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A man and woman wearing masks to help protect themselves from the coronavirus share a smartphone on the street in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. A global team of researchers for the World Health Organization arrived Thursday in the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic was first detected to conduct a politically sensitive investigation into its origins amid uncertainty about whether Beijing might try to prevent embarrassing discoveries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: China says COVID-19 hospitalizations above 1,000

Jan. 14, 2021 9:40 PM EST

BEIJING — China says it is now treating more than 1,000 people for COVID-19 as numbers of cases continue to surge in the country’s north. The National Health Commission said Friday that 1,001 patients are under care for the disease, 26 of them in serious condition. It says 144 total new cases were...

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)

Swedish leader defends trip that defied his own virus advice

Jan. 8, 2021 10:55 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven on Friday defended his visit to a mall to buy a Christmas present for his wife — in breach of his own repeated appeals for the public to shun shopping centers to avoid spreading COVID-19. Lofven, whose mall trip didn’t actually...

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...

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus walks near the display of South Korea's capital Seoul logo in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S Korea tightens pandemic rules over virus surge

Dec. 22, 2020 1:43 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea will limit private social gatherings to fewer than five people and shut down ski resorts and major tourist spots nationwide starting on Christmas Eve as it contends with a surge in coronavirus infections. The restrictions announced Tuesday extend to a national level similar...

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...

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 1994 file photo, the bow door of the sunken passenger ferry M/S Estonia is lifted up from the bottom of the sea, off Uto Island, in the Baltic Sea. Sweden's government wants divers to go down to the wreck of one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in 1994 that killed 852 people, in order to check claims of a large hole in the hull. A 1997 report had concluded that the M/S Estonia _ that was sailing from Tallinn to Stockholm _ sank after the bow door locks failed in a storm, and flatly rejected the theory of a hole, which has long been the focus of speculate on about a possible explosion on board. Sweden's home affairs minister said on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 that the government wants divers to investigate, but gave no timeline for an official dive. (Jaakko Aiikainen/Lehtikuva via AP, File)

Swedes want checks for hull damage in 1994 ferry disaster

Dec. 18, 2020 10:52 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden said Friday it wants divers to inspect the wreck of one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in 1994 that killed 852 people, in order to probe claims of a large hole in the hull. A 1997 report had concluded...

Swedish king: Sweden has failed to protect the elderly

Dec. 17, 2020 11:36 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden’s King Carl XVI Gustaf said Thursday he believes his country has failed to protect the elderly in care homes from the effects of the pandemic. “I think we have failed. We have a large number who have died and that is terrible. It is something we all suffer...

A sign requesting people stay two meters apart to try to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is displayed in front of

A pandemic atlas: Nations ran the gamut in their response

Dec. 16, 2020 4:00 AM EST

The nations of the world ran the gamut in their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic — sometimes veering from strict to lax measures in the course of just a few months, and vice versa. A look at the state of the pandemic around the globe: AUSTRALIA Australia has achieved notable success in battling the...

An public information sign wishing Merry Christmas and asking to maintain social distancing is seen in a pedestrian shopping street in Helsingborg, southern Sweden, on Monday Dec. 7, 2020. The last week in November, Helsingborg had more new confirmed Covid-19 cases than in any other city in Sweden, according to official figures. (Johan Nilsson / TT via AP)

Commission: Sweden failed to protect elderly during pandemic

Dec. 15, 2020 2:23 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's government failed to sufficiently protect the elderly in care homes from COVID-19 and is ultimately responsible for the pandemic's effects in the country, according to a stinging official report released Tuesday. The Scandinavian country has stood out among European and other...

Sweden ups defense budget 40% due to regional tensions

Dec. 15, 2020 12:06 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s Parliament on Tuesday approved a 40% increase in the defense budget for 2021-2025 because of tensions in the Baltic Sea region in recent years, with officials saying Russia is the main reason for the move. The 349-member Riksdag assembly approved the largest hike in 70...