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Virus infections top 600,000 globally with long fight ahead

The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in Europe and the United States and officials dug in for a long fight against the pandemic.

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Virus in America

‘Off the charts’: Virus hotspots grow in middle America

As the United States led the world with confirmed coronavirus cases, cities such as Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans grew as hotspots Saturday, while the virus continued to pummel New York City and made its way into rural America.

Living outside lockdown: Barbers, beauty shops still open

With South Carolina’s first coronavirus hot spot just a short jaunt up the highway, Johellen Lee hadn’t been out for anything but groceries for nearly a month.

Turkey moves migrants from Greek border amid virus pandemic

Turkish authorities have evacuated thousands of migrants who had been waiting at the border with Greece hoping to make their way into Europe, as a precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic, Turkey’s interior minister said Friday.

Political turmoil in Kabul dogs negotiations with Taliban

After months of deliberation, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Friday announced his 21-member team to negotiate peace with the Taliban, only to have his political opponent reject it as not inclusive enough.

Love Letters

Can I check in with my ex because of COVID-19?

Can and should I reach out to him more (i.e. phone calls)? Or is that a terrible idea that will derail our breakup?

An aerial view from a drone showed an empty, closed beach in Miami Beach as the city continues its efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

US notebook

Florida cities order people to stay home; governor resists

Some of Florida’s harder-hit municipalities ordered all their residents to shelter-in-place Tuesday after Gov. Ron DeSantis argued against a statewide order and blamed people flying in from New York and New Jersey for potentially spreading the coronavirus.

Supporters of Israeli Prime Minister Benajamin Netanyahu and the Likud party stage a protest in front of the Knesset (parliament) in Jerusalem on March 24, 2020. - Israeli right-wing parties backing Netanyahu boycotted the re-opening of parliament on March 23, to protest what they called the

Likud members urge speaker to defy Israeli high court order

Israel appeared on the verge of a constitutional crisis Tuesday as top members of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud urged their party colleague and parliament speaker to defy a Supreme Court order to let lawmakers hold a vote for his successor.

US President Donald Trump (L) speaks with anchor Bill Hemmer during a Fox News virtual town hall meeting from the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2020. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Trump agencies steadily push rollbacks as pandemic rages

The Trump administration is moving forward on rollbacks to slow its deregulatory drive amidst coronavirus concerns.

Texas, Ohio orders on surgeries prompt new abortion fight

Orders by the governors of Texas and Ohio to stop all nonessential surgeries in those states have unleashed a new battle over access to abortions during the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1.5 billion globally told to stay home to avoid virus

With masks, ventilators, and political goodwill in desperately short supply, more than one-fifth of the world’s population was ordered or urged to stay in their homes Monday at the start of what could be a pivotal week in the battle to contain the coronavirus in the United States and Europe.

In-demand items, including face masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizers, soap and toilet roll are seen on display in a shop window in Brighton, southern England on March 21, 2020, a day after the British government said it would help cover the wages of people hit by the coronavirus outbreak as it tightened restrictions to curb the spread of the disease. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Factories pivot to fight coronavirus, but challenges abound

Factories that crank out cars and trucks look into making much-needed ventilators. Distilleries intended for whiskey and rum to instead turn out hand sanitizers and disinfectants. And an electronics maker that builds display screens is repurposed for surgical masks.

Africa’s busiest airport says foreigners can’t disembark

Anxiety rose in Africa’s richest nation Friday as South Africa announced coronavirus cases jumped to 202, the most in the sub-Saharan region, while the country’s largest airport announced that foreigners would not be allowed to disembark. And state-owned South African Airways suspended all international flights until June.

Shizue Takahashi, the wife of a subway worker killed in the March 20, 1995 sarin gas attack, prays as she lays flowers on the stand set up at Kasumigaseki subway station in Tokyo Friday, March 20, 2020. Tokyo subway officials marked a moment of silence in memory of victims of the deadly sarin gas attack 25 years ago that killed 13 people. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tokyo marks 25th anniversary of subway nerve gas attack

Despite a large commemoration being canceled, relatives of victims and subway workers bowed their heads and prayed Friday in observance of the 25th anniversary of a nerve gas attack on Tokyo’s subways.

