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Diners sit at the Carver Hangar, a restaurant in Boring, Ore., on Jan. 6, 2021. As coronavirus deaths soar, a growing number of restaurants like Carver Hangar in states across the country are reopening in defiance of strict COVID-19 rules that have shut them down for indoor dining for weeks, or even months. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus)

Defiance of virus dining bans grows as restaurants flounder

Jan. 13, 2021 6:08 PM EST

BORING, Ore. (AP) — A line formed out the door during the lunch rush at the Carver Hangar, a family-owned restaurant and sports bar, and waitresses zipped in and out of the kitchen trying to keep up with orders as customers backed up in the lobby. Indoor dining has been banned in much of Oregon for nearly...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks past a display of lanterns at a public park in Beijing, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. China has designated parts of Hebei province near Beijing as a coronavirus high danger zone after 14 new cases of COVID-19 were found. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's Hebei toughens virus rules over outbreak

Jan. 5, 2021 9:19 PM EST

BEIJING — China’s Hebei province is enforcing stricter control measures following a further rise in coronavirus cases in the province, which is adjacent to the capital Beijing and is due to host events for next year’s Winter Olympics. The National Health Commission on Wednesday reported 20...

South Korea's Vice Justice Minister Lee Yong-gu speaks during a briefing at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 31, 2020. South Korea has enforced its toughest physical distancing rules at correctional facilities across the country after a major cluster of coronavirus infections flared at a Seoul prison. (Lee Jung-hun/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea enforces tough measures in prisons

Dec. 30, 2020 11:10 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea __ South Korea has enforced its toughest physical distancing rules at correctional facilities across the country after a major cluster of coronavirus infections flared at a Seoul prison. The Justice Ministry says that 792 people — 771 inmates and 21 staff — at Seoul’s...

FILE - In this Monday, March 16, 2020 file photo, a glass of Moroccan tea is left by a window of a closed down coffee shop, after the Moroccan government announced further restrictions to avoid the spread of coronavirus, including closure of cafes and mosques, in the capital Rabat, Morocco. Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks — including the usually festive New Year's Eve — to curb the spread of the virus.The curfew between 9 p.m and 6 a.m went into effect Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 and is set to last until Jan. 13.  (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy, File)

Worried Morocco bans parties to stem holiday virus spread

Dec. 24, 2020 5:59 AM EST

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco has imposed a curfew, closed restaurants in major cities and banned public and private gatherings for three weeks — including the usually festive New Year's Eve — to curb the spread of the virus. The curfew between 9 p.m and 6 a.m went into effect Wednesday night...

Protesters spray mace toward police as they attempt to get into the Oregon State Capitol during a special session of the state legislature in Salem, Ore., on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. State police declared an unlawful assembly at Oregon’s Capitol building as protesters opposed to COVID-19 restrictions attempted to force their way in during the third special legislative session. (Abigail Dollins/Statesman-Journal via AP)

Tensions rise inside and outside of Oregon's Capitol

Dec. 21, 2020 9:59 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — State police declared an unlawful assembly at Oregon’s Capitol building Monday as far-right protesters opposed to COVID-19 restrictions attempted to force their way in during a one-day special legislative session, with some demonstrators toting guns and others attacking...

A sign calling out California Gov. Gavin Newsom for not following his own pandemic protocols at the French Laundry restaurant is seen in San Francisco on Dec. 8, 2020. A number of American political leaders have been caught preaching one thing on the coronavirus and doing another. Newsom, has fielded weeks of questions about whether he's a credible coronavirus messenger after dining out with a group. The Democrat has called it a lapse in judgment but has ignored questions about whether Californians can still trust him. (AP Photo/Juliet Williams)

'Do as I say': Anger as some politicians ignore virus rules

Dec. 20, 2020 8:17 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Denver's mayor flies to Mississippi to spend Thanksgiving with his family — after urging others to stay home. He later says he was thinking with “my heart and not my head." A Pennsylvania mayor bans indoor dining, then eats at a restaurant in Maryland. The governor of...

Hitler parody video circulates among San Diego police

Dec. 18, 2020 10:12 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Police Department is investigating after a video clip depicting Adolf Hitler but containing insults about the city's gay mayor and other leaders circulated among department members. The department launched an internal investigation after the “extremely disturbing and...

People eat at tables set up on the sidewalk outside Pizzería Zaza in Mexico City, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. After months of resisting to avoid hurting the economy, officials announced Friday that Mexico City and the surrounding State of Mexico will ban all non-essential activities and return to a partial lockdown starting Dec. 19 because of a spike in coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Mexico City, suburbs return to partial coronavirus lockdown

Dec. 18, 2020 9:15 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — After weeks of resisting to avoid further hurting the economy, officials announced Friday that Mexico City and surrounding Mexico State will ban all non-essential activities and return to a partial lockdown because of a spike in coronavirus cases that has crowded hospitals. Residents of...

Sweden's Prime Minister Stefan Lofven speaks during a coronavirus news conference, in Stockholm, Friday, Dec. 18,2020. The Swedish government is tightening nationwide coronavirus restrictions by lowering the number of people who can gather in a restaurant and making face masks mandatory on public transportation. Sweden has stood out among European nations for its comparatively hands-off response to the pandemic. (Jessica Gow/TT News Agency via AP)

Virus outlier Sweden adopts more restrictions as cases rise

Dec. 18, 2020 11:26 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden is tightening nationwide coronavirus restrictions by requiring many people to work from home and reducing the number who can gather in restaurants, shops and gyms starting next week, but the government decided against ordering the country's first full lockdown to control a...

A lone man sits in front of a bar in the main party spot in the Alt-Sachsenhausen district of Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Germans enjoyed a largely relaxed summer with many restrictions lifted, the dividend of a rapid response to the initial coronavirus outbreak. But as people grew lax in following the rules the numbers began to climb to nearly quadruple the March daily record, and the country now finds itself in a new lockdown as it tries to bring the pandemic back under control. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

A pandemic atlas: Early success, growing concern in Germany

Dec. 16, 2020 3:59 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — For a time, Germany seemed to have solved the puzzle of how to quell COVID-19. Germans enjoyed a largely relaxed summer with many restrictions lifted, the dividend of a rapid response to the initial outbreak and a reliance on early and aggressive testing that won wide praise. That brought...