Colombia hits 1 million confirmed virus cases

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia reached 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases on Saturday, its health ministry says, becoming the second country in Latin America to report that number in less than a week.

The nation of 50 million saw cases peak in August and has seen a decline since but still continues to register around 8,000 new infections a day.

Eight countries now have more than 1 million confirmed cases, and three are in Latin America. Argentina hit 1 million confirmed cases on Monday. Brazil ranks third worldwide in the number of virus cases, with more than 5 million, and passed 1 million infections back in June. Peru and Mexico are expected to reach 1 million cases each in the coming weeks.

Overall, Latin America continues to register some of the highest caseloads, diagnosing more than 100,000 confirmed infections each day, though the World Health Organization reports that Europe is now

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Resurgent Virus Rages Across the American Heartland

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The latest coronavirus surge is raging across the American heartland, most acutely in the Midwest and Mountain West.

This harrowing third surge, which led to a U.S. single-day record of more than 85,000 new cases Friday, is happening less than two weeks from Election Day, which will mark the end of a campaign dominated by the pandemic and President Trump’s much-criticized response to it.

As of Friday evening, 15 states have added more cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch of the pandemic: Wisconsin, a battleground in the presidential election, Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois, Wyoming, Idaho,

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France surpasses 1 million confirmed virus cases amid spike

PARIS (AP) — French health authorities say France has recorded over 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, becoming the second country in Western Europe after Spain to reach that number of known infections.

The national health agency released new figures showing that tests had confirmed at least 1,041,075 cases in France this year, including 42,032 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

Experts say the real numbers of infections are probably much higher than the ones governments around the world are reporting because of a lack of tests early in the pandemic, asymptomatic cases and other issues.

Like other countries in Europe, France has seen its daily case counts rise sharply in recent weeks as the virus rebounds in Europe. COVID-19 patients now occupy more than 42% of ICU beds nationally, and 64% in the Paris region.

More than 11,000 new COVID-19 patients have

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India to Restore Visas Despite Virus in Bid to Open Economy

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: An Airbus SAS A320 aircraft operated by IndiGo flies over a street market in Mumbai, India.

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An Airbus SAS A320 aircraft operated by IndiGo flies over a street market in Mumbai, India.

(Bloomberg) — India is reopening its borders to international visitors in a bid to revive economic growth even as the South Asian nation battles the world’s second-worst coronavirus outbreak.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using a dip in new Covid-19 infections to prise open the economy from a strict lockdown, welcoming foreigners on business trips, but not tourists.

While regular scheduled commercial flights remain off limits for the time being, overseas travelers can use other options, including flights under a government repatriation program, so-called air-bubble agreements, and private charters, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement Thursday. Ships will also be permitted. All travelers must “strictly adhere” to the guidelines on quarantine and other rules.


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The surprise decision comes after the number of daily infections in India dropped

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

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain became the first country in western Europe to accumulate more than 1 million confirmed COVID-19 infections on Wednesday as the nation of 47 million struggles to contain a resurgence of the virus.

The health ministry said that its accumulative case load since the start of the pandemic reached 1,005,295 after reporting 16,973 more cases in the past 24 hours.

The ministry attributes 34,366 deaths to COVID-19. Experts say that, as in most countries, the real numbers of infections and deaths are probably much higher because insufficient testing, asymptomatic cases and other issues impede authorities from capturing the true scale of the outbreak.

As the numbers rise, authorities in charge of health policy in Spain’s regions are tightening restrictions. They want to stem the surge that has been building in recent months while avoiding a second total lockdown of home confinements that stemmed the first wave

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Stocks slip on Wall Street as virus aid deal remains elusive

U.S. stocks capped another wobbly day of trading with modest losses Wednesday as Wall Street waited for any signs of progress as lawmakers in Washington negotiate over how to deliver more aid for the economy.

The S&P 500 slipped 0.2% after shifting between small gains and losses for much of the day. The benchmark index is on track for its first weekly loss after notching gains in each of the past three weeks. Losses in industrial stocks, health care companies and elsewhere in the market outweighed solid gains by communication services stocks. Treasury yields were mixed.

Much of Wall Street’s focus has been on Washington, where White House officials and Democrats are negotiating on another round of support to prop up the still-struggling economy, though the prospects for a deal that delivers aid soon remain cloudy.

“As long as the parties involved give the market a headline suggesting they’re still

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Asian Shares Track Wall Street Fall as Virus Aid Hopes Fade | Business News

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell moderately Tuesday, tracking Wall Street’s overnight decline as hopes faded Washington will come through with badly needed aid for the U.S. economy before the U.S. presidential election.

Investors have been focusing on U.S. economic stimulus amid global uncertainty about the continuing economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which has slammed growth with social distancing restrictions, unemployment, crimped trade, as well as tourism and business closures.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 declined 0.3% to 23,600.98 while South Korea’s Kospi slipped 0.2% to 2,341.35. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 fell nearly 0.3% to 6,212.80. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng inched down less than 0.1% to 24,533.47, while the Shanghai Composite slipped 0.3% to 3,303.67.

“As hope for a pre-election stimulus balloon deflates, and with stocks struggling to float on their own during a subpar earning season, exhaustion set in, and the laws of gravity

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Trump official ignored virus rules at wedding

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows hosted a large wedding for his daughter that appeared to violate a Georgia order and city of Atlanta guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, a newspaper reported Thursday.

In this photo provided by Ember Studio, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and his wife, Debbie Meadows, walk down the aisle at their daughter's wedding, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Atlanta. (Courtesy of Ember Studio via AP)

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In this photo provided by Ember Studio, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and his wife, Debbie Meadows, walk down the aisle at their daughter’s wedding, Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Atlanta. (Courtesy of Ember Studio via AP)

Photos of the event show many of the guests crowding together, dancing and hugging during the May 31 nuptials at the Biltmore Ballrooms Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

About 70 guests, including U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, wore tuxedos and ball gowns but no masks at the indoor wedding, and photographs show groups of people clustered closely together in the same room throughout the evening,

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French Try Curfew to Avert Lockdown; Kurz’s Plea: Virus Update

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The curfew in Paris and other French cities should help curb the coronavirus outbreak while averting the damage that comes from a lockdown, said Prime Minister Jean Castex.

Austria’s chancellor urged citizens to curb social contact and observe health measures to avoid a lockdown, echoing comments from Germany’s Angela Merkel a day earlier.

“If all of us do without private festivities, large gatherings, parties, we can slow down the spread and keep open schools, the economy, and large parts of social life,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said.

Italy approved a draft budget that seeks extended measures to support the economy. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held talks Saturday about efforts to craft a stimulus package to help the world’s biggest economy. Victoria, the worst-hit state in Australia, announced an easing of restrictions.

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Global Tracker: Cases top 39.7 million; deaths exceed 1.1

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Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge


Children scramble for candy during a homecoming parade on Friday Oct. 16, 2020, in Wessington Springs, S.D. The parade had to be postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak that killed five residents of the local nursing home.


Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

“All of a sudden it hit, and as it does, it just exploded,” said Dr. Tom Dean, one of just three doctors who work in the county.

As the brunt of the virus has blown into the Upper Midwest and northern Plains, the severity of outbreaks in rural communities has come into focus. Doctors and health officials in small towns worry

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