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Ferries collide in Bangladesh river, at least 28 dead

Jun. 29, 2020 4:51 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A ferry carrying about 100 passengers capsized after being hit Monday by a larger vessel in a Bangladeshi river, killing at least 28 people, officials said. It wasn’t clear how many people were able to swim to safety or were still missing. Rescuers including firefighters...

A food delivery worker wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus rides on a street in Beijing, Sunday, June 21, 2020. According to state media reports, nearly one hundred thousand delivery workers have to accept the nucleic acid testing, a countermeasure to prevent the spread of the virus in the capital city. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest: New Zealand reports 2 new coronavirus cases

Jun. 21, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand —- New Zealand has reported two new cases of the coronavirus as a trickle of infected people continue to arrive at the border. The country of 5 million people now has nine active cases after having none at all earlier this month. Health officials said Monday that all those cases...

A delivery worker wearing a protective face mask to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus sorts out parcels for his customer at a collection point outside an apartment in Beijing, Sunday, June 21, 2020. According to state media reports, nearly one hundred thousand delivery workers have to accept the nucleic acid testing, a countermeasure to prevent the spread of the virus in the capital city. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asia Today: South Korea confirms new cases outside Seoul

Jun. 21, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has reported 48 new cases of COVID-19 as health authorities struggle to contain a resurgence that’s erasing some of the country’s hard-won gains against the virus. Health authorities said 24 of the new cases came from the densely populated Seoul...

Members of Bidyanondo Foundation pack care packages for COVID-19 patients in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, June 6, 2020. The Bangladeshi group of volunteers is providing COVID-19 patients with fruit baskets and “get well soon” cards to keep their spirits up amid reports that many patients are being ostracized by their families and neighbors. The group stepped in after disturbing news reports that a woman has been abandoned in a forest by her family after she developed coronavirus symptoms. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

Bangladeshi group sends cards, baskets to COVID-19 patients

Jun. 18, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — When her father tested positive for COVID-19, Sumona Khanom struggled to get a bed for him at an already overwhelmed Dhaka Medical College Hospital. The family struggled, too, with a lack of money to buy food. She was exhausted. But then, solace came in the form of a fruit basket...

Elderly residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus wait at a bus stop with a map of Beijing near a neighborhood under lockdown in Beijing Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: New Zealand PM assigns military leader to border

Jun. 16, 2020 10:59 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has assigned a top military leader to oversee the nation’s border quarantine measures after what she described as an “unacceptable failure” by health officials in allowing two women who had recently returned from...

Pakistani investigators examine at the site of Friday's bomb explosion in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Saturday, June 13, 2020. A powerful bomb exploded at a crowded bazaar in the Pakistani garrison city of Rawalpindi on Friday, killed and wounded some persons, police and government officials said. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: Pakistan’s upward coronavirus spiral continues

Jun. 15, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD __ Pakistan’s upward spiral of new virus infections neared 145,000 Monday amid warnings from political leaders that the numbers could double by the end of June and were likely to hit a stunning 1.2 million by the end of July if Pakistan’s 220 million people continue to flout basic...

FILE - In this Friday, June 12, 2020 file photo, a nurse uses a swab to perform a coronavirus test in Salt Lake City. Months into the outbreak, no one really knows how well many of the screening tests work, and experts at top medical centers say it is time to do the studies to find out. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Accuracy still unknown for many coronavirus tests rushed out

Jun. 14, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — How accurate are the coronavirus tests used in the U.S.? Months into the outbreak, no one really knows how well many of the screening tests work, and experts at top medical centers say it is time to do the studies to find out. When the new virus began spreading, the Food and Drug...

A health worker leaves after collecting samples from a family for coronavirus testing at a neighborhood in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, June 8, 2020. The number of new coronavirus infections in Pakistan continued to spiral upward, as the nation of 220 million people surpassed 100,000 cases as of Sunday with more than 2,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: Pakistan sees more than 100 virus deaths in day

Jun. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan recorded more than 100 deaths in a single day from COVID-19 for the first time since keeping statistics in mid-March, when the country first imposed a lock down that has never been total. As of Tuesday, Pakistan recorded 108,316 coronavirus infections, with 4,646 new cases...

Bangladesh arrests at least 19 suspected people smugglers

Jun. 8, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested at least 19 suspected people smugglers following the killings last month of 26 Bangladeshis in Libya who were trying to reach Europe illegally, police said Monday. Detectives have arrested six people since Sunday in Dhaka, Bangladesh's...

In this May 20, 2020, photo, provided by UNICEF, Mohammed Rakib, 15, who was accused of beating a man and sent to an overcrowded detention center, cries before being released, in Tongi, on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Authorities in Bangladesh have been releasing hundreds of children suspected of committing mostly petty crimes as they try to keep the coronavirus from spreading in overcrowded detention centers, officials said Friday. The orders for their release on bail came from virtual courts set up by the country's Supreme Court with the help of UNICEF, officials said.

Bangladeshi courts freeing child suspects due to virus risk

Jun. 5, 2020 8:22 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities in Bangladesh have been releasing hundreds of children suspected of committing mostly petty crimes as they try to keep the coronavirus from spreading in overcrowded detention centers, officials said Friday. The orders for their release on bail came from virtual courts...