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FILE  - In this May 11, 2020, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear puts on a face mask after speaking to reporters at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky. Kentucky's governor said Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020,  that he will quarantine after a member of his security detail who drove with his family the day before later tested positive for COVID-19.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear said he and his family feel fine, show no coronavirus symptoms and have tested negative for the virus. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, File)

The Latest: Kentucky sees near-record number of new cases

Oct. 30, 2020 9:53 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky reported a near-record number of new coronavirus cases Friday as the surging outbreak continued sending more people to hospitals, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “This is a dangerous time. We’re moving the wrong way,” the Democratic governor said as he urged Kentuckians to...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

Mask-refusing moms removed from Florida school board meeting

Oct. 27, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Several mothers in Florida were removed by law enforcement from a school board meeting Tuesday after they ignored repeated requests to wear masks during a discussion on whether the school district should extend its mandatory mask policy amid the coronavirus pandemic. No one was...

In this photo provided by Fresh Take Florida, people wait in line outside a restaurant, Saturday, Sept.16, 2020 in Gainesville, Fla. College students across Florida are packing bars off campus and private parties while breaking rules about wearing masks and maintaining social distance during the fall semester – and other students themselves are often reporting violations to authorities.  (Lauren Witte/Fresh Take Florida via AP)

Florida official: No birthday parties to keep virus away

Oct. 23, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The top health official in one of Florida's most populous counties is discouraging parents from hosting birthday parties for their children, no matter the size, in an effort to prevent outbreaks of the new coronavirus. Dr. Raul Pino, health officer for Florida Department of Health in...

Health care workers offer free COVID-19 testing from a Miami-Dade County mobile van outside of an early voting site, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Miami. Florida begins in-person early voting for the general election in much of the state Monday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida says it will give more scrutiny to COVID-19 deaths

Oct. 22, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida plans to more closely scrutinize deaths attributed to the coronavirus, as the Department of Health notes that some people listed as COVID-19 fatalities died months after testing positive for the disease. “Fatality data reported to the state consistently presents...

Florida health officials question COVID-19 death data

Oct. 21, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Florida health officials held off of releasing their normal coronavirus update Wednesday as they announced a more thorough review of all fatalities reported to the state. Fatality data reported to the state consistently present confusion and warrant a more rigorous review, according to a...

Number of COVID-19 cases ticking up in Miami-Dade schools

Oct. 20, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen to 90 among students and teachers in Miami-Dade County's public schools since classrooms reopened for face-to-face learning, according to the district's dashboard. Some parents and teachers worry that the number is significantly higher,...

White plastic tombstone-shaped pieces are lined up as part of a temporary memorial to some of Miami's victims of the coronavirus at Simonhoff Floral Park, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida reports another uptick in new coronavirus cases

Oct. 17, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported another uptick in new coronavirus infections on Saturday, surging to more than 4,000 cases — the highest number in two months. The state also reported nearly 90 more deaths, which pushed its official death toll to nearly 16,000 Floridians since March. Since...

Florida sees rise in COVID-19 cases a day after data delay

Oct. 13, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The Florida government on Sunday reported an increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 a day after not releasing virus data, citing a data glitch. The Florida Department of Health tallied 3,700 new known cases, the highest daily caseload since late August. On Saturday, there were 1,790 new...

A medical staff takes a swab from a woman as residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix ia AP)

The Latest: 3 million tested for coronavirus in Chinese city

Oct. 13, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

BEIJING -- Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao say they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country’s first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. The city’s health department said Tuesday that no new positive cases had...