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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....

Firm Florida is investigating receives new state contract

Aug. 5, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida state agency announced it will award a large contract to the same company that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has repeatedly criticized for bungling the state's unemployment system. The Agency for Health Care Administration announced Monday that Deloitte won the bid for a...

A healthcare worker performs an antigen test, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. State officials say Florida has surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases. Meanwhile, testing is ramping up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias. Antigen testing reveals whether a person is currently infected with COVID-19. It differs from antibody testing because once the infection is gone, antigens won't be present. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida tops 500K virus cases as testing resumes after storm

Aug. 5, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida surpassed 500,000 coronavirus cases Wednesday as testing ramped up following a temporary shutdown of some sites because of Tropical Storm Isaias, state officials said. A long line of cars waited outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Wednesday morning for a...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Aug. 5, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Aug. 5 The Palm Beach post on the pandemic: This week has opened to some unexpected good news. Tropical Storm Isaias, which looked like a hurricane aimed at Palm Beach County, turned out to be a big nothing. And the Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued three...

New cases of West Nile virus detected in South Florida

Aug. 5, 2020 7:05 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Health officials in the two South Florida counties have confirmed more cases of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. On Tuesday, two cases were confirmed in Miami-Dade County, bringing the total number of cases there to 26, the Florida Department of Health said. In neighboring...

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Trump encourages mail voting in Florida but sues in Nevada

Aug. 5, 2020 5:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt reversal, President Donald Trump is encouraging voters in the critical swing state of Florida to vote by mail after months of criticizing the practice — and while his campaign and the GOP challenge Nevada over its new vote-by-mail law. Democratic requests to vote by...

Central Florida teacher is state's new Teacher of the Year

Aug. 5, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A teacher from central Florida is the state’s new Teacher of the Year. Gov. Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran named Krista Stanley as the 2021 Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year on Tuesday. Stanley is a sixth grade teacher at...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the panel during a roundtable discussion in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. DeSantis returned to a familiar theme: protecting the state’s most vulnerable from the coronavirus. The governor said he was looking for “a pathway to get families access” to the 1.5 million loved ones who are finding themselves socially and emotionally isolated in nursing homes and senior facilities. (Bob Self/The Florida Times-Union via AP)

Florida: coronavirus hospitalizations down, deaths up

Aug. 4, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — During a Tuesday round table at a nursing home in Jacksonville, Gov. Ron DeSantis returned to a familiar theme: protecting the state’s most vulnerable from the coronavirus. The governor said he was looking for “a pathway to get families access” to the 1.5...

Health officials: 4 new Dengue fever cases in Florida Keys

Aug. 4, 2020 8:15 AM EDT

KEY LARGO, Fla. (AP) — Four cases of Dengue fever have recently been confirmed in the Florida Keys, bringing the total number of cases reported this year to 26, health officials said. The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County said in a statement on Monday that indications are the mosquito-borne...