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The pandemic continues to spread across the world, reaching 2,500,000 infected globally, with the highest number of confirmed cases in the United States (over 825,000 infected and 45,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University), while Spain and Italy are the main centres of the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe.

The death toll from the virus has reached 177,400, with New York City the hardest hit by the virus. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are over 144,000 infected and over 14,870 fatalities there.

The quarantine measures and the economic downturn resulting from these steps have also caused the collapse of the petroleum market, affecting the oil and gas industry around the world.

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MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The Mexican Health Ministry has confirmed more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours for the first time since the start of the outbreak.

A day earlier, Mexico recorded 729 new COVID-19 cases and 145 fatalities.

"Currently, we have 10,544 cases confirmed since February 28," Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said on late Wednesday, which means that the number of infected people had increased by 1,043 within the past 24 hours.

The number of fatal cases has risen by 113 up to 970.

02:56 GMT 23.04.2020

SEOUL (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea has risen by eight to 10,702 over the past day, the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Thursday.

The death toll has risen from 238 to 240 within the same period of time, according to the KCDC.

A day earlier, South Korea registered 11 cases of COVID-19 and one fatality.

Four out of eight new cases have been registered in the city of Daegu, one in the province of Gyeonggi, one in the city of Busan and two in other parts of the country.

The number of recovered people has risen by 134 to 8,411.

The country has conducted more than 563,000 coronavirus tests, with the results of 10,139 tests being processed now.

01:33 GMT 23.04.2020

BEIJING (Sputnik) – China has registered six new imported cases of COVID-19 and four cases of internal transmission within the past 24 hours, with no people having died of the disease, the National Health Commission said on Thursday.

“The National Health Commission received information about 82,798 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 959 currently ill people. 63 people are in critical condition, 4,632 have died, 77,207 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.

The number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong stands at 1,033 people, with four patients having died and 678 more having been discharged from hospitals. Forty-five people have been infected with the disease in Macao, with 26 of them having been released from medical facilities. The number of infected people in Taiwan amounts to 426, with six of them having died and 236 others recovered.

01:18 GMT 23.04.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Canada has risen to 40,179, more than 1,900 people have died, Health Canada reported.

It said 1,974 people had died. Most coronavirus cases have been reported in the provinces of Quebec (20,965) and Ontario (12,245).

Earlier reports said 38,932 people had been infected and 1,871 had died.

01:14 GMT 23.04.2020

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Argentina has confirmed 144 new cases of the coronavirus across the country within the past 24 hours, with the total number of people infected with COVID-19 having reached 3,288, the national Ministry of Health said.

A day earlier, Argentina recorded 113 new cases of the coronavirus disease.

"Today, 144 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of [COVID-19] positive tests in the country to 3,288," the ministry said in a daily bulletin on late Wednesday.

The death toll has increased by seven to 159 people within the same period of time.

00:37 GMT 23.04.2020

More than 1,700 coronavirus patients have died in the United States in the past 24 hours, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The death toll over the past day was 1,738 compared to 2,751 the day before.

The total number of deaths has topped 46,000 since the start of the outbreak in the country, and more than 839,000 cases have been confirmed.

23:49 GMT 22.04.2020

CARACAS (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Venezuela has risen by 10 to 298 within the past 24 hours, President Nicolas Maduro said.

A day ago, the Venezuelan authorities recorded three new cases of the coronavirus disease.

"We have 10 new cases ... The total number of cases has reached 298," Maduro said in a televised address on late Wednesday.

The president added that 122 patients had recovered, while 10 people had died of the coronavirus.

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. To date, more than 2.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 182,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

23:27 GMT 22.04.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has increased to 2,471,136, with more than 169,000 people having died of the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said.

Within the past 24 hours, 73,920 new cases have been confirmed, which is some 10,000 less than a day earlier. At the same time, the number of new fatalities has increased from 5,109 to 6,058 between Tuesday and Wednesday.

More than 1.2 million COVID-19 cases have been registered in Europe, while the United States remains the worst-hit country with more than 770,000 infected people.

At the same time, Johns Hopkins University says that more than 2.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 182,000 fatalities.

20:55 GMT 22.04.2020

MADRID (Sputnik) - Spain’s Congress of Deputies on Wednesday has approved the government’s proposals to extend the country's state of emergency imposed due to the COVID-19 outbreak through 9 May.

The proposals were announced by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Saturday. Lawmakers voted 269-60 in favor, with 16 abstentions, of prolonging Spain’s state of emergency and the relevant lockdown measures.

