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The pandemic continues to spread and is now closing in on 1,500,000 infected globally. Many countries have introduced severe social distancing measures and closed their borders to curb the disease outbreaks and ease pressure on their healthcare services.

The United States has registered almost 400,000 cases of COVID-19 in the country, according to Johns Hopkins University, while Italy and Spain remain the countries with the highest death toll - 16,525 and 13,055 fatalities respectively, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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03:05 GMT 09.04.2020
Total of 33 People Die of COVID-19 in Mexico Over Past 24 Hours - Senior Health Official

The death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mexico has risen to 174, a total of 3,181 cases of the infection have been confirmed, 33 people died over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry's director of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia, said.

"Today, the number of confirmed cases reached 3,181... Unfortunately, the death count is increasing, it already reached 174 people," Alomia said during a regular ministry press conference.

According to published data, the overall number of citizens tested for the coronavirus has exceeded 29,000, a total of 17,209 tests were negative, 9,188 people suspected of having the disease are expecting test results.

02:52 GMT 09.04.2020
US Records 1,965 COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours, Worst Number During Pandemic – Johns Hopkins University

The number of people, who have died of the coronavirus in the United States within the past 24 hours, has risen by 1,965, which is the worst number since the start of the pandemic, Johns Hopkins University said.

The death toll from COVID-19 in the United States has reached 14,768.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States stands now at 431,838, with over 23,000 people having recovered.

02:08 GMT 09.04.2020
Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in South Korea Rises by 39 to 10,423 – KCDC

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea has risen by 39 to 10,423 over the past day, the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Thursday.

The death toll has risen from 200 to 204 within the same period of time, according to the KCDC.

The largest number of new COVID-19 cases – 12 out of 39 – has been registered in the capital of Seoul, 10 more in the province of Gyeonggi. Twenty-three new cases are imported ones, the KCDC stressed.

The number of recovered people has risen by 197 to 6,973.

01:38 GMT 09.04.2020
China Registers 63 New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, 2 People Died – Authorities

China has registered 61 new imported cases of COVID-19 and two cases of internal transmission within the past 24 hours, with two people having died of the disease, the National Health Commission said on Thursday.

The total number of imported COVID-19 cases in China has reached 1,103.

“The National Health Commission received information about 81,865 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 1,160 currently ill people. 176 people are in critical condition, 3,335 have died, 77,370 people have been discharged from hospitals,” the commission said in a statement.

No new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in the province of Hubei, where the city of Wuhan – the epicenter of the pandemic – is located.

23:06 GMT 08.04.2020
Peru Extends State of Emergency Until 26 April Amid Coronavirus Outbreak - President

The Peruvian authorities extended the state of emergency in the country until April 26 amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), President Martin Vizcarra said.

"It is necessary to extend the state of emergency by two weeks, until Sunday, April 26. We can't reduce control and reduce efforts [to fight the coronavirus] exactly when the most difficult times are coming," Vizcarra said in a statement broadcast on Facebook.

The state of emergency in Peru was introduced on 16 March for 15 days, then it was extended until 12 April inclusive.

22:59 GMT 08.04.2020
Models Now Project 61,000 Deaths in US Due to COVID-19 - Response Coordinator

Models available to US health experts now project that mortality due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) will be at around 61,000 people, significantly lower than earlier forecasts, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Deborah Birx told reporters.

"They have consistently decreased the mortality from over almost 90,000, down to 81,000 and now to 61,000," Birx said at a daily briefing on Wednesday evening. "That is modeled on what America is doing, that’s what is happening."

22:47 GMT 08.04.2020
US Re-Evaluating Financial Contribution to World Health Organization - Pompeo

The United States is re-evaluating its financial contribution to the World Health Organization (WHO), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press briefing.

"At this point we're re-evaluating our funding with respect to the World Health Organization," Pompeo said on Wednesday evening.

On Tuesday, Trump said WHO failed to take appropriate action to address the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and US funding to the agency would be put on hold.

