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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam listens to journalists questions during a press conference in Hong Kong, Monday, July 13, 2020. Hong Kong on Monday introduced more stringent social-distancing measures, banning public gatherings of more than four and making it compulsory to wear a mask on public transport as the city battles a fresh outbreak of locally-transmitted coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Asia Today: India sees another surge, hot spots shut again

Jul. 13, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Several Indian states imposed weekend curfews and locked down high-risk areas as its coronavirus cases surge. The number of confirmed infections neared 900,000 on Monday with a record 28,701 cases reported in the past 24 hours. The total of 878,254 is behind only the United States and...

Taiwanese actress Gingle Wang kisses her award for Best Actress at the 2020 Taipei Film Festival in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, July 11, 2020. The 2020 Taipei Film Festival is the world's first large-scale film festival held by an entity after the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Asia Today: No masks on red carpet as Taiwan logs few cases

Jul. 12, 2020 8:08 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan wrapped up an annual film festival with an awards ceremony Saturday night, as the island holds more public events after keeping its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases. Actors and others lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing, and participants...

A boy wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus plays inside an inflatable tube at a public park in Beijing, Saturday, July 11, 2020. New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state new cases drop to 216

Jul. 11, 2020 8:24 AM EDT

MELBOURNE Australia (AP) — The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the record 288 the previous day. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said a man in his 90s died overnight while 49...

Teenage surfer killed by shark, 2nd in Australia in a week

Jul. 11, 2020 6:20 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A 15-year-old surfer died Saturday when he was mauled by a shark, the second fatal attack in a week in Australia and already at least the fifth this year. Police said the boy was surfing at Wooli Beach, near Grafton, about 600 kilometers (370 miles) north of Sydney in New South Wales state...

A Sri Lankan municipal health worker takes a breather while collecting swab samples to test for COVID-19, as a man waiting for his turn to test is seen reflected on a window in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Asia Today: Australia's Victoria state has record 288 cases

Jul. 10, 2020 8:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Victoria state on Friday reported a new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases as well as a record number of tests, more than 37,500. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the number of citizens and permanent residents allowed to return to Australia each week...

People gesture to each other as they walk outside public housing towers that are a hotspot for COVID-19 in Melbourne in Melbourne, Friday, July 10, 2020. Australia's Victoria state reported the new daily record of coronavirus cases. (Daniel Pockett/AAP Image via AP)

Australian state records record 288 new coronavirus cases

Jul. 10, 2020 4:01 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s coronavirus hot spot Victoria recorded 288 new cases on Friday, the largest number of any state since the pandemic began, and authorities warned the spread could worsen. Victoria, Australia’s second-most populous state after neighboring New South Wales,...

A man walks in the rain past an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm in Tokyo Friday, July 10, 2020. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday on worries economic improvements might fade as coronavirus cases increase in the United States and some other countries. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Asian stocks sink after Wall St losses on economy worries

Jul. 9, 2020 11:43 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday on worries economic recoveries might fade as coronavirus cases increase in the United States and some other countries. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia retreated a day after strong gains driven by the rise of...

A currency trader gestures at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday following gains for major U.S. tech stocks. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after tech gains

Jul. 8, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street higher on Thursday following gains for major U.S. tech stocks. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Australia rose. U.S. stocks have recovered most of this year’s losses, helping to push up global prices, despite rising numbers of...

A National Guardsman directs traffic at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Florida is one of the nation's hot spots for coronavirus. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

'A hot mess': Americans face testing delays as virus surges

Jul. 8, 2020 9:05 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With a cough and shortness of breath, it took Austin, Texas, resident Sam Lee three tries to get a COVID-19 test. The first time, he showed up an hour before the public testing site was set to close and was told they had reached capacity. He was turned away from a second center when...

Students wearing face masks to protect against the new coronavirus have their documents checked by security officers before the first day of China's national college entrance examinations, known as the gaokao, in Beijing, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. China's college entrance exams began in Beijing on Tuesday after being delayed by a month due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Air New Zealand puts hold on new flight bookings

Jul. 6, 2020 11:02 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s national carrier has put a temporary hold on new bookings for flights into the country while the government tries to find enough quarantined hotel rooms for people returning home. Air New Zealand says the hold will last for three weeks and it is also trying...