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Seated in the middle of the room Senator Kelly Loeffler gives the thumbs up as she is recognized by President Donald Trump during his visit to Georgia to talk about an infrastructure overhaul at the UPS Hapeville hub at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

The Latest: Atlanta mayor wants to keep mask requirement

Jul. 16, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

ATLANTA — Mayors in Atlanta and other Georgia cities want their requirements for wearing masks in public to remain in place, despite Gov. Brian Kemp forbidding cities and counties from mandating masks. Statements by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and others Thursday deepened their defiance of the...

In this photo taken Tuesday, May 19, 2020, a view of a field hospital under construction at a sports complex in Khayelitsha in Cape Town South Africa, With dramatically increased community transmission, Cape Town has become the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa and the entire continent. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

South Africa's virus epicenter shifts away from Cape Town

Jul. 16, 2020 11:37 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Health officials in South Africa decided Thursday to reduce the capacity of a COVID-19 field hospital in Cape Town, a sign that the situation may be improving in the city that was Africa's first coronavirus epicenter. Declining numbers of patients prompted the decision to...

A gravedigger works in the COVID-19 section of the Maitland Cemetary in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, July 15, 2020 as a burial takes place in the background. South Africa has surpassed the UK in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases and now has the world's eighth-highest number of confirmed cases at 298,292, which is nearly half of all the confirmed cases on the African continent. (AP Photo/Nardus Engelbrecht)

African nation blasts 'inequality crisis' in virus testing

Jul. 16, 2020 9:34 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Central African Republic’s health minister is blasting the “big inequality crisis” in coronavirus testing as he sees rich countries like Britain conduct scores of thousands of tests daily while his own struggles to obtain supplies for a couple hundred at most. ...

UN says 2 aid workers, 4 others shot dead in South Sudan

Jul. 16, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two aid workers in South Sudan were shot dead along with four people they were helping after members of an unknown armed group attacked them early this week, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator in the country said Thursday. South Sudan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for...

People wear masks while viewing the gorilla habitat at the San Francisco Zoo on Monday, July 13, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Latest: 2 more big Calif cities keeping schools shut

Jul. 15, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco and Sacramento have become the latest cities in California to announce that public school students will not return to classrooms when the new term begins because of surges in coronavirus cases and delays in getting test results back. They join Los Angeles and San Diego, the...

Valentina Fasano cleans her work space with sanitizing wipes at the Girl's Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Camp during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Miami. This Miami-Dade County summer camp program is operating at limited capacity, and has enhanced health screening and sanitizing procedures, practices social distancing, and required wearing of face coverings. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Confirmed US virus cases rise amid new global restrictions

Jul. 15, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — California, Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 36,000 new coronavirus cases Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the United States and around the world in an unsettling sign reminiscent of the dark days of April. The soaring...

The Latest: China eases restrictions on domestic tourism

Jul. 15, 2020 12:12 AM EDT

BEIJING — China is further easing restrictions on domestic tourism after reporting no new local cases of COVID-19 in nine days. A directive from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism dated Tuesday said that tourist sites should allow 50 percent of their daily visitor capacity, up from 30 percent, and that...

This combination image made from satellite images taken on Friday, June 26, 2020, above, and Sunday, July 12, 2020, below, shows the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile river in the Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia. New satellite imagery shows the reservoir behind Ethiopia's disputed hydroelectric dam beginning to fill, but an analyst says it's likely due to seasonal rains instead of government action. (Maxar Technologies via AP)

Satellite images show Ethiopia dam reservoir swelling

Jul. 14, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — New satellite imagery shows the reservoir behind Ethiopia’s disputed hydroelectric dam beginning to fill, but an analyst says it’s likely due to seasonal rains instead of government action. The images emerge as Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan say the latest talks on the...

A grave is prepared for a Muslim burial at Johannesburg's main Westpark Cemetery, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Graves are being prepared across the country as it faces a possible shortages of COVID-19 beds and oxygen supply as the country heads towards its coronavirus peak. (AP Photo Denis Farrell)

South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases

Jul. 14, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa on Tuesday surpassed the U.K. in its number of confirmed coronavirus cases as the country's president warns of "the gravest crisis in the history of our democracy.” South Africa now has the world’s eighth-highest number of cases at 298,292, which represents...

South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Health Ministry and Johns Hopkins data

Jul. 14, 2020 3:51 PM EDT
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa surpasses the UK in confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the Health Ministry and Johns Hopkins data.