21:17 GMT 08.04.2020
Number of COVID-19 Cases Worldwide Rises Above 1.5Mln - Johns Hopkins University

The global number of new coronavirus cases rose above 1.5 million as dozens of countries around the world reported new infections, according to the latest data published by Johns Hopkins University.

The number of cases worldwide rose to 1,500,830, with the highest number of infections in the United States, while the death toll from the disease reached 87,706 as of 9:10 p.m. GMT on Wednesday.

19:36 GMT 08.04.2020
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic Says His Son Contracted COVID-19

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced on Wednesday that his son Danilo had contracted the coronavirus disease.

"When it all started, my [son] Danilo said that giving up was not an option. My first child was infected with the coronavirus, and the clinical picture is that he was admitted to an infectious disease hospital. Son, you will win this, too. Your father loves you and everyone loves you," Vucic wrote on his Instagram account.

19:02 GMT 08.04.2020
Another 7 Patients With COVID-19 Die in Moscow - Coronavirus Response Centre

"Seven patients aged 46 to 90 have died in Moscow, they were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for coronavirus infection. They had associated diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, cardiosclerosis, pyelonephritis, and atrophy pancreas. Three of the patients suffered from chronic bronchitis", the city's coronavirus response centre said.

One of the deceased, a 74-year-old patient at a private medical organisation, had heart problems and suffered from diabetes, it added.

18:49 GMT 08.04.2020
US National Guard Says 349 Troops Test Positive for Novel Coronavirus

"My numbers this morning were actually 349 National Guard members", National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel told reporters.

More than 27,000 National Guard members have been deployed throughout the United States to help states combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

18:44 GMT 08.04.2020
Turkey Records Over 4,000 New Coronavirus Cases

The Turkish Health Ministry reported 4,117 new cases of coronavirus infection in the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 38,226.

The number of deaths rose by 87 overnight to 812, according to the daily update.

Additionally, 264 people have been discharged from hospitals, taking the number of recovered COVID-19 patients to 1,846.

18:42 GMT 08.04.2020
European Union's Chief Scientist Resigns Over Bloc's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
A man inflates a balloon with the flag of the European Union during a gathering to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the European Union in Madrid, Saturday, March 25, 2017. - Sputnik International
European Union's Chief Scientist Resigns Over Bloc's Response to Coronavirus Pandemic
18:41 GMT 08.04.2020
WHO Chief Reveals He Received Death Threats Over Coronavirus Response
FILE PHOTO: Director-General of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, attends a news conference on the coronavirus (COVID-2019) in Geneva, Switzerland February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo - Sputnik International
WHO Chief Reveals He Received Death Threats Over Coronavirus Response
18:09 GMT 08.04.2020
3 in 4 Americans Embrace Self-Isolation, Highest Level Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Poll

"Three in four Americans say they have completely (28 percent) or mostly (47 percent) isolated themselves from people outside their household. The percentage who are self-isolating rapidly increased between March 16 and 26, but has shown only modest change since then", a press release summarising the poll said.

"In the initial Gallup survey, conducted March 16-19, Americans were about equally likely to report being isolated (51 percent) versus not isolated. The percentage who reported self-isolating increased to 64 percent in the week that followed, reaching 69 percent one week later," the release said.

The upward sloping graphic curve then flattened, although the latest estimate of 75 percent was the highest recorded thus far, the release added.

Residents of urban areas (84 percent) were more likely than those living in suburbs (79 percent) and rural areas (67 percent) to say they were completely or mostly isolated from people outside their homes, according to the release.

18:02 GMT 08.04.2020
France's Daily COVID-19 Hospital Death Toll Slows

The number of fatalities from COVID-19 in French hospitals climbed by 8% in a day to a cumulative total of 7,632, state health agency director Jerome Salomon told a news conference.

18:00 GMT 08.04.2020
Number of COVID-19 Cases in Canada Increases to 18,447, Death Toll Exceeds 400 - Official

"I’ll begin with an update on the numbers of COVID-19 cases in Canada. There are now 18,447 cases, including 401 deaths", Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said.

Tam pointed out the coming days and weeks will be crucial in the fight to stem the spread of the virus given the improvement in the weather and major religious holidays on the horizon.

