020 9:09 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — State health officials reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 new cases Friday, the first time the number has surpassed 1,000 since mid-July. The Washington Department of Health reported 1,047 cases Friday, saying it’s more evidence that another surge has arrived. These upward...

Texas AG sues to block COVID-19 shutdown in El Paso County

Oct. 30, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday joined several El Paso County restaurant owners in suing to block a county order shutting down all non-essential activities for two weeks. The suit, filed in state court in El Paso, comes a day after County Judge Ricardo Samaniego ordered...