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The Empire State building is seen in the distance from an empty street, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The Latest: White House to start small business loan program

Apr. 2, 2020 6:07 PM 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: — New York City mayor urges covering faces in public....

FILE - In this April 19, 2018 file photo, trainees work at Snowtex garment factory in Dhamrai, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. A survey of factory owners in Bangladesh has found that major fashion retailers that are closing shops and laying off workers in Europe and the U.S. also are canceling their sometimes already completed orders, as workers often go unpaid. A report released Friday, March 27, 2020, by Mark Anner, director of the Center of Global Rights, found the coronavirus crisis has resulted in millions of factory workers being sent home without the wages or severance they are owed.  About 4.1 million people work in apparel factories in Bangladesh, the world's No. 2 garment exporter after China. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

Bangladesh garment makers say $3B in orders lost to virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh garment manufacturers say fashion retailers have cancelled or put on hold more than $3 billion in orders due to the coronavirus outbreak, though a handful have agreed to pay anyway. The data from the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association released...

In this Tuesday, March 24, 2020 photo, an Indian girl wearing a face mask as a precaution from coronavirus watches a video on the WhatsApp app in New Delhi, India. With the pandemic starting to gain a foothold in the region, social media are rife with bogus remedies, tales of magic cures and potentially hazardous medical advice. Experts are urging caution and say the “coronavirus infodemic” could have disastrous consequences. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Rumors hampering fight against coronavirus in South Asia

Mar. 27, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The message started with an outlandish claim: The coronavirus was retreating in India because of “cosmic-level sound waves” created by a collective cheer citizens had been asked to join. Messages were pinging from phone to phone across this country of 1.3 billion saying the...

A motorist rides past as residents talk on an alley at a low-income neighborhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, March 23, 2020. As the virus spreads, the World Health Organization has pointed out that the future of the pandemic will be determined by what happens in some of the world’s poorest and most densely populated countries. From Mumbai to Rio de Janeiro to Johannesburg the question is: What do you do if there is no space to socially distance yourself from others in some of world’s most unequal regions? (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

From Dhaka to Gaza: How do you socially distance in a crowd?

Mar. 27, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Josna Begum lives with her son in a house with four other families in a slum in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, the world’s most densely populated city. “Distancing is impossible for us,” she said. The 35-year-old, who occupies a single room with her...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2014 file photo, Bangladeshi garment workers arrive for work early morning in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A survey of factory owners in Bangladesh has found that major fashion retailers that are closing shops and laying off workers in Europe and the U.S. also are canceling their sometimes already completed orders, as workers often go unpaid. A report released Friday, March 27, 2020, by Mark Anner, director of the Center of Global Rights, found the coronavirus crisis has resulted in millions of factory workers being sent home without the wages or severance they are owed.  About 4.1 million people work in apparel factories in Bangladesh, the world's No. 2 garment exporter after China. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

Garment workers going unpaid as fashion labels cancel orders

Mar. 27, 2020 12:11 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A survey of factory owners in Bangladesh found that major fashion retailers that are closing shops and laying off workers in Europe and the U.S. are also canceling their sometimes already completed orders, as workers often go unpaid. A report released Friday by Mark Anner,...

In this Monday, March 23, 3030 photo, a policeman urges residents not to come out of their homes as residents stand behind a gate, hours after the second death from COVID-19 was confirmed from the area, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

Soldiers enforce 10-day shutdown in Bangladesh to slow virus

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh deployed soldiers and police on Thursday to enforce the start of a nationwide 10-day shutdown to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the densely populated country. The government also canceled all state programs, including parades, to celebrate the country's...

A staff member carries plastic buckets containing medical waste from new coronavirus patients at the Dongsan Hospital in Daegu, South Korea, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Park Dong-joon/Yonhap via AP)

The Latest: South Korea’s central bank to provide aid

Mar. 26, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — South Korea’s central bank to temporarily...

People line up to shop for essential items from a roadside truck Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

Bangladesh's leader urges all citizens to stay at home

Mar. 25, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appealed on Wednesday to all citizens to stay at home and avoid any gatherings to slow the transmission of the coronavirus. In particular, she urged hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis who worked abroad and recently returned to the country...

FILE- In this Dec. 28, 2017, file photo, Bangladesh's former prime minister and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, center, leaves after a court appearance in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Bangladesh's government said Tuesday, March 24, 2020, it will release Zia, 74 years old, for six months on condition that she stays at home and does not leave the country. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

Bangladesh releases jailed ex-PM Zia for six months

Mar. 25, 2020 6:30 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's government on Wednesday released imprisoned opposition leader and former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for six months on condition that she stays at home and does not attempt to leave the country. Zia had spent more than two years in the prison cell of the Bangabandhu...

The Latest: Pakistan suspending domestic flights

Mar. 25, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 422,000 people and killed over 18,000. 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. More than 108,000 people have recovered so...