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AP PHOTOS: As Wuhan reopens, people begin to venture outside

Some people couldn't wait to leave town. Others just wanted to get outside and feel free again. All of them wore face masks against the virus that had forced them to stay in their homes for more than two months. Chinese authorities ended the lockdown of Wuhan on Wednesday, allowing people to move about and leave the city for the first time in 76 days. Thousands boarded trains, planes and long-distance buses, finally able to return to their homes and jobs. Many had come to visit relatives during the Lunar New Year holiday in late January and were trapped when the coronavirus lockdown was announced with no advance warning. The outbreak started in Wuhan, an industrial city of 11 million people on the Yangtze River. Authorities cut off and shut down the city in a desperate bid to stop the disease from spreading. It still killed more than 2,500 people in Wuhan, by far the highest death toll in China, and grew into a pandemic. Once the lockdown was lifted, drivers took to the roads...
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A railway worker holds a sign reading "Hankou Station welcomes you!" as passengers board the first high-speed train to leave Hankou train station after the resumption of train services in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. After 11 weeks of lockdown, the first train departed Wednesday morning from a re-opened Wuhan, the origin point for the coronavirus pandemic, as residents once again were allowed to travel in and out of the sprawling central Chinese city. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire amid pandemic

The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen has announced that its forces will begin a cease-fire starting Thursday
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 photo, men inspect a house destroyed by a Saudi-led airstrike in Sanaa, Yemen. The missile fired by the Saudi-led coalition killed a judge and his entire family in the Nahda neighborhood, security officials said. The judge was a known Houthi supporter. On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen announced that its forces would begin a cease-fire starting at midnight, in what could pave the way for the first direct peace talks between the two sides that have been at war for more than five years. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
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Ecuadorian government grapples with COVID-19 cases

Lack of resources and stigma from the virus has left many families struggling to bury the dead.
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VIDEO: Ecuadorian government grapples with COVID-19 cases
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Mexico agency urges probe of 'home delivery' sex services

A Mexican government body is calling on authorities to investigate nightclubs that are advertising home delivery of table dances and other services amid the crackdown on large public gatherings and nonessential services during the coronavirus pandemic
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Mexico loses almost 350,000 jobs because of coronavirus

Mexico's Labor Department says the country has lost 346,748 jobs since mid-March due to the economic impact of coronavirus and distancing measures imposed to fights its spread
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Workers pull dollies loaded with boxes of produce past a decontamination tent at the Centro de Abastos, the main food distribution center in Mexico City, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The tent was set up a measure to help slow down the spread of the new coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
April 9, 2020, 12:29 AM

42 Thais who went to Indonesian religious meeting have virus

More than half of the Thai Muslims returning home from a mass religious gathering in Indonesia were infected with the coronavirus
April 9, 2020, 12:29 AM
April 8, 2020, 11:35 PM

Samba schools in Brazil make protective gear for hospital workers

Other samba schools in Rio de Janeiro are expected to join the effort.
April 8, 2020, 11:35 PM
Other samba schools in Rio de Janeiro are expected to join the effort.
April 8, 2020, 11:29 PM

Mariachi musicians pay tribute to health care workers

A mariachi band performed in front of a Mexico City hospital to pay tribute to medical personnel battling COVID-19.
April 8, 2020, 11:29 PM
A mariachi band performed in front of a Mexico City hospital to pay tribute to medical personnel battling COVID-19.
April 8, 2020, 10:42 PM

Guatemala to resume deportation flights from US next week

The Guatemalan government says it will resume receiving deportation flights from the United States next week
April 8, 2020, 10:42 PM
April 8, 2020, 9:58 PM

Drive-in churches an option for faithful who want closeness

With coronavirus prevention measures shuttering houses of worship, pastors across the country are using that ultimate tool of social distancing — cars — to safely bring their communities closer together
April 8, 2020, 9:58 PM
In this April 5, 2020 photo, Pastor John Hanson stands atop a truck as members of his congregation arrive for Sunday morning "drive-in worship" at Peace Lutheran Church in Baldwin, Wis. Palm branches were on display to commemorate Palm Sunday, the beginning of Christianity's holiest week of the year. (AP Photo/Giovanna Dell'Orto)
April 8, 2020, 8:47 PM

