Cape Town is virus hot spot for South Africa and continent

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cape Town has become the center of the COVID-19 outbreak in South Africa and one of Africa's hot spots. The popular tourist destination at the southern tip of Afr...

Iran: More than 10k health care workers infected with virus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The coronavirus has infected more than 10,000 health care workers in hard-hit Iran, news outlets reported Thursday. The report carried by semiofficial news agenc...

Brazil expands use of unproven drug as virus toll rises

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro unveiled rules Wednesday expanding the prescription of chloroquine, the predecessor of an anti-malaria drug promoted by U.S. President Donald Trump, for ...

Turkey does not expect 2nd wave of virus in coming months

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s health minister said Wednesday he does not expect a second wave of coronavirus infections in the country in coming months, but added that authorities are monitoring poss...

Turkey's pandemic strategy hinges on hazmat-suited gumshoes

ISTANBUL (AP) — They see themselves as public health detectives, working 24/7 to track the coronavirus' insidious spread through a country of 83 million, blending door-to-door hoof work with mobile ap...

No Tiananmen vigil for Hong Kong for first time in 30 years

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — For the first time in three decades, Hongkongers will not be able to participate in an annual vigil on June 4 in commemoration of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest due to ...

Turkey reports downward trend in virus deaths, infections

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey reported a continued downward trajectory in COVID-19 deaths and confirmed infections Tuesday, with 28 new deaths and 1,022 infections over the past 24 hours. H...

'This is war': Virus charges beyond Latin American hot spots

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Beyond the hot spots of Brazil and Mexico, the coronavirus is threatening to overwhelm Latin American cities stretching from Chile to the Colombian Amazon in an alarming sign tha...

Japanese envoy promises continual support for Taiwan's WHA participation

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Following the World Health Organization's (WHO) disappointing decision to bar Taiwan from participating in the World Health Assembly (WHA) for the fourth year in a row...

The Latest: Virus cases in India surge past 100,000

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause m...

Asia Today: Australia disappointed by China's barley tariffs

BANGKOK (AP) — Australia’s trade minister has described as “deeply disappointing” China’s decision to place tariffs of around 80% on Australian barley in a dispute that has been linked to Australian s...

Iraq faces full local lockdowns as virus cases jump

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq will impose a complete lockdown on some areas of the capital, the country's new health minister said on Monday, amid an uptick in coronavirus cases in recent weeks since curfew hou...

Taiwan health minister mulls national health insurance reforms

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — After demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and earning accolades as Taiwan's tireless protector during the coronavirus pandemic, Health Minister and Central Epi...

Praise and push-ups for Brazil's embattled Bolsonaro

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greeted hundreds of supporters — and joined some in a series of push-ups — who gathered before the presidential offices Sunday to back his open...

El Salvador quarantine centers become points of contagion

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has imposed some of the hemisphere’s toughest measures against the new coronavirus — closing his country’s borders, imposing a nation...