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  • The daily terrors: Improvising in a makeshift ICU in Spain

    BADALONA, Spain (AP) — The tension is palpable. There is no non-essential talking. An orchestra of medical monitors marks the tempo with an endless series of soft, distinct beeps. Never have so many people been inside the library of the Germans Trias i Pujol hospital in northeastern Spain. But the health care workers in improvised […]
  • Poles divided over holding presidential vote during pandemic

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Uncertainty deepened in Poland on Friday over how and when the country can move forward with a presidential election scheduled for May amid the coronavirus pandemic. President Andrzej Duda has been leading polls as he vies for a second five-year term in the vote, which was initially set for May 10. […]
  • The show can’t go on: Virus halts circus in Netherlands

    DRACHTEN, Netherlands (AP) — Circus Renz Berlin’s fleet of blue, red and yellow trucks have had a fresh lick of paint over the winter. But now, as coronavirus measures shut down the entertainment industry across Europe, they have no place to go. “It’s catastrophic for everybody,” said Sarina Renz, of the family circus that has […]
  • ‘We love you NHS’: UK health service gears up for virus peak

    LONDON (AP) — Dr. Nishant Joshi is on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic — and he’s angry. The emergency medicine specialist says he risks his life every time he walks into a British hospital because doctors and nurses haven’t been equipped with the personal protection equipment they need to prevent them from being […]
  • Chinese struggle to return to work as virus controls ease

    WUHAN, China (AP) — After two months in locked-down Wuhan, Wei Lei was eager to get back to work on a railway construction site. Instead, the 22-year-old found himself stranded at an expressway toll plaza where police decided who was allowed in and out of the city where the coronavirus pandemic started. The authorities wanted […]
  • AP Week in Pictures, Latin America & Caribbean

    MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Latin America and the Caribbean. The gallery was curated by Associated Press photo editor Anita Baca in Mexico City. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: […]
  • 100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand to leave as rules ease

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — About 100,000 tourists stuck in New Zealand since it began a lockdown last week were starting to fly to their home countries Friday. The initial problem for many tourists had been that they were banned from catching domestic flights during the strict monthlong lockdown, which is aimed at preventing more […]
  • AP Week in Pictures, Asia

    MARCH 27-APRIL 2, 2020 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The gallery was curated by AP photo editor Toru Takahashi in Tokyo. Follow AP visual journalism: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apnews AP Images on Twitter: http://twitter.com/AP_Images AP Images blog: http://apimagesblog.com Copyright © The […]
  • Crowded in camps, Rohingya refugees vulnerable to virus

    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Aid workers are bracing for a possible outbreak of the coronavirus in one of the world’s largest refugee camps in Bangladesh, with officials warning that containing the disease among more than 1 million tightly packed Rohingya Muslims will be a daunting task. With about 40,000 people per square kilometer (103,600 per […]
  • Mexican economy may contract by 4 to 8% in 2020

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Treasury predicted Thursday that the country’s economy will contract by as much as 3.9% in 2020 the face of the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, but private analysts are making even more dire predictions: the country’s worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. That was underscored Thursday when Mexico’s Tourism Department said […]