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The Latest: Cases in Germany spike past 10K in new record

Health officials in Africa say the roll-out of new rapid diagnostic tests on the continent could be a “game-changer” in the fight against the coronavirus
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People enjoy outdoor dining in a weather proof dome pod at Against the Grain Urban Tavern during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
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WHO Africa: New rapid tests a 'game changer' against COVID

Health officials in Africa say the rollout of rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 could be a “game changer” for their fight against the coronavirus
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FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, speaks to the media at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Health officials in Africa say the rollout of new rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 could be a “game-changer” for its fight against the coronavirus, while warning that increased testing could also drive up numbers for a continent that has seen a decline or a plateauing in confirmed cases — at a time when the West has seen case counts soar. “African countries are gearing up to introduce antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests on a large scale, and this will be a game changer, we think, in the fight against COVID-19,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, file)
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Poland's top court rules out abortions for birth defects

Poland’s top court has ruled that a law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional
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Women's rights activists, wearing masks against the spread of the coronavirus, protest against a draft law tightening Poland's strict anti-abortion law near the parliament that was debating the draft law, in Warsaw, Poland, on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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Europeans face more curfews, restrictions, as virus surges

Italy’s three largest cities face new curfews as regional authorities try to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads
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A journalist takes a picture of beds prepared in a field hospital, which will function as a backup device for patients with coronavirus, in the Letnany neighbourhood at the Prague outskirts, Czech Republic, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo via CTK/Roman Vondrous) SLOVAKIA OUT
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Poland’s top court rules that law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional

Poland’s top court rules that law allowing abortion of fetuses with congenital defects is unconstitutional
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Stressing freedom, vaccine opponents rebranding in virus era

Vaccine opponents have long been undergoing a rebranding effort to shift their messaging toward the promotion of civil liberties
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Funnel cakes to go: Drive-thru fair draws thousands in SC

Organizers say thousands of people turned out for a drive-thru fair in South Carolina
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FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, South Carolina's fairgrounds sit mostly empty in Columbia, S.C. Organizers say thousands of people turned out to peer at agricultural exhibits from their car windows and grab to-go funnel cakes at a drive-thru fair in South Carolina. The more than 150-year-old South Carolina State Fair couldn't go off as normal this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, so organizers devised a drive-thru version that was held Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday in Columbia. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
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Spain lawmakers set to reject far-right no-confidence motion

Spanish lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly rejected a no-confidence motion called by the far-right party Vox against Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his left-wing coalition over their handling of the coronavirus pandemic
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Vox party leader Santiago Abascal walks past Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left and 2nd Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is facing a no-confidence vote in parliament brought by the nation's far-right Vox party. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Pool via AP)
October 22

Former Belgian PM in intensive care with COVID-19

Belgian Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes has been hospitalized in intensive care with the coronavirus
October 22
FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 file photo, Belgium's Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes, left, speaks with Sweden's Foreign Minister Ann Linde during a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Luxembourg. Former Belgian Prime minister Sophie Wilmes has been hospitalized in intensive care after getting infected with the coronavirus. The 45-year-old Wilmes, who was admitted to hospital on Wednesday evening Oct. 21, said last week she thought she got infected within her family circle. (Jean-Christophe Verhaegen, Pool via AP, File)
October 22

In video classes teachers parse clues to student wellbeing

The shift from in-person to remote learning is giving some teachers unprecedented video access into their students’ homes
October 22
October 22

California theme park closures hit jobs, shops, budget

California’s amusement parks have been pining to reopen for months, hoping to bring back thousands of workers sent home in March when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close their gates
October 22
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Asia Today: Sri Lanka closes fish market, expands curfew

Sri Lanka’s main fish market has been closed and a curfew widened as a COVID-19 outbreak grows
October 22
A Sri Lankan police officer stands guard as health officers collect swab samples from rail commuters to test for COVID-19 at a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
October 21

The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections tied to a new cluster centered on a garment factory
October 21
A youth attends a teachers' demonstration for higher pay in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Some health workers also joined the protest and complained about their salaries of about $4 dollars a month, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Teachers earn about $2 dollars a month. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
October 21

Whitmer: Michigan at 'dangerous moment' as virus cases spike

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is warning that Michigan on average has more confirmed daily cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month
October 21
In this photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. The governor is warning that Michigan has more confirmed cases of the coronavirus than ever, noting a sharp increase since the state Supreme Court invalidated her sweeping orders earlier this month. Since the court decision on Oct. 2, the seven-day case average is up to 1,818 — nearly double. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP)
October 21

