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A masked man rides on an escalator in a mall in Johannesburg, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. The government has ruled it compulsory for people to wear face coverings in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19 as the country heads towards its coronavirus peak. (AP Photo Denis Farrell)

The Latest: South Africa exceeds UK in confirmed virus cases

Jul. 14, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa has surpassed the UK in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases. That’s according to a health ministry statement and data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. South Africa now has the world’s eighth highest number of confirmed cases with 298,292. President...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the new coronavirus drives a cart loaded with fabric in Beijing, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Health experts are warning that outbreaks brought under control with shutdowns and other forms of social distancing are likely to flare again as precautions are relaxed. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: Another spike brings India past 900,000 cases

Jul. 14, 2020 10:55 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching 1 million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to 906,752. Cases have jumped by 100,000 in four days. The Health Ministry also reported another 553 deaths in the past...

An Indian flood affected man and a woman ride on a country boat in Gagolmari village, Morigaon district, Assam, India, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by floodwaters and landslides following incessant rainfall in the region. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

77 dead in floods and landslides in India's Assam state

Jul. 14, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Six more people have died in floods and mudslides in northeastern India's Assam state, officials said Tuesday, taking the death toll to 77 from more than two weeks of heavy rains that caused one of Asia's largest rivers to overflow. The Brahmaputra River continued to wreak havoc,...

Over 1 million marooned in Bangladesh as floods worsen

Jul. 14, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Heavy flooding is worsening in parts of Bangladesh, with over 1 million villagers marooned or leaving their homes for higher ground along with their cattle and other belongings, officials and volunteers said Tuesday. Water levels at major rivers were rising Tuesday at around two...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the BRICS Business Council prior to the 11th edition of the BRICS Summit, in Brasilia, Brazil. From industrialists and foreign companies to celebrities and ordinary citizens, people from all walks of life pitched in for a newly created fund touted to strengthen India’s fight against the deadly virus the next day. More than three months later, the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, or the PM CARES fund, is now valued at more than $1 billion but has since run into controversy over an alleged lack of transparency and accountability, along with a general lack of clarity over the control, the donors and the use of money donated to it. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Indian leader's virus fund won't disclose donors, payments

Jul. 14, 2020 12:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bejon Misra responded quickly to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal in March for donations to a new fund to strengthen the country's fight against the coronavirus. The next day, the 69-year-old retired management professor made a donation. “It was a generous...

A man wearing a mask to curb the spread of the coronavirus sits near a red lantern outside a restaurant in Beijing Monday, July 13, 2020. China reported eight new cases, all of them brought from outside the country, as domestic community infections fall to near zero. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Hawaii to wait to waive quarantine requirement

Jul. 13, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

HONOLULU — Hawaii’s governor says he will wait another month to waive a 14-day quarantine requirement for out-of-state travelers who test negative for COVID-19, citing an increasing number of cases locally, “uncontrolled” outbreaks in several U.S. mainland states and a shortage of...

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to journalists questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, July 13, 2020. Hong Kong on Monday introduced more stringent social-distancing measures, banning public gatherings of more than four and making it compulsory to wear a mask on public transport as the city battles a fresh outbreak of locally-transmitted coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Asia Today: India sees another surge, hot spots shut again

Jul. 13, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Several Indian states imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas as its coronavirus cases surge. The number of confirmed infections neared 900,000 on Monday with a record 28,701 cases reported in the past 24 hours. The total of 878,254 is behind only the United States and...

FILE- In this Oct. 3, 2019 file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai speaks during a visit to El Centro College in Dallas. U.S. tech giant Google is investing in a $10 billion fund to help accelerate India’s transition to a digital economy in the next five to seven years. 
Pichai, said Monday that the project will focus on building products that are relevant to India’s needs and empowering businesses for their “digital transformation.”(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Google announces $10 billion 'digitization' fund for India

Jul. 13, 2020 6:15 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. tech giant Google is investing in a $10 billion fund to help accelerate India’s transition to a digital economy in the next five to seven years. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet Inc's Google, said Monday that the project will focus on building products that are relevant to...

A woman wearing a face mask exits the Atwood Building, a downtown Anchorage, Alaska, building where many state offices are located on Monday, June 29, 2020. The Municipality of Anchorage on Monday instituted a requirement that most people should wear masks in indoor public settings, but Attorney General Kevin Clarkson sent an email to state employees saying that state buildings within the municipality were exempt from that order. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll

Jul. 12, 2020 11:25 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total. A count by Johns Hopkins University has only the United States, Brazil and Britain with more confirmed deaths from the new coronavirus. Sunday’s rise to...

People move away as health workers fumigate a slum to prevent an outbreak of dengue fever in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Monday, March 23, 2020. While 2019 was the worst year on record for global dengue cases, experts fear an even bigger surge is possible because their efforts to combat it were hampered by restrictions imposed in the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Dengue prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic

Jul. 12, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — To slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments issued lockdowns to keep people at home. They curtailed activities that affected services like trash collection. They tried to shield hospitals from a surge of patients. But the cascading effects of these restrictions also are...