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The latest news and commentary on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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South Africa's hospitals bracing for surge of coronavirus patients

- Associated Press

The nurse started crying when describing her work at a Johannesburg hospital: The ward for coronavirus patients is full, so new arrivals are sent to the general ward, where they wait days for test results. Already 20 of her colleagues have tested positive.

In this photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends a Politburo meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, June 2, 2020. Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: "KCNA" which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP)

Kim Jong-un urges North Koreans to keep up coronavirus fight

- Associated Press

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un urged officials to maintain alertness against the coronavirus, warning that complacency risked "unimaginable and irretrievable crisis," state media said Friday.

U.S., South Africa report new record coronavirus rises

- Associated Press

The United States and South Africa have both reported record new daily coronavirus infections, with U.S. figures surpassing 50,000 cases a day for the first time, underlining the challenges still ahead as nations press to reopen their virus-devastated economies.

In this Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 file photo the Volkswagen logo is photographed through raindrops on a window in Frankfurt, Germany.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)  **FILE**

Coronavirus cancels plan for new Volkswagen plant in Turkey

Associated Press

German automaker Volkswagen said Wednesday it is halting plans for a new factory in Turkey, saying that the steep drop in demand for cars worldwide caused by the coronavirus pandemic means the manufacturing capacity is no longer needed.

Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad attends the inauguration ceremony for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, March 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) ** FILE **

Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, not going to Kabul

Associated Press

The U.S. peace envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, will not be going to the Afghan capital, Kabul, while in the region on his latest peace mission because of the dangers presented by the coronavirus and instead will video conference with Afghan leaders, the U.S. State Department said.

In this April 29, 2020, file photo, the AMC sign appears at AMC Burbank 16 movie theater complex in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

AMC pushes back movie theater reopening by 2 weeks

- Associated Press

AMC Theaters, the nation's largest chain, is pushing back its plans to begin reopening theaters by two weeks following the closure because of COVID-19. The company said Monday that it would open approximately 450 U.S. locations on July 30 and the remaining 150 the following week.

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the construction site of Ealing Fields High School in west London, Monday June 29, 2020. (Toby Melville/Pool via AP)

Boris Johnson says COVID-19 has been a disaster for Britain

- Associated Press

Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Monday that the coronavirus pandemic has been a "disaster" for Britain, as he announced a spending splurge designed to get the country -- and his faltering Conservative government -- back on track.

In this Monday, May 25, 2020, file photo, people stroll at Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. European Union envoys are close to finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed back into Europe once it begins lifting coronavirus-linked restrictions. The United States appears almost certain not to make the list, as new infections surge and given that President Donald Trump has imposed a ban on European travelers. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

EU finalizing virus 'safe list'; U.S. unlikely to make the cut

- Associated Press

The European Union is edging toward finalizing a list of countries whose citizens will be allowed to enter Europe again in coming days, with Americans almost certain to be excluded in the short term due to the number of U.S. coronavirus cases.

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the new coronavirus cross a road in Seoul, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Testing stepped up as number of new coronavirus cases surges

- Associated Press

Governments were stepping up testing and warily considering their next moves Monday as the number of newly confirmed coronavirus cases surges in many countries. India reported 20,000 new cases Monday, while the U.S. confirmed more than 40,000 new infections for the the third straight day.

Test kits sit on a table as healthcare professional Kenzie Anderson prepares to take a sample at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Friday, June 26, 2020, in Houston. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise across the state. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Maryland orders lab to stop coronavirus testing

Associated Press

State officials have ordered a Maryland lab to stop performing coronavirus tests and have warned people who recently got tested through the company that their results may be incorrect.

In this March 31, 2020, file photo, American Airlines planes are parked at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa.  There will be no more attempts at social distancing on American Airlines flights. The airline said Friday, June 26,  that it will start booking flights to full capacity next week. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file) ** FILE **

American Airlines will book flights to full capacity

- Associated Press

American Airlines will start booking flights to full capacity next week, ending any effort to promote social distancing on its planes while the United States sets records for new reported cases of the coronavirus.

Recent Commentary Columns

In this June 18, 2020, file photo a discarded face mask and cigarette butt litter the sidewalk outside the Eastern Market in Washington. On Friday, June 26, Vice President Mike Pence said Americans should look to their state and local leadership for modeling their behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. The comments only days after President Donald Trump held two campaign events that drew hundreds of participants but few wearing masks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Face mask virtue signaling and COVID-19 lies have to stop

- The Washington Times

One of the Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Fredericksburg, Virginia, has a policy requiring customers to wear face masks in order to receive in-facility service -- but at the same time exempts its own employees working in the food preparation area from having to cover their faces. Why? The answer is tortured logic.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., points to guests in the balcony as he takes his seat on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, before President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Anthony Fauci, Bobby Rush stoke curious racial tensions on COVID-19

- The Washington Times

Dr. Anthony Fauci told Rep. Bobby Rush during a hearing on the coronavirus that "institutional racism," yes indeed, has contributed to the disproportional number of COVID-19 cases seen in black communities versus other ethnic demographics in the United States. The interchange smelled a bit of one-hand-washing-the-other.

In this May 5, 2019, file photo, Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, speaks following the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

COVID-19 great for growing billionaire pockets

- The Washington Times

Thanks to COVID-19 shutdowns, America's middle class may be suffering -- American small business owners may be gasping for last breaths, limping on their last legs -- but the billionaire class is making out like a bandit.

Illustration on the right to worship by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Stop discriminating against churchgoers

It is imperative that our leaders stop discriminating against those who wish to gather for worship. Churchgoers are entitled to the same constitutional protections that peaceful protesters currently enjoy.