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The Latest: On holiday weekend, travel surges in Japan

Train stations and airports in Japan were filled with people over this “Silver Week” holiday weekend running through Tuesday, in a sign of recovering local travel amid the coronavirus pandemic
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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019 file photo, Pope Francis poses for photographs with British Bishop Paul Mason, left, as they hold statues of Our Lady of Lujan, the original held at right, and its replica, left, at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis is giving his blessing to a new Vatican think tank that is seeking to prevent the Mafia and organized crime groups from exploiting the image of the Virgin Mary for their own illicit ends. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
September 19

Virus measures targeted by protesters despite case spikes

Demonstrators around the world fed up with virus-related restrictions.
September 19
A protester holds up a placard in front of police officers during a "Resist and Act for Freedom" protest against a mandatory coronavirus vaccine, wearing masks, social distancing and a second lockdown, in Trafalgar Square, London, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
September 19

Pandemic retools diplomacy as world leaders gather virtually

With the pandemic still in force, world leaders are skipping the annual U.N. General Assembly gathering in New York
September 19
September 19

Cities creating racial 'healing' committees to confront past

The goal of the committees and task force panels is aimed at racial healing
September 19
Protesters attach a chain to a statue of Spanish conquerer Juan de Oñate in Albuquerque, N.M., Monday, June 15, 2020. One man was shot during an exchange between protesters and armed members of the New Mexico Civil Guard, a civilian group trying to protect the monument. (Anthony Jackson/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)
September 19

Romanian families protest mandatory use of masks in school

Several hundred Romanians, including many families with young children, have protested in the Bucharest against measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, especially social distancing and the mandatory use of masks in schools
September 19
An elderly lady wearing a mask for protection against COVID-19 infection looks at vegetables after the opening of a market selling Romanian food products discounted by 25 percent for pensioners and 15 percent for students living or studying in the district surrounding,in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Several community welfare investments were inaugurated in the recent weeks as Romania approaches the end of local elections electoral campaign, although the events were not officially related to the upcoming ballot on Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)
September 19

Democrats face quandary on vaccine support as election nears

President Trump escalates promise for a coronavirus vaccine before Election Day.
September 19
September 19

Police clash with anti-lockdown protesters in London

The group opposes restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus
September 19
Protesters take part in a "Resist and Act for Freedom" protest against a mandatory coronavirus vaccine, wearing masks, social distancing and a second lockdown, in Trafalgar Square, London, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
September 19

Asia Today: India's cases keep rising; rallies in Melbourne

India has maintained its surge in coronavirus cases, adding 93,337 new confirmed infections in the past 24 hours
September 19
A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a passenger to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected at a railway station to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad, India, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. India's coronavirus cases jumped by another 96,424 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling. India is expected to have the highest number of confirmed cases within weeks, surpassing the United States, where more than 6.67 million people have been infected. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
September 19

NYC mayor 'very confident' in new school reopening timeline

New York City’s mayor says he is confident the city will meet a revised timeline to bring public school students back to classrooms within the next two weeks
September 19
FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks to reporters after visiting New Bridges Elementary School in the Brooklyn borough of New York, to observe pandemic-related safety procedures. In a Sept. 10, 2020, letter to the mayor by the leaders of a number of businesses, de Blasio was urged "to take immediate action" on public safety and other issues in New York City as part of dealing with the city's longer-term economic concerns. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
September 18

The Latest: U of Colorado shifting students for virus cases

The University of Colorado has forced some students to move out of their dorms to create more isolation housing for students with coronavirus infections as case numbers continue to increase at the Boulder campus
September 18
People wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus walk in downtown Madrid, Spain, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. With more than 11,000 new daily coronavirus cases, the attention in Spain is focusing on its capital, where officials are mulling localized lockdowns and other measures to bring down the curve of contagion. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
September 18

