Latest 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic News

A man and his daughter pray for the victims of U.S. atomic bombing at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park in Nagasaki, southern Japan, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. Nagasaki marked the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Sunday. (Takuto Kaneko/Kyodo News via AP)

Nagasaki urges nuke ban on 75th anniversary of US A-bombing

Aug. 9, 2020 1:40 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese city of Nagasaki on Sunday marked its 75th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing, with the mayor and dwindling survivors urging world leaders including their own to do more for a nuclear weapons ban. At 11:02 a.m., the moment the B-29 bomber Bockscar dropped a 4.5-ton...

A woman waits to give a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 at a medical camp in Mumbai, India, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. As India hit another grim milestone in the coronavirus pandemic on Friday, crossing 2 million cases and more than 41,000 deaths, community health volunteers went on strike complaining they were ill-equipped to respond to the wave of infection in rural areas. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

Asia Today: Sources of many cases in Victoria untraceable

Aug. 9, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The premier of Australia’s Victoria state says more than 2,700 active cases have no known source and remain the primary concern of health authorities. Victoria on Sunday saw a welcome drop in its new COVID-19 cases with 394 but a record 17 deaths, including two people in...

A woman wearing a protective face mask speaks with healthcare workers during a house-to-house campaign to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus, in the Mallasa neighborhood of La Paz, Bolivia, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

The Latest: India doctors ask for support as 196 die so far

Aug. 9, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI, India —The Indian Medical Association says 196 doctors have died of COVID-19 so far and, in an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requested adequate care for physicians and their families. The Health Ministry on Sunday recorded nearly 64,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours...

Facemasks create challenges for deaf, hard of hearing

Aug. 9, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Facemasks are one of the many things being considered the new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, they present problems for one group of people: The deaf and hard of hearing. Natasha Raisanen, 21, became hard of hearing seven years ago after she got sick the summer...

Fire kills 7 coronavirus patients in India COVID-19 facility

Aug. 9, 2020 12:42 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A fire killed seven coronavirus patients early Sunday at a southern Indian hotel being used as a COVID-19 facility, officials said, in the second such incident this month. The blaze at Hotel Swarna Palace in the city of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh state broke out at 5 a.m. Rescue...

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump order allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Aug. 9, 2020 12:03 AM EDT

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump has bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's orders on Saturday...

Ashley Ashwander, left, and Lindsey Faulkner decorate chalk orders for Hopscotch, a sidewalk chalk line they created and produce, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Decatur, Ala. (Dan Busey/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Decatur women launch handmade chalk business during pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Two Decatur women mixed secret ingredients with pigment and water to create a few messes and their own line of sidewalk chalk that’s helped offset the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on their regular businesses. Ashley Ashwander and Lindsey Faulkner launched their...

Lutz, Wood stayed in shape at Irish Channel boxing gym

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The big speakers on the black, rubberized floor thumped and Zach Wood emptied the tank throwing a flurry of fists at the two targets that took a beating and kept coming back for more. “Yes!” shouted Keith Director over the din of the mid-aughts rap playlist,...

Overdoses up as people in recovery struggle during pandemic

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — When the state of Georgia shut down as part of its battle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Gainesville’s recovery community was the busiest it has ever been. Just two miles from the Jeffrey Dallas Gay Jr. Recovery Center on Juanita Avenue, Northeast Georgia Medical Center and its...

Strong Neighborhood Project invests in people

Aug. 9, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Making an investment in people to let them know they are somebody worth caring about and connecting with is the purpose of the Strong Neighborhood Project, a program of the United Way of Central Louisiana. “I think the thing that really makes the project special to me is the...