Court orders California to cut San Quentin inmates by half

A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world’s most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity
October 21
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world's most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity, citing officials' "deliberate indifference" to the plight of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic. State prison officials said Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, that they are deciding whether to appeal the order, which otherwise will force them to parole or transfer about 1,100 inmates serving time in San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 21

Trump's Operation Warp Speed adviser says all Americans could be immunized by June

Moncef Slaoui is encouraging people to volunteer for vaccine trials.
October 21
A medical syringe is inserted into a small bottle labeled "Vaccine COVID-19" in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.
October 21

Alabama lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19

Alabama’s lieutenant governor says he has tested positive for COVID-19
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Vaccine Watch: Warp Speed chief says no undue White House pressure

Bob Woodruff speaks with Dr. Moncef Slaoui, the scientist appointed by President Donald Trump to oversee vaccine development on the current timeline for a coronavirus vaccine.
October 21
VIDEO: Vaccine Watch: Warp Speed chief says no undue White House pressure
October 21

By the Numbers: Justice Department settles with Purdue Pharma

The Department of Justice announced an $8 billion settlement with Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin who have been widely accused of fueling the country’s opioid crisis.
October 21
VIDEO: By the Numbers: Justice Department settles with Purdue Pharma
October 21

Boston schools suspend in-person learning as COVID-19 positivity rate rises

Boston's positivity rate has jumped in the last seven days to 5.7% from 4.5%.
October 21
In this Sept. 9, 2020, file photo, Brenda Cassellius speaks to the media at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Boston.
October 21

Ex-Blue Bell Creameries CEO charged in deadly listeria case

Authorities say the former president of Blue Bell Creameries has been charged with wire fraud for allegedly trying to cover up a 2015 listeria outbreak linked to the company’s ice cream that killed three people in Kansas and sickened several others
October 21
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University of Arizona students asked to minimize holiday travel to stem COVID spread

The school will also be doing a "testing blitz" prior to Thanksgiving.
October 21
The University of Arizona in Tucson, Ariz., Aug. 24, 2020.
October 21

Pandemic relief faces uncertainty in postelection session

Negotiations on a COVID-19 relief bill are inching forward, but it’s clear that the window for action before the Nov. 3 election is closing and the issue will be tossed to a postelection lame-duck session of Congress
October 21
FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020, file photo Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks towards the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington. New virus relief will have to wait until after the November election. The architect of the Senate measure, McConnell, isn’t claiming the vote will advance the ball. Once the measure fails, he plans to turn the chamber's full attention to cementing a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court by confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
October 21

Virus spikes have officials looking to shore up hospitals

Hospitals around the United States are starting to buckle from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with several states setting records for the number of people hospitalized and leaders scrambling to find extra beds and staff
October 21
An ambulance is parked at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 12, 2020. Spikes of the coronavirus are hitting spots around the United States, forcing public health officials to scramble to ensure there are enough hospital beds to accommodate the sick. (AP Photo/John Locher)
October 21

Court orders California to cut San Quentin inmates by half

A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world’s most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity
October 21
FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2016, file photo, general population inmates walk in a line at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. A California appeals court has ordered state corrections officials to cut the population of one of the world's most famous prisons to less than half of its designed capacity, citing officials' "deliberate indifference" to the plight of inmates during the coronavirus pandemic. State prison officials said Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, that they are deciding whether to appeal the order, which otherwise will force them to parole or transfer about 1,100 inmates serving time in San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
October 21

CDC redefines COVID-19 close contact, adds brief encounters

U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19
October 21
Medical personnel prepare to administer a COVID-19 swab at a drive-through testing site in Lawrence, N.Y., Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. U.S. health officials are redefining what it means to have close contact with someone with COVID-19. On Wednesday, the CDC changed it to a total of 15 minutes or more, so briefer but repeated contacts that add up to 15 minutes now count. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
October 21

Honda, Arizona reach $5 million settlement over air bags

Honda has agreed to a $5 million settlement with Arizona over allegations it failed to disclose defects in air bags that led to two deaths in the state
October 21
October 21

