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Democratic Tucson Mayor Regina Romero is seen at the State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. Romero called for a nighttime curfew Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, in Tucson to prevent the spread of COVID-19, saying the virus is spreading rapidly and hospitals in southern Arizona are on the verge of a crisis. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: Tucson votes in mandatory nightly curfew

Dec. 2, 2020 12:17 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. -- At the urging of Mayor Regina Romero, the Tucson City Council voted Tuesday night to establish a mandatory nightly curfew for three weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. The 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew will take effect Friday and run through Dec. 23. Romero says she sought the curfew...

A security guard walks in the empty Isabel Zendal new hospital during the official opening in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. Authorities in Madrid are holding a ceremony to open part of a 1,000-bed hospital for emergencies that critics say is no more than a vanity project, a building with beds not ready to receive patients and unnecessary now that contagion and hospitalizations are waning. Spain has officially logged 1.6 million infections and over 45,000 deaths confirmed for COVID-19 since the beginning of the year. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Without patients or staff, Madrid opens new $119M hospital

Dec. 1, 2020 10:15 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Spain's capital on Tuesday held a ceremony to open part of a 1,000-bed emergency hospital for COVID-19 patients that critics say is no more than a vanity project, a building with beds not ready to receive patients and unnecessary now that the virus resurgence and...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Nov. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EST
In a story Nov. 25, 2020, about a new U.S. estimate of missed coronavirus infections, The Associated Press erroneously reported an earlier calculation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the CDC estimated nine of every 10 cases were being missed, not one of every 10.
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus sit on a street bench in downtown Madrid, Spain, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez says a national COVID-19 vaccination plan will be launched in January. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Air quality up in some EU cities during pandemic lockdown

Nov. 23, 2020 9:57 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — Air quality significantly improved in European metropolitan areas such as Milan and Madrid because of lockdown restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, European Union officials said Monday. The improvements were particularly notable for the pollutant nitrogen...

People walk by a clothes stall in the Rastro flea market in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. Madrid's ancient and emblematic Rastro flea market reopened Sunday after a contentious eight-month closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has walloped the Spanish capital. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Ancient Madrid market reopens amid debate over virus rules

Nov. 22, 2020 10:50 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Madrid’s ancient and emblematic Rastro flea market reopened Sunday after a contentious eight-month closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has walloped the Spanish capital. With many major European flea markets still shut down, the Rastro’s return seems to be another...

Baritone Sebastia Peris, wearing a face mask, waits backstage during a performance of the opera

The show goes on at Madrid´s opera house despite pandemic

Nov. 21, 2020 2:21 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — No one performing onstage in Spain’s Teatro Real opera house is masked, and that alone looks odd these days amid a pandemic. And that's even before the second act scene in Antonín Dvořák’s “Rusalka” — about a water nymph who falls in love...

People wearing a face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus make exercise at the Retiro park in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2020. Spain's health ministry is reporting 411 more fatalities for the coronavirus on Tuesday, a new daily record since contagion started picking up pace this summer. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Travelers to Spain must provide negative COVID-19 test

Nov. 11, 2020 2:59 PM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Travelers bound for Spain from countries considered high-risk areas for the coronavirus will be asked to provide proof of a negative test to visit the European country, authorities said Wednesday. Starting Nov. 23, travelers to Spain will be required to submit a negative test...

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, spectators wear face masks to protect against COVID-19 during the first half of an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, in Baltimore. A new set of rules are coming in just about every sport, almost all with enhanced health and safety in mind. If they work, games could get out of bubbles and return to arenas and stadiums with some fans in attendance sometime soon. Perhaps more importantly, they could also provide some common-sense solutions to virus issues in the real world.(AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

The Latest: German club Hoffenheim puts team in isolation

Nov. 11, 2020 9:52 AM EST

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ German soccer club Hoffenheim has put its entire team in isolation after three new coronavirus cases added to a recent spike in infections. Hoffenheim says midfielder Sebastian Rudy, forward Ishak Belfodil and an unnamed staff...

Residents of the southern neighbourhood of Vallecas pick clothes from a donation program at a Catholic parish in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Spain's government expects the economy to contract 11.2% this year, while the International Monetary Fund puts the drop at 12.8%, the highest rate among developed economies. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

In Spain, coronavirus puts the poor at the back of the line

Nov. 5, 2020 4:14 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Erika Oliva spends at least three hours a week standing in line at a soup kitchen. She spends a couple more at the social worker’s office with her 8-year-old son, who has autism. She waits on the phone to the health center or when she wants to check if her application for a basic...

People are detained and inspected by Mossos D'Esquadra, the regional police of Catalonia, after curfew in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. Despite a large adherence to the recently re-imposed curfews in Spain, police patrolling Barcelona are still finding young people breaking the rules. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Police on curfew patrol as Spain fights nightlife infections

Nov. 2, 2020 6:30 AM EST

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — At 10:00 p.m. each night, Barcelona's professional crime fighters become wet blankets in uniforms. Police officers fan out across the coastal city in northeastern Spain to break up clandestine parties and to clear the streets of young adults drinking alcohol, enforcing a nationwide...