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FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, pallbearers wearing personal protective equipment suits lift the casket containing the remains of Benedict Somi Vilakasi for his burial ceremony at the Nasrec Memorial Park outside Johannesburg, South Africa. Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts tell The Associated Press the true toll is several times higher. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

The Latest: South Africa nearing 10,000 coronavirus deaths

Aug. 6, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is reporting more than 8,300 new confirmed coronavirus cases as the country with the world’s fifth largest caseload is approaching 10,000 deaths. The new health ministry figures push the total cases on the African continent past the 1 million mark. South Africa has more...

Recently filled graves are seen in the Olifantsveil Cemetery outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020. The frequency of burials in South Africa has significantly increased during the coronavirus pandemic, as the country became one of the top five worst-hit nation. New infection numbers around the world are a reminder that a return to normal life is still far from sight. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Africa passes 1M confirmed virus cases; true number far more

Aug. 6, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have surpassed 1 million, but global health experts say the true toll is likely several times higher, reflecting the gaping lack of testing for the continent’s 1.3 billion people. While experts say infection tolls in richer nations can...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, a family waits outside their home to receive food handouts from the local government, in the Cristo del Consuelo neighborhood of Guayaquil, Ecuador. In March and April, Guayaquil was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. But Guayaquil has stabilized since then, sending medical teams and equipment elsewhere in Ecuador and taking in virus patients from outside the city. (AP Photo/Angel de Jesus, File)

Once in crisis, Ecuador city now helps others battle virus

Aug. 6, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ecuador's biggest city, Guayaquil, was a pandemic hellscape of makeshift morgues, hundreds dying at home, bodies left in the street. That was in March and April, when the country's economic hub on the Pacific coast suffered as much as anywhere in the world from the new coronavirus and...

FILE - Travelers make their ways to the south security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Denver.  U.S. public health officials are revising their travel advisory information. So if Taiwan or Greenland are in your travel plans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you can go ahead and pack your bags. Previously, the agency told U.S. travelers to avoid all nonessential travel because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

US rescinds global 'do not travel' coronavirus warning

Aug. 6, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday rescinded its warnings to Americans against all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying conditions no longer warrant a blanket worldwide alert. The State Department lifted its level-four health advisory for the entire world in...

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Is it safe to reopen schools during the pandemic?

Aug. 6, 2020 3:33 AM EDT

Is it safe for schools to reopen during the pandemic? It depends on how widespread COVID-19 infections are in the community and the safety measures the school takes. In areas where the virus is poorly controlled, public health experts say in-person education would be too risky. In areas where the virus appears...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, a visitor stands by the logo of Toyota Motor Corp. at its showroom in Tokyo. Toyota’s April-June profit plunged 74% as the coronavirus pandemic crushed vehicle sales to about half of what the top Japanese automaker sold the previous year, reported Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Toyota's profit plunges as pandemic halves vehicle sales

Aug. 6, 2020 2:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota’s profit plunged 74% in the last quarter as the coronavirus pandemic sank vehicle sales to about half of what the top Japanese automaker sold the previous year. Toyota Motor Corp. reported on Thursday a profit of 158.8 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in April-June, down from 619...

A masked fruit vendor prepares her streetside cart while waiting for customers near downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. California lawmakers are considering requiring employers to notify workers and public health officials about positive COVID-19 cases in the workplace. Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and assessed a fine of up to $10,000. Supporters say the bill is necessary to protect workers. But business groups say the bill is so vague it will be impossible to comply with. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

California virus-fighting efforts hampered by data delays

Aug. 6, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California has stopped removing or adding to a list of counties facing more restrictions on businesses and schools as it tries to resolve a technical problem with the state’s coronavirus testing database, health officials said Wednesday. The state has recorded a...

A currency trader wearing a face mask walks near the screen showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Asian shares mixed as US talks on stimulus still stalled

Aug. 5, 2020 11:17 PM EDT

Stocks were mixed in Asia on Thursday despite strong gains overnight on Wall Street, where the rally just kept on rolling. Investors are watching to see if lawmakers will come ahead with fresh stimulus for the U.S. economy. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 index shed 0.4% to 22,438.61 while the Shanghai Composite index gave...

This satellite image taken on Wednesday Aug. 5, 2020 shows the port of Beirut and the surrounding area in Lebanon following a massive explosion on Tuesday. Residents of Beirut confronted a scene of utter devastation a day after a massive explosion at the port rippled across the Lebanese capital, killing at least 100 people, wounding thousands and leaving entire city blocks blanketed with glass and rubble. (Planet Labs Inc. via AP)

The Latest: Australia pledges $1.4M for Beirut relief effort

Aug. 5, 2020 11:13 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the explosion in Beirut (all times local): 6 a.m. Thursday The Australian government has pledged an initial 2 million Australian dollars ($1.4 million) to the relief effort in Lebanon following the deadly blast that ripped across the capital Beirut. Prime Minister Scott...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus hold portable fans to cool themselves in the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan region declares coronavirus emergency

Aug. 5, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

TOKYO — The governor of Japan’s Aichi Prefecture has announced a regional “state of emergency” seeking to curb the coronavirus. Gov. Hideaki Ohmura on Thursday asked businesses to close altogether or close early and urged people to stay home at night. The measures continue through Aug....