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In this Friday May 1, 2020 photo, 34-year-old entrepreneur Fino Dlamini poses for a photograph inside her office in the Soweto township outside Johannesburg, South Africa.  Business was good in January and February, and projections for the rest of 2020 were excellent. Then the coronavirus brought everything to an abrupt halt. Dlamini was confined to her small home under a strict lockdown, with few options for earning money. South Africa is struggling to balance its fight against the coronavirus with its dire need to resume economic activity. The country with the Africa’s most developed economy also has its highest number of infections — more than 19,000.  (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

In fight against virus, South Africa expects a long wait

May. 24, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With her winning smile and outgoing nature, Fino Dlamini was a natural to succeed in South Africa’s booming tourism industry. Her bicycle tours of Soweto took visitors to historic sites, including the homes of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and to restaurants where...

Visitors wearing masks to curb the spread of the coronavirus take shelter from a sudden rainstorm at a park in Beijing on Saturday, May 23, 2020. New coronavirus cases dropped to zero in China for the first time Saturday but overwhelmed hospitals across Latin America – both in countries lax about lockdowns and those lauded for firm, early confinement. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Montana outbreak tied to Schwab country club

May. 24, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Montana outbreak tied to golf and country club developed by...

A health worker checks a computer screen at the COVID-19 test department of the Broussais Hospital in Paris, Monday May 11, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly pledged the country would be able to test up to 700,000 people per week as key to the re-opening process, but so far the number of people tested is much lower and the effective capacities in the country remain vague. (Alain Jocard, Pool via AP)

The Latest: UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:43 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus 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. TOP OF THE HOUR: —UN warns cybercrime on rise during pandemic. —South...

Cemetery musician Victor Dzib Cima, 70, plays his accordion as he waits for clients while cemetery workers remove coffins from gravesites that belonged to families who stopped paying rent at the San Nicolas Tolentino Pantheon, where he has worked for tips for 22 years, in the Iztapalapa area of Mexico City, Friday, May 22, 2020. The cemetery is making space for more burials amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and it is custom for cemeteries in Mexico to rent, instead of sell, grave sites. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Record virus infections, deaths are ravaging Latin America

May. 22, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A surging coronavirus is ravaging parts of Latin America, setting records for cases and deaths Friday in some countries in the world's most unequal region even as the pandemic's march slows in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. Latin America's two largest nations —...

This May 5, 2020, photo shows Lance Chang playing a ukulele during a livestream performance of his family's band, Kanilau, from the living room of his father Roland Chang's home in Honolulu. The coronavirus pandemic has taken out large sections of Hawaii's tourism-based economy, including the Chang family's turtle and dolphin snorkel tour business and their regular music gig in Waikiki. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

Pandemic job losses hit tourism-dependent states hardest

May. 22, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly brutal to the tourism-dependent economies of Nevada and Hawaii, lifting the unemployment rate in both states to about one-quarter of the workforce. Nevada topped the nation with an April unemployment rate of 28.2%, the worst any state has seen...

FILE - In this March 13, 2020, file photo, unionized hospitality workers wait in line in a basement garage to apply for unemployment benefits at the Hospitality Training Academy in Los Angeles. California's unemployment rate nearly tripled in April because of the economic fallout from coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California's April jobless rate higher than Great Recession

May. 22, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's unemployment rate nearly tripled to 15.5% in April as the nation's most populous state lost more jobs in one month from the coronavirus than it did during the Great Recession a decade ago, state data released Friday showed. Just two months ago, California was...

A row of signs advertising jobs are posted in front of a Burger King restaurant, Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Harmony, Pa. The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits in the two months since the coronavirus took hold in the U.S. has swelled to nearly 39 million, the government reported Thursday, even as states from coast to coast gradually reopen their economies and let people go back to work. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Pennsylvania jobless rate hits 15.1% as payrolls collapse

May. 22, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate skyrocketed in April, at the height of the pandemic-driven shutdown, to its highest rate in over four decades of record-keeping, the state said Friday. Meanwhile, payrolls fell by more than 1 million to the lowest level in at least three...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., wears a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he walks to the Senate chamber after meeting with Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

GOP weighs jobless aid cuts as layoffs surpass 38 million

May. 22, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reconsideration of jobless aid is fast becoming the focus of congressional debate over the next virus aid package Republicans are staking out plans to phase out coronavirus-related unemployment benefits to encourage Americans to go back to work, although it's not clear when there will be...

Delegates applaud as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives for the opening session of China's National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool)

China boosts spending for virus-hit economy, takes up HK law

May. 22, 2020 7:33 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s No. 2 leader on Friday promised higher spending to revive its pandemic-stricken economy and curb surging job losses but avoided launching a massive stimulus on the scale of the United States or Japan. Premier Li Keqiang told lawmakers Beijing would set no economic growth...

This image released by Damien Escobar shows Escobar with medical staff at Queens Hospital in the Queens borough of New York. Many people are reaching out to help others during the pandemic, and some say it's helping them regain a sense of control in their lives. Escobar, a contemporary violinist based in New York, has distributed protective equipment to first responders, raising $50,000 from a charity concert. He has pivoted to a new campaign, “Masks for the Masses,” to get masks to the homeless and low-income families. (Damien Escobar via AP)

In virus chaos, some find solace, purpose in helping others

May. 22, 2020 2:54 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In April, as the coronavirus was ravaging New York, Susan Jones learned her older brother had been diagnosed with a blood cancer. His supervisor at work launched a GoFundMe page to help with costs, and Jones shared it on Facebook. What happened next stunned her. While Jones, who works as...