US surgeon general to plead not guilty in Hawaii virus case

A lawyer for U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said Wednesday that his client will plead not guilty to illegally entering a Hawaii public park that was closed because of the coronavirus
October 21
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams speaks during a press conference on the second day of surge COVID-19 testing, at Kalakaua District Park in Honolulu. Adams who was cited for being in a closed Hawaii park in August while in the islands helping with surge testing amid a spike in coronavirus cases, appears for a virtual arraignment in a Hawaii court on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP,File)
October 21

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to 3 criminal charges

The Justice Department says Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion
October 21
FILE - This Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo shows the Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of over $8 billion, Justice Department officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)
October 21

Nonprofit app aims to help unblock global air travel

Could a secure health app help get international air travel out of the pandemic dumps
October 21
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 file photo, United Airlines planes are parked at gates at Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J. A nonprofit software developer is testing a smartphone app and data framework that could make it easier for international airline passengers to securely show they've complied with COVID-19 testing requirements. It's an attempt to help get people back to flying after the pandemic sent global air travel down by 92%. The Switzerland-based Commons Project Foundation was conducting a test Wednesday, Oct 21 of its CommonPass digital health pass on United Airlines Flight 15 from London's Heathrow to Newark Liberty International Airport, using volunteers carrying the app on their smartphones. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, file)
October 21

Poland faces restriction upgrade, but no lockdown, PM says

Poland’s prime minister has signaled that the whole country faces being placed on the highest restriction level short of a full lockdown, as health authorities registered a record in new confirmed COVID-19 infections
October 21
An ambulance brings a COVID-19 patient to a specialized hospital in Warsaw, Poland, on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Poland is seeing a sharp spike in new cases daily of coronavirus infections, filling up hospital beds. Poland's government is transforming the National Stadium in Warsaw into a field hospital to handle the surging number of people infected with the coronavirus, and expects it to be operational within days, officials said. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
October 21

Pope reverts back to mask-less old ways at indoor audience

Pope Francis is back to his mask-less old ways a day after donning a face mask for the first time during a liturgical service
October 21
Pope Francis meets with bishops in the Paul VI hall on the occasion of the weekly general audience at the Vatican, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 21

What to expect from the official COVID-19 vaccine committee

The group, mostly doctors and researchers, also includes a member of the public.
October 21
A woman holds a small bottle labeled with a "Vaccine COVID-19" sticker and a medical syringe in this illustration taken April 10, 2020.
October 21

Spain 1st in western Europe to hit 1 million virus cases

Spain has become the first country in western Europe to accumulate more than 1 million confirmed infections, as the nation of 47 million struggles to contain a resurgence of the coronavirus
October 21
People hold up banners in support of the hotel industry that read: "I search for work", in Pamplona, northern Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, while protesting with others against the new measures against the coronavirus in the Navarra province where all bar and restaurants will be closed for 15 days from midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)
October 21

Preparing for a pandemic winter

How to cope with potential mental health challenges brought on by the pandemic as winter months force more people to socialize indoors.
October 21
VIDEO: Preparing for a pandemic winter
October 21

Belgium limits care home visits as COVID-19 cases increase

Authorities in Belgium fear another deadly wave of coronavirus cases could soon hit care homes as the country confronts the risk of seeing its hospitals overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients
October 21
Health care workers wait to administer nose-swab tests at the mobile COVID-19 testing site in Antwerp, Belgium, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bars and restaurants across Belgium have been shut down for a month and a night-time curfew entered into force Monday, as health authorities warned of a possible sanitary "tsunami" in the hard-hit corona country. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
October 21

Czechs impose more restrictions as virus cases surge

The Czech government has announced further restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including limits on free movement
October 21
A woman wearing a face mask walks in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Facing a record surge of coronavirus infections, the Czech Republic returns to a recipe that was believed to work well to contain the pandemic in the spring. Starting Wednesday, face masks will be again mandatory outdoors. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
October 21

Czechs impose more restrictions as virus cases surge

The Czech government has announced further restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, including limits on free movement
October 21
A woman wearing a face mask walks in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Facing a record surge of coronavirus infections, the Czech Republic returns to a recipe that was believed to work well to contain the pandemic in the spring. Starting Wednesday, face masks will be again mandatory outdoors. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
October 21

Officials tell AP that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal

Officials tell AP that OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma will plead guilty to federal charges, agree to $8 billion-plus deal
October 21
October 21

