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Australian Defence Force staff (ADF) and Victorian police are seen on patrol as a lockdown of Melbourne forces people to stay at home if not working due to the continuing spread of COVID-19, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Victoria state, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

City streets drain of life in Australia's toughest lockdown

Aug. 5, 2020 4:44 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne’s usually vibrant downtown streets were draining of signs of life on Wednesday on the eve of Australia’s toughest-ever pandemic restrictions coming into force. Many of the stylish boutiques and eateries in a city dubbed Australia’s Hipster Capital...

A woman wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus holds a portable fan to avoid the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: 44 test positive on Norwegian cruise ship

Aug. 5, 2020 4:40 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The number of people on a Norwegian cruise ship who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached 44, authorities said. Following the outbreak on the MS Roald Amundsen, the ship’s owner halted all cruises on Monday and Norway closed its ports to cruise ships for two...

A man reacts as a health worker collects a sample for coronavirus testing during the screening and testing campaign aimed to combat the spread of COVID-19, in Eldorado Park outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa sees dip in new virus cases but warns of return

Aug. 5, 2020 4:16 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's health minister on Wednesday reported decreasing rates of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 but warned that vigilance must continue “to prevent a renewed surge.” South Africa has 521,318 confirmed coronavirus cases, the fifth highest in the world and more than...

Tennessee mail ballot requests for November start Wednesday

Aug. 5, 2020 3:22 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee voters can begin requesting absentee ballots for the November election Wednesday. In June, a judge ordered that all eligible Tennessee voters would have the option to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic. The ruling remains effective, but that could change. The...

Dr. Tien Vo goes to leave after talking with a family quarantining after they tested positive for the coronavirus Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Calexico, Calif. Vo and members of his clinic bring food to patients that test positive and agree to quarantine. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Virus ravages poor California county along Mexican border

Aug. 5, 2020 1:33 AM EDT

CALEXICO, Calif. (AP) — Dr. Tien Vo's last stop of the night is the home of a 35-year-old woman who has diabetes, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis and, now, the coronavirus. The virus killed her father six days earlier. The oldest of her four children, a 15-year-old boy, learned he had it that morning. Tilted...

A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asia shares mixed amid jitters over US stimulus, China trade

Aug. 5, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. Shanghai and Hong Kong advanced while Tokyo and Sydney retreated. Gold, which has set a string of records, rose again after a deadly explosion in Beirut. Investors...

A sign hangs outside Bruno’s Tavern in New Orleans on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Bruno’s is one of many bars around the city that shut down under new restrictions the state announced over the weekend to fight the spread of coronavirus. Bars in New Orleans had been allowed to open, with limited capacity, a month earlier when the number of hospitalizations from the virus in Louisiana was in decline. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

Judge to hear legal challenge of Louisiana virus regulations

Aug. 5, 2020 1:06 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration Wednesday was readying to defend Louisiana's statewide mask mandate and bar restrictions enacted to combat the coronavirus outbreak, as a state district judge considers a lawsuit challenging the regulations as unconstitutional. Four Jefferson...

Skateboarders ride past a coronavirus testing site in the Panorama City section of Los Angeles on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2020. A technical problem has caused a lag in California's tally of coronavirus test results, casting doubt on the accuracy of recent data showing improvements in the infection rate and hindering efforts to track the spread. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

California virus cases underreported, health official says

Aug. 5, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Figures showing California has slowed the rate of coronavirus infections may be in doubt because a technical problem has delayed reporting of test results, the state's top health official said. For days, California hasn't received full counts on the number of tests conducted nor the...

Australian Defence Force staff (ADF) and Victorian police are seen on patrol as a lockdown of Melbourne forces people to stay at home if not working due to the continuing spread of COVID-19, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Victoria state, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced on Monday that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

Asia Today: Australian state reports record virus increase

Aug. 5, 2020 12:55 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s hot spot Victoria state announced a new record 725 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday, while businesses in Melbourne city prepared to draw down their shutters as new pandemic restrictions are enforced. The new 24-hour record was marginally higher than...

This photo provided by Ronnel Manjares shows Kobe Christ Manjares during a video call with him, upper right, at a hospital in metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Manjares' 16-day-old son Kobe was heralded as the country's youngest COVID-19 survivor. But the relief and joy proved didn't last. Three days later, Kobe died on June 4 from complications of Hirschsprung disease, a rare birth defect. (Ronnel Manjares via AP)

Lives Lost: Parents hoped baby Kobe would play basketball

Aug. 5, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

TANAUAN, Philippines (AP) — He was heralded in the Philippines as the country’s youngest COVID-19 survivor, a baby who’d become infected with and conquered the coronavirus during his first 16 days of life. To Ronnel Manjares and Trisha May Noche, he was Kobe Christ, their second child. Noche...