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Commuters wearing face masks as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus wait for a bus in Kolkata, India, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. India's total coronavirus positive cases near 7 million with another 73,272 infections reported in the past 24 hours. The Health Ministry on Saturday put the total positive caseload at 6.97 million, second to 7.66 million infections registered in the worst-hit United States. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Asia Today: Australian state warns non-complying public

Oct. 11, 2020 7:24 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The premier of Australia’s Victoria state is stepping up his fight with members of the public who don’t comply with pandemic regulations, saying close contacts of those infected who refuse a test will have to spend 21 days in quarantine. The state government has...

Indians wearing face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus walk in a market in Jammu, India, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. India is the world's second most coronavirus affected country after the United States. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka orders closures to contain virus

Oct. 9, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan health authorities worked Friday to contain a growing cluster of new coronavirus infections, ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, casinos, nightclubs and spas. The Indian Ocean island nation over the weekend reported its first locally transmitted infection in more...

Employees of Colombo municipal council crowd around a table to give their swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka closes key gov't offices as virus outbreak surges

Oct. 8, 2020 10:52 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka closed key government offices and further expanded a curfew Thursday to contain a surging coronavirus outbreak. The foreign ministry closed its consular affairs office for the week and suspended all services to prevent the public from congregating. It said...

A woman wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks near the social distancing signs at a park in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: Seoul region remains virus hot spot for S Korea

Oct. 7, 2020 10:34 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has 69 new confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them in the Seoul region area where health workers are struggling to track transmissions tied to hospitals, churches, schools and an army unit. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on...

Sri Lankan health officials take swab samples from employees of the Colombo municipal council to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka bans public gatherings amid sharp rise

Oct. 7, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of COVID-19 expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said Wednesday the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 1,022 confirmed infections while 1,500 people have been asked...

Employees of Colombo municipal council crowd around a table to give their swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Sri Lanka widens curfew, bans gatherings as virus surges

Oct. 7, 2020 8:31 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting a growing cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. The number of confirmed cases has risen to 1,022, while more...

Sri Lankans wait to give swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

The Latest: Sri Lanka bans gatherings amid virus cluster

Oct. 6, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Authorities in Sri Lanka have banned all public gatherings as a new cluster of coronavirus infections expands in the Indian Ocean island nation. Health authorities said early Wednesday that the outbreak centered at a garment factory has risen to 830 confirmed cases while more than...

Sri Lankans wait to give swab samples to test for COVID-19 outside a hospital as a health official walks past in Minuwangoda, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Sri Lanka confirms 321 cases in factory cluster

Oct. 6, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka said Tuesday more than 300 garment factory workers are infected with the coronavirus, days after reporting the Indian Ocean nation's first community infection in two months. The health ministry said 321 cases have been identified in the factory cluster after the first...

South Korean police officers wearing face masks and face shields to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus, walk in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Seoul city temporarily banned outdoor rallies with 10 or more people over infection risks against the spread of the coronavirus. South Korea's new coronavirus daily tally has remained in two digits for a third straight day as authorities called for public vigilance during one of the country's biggest holidays. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: S. Korea reports virus numbers trending lower

Oct. 4, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 73 new cases of the coronavirus, its fifth straight day of below 100, although officials expressed concern that could rise because of increased travel during a five-day holiday period that ended Sunday. The figures released by the Korea Disease Control and...

Captain of MT New Diamond, a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka’s coast, Steiros Illias, center in personal protective costume, stands outside the magistrate court with unidentified Sri Lankan officials in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. MT New Diamond, which was carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil, was damaged by two fires in early September. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Captain of fire-stricken ship barred from leaving Sri Lanka

Sep. 28, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A court in Sri Lanka on Monday barred the captain of an oil tanker that caught fire off the coast from leaving the Indian ocean nation. A magistrate in Colombo imposed the restriction on Steiros Illias, captain of the MT New Diamond. He appeared in court after the attorney general...