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Health workers collect a swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. India's total of coronavirus infections passed 5 million Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

5M people infected, India's virus outbreak still soaring

Sep. 16, 2020 5:27 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s confirmed coronavirus infections passed 5 million on Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. The world's second-most populous country has added more than 1 million cases this month alone and...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa reacts after fouling a pitch off his leg during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Houston. Correa left the game after the injury. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Astros' Correa fouls ball of ankle, X-rays negative

Sep. 15, 2020 11:31 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros shortstop Carlos Correa has a bone bruise in his left ankle after fouling a pitch off of it on Tuesday night. Houston manager Dusty Baker said X-rays were negative and the team should know more about Correa's status on Wednesday. Correa was batting with one out in the sixth inning...

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What are the different types of coronavirus tests?

Sep. 15, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

What are the different types of coronavirus tests? There are three broad categories of coronavirus tests in the U.S. Two diagnose whether you have an active infection, and a third indicates if you previously had the virus. Here’s how they work: GENETIC TESTS Most tests look for bits of the virus’...

Mel Prince, executive director of Selma AIR, looks at a quilt that remembers people who lost their lives to AIDS, at her office in Selma, Ala., on Sept 3, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the delivery of all types of health care services in the U.S., and the fight against HIV has not been spared. Health experts and HIV advocates worry the country is at risk of backsliding, with a spike in new HIV infections. The issue is of particular concern in the South, which has been a focus of the Trump administration's goal of eradicating the disease by 2030. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Pandemic vs. pandemic: COVID-19 hampers fight against HIV

Sep. 14, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

As COVID-19 swept through the South, Mel Prince watched with alarm as some of the HIV positive patients she helps in the rural Black Belt stopped showing up for lab tests and doctor's visits. Some fell back into drug and alcohol abuse. Others feared the AIDS virus made them more vulnerable to the coronavirus and...

FILE - This June 21, 2013, file photo, shows the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington.  In a federal lawsuit filed this week, U.S. Navy veteran from South Carolina says he ended up with “full-blown AIDS,” because government health care workers never informed him of his positive test result in 1995. He says the test was done as part of standard lab tests at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. A V.A. spokeswoman says the agency typically does not comment on pending litigation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

US Navy veteran: For 2 decades, VA never told him he had HIV

Sep. 11, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

A U.S. Navy veteran had no idea he was living with the virus that causes AIDS for more than two decades, because government health care workers never informed him of his positive test result in the mid-1990s, he says. In a federal lawsuit filed this week, the South Carolina man says he ended up with...

An employee wearing a face mask and face shield stands to guide passengers to maintain a one-way walk flow as a precaution against the coronavirus at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

The Latest: South Korea stays in downward infection trend

Sep. 10, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s daily count of new coronavirus cases is under 200 for a ninth straight day, continuing a downward trend in fresh infections for the country. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday the 176 cases added in the previous 24 hours took the...

FILE - In this June 26, 2017, file photo, a sign for International Arrivals is displayed at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Beginning next week, the federal government plans to end the current system of temperature checks and travelers vouching for the health. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say they will focus on other measures including stronger reporting of illness at airports. The enhanced screening currently applies to people who have recently been in China, Iran, most European countries, the U.K., Ireland and Brazil. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

US will end current health screening of some travelers

Sep. 10, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States plans to end enhanced health screening of travelers from certain countries next week, and those visitors will no longer be funneled through 15 large U.S. airports. Those requirements were imposed in January to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease...

A marble urn that contains the cremated remains of security guard Luis Zamudio, who died from symptoms related to COVID-19 at the age of 58, sits on a shelf along with his helmet and his face shield at his home in Lima, Peru, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Latest: Australia adds 53 earlier dead to pandemic toll

Sep. 3, 2020 11:21 PM EDT

SYDNEY — Australian authorities have added 53 deaths at nursing homes from earlier this year to the country’s total of coronavirus deaths. Those deaths plus six that officials reported Friday for the previous 24 hours raises Australia’s toll from the pandemic to 737. Victoria state...

FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2018, file photo, Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley (1) is sacked by Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux (5) during the second half of an NCAA college football game for the Pac-12 Conference championship in Santa Clara, Calif. Thibodeaux was selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

'Game-changer': Rapid, daily virus testing coming to Pac-12

Sep. 3, 2020 9:41 PM EDT

The Pac-12 could be playing football and basketball sooner than expected after the conference announced Thursday that each of the 12 schools will soon have the capacity to perform daily, rapid COVID-19 tests on athletes. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott called the deal with Quidel Corporation a...

Parson: 7,000-plus Missouri college students test positive

Sep. 3, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — More than 7,000 college-age people in Missouri have tested positive for the coronavirus since classes resumed in mid-August, fueling spikes in confirmed cases in the state's college towns, Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday. Recent single-day positive test rates in some college towns have...