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A man wearing groves adjusts his protective face mask as he walks by posters showing a proper way to wear a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Beijing, Sunday, June 28, 2020. China has extended COVID-19 tests to newly reopened salons amid a drop in cases while South Korea continues to face new infections as it eases social distancing rules. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka lifts coronavirus curfew

Jun. 28, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government on Sunday lifted a curfew imposed to contain the spreading of the coronavirus. The curfew was first imposed on March 20 and was in effect 24 hours a day for more than a month across the country. The government began to ease the curfew after health...

Indians wearing face masks wait to consult doctors at COVID-19 screening facility inside a government run hospital in Jammu, Saturday, June 27, 2020. India is the fourth hardest-hit country by the pandemic in the world after the U.S., Russia and Brazil. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Asia Today: India passes half a million coronavirus cases

Jun. 27, 2020 10:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed half a million on Saturday with another record 24-hour jump of 18,552 infections. The Health Ministry also reported 384 new deaths, raising the total to 15,685. The surge prompted authorities in the northeastern state of Assam to impose...

A Sri Lankan Telugu man holds his monkey performing tricks in a colony in Nachchikulama, Sri Lanka, Monday, June 8, 2020. Sri Lanka's Telugu community, whose nomadic lifestyle has increasingly clashed with the modern world, is facing another threat that could hasten its decline: the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka Telugu community fears decline of traditional ways

Jun. 26, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

KUDAGAMA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Telugu community, whose nomadic lifestyle has increasingly clashed with the modern world, is facing another threat that could hasten its decline: the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the smallest ethnic community in the country who speak Telugu language of South Indian...

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, early Monday, June 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Justices boost Trump administration's power in asylum cases

Jun. 25, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday strengthened the Trump administration's ability to deport people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. Immigration experts suggested the administration would use sweeping language in the majority opinion to bolster...

A man reacts as a health worker collects nasal swab samples from him during a mass test for the new coronavirus at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: India to survey 29 million New Delhi residents

Jun. 25, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it will carry out a massive survey for the coronavirus targeting the entire population in New Delhi of 29 million. Officials will go to each household to record every resident’s health details, and administer a virus test to those who show or report symptoms. The survey...

Visitors wearing protective masks walk through the Senayan City shopping mall during its reopening after being closed for weeks due to the large-scale restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the new coronavirus outbreak, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, June 15, 2020. As Indonesia's overall virus caseload continues to rise, the capital city has moved to restore normalcy by lifting some restrictions, saying that the spread of the virus in the city of 11 million has slowed after peaking in mid-April. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: Beijing reinstates virus controls as cases rise

Jun. 15, 2020 11:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday as the capital Beijing reinstated measures to contain a resurgence. Of the new cases, 36 were reported in Beijing, traced to a wholesale market that supplies much of the city’s meat and vegetables. Ten of the other cases were brought...

Workers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stage a rally against the government's labor policy in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The letters head bands read

The Latest: SKorea reports 45 new COVID cases, most in Seoul

Jun. 10, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of them in the capital region, continuing a weekslong resurgence that health authorities fear could develop into a huge wave. The figures announced Thursday bring national totals to 11,947 cases and 276 deaths. The capital...

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, seated center, sits for photographs with his new cabinet members in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's Election Commission set Aug. 5 as the new date for parliamentary elections after postponing it twice over the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sri Lanka sets parliamentary election on Aug. 5

Jun. 10, 2020 9:37 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Election Commission set Aug. 5 as the new date for parliamentary elections after postponing them twice over the coronavirus pandemic. Commission member Ratnajeevan Hoole said the date will give the sufficient time for preparations under health guidelines. ...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus stands on a footbridge at a public park in Beijing, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. China says its three latest cases of coronavirus infection were brought from outside the country. No new deaths were reported Wednesday and just a few dozen people remain in treatment for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: India surge continues with nearly 10,000 cases

Jun. 10, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in India continued to rapidly increase Wednesday, with officials reporting nearly 10,000 new cases over the past 24 hours. The spike has come as the government moves forward with reopening restaurants, shopping malls and religious places in most of its...

Indian Muslims offer prayers after Jama Mosque opened after lockdown in New Delhi, India, Monday, June 8, 2020. India is reopening its restaurants, shopping malls and religious places in most of its states after a more than 2-month-old lockdown even as the country continues to witness a worrying rise in new coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Indonesian capital partly reopens after lockdown

Jun. 8, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Restrictions in Indonesia’s capital were partly relaxed on Monday after two months of lockdown, as the world’s fourth most populous nation gradually reopens its economy. Jakarta, home to 11 million people, had been under large-scale social restrictions since April...