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A security guard, at left, stands in front of a coronavirus-themed mural Monday, May 18, 2020, in the arts district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 18, 2020 8:18 PM EDT

Europe reopened more widely on Monday, allowing people into the Acropolis in Greece, shops in Italy, markets and museums in Belgium, golf courses in Ireland and beer gardens in Germany while its leaders discussed how to salvage hallowed summer vacations. New infections and deaths have slowed considerably in...

In this photo issued by 10 Downing Street on Sunday, May 10, 2020, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers an address on lifting the country's lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Johnson announced a modest easing of the country’s coronavirus lockdown and outlined his government’s road map for further lifting restrictions in the coming months. In a televised address to the nation, Johnson said people in Britain who can’t work from home, such as those in construction or manufacturing jobs, “should be actively encouraged to go to work” this week. (Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street via AP)

UK U-turns on masks as lockdown-easing steps spark confusion

May. 11, 2020 1:09 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government performed an about-face on masks Monday, telling people to cover their mouth and nose in shops, buses and subway trains. The change came as part of what Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the ”first careful measures” to lift a nationwide lockdown imposed...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus takes a photo of blossoms at a public park in Beijing, Saturday, April 25, 2020. China on Saturday reported no new deaths from the coronavirus for the 10th straight day. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Hawaii's stay-at-home order extended to May 31

Apr. 25, 2020 9:44 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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: — Hawaii's stay-at-home order extended to May 31 —...

An Indian fruit vendor wearing a face mask as a precaution against the new coronavirus waits for customers during lockdown in Bangalore, India, Friday, April 24, 2020. As governments around the world try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, India has launched one of the most draconian social experiments in history, locking down its entire population, including an estimated 176 million people who struggle to survive on $1.90 a day or less. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

The Latest: India announces easing of lockdown restrictions

Apr. 25, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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: — Navy recommends reinstatement of fired carrier captain....

The Latest: Guterres: Pandemic nearing "human rights crisis”

Apr. 23, 2020 1:20 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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: — UN Secretary-General says pandemic is becoming human rights...

A Thai shopkeeper talks to customer who sold gold necklace to the gold shop in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, April 16, 2020. With gold prices rising to a seven-year high, many Thais have been flocking to gold shops to trade in their necklaces, bracelets, rings and gold bars for cash, eager to earn profits during an economic downturn.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

With price high, Thais with dwindling incomes sell off gold

Apr. 16, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — With gold prices rising to a seven-year high, many Thais have been flocking to gold shops to trade in their necklaces, bracelets, rings and gold bars for cash, eager to reap profits during an economic downturn. Gold shops are de facto financial institutions in Thailand and generally have...

Mounted police officers patrol along a deserted Regent Street in London, as the country is in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus, Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Experts in the UK have warned that the economy could shrink by up to 35% as a knock on effect of the lockdown. The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on nations around the globe, many imposing self isolation and exercising social distancing when people move from their homes. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

UK government extends virus lockdown by at least 3 weeks

Apr. 16, 2020 12:58 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government announced Thursday that a nationwide lockdown imposed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus will remain in place for at least three more weeks, as health officials said the U.K.'s outbreak — one of Europe’s worst — was nearing its peak. The...

In this photo taken on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, chocolate rabbits with face masks are lined up at the Cocoatree chocolate shop in Lonzee, Belgium. As all non-essential shops in Belgium have been closed due to the outbreak of COVID-19, many chocolatiers have had to resort to online sales, home delivery or pick up on site. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Bunnies to the rescue as virus hits Belgian chocolatiers

Apr. 10, 2020 12:49 PM EDT

SINT-PIETERS BRUGGE, Belgium (AP) — Master chocolatier Dominique Persoone stood forlorn on his huge workfloor, a faint smell of cocoa lingering amid the idle machinery — in a mere memory of better times. Easter Sunday is normally the most important date on the chocolate makers' calendar. But the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, a bride and groom pose for wedding pictures at the Bethesda Terrace in New York's Central Park. Now that most Americans have been ordered to stay at home and avoid nonessential travel to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in 2020, many couples — including those who were only days or weeks away from getting married — have had to abruptly postpone their special day, while many others are in limbo, unsure of how to proceed. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

What to do when the coronavirus crisis delays your wedding

Apr. 2, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

Couples are often told to prepare for anything when it comes to their wedding, but a global pandemic isn’t typically something to consider. Now that most Americans have been ordered to stay at home and avoid nonessential travel to slow the spread of the coronavirus, many couples — including those...