2 dead, 10 injured in fire at Moscow nursing home

Emergency officials say two people have died in a fire at a Moscow home for the elderly and at least 10 have been injured
April 8, 2020, 8:47 PM
April 8, 2020, 8:03 PM

Ecuador struggles to bury coronavirus dead; some bodies lost

Burying the dead from the coronavirus is proving to be an agonizing odyssey in the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil, a sweltering metropolis of 2.6 million people and one of Latin America's most infected population centers
April 8, 2020, 8:03 PM
A coffin with the body of a recently deceased person sits in the bed of a pickup truck before burial, outside Teodoro Maldonado Hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, Monday, April 6, 2020. Guayaquil, a normally bustling city that has become a hot spot in Latin America as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, also has untold numbers dying of unrelated diseases that can’t be treated because hospitals are overwhelmed. (AP Photo/Luis Perez)
April 8, 2020, 7:52 PM

With Boris Johnson in the ICU, who's leading the UK?

The U.K. doesn't have a clear emergency succession plan for prime ministers.
April 8, 2020, 7:52 PM
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks at a press briefing about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, inside 10 Downing Street in London, March 17, 2020.
April 8, 2020, 7:21 PM

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire starting Thursday in response to U.N. calls to halt hostilities amid pandemic

Saudi officials announce Yemen cease-fire starting Thursday in response to U.N. calls to halt hostilities amid pandemic
April 8, 2020, 7:21 PM
April 8, 2020, 6:27 PM

Saudi Arabia halts parental visitation rulings to curb virus

The Saudi king has ordered the suspension of rulings and judicial orders regarding visitation rights of children of separated parents
April 8, 2020, 6:27 PM
FILE - In this Monday, March 30, 2020 file photo, people carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran, Iran. Across the Middle East and parts of South Asia, bereaved families have faced traumatic restrictions on burying their dead amid the pandemic. Religion and customs that require speedy burials in the largely Muslim region have clashed with fears of COVID-19 contagion and government-mandated lockdowns. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
April 8, 2020, 6:15 PM

Airbus cuts production by a third as airlines struggle

European plane maker Airbus says it is reducing production by about a third as demand for aircraft and travel plummets due to the coronavirus pandemic
April 8, 2020, 6:15 PM
An Airbus A330 of the French Air Force is on display at the Airport of Hamburg, Germany, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The plane will fly six corona patients who need to be ventilated to Germany for treatment. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Axel Heimken/dpa via AP)
April 8, 2020, 5:59 PM

Russia aims to prosecute destruction of war monuments abroad

Russia’s defense minister called on law enforcement officials to consider filing criminal charges against representatives of other countries where World War II memorials commemorating the actions of the Soviet Union are demolished
April 8, 2020, 5:59 PM
A worker covers the statue of a Soviet World War II commander Marshall Ivan Stepanovic Konev after its been removed from its site in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, April 3, 2020. Marshall Konev led the Red Army forces that liberated Prague and large parts of Czechoslovakia from the Nazi occupation in 1945. His monument, unveiled in the Prague 6 district in 1980 when the country was occupied by Soviet troops, has been a source of controversy. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
April 8, 2020, 5:47 PM

A bridge collapsed in Tuscany, Italy, as 2 vehicles crossed the bridge

Inspectors were sent to the bridge last year to investigate a crack, but the section was cleared for further use, according to an Italian news agency.
April 8, 2020, 5:47 PM
Inspectors were sent to the bridge last year to investigate a crack, but the section was cleared for further use, according to an Italian news agency.
April 8, 2020, 5:44 PM

Cyclone makes landfall in Fiji amid coronavirus pandemic

More than 1,700 people were evacuated to 69 centers across Fiji and emergency teams cleared blocked roads after the cyclone.
April 8, 2020, 5:44 PM
More than 1,700 people were evacuated to 69 centers across Fiji and emergency teams cleared blocked roads after the cyclone.
April 8, 2020, 5:40 PM

Mexico reports 108 COVID-19 deaths in US, most in New York

The Mexican government says at least 108 Mexicans have died of complications related to COVID-19 in the United States, more than half of those in New York
April 8, 2020, 5:40 PM
April 8, 2020, 5:38 PM

