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Public officials disinfect a church as a precaution against the coronavirus in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. South Korea reported over 100 new virus cases Friday, one of its biggest daily jumps in months, as officials express concerned that infections are getting out of control in cities as people increasingly venture out in public. (Han Jong-chan/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: S Korea fears infections getting out of control

Aug. 14, 2020 10:14 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — New coronavirus cases in South Korea have reached the highest level in five months, and authorities fear infections are getting out of control in the Seoul region, which is home to half the country’s 51 million people. Officials reported 166 newly confirmed cases Saturday. That...

People queue in line to check-in for a British Airways flight to Heathrow airport, Friday Aug.14, 2020 at Nice airport, southern France. British holidaymakers in France were mulling whether to return home early Friday to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days following the U.K. government's decision to reimpose quarantine restrictions on France amid a recent pick-up in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Virus flareups in Europe lead to club closings, mask orders

Aug. 14, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — New flareups of COVID-19 are disrupting the peak summer vacation season across much of Europe, where authorities in some countries are reimposing restrictions on travelers, closing nightclubs again, banning fireworks displays and expanding mask orders even in chic resort areas. ...

A street sweeper checks his mobile phone as he takes a break near a coronavirus-themed mural in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Indonesia's only vaccine production company has started this week a so-called phase 3 clinical trials to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Asia Today: India's virus death toll rises, Seoul cases jump

Aug. 14, 2020 11:31 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus death toll overtook Britain's to become the fourth-highest in the world with another single-day record increase in cases Friday. According to the Health Ministry, India reported 1,007 deaths in the past 24 hours. Its total rose to 48,040 deaths, behind the United...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reacts during a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Ardern announced that the three-day lockdown in Auckland would be extended by another 12 days at level 3, the rest of New Zealand will stay at level 2 restrictions as health authorities investigate the source of the first domestic coronavirus outbreak in more than three months. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand extends Auckland lockdown as virus cluster grows

Aug. 14, 2020 3:15 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Friday extended a lockdown of its largest city Auckland for another 12 days as it tries to stamp out its first domestic coronavirus outbreak in more than three months. The outbreak has grown to 30 people and extended beyond Auckland for the first...

Visitors wearing face masks to help protect against the coronavirus visit Forbidden City in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. New local cases in China fell into the single digits, while Hong Kong saw another rise in hospitalizations and deaths. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: Australia outbreak slows, New Zealand cases grow

Aug. 13, 2020 8:02 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak centered in Australia's second-largest city showed a decline in new infections Thursday, though the state's leader urged continued vigilance. Victoria state Premier Daniel Andrews said there were 278 new infections and eight new deaths, down from around 700 daily at...

Medical staff take a COVID-19 test from a visitor to a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Puzzling New Zealand virus outbreak grows to 17 cases

Aug. 13, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A puzzling new outbreak of the coronavirus in New Zealand's largest city grew to 17 cases on Thursday, with officials saying the number will likely increase further. And a lockdown in Auckland designed to extinguish the outbreak could be extended well beyond an initial three...

Public Order Agency officers watch as a man does push ups as a punishment for violating city regulation requiring people to wear face mask in public places as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak, in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Asia Today: Victoria adds 21 deaths, Singapore clears dorms

Aug. 12, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian state of Victoria on Wednesday reported a record 21 virus deaths and 410 new cases from an outbreak in the city of Melbourne that has prompted a strict lockdown. State Premier Daniel Andrews said 16 of the deaths were linked to aged-care facilities. The number of...

Australian Governor-General David Hurley, left, makes an announcement in relation to the awarding of a Victoria Cross to sailor Edward

Australian sailor honored 77 years after he died saving crew

Aug. 12, 2020 3:52 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — An Australian war hero will be awarded the nation's top military honor more than 77 years after he was killed while saving some of his shipmates. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has approved awarding the Victoria Cross to sailor Edward “Teddy” Sheean, Australia's...

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, left, and Director of Health Ashley Bloomfield address a press conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. Authorities have found four cases of the coronavirus in one Auckland household from an unknown source, the first reported cases of local transmission in the country in 102 days. The news came as an unpleasant surprise and raised questions about whether the nation's general election would go ahead as planned next month. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)

New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

Aug. 12, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Health authorities in New Zealand were scrambling Wednesday to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city went back into lockdown. Authorities had confirmed four cases of the virus in one Auckland household from an unknown source and...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...