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Relatives help a SOS Funeral worker, wearing protection equipment amid the new coronavirus outbreak, remove the body of Eldon Cascais from his home in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, May 9, 2020. According to Cascais' relatives, he had lung cancer and died at home after suffering from shortness of breath, cough and fatigue for a week. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

WHO warns that 1st wave of pandemic not over; dampens hopes

May. 26, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still smack in the middle of the pandemic, dampening hopes for a speedy global economic rebound and renewed international travel. “Right now, we're not in the second wave....

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne comments in Penrith, Australia Monday, May 18, 2020. Payne welcomed international support for an independent investigation of the coronavirus: an inquiry that has been condemned by China and blamed for a bilateral trade rift. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Australia welcomes virus inquiry but condemns China tariff

May. 18, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Tuesday welcomed international support for an independent coronavirus pandemic investigation as China ratcheted up a bilateral trade rift by placing tariffs on Australian barley. The World Health Organization bowed to calls Monday from most of its member states to...

In this May 12, 2020 photo, a Yemeni man receives treatment as he lies on a bed at a hospital in Aden, Yemen. People have been dying by the dozens each day in southern Yemen's main city, Aden, many of them with breathing difficulties, say city officials. Blinded with little capacity to test, health workers fear the coronavirus is running out of control, feeding off a civil war that has completely broken down the country. (AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

May. 15, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

Defying a wave of layoffs that has sent the U.S. job market into its worst catastrophe on record, at least one major industry is making a comeback. Tens of thousands of auto workers are returning to factories that have been shuttered since mid-March because of fears of spreading the coronavirus. The auto...

In this May 14, 2019 photo, packages of frozen beef filets from Australia, left, the United States, center, and Canada, right, are for sale at a supermarket in Beijing. China has too much at stake to destroy its trading relationship with Australia entirely but is using sanctions to send a sharp warning to the South Pacific nation about its calls for a robust coronavirus inquiry, an expert says. China has suspended beef imports from four Australian slaughterhouses and is threatening to impose huge tariffs on barley after Australia called for independent inquiry into the origins of the virus. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China uses trade as weapon to silence virus criticism

May. 15, 2020 10:32 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Trying to silence criticism over the coronavirus pandemic, China is deploying a well-used weapon — trade sanctions. Beijing has blocked some imports of Australian beef after Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government, endorsed by Washington, called for a robust...

The Latest: China’s foreign minister lashes out

May. 15, 2020 2:01 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: — China’s foreign minister lashes out and says...

Theresa Haag, sister of Harris County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Raymond Scholwinski, bends down to kiss her brother's casket during funeral services for the deputy at Humble First Assembly of God in Humble, Texas, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Sgt. Scholwinski, 70, died May 6 after falling ill from COVID-19. He was a 39-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Virus tests hospitals in pockets of US as some states reopen

May. 14, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — From a hospital on the edge of the Navajo Nation to the suburbs of the nation’s capital, front-line medical workers in coronavirus hot spots are struggling to keep up with a crushing load of patients while lockdown restrictions are lifting in many other parts of the U.S....

A medical worker takes a swab from a resident for the novel coronavirus test during home visits in Wuhan the epicenter of China's coronavirus outbreak in central China's Hubei province  Thursday, May 14, 2020 Some residential compounds in Wuhan have begun testing inhabitants for the coronavirus as a program to test everyone in the Chinese city of 11 million people in 10 days got underway. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

Asia Today: Japan easing emergency, Wuhan starts new testing

May. 14, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Thursday the lifting of a coronavirus state of emergency ahead of schedule in most of the country except for eight high-risk areas. Abe lifted the measure in 39 of the country’s 47 prefectures. It remains in effect in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto...

Dark clouds envelop the skies as workers fold a billboard to prepare for the coming of typhoon Vongfong in Manila, Philippines Thursday May, 14, 2020. The first typhoon to hit the country this year roared toward the eastern Philippines on Thursday as authorities work to evacuate tens of thousands of people while avoiding overcrowding in shelters that could spread the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Philippines prep for typhoon amid coronavirus

May. 14, 2020 1:07 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: —Typhoon Vongfong bears down on Philippines during lockdown...

Customers eat street food behind plastic sheets to help curb the spread of the coronavirus in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Small restaurants are one of the few businesses that have been allowed to open during an easing of restrictions in Thailand's capital Bangkok imposed weeks ago to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Asia Today: Singapore partly reopens despite rise in cases

May. 12, 2020 10:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Singaporeans were able to get a haircut at the barber or pop in to their favorite bakery Tuesday as the government loosened restrictions three weeks before a partial lockdown ends. Despite an upsurge in cases due to an outbreak among foreign workers staying in crowded dormitories, the...

FILE - In this May 14, 2019, file photo, frozen beef filets from Australia, United States, and Canada are on sale at a supermarket in Beijing. China has suspended imports of beef from four Australian producers following a threat by Beijing of possible trade retaliation if Australia pushed for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

China cuts Australian beef imports amid virus tension

May. 12, 2020 7:36 AM EDT

CANBERRRA, Australia (AP) — China suspended imports of beef from four Australian producers on Tuesday following a threat by Beijing of possible trade retaliation if Australia pushed for an inquiry into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said the suspensions appear to...