The Spanish government first declared a state of emergency on 14 March and the measures have now been extended three times.

According to the country’s constitution, a state of emergency can only be imposed for 15 days before the consent of parliament is required to prolong the measures.

Citizens in the European country are allowed to leave their homes to shop for food, visit pharmacies, receive medical treatment, travel to work, or help those in need. Some non-essential industries, such as construction, have been allowed to resume activities, and from the upcoming weekend, children under the age of 14 will be allowed to leave the house for short walks.

Health Minister Salvador Illa has said that the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak has passed in Spain. On Wednesday, health authorities confirmed 4,211 new cases of the disease, compared to 3,968 new cases announced on the previous day.

The country’s death toll now stands at 21,717 after 435 more deaths were reported, a slight increase from the 430 deaths announced on Tuesday.

19:59 GMT 22.04.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The number of US deaths caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has surpassed 46,000 as of Wednesday afternoon, Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center data revealed.

The US now has registered 46,079 deaths and 839,836 cases overall, according to the data.

18:43 GMT 22.04.2020

HELSINKI (Sputnik) - The Estonian authorities have decided to reopen schools on 15 May provided that the epidemiological situation in the country is stable, the national government said on Wednesday.

"If the indicators allow, then schools will be opened from 15 May, so that the students about to graduate can prepare for exams and students who need it can get some support", the government said in a statement.

In mid-March, the authorities declared a state of emergency, which is set to last until 1 May. As a result, schools, museums, gyms, sports clubs, swimming pools, daycares and movie theatres have been closed.

So far, more than 1,500 people in Estonia have tested positive for the coronavirus. Total of 44 COVID-19 patients have died from the disease.

18:08 GMT 22.04.2020

CHISINAU (Sputnik) - Moldova has registered 164 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, Health Minister Viorica Dumbraveanu said on Wednesday during a briefing, adding that the total number of people infected with the virus now stands at 2,778.

"To date, 164 positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed, we have a total of 2,778 cases", Dumbraveanu said.

The ex-Soviet republic also reported three new deaths from coronavirus-related complications, and the overall death toll climbed to 75.

Meanwhile, Moldovan Prime Minister Ion Chicu said on Wednesday that the European Union would allocate 100 million euros ($108 million) to his country amid the health crisis.

"The EU decided to allocate a significant amount to the budget of Moldova — 100 million euros. We propose to use the money that comes from the EU to get modern equipment for the country's hospitals", Chicu said on his official Facebook page.

17:36 GMT 22.04.2020

PARIS (Sputnik) - The death toll from the coronavirus reported in France's hospitals and care facilities has topped 21,000 after 544 deaths were registered in the preceding 24 hours, Jerome Salomon, the head of the state health agency, said on Wednesday.

"The total death toll is 21,340", he said. On Tuesday, the death toll was 20,796.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care has fallen for the 13th day in a row to 5,218, Salomon said.

As many as 29,741 coronavirus-infected people remain in hospitals, he said.

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The US military will make preparations for the possible second wave of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections despite hopes that the worst case scenarios will not materialize, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hyten said during a Defense Department press briefing on Wednesday.

"It’s the job of the military to prepare for the worst-case scenario. So, we will take the lessons learned... from this outbreak, we will plan for something worse to happen in the fall," Hyten told reporters. "We hope that therapeutics and vaccines and all kinds of things come in place to make sure that doesn’t happen. But we have to plan for the worst case."

In an interview with The Washington Post on Tuesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield warned that a second wave of the novel coronavirus infections, possible later this year may be dire because it is likely to coincide with the start of the flu season.

The United States has more than 826,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and more than 45,000 deaths caused by the disease as of Wednesday morning, according to data compiled by the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

16:58 GMT 22.04.2020

There is a robust recovery plan in the works by the European Union to get member states out of the coronavirus crisis that will require strong coordination and adjustments of existing agenda, European Commission Vice President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight Maros Sefcovic said in press remarks following an informal General Affairs Council meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

According to Sefcovic, the European Union and member states have already poured over 3 trillion euros ($3.2 trillion) into the economy to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and Europe can emerge "more sustainable and fairer " from this crisis.

"Strong coordination will also be the right formula once the threat posed by the virus starts abating and our economies start gradually emerging from hibernation. To this end, the Commission’s preparation of a major recovery plan is in full swing," Sefcovic said, referring to it as "a robust Marshall Plan for Europe's recovery" in a Twitter post.

Underlying the need for strong coordination along the path, he said the Commission would be "closely monitoring" that the response by individual member states be in line with the commonly accepted agenda.