NYC tries $50 fines to get scofflaws to don masks on subway

Bus and subway riders in New York are facing a $50 fine if they refuse to wear a mask while on board, though even transit officials have implied it’s unlikely many will end up getting dinged
September 18
A commuter, left, rides the subway without a face mask in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a new public service campaign to encourage mask usage as well as a new $50 fine policy for those who refuse to wear face coverings on subways, buses and commuter railroads. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
September 18

Mississippi justices: No broad absentee voting amid COVID-19

Mississippi law does not allow absentee voting by all people who have health conditions that might make them vulnerable to COVID-19
September 18
Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson, speaks to members of the Senate and House Elections Committees during a joint hearing at the Mississippi State Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
September 18

Wisconsin breaks own record for new COVID cases

Infections are now being driven by people between the ages of 18 and 24.
September 18
Patrons and vendors observe social distancing and wear face masks at a farmers market in Downtown Fond du Lac, Wis., May 16, 2020.
September 18

California jobless rate falls with help of temporary jobs

California's unemployment rate fell to 11.4% in August
September 18
FILE - In this July 18, 2020 file photo a closed sign hangs in the window of a barber shop in Burbank, Calif. California's unemployment rate has fallen to 11.4% in August. The Employment Development Department says the state added 101,900 jobs in August. Most of those were government jobs, including temporary positions for the U.S. Census. California lost more than 2.6 million jobs in March and April because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
September 18

Coronavirus pandemic shrinks Europe's monitoring of US vote

The coronavirus pandemic has led Europe’s largest security organization to drastically scale back plans to send as many as 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election
September 18
FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2004, file photo, parliamentarians Goran Lennmarker, right, of Sweden and Stavros Evagorow, of Cyprus, observe the American voting process as voters cast their ballots at Robbinsdale City Hall in Robbinsdale, Minn. The two men are members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Officials said Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that due to the coronavirus pandemic, the security organization had drastically scaled back plans to send up to 500 observers to the U.S. to monitor the Nov. 3 presidential election, and now will deploy just 30. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
September 18

School counselor at Kentucky Army post dies of COVID-19

Officials say a school counselor at a central Kentucky Army post that started in-person classes in August has died after being diagnosed with the coronavirus
September 18
September 18

CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

U.S. health officials are dropping a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and telling all those who have been in close contact with infected people to get tested
September 18
FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 file photo, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield pauses while speaking at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a "Review of Coronavirus Response Efforts" on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, the CDC dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested. The CDC essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn't feel sick didn't need to get tested. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
September 18

Emergency tents, restrictions back as virus spikes in Madrid

Many residents in Madrid will need a reason to leave their neighborhoods and will face limitations on group gatherings even stricter than the ones in place
September 18
A man wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus decorated with the Spanish flag stands in a street in downtown Madrid, Spain, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. With more than 11,000 new daily coronavirus cases, the attention in Spain is focusing on its capital, where officials are mulling localized lockdowns and other measures to bring down the curve of contagion. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
September 18

'This is a big moment:' UK virus restrictions escalating

Fresh restrictions on social gatherings in England, potentially involving limits on pub opening hours, appear to be on the cards soon as the British government seeks to suppress a sharp spike in new coronavirus infections
September 18
People queue up outside a coronavirus testing centre offering walk-in appointments in north London, Friday Sept. 18, 2020. British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Friday that the country has to “come together” over the coming weeks to get on top of the spike, that he noted is leading to a doubling in the number of people being hospitalized with the virus every seven to eight days. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
September 18

Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Companies are struggling to recruit diverse volunteers in final U.S. tests of possible COVID-19 vaccines
September 18
A "promotora" (health promoter) from CASA, a Hispanic advocacy group, tries to enroll Latinos as volunteers to test a potential COVID-19 vaccine, at a farmers market in Takoma Park, Md., on Sept. 9, 2020. Minority enrollment in studies of two shots has inched up in recent weeks, but even more is needed this fall as additional vaccine testing gets underway over the next two months. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)
September 18

