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Elderly residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus wait at a bus stop with a map of Beijing near a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: New Zealand PM assigns military leader to border

Jun. 16, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assigned a top military leader to oversee the nation’s border quarantine measures after what she described as an “unacceptable failure” by health officials in allowing two women who had recently returned from...

A man sanitizes a podium microphone in between speakers at the first meeting of accelerateSC, a group tasked with advising Gov. Henry McMaster on reopening the state's economy amid the new coronavirus outbreak, on Thursday, April 23, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

SC capital city considering mask requirement amid outbreak

Jun. 16, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As coronavirus cases in South Carolina have reached record numbers in recent days, leaders in the state's capital city are mulling a requirement that people wear masks in public. While not passing a formal ordinance, the Columbia City Council took up the notion during a meeting on...

Marcie Abramson, left, gestures as she speaks to her mother, Cynthia, outdoors at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Wednesday June 10, 2020, in Boston, under the state's new nursing home visitation guidelines which requires social distancing. The two haven't been able to visit in person since March. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Testing offered to protesters; nursing home visits resume

Jun. 10, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston is offering those who were involved in protests following the killing of George Floyd access to coronavirus testing. Mayor Marty Walsh said at a news conference Wednesday that his administration is reaching out to organizers of the demonstrations and is working to create a mobile...

People walk through a downtown shopping district in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. Retail shops reopened on Wednesday in Brazil's biggest city after a two-month coronavirus pandemic shutdown that aimed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Busy shops, packed buses as Sao Paulo reopens amid pandemic

Jun. 10, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Retail shops reopened on Wednesday after a two-month pandemic shutdown in Brazil's biggest city, leading to crowded buses and subways from early in the day — and with many people ignoring social distancing rules. Sao Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas authorized the restart of commerce between...

Oregon transit agencies seek spending flexibility

Jun. 9, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — TriMet and Oregon’s smaller transit agencies want lawmakers to let them spend payroll tax dollars on basic operations instead of expanding service and converting diesel fleets to lower-emission vehicles. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that under a 2017 transportation bill,...

A health worker leaves after collecting samples from a family for coronavirus testing at a neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 8, 2020. The number of new coronavirus infections in Pakistan continued to spiral upward, as the nation of 220 million people surpassed 100,000 cases as of Sunday with more than 2,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: Pakistan sees more than 100 virus deaths in day

Jun. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan recorded more than 100 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time since keeping statistics in mid-March, when the country first imposed a lock down that has never been total. As of Tuesday, Pakistan recorded 108,316 coronavirus infections, with 4,646 new cases...

People take advantage of newly lowered COVID-19 protective restrictions in most of southwest Pennsylvania and have food and drinks on the sidewalk on the re-opening day for seated patrons at an eatery on Pittsburgh's Southside, Friday, June 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Wolf backs off demand for weekly testing in nursing homes

Jun. 8, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The administration of Gov. Tom Wolf on Monday backed off its demand that nursing homes test all residents and staff for the new coronavirus weekly, instead ordering them to complete a single baseline test. Wolf had vowed last month that weekly testing would start June 1, saying his...

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...

NYC readies to reopen as virus hospitalizations, deaths dip

Jun. 5, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — As New York City is preparing to reopen some businesses and increase subway service Monday, the state’s latest data suggests hospitalizations and deaths linked to the coronavirus are continuing their gradual decline. Mayor Bill de Blasio says city inspectors will visit every...

A man with a facemask walks past a wall mural in Singapore’s Little India district on Saturday, May 16, 2020. Wearing of facemarks is mandatory for everyone who goes outside their homes to control the spread of the coronavirus in the city state. Singapore has reported more than 27,000 COVID-19 cases, with 90% of the cases linked to foreign workers dormitories, but it has a low fatality rate of 21 deaths. (AP Photo/YK Chan)

The Latest: US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic

Jun. 1, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — US Marines arrive in Australia despite pandemic border closures...