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A medical worker gives coronavirus vaccine candidate to a volunteer during a trial at a community health center in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Indonesia's only vaccine production company has started this week a so-called phase 3 clinical trials to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company. (AP Photo/Kusumadirezza)

Indonesia takes part in late-stage China vaccine trial

Aug. 14, 2020 5:53 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — More people in Indonesia rolled up their sleeves Friday to test a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by a Chinese company. The Indonesian government announced the partnership between state-owned enterprise Bio Farma and the Chinese company Sinovac BioTech in early July. As...

In this photo released by Indonesian Presidential Palace, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, dressed in a traditional outfit, delivers his national address before the parliament members in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Indonesia's president called on all citizens to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an advancement opportunity and pledged health care reforms in an address Friday ahead of the country's 75th anniversary of independence. (Agus Suparto/Presidential Palace via AP)

Widodo pledges health, economic reforms amid virus crisis

Aug. 14, 2020 3:00 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s president called on all citizens to turn the COVID-19 crisis into an advancement opportunity and pledged health care reforms in an address Friday ahead of the country's 75th anniversary of independence. Only half of the 575 lawmakers were in Parliament for...

People wearing face masks to protect against the coronavirus ride an escalator past a sign of a nail salon at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: China's community virus cases hit single digits

Aug. 11, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

BEIJING — China’s newly confirmed community transmitted cases of coronavirus fell into the single digits on Wednesday, while Hong Kong saw another 33 cases of infection. The National Health Commission said all nine new cases were found in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, whose capital Urumqi...

A security officer talks on his mobile phone at the sentencing hearing of the two police officers, Ronny Bugis and Rahmat Kadir Mahulette who are accused of attacking Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan, at North Jakarta District Court in Jakarta,Indonesia Thursday, July 16, 2020. At the hearing that was held virtually as a precaution against the new coronavirus outbreak, the court sentenced Mahulette to two years and Bugis to 18 months in prison for attacking Baswedan with acid in 2017 that badly damaged his eyes. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia jails 2 police in acid attack on graft official

Jul. 16, 2020 8:57 PM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced two elite police officers to 18 months and two years in prison for attacking a senior anti-corruption investigator with acid, in a verdict slammed by rights groups and anti-graft activists. Novel Baswedan, a leading investigator at the...

Bartender Katie McGranahan pours a beer at the Saint Arnold Brewing Company Friday, June 26, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday that he is shutting bars back down and scaling back restaurant capacity to 50%, in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Texas.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Some states revert to restrictions as virus cases surge

Jun. 26, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas and Florida reversed course and clamped down on bars again Friday in the nation's biggest retreat yet as the daily number of confirmed coronavirus infections in the U.S. surged to an all-time high of 40,000. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered all bars closed, while Florida banned...

Sri Lankan Municipal health workers spray disinfectant to another colleague who conducted blood tests for COVID-19 antibody tests at a market place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: India's cases spike again to near half-million

Jun. 26, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India neared half a million confirmed coronavirus cases Friday with its biggest 24-hour spike of 17,296 new infections, prompting a delay in resumption of regular train services of more than a month. The new cases took India's total to 490,401. The Health Ministry also reported 407 more...

Health workers collect nasal swab samples from a woman during a mass test for the new coronavirus at a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, June 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia surpasses 50,000 virus cases as business resumes

Jun. 25, 2020 8:38 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Indonesia surpassed 50,000 on Thursday, an increase that is worrying experts at a time when the government is allowing businesses to reopen amid increasing economic pressure. The surging cases in the world’s fourth-most populous country...

Judges read out their verdict during the virtual sentencing hearing for Papuan pro-independence activists who are on trial on the accusation of treason, at a district court in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, Indonesia, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The court sentenced the activists to nearly yearlong jail terms on treason charges for organizing anti-racism protests last year, despite calls from rights groups and politicians to drop the charges and release them. (AP Photo/Andi Muhammad Hafizh)

Indonesia jails 7 Papua anti-racism activists for treason

Jun. 17, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian court on Wednesday sentenced seven Papuan pro-independence activists to nearly yearlong jail terms on treason charges for organizing anti-racism protests last year, despite calls from rights groups and politicians to drop the charges and release them. Judges in the...