The province of Quebec continues to lead the country with 9,340 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The province of Ontario has recorded the most deaths related to the novel coronavirus - 174, although concerns remain that Canada’s most populous province’s low per-capita testing rate may be undermining the accuracy of the data.

17:41 GMT 08.04.2020
France's Chief Epidemiologist Says Lockdown Must Be Prolonged Several More Weeks

"It's necessary that the lockdown remains in place for several more weeks counting from now… As for the current state of understanding, we could of course start talking about and have a strategy for what will happen after the lockdown, but an essential and crucial element is that the strict lockdown continues for several more weeks", President of the French Scientific Council Jean-Francois Delfraissy told the France Info broadcaster.

The epidemiologist added that the Scientific Council had asked the government to prolong the lockdown, which is currently in place until April 15, but that "everything will depend on the level of tolerance among the population".

Among the conditions that have to be met to end of the lockdown, Delfraissy named the reduced number of the COVID-19 cases in France and a clear operational post-lockdown strategy.

"Before we envisage the end of the lockdown, the government has to ensure that the goal of relieving the French reanimation services is met… The medical crews have to benefit from a sufficient period to recover from the enormous effort they made", he added.

17:10 GMT 08.04.2020
UN Has 175 Coronavirus Cases Among Staff Worldwide, 2 Deaths - Spokesman

"As of yesterday evening there were 175 confirmed cases among UN staff worldwide, 32 in the US and 19 here in the Secretariat", Secretary-General spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a briefing.

The disease has also killed two UN system staffers.

"One in the Food and Agricultural Organization and one in the World Intellectual Property Organisation", Dujarric added.

17:09 GMT 08.04.2020
New York Sees Highest Single-Day COVID-19 Death Toll With 779 New Fatalities - Cuomo

"The bad news is actually terrible: the highest single-day death toll yet - 779 people", Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "In this crisis, we lost 6,268 New Yorkers".

Cuomo noted that the COVID-19 death toll dwarfs the number of casualties in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, which killed 2,753 New York residents.

According to Cuomo, the death toll in New York will likely be "high or higher for the next several days".

17:03 GMT 08.04.2020
UK Prime Minister's Condition Improving in Intensive Care Unit - Chancellor

The condition of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with the coronavirus, is improving, and though remaining in the intensive care unit, he can sit up in bed and talk with medical staff, Chancellor of Exchequer Rishi Sunak said at a press briefing on Wednesday.

"The latest from the hospital is that the prime minister remains in intensive care, where his condition is improving. I can tell you that he has been sitting up in bed and engaging positively with the clinical team", Sunak said.

16:43 GMT 08.04.2020
Airbus Reduces Production of A320 Aircraft to Deal With COVID-19 Crisis

The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has reduced production of its best-selling A320 narrow-body family by about a third to 40 aircraft a month.

It also cut production of larger wide-body jets, with the A350 falling by about 40% to six aircraft a month, while the A330 family is down by more than 40% to two aircraft a month.

16:34 GMT 08.04.2020
Number of Coronavirus Cases in US Rises Above 400,000 - Johns Hopkins University

The total number of US cases as of 12:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. GMT) rose to 401,166, which is the world's highest number of infections. At least 12,936 people have died in the US from the disease, the tracker showed, while 22,563 recovered.

The total number of US cases as of 12:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. GMT) rose to 401,166, which is the world's highest number of infections. At least 12,936 people have died in the US from the disease, the tracker showed, while 22,563 recovered.

16:33 GMT 08.04.2020
Lebanese Prime Minister Slams Skyrocketing Food Prices Amid Economic, COVID-19 Crisis

"I have made this tour to have an idea about prices and to indicate that the daily bread of the Lebanese is a red line. It is forbidden to tamper with food security. Prices have increased by 70% and this is unacceptable", Prime Minister Hassan Diab said, as quoted by Lebanon's NNA news agency.

The COVID-19 pandemic has coincided with Lebanon's most serious economic crisis in 30 years, exacerbated by anti-government protests that broke out in October and deposed then-Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Diab’s cabinet, thus, now has to tackle both challenges. The country has so far confirmed a total of 575 COVID-19 cases, including 19 fatalities.