A firefighter plays trumpet from crane bucket over Brazil neighborhood

The act was a tribute to residents, thanking them for staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 8, 2020, 5:38 PM
The act was a tribute to residents, thanking them for staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
April 8, 2020, 5:19 PM

Watchdog: Syrian air force responsible for chemical attacks

The global chemical weapons watchdog has issued a report blaming Syria's air force for a series of chemical attacks in March 2017 on the central town of Latamneh
April 8, 2020, 5:19 PM
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, April 2, 2019, Fernando Arias, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) speaks during talks in Moscow, Russia. The global chemical weapons watchdog issued a report Wednesday April 8, 2020, blaming the Syrian air force for chemical attacks using sarin and chlorine in late March 2017 on the central town of Ltamenah, and Arias said it is now up to the organization, “the United Nations Secretary-General, and the international community as a whole to take any further action they deem appropriate and necessary.” (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, FILE)
April 8, 2020, 4:43 PM

Kosovo says it’s ready to resume dialogue with Serbia

Kosovo’s acting prime minister has assured a European Union special envoy of his commitment to resume dialogue with neighboring Serbia on normalizing ties
April 8, 2020, 4:43 PM
Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak gestures, prior to a EU foreign affairs council in Zagreb, Croatia, Friday, March 6, 2020. EU foreign affairs ministers met in the Croatian capital Zagreb on Friday to discuss the escalating migrant crisis on Turkey-Greece border. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
April 8, 2020, 4:16 PM

Newborns in masks, Easter lambs, street performers: World in Photos, April 8

A look at the top photos from around the globe.
April 8, 2020, 4:16 PM
VIDEO: Newborns in masks, Easter lambs, street performers: World in Photos, April 8
April 8, 2020, 4:05 PM

Boris Johnson stable in ICU as UK virus deaths pass 7,000

Boris Johnson's spokesman says the British prime minister is “responding to treatment” but remains in intensive care with the new coronavirus
April 8, 2020, 4:05 PM
Police officers stand outside St Thomas' Hospital in the background in central London, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care as his coronavirus symptoms persist, Wednesday April 8, 2020. Johnson has spent his second night in hospital intensive care. The highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus has impacted on nations around the globe, many imposing self isolation and exercising social distancing when people move from their homes. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
April 8, 2020, 3:35 PM

UK truck driver pleads guilty in deaths of 39 Vietnamese

A truck driver accused in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container in England has pleaded guilty to manslaughter
April 8, 2020, 3:35 PM
FILE - In this Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019 file photo, forensic police officers attend the scene after a truck was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Grays, South England. A truck driver accused in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container in England has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Maurice Robinson, 25, of Craigavon in Northern Ireland, entered the plea at Central London Criminal Court on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, file)
April 8, 2020, 3:33 PM

Timelapse footage shows 'pink moon' rising

Supermoons occur several times a year when the moon becomes closest to Earth in orbit.
April 8, 2020, 3:33 PM
Supermoons occur several times a year when the moon becomes closest to Earth in orbit.
April 8, 2020, 3:30 PM

Passover in isolation dampens holiday mood in Israel

Israeli Jews have been forced to scale back or cancel beloved traditions and rituals marking the start of Passover, the holiday celebrating the Israelites’ freedom from Egyptian bondage
April 8, 2020, 3:30 PM
An ultra-Orthodox Jewish men wears a face mask as children burn leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Jerusalem authorities have said they will gather the bread and burn it in a big bonfire in one location to avoid large gatherings. But, some in the Mea Shearim neighborhood shunned the orders. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
April 8, 2020, 2:50 PM

Intellectuals warn of 'chaos' if EU can't find solidarity

More than 200 European intellectuals, artists and politicians have signed an open letter to European Union leaders urging them to take swift action to ease the economic pain of the pandemic crisis
April 8, 2020, 2:50 PM
April 8, 2020, 2:41 PM

Bridge collapses in Italy, newest crumbling infrastructure

A huge bridge section has collapsed in Tuscany, the latest case of Italy’s infrastructure crumbling after years of neglect
April 8, 2020, 2:41 PM
Smoke and dirt rise after a bridge collapsed on a river bed, in Aulla, between the regions of Tuscany and Liguria, northern Italy, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. According to media reports only two vehicles were on the bridge when it collapsed early on Wednesday, the two drivers injured, but no casualties were reported. (Tano Pecoraro/LaPresse via AP)
April 8, 2020, 2:41 PM

