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Arizona reports 1,392 new COVID-19 cases and 5 more deaths

Oct. 25, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 1,392 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths. It’s the highest reported single-day case total in the state since Sept. 17. Arizona continues to see a slow yet steady increase in the average number of coronavirus cases reported each day as a...

A health officer collecting swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 drinks water during a break at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Oct. 21, 2020 11:49 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centered on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of...

Governor urges Rhode Islanders to scale back Thanksgiving

Oct. 21, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

With the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the rise, Gov. Gina Raimondo on Wednesday urged Rhode Islanders to scale back their Thanksgiving holiday plans by avoiding out-of-state travel and limiting celebrations to just those who live within the same household. For people planning to attend larger...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 9, 2020 file photo, Bernadette Focant stands at her third floor window at the La Cambre senior living home in Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium. 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. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Belgium limits care home visits as COVID-19 cases increase

Oct. 21, 2020 12:03 PM 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 July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers are facing higher unemployment than midcareer workers, according to a study released Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, from the New School. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Older workers face higher unemployment amid virus pandemic

Oct. 20, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

For the first time in nearly 50 years, older workers face higher unemployment than their midcareer counterparts, according to a study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on employment for people of all ages. But researchers found that during its course,...

Wildlife commission warns of disease affecting rabbits

Oct. 20, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help in monitoring the potential spread of a deadly rabbit disease. While the commission said in a news release on Tuesday that there has been no evidence of the disease in the state, its biologists are working...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 file photo, senior Clinical Research Nurse Ajithkumar Sukumaran prepares the COVID-19 vaccine to administer to a volunteer, at a clinic in London. U.K. researchers said Tuesday Oct. 20, 2020, they are preparing to begin a controversial experiment that will infect healthy volunteers with the new coronavirus to study the disease in hopes of speeding up development of a vaccine. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

UK to infect healthy volunteers in vaccine research trial

Oct. 20, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Danica Marcos wants to be infected with COVID-19. While other people are wearing masks and staying home to avoid the disease, the 22-year-old Londoner has volunteered to contract the new coronavirus as part of a controversial study that hopes to speed development of a vaccine. Marcos and...

West Virginia reports another weekly record in virus cases

Oct. 19, 2020 3:55 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the second straight week, West Virginia has set a record for the number of weekly statewide confirmed coronavirus cases as officials continue to urge widespread testing. The 1,644 positive cases reported from Oct. 12 through Sunday shattered the mark of 1,350 cases set in the...

New Mexico reports 448 new COVID-19 cases and 5 more deaths

Oct. 18, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Health officials in New Mexico on Sunday reported 448 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths. The latest numbers increase the total cases to 36,788 statewide since the pandemic started with 934 known deaths. Of the new cases, New Mexico Department of Health...

Auburn to study pandemic in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi

Oct. 17, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A new study will look at how the pandemic is affecting poor communities in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. An announcement from Auburn University said the yearlong research will examine how leaders can get people in low-income, vulnerable communities to take collective action...