16:32 GMT 08.04.2020
Over 270 New York Police Officers Return to Duty After Recovering From COVID-19 - Mayor

"The NYPD now reports that they have 276 officers, who had tested positive, who have now returned to duty", Mayor Bill de Blasio said. "The FDNY reports that 1,310 EMTs [emergency medical technicians], paramedics and firefighters, who either tested positive, or were exposed to a patient who had tested positive, or were suspected of having been affected, have returned to duty".

New York became the epicentre of the COVID-19 epidemic in the United States, with at least 138,836 positive cases as of Tuesday and 5,489 deaths statewide.

16:31 GMT 08.04.2020
Italian Authorities Register Over 2,000 Recoveries From COVID-19 Over Past Day, Highest Number Since Epidemic Began
15:59 GMT 08.04.2020
EU Considering Minsk's Request for Coronavirus Aid, Total May Reach $63Mln - Borrell

The European Union is considering Minsk's request for help amid the coronavirus, the total amount has not been decided yet, but it may reach about 60 million euros ($63 million), EU Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said Wednesday.

"Belarus has requested assistance, for its health care system and to address the impact, macro-financial, macroeconomic impact of this situation. And also they have been asking for financial assistance. And we are now exploring how we can respond to this request, looking in particular at economic support for the health care system and to the civil society. The total amount of this support has not yet been decided ... it will be around 60 million euros", Borrell told a press conference.

15:47 GMT 08.04.2020
COVID-19 Cases in US Capital Area Top 10,000, Death Toll Surpasses 200 - Officials
15:46 GMT 08.04.2020
Singapore Reports Record Daily Rise in New Coronavirus Cases

"As of 8 April 2020, 12 pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified an additional 142 cases of COVID-19 infection", the Singaporean Health Ministry said in a press release, adding only two cases were imported.

The previous record of 120 cases was reported on Sunday. The total number of infected now stands at 1,623. Twenty-nine patients are in intensive care, while 406 have been discharged to date after making a full recovery.

15:13 GMT 08.04.2020
European Commission Recommends That Schengen Countries Extend Restrictions on Non-Essential Travel Until 15 May

The European Commission has recommended that Schengen states extend non-essential travel restrictions until 15 May introduce to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

"Today the Commission invited Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States to prolong the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU until 15 May", the commission said in a press release.

15:01 GMT 08.04.2020
Number of COVID-19 Cases in Sweden Tops 8,400, Death Toll Nears 700 - Chief Epidemiologist

"The number of cases in Sweden today is 8,419 people. The number of deaths has reached 687", chief epidemiologist Anders Tegnell said.

The number of new infections in Stockholm is stabilizing, he said.

"At the same time, we can state that the number of cases in other regions is on the rise", Tegnell said.

The authorities urged citizens to refrain from travelling on Easter holidays to contain further spread of the coronavirus from Stockholm to other regions. Experts see no sharp increase in the number of infected or deaths in Sweden, as the daily number of deaths remains double-digit.

14:52 GMT 08.04.2020
Top US Doctor Sees COVID-19 Crisis Easing After Devastating Death Toll This Week
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Top US Doctor Sees COVID-19 Crisis Easing After Devastating Death Toll This Week
14:49 GMT 08.04.2020
Never Mind The B****cks: Google To Censor COVID-19 5G Conspiracies Amid String Of UK Mast Attacks
A telecommunications mast damaged by fire is seen in Sparkhill, masts have in recent days been vandalised amid conspiracy theories linking the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 5G masts, Birmingham, Britain, April 6, 2020. - Sputnik International
Never Mind The B****cks: Google To Censor COVID-19 5G Conspiracies Amid String Of UK Mast Attacks
14:32 GMT 08.04.2020
Afghan Security Council Says Released 100 Taliban Prisoners to Contain COVID-19 Spread

"Pursuant to President Ghani’s decree of 11 March, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan released 100 Taliban* prisoners today based on their health condition, age and length of remaining sentence as part of our efforts for peace and containment of COVID-19", the Afghan Security Council said.