Cyprus: Only handful of tourists showed COVID-19 symptoms

Cyprus is trying to salvage a dismal tourist season by touting that only five of the roughly 200,000 tourists that have spent their holidays on east Mediterranean island nation so far this summer have exhibited any COVID-19 symptoms
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September 18

Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

A drug company says that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled Hispanics and Blacks
September 18
FILE - In this July 6, 2020 file photo, a health care worker administers a COVID-19 test at a site sponsored by Community Heath of South Florida at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Clinica Campesina Health Center in Homestead, Fla. A drug company says on Friday, Sept. 18, that a medicine it sells to tamp down inflammation has helped prevent the need for breathing machines in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the first large study that primarily enrolled minorities. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
September 18

Hungary's Orban: Health care prepared for rising infections

Hungary's prime minister says that the government has drawn up a “war plan” to defend against the new wave of the coronavirus pandemic and that the country's health care system is prepared to handle to rising number of new virus cases
September 18
A woman wearing a face mask walks to get tested for COVID-19 at a sampling station in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. The Czech Republic has been been facing the second wave of infections. The number of new confirmed coronavirus infections has been setting new records almost on a daily basis, currently surpassing 3,000 cases in one day for the first time. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
September 18

Official rips critics for attack on daughter with COVID-19

A Florida county commissioner is firing back at an anti-mask critic's social media response to her announcement that her 19-year-old daughter was treated for COVID-19
September 18
September 18

Asia Today: India's coronavirus cases jump by another 96K

India’s coronavirus cases have jumped by more than 96,000 in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of leveling
September 18
A health worker uses a rapid kit to test for COVID-19 in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. India's total of coronavirus infections passed 5 million Wednesday, still soaring and testing the feeble health care system in tens of thousands of impoverished towns and villages. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)
September 18

Masks may offer better protection against COVID-19 than any vaccine: Experts

When we do have a vaccine, it likely won't be 100% effective, doctors say.
September 18
People wearing face masks walk on a pedestrian street in Lyon, France, on Aug. 22, 2020, on the first day of mandatory mask wearing in parts of the city center. Masks are obligatory to curb the spread of COVID-19 caused in France in open areas of some cities, as well as on public transport and in enclosed spaces such as shops, banks and government offices.
September 18

AP Interview: South Africa to know true virus toll in weeks

South Africa's chief medical adviser says the country should know its true toll from the coronavirus pandemic within a few weeks, as it prepares to almost fully reopen its economy
September 18
FILE - In this Sept. 16, 2020 file photo, customers have their nails done near the Baragwanath taxi rank in Soweto, South Africa. The country's success in bringing its first wave of COVID-19 under control has allowed it to almost fully reopen the economy, while monitoring for signs of a second surge, says the government's chief medical advisor. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
September 18

UN food chief urges rich to help keep millions from starving

The World Food Program chief warns that millions of people are closer to starvation because of the deadly combination of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic
September 18
In this Nov. 14, 2008, file photo, a woman receives a bag of maize meal from the World Food Program in the town of Rutshuru, eastern Congo. The World Food Program chief warned Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, that millions of people are closer to starvation because of the deadly combination of conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic and he urged donor nations and billionaires to help feed them and ensure their survival. (AP Photo/Karel Prinsloo)
September 18

Hemingway's favorite Key West bar reopens from virus closure

The iconic Key West bar that Ernest Hemingway frequented during the 1930s has reopened after closing because of the coronavirus pandemic
September 18
In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Ernest Hemingway look-alikes, including from left, Dusty Rhodes, Tim Stockwell and Charlie Boice chat with bartender Lou Gammel, right, at Sloppy Joe's, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Key West, Fla. The iconic Florida Keys bar reopened Thursday after being sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic, with the annual Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, that was to mark its 40th anniversary and take place in July, a highlight of Key West's Hemingway Days festival. Boice won the contest in 2015. (Rob O'Neal/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP)
September 18