A truck driver has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese found inside a container in England

A truck driver has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese found inside a container in England
April 8, 2020, 2:41 PM
April 8, 2020, 2:28 PM

French aircraft carrier ends mission amid possible outbreak

France’s defense ministry says the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is heading back to port amid a possible on-board outbreak of the new coronavirus
April 8, 2020, 2:28 PM
FILE - In this Nov.18, 2015 file photo, France's nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle leaves its home port of Toulon, southern France. France's defense ministry announced that French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is heading back to port amid possible virus outbreak onboard. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that around 40 troops are presenting symptoms compatible with the COVID-19 disease. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau, File)
April 8, 2020, 2:12 PM

Global chemical weapons watchdog: Reasonable grounds to believe Syrian air force responsible for attacks in March 2017

Global chemical weapons watchdog: Reasonable grounds to believe Syrian air force responsible for attacks in March 2017
April 8, 2020, 2:12 PM
April 8, 2020, 2:05 PM

Pope creates new expert commission to study women deacons

The Vatican says Pope Francis has created a new commission of experts to examine whether women can be deacons, an ordained role in the Catholic Church currently reserved for men
April 8, 2020, 2:05 PM
Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass behind closed doors in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 5, 2020, during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (AP Photo/pool/Alberto Pizzoli)
April 8, 2020, 1:59 PM

EU court: Poland chamber penalizing judges must be suspended

Europe's top court has ordered Poland's government to immediately suspend a new body set up to discipline judges, saying that the chamber did not guarantee impartiality
April 8, 2020, 1:59 PM
April 8, 2020, 1:38 PM

Counter-terrorism probe opened in France knife attack

French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation after a knife attack south of Lyon left two people dead on Saturday
April 8, 2020, 1:38 PM
FILE - In this April 4, 2020 file photo, police officers investigate after a man wielding a knife attacked residents venturing out to shop in the town under lockdown, in Romans-sur-Isere, southern France. French counter-terrorism prosecutors have opened a judicial investigation for murders and attempted murders in relation with a terrorist undertaking, four days after a knife attack south of Lyon left two people dead. (AP Photo, File)
April 8, 2020, 1:25 PM

Masked crowds fill Wuhan's streets, trains as lockdown ends

The streets of Wuhan are clogged with traffic and long lines formed for mass transit as people left the central Chinese city for homes and jobs elsewhere
April 8, 2020, 1:25 PM
A worker directs travelers wearing face masks and suits to protect against the spread of new coronavirus at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Within hours of China lifting an 11-week lockdown on the central city of Wuhan early Wednesday, tens of thousands people had left the city by train and plane alone, according to local media reports. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
April 8, 2020, 1:15 PM

Europe struggles to agree on economic response to virus

European governments are struggling to agree on how to help the region's hardest-hit countries weather the coronavirus recession
April 8, 2020, 1:15 PM
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, left, and German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrive to give a press conference on an aid package in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin, Monday April 6, 2020. Restrictions on civil liberties and social restrictions have been imposed in many countries as the highly contagious COVID-19 coronavirus sweeps the globe. (John Macdougall/Pool via AP)
April 8, 2020, 12:33 PM

Philippines backs Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat

The Philippines has expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested what it says was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coast guard ship in the disputed South China Sea
April 8, 2020, 12:33 PM
FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, the Liaoning aircraft carrier is accompanied by navy frigates and submarines conducting an exercises in the South China Sea. Despite the coronavirus outbreak, China is keeping up with military exercises around Taiwan at the northern edge of the South China Sea. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP, File)
April 8, 2020, 10:50 AM

Supermoon shines through belltowers of Notre Dame Cathedral

The largest supermoon of the year lit up the famed Paris landmark, as the city is deserted amid the coronavirus outbreak.
April 8, 2020, 10:50 AM
VIDEO:  Supermoon shines through belltowers of Notre Dame Cathedral
April 8, 2020, 10:43 AM