The released prisoners were on the broader list that the Taliban's representatives shared and discussed with the government's negotiators in Kabul, it said.

All those released promised they would never return the battlefield, backed by the same assurance from the group’s leadership in Doha.

The Afghan government remains open to continuing joint work with the Taliban to advance the peace process, the council said.

*Taliban is a terrorist group banned in Russia

14:31 GMT 08.04.2020
EU Unveils $3.5Bln Aid Package for Africa to Tackle COVID-19 Crisis

The European Union will provide 3.25 billion euros ($3.5 billion) worth of aid package to Africa to help it tackle the coronavirus pandemic, the European Commission said on Wednesday.

According to the commission, in total, the bloc is securing 15.6 billion euros to help its partners worldwide.

"From the overall package of €15.6 billion, €3.25 billion are channelled to Africa, including €1.19 billion for the Northern African neighbourhood countries", the statement added.

The commission noted that the aid package is a part of the funding already allocated to the EU’s international partners. The allocated funding, thus, will be simply redirected to support research, health and water systems in these countries and address the socioeconomic effects of the COVID-19 crisis.

14:27 GMT 08.04.2020
Global Trade Recovery Possible in 2021 Depending on Pandemic Response, Duration - WTO

"A 2021 recovery in trade is expected, but dependent on the duration of the outbreak and the effectiveness of the policy responses", the WTO said in a press release.

The WTO has suggested two scenarios for the trade recovery. A more optimistic one would bring global trade to its pre-pandemic state. Under the pessimistic scenario, the trade would slump more and recover without reaching the pre-pandemic results.

"Under both scenarios, all regions will suffer double-digit declines in exports and imports in 2020, except for "Other regions" (which is comprised of Africa, Middle East and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) including associate and former member States)", the WTO said.

14:25 GMT 08.04.2020
London Transport Authority to Trial Safe Boarding on Buses to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

"Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed a trial of middle-door only boarding in buses will begin this week, as it looks to enhance its already significant work to ensure that public transport is safe for staff and for critical workers who need to use it for absolutely essential journeys", Transport for London (TfL), the agency responsible for the city’s transportation system, said on Wednesday in a press release.

The agency added that only essential workers should be using public transport during the health crisis and noted that the number of people using buses had fallen by 85 percent recently.

In London, 14 transport workers have died reportedly after contracting COVID-19. Union leaders have criticized TfL for failing to provide protective equipment, such as face masks to employees.

14:22 GMT 08.04.2020
Egypt Extends Nationwide Curfew Until 23 April - Prime Minister

"The Cabinet of Ministers decided to prolong measures taken to combat the coronavirus for two weeks until 23 April, among them the curfew, the closure of cafes and restaurants, as well as suspension of air traffic", Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said at a press conference.

According to the prime minister, the cabinet also pushed back the start of the curfew from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m,, as this would give citizens more time to return home, and also reduce crowding on public transportation.

Madbouly added that each cabinet member would donate 20 percent of their three months’ salaries to the national fund for fighting COVID-19.

The prime minister further reiterated his call for everyone to adhere to preventive measures such as social distancing and self-isolation.

On 25 March, Egypt introduced a curfew in the country between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. [17:00-06:00 GMT] for two weeks in a bid to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

14:20 GMT 08.04.2020
Most Americans Give Government Poor Grade for COVID-19 Response So Far - Poll

"Fifty-five percent of respondents said the federal government has not done a good job, an increase of 8 percentage points in about a week. The government’s disapproval rating on its actions during the pandemic has increased 12 percentage points in a month", the CNN network said in a report summarising the poll.

The poll also reflected the partisan split among US voters that has become endemic to nearly every public opinion survey, with 80 percent of Republicans crediting the government with doing a good job and 85 percent of Democrats who say the government has done poorly, the report said.

14:10 GMT 08.04.2020
Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Netherlands Exceeds 20,500 - Authorities

The number of cases of the coronavirus in the Netherlands has increased by 969 over the past 24 hours, which brings the total toll of those infected to 20,549, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said on Wednesday.

