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People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus pass on a crosswalk on a street in Tokyo, Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The Latest: Japan governor touts gargling product for virus

Aug. 4, 2020 11:22 PM EDT

TOKYO — A governor in Japan is drawing skeptical criticism after he touted a gargling product as effective against the coronavirus, an assertion that, despite its dubiousness, emptied some store shelves of the medicine. Shares of Shionogi & Co. and Meiji Holdings Co., which make Isojin, soared in Tokyo...

Chairman Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., left, speaks with Acting U.S. Park Police Chief Gregory T. Monahan, prior to a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

The Latest: China's Xinjiang region has 28 new cases

Aug. 2, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

BEIJING — Numbers of new COVID-19 cases in China’s far northwestern region of Xinjiang are continuing to fall, with 28 reported on Monday. China reported 43 new cases nationwide, seven of the imported and eight in the northeastern province of Liaoning. No new deaths were reported, leaving...

A woman's temperature is measured before riding a passenger jeepney to help curb the spread of COVID19 as drivers at the Tandang Sora terminal were recently allowed back on the road after months of not being able to work on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020 in Quezon city, Philippines. Coronavirus infections in the Philippines continues to surge Sunday as medical groups declared the country was waging a losing battle against the contagion and asked the president to reimpose a lockdown in the capital. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The Latest: Italy's tally of new virus cases down to 239

Aug. 2, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

MILAN — The number of new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Italy nudged lower to 239 in the last 24 hours, while all eight deaths were recorded in Lombardy, the epicenter of the country's epidemic. That brings the total number of cases in Italy to 248,070 and deaths to 35,154, according to Health...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Masks now required for all of Australian state

Jul. 29, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s coronavirus hot spot of Victoria state is making mask wearing compulsory statewide after reporting a new daily high of 723 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Masks have been compulsory in the state capital of Melbourne and a neighboring semi-rural district for the past...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus walk outside Flinders Street Station in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, July 23, 2020. There were few bare faces among rush-hour commuters in Australia’s second-largest city on Thursday morning as Melbourne residents were largely complying with a new law making face coverings compulsory. (James Ross/AAP Image via AP)

The Latest: Hard hit Australian state sees new cases drop

Jul. 28, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s hard-hit Victoria state has recorded its lowest daily tally of COVID-19 cases in nine days while the state premier is expressing hope that it is the start of a downward trend. Victoria on Wednesday reported 295 new cases and nine deaths, seven of which were in aged...

FILE - In this  July 15, 2020, file photo, job seekers exercise social distancing as they wait to be called into the Heartland Workforce Solutions office in Omaha, Neb. A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

GOP's jobless benefit plan could mean delays, states warn

Jul. 28, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

A Republican proposal to slash the $600 weekly benefit boost for those left jobless because of the coronavirus shutdown could result in weeks or even months of delayed payments in some states. Older computer systems that took weeks to set up for the initial federal unemployment enhancement would need to be...

A member of a television crew stands dressed as Hindu god Shiva as Nepalese Hindu devotees wearing masks sit after offering prayers from outside the closed gate of Pashupatinath temple during the holy month of Shrawan in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday, July 20, 2020. The temple has been remaining closed for almost four months as part of measures to control the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/NIranjan Shrestha)

The Latest: Nepal ends 120 days of coronavirus lockdown

Jul. 21, 2020 11:52 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal — Nepal’s government has ended a lockdown 120 days after it was imposed to control the spread of coronavirus. Information Minister Yuba Raj Khatiwada said the number of cases was declining in Nepal. Government and private offices would be fully functional from Wednesday and all...

Thousands of people enjoy the summer weather at the 'Isar' river banks in Munich, Germany, Sunday, July 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The Latest: S. Korea has smallest rise in cases in 2 months

Jul. 19, 2020 11:05 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korea has reported its smallest daily jump in local COVID-19 transmissions in two months as health authorities express cautious optimism that the outbreak is being brought under control. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday still reported 26 newly...

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp returns to his office after giving a coronavirus briefing at the Capitol Friday, July 17, 2020, in Atlanta.  Kemp is suing Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms over its face mask mandate. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

State and local officials tussle over virus restrictions

Jul. 17, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

Across the U.S., state and local officials are trying to balance the competing priorities of protecting their citizens from the coronavirus while keeping the economy running. Add into the mix strong feelings about individual freedom, weak and sometimes contradictory guidance from the federal government, and a...

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...