Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

Newark orders businesses to close due to virus spike

Oct. 27, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Businesses in Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, will impose pandemic restrictions beginning Tuesday after officials said recent data showed the city’s positivity rate had reached levels not seen since late May. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka announced that nonessential...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark J. Gonzalez, center, flanked by Los Angeles City Councilmember David Ryu, right, and others, holds a banner with key vote center locations and social distancing instructions at a news conference outside Staples Center in Los Angeles. Most vote centers in California will open on Saturday. There will be fewer of them available this year because of the coronavirus. While most people will vote by mail, some will still show up to vote in person. State officials are urging people to vote early to avoid lines. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Fewer in-person polling places in California on Election Day

Oct. 27, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians are voting in record numbers, with more than a third of the state's 22.3 million ballots already returned to county election offices one week before Election Day. Yet at the Oak Park Community Center in Sacramento on Sunday, it was so slow that poll worker Tom...

People enjoy a beer on an improvised beach terrace during road construction works outside a bar in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Dutch bars and restaurants were closed as of last week as part of a

Dutch government holds off on new lockdown measures, for now

Oct. 27, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands' current partial lockdown, introduced two weeks ago amid sharply rising coronavirus infections, will likely remain in place until December, the Dutch prime minister and health minister said Tuesday, but they did not announce any new restrictions. “What...

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. Salvage workers coming to the Georgia coast to cut apart and remove the cargo ship that overturned will be isolated at a nearby resort to protect them from the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Giant crane arrives at Georgia shipwreck awaiting removal

Oct. 27, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A towering, floating crane tasked with removing an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast arrived Tuesday and could begin cutting the wrecked vessel into giant chunks within a few days. The crane, called the VB 10,000, was in place straddling the partially submerged shipwreck...

Rhode Island reports daily COVID-19 positivity rate of 3.6%

Oct. 27, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Department of Health on Tuesday reported 288 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and four more virus-related deaths from the previous day. The positive cases from Monday were out of more than 8,000 tests, a daily positivity rate of 3.6%. The state also added 133...

Detroit NAACP to monitor voting sites for intimidation

Oct. 27, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit NAACP branch announced Tuesday that its members and area attorneys will monitor polls across the city and state on Election Day for instances of voter intimidation or voter suppression. The group said that if any such efforts are seen, or if any voters feel threatened by...

Bethune-Cookman cancels all sports for 2020-21 seasons

Oct. 27, 2020 3:24 PM EDT

Bethune-Cookman will not be participating in intercollegiate sports this coming winter or spring, announcing Tuesday that it has canceled all athletic events for the remainder of the academic year because of ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA said Bethune-Cookman was the first Division I...

COVID-19 cases grow in Maine, which had kept virus at bay

Oct. 27, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine has posted three consecutive days with more than 50 reported coronavirus cases for the first time since May. The state’s total number of reported cases of coronavirus has increased by 57, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The new cases...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2020, file photo, Theola Carter, left, and Carrie Braxton fill out their ballots on the first day of the state's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the City-County Building In Madison, Wis. With just a week to go until Election Day and 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots in hotly contested battleground Wisconsin, the push is on to get all ballots returned after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to extend the counting deadline. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP File)

Supreme Court ruling spurs Wisconsin to get early votes in

Oct. 27, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats and Republicans in the battleground state of Wisconsin were pushing Tuesday to get 320,000 outstanding absentee ballots returned by the close of polls on Election Day after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to extend the deadline to receive and count ballots, as Democrats had...

Washington joins multi-state review pact on COVID-19 vaccine

Oct. 27, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is among a handful of Western states that have joined California in a pact to independently review the safety and efficacy of any coronavirus vaccine that is ultimately approved by the FDA before any distribution occurs in those states, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday. ...