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out
September 18
In this photo provided by Keoki Fraser, a small group of kindergarteners sits spaced apart in a classroom at Aikahi Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The teachers union is concerned many students are going to campuses despite announcements from education officials that Hawaii public schools would be starting the first four weeks online. Aikahi Principal Keoki Fraser says small groups of students are coming in this week for a few hours at a time for orientation, learning how to use technology for remote learning, and to connect with teachers and friends. (Keoki Fraser via AP)
September 18

Former CDC head: ‘A vaccine isn’t just going to ride in and save the day’

Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, talks with Linsey Davis about the contradicting vaccine predictions and the politicization of science.
September 18
VIDEO: Former CDC head: ‘A vaccine isn’t just going to ride in and save the day’
September 18

California paid leave law among nation's broadest

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a law that lets more people than almost anywhere else in the country take time off from work to care for a family member without fear of losing their job
September 18
FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2020, file still image from California State Assembly video, Assemblywoman Buffy Wicks, a Democrat from Oakland, addresses lawmakers while holding her one-month-old daughter Elly in her arms during the final hours of the California legislative session in Sacramento, Calif. On Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law letting more people take time off from work to bond with a new child or care for a sick family member without fear of losing their job. Wicks cast the deciding vote for that bill in August with her infant daughter by her side. (California State Assembly via AP, File)
September 17

Former VA doctor pleads guilty to molesting patients

A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he molested three male patients and violated their civil rights
September 17
September 17

Report: Much needs doing to shield nursing homes from virus

The Trump administration is claiming “resounding vindication” from an independent commission’s report on the coronavirus crisis in nursing homes
September 17
Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma speaks during an event with President Donald Trump to sign executive orders on lowering drug prices, in the South Court Auditorium in the White House complex, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
September 17

Feds unveil plan to 'reduce suffering' for nursing home residents and staff

Some advocates say report does little to set higher standards for nursing homes.
September 17
Certified Nursing Assistant Rachael Moreau helps Katherine Lapre at Brandon Woods nursing home in South Dartmouth, Mass., June 14, 2019.
September 17

State treasurers call on Gilead to reduce remdesivir pricing

The drug has shown promise as a treatment for novel coronavirus.
September 17
An employee of Egyptian pharmaceutical company Eva Pharma holds a pack containing vials of remdesivir, a broad-spectrum antiviral medication approved as a specific treatment for COVID-19, at the company's factory, which started producing the drug this week with a production capacity of up to 1.5 million doses per month.
September 17

NYC again delays in-person learning for most students

New York City has again delayed the start of in-person learning for most of the more than 1 million students in its public school system
September 17
Students wear protective masks as they arrive for classes at the Immaculate Conception School while observing COVID-19 prevention protocols, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
September 17

Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

College towns across the U.S. have emerged as virus hot spots in recent weeks as schools struggle to contain the virus
September 17
Masked students walk through the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. College towns across the U.S. have emerged as coronavirus hot spots in recent weeks as schools struggle to contain the virus. Out of nearly 600 students tested for the virus at Ball State, more than half have returned been found positive, according to data reported by the school. Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
September 17

In reversal, Univ. of Georgia now wants to host early voting

The University of Georgia has reversed itself and says it wants to host an early voting precinct on campus
September 17
September 17

Poll workers told to 'act surprised' if asked about no mask

Poll workers signed up to work the November election in a county near St. Louis have been urged in an email to “act surprised” if voters ask why they aren’t wearing masks given the coronavirus threat
September 17
September 17

WHO Europe chief urges nations to keep up COVID quarantines

The World Health Organization’s European director has warned countries against reducing the quarantine period for people potentially exposed to the coronavirus
September 17
FILE - In this file photo dated Monday, May 17, 2004, The World Health Organisation, WHO, logo seen at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Organization’s European director Dr. Hans Kluge on Thursday Sept. 17, 2020, has warned countries against reducing the quarantine period for people potentially exposed to the coronavirus and acknowledged that COVID-19 “fatigue” is setting in. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone FILE via AP)
September 17

