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Mountainside Fitness posts their safety guidelines as the facility remains open even as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order for all gyms to close due to the surge in coronavirus cases in Arizona Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Phoenix. For the third straight day, several health clubs in metro Phoenix were defying Ducey's 30-day shutdown order to close gyms, bars, water park and tubing businesses, raising questions about whether officials who have been criticized for responding indecisively to the pandemic will be effective in shutting down the clubs. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Latest: WHO urges focus on first wave of coronavirus

Jul. 3, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

GENEVA — The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief says “we need to put up a fight now” during a peak in the current wave of the coronavirus pandemic — rather than focusing on when a second wave might come. Dr. Michael Ryan said the world will be much better at fighting...

Plastic sheets on a traditional Jeepney bus separate passengers as part of health measures to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus in metropolitan Manila, Philippines on Friday, July 3, 2020. The government is allowing some routes for Jeepneys to be opened to help public transportation as the government slowly eases the coronavirus lockdown (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Asia Today: Kim urges North Koreans to keep up virus fight

Jul. 3, 2020 11:06 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media said Friday. Despite the warning, Kim reaffirmed North Korea's claim to not have had a...

In this July 3, 2020, photo, provided by Lee Hyun Su, pieces of new green onion flavored Chex cereal are sprinkled on a bowl of Tteok-bokki, or stir-fried rice cakes, a popular Korean dish in Seoul, South Korea. The cereal has become a sensation in South Korea after 16 years of delay in its release. (Lee Hyun Su via AP)

Was new Chex flavor worth South Koreans' 16-year wait?

Jul. 3, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Koreans have waited 16 long years for a savory, crispy bite that would satisfy their taste buds and right an infamous wrong. This week, they finally could fill a bowl with the cereal they wanted all along: green onion-flavored Chex. Kellogg’s Korea's limited-edition...

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a Politburo meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, June 2, 2020. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads:

Kim Jong Un urges North Koreans to keep up virus fight

Jul. 3, 2020 3:37 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked “unimaginable and irretrievable crisis,” state media said Friday. Despite the warning, Kim reaffirmed North Korea’s claim to not have...

The Latest: South Korea has 63 newly confirmed virus cases

Jul. 2, 2020 10:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 63 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 as health authorities scramble to mobilize public health tools to the southwestern city of Gwangju, where more than 50 people were found sickened over the past week. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control...

Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Residents wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus line up for COVID-19 test outside the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Test sites have sprung up through the Chinese capital as test have become a daily normal after the latest outbreak of the coronavirus, (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: SKorea weighs listing churches as 'high risk'

Jun. 30, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as “high risk” venues for the spread of COVID-19 following a slew of transmissions tied to church gatherings. South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020 file photo, a worker wearing protective gears disinfects as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's professional baseball league said on Tuesday, June 30, it will require fans to wear masks and to sit at least a seat apart as it prepares to bring back spectators in the coming weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

With restrictions, fans set to return to SKorean baseball

Jun. 30, 2020 3:36 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will require fans to wear masks and to sit at least a seat apart as it prepares to bring back spectators in the coming weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Korea Baseball Organization on Tuesday said fans will also not...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020, file photo, police officers ride a boat to collect a ballon carrying a banner with images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the late leader Kim Il Sung and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un, released by Fighters For Free North Korea, in Hongcheon, South Korea. South Korean police said Tuesday, June 30, 2020, that they've summoned two activists accused of raising tensions with North Korea by sending propaganda balloons or plastic bottles filled with rice across the border. (Yang Ji-woong/Yonhap via AP, File)

Seoul police say they're questioning anti-North activists

Jun. 30, 2020 12:45 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Tuesday that they’ve summoned two activists accused of raising tensions with North Korea by sending propaganda balloons or plastic bottles filled with rice across the border. Park Sang-hak, a North Korean refugee who has floated anti-Pyongyang...

Financial union members wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus attend a rally against government's financial policy in front of the Financial Supervisory Service in Seoul, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: SKorea sees COVID-19 cases spread beyond capital

Jun. 29, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported 43 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 from across the country as infections begin to spread beyond the greater capital area, which has been at the center of a virus resurgence since late May. The figures announced by South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control...