Coronavirus spreads in Nagorno-Karabakh amid heavy fighting

As fighting rages in the South Caucasus region of Nagorno-Karabakh, people infected with the coronavirus pack into cold basements alongside the healthy to shelter from artillery fire
October 21
Coronavirus patients lie in an infectious diseases clinic in Stepanakert, in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020.Nagorno-Karabakh, which lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the control of ethnic Armenian forces since a war there ended in 1994, faces an outbreak of the coronavirus amid the largest outbreak of hostilities in more than a quarter-century. (AP Photo)
October 21

Asia Today: Philippines allows foreign travel to resume

The Philippines has lifted a ban on non-essential foreign trips by Filipinos, but the immigration bureau didn't immediately see many departures
October 21
A man holds a child, both wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus look as they wait to cross a street in Beijing, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
October 21

Another chunk of England faces tight virus restrictions

The South Yorkshire region of northern England is being placed under the country’s tightest restrictions to curb the coronavirus
October 21
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaks to the media outside Bridgewater Hall, following last-ditch talks with the Prime Minister aimed at securing additional financial support for his consent on new coronavirus restrictions, in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The British government appeared poised Tuesday to impose strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest city after talks with officials in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on financial support for people whose livelihoods will be hit by the new measures (AP Photo/Jon Super)
October 21

Spain's parliament debates no-confidence vote to oust govt

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is facing a no-confidence debate in parliament brought by the nation’s far-right Vox party
October 21
Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left and 2nd deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias talk during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez faces a no confidence vote in Parliament put forth by the far right opposition party VOX. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, Pool)
October 21

Lives Lost: Hawaii football coach who prepped kids for life

Honolulu football coach Willie Talamoa bought his players cleats, drove them to practice and often stayed late to talk with those having trouble in school
October 21
October 21

Donors pledge $1.7 billion for Burkina Faso, Mail and Niger

The United Nations says more than 20 donors have pledged nearly $1 billion for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region for this year and over $700 million for 2021 and beyond
October 21
File-This June 4, 2020, file photo shows Women and children walk in a makeshift site for displaced people in Kongoussi, Burkina Faso. The U.N. humanitarian chief, Mark Lowcock, is hoping a major ministerial meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, will not only raise a billion dollars for the three countries at the epicenter of a humanitarian crisis in Africa’s Sahel region -- Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger -- but spur leaders to address the underlying drivers including increasing conflict and insecurity, weak governance, and a lack of development (AP Photo/Sam Mednick, File)
October 20

Fishing crews arriving in New Zealand have virus

Eighteen fishing crewmen who last week flew to New Zealand from Moscow have tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the difficulty New Zealand faces in trying to import needed workers while remaining virtually virus free
October 20
A woman wearing a face mask walks in Manchester, England, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. Britain’s government says discussions about implementing stricter restrictions in Greater Manchester must be completed Monday because the public health threat caused by rising COVID-19 infections is serious and getting worse. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
October 20

CDC: Nearly 300,000 ‘excess deaths’ in U.S. this year

Dr. Richard Besser, the former acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discusses the CDC's reports that there will be nearly 300,000 "excess deaths" in the U.S. this year.
October 20
VIDEO: CDC: Nearly 300,000 ‘excess deaths’ in U.S. this year
October 20

El Paso hospitals, funeral homes pushed to the brink by COVID-19 surge

ABC News’ Matt Gutman reports from El Paso, Texas, where there’s been a 500% increase in coronavirus cases in the past two weeks.
October 20
VIDEO: El Paso hospitals, funeral homes pushed to the brink by Covid surge
October 20

In this small Alaskan town, 5 COVID cases meant an immediate lockdown

"It's a pandemic. It's going to seep into every nook and cranny."
October 20
People walk down Main Street in Skagway, Alaska, June 22, 2009.
October 20

Environmental groups sue over Portland tear gas use

Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices have enveloped protesters and bystanders in airborne chemicals that settle on the ground, later to be washed into storm drains
October 20
FILE - In this July 28, 2020, file photo, federal officers deploy tear gas and crowd control munitions at demonstrators during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in Portland, Ore. Night after night in Portland, tear gas and other crowd control devices enveloped protesters and bystanders in aerosolized compounds that then settled on the ground and wound up washed into storm drains. Test samples from those storm drains have turned up heavy metals and chemicals at much higher levels than samples collected from control sites elsewhere. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)