"The Commission has made clear from the onset that emergency powers adopted in Member States must be limited in time and scope, subject to scrutiny, and our values cannot be compromised... As soon as we start having the pandemic under control, general states of emergencies with exceptional powers for governments should be replaced by more targeted interventions," Sefcovic said.

He said that the European Commission would adjust the rollout of its own work program this year to match with the major initiatives of the economic recovery. Sefcovic also said he had informed ministers that the bloc's next long-term budget would become the "cornerstone" of this recovery plan in a way to "power the economic comeback and support urgent investments."

Europe remains the main epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with close to 1.2 million confirmed cases and over 106,000 fatalities. With most of affected European countries having resorted to shutting their borders, existing coordination treaties such as the Schengen Agreement were practically rendered obsolete.

16:44 GMT 22.04.2020

Russia consumes more than 12 million medical masks per day, of which 8 million are of its own production, and 4 million masks are delivered from China, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said on Wednesday.

“We have reached a total production of more than 8 million per day ... Plus, masks imported from China via the Ministry of Industry and Trade and commercial organizations, approximately 4-4.5 million per day. That is, about 12 million are being consumed daily," Manturov said.

16:23 GMT 22.04.2020

The number of coronavirus cases in Singapore has shot past the 10,000 mark with 1,016 cases confirmed over the past 24 hours, the city-state’s Health Ministry said Wednesday.

“As of 22 April 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed and verified an additional 1,016 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore,” the ministry wrote in its daily update.

The majority of the cases — 967 — are linked to an infection cluster in dormitories for where migrant work permit holders live, the ministry said in its daily update.

“The main increase today continues to be for Work Permit holders residing in dormitories, where we are picking up many more cases because of extensive testing... None of them is in the intensive care unit,” the ministry said in the detailed breakdown.

The death toll rose by one to 12 with the death of an 84-year-old female patient in a hospital overnight, the ministry said.

Singapore was initially held as an example of successful mitigation measures keeping the coronavirus rate of infection relatively low, although it has recently struggled to keep the numbers under control with cases doubling since last Friday.

16:13 GMT 22.04.2020

The US state of South Carolina has decided to keep its school system closed until the summer recess and will wait several months before deciding whether it is safe to reopen schools for the fall term in August, Governor Henry McMaster told a press conference on Wednesday.

"We have decided not to reopen the schools for the rest of the school year," McMaster said. "I will issue that order next week."

South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Mitchell Spearman said the governor's decision had been a hard one to make, but was essential to maintain public health and safety.

"Governor, you have made a very difficult decision, but you have made the right decision. ... Our buildings will not open for the rest of the year, but our instruction will continue," she said.

The governor's decision was in the opposite direction of policy on the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic made by the larger state of Georgia next to South Carolina where moves have already been started to relax the social distancing and lockdown guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease.

16:06 GMT 22.04.2020

Switzerland has already lost roughly 30 billion Swiss francs ($31 billion) due to the closure of shops in light of the coronavirus pandemic and the figure is likely to grow as businesses remain shut, Ueli Maurer, the head of the Federal Department of Finance, said on Wednesday.

"According to experts, economic losses amount to 5 billion per week. And the longer we put off opening stores, the more expensive it will cost our country," Maurer said at a briefing in Bern.

The Swiss government imposed COVID-19 controls in the country on March 13 and reinforced them three days later, ordering that all shops be closed, save for grocery stores. The non-food stores have thus been closed for six weeks now.

Unlike many other European neighbors, Switzerland did not go on a nationwide lockdown over COVID-19.

Swiss authorities plan to begin gradually loosening control measures on April 27 in a total of three phases, with phases two and three scheduled for May 11 and June 8.

14:40 GMT 22.04.2020

Saudi Arabia confirmed on Wednesday 1,141 new cases of the coronavirus, which brings the total toll of those infected to 12,772, according to the kingdom's Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, the death toll has reached 114 with five fatalities being registered over the past 24 hours. All the victims are non-Saudis with ages ranging between 51 and 76 years old.

The ministry added that 172 more patients had been cured bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,812. As of now, there are 10,846 active cases in the country with most of patients being in a stable condition.

As of Tuesday, a total of 10,484 people have been infected with the virus, including 109 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.

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With India’s federal government amending the standard operating procedures for seafarers at the country’s ports, thousands of sailors stuck on different ships will be able to return home. An official from the Maharashtra government in Mumbai on Wednesday said that an estimated 40,000 sailors are stuck on different ships. The official said, 146