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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020 file photo, people wearing masks line up for departure at Hong Kong airport in Hong Kong. An analysis of U.S. Commerce Department travel entry records and private aviation data obtained by The Associated Press shows that nearly 8,000 Chinese nationals and foreign residents of Hong Kong and Macao entered the U.S. on more than 600 commercial and private flights in the first three months after a ban was imposed on Feb. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Trump's `strong wall' to block COVID-19 from China had holes

Jul. 4, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

President Donald Trump has repeatedly credited his February ban on travelers from mainland China as his signature move against the advance of the coronavirus pandemic -- a “strong wall” that allowed only U.S. citizens inside, he boasted in May. But Trump’s wall was more like a sieve. ...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

Residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for COVID-19 test outside the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Test sites have sprung up through the Chinese capital as test have become a daily normal after the latest outbreak of the coronavirus, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: SKorea weighs listing churches as 'high risk'

Jun. 30, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as “high risk” venues for the spread of COVID-19 following a slew of transmissions tied to church gatherings. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun...

FILE - In this Friday, May 15, 2020 file photo, people line up for coronavirus testing at a large factory in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. In June 2020, China reported using batch testing as part of a recent campaign to test all 11 million residents of Wuhan, the city where the virus first emerged late in late 2019. (Chinatopix Via AP)

'Pooled testing' for COVID-19 holds promise, pitfalls

Jun. 30, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top health officials are banking on a new approach to dramatically boost U.S. screening for the coronavirus: combining test samples in batches instead of running them one by one. The potential benefits include stretching laboratory supplies, reducing costs and expanding...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) President Yao Ming receives an interview in Beijing on June 4, 2020. The Chinese basketball league has restarted after an almost five-month shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer foreign players and no fans in the stands. The CBA was suspended on Jan. 24, 2020 after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, a week before it was scheduled to return following a spring break at the end of the regular season. The semifinals stage started Saturday, June 20, 20202 with 20 teams divided into two divisions and limited venues to reduce travel. All stadiums are closed to fans. League chairman and former NBA star Yao praised the work of the clubs and health authorities for helping get the CBA season restarted. (Meng Yongmin/Xinhua via AP)

Basketball restarts in China after coronavirus shutdown

Jun. 20, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese basketball league has restarted after an almost five-month shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic, with fewer foreign players and no fans in the stands. The CBA was suspended on Jan. 24 after the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, a week before it was scheduled to return following a...

People wear face masks as they leave a train at the central train station in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, June 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Europe hit by local infection spikes; China's outbreak wanes

Jun. 18, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Europe grappled Thursday with local spikes in coronavirus infections as the continent’s lockdown restrictions eased, after hundreds of cases were found at one meatpacking plant in Germany and Greece had to impose a total seven-day lockdown on one village. The developments came...

A Chinese paramilitary policeman wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus stands guard outside the Australian Embassy in Beijing, Saturday, June 6, 2020. China is advising its citizens not to visit Australia, citing racial discrimination and violence against Asians, in what appears to be Beijing's latest attempt to punish the country for advocating an investigation into the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Australia 'disheartened' by death sentence in China

Jun. 15, 2020 2:10 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia on Sunday described as “deeply disheartening” a death sentence China imposed on an Australian man accused of drug smuggling, and the trade minister said it shouldn’t be linked to ongoing friction over trade and the pandemic. Karm Gilespie was arrested in 2013...

In this photo taken June 11, 2020, and released by CBCGDF, Sophia Zhang, a staffer from China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation, or CBCGDF, collects oral and nasal secretion sample for testing from the Pangolin named Lijin at the Jinhua wild animal rescue center in eastern China's Zhejiang province. (CBCGDF via AP)

Pangolin released into wild under China's new protections

Jun. 12, 2020 5:28 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Activists in China have released a pangolin into the wild to celebrate new protections for the armadillo-like animal whose numbers in the country have dropped to near extinction levels. Volunteers had rescued and rehabilitated the pangolin nicknamed Lijin after it was found by a fisherman...

Rescuers carry a child to a boat during an evacuation of a flooded village in Qingyuan in southern China's Guangdong province on Monday, June 8, 2020. Flooding in south and central China has lead to more than a dozen deaths and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the government said Wednesday.  (Chinatopix Via AP)

South China cleaning up from floods but more rain on the way

Jun. 11, 2020 2:16 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Parts of southern China still cleaning up Thursday from floods that have left at least 20 people dead or missing are forecast to be hit with more rain over coming days. Nearly 3 million people have been affected by the floods with 228,000 forced to seek shelter and 1,300 homes destroyed,...

Workers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus stage a rally against the government's labor policy in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. The letters head bands read

The Latest: SKorea reports 45 new COVID cases, most in Seoul

Jun. 10, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea is reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of them in the capital region, continuing a weekslong resurgence that health authorities fear could develop into a huge wave. The figures announced Thursday bring national totals to 11,947 cases and 276 deaths. The capital...