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Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 10:40pm

After a record 113 straight months of hiring, the government’s monthly jobs report Friday is expected to show that the American jobs machine came to a sudden halt in March as a result of the coronavirus. Economists have forecast that the government will say employers shed about 150,000 jobs and that the unemployment rate rose from a half-century low of 3.5% to 3.9%, according to FactSet. But the jobs figure will vastly understate the magnitude of last month’s losses because the government surveyed employers before the heaviest layoffs struck in the past two weeks. Nearly 10 million Americans have since applied for unemployment benefits.

UN in cash crisis from unpaid dues, secretary-general says

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:53pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the United Nations is facing a cash crisis because of non-payment of dues by member states, which has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowded in camps, Rohingya refugees vulnerable to virus

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:26pm

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.

UN adopts resolution urging global cooperation on COVID-19

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 6:43pm

The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution Thursday recognizing “the unprecedented effects” of the coronavirus pandemic and calling for “intensified international cooperation to contain, mitigate and defeat” the COVID-19 disease.

In Ecuador, families wait with their dead as bodies pile up

Christine Armario and Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 1:59pm

Daniel Larrea died Monday after a week of high fever, struggling to breathe and steadily turning blue. Then a new nightmare began for his family. No one in their city on Ecuador's Pacific coast would pick up his body.

Spanish hospital personnel must improvise in a makeshift ICU

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 1:19pm

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.

Iran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 9:24am

Iran's parliament says speaker Ali Larijani has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is in quarantine.

Virus masks, apps: The race is on to avoid hidden carriers

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 8:26am

The worldwide race to protect people against being infected by unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified Thursday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear masks, get temperature checks or even be permitted to go outside.

Africa faces an 'existential threat' as virus cases spread

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 7:15am

Some African countries will have more than 10,000 coronavirus cases by the end of April, health officials projected Thursday, as the continent least equipped to treat serious infections has an “enormous gap” in the number of ventilators and other critical items.

Europe's hospitals running out of ICU meds for COVID-19

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 5:22am

Nine leading European university hospitals are warning they will run out of essential medicines needed for COVID-19 patients in intensive care in less than two weeks as they are increasingly crushed by the pandemic.

Spain reports 950 COVID-19 deaths in the past day, highest daily toll so far, while infections growth wanes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 3:46am

Spain reports 950 COVID-19 deaths in the past day, highest daily toll so far, while infections growth wanes.

Polio immunization suspended amid coronavirus pandemic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 3:35am

Health officials attempting to eradicate polio say they are being forced to suspend their mass immunization efforts amid the surging coronavirus pandemic.

Extremists see global chaos from virus as an opportunity

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 2:08am

Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before.

Pakistan court overturns conviction in death of Daniel Pearl

Adil Jawad and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 12:49am

A Pakistani court on Thursday overturned the murder conviction of a British Pakistani man found guilty of the 2002 kidnapping and killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

Defense lawyer says Pakistani court has overturned murder conviction in slaying of US journalist Danny Pearl

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 12:42am

Defense lawyer says Pakistani court has overturned murder conviction in slaying of US journalist Danny Pearl.

Iran parliament speaker, Israeli health minister have virus

Amir Vahdat and Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 2nd - 12:19am

Iran’s parliament speaker has contracted the new coronavirus, the country's highest-ranking government figure yet to catch the disease, while in Israel, several top officials entered quarantine when the health minister tested positive on Thursday.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 10:40pm

South Korea has reported 86 new cases of the coronavirus to bring its caseload above 10,000. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday said about half of the new cases came from the densely populous Seoul metropolitan area, where infections linked to international arrivals have been rising. China reported 31 new confirmed virus cases, 29 of them from overseas, and four new deaths. North Korea says only around 500 people remain under coronavirus quarantine in the country after authorities in recent weeks released thousands of others who supposedly had no symptoms.

Taliban ready to begin cease-fires in virus-hit Afghan areas

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 10:47am

The Taliban said Wednesday the group was ready to declare a cease-fire in areas of Afghanistan under its control if they are hit by a coronavirus outbreak.

Virus data: What's known and not known about China's numbers

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Apr 1st - 9:58am

Every few days brings another grim milestone in the coronavirus outbreak. First Italy and Spain surpassed China in reported deaths. Then, this week, the U.S. and France did.