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A health worker in personal protective gear takes a break at the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday June 17, 2020. The country now has more than a quarter of the coronavirus cases on the 54-nation African continent with more than 73,000 cases after new, record-high infections were registered in South Africa over the weekend. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

South Africa says 2 pandemics now, virus and gender violence

Jun. 17, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa now faces two pandemics, COVID-19 and the violence against women and children that has risen sharply since alcohol sales were allowed again on June 1, the president said Wednesday as he announced further easing of lockdown measures. Twenty-one women and children have been...

Mississippi sees increase in alcohol sales during pandemic

Jun. 14, 2020 1:42 PM EDT

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Alcohol sales in Mississippi are seeing a big jump during the coronavirus pandemic, the state Department of Revenue says. "Since March 16, we have shipped 932,120 cases, which represents an increase of 140,785 cases over last year,” the department's division of Alcoholic...

Regulators back off major price increase for liquor in Iowa

Jun. 11, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The government agency that regulates liquor sales in Iowa said Thursday it has backed off a major price increase for some products that it proposed to reduce heavy drinking. Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division spokesman Tyler Ackerson confirmed that distributors were notified last week...

Native corporation buys Alaska's largest alcohol retailer

Jun. 3, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native village corporation from the Kodiak Island region has acquired the state’s largest retailer of liquor, wine and beer. Afognak Native Corp. announced Monday it completed the purchase of the Brown Jug chain from Canadian firm Alcanna Inc., The Anchorage Daily...

Customers queue to purchase alcoholic beverages outside the Sam Liquor Store in Thokoza township, near Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, June 1, 2020.  Liquor stores have reopened Monday after being closed for over two months under lockdown restrictions in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africa eases; liquor is sold, school openings delayed

Jun. 1, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Many South Africans spent their Monday lining up outside liquor stores and celebrated with cheers as alcohol sales were allowed again after a two-month ban because of the coronavirus outbreak. “It’s been a long two months,” said Tony van Schalkwyk, who...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

SJC allows beer, wine sale ballot question to move forward

May. 26, 2020 1:54 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Supporters of a ballot question that would let convenience stores and other food stores sell beer and wine won a key legal battle in Massachusetts's highest court on Tuesday. The question was launched by the convenience store chain Cumberland Farms and would let local authorities issue...

Beer taps of South African Brewery brands, Castle, Castle Light and Black Label, are seen through the window of a closed bar in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, May 7, 2020. South African Breweries, the second biggest brewer in the world, says it may have to destroy 400 million bottles of the beer because of the country's ban on alcohol sales during its lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

South African brewer says it may dump 400M bottles of beer

May. 7, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African Breweries, one of the world's largest brewers, says it may have to destroy 400 million bottles of beer as a result of the country's ban on alcohol sales that is part of its lockdown measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus. South Africa stopped all sales...