Epidemics

A woman wearing a face mask to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus holds a portable fan to avoid the heat in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug, 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
August 05, 2020 - 1:16 am
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s unemployment rate showed a surprising improvement to 4% during the midst of the nation’s virus lockdown, although the headline number doesn’t tell the full story and joblessness is likely to increase in the months ahead. Still, the figure was far better than...
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A man arrives at Starr County Memorial Hospital, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Rio Grande City, Texas. On America's southern doorstep, the U.S. failure to contain the pandemic has been laid bare. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 04, 2020 - 10:58 pm
RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas (AP) — When labor pains signaled that Clarissa Muñoz was at last going to be a mom, she jumped in a car and headed two hours down the Texas border into one of the nation's most dire coronavirus hot spots. She went first to a hospital so desperate for help that nurses recently...
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A woman wearing a face mask walks past a bank's electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
August 04, 2020 - 10:42 pm
BEIJING (AP) — Major Asian stock markets declined Wednesday amid investor concern about U.S. stimulus spending and a trade agreement with Beijing. Market benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sydney declined. Investors are watching the stalemate among U.S. legislators over employment...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a briefing with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 04, 2020 - 6:34 pm
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says more Americans will be lost to COVID-19. Trump was asked in a Fox Business Network interview Tuesday about prospects for relations with China going forward. Trump said the relationship has been “very badly hurt” by the spread of the coronavirus and he...
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Diana Vega, a registered respiratory therapist, peeks through a curtain during setup at a temporary coronavirus testing site Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 04, 2020 - 4:18 pm
BOSTON (AP) — Fourth of July gatherings, graduation parties, no-mask weddings, crowded bars — there are reasons the U.S. has racked up more than 155,000 coronavirus deaths, by far the most of any country, and is fast approaching an off-the-charts 5 million confirmed infections, easily the highest...
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Thousands of cardboards with photos of Borussia Moechengladbach soccer fans are displayed on the stands at he stadium in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. A banner reads "football without fans". Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all Bundesliga matches took place behind closed doors. The German football league, DFL, works on a concept for the new season with fans returning to the stadiums. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
August 04, 2020 - 3:06 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Detroit Lions removed quarterback Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and said he received a false positive test result. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been...
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FILE - People wearing face masks pass by newlyweds kissing as they posing for wedding photos at the Olympic Forest Park in Beijing on July 2, 2020. Now that weddings have slowly cranked up under a patchwork of ever-shifting restrictions, horror stories from vendors are rolling in. Many are desperate to work after the coronavirus put an abrupt end to their incomes and feel compelled to put on their masks, grab their cameras and hope for the best. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
August 04, 2020 - 6:47 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Wedding planners, photographers and other bridal vendors who make the magic happen have a heap of new worries in the middle of the pandemic: no-mask weddings, rising guest counts and venues not following the rules. Now that weddings have slowly cranked up under a patchwork of ever-...
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A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
August 03, 2020 - 9:14 pm
BEIJING — Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect. Mainland China announced 36 new cases across the country, down from 43 the previous day. Of those, 28 were in the northwestern region...
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Empty desks stand in a classroom of the Casa del Colibri school in Mexico City, Wednesday, July 15, 2020. The school has been teaching its students remotely via the internet due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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August 03, 2020 - 7:33 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Distance learning will begin for more than 30 million Mexican school children Aug. 24, but a return to classrooms will remain an uncertain goal, the country’s education secretary said Monday. Secretary Esteban Moctezuma Barragán and executives from the country’s largest...
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Norwegian cruise ship MS Roald Amundsen moored in Tromso, Norway, Monday Aug. 3, 2020. After 40 people, including four passengers and 26 crew members on the Norwegian cruise ship have been tested positive for the coronavirus, the operator says it was stopping for all cruises with its three vessels. The 40 people were admitted to the University Hospital of North Norway in Tromsoe, north of the Arctic Circle,  where the empty ship has docked. (Terje Pedersen/NTB Scanpix via AP)
August 03, 2020 - 9:31 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian cruise ship line halted all trips and apologized Monday for procedural errors after an outbreak of coronavirus on one ship infected at least 5 passengers and 36 crew. Health authorities fear the ship also could have spread the virus to dozens of towns and...
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