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FILE — In this Saturday, March 7, 2020 file photo, a cleric, right, assists a medic treating a patient infected with the new coronavirus, at a hospital in Qom, about 80 miles (125 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran. Nine out of 10 cases of the virus in the Middle East come from the Islamic Republic. Fears remain that Iran may be underreporting its cases. Days of denials gave the virus time to spread as the country marked the 41st anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution with mass demonstrations. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (Mohammad Ali Marizad/Rasa News Agency via AP, File)

The Latest: Sri Lankan government imposes 2 1/2 day curfew

Mar. 20, 2020 1:07 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 244,000 people and killed more than 10,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. Almost 86,000 people have recovered so...

A woman wears a protective mask as she rides in a tram, in Rome, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness, especially in older adults and people with existing health problems. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The Latest: China sends masks, medical supplies to France

Mar. 18, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 207,000 people and killed more than 8,200. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 82,000 people have recovered...

Judie Shape, center, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, but isn't showing symptoms, presses her hand against her window after a visit through the window and on the phone with her daughter Lori Spencer, left, and her son-in-law Michael Spencer, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., near Seattle. In-person visits are not allowed at the nursing home, which is at the center of the outbreak of the new coronavirus in the United States. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Disruption frenzy: Nations try to slow virus, aid economies

Mar. 18, 2020 12:39 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Mass disruptions shuddered around the globe as governments struggled to slow the spread of the coronavirus while trying to keep afloat their economies. The impact included border traffic jams in Lithuania, the deaths of 17 elderly residents in one Madrid nursing home and a bus service halt in...

Health workers react as people applaud from their houses in support of the medical staff that are working in COVID-19 outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, Monday, March 16, 2020. Spain is restoring border controls and severely restricting who can enter the country. Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska announced Monday that from midnight only Spaniards or residents in Spain, people who work just across the border or who have a compelling need will be allowed through. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Joan Mateu)

As pandemic spreads, China's ex-epicenter down to 1 new case

Mar. 16, 2020 10:51 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The battle to contain the coronavirus reached new urgency, as more governments locked down borders and ordered new closures and restrictions and pleas went out to funnel masks and ventilators to places struggling with soaring numbers of sick patients. The growing sense of crisis rocked...

Malaysian new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, left, speaks next to Senior Minister Azmin Ali during a press conference after the first cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia Wednesday, March 11, 2020. Yassin said he will form an economic council to find ways to cope with an expected economic slowdown amid the global new coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia PM says Cabinet to declare assets in anti-graft bid

Mar. 11, 2020 5:39 AM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malysia (AP) — Malaysia's new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Wednesday that all of his Cabinet members will have to declare their assets as part of his pledge to have a government with integrity. The move comes amid concerns over the inclusion in his administration of the scandal-plagued...

People wait at a bus stop, in Rome, Monday, March 9, 2020. Italy announced a sweeping quarantine early Sunday for its northern regions, igniting travel chaos as it restricted the movements of a quarter of its population in a bid to halt the new coronavirus' relentless march across Europe. (Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Mar. 10, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — In a story March 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the globe, The Associated Press erroneously reported that there were confirmed cases in Guadeloupe, one of France's overseas territories. A French official says there are currently no proven cases of the virus in the Guadeloupe...

Malaysian new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, thumbs up during a press conference at prime minister's office in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Monday, March 9, 2020. Muhyiddin unveiled his Cabinet on Monday, saying he will have no deputy but will instead appoint four senior ministers in the move that helped him dodge the tricky issue of succession in his Malay0majority government. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

New Malaysian leader unveils revamped Cabinet with no deputy

Mar. 9, 2020 12:54 PM EDT

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — New Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin unveiled his Cabinet on Monday, saying he will have no deputy prime minister and instead appointing four senior ministers to keep factions happy in his Malay-majority government. Muhyiddin also named a banker as finance minister and a...

In this Malaysia's Department of Information photo taken and released on March 1, 2020, Malaysia's incoming Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin signs appointment documents after taking the oath of office in front of King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah at the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur. (Maszuandi Adnan/Malaysia's Department of Information via AP)

Malaysia's anti-graft chief quits after government changes

Mar. 5, 2020 11:54 PM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's anti-corruption chief has tendered her resignation, becoming the second top official to quit following the fall from power of a reformist ruling alliance once led by Mahathir Mohamad. Latheefa Koya said in a statement Friday that there was no pressure on her to...

FILE - In this March 1, 2020, file photo, Muhyiddin Yassin, center, waves with his family and supporters as he prepares to leave his house for the palace to swear in as new prime minister, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Muhyiddin has postponed Parliament sitting by more than two months, effectively delaying plans by the former ruling alliance led by Mahathir Mohamad to seek a no-confidence vote against him. (AP Photo/Johnshen Lee, File)

Malaysia's new PM delays Parliament, and no-confidence vote

Mar. 4, 2020 12:42 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's new leader has postponed the next session of Parliament by more than two months, effectively delaying plans by Mahathir Mohamad's former ruling alliance to seek a no-confidence vote against him. Lower house speaker Mohamad Ariff Mohamad Yusof said in a statement...

FILE - In this June 6, 2018, file photo, a motorcyclist rides past the Bank Negara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia's central bank reduced its key overnight policy rate by 0.25 percentage points to 2.5% on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, citing worsening economic conditions from the virus outbreak in a growing number of countries. The central bank said it expects economic growth to be stunted in this quarter as tourism and consumer spending take a hit from weaker demand. (AP Photo/Sadiq Asyraf, File)

Malaysian central bank cuts key rate to counter slowdown

Mar. 3, 2020 3:48 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's central bank reduced its key overnight policy rate by 0.25 percentage points to 2.5% on Tuesday, citing worsening economic conditions from the virus outbreak in a growing number of countries. The Bank Negara Malaysia said it expects economic growth to be stunted in...