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Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

FILE - This Friday, May 18, 2012 file photo aerial view, made from an hot air balloon, shows the National Stadium, in Warsaw, Poland. Poland’s government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of patients infecting with the coronavirus. A government spokesman said Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 that the stadium will have room for 500 patients and will be equipped with oxygen therapy for those who need it. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

Poland turning National Stadium into COVID-19 field hospital

Oct. 19, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of people infected with the coronavirus, and expects it to be operational within days, officials said. The government is also making preparations to create other...

Medical staff takes a swabs as she tests a boy for COVID-19 at a drive-through at the San Paolo hospital, in Milan, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. Coronavirus infections are surging again in the region of northern Italy where the pandemic first took hold in Europe, renewing pressure on hospitals and health care workers. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Europe, US reel as virus infections surge at record pace

Oct. 15, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

Coronavirus cases around the world have climbed to all-time highs of more than 330,000 per day as the scourge comes storming back across Europe and spreads with renewed speed in the U.S., forcing many places to reimpose tough restrictions eased just months ago. Well after Europe seemed to have largely tamed the...

A medical staff takes a swab from a woman as residents line up for the COVID-19 test near the residential area in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Authorities in the eastern Chinese port city of Qingdao said Tuesday that they have completed coronavirus tests on more than 3 million people following the country's first reported local outbreak of the virus in nearly two months. (Chinatopix ia AP)

The Latest: China carries out 4.2 million tests in Qingdao

Oct. 13, 2020 9:42 PM EDT

BEIJING — China says it has carried out more than 4.2 million tests in the northern port city of Qingdao, with no new cases of coronavirus found among the almost 2 million sets of results received. The city has reported a total of 12 cases, six with symptoms and six without, since the new outbreak was...

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 file photo, the leader of the Polish ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland. Jaroslaw Kaczynski is threatening to veto the European Union’s economic recovery plan and long-term budget if the bloc decides to link funding to respect for rule of law. Jaroslaw Kaczynski, also a deputy prime minister, said in remarks published Tuesday Oct. 13, 2020, he vowed to defend Poland’s interests and sovereignty “at all costs.”  (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)

Polish leader vows to veto EU budget in face of 'blackmail'

Oct. 13, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling party leader is threatening to veto the European Union's economic recovery plan and long-term budget if the bloc decides to link funding to respect for rule of law, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the powerful head of the Law and Justice party and since recently a deputy prime...

Women with and without anti-coronavirus masks pass by an ambulance team wearing anti-COVID-19 outfits at a hospital in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. 
Poland's government has announced the entire country a yellow zone after the number of new registered case of coronavirus infection spiked to almost 4,300 on Thursday. The yellow zone rules take effect Saturday and will require Poles to wear masks in all public spaces, also in the open air. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Polish minister-designate broke virus rules, tested positive

Oct. 9, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s opposition says the country's education minister-designate visited his grandmother in the hospital, in breach of rules designed to control the spread of the coronavirus. Two days later, lawmaker Przemyslaw Czarnek tested positive for COVID-19, forcing many staff and...

FILE - In this June 26, 2020 file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom holds a face mask as he urges people to wear them to fight the spread of the coronavirus during a news conference in Rancho Cordova, Calif. A member of Newsom's office staff tested positive for COVID-19 this week and contact tracing has begun, the office said in a statement Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. The staff member had not interacted with Newsom or with staff that routinely interacts with the governor, the statement said. Separately, a state employee who works in a space shared with some staff from the governor's office also tested positive for COVID-19 but the person also had not interacted with the governor or his close staff, the office said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

The Latest: California governor tests negative for virus

Oct. 8, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has tested negative for the coronavirus. The governor’s office said Newsom was tested on Wednesday after someone in the governor’s office tested positive. The staff member who tested positive had not interacted with Newsom or anyone else who often...

Poland amends budget to include COVID-caused deficit

Oct. 8, 2020 7:41 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s lawmakers have amended this year’s budget bill to include a deficit equal to $29 billion due to the national lockdown and the cost of financially supporting companies hit by COVID-19 safety measures. The lower house of parliament voted late Wednesday 232-218...

The leader of the Polish ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski,center, speaks to reporters in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The three parties in Poland's conservative coalition government signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday, putting aside disagreements. But they gave no details, leaving lingering uncertainty about how the Cabinet will look in practice after an expected reshuffle.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Poland's ruling party leader joins revamped government

Oct. 6, 2020 8:47 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s president has formally sworn in a reshuffled government in which the leader of the main ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, becomes deputy prime minister, after years of forging the nation’s politics from outside the Cabinet. Kaczynski, 71, will now be in charge...

The leader of the Polish ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski,signs the coalition document in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The three parties in Poland's conservative coalition government signed a new coalition agreement on Saturday, putting aside disagreements. But they gave no details, leaving lingering uncertainty about how the Cabinet will look in practice after an expected reshuffle.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

New Polish education minister tests positive for coronavirus

Oct. 5, 2020 2:30 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The official swearing-in of Poland's reshuffled government was postponed until Tuesday and some members were put into quarantine after one of the ministers tested positive for COVID-19. The ceremony conducted by President Andrzej Duda had been planned at the Presidential Palace for...