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Funeral director Andrew T. Cleckley poses for a portrait at his funeral home, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in the Flatlands neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York.  When the city was experiencing hundreds of coronavirus deaths a day, passersby reported a stench coming from rental trucks outside the facility in Brooklyn used to store an overflow of bodies. Authorities swept in and suspended his license in an episode that made headlines. Months later, Cleckley is fighting to keep his business.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Mortician fights for license, livelihood after virus scandal

Sep. 16, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — During the deadliest days of the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, the bodies piled up at a Brooklyn funeral home — and the stench that came with it — at an alarming rate. Passersby reported that the smell was wafting from rental trucks used to store decomposing remains...

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 April 28, 2020, file photo Medical personnel attend a daily 7 p.m. applause in their honor, during the coronavirus pandemic outside NYU Langone Medical Center in the Manhattan borough of New York. Nurses on the front lines of New York's COVID-19 pandemic are calling for the state to enact minimum staffing standards ahead of another wave of infections. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Nurses on NY's front lines call for minimum staffing ratios

Aug. 29, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Nurses on the front lines of New York’s COVID-19 pandemic are calling for the state to enact minimum staffing standards ahead of another wave of infections. Health care industry leaders, though, warn that passing such a law would saddle facilities with billions of dollars in...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus pass by banners showing the menu items of restaurants in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. South Korean officials are considering reducing working hours of restaurants and cafes as the country counted its 15th straight day of triple-digit jumps in coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea prepares for more restrictions in capital

Aug. 28, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea --- South Korea has reported 323 new cases of the coronavirus, marking its 16th consecutive day of triple-digit daily jumps, as health officials prepare to tighten social distancing restrictions in the greater capital area. The numbers released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and...

Doctors hold signs criticizing the government's medical policy at a hospital in Suwon, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Health officials in South Korea called on thousands of striking doctors to return to work as the country counted its 13th straight day of triple-digit daily jumps in coronavirus cases. The sign reads:

The Latest: SKorea reports highest new virus total in months

Aug. 26, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 441 new cases of the coronavirus, its highest single-day total in months, as fears grow that lockdown-like restrictions are becoming inevitable as transmissions slip out of control. The country has added nearly 4,000 infections to its caseload while reporting...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus ride an escalator as they arrive at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.South Korea counted its 11th straight day of triple-digit daily jumps in coronavirus cases Monday and health officials pleaded for people to follow guidelines or risk further restrictions or strains on hospitals. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea closes schools in greater capital area

Aug. 24, 2020 10:36 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is closing schools and switching back to remote learning in the greater capital area as the country counted its 12th straight day of triple-digit daily increases in coronavirus cases. Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said Tuesday that at least 193 students and teachers were found...

FILE - In this July 27, 2020, file photo, fans wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus take a selfie before the KBO league game between Doosan Bears and LG Twins in Seoul. South Korea may have been way ahead of the international curve in getting sport back to some semblance of normality but instead of near-full stadiums watching the end of baseball and soccer seasons later this year, a recent spike in coronavirus cases means officials will settle for just finishing the season at all.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

The Latest: South Korea sees steady rise in virus cases

Aug. 22, 2020 10:46 PM EDT

BEIJING — China on Sunday reported 12 new confirmed coronavirus cases and no additional deaths. The National Health Commission said 422 patients were being treated, including 16 in critical condition. The death toll in China, where the outbreak began in December, stands at 4,634. ___ SEOUL, South Korea...

Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House's coronavirus task force, meets with local media Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., to talk about ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the area. (Chris Ochsner/The Kansas City Star via AP)

The Latest: S. Korea reports largest virus jump since March

Aug. 15, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported 279 newly confirmed cases of the coronavirus, it’s highest daily jump since early March, as fears grow about a massive outbreak in the greater capital region. The figures released by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sunday brought the...

FILE - In this June 15, 2020, file photo, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo removes a mask as he holds a news conference in Tarrytown, N.Y.  New York’s coronavirus death toll in nursing homes, already among the highest in the nation, could actually be a significant undercount. Unlike every other state with major outbreaks, New York only counts residents who died on nursing home property and not those who died in hospitals.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

New York’s true nursing home death toll cloaked in secrecy

Aug. 11, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Riverdale Nursing Home in the Bronx appears, on paper, to have escaped the worst of the coronavirus pandemic, with an official state count of just four deaths in its 146-bed facility. The truth, according to the home, is far worse: 21 dead, most transported to hospitals before they...

Cemetery workers bury 65-year-old Maria Joana Nascimento, whose family members, behind, suspect died of COVID-19, at Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Brazil is nearing 3 million cases of COVID-19 and 100,000 deaths. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

The Latest: UN says cybercrime hindering pandemic response

Aug. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations’ counterterrorism chief says a 350% increase in phishing websites was reported in the first quarter of the year and many of them targeted hospitals and health care systems, hindering their response to the coronavirus pandemic. Vladimir Voronkov told the U.N....