According to the health authorities, the death toll has reached 2,248 with 147 of the fatalities being recorded over the past 24 hours. Meanwhile, more than 7,700 patients are currently receiving treatment in hospitals.

14:06 GMT 08.04.2020
New York City Has Enough Ventilators to 'Get Through This Week' - Mayor
14:04 GMT 08.04.2020
Russian Embassy in Norway Has Received 89 Requests for Evacuation Since Mid-March

"After the termination of regular flights between Russia and Norway, the embassy received 89 appeals from Russian citizens asking for assistance in returning home. Relevant information was sent to the Crisis Management Center of the Russian Foreign Ministry", a spokesperson for the embassy said.

According to the diplomatic mission, most Russians live in families of close relatives and "there are practically no tourists".

"Unfortunately, despite the information spread by the embassy regarding the desirability of an early return of citizens due to the unpredictable development of the situation with the coronavirus, the last flights from Oslo to Moscow on 16-17 March were half-empty", the spokesperson added.

The embassy recalled that there is still the possibility of returning to Russia through the border crossing point Borisoglebsk in the Murmansk Region. Norway continues to perform domestic flights to this area.

14:04 GMT 08.04.2020
German Economy Minister Upbeat About Growth Outlook Amid Pandemic

"The figures of economic research institutes show us clearly that the measures we took to shield the economy from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic are beginning to work. They predict only a moderate rise in the jobless rate", German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told reporters.

He stressed that the figures were dynamic and depended on how well German partners in Europe and beyond were faring.

14:04 GMT 08.04.2020
Portugal's Hotels May Suffer Losses of Over $1.5 Bln Due to Coronavirus Pandemic - Reports

Portugal's hotel industry may face losses of up to 1.44 billion euros ($1.56 million) due to the coronavirus pandemic in the first half of 2020, while about 85 percent of employees in this area will be temporarily unemployed in April, the local Diario Economico business newspaper said on Wednesday, citing a report by the Hotel Association of Portugal.

According to the newspaper, the association estimates losses from 1.28 billion euros to 1.44 billion euros, and over 80 percent of hotels will remain shut in April and May, which will result in about 51,000 employees being temporarily laid off due to the suspension of their work.

These economic consequences were triggered by the Portuguese government's decision to suspend all public life and ban travel across the country in a bid to curb the spread of the virus. In addition, the authorities declared a state of emergency over the COVID-19 pandemic on March 19.

So far, Portugal has confirmed more than 12,400 cases of the disease, including 345 fatalities and 184 recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins University.

