The Latest: Thousands in Istanbul protest virus restrictions

By The Associated Press

ISTANBUL — Thousands of people protested in Istanbul against COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday.

Unmasked crowds gathered in Maltepe, an open space on the city’s Asian side. A woman in the crowd held a placard that read: “we are born free and we want to live free.”

Turkey’s mask mandate outdoors and in public places remains in place after reopening in July after a lockdown. The country has seen a rise in cases and deaths since then, with daily infections increasing from around 5,000 to more than 20,000.



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SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico reported 20 more deaths from the coronavirus, the largest single-day increase since May.

The state also reported 885 confirmed cases, the largest one-day increase in a week.

Health care officials have expressed concern about New Mexico’s hospital capacity during the current coronavirus surge.

The state’s pandemic totals increased to nearly 240,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,600 confirmed deaths.


ATLANTA — Atlanta’s zoo says at least 13 western lowland gorillas have tested positive for the coronavirus.

That includes 60-year-old Ozzie, the oldest male gorilla in captivity. Zoo Atlanta says employees noticed the gorillas had been coughing, had runny noses and showed changes in appetite.

A veterinary lab at the University of Georgia returned positive tests for the respiratory illness. Zoo Atlanta says it’s waiting on confirmation from the National Veterinary Services Lab in Iowa. The zoo says it I s treating the gorillas at risk of complications with monoclonal antibodies.

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Zoo officials say they believe an asymptomatic employee passed on the virus. The employee had been fully vaccinated and was wearing protective equipment.


HANOI, Vietnam — China plans to donate 3 million doses of its coronavirus vaccine to Vietnam.

The Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the pledge Saturday as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Hanoi. The visit comes amid a virus lockdown in Vietnam to contain a coronavirus surge.

About 23 million Vietnamese students started a new school year this week, most in virtual classrooms.

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh says the two countries should use dialogue to work out any differences, state broadcaster VTV reported. Vietnam has previously accused China of obstructing its gas exploration activities in the South China Sea.

Wang’s visit comes two weeks after U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris travelled to Vietnam to strengthen ties.


PHOENIX — Arizona reported more than 3,000 daily coronavirus cases and hospitalizations remained above 2,000.

There were 3,355 cases and 36 deaths on Saturday, according to the Department of Health Services’ coronavirus dashboard.

The state reported that 2,085 coronavirus patients occupied hospital beds on Friday, topping 2,000 for nearly two weeks.

Arizona’s pandemic totals increased to 1.04 million cases and 19,183 confirmed deaths.


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