-FILE- In this Monday March 18, 2019, file image, the body of one of three victims is covered with a white sheet as it lies next to a tram after a shooting incident in Utrecht, Netherlands. The trial of a Dutch man of Turkish descent is starting Monday March 2, 2020, for allegedly opening fire on a tram in the central city of Utrecht last year, killing four people in what prosecutors say was a terror attack. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch court convicts tram shooter of deadly terror attack

A radicalized Muslim man who was accused on killing four people in a shooting on a tram has been convicted of murder with a terrorist motive in Dutch court.

US naval officer sues over military transgender ban

A U.S. naval officer who is facing involuntary discharge because of a policy restricting transgender people from military service has filed a lawsuit that aims to force defense officials to allow her to continue serving.

Report: Surge in white nationalism ramps up violence threat

A recent surge in white nationalism in the U.S. has led to a growing threat of violence by factions that embrace bloodshed and advocate for a race war, according to a report released Wednesday by an organization that tracks far-right extremists.

New Zealand passes landmark law to decriminalize abortion

Margaret Sparrow was 21 years old when she drank a concoction to induce an abortion, at a time when the procedure was both illegal and socially unacceptable in New Zealand.

Greek police use tear gas on migrants at Turkish border

Police on Greece’s border with Turkey used tear gas and water cannon Wednesday to repel hundreds of migrants clustered on the Turkish side who attempted to break down a border fence and enter Greece.

A deadly coronavirus mix in Florida: An aging population and lots of young visitors

In the Florida Keys, swamped with young spring breakers and travelers from around the world, just 16 people had been tested by Monday night. Ten of Florida’s 67 counties have tested no one at all.

Get out of jail? Inmates fearful of virus argue for release

Coronavirus has become a “get out of jail” card for hundreds of low-level inmates across the country, and even hard-timers are seeking their freedom with the argument that it’s not a matter of if but when the deadly illness sweeps through tightly packed populations behind bars.


Readers wonder how to meet — or repel

Advice from Amy Dickinson.

Virus dampens St. Patrick’s Day revels around the world

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around the world have fallen victim to the new coronavirus — but even a pandemic could not quash the desire to celebrate the color green, Guinness and all things Irish.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestured while speaking to Ella Pamfilova, head of the Russian Central Election Commission, in the Kremlin in Moscow on Tuesday.

Putin orders Russian constitutional vote despite virus fears

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday ordered a vote on changes in the constitution allowing to extend his rule to be held next month as planned, but warned it could be delayed if the coronavirus situation worsens.

Adnan al-Zurfi, former governor of Najaf, was named Iraq’s prime minister-designate on Tuesday.

Iraq ex-governor named PM-designate as Baghdad awaits curfew

Iraq’s president Tuesday named a former governor of the city of Najaf as prime minister-designate, following weeks of political infighting, as Baghdad residents rushed to stock up on supplies hours before a days-long curfew was set to take hold amid a global pandemic.

Iran reported another 129 fatalities from the coronavirus on Monday. Above, the holy city of Qom.


Canada closes borders to all noncitizens, except Americans

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will close the borders to anyone who’s not a citizen, an American, or a permanent resident — but even they have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival.

Pope leaves Vatican, prays for end to pandemic

Pope Francis left the Vatican to make a surprise visit to two churches on Sunday even as Italian health authorities demanded that people to stay home as much as possible to battle the country’s severe coronavirus outbreak.

Netanyahu rival Gantz chosen to form new Israeli government

Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz will be given the first opportunity to form a new government after an inconclusive national election this month, the country’s president said Sunday, raising questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political future.

LHC Group's Bruce Greenstein elbow bumps with President Donald Trump during a news conference about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden at the White House, Friday, March 13, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

House races to pass coronavirus relief after Democrats strike deal with White House

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency to respond to the coronavirus pandemic and announced new steps he said would speed the availability of testing for the virus, as his administration reached a deal with congressional Democrats to provide tens of billions of dollars for sick pay for affected workers and begin to prop up a slumping economy.

Nations employ drastic tactics to fight microscopic foe

Tens of millions of students stayed home on three continents, security forces went on standby to guard against large gatherings of people, and bars, restaurants, and offices closed Friday to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Police officers check a protester's ID as she holds a poster that reads:

Russian lawmakers move to keep Putin in power past 2024

If President Vladimir Putin won and completed two more terms, it would make him the ruler of Russia for 36 years — longer than any other leader in its modern history.