13:16 GMT 08.04.2020
UK Reports 936 More Fatalities From COVID-19 Raising Death Toll to 7,095
13:11 GMT 08.04.2020
World Track & Field Championships in Oregon Delayed From August 2021 to July 2022
13:09 GMT 08.04.2020
World Trade Might Lose Up to 32 Percent Because of COVID-19 Pandemic - WTO
13:05 GMT 08.04.2020
Trump Orders to Send 100 Ventilators to Coronavirus-Hit Colorado
13:03 GMT 08.04.2020
Tottenham Manager May Face Police Warning After Training With Players in Park Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
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Tottenham Manager May Face Police Warning After Training With Players in Park Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
12:55 GMT 08.04.2020
Over 60% of Russians Consider Moscow's Response to COVID-19 Sufficient - Poll
12:50 GMT 08.04.2020
Putin Tasks Russian Cabinet With Preparing Additional Measures to Support Economy Amid Pandemic Within 5 Days
12:49 GMT 08.04.2020
Russia to Allocate 10 Bln Rubles for Extra Payments for Medical Staff Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Putin
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Russia to Allocate 10 Bln Rubles for Extra Payments for Medical Staff Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Putin
12:47 GMT 08.04.2020
Economy and Work of Most Important Companies Cannot Stop Amid Coronavirus - Putin
12:46 GMT 08.04.2020
Mobile Intensive Care Units and Ventilators to Be Delivered to Russian Regions This Month - Putin
12:46 GMT 08.04.2020
Russian President Putin Addresses Nation on COVID-19 Ahead of Video-Call With Regional Heads - Video
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Russian President Putin Addresses Nation on COVID-19 Ahead of Video-Call With Regional Heads - Video
12:17 GMT 08.04.2020
After Helmets, Sweets, Now Corona-Cars Will Run on Deserted Indian Roads, Preaching Awareness
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After Helmets, Sweets, Now Corona-Cars Will Run on Deserted Indian Roads, Preaching Awareness
12:10 GMT 08.04.2020
Number of Infected in Netherlands Grows to 20,549
12:07 GMT 08.04.2020
Wales Will Remain in Lockdown Over the Easter Weekend - Housing Minister
12:03 GMT 08.04.2020
New Delhi Opens Its First Drive-Through Testing Centre
12:03 GMT 08.04.2020
Chinese Antibody Test Firm Wondfo Says Has Not Got Feedback From UK After Media Report Inaccuracy
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Chinese Antibody Test Firm Wondfo Says Has Not Got Feedback From UK After Media Report Inaccuracy
12:02 GMT 08.04.2020
Russia Will Start Overcoming Pandemic Before June - Biomedical Agency Head
11:33 GMT 08.04.2020
Democrats Seek Additional Billions of Dollars in Funding to Help Mitigate COVID-19 Impact
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Democrats Seek Additional Billions of Dollars in Funding to Help Mitigate COVID-19 Impact
11:32 GMT 08.04.2020
Jersey City Сouncilman Michael Yun Dies Due to Complications From Coronavirus
11:24 GMT 08.04.2020
Number of Infected in Europe Surpasses 687,000 - WHO
10:53 GMT 08.04.2020
Death Toll in Switzerland Rises to 705, at Least 22,789 Cases Confirmed
10:42 GMT 08.04.2020
Labour Politician Expelled From Party After Saying Johnson 'Deserved' to Have COVID-19
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Labour Politician Expelled From Party After Saying Johnson 'Deserved' to Have COVID-19
10:18 GMT 08.04.2020
'Now is Not the Time': WHO Europe Warns Against Easing Quarantine Measures

"Now is not the time to relax measures. It is the time to once again double and triple our collective efforts to drive towards suppression with the whole support of society", WHO regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, stated.

10:17 GMT 08.04.2020
Iran's Rouhani Calls on IMF to Provide Nation With $5Bln to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting of the Iranian government task force on the coronavirus, in Tehran, Iran, March 21, 2020 - Sputnik International
Iran's Rouhani Calls on IMF to Provide Nation With $5Bln to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic
10:13 GMT 08.04.2020
Mumbai Orders Masks Be Worn in Public Places, Making it Mandatory
09:30 GMT 08.04.2020
Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency to Contain COVID-19 Spread - Prime Minister
09:25 GMT 08.04.2020
Russia Sends COVID-19 Diagnostics Systems to Over 30 Countries

"This is a common threat for the whole world, and it is impossible to respond on one's own. The Russian Federation has already sent its test systems to over 30 countries across the world”, Prime Minister Mishustin said at a meeting of the coronavirus response coordination council.

These mostly include countries of the Eurasian Economic Union and former Commonwealth of Independent States nations, he specified.

"These measures are necessary chiefly for minimising the threat of infection spreading into our country", Mishustin said.

09:10 GMT 08.04.2020
Fourteen Infected Transport Workers Die in London
09:07 GMT 08.04.2020
All Russian State and Private Labs Now Allowed to Perform Coronavirus Testing
08:57 GMT 08.04.2020
Oman Registers 48 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Grows to 419 – Health Ministry
08:57 GMT 08.04.2020
COVID-19 Hurt Jerusalem's Tourism But Won't Kill Spirit, Authorities Seek Funds to Restore Industry
In this Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 file photo, the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, known by the Jews as the Temple Mount, is seen in Jerusalem's Old City. 2014 was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when this summer’s 50-day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse. Merchants in Jerusalem’s Old City say the feel the sting. The area’s cobblestone streets are typically chock full of tourists visiting the holy sites within the storied walls. But they've been eerily empty over the summer. - Sputnik International
COVID-19 Hurt Jerusalem's Tourism But Won't Kill Spirit, Authorities Seek Funds to Restore Industry
08:39 GMT 08.04.2020
UK Health Minister Says Johnson in Stable Condition After 2nd Night in Intensive Care
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks during a press conference on the third and final day of the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France Monday, Aug. 26, 2019 - Sputnik International
UK Health Minister Says Johnson in Stable Condition After 2nd Night in Intensive Care
08:38 GMT 08.04.2020
Moscow to Allocate $66Mln to Repurpose Federal Hospitals for Coronavirus Response - Mayor

