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Commuters wearing face masks to protect themselves from the new coronavirus are reflected in a mirror at a skytrain station in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, April 3, 2020. Thailand's prime minister announced a nationwide 10 p.m.-to-4 a.m curfew starting Friday to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

The Latest: Thailand to extend visas amid virus challenges

Apr. 8, 2020 4:12 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: — New York virus death toll tops 9/11 deaths. —...

A medical worker from China's Jilin Province reacts as she prepares to return home at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Within hours of China lifting an 11-week lockdown on the central city of Wuhan early Wednesday, tens of thousands people had left the city by train and plane alone, according to local media reports. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Masked crowds fill streets, trains after Wuhan lockdown ends

Apr. 8, 2020 4:09 AM EDT

WUHAN, China (AP) — After more than two months indoors, Wuhan resident Tong Zhengkun was one of millions of people enjoying a renewed sense of freedom when the Chinese city's 76-day coronavirus lockdown was lifted Wednesday. “I haven’t been outside for more than 70 days,” an emotional...

In this April 8, 2020, photo supplied by World Vision, a house is damaged from Cyclone Harold on the island of Santo in Vanuatu. New Zealand announced Wednesday, April 8, 2020 it would help Vanuatu rebuild from the cyclone with aid of up to 500,000 New Zealand dollars ($300,000). Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Cyclone Harold had destroyed homes, infrastructure and crops. (World Vision via AP)

27 dead on Solomon Islands ferry: Did it follow virus order?

Apr. 8, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The leader of the remote Solomon Islands said Wednesday that 27 people had died after being washed overboard from a crowded ferry last week and the government is conducting a criminal investigation. But others say the government itself must take responsibility after it told...

Workers from the Vila Isabel samba school make scrubs, for medical workers to wear during the new coronavirus pandemic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Samba schools that a spend all year making Carnival costumes have turned their sewing machines to a different purpose, making scrubs and face masks for medical workers. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

Rio samba schools start sewing scrubs in coronavirus effort

Apr. 8, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rio de Janeiro’s samba schools usually spend the year furiously sewing costumes for the city's blowout Carnival celebration. Now, nimble fingers are working to protect lives instead, making medical outfits for hospital workers who face a surge of coronavirus patients. Dr. Wille...

Social worker Rebekka Rauchhaus of the Christian charity the Arche, or Ark, pulls a cart as she walks through the district Hellersdorf to deliver food, toys and hygiene products to poor families in the Hellersdorf suburb of Berlin, Germany, Thursday, April 2, 2020. The group that provides help to about 1,300 poor families across Germany is now delivering to their doorstep during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

AP PHOTOS: German charity goes home-to-home in virus crisis

Apr. 8, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Poor families are particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, even in rich countries like Germany. Lockdowns are forcing children to stay inside often-cramped homes, amplifying tensions that already exist. Food bank closures mean families have to spend of their limited money on basic...

FILE - In this March 24, 2020, file photo, people take pictures with the Olympic Flame during a ceremony in Fukushima City, Japan. The Olympic flame has been removed from public display in Japan, and it's not clear when it will reappear again or where. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Tokyo Olympic flame taken off display; next stop unclear

Apr. 8, 2020 3:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic flame has been taken off public display in Japan. And it’s not clear when it will reappear again or where — or under what conditions. The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 26. After the Tokyo Olympics and the torch relay were postponed until next...

In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 photo, a paramedic from the Palestinian Ministry of Health disinfects Palestinian laborers to help contain the coronavirus, as they exit an Israeli army checkpoint after returning from work in Israel, near the West Bank village of Nilin, west of Ramallah. The virus outbreak poses a major dilemma for tens of thousands of Palestinian laborers working inside Israel who can no longer freely travel back and forth. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Outbreak poses dilemma for Palestinians working in Israel

Apr. 8, 2020 3:33 AM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — At the construction site in Tel Aviv, Jamal Salman and the other Palestinian workers wore gloves and masks, and their employer provided apartments for them to stay overnight. But his wife, alarmed by the news about the coronavirus outbreak in Israel, called him every night from...

A man stands in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Tokyo. Asian shares were mostly lower after gyrating in early trading amid uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak. Japan’s Nikkei 225 inched up in Wednesday morning trading, but benchmarks in Australia, South Korea and Chine are lower. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian shares mostly lower, Japan gains on upbeat data

Apr. 8, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's benchmark advanced but other Asian shares fell Wednesday amid uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak, which continues to claim more lives around the world. Japan's Nikkei 225 jumped 2.1% to finish at 19,353.24. Stronger than expected machinery orders helped lift sentiment....

FILE - In this March 25, 2020 file photo, medical staff tend to patients at the intensive care unit of the Casalpalocco COVID-19 Clinic on the outskirts of Rome. The pressures on intensive care units in Italy and Spain may have eased in recent days as new coronavirus cases decline, but the psychological toll the pandemic has taken on the doctors and nurses who work there is only now beginning to emerge. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

Italy, Spain ICU pressures decline, but emotional toll rises

Apr. 8, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Maddalena Ferrari lets herself cry when she takes off the surgical mask she wears even at home to protect her elderly parents from the coronavirus that surrounds her at work in one of Italy’s hardest-hit intensive care units. In the privacy of her own bedroom, where no one can see, the...

This April 3, 2020 photo shows realtor Michelle Bushée posing at her desk while working from her home in Pittsburgh, Pa. Bushee has always been an avid planner. Her weeks used to be very busy but now the entire month of April is empty. (Nick Bushée via AP)

Making plans, defiantly, amid the chaos and madness

Apr. 8, 2020 2:35 AM EDT

As owners of a wedding and event-planning business, Karina Lopez and Curtis Rogers have always known how the best-laid plans can go awry. But there’s no way they could have imagined just a few weeks ago what would happen to their very own wedding plans. First, the joyous bash they’d been...