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An attendee stands in a sterilizer as a precaution against the coronavirus as he arrives for a defense expo, DX Korea 2020, in Goyang, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. South Korea has recorded its largest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three months as it gets set to tighten social distancing rules in the greater Seoul area. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: S Korea begins stronger limits in some areas

Nov. 18, 2020 8:59 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported more than 300 new coronavirus cases for a second consecutive day as authorities begin enforcing toughened social distancing rules in some areas to fight a resurgence of small-scale clusters of infections. The 343 new cases announced Thursday raised the...

People wear face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus at a department store in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

The Latest: Iowa's governor orders statewide mask mandate

Nov. 16, 2020 9:09 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa — With Iowa hospitals filling up, Gov. Kim Reynolds has dropped her opposition to a statewide mandate for mask use to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday requiring that everyone over 2 years old wear masks when in indoor public spaces. The mandate...

FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 file photo, two police officers walk by a giant statue of Saint Nicolas in front of the town hall of Sint-Niklaas, Belgium. To ensure the merriment of millions of Belgian kids this year, the government is offering a special exemption from the stringent coronavirus measures to beloved Saint Nicholas, who always delivers bountiful presents on the morning of Dec. 6. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Belgium exempts gift-bearing St Nicholas from virus measures

Nov. 12, 2020 10:06 AM EST

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — To ensure the merriment of millions of children, the government of Belgium is offering a special exemption from the country's strict coronavirus measures to beloved St. Nicholas, who always delivers bountiful presents on the morning of Dec. 6. In a tongue-in-cheek letter...

An artist wearing face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus gives final touches to decorative items ahead of Diwali, in Hyderabad, India, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. Health officials have warned about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the upcoming religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: Cases soaring in New Delhi ahead of festival

Nov. 11, 2020 11:40 PM EST

NEW DELHI — Coronavirus infections are continuing to soar in India’s capital as the country heads into a festival weekend that sees large gatherings. New Delhi reported 8,593 newly confirmed cases Thursday, up from 7,830 cases a day earlier as people crowd shopping areas ahead of Saturday’s...

A flamenco dancer holds up her dancing shoes during a protest organised by dance associations against virus restrictions, in Barcelona, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, as Spain continue with new measures to try to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Shanghai quarantines 186 after case at airport

Nov. 9, 2020 9:53 PM EST

BEIJING — Authorities in China’s financial hub of Shanghai have quarantined 186 people and conducted virus tests on more than 8,000 after a freight handler at the city’s main international airport tested positive for the coronavirus. The city government said on its microblog Tuesday that it...

A resident of a nursing home is being tested with a PCR test in Ammerschwihr, eastern France, Monday, Nov.9, 2020. The antigen tests can give results in 15-30 minutes, and if they turn out positive, the patient is sent for a PCR test to confirm the result. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Europe hunkers down but also notes wins against virus surge

Nov. 9, 2020 10:33 AM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal and Hungary on Monday became the latest European countries to impose curfews against the resurgent tide of coronavirus infections and deaths lashing the continent and filing its emergency wards. But glimmers of hope emerged from France, Belgium and elsewhere that tough...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 file photo, medical staff work in the intensive care ward for COVID-19 patients at the CHR Citadelle hospital in Liege, Belgium. Small, yet so divided, Belgium is hit hard again by the pandemic, and now has some of the worst results to show in Europe during the resurgence of the Coronavirus, it is revealed Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, File)

Divided Belgium among Europe's worst virus hotspots

Oct. 28, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

BUIZINGEN, Belgium (AP) — Small, yet so divided, Belgium has been hit hard again by the pandemic, and now presents some of the most worrying statistics in a continent reeling under a coronavirus resurgence. If ever there was a common enemy for the rival Dutch- and French-speaking citizens and regions to...

A man wearing a face shield as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus walks on a street in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. India reports 36,470 new coronavirus cases, the lowest in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. However, the overall tally neared 8 million, the second in the world behind the U.S. with over 8.7 million positive cases. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

The Latest: India capital has its worst 1-day virus caseload

Oct. 28, 2020 12:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases is moving closer to 8 million, with 43,893 new cases reported for the latest 24-hour period. The total reported Wednesday includes the highest single-day number of cases for the Indian capital of New Delhi — 4,853. The Health Ministry...

Medical staff transfer a COVID-19 patient, due to the lack of room, from the CHR Citadelle hospital in Liege, Belgium, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Authorities in Belgium fear another deadly wave of coronavirus cases could soon hit care homes for the elderly, as the country also confronts the possibility of its hospitals becoming overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Restrictions tightened, but no new virus lockdown in Belgium

Oct. 23, 2020 5:38 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian Prime minister Alexander De Croo stopped short Friday of imposing another full lockdown, as the country did in March, but introduced a series of new restrictive measures as the number of COVID-19-related hospital admissions and deaths continues to soar. Already severely hit during...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

The Latest: UN chief urges G20 to unite on coronavirus fight

Oct. 22, 2020 10:24 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. chief says it’s “very frustrating” that leaders of the 20 major industrialized nations didn’t come together in March and establish a coordinated response to grapple with the coronavirus in all countries as he proposed. The result, he says, is every...