"Federal hospitals in the [Russian] capital will receive 5 billion roubles for the response to the spreading of the coronavirus infection. The money will be used for repurposing hospitals, preparing buildings for receiving patients with infectious diseases, and conducting repairs, if needed. The money will also be used for purchasing medications, medical materials, personal protective equipment, and equipment for patient oxygen support", the statement read.

Extra funds will also be allocated for doctors as financial stimulus.

08:34 GMT 08.04.2020
Outside View of Hospital Where Boris Johnson is Undergoing COVID-19 Treatment - Video
An ambulance leaves St Thomas' Hospital in central London on April 7, 2020, where Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in intensive care with symptoms of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 - Sputnik International
Outside View of Hospital Where Boris Johnson is Undergoing COVID-19 Treatment - Video
08:32 GMT 08.04.2020
Turkey Sends Medical Aid to Four Balkan Nations

The aid package consisting of face masks, protective gear, sanitisers, and express test kits was delivered to North Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

 

08:19 GMT 08.04.2020
Chemical Company INEOS Vows to Build 2nd French Hand Sanitiser Plant in 10 Days Amid Product Shortage in Europe
08:17 GMT 08.04.2020
French Navy Flagship Will Return to Port Due to Coronavirus Symptoms on Board
Французские техники у истребителя Rafale на палубе авианосца Шарль де Голль в Средиземном море - Sputnik International
French Navy Flagship Will Return to Port Due to Coronavirus Symptoms on Board
07:38 GMT 08.04.2020
Russia Reports 1,175 New Coronavirus Cases in Past 24 Hours

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 1,175 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total climbing to 8,672, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Wednesday as of 10:45 a.m. Moscow time.

"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 1,175 COVID-19 cases in 56 regions", the centre said.

Of the new cases, 660 were registered in Moscow, 95 in the Moscow Region, and 34 in St. Petersburg.

The death toll has increased by five to 63 over the past 24 hours.

Eighty-six people have recovered from the coronavirus and been discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours, the centre said, adding that the total number of recoveries has reached 580.

06:13 GMT 08.04.2020
Chinese and Pakistani Military Medics Hold Teleconference on Fighting Coronavirus
05:46 GMT 08.04.2020
Venezuela Expects to Receive Another Batch of Humanitarian Aid From Russia on Wednesday
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro wearing a protective face mask makes a statement at Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela March 30, 2020 - Sputnik International
Venezuela Expects to Receive Another Batch of Humanitarian Aid From Russia on Wednesday
05:30 GMT 08.04.2020
Launch of Navigation Satellite in US Postponed Two Months Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the AEHF-4 mission for the U.S. Air Force is rolled from the Vertical Integration Facility to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral's Space Launch Complex-41. - Sputnik International
Launch of Navigation Satellite in US Postponed Two Months Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
05:11 GMT 08.04.2020
Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Kazakhstan Tops 700
05:01 GMT 08.04.2020
India Registers 773 New Infected, Bringing Total to 5,194 Cases, 149 Dead
04:57 GMT 08.04.2020
Germany Confirms Over 103,000 Coronavirus Cases, 1,861 Fatalities - Robert Koch Institute
04:56 GMT 08.04.2020
Aircraft With Russian Nationals on Board Leaves New York for Moscow - Reports
A Russian military transport plane carrying medical equipment, masks and supplies lands at JFK International Airport during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 1, 2020 - Sputnik International
Aircraft With Russian Nationals on Board Leaves New York for Moscow - Reports
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