Sexual infidelity causes complications

Advice from Amy Dickinson.


Bird sightings on Cape Cod

Recent sightings as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Passengers are disembarked from the Grand Princess cruise ship at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, California on March 10, 2020. - The first passengers were taken ashore from a coronavirus-hit cruise ship that docked at California's port of Oakland on March 9, 2020, with the infected

National Guard sent into New York suburb to help control virus

One of the most dramatic actions yet to control the outbreak in the United States

A worker got ready to pass out instructions on how to fill out the 2020 Census during a town hall meeting in Lithonia, Ga. Although the 2020 Census kicked off in rural villages of Alaska in January, the rest of the nation starts participating in the once-a-decade head count in the coming days.

Census Bureau site goes live as counting begins in earnest

The 2020 census is off and running for much of America now.

Indians smeared colored powder on each other during Holi festival celebrations in Gauhati, India, on Tuesday. The festival heralds the arrival of spring.

Holi festival subdued in India over coronavirus concerns

Hindus threw colored powder and sprayed water in massive celebrations of the festival of Holi in India on Tuesday, but the enthusiasm was subdued compared to previous years because of fears of the new virus.

California prepares to dock cruise ship with 21 virus cases

As the US death toll from the new coronavirus reached at least 21, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the mayor of Oakland sought Sunday to reassure the public that none of the passengers from a ship will be released into the public before undergoing a 14-day quarantine.

Despite virus risk, 2020 hopefuls keep up campaigns for now

As the coronavirus hits more states, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday his campaign is gauging when it may become necessary to cancel the large campaign rallies that public health specialists say could be breeding grounds to spread the potentially deadly illness.

Vice President Mike Pence, center, along with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, right, speaks to the media after a meeting with cruise line company leaders to discuss the efforts to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Port Everglades, Saturday March 7, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (AP Photo/Gaston De Cardenas)

White House didn’t want to tell older people not to fly, official says

The White House overruled health officials who wanted to recommend that elderly and physically fragile people be advised not to fly because of the coronavirus, a federal official said.

A woman who tested positive with the coronavirus is brought to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Friday March 6, 2020. She was transferred from Omaha's Methodist Hospital in an isolation pod inside an ambulance. (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Coronavirus continues its rapid spread, confounding efforts by global leaders

Thousands of anxious people were confined Saturday to a cruise ship circling in international waters off the San Francisco Bay Area, after 21 passengers and crew members tested positive for the new coronavirus.

A volunteer sprayed disinfectant inside a Christian church in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province on Friday.

Iran warns it could use ‘force’ to halt travel amid virus

Iranian authorities warned Friday they may use “force” to limit travel between cities and announced the new coronavirus has killed 124 people amid 4,747 confirmed cases in the Islamic Republic.

This day in history

Today is Friday, March 6, the 66th day of 2020. There are 300 days left in the year.

Charlie Campbell, a retired RN from Silver City, N.M., took his mom Dorothy Campbell, 88, of Bothell, Wash., on Thursday to see her husband Gene Campbell, 89, through his room window at the Life Care Center nursing home in Kirkland, Wash., where multiple cases of the coronavirus have been linked and some patients have died.

Cruise ship is held off California coast for virus testing

A traveler from the ship’s previous voyage died of the coronavirus and at least two others became infected.

Gondoliers waited for customers in Venice on Tuesday. Italy is the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus outbreak.

‘This is not a drill’: WHO urges the world to fight virus

The global march of the new virus triggered a vigorous appeal Thursday from the World Health Organization.

Murphy’s surgery to remove tumor ‘successful,’ deputy says

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s surgery Wednesday to remove what was likely a cancerous tumor on his kidney was successful, the state’s acting governor said.

Spanish minister defends bold slogan for bill on sex crimes

Spain’s minister of equality defended herself Wednesday from attacks by right-wing opposition parties who have criticized her use of a bold slogan to support the government’s draft bill on sex crimes.

New US guidelines urge a hepatitis C check for most adults

Most American adults need to be checked for hepatitis C, say guidelines released Monday that urge millions more people to get screened for the liver-damaging virus that can fester for decades it’s spotted.

This day in history

Today is Monday, March 2, the 62nd day of 2020. There are 304 days left in the year.

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