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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 in Gauhati, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Asia Today: India's coronavirus cases jump by another 96K

Sep. 18, 2020 8:06 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. The Health Ministry on Friday raised the nation’s total cases to 5.21 million, or 0.37% of its nearly 1.4 billion people. It said 1,174 more people died in the past 24...

Freshmen Lauren Tamborini and Bailey Donahue move out of Sellery Residence Hall Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The students plan on attending class online. Citing rapidly rising COVID-19 cases including two straight days in which one in five student tests came back positive, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank locked down the state's largest university campus for two weeks. (Mark Hoffmann/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Wisconsin university eliminates spring break

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison decided Monday to eliminate spring break next semester in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The university’s Faculty Senate voted 140-7 to erase the nine-day break from the 2021 spring calendar. Officials said the move is designed...

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right is received by his ministerial colleagues as he arrives at the Parliament in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept.14, 2020. Indian lawmakers have returned to Parliament after more than five months even as coronavirus cases continue to surge at the fastest pace than anywhere else in the world. (AP Photo)

Asia Today: Indian Parliament reopens with virus precautions

Sep. 14, 2020 7:58 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India reopened its Parliament after more than five months Monday, even as the country continues to report the most daily new infections of the coronavirus in the world and daily virus deaths remain above 1,000. Lawmakers must wear masks and follow other sanitization protocols, sit on seats...

Queensland state Chief Health officer Dr. Jeannette Young speaks during a press conference at Parliament House in Brisbane, Australia, on July 24, 2020. The Australian health official revealed Monday, Sept. 14, that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. (Dan Peled/AAP Image via AP)

Australian official under police guard over virus measures

Sep. 14, 2020 6:37 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian health official revealed Monday that she has been under police guard because of death threats and growing public anger over pandemic border restrictions. Queensland state Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said she now travels with a police escort because of the...

Sarah Caisip wears a protective mask after viewing her father's body at a funeral home in Brisbane, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. Caisip was refused permission to go to her father Bernard Prendergast's funeral because she was forced to spend 14 days in a hotel quarantine. (Darren England/AAP Image via AP)

Family heartache spotlights Australia virus restrictions

Sep. 10, 2020 5:49 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s government has ramped up pressure on a state government to relax pandemic border restrictions after a woman was refused permission to attend her father’s funeral on Thursday and a dying dad was told he was only allowed to be visited by one of his four...

Surfers wade in the water waiting for waves off the Southern Gold Coast area of Greenmount Beach, Gold Coast, Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. A shark fatally mauled a man on Tuesday on Australia’s Gold Coast city tourist strip, an official said. (David Clark/AAP via AP)

Australia officials probe if dead shark in net killed surfer

Sep. 9, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Authorities will investigate whether a dead tiger shark caught in a net off an Australian beach killed a surfer, an official said Wednesday. Nick Slater, 46, was fatally mauled on Tuesday off popular Greenmount Beach on the Gold Coast tourist strip in a rare attack off a beach...

FILE - In this June 8, 2019, file photo, Australia's Ash Barty holds the trophy after winning the women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Top-ranked Ash Barty will not defend her French Open title because of concerns over traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Barty opts out of French Open title defense amid pandemic

Sep. 8, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Ash Barty has prioritized her health over her status as women's tennis No. 1 by opting out of a second Grand Slam event during the coronavirus pandemic, this time skipping a title defense at the French Open. After pulling out of the U.S. Open, which is being contested in New York...

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish boy, wearing a face mask amid the coronavirus pandemic, looks out of his window in Bnei Brak, Israel Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. The death toll from the coronavirus in Israel has surpassed 1,000, as the government on Sunday mulled steps for imposing new restrictions to quell a resurgence in infections. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The Latest: Australia OKs funding for two potential vaccines

Sep. 6, 2020 10:32 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia announced on Monday it had struck supply and production agreements with pharmaceutical companies worth 1.7 billion Australian dollars ($1.2 billion) over two potential COVID-19 vaccines. Under the agreement, Britain’s University of Oxford in collaboration with...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2009 file photo, cranes off load containers at the Jebel Ali Port, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. International port operator DP World reached a deal Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, with one of Canada's biggest pension-fund managers to pour an additional $4.5 billion into their joint venture of ports and terminals. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

DP World, Canada fund to invest $4.5 billion in global ports

Sep. 3, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — International port operator DP World reached a deal Thursday with one of Canada’s biggest pension-fund managers to pour an additional $4.5 billion into their joint venture of ports and terminals. The new capital signals a major push to expand and brings the total...

A couple wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus walks along on a nearly empty shopping street in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asia Today: S. Korea counts 397 new cases as virus rebounds

Aug. 23, 2020 3:32 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea has added 397 new cases to its coronavirus caseload in a 10th day of triple-digit increases, as the speed of viral spread nears the levels last seen during the worst of the outbreak in spring. The resurgence, which began in the densely populated capital area before...