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In this aerial photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, workers build a large centralized quarantine facility capable of holding several thousand people in Shijiazhuang in northern China's Hebei Province, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021. China on Saturday finished building a 1,500-room hospital for COVID-19 patients in Nangong, south of Beijing in Hebei Province, to fight a surge in infections the government said are harder to contain and that it blamed on infected people or goods from abroad. (Yang Shiyao/Xinhua via AP)

The Latest: China reports a few new cases of COVID-19

Jan. 16, 2021 9:41 PM EST

BEIJING — China on Sunday reported 109 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, two-thirds of them in a northern province that abuts Beijing, and no deaths. There were 72 new cases in Hebei province, where the government is building isolation hospitals with a total of 9,500 rooms to combat an upsurge in infections,...

A health worker prepares to give the COVID-19 vaccine to a government official in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. Indonesia started vaccinating health workers and public servants against COVID-19 on Thursday, a day after President Joko Widodo received the first shot of China's Sinovac Biotech vaccine. The Health Ministry is planning to vaccinate more than 1.3 millions health workers and 17.4 millions public officers in the first stage in the world's fourth most populated country. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Indonesian health workers receive COVID-19 vaccination

Jan. 14, 2021 3:57 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia started vaccinating health workers and public servants for COVID-19 on Thursday, a day after President Joko Widodo received the first shot of China’s Sinovac Biotech vaccine. The Health Ministry is planning to vaccinate more than 1.3 million health workers and...

In this photo released by Indonesian Foreign Ministry, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, poses for photographers with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Wang pledged that China will help Indonesia defeat the coronavirus, including providing vaccines and the strengthen economic cooperation with Indonesia in addition to strengthening cooperation in the health sector in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. (Indonesian Foreign Ministry via AP)

China pledges to help Indonesia in fight against coronavirus

Jan. 13, 2021 8:57 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pledged Wednesday that China will help Indonesia fight the coronavirus by sharing its experiences, providing vaccines and supporting the Southeast Asian country as it begins to produce them domestically. “Despite the sharp increase in the...

Health workers shift a box containing COVID-19 vaccine from a vehicle to a cold storage at Commissionerate of Health and Family Welfare in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. On Jan. 16 India will start the massive undertaking of inoculating an estimated 30 million doctors, nurses and other front line workers, before attention turns to around 270 million people who are either aged over 50 or have co-morbidities. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

Asia Today: India starts shipping COVID-19 vaccine to cities

Jan. 12, 2021 8:24 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has started shipping COVID-19 vaccines to multiple cities, four days ahead of a nationwide inoculation drive. The first consignment of vaccines developed by the Serum Institute of India left the city of Pune on Tuesday. The vaccines rolled out from Serum Institute of India’s...

Shoppers wear masks as they walk around a shopping precinct in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Masks have been made mandatory in shopping centers, on public transport, in entertainment venues such as a cinema, and fines will come into effect on Monday as the state government responds to the COVID-19 outbreak on Sydney's northern beaches, which is suspected to have also caused new cases in neighboring Victoria state. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: Australia moves up vaccination start to February

Jan. 6, 2021 11:38 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia is advancing the start of its coronavirus vaccination program to mid-February, with plans to inoculate 15% of the population by late March. The government had argued there was no reason for an emergency rollout that cut short usual regulatory processes as has occurred in the...

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...

Migrant workers and their families ride in the back of a truck as they wait to be admitted to a field hospital for COVID-19 patents, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Samut Sakhon, South of Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand reported on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, over 500 new coronavirus cases, most of them migrant workers who already were isolated, and the government said it was tightening movements of people around the country. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Asia Today: Thailand counts more virus cases, limits travel

Jan. 5, 2021 8:34 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand reported 527 new coronavirus cases, most of them migrant workers who already were isolated, and the government said it was tightening movements of people around the country. Thailand has been struggling with a sudden virus surge after months of hardly any cases of domestic...

People wearing face masks walk near a banner displaying precautions against the coronavirus in downtown Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea reports biggest daily death toll so far

Dec. 28, 2020 9:56 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says 40 more coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, the highest daily number since the pandemic began. Officials also reported 1,046 new confirmed coronavirus infections Tuesday, taking the total caseload to 58,725, with 859 deaths. South Korea's previous...

Nurse Arzu Yildirim poses for the photographer as she holds a CoronaVac vaccine, made by Sinovac, currently on phase III clinical trials at Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. Turkey has ordered 50 million doses of the vaccine and Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said last week that the first batch was expected to arrive within days and vaccination could start at the end of December or early January.Some 12,500 volunteers are taking part in Phase 3 trials of the vaccine across Turkey but the full vaccination programme is expected to start before the trial is completed. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

The Latest: China tests millions in port over virus cluster

Dec. 24, 2020 11:56 PM EST

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s northeastern port city of Dalian are testing millions of residents after seven new coronavirus cases were reported there in the last 24 hours. The cluster that has emerged in recent days has grown to 12 cases. In five neighborhood divisions, authorities have shut...

Passengers sit apart to maintain physical distance as they wait to have their nasal swab samples collected to be tested for the coronavirus which is required for long-distance train trips at Gambir Train Station in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. Indonesia has reported more than 600,000 cases of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia leader reshuffles Cabinet amid virus crisis, graft

Dec. 22, 2020 5:12 AM EST

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president announced a Cabinet reshuffle Tuesday following the arrest of two of his ministers on corruption charges and his administration’s lackluster pandemic response. The Cabinet shake-up comes amid surging coronavirus cases in the world’s...