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Health care workers prepare to transport a COVID-19 patient from an intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital in Kyjov to hospital in Brno, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. With cases surging in central Europe, some countries are calling in soldiers, firefighters, students and retired doctors to help shore up buckling health care systems. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

The Latest: WHO concerned about coronavirus in Mideast

Oct. 29, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

CAIRO -- The World Health Organization says the coronavirus pandemic has reached “an alarming juncture” in Eastern Mediterranean countries. Speaking at a virtual news conference in Cairo on Thursday, Rana Hajjeh, WHO Director of Program Management said: “There are about 3 million confirmed...

A health worker uses a rapid kit to test for COVID-19 at a testing center in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. India's confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India's coronavirus cases cross 8 million, behind US

Oct. 29, 2020 3:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus caseload surpassed 8 million on Thursday with daily infections dipping to the lowest level this week, as concerns grew over a major Hindu festival season and winter setting in. India’s trajectory is moving toward the worst-hit country, the...

Women wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walk along a moving bus on a street in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: China says latest outbreak appears contained

Oct. 28, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

BEIJING — Officials in the northwestern China region of Xinjiang say they believe they have contained the country’s latest coronavirus outbreak. Xinjiang reported 23 new confirmed cases Thursday, all involving people who had initially tested positive but displayed no symptoms. It was the second...

West Virginia gov looking for ways to offer more virus tests

Oct. 27, 2020 4:07 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wants to further expand the availability of testing for the coronavirus. Free COVID-19 testing is being conducted in 36 of West Virginia’s 55 counties through Nov. 3. Justice said Monday that he plans to meet with his virus response team to...

FILE - In this Friday Sept. 18, 2020 file photo shows Kin Lee of Alexandria, Va., wearing a pro-Trump hat and shirt as he waits in a line for early voting at Fairfax County Government Center, in Fairfax, Va. Enacting restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is more important than removing them to get the economy going, according to a majority of Virginia voters polled this month. A poll conducted by Hampton University and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 62% think the biggest priority for their community is to prevent the coronavirus from spreading, even if it hurts the economy, while 35% said removing restrictions to help the economy, even if more people get the virus, is the bigger priority. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Poll: Virginia voters say virus, not economy, most important

Oct. 26, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — Enacting restrictions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus is more important than removing them to get the economy going, according to a majority of Virginia voters polled this month. The poll conducted by Hampton University and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public...

New Mexico reports 828 new coronavirus cases, 2 more deaths

Oct. 25, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A day after reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases with 875, New Mexico health officials reported 828 more confirmed cases Sunday along with two additional deaths. The latest numbers increase the state’s totals to 41,863 cases and 967 known deaths. New Mexico...

Arizona reports 1,392 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

Oct. 25, 2020 1:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — 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...

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...