UK to impose tougher COVID-19 measures amid case spike
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to announce new restrictions on social interactions Tuesday as the government tries to slow the spread of COVID-19 before it spirals out of control.
As Europe faces 2nd wave of virus, tracing apps lack impact
LONDON (AP) — Mobile apps tracing new COVID-19 cases were touted as a key part of Europe’s plan to beat the coronavirus outbreak.
As rich nations struggle, Africa's virus response is praised
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At a lecture to peers this month, John Nkengasong showed images that once dogged Africa, with a magazine cover declaring it “The Hopeless Continent."
Does the coronavirus spread easily among children?
Does the coronavirus spread easily among children? It appears the virus can spread among children and teens, but how easily may vary by age.
Some see irony in COVID's impact on Mayflower commemoration
The year 2020 was supposed to be a big one for Pilgrims. Dozens of events — from art exhibits and festivals to lectures and a maritime regatta featuring the Mayflower II, a full-scale replica refitted over the past three years at a cost of more than $11 million — were planned to mark the 400th anniversary of the religious separatists’ arrival at what we now know as Plymouth, Massachusetts.
UN diplomacy goes impersonal, but what’s lost along the way?
Each year, for nearly seven decades, the spectacle has unfolded in grand and scripted fashion: Leader after world leader striding to the podium inside the colossal U.N.
The Latest: Hollywood unions announce pandemic agreement
LOS ANGELES — Hollywood’s unions have announced that they have reached an agreement on pandemic protocols with major studios that will allow the broad resumption of production of films and television after six months of stagnant sets and widespread unemployment.
Yemen gets new virus hospital after other facilities close
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Red Cross on Monday announced the opening of a new field hospital in southern Yemen specifically to treat coronavirus patients, as the virus continues to spread largely unchecked in the war-torn country.
CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads
NEW YORK (AP) — The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.
Closing time: UK pubs must shut early as COVID cases surge
LONDON (AP) — British pubs will have to close early and people who fail to obey quarantine rules will face stiff fines under new lockdown restrictions to curb a surging wave of new coronavirus infections.
Ginsburg's death exposes fragility of health law protection
WASHINGTON (AP) — With COVID-19 the newest preexisting condition, the Obama-era health law that protects Americans from insurance discrimination is more fragile following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Europe adopts tougher virus restrictions as infections surge
LONDON (AP) — As the U.S. closed in on 200,000 coronavirus deaths Monday, the crisis deteriorated across Europe, with Britain working to draw up new restrictions, Spain clamping down again in Madrid and the Czech Republic replacing its health minister with an epidemiologist because of a surge of infections.
For most NYC students, back to school but not the classroom
NEW YORK (AP) — Monday’s return to New York City schools wasn't the one anyone planned for. For most, it wasn't a return at all. Only pre-kindergarten and some special education students ended a six-month absence from school buildings after a last-minute decision to postpone, for the second time, plans to be among the first big districts to resume in-person instruction after the coronavirus forced students and staff home.
Italians turn out to vote despite virus, back lawmaker cuts
ROME (AP) — Italians voted to reduce the number of national lawmakers by a third, near-final results showed Monday, as voters turned out in droves to cast ballots despite the coronavirus pandemic and strict hygiene protocols at the polls.
AP Photos: Mothers-to-be face challenges in Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The birth of a first baby is usually a source of immense joy for couples. In Venezuela, however, the worries can override the excitement.
Europe scrambles to contain rise in coronavirus cases
BERLIN (AP) — Political pressure grew Monday for European governments to tackle the rising number of coronavirus case without resorting to a spring-style lockdown that would hit the continent's struggling economies.
Czechs replace health minister amid record infection surge
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech government moved Monday to appoint an epidemiologist as the new health minister as the country struggles with a surge of new coronavirus infections.
The Latest: New Zealand to end restrictions except in 1 city
WELLINGTON, New Zealand: All remaining virus restrictions will be lifted across much of New Zealand from late Monday with the exception of the largest city, Auckland, which will continue to have some restrictions for at least another 16 days.
Analysis: US to hit 200K dead; Trump sees no need for regret
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the coronavirus pandemic began bearing down on the United States in March, President Donald Trump set out his expectations.
Italians vote in 7 regional contests shaped by pandemic
ROME (AP) — Italians in seven regions headed to the polls Sunday for two days of voting shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters were required to wear masks and maintain social distancing as they cast ballots in regional contests originally scheduled for the spring but delayed due to the pandemic.
Sweden spared surge of virus cases but many questions remain
STOCKHOLM (AP) — A train pulls into the Odenplan subway station in central Stockholm, where morning commuters without masks get off or board before settling in to read their smartphones.
The Latest: South Korea's daily virus total drops slightly
South Korea __ South Korea’s new coronavirus tally has fallen below 100 for the first time in more than a month, as the country’s recent viral resurgence is gradually easing.
Virus measures targeted by protesters despite case spikes
LONDON (AP) — Demonstrators took the streets of London, Tel Aviv and other cities on Saturday to protest coronavirus restrictions, decrying how the measures have affected daily life even with infection rates rising in many places and the global death toll approaching 1 million.
Pandemic retools diplomacy as world leaders gather virtually
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With COVID-19 still careening across the planet, the annual gathering of its leaders in New York will be replaced this year by a global patchwork of prerecorded speeches, another piece of upheaval in a deeply divided world turned topsy-turvy by a pandemic with no endpoint in sight.
Romanian families protest mandatory use of masks in school
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Several hundred Romanians, including many families with young children, protested Saturday in the country’s capital against measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, especially social distancing and the mandatory use of masks in schools.