Japan's state of emergency is no lockdown. What's in it?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a monthlong state of emergency in Tokyo and six other hard-hit prefectures to step up the fight against the coronavirus outbreak
April 8, 2020, 10:43 AM
A statue of a Japanese Akita dog named "Hachiko" wearing a face mask is seen near Shibuya Station Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency on Tuesday for Tokyo and six other prefectures to ramp up defenses against the spread of the new coronavirus. Hachiko has waited for his owner University of Tokyo Prof. Eizaburo Ueno at the same place by the station every afternoon, expecting him to return home for nearly 11 years even after Ueno's death at work. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
April 8, 2020, 10:31 AM

Germany moves to make it easier to block foreign takeovers

Germany’s Cabinet has approved legislation that will make it easier for authorities to prevent foreign takeovers of strategically important companies
April 8, 2020, 10:31 AM
German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier makes a phone call prior to the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. In order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, the German government has considerably restricted public life and asked the citizens to stay at home. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death.(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)
April 8, 2020, 9:12 AM

Fire at replica Prussian palace in Berlin quickly controlled

One person was injured after a fire broke outat a replica of a Prussian palace being rebuilt on the city’s historic Unter den Linden boulevard, which was brought quickly under control
April 8, 2020, 9:12 AM
April 8, 2020, 8:46 AM

Afghan official: Taliban kill 7 civilians in country's north

An Afghan official says a Taliban attack in northern Balkh province the previous day killed seven civilians
April 8, 2020, 8:46 AM
Children look out from the window of their house during a lockdown to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, April 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
April 8, 2020, 8:39 AM

Explosion on road in southeast Turkey kills 5

Officials say an improvised explosive device went off on a road in southeast Turkey, killing five forestry workers traveling to work
April 8, 2020, 8:39 AM
April 8, 2020, 8:25 AM

27 dead on Solomon Islands ferry: Did it follow virus order?

The leader of the remote Solomon Islands says 27 people are dead after being washed overboard from a packed ferry last week and the government is conducting a criminal investigation
April 8, 2020, 8:25 AM
In this April 8, 2020, photo supplied by World Vision, a house is damaged from Cyclone Harold on the island of Santo in Vanuatu. New Zealand announced Wednesday, April 8, 2020 it would help Vanuatu rebuild from the cyclone with aid of up to 500,000 New Zealand dollars ($300,000). Foreign Minister Winston Peters said Cyclone Harold had destroyed homes, infrastructure and crops. (World Vision via AP)
April 8, 2020, 7:33 AM

Outbreak poses dilemma for Palestinians working in Israel

The coronavirus outbreak poses a dilemma for tens of thousands of Palestinian laborers working inside Israel who can no longer travel back and forth from their homes in the occupied West Bank
April 8, 2020, 7:33 AM
In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 photo, a paramedic from the Palestinian Ministry of Health disinfects Palestinian laborers to help contain the coronavirus, as they exit an Israeli army checkpoint after returning from work in Israel, near the West Bank village of Nilin, west of Ramallah. The virus outbreak poses a major dilemma for tens of thousands of Palestinian laborers working inside Israel who can no longer freely travel back and forth. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
April 8, 2020, 4:11 AM

China investigates party member critical of Xi over outbreak

A prominent Communist party member who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is being investigated on suspicion of a “severe violation of discipline and law.”
April 8, 2020, 4:11 AM
FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2012, file photo, Chinese real estate mogul Ren Zhiqiang poses for a photo in his office in Beijing. Ren, a prominent Communist party member who criticized Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak is being investigated on suspicion of a “severe violation of discipline and law,” a joint government-party watchdog said. (Color China Photo via AP, File)
April 8, 2020, 3:25 AM

China's virus pandemic epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown

The last restrictions on movement have been lifted in the central Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began
April 8, 2020, 3:25 AM
A couple walks past a passenger jet converted into a restaurant in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Wuhan's 11-week lockdown is set to end Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
April 8, 2020, 2:47 AM

UK Prime Minister remains in intensive care unit

Boris Johnson is in stable condition at a London hospital’s ICU unit due to coronavirus infection.
April 8, 2020, 2:47 AM
VIDEO: UK Prime Minister remains in intensive care unit