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FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, a health worker in the intensive care ward observes a COVID-19 patient at a hospital in Belgium. Experts say Europe has some of the world’s best health systems, but many hospitals have been overwhelmed with coronavirus patients and are ill-equipped to handle the pandemic. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Europe's hospitals among the best but can't handle pandemic

Mar. 31, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — As increasing numbers of European hospitals buckle under the strain of tens of thousands of coronavirus patients, the crisis has exposed a surprising paradox: Some of the world’s best health systems are remarkably ill-equipped to handle a pandemic. Outbreak experts say Europe’s...

In this March 24, 2020, photo, Serbian soldiers set up beds for treatment of possible COVID-19 infected patients inside of the Belgrade Fair, Serbia. In the ex-communist Europe and elsewhere, rulers are assuming more power while they introduce harsh measures they say are necessary to halt coronavirus spread.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent

Mar. 31, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of metal beds for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade's graveyards...

A woman wearing a face mask stands behind a window at AHEPA hospital in the northern port city of Thessaloniki, Greece, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Greek authorities have confirmed the country's first case of the new conronavirus. The health ministry's head of infectious diseases, Sotiris Tsiodras, said the case was a 38-year-old woman in Thessaloniki who had recently traveled to northern Italy. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

The Latest: Crowds at Greek waterfront lead to new ban

Mar. 31, 2020 4:00 AM 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: — United States poised to surpass China's toll of 3,300...

In this March 27, 2020 photo, Vicktery Zimmerman works from her home in Chicago during the coronavirus-related order to shelter in place. A self-proclaimed extrovert, Zimmerman has come up with workarounds like video calls to help herself deal with the lack of social interaction. (Justin Zimmerman via AP)

Extroverts (and introverts, too) face quarantine challenges

Mar. 31, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

Within days, Vicktery Zimmerman had figured out how to connect with friends and family even as she and her husband shelter in place at their Chicago home. There are the FaceTime calls. There's the movie night (remote, of course) with another couple. There are plans for a game night. Whatever it takes to keep the...

Florida utility seeks 1-time rate reduction due to COVID-19

Mar. 31, 2020 3:17 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Power & Light told customers on Monday that the company is seeking a one-time decrease of about 25% as the result of lower fuel rates due to the coronavirus outbreak. In an email to customers, the company noted that approval from the state's Public Service...

Philip Morris USA sets limited restart at South Richmond

Mar. 31, 2020 3:14 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Philip Morris USA plans a limited restart of production at its South Richmond plant next week, 10 days after it shut down the factory because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Monday. The nearly 2 million square-foot (186,000 square meters) factory normally runs three shifts...

Marshall held boot camp for faculty for online classes

Mar. 31, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Professors at Marshall University have been working for a couple of weeks to transition their classroom to online instruction, along with schools across the country coping with the coronavirus pandemic. The university suspended in-person classes for the rest of the semester....

N. Carolina public TV now airing programs to help students

Mar. 31, 2020 2:44 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With schools shuttered for another six weeks due to the new coronavirus, North Carolina's public television network is airing educational programs designed to complement work that students are doing at home or online. University of North Carolina Television started airing shows this...

North Carolinians urged not to have hairdressers visit homes

Mar. 31, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina residents are being urged by officials not to set up house calls for hairdressers and massage therapists during the stay-at-home order for the coronavirus outbreak, saying such arrangements put those providers at both professional and health risks. Since all salons and...

Health officials spray disinfectant in a Kampung Baru, traditional Malay village, in Kuala Lumpur city center as a safety precaution against the new coronavirus, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The Malaysian government issued a restricted movement order to the public for the rest of the month to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

US nears China's virus death toll as New York calls for help

Mar. 31, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The mounting death toll from the virus outbreak in the United States had it poised Tuesday to overtake China's grim toll of 3,300 deaths, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying up to 1 million more healthcare workers were needed. “Please come help us,” he urged. Hard-hit Italy...