Some UK bars to close early amid rising COVID-19 infections

Britain has imposed tougher restrictions on people and businesses in parts of northeastern England as the nation attempts to stem the spread of COVID-19 before the colder winter months
September 17
In this handout photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. U.K. lawmakers have criticized the government’s handling of the COVID-19 testing crisis for a second day as opposition leaders say Prime Minister Boris Johnson lacked a cohesive plan to tackle the virus as the country faces a second wave in the pandemic. (Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via AP)
September 17

Petalo, not Charmin: Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US

Toilet paper is back on store shelves
September 17
This Sept. 4, 2020, photo, shows Regio, a Mexican toilet paper brand, on the shelf at a CVS in New York. Demand for toilet paper has been so high during the pandemic that in order to keep their shelves stocked, retailers across the country are buying up foreign toilet paper brands, mostly from Mexico. (AP Photo/Joseph Pisani)
September 17

How did coronavirus get transferred to humans? Scientists may have an answer

Experts insist there is evidence the virus was not man-made.
September 17
A team of scientists and science students from Chulalongkorn University study a wrinkle-lipped free-tailed bat on Sept. 12, 2020, in Ratchaburi, Thailand, in an effort to understand the origins of COVID-19.
September 17

Russia vaccine data questioned by experts worried about global distribution

Sputnik V will soon be distributed, but has not reached Phase 3 clinical trials.
September 17
A Russian medical worker administers a shot of Russia's experimental Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in Moscow on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. Russian health authorities have launched advanced trials of the vaccine among 40,000 volunteers, a randomized, placebo-controlled study.
September 17

As India's virus cases rise, so do questions over death toll

India is now second in the world with the number of reported coronavirus infections with over 5.1 million cases, behind only the United States
September 17
Anindita Mitra, 61, flanked by her sons Satyajit Mitra, right and Abhijit Mitra, pose with portraits of her husband late Narayan Mitra, at her house in Silchar, India, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020. Narayan Mitra, wasn't listed among those killed by the coronavirus that authorities put out daily because the test results confirming COVID-19 arrived after his death. In India, people who die with other preexisting conditions are often not counted as COVID-19 deaths, while only those who test positive for the virus before dying are included in the official tally in many states. (AP Photo/Joy Roy)
September 17

The Latest: Hawaii again sets plan for pre-testing tourists

Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for the coronavirus
September 17
A member of staff stands at the entrance to a coronavirus testing centre in Newham, east London, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. The British government plans to ration coronavirus testing, giving priority to health workers and care home staff after widespread reports that people throughout the country were unable to schedule tests. Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday will face questions about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the House of Commons and before a key committee amid the outcry over the shortage of testing. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)
September 17

Hawaii to allow travelers to skip quarantine with virus test

Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19
September 17
FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, a surfer walks on a sparsely populated Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Hawaii's governor says that starting Oct. 15, travelers arriving from out of state may bypass a 14-day quarantine requirement if they test negative for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
September 17

Vaccine Watch: When will a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?

With mixed messages in Washington about the race for a vaccine, ABC News’ Bob Woodruff sat down with NIH's director, Francis Collins, to discuss when Americans should expect an available vaccine.
September 17
VIDEO: Vaccine Watch: When will a COVID-19 vaccine be ready?
September 17

Brazil general named health minister after months as interim

Gen. Eduardo Pazuello has become Brazil’s third health minister during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, after nearly four months holding the position on an interim basis and almost 120,000 COVID-19 deaths during that time
September 17
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, wearing a mask to curb the spread of COVID-19, hands a pen to Health Minister Gen. Eduardo Pazuelo, left, at Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. After almost four months overseeing the COVID-19 response as interim health minister, Gen. Eduardo Pazuello will finally be made a full minister. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)