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A man pulls a trolley filled with cardboard and plastic bottles for recycling through the streets at Phumlamqashi informal settlement near Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

The Latest: Tennessee county has highest virus caseload

Jun. 3, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 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. ___ NASHVILLE, Tennessee — A small county in the northwest corner of Tennessee is once...

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden gives a daily update on the coronavirus COVID-19 situation, in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday June 3, 2020. Tagnell has shown some contrition as criticism has grown over the country’s approach of not locking down the country has resulted in one of the highest death rates per capita in the world.  Tegnell told Swedish radio on Wednesday that “I think there is potential for improvement in what we have done in Sweden, quite clearly.”  (Anders Wiklund / TT via AP)

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Jun. 3, 2020 2:29 PM EDT

One of Sweden's top health officials is defending his country's response to the coronavirus outbreak after first showing some contrition about its actions. “We still believe that our strategy is good, but there is always room for improvement. ... You can always get better at this job,” chief...

Dominique Bryant, 23, wearing the Black and Proud T-shirt, joins demonstrators as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Latest: Washington mayor mulls legal challenge to Trump

Jun. 3, 2020 2:24 PM EDT

The Latest on the May 25 death in Minneapolis of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck: TOP OF THE HOUR: — Washington mayor preparing for legal challenge to President Trump over security operations in District of Columbia. —...

FILE - In this April 29, 2018 file photo taken with a fisheye lens, a flag flies at the Banc of California Stadium prior to an MLS soccer game between Los Angeles FC and the Seattle Sounders in Los Angeles. Los Angeles FC will seek a new name for its 2-year-old Banc of California Stadium after a restructuring of the bank's partnership with the Major League Soccer club. LAFC announced Tuesday, May 26, 2020 that Banc of California will eventually give up its naming rights to the sleek new stadium just south of downtown Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, file)

The Latest: Cowboys star Prescott pledges $1M in Floyd wake

Jun. 3, 2020 1:39 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott says he is pledging $1 million “to improve our police training and address systematic racism through education and advocacy in our country.” Prescott made the pledge at the...

A waitress wearing a face mask to protect against coronavirus carries out a plate of fish to serve at a seafood restaurant in Marseille, southern France, Tuesday, June 2, 2020. The French way of life resumes Tuesday with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Hints of economic reawakening amid mass, civic unrest

Jun. 3, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ TESTING THE WATERS: Businesses are starting reopen, or explore...

FILE - In this April 23, 2020 photo, Isaac Lopez, 19, second from left, holds a photo of his father, Tomas Lopez, as he poses for a photo with his mother, Antonia, second from right; his brother, Elias, 12, left; and his sister Elda, 16, right, at their home in Pacific, Wash. Tomas, 44, who died of COVID-19 on April 2, was a beloved fixture wherever he sold tacos from his family's bright green taco truck. The passage of a milestone — 100,000 lives lost due to the coronavirus in the United States — has brought attention to how news organizations are trying to tell the stories behind the numbers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

U.S. news organizations focus on lives lost in the pandemic

Jun. 3, 2020 11:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Many are familiar with some of the bold-faced names of people who died of COVID-19 — musician John Prine, NFL kicker Tom Dempsey, former Stanford University President Donald Kennedy and music producer Hal Willner. Most of the pandemic's victims aren't known beyond family, friends...

In this May 31, 2020, photo, the unending pandemic has intensified the finite period of babyhood for Associated Press writer Sally Ho, whose 8-month-old son, Clark, has spent 32 percent of his life under quarantine in Seattle. (AP Photo/Sally Ho)

VIRUS DIARY: Time and longing during a locked-down babyhood

Jun. 3, 2020 11:25 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — My 8-month-old baby has now spent 32% of his life under quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. Time blurs enough during infancy for both babies without long-term memory and parents deprived of sleep. But the lockdown has further stretched the elasticity of time for me as I witness my...

State epidemiologist Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden speaks during a news conference on a daily update on the coronavirus COVID-19 situation, in Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday June 3, 2020. Tagnell has shown some contrition as criticism has grown over the country’s approach of not locking down the country has resulted in one of the highest death rates per capita in the world.  Tegnell told Swedish radio on Wednesday that “I think there is potential for improvement in what we have done in Sweden, quite clearly.”  (Anders Wiklund / TT via AP)

Scientist defends Sweden's hotly debated virus strategy

Jun. 3, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's chief epidemiologist on Wednesday defended his country's controversial coronavirus strategy, which avoided a lockdown but resulted in one of the highest per capita COVID-19 death rates in the world. Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency denied that “the Swedish...

FILE - In this May 12, 2020 file, photo, Yemeni medical workers wearing masks and protective gear stand at the entrance of a hospital in Aden, Yemen. The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has reported a spike of deaths and infections from coronavirus, including health workers at a facility it runs in Aden. Residents of Aden had previously said several hospitals shut their doors as medical staffers feared contracting the virus while lacking protective equipment. (AP Photo/Wail al-Qubaty, File)

UN: Yemen programs fighting virus might stop by end of June

Jun. 3, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United Nations warned Wednesday its programs to fight the coronavirus and stave off starvation for hundreds of thousands of children in war-torn Yemen will be severely cut or stopped altogether by the end of the month unless donor countries provide an immediate injection of cash. The U.N....

People stand in a queue to book bus tickets to travel to places outside the state in Kolkata, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. More states opened up and crowds of commuters trickled onto the roads in many of India's cities on Monday as a three-phase plan to lift the nationwide coronavirus lockdown began despite an upward trend in new infections. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Asia Today: S. Korea opening schools despite spike in cases

Jun. 3, 2020 7:57 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a weekslong resurgence of the virus as the government defended its decision to reopen schools despite health risks. The figures announced by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on brought...