Quarantine loopholes bring fresh efforts to fight outbreaks
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — An Australian state is toughening its punishments for anyone caught violating coronavirus quarantines, including jailing rule breakers for up to six months — a warning that follows rising virus cases worldwide and violations of restrictions that are now being further tightened.
What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19?
What is contact tracing, and how does it work with COVID-19? The goal of contact tracing is to alert people who may have been exposed to someone with the coronavirus, and prevent them from spreading it to others.
Global vaccine plan may allow rich countries to buy more
LONDON (AP) — Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make that happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones.
Blame game? Cuomo takes heat over NY nursing home study
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing blistering criticism over an internal report that found no strong link between a controversial state directive that sent thousands of recovering coronavirus patients into nursing homes and some of the nation’s deadliest nursing home outbreaks.
Indian leader's virus fund won't disclose donors, payments
NEW DELHI (AP) — Bejon Misra responded quickly to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal in March for donations to a new fund to strengthen the country's fight against the coronavirus.
California shuts bars, indoor dining and most gyms, churches
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Bars and inside restaurant dining are banned throughout California, while indoor religious services, gyms and hair and nail salons are again off-limits in most of the state, Gov.
White House turns on Fauci as Trump minimizes virus spike
WASHINGTON (AP) — With U.S. virus cases spiking and the death toll mounting, the White House is working to undercut its most trusted coronavirus expert, playing down the danger as President Donald Trump pushes to get the economy moving before he faces voters in November.
Time to make masks mandatory? It's not just a US debate
PARIS (AP) — Amid pervasive backsliding on social distancing, Britain has made masks mandatory in shops and France is weighing whether to require people to wear them in public places.
WHO boss slams 'mixed messages' from leaders on coronavirus
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization's chief on Monday slammed some government leaders for eroding public trust by sending mixed messages on the coronavirus and warned that their failures to stop their countries’ spiraling outbreaks mean there would be no return to normal “for the foreseeable future.” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus did not call out specific politicians for criticism but said “too many countries are headed in the wrong direction" with the pandemic and some were not taking the proper steps to curb infections.
In reversal, UK says it will make masks mandatory in shops
LONDON (AP) — The British government decided Monday to require people to wear face coverings in shops, joining a long list of countries that have made masks mandatory under some circumstances in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
US debates school reopening, WHO warns 'no return to normal'
MIAMI (AP) — The resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States ignited fierce debate Monday about whether to reopen schools, as global health officials warned that the pandemic will intensify unless more countries adopt comprehensive plans to combat it.
Judge: Women can get abortion pill without doctor visits
SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A federal judge agreed Monday to suspend a rule that requires women during the COVID-19 pandemic to visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain an abortion pill.
Subways sparkle, but does cleaning decrease COVID-19 risk?
NEW YORK (AP) — Mass transit systems around the world have taken unprecedented — and expensive — steps to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including New York shutting down its subways overnight and testing powerful ultraviolet lamps to disinfect seats, poles and floors.
North Macedonia: Ballot boxes carried to quarantined homes
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Election officials in North Macedonia carried ballot boxes to the homes of voters suffering from COVID-19 or in quarantine Monday, at the start of three days of voting in a general election that was delayed for months by the pandemic.
AP Explains: Why Serbs are protesting against virus lockdown
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Thousands of people in Serbia have been holding protests against the country’s president and his government in what was initially triggered by his plans to reintroduce lockdown measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the Balkan country.
UN: Pandemic could push tens of millions into chronic hunger
ROME (AP) — The United Nations says the ranks of the world’s hungry grew by 10 million last year and warns that the coronavirus pandemic could push as many as 130 million more people into chronic hunger this year.
EU, Turkey clash over Hagia Sophia, Mediterranean drilling
BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey and the European Union clashed on Monday over Ankara's decision to change the status of Hagia Sophia from a museum to a mosque and its continued energy exploration in disputed Mediterranean waters.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump team's false comfort on schools, virus
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's aides are misrepresenting the record on kids and the coronavirus as they push for schools to reopen.
Millennials and boomers: Pandemic pain, by the generation
CINCINNATI (AP) — Millennials, you're taking a big hit — again. And you're not OK, either, boomers. Sometimes at odds, America's two largest generations now have something to agree on: The coronavirus pandemic has smacked many of them at a pivotal time in their lives.
Activists seek to decriminalize 'magic' mushrooms in DC
WASHINGTON (AP) — The posters started blanketing light posts just a few weeks after the city entered what would be a monthslong stay-at-home order.
The Latest: Mexico tops 35,000 deaths, 4th highest toll
MEXICO CITY -- Mexican officials say the number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths has passed 35,000, making it the country with the fourth highest total.
Dengue prevention efforts stifled by coronavirus pandemic
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — To slow the spread of the coronavirus, governments issued lockdowns to keep people at home. They curtailed activities that affected services like trash collection.
As US grapples with virus, Florida hits record case increase
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — With the United States grappling with the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, Florida hit a grim milestone Sunday, shattering the national record for a state's largest single-day increase in positive cases.
Florida reports largest, single-day increase in COVID cases
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida shattered the national record Sunday for the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any state since the beginning of the pandemic, adding more than 15,000 cases as its daily average death toll continued to also rise.
Okinawa governor wants tougher action as 61 Marines infected
TOKYO (AP) — The governor of Japan's Okinawa island demanded a top U.S. military commander take tougher prevention measures and more transparency hours after officials were told that more than 60 Marines at two bases have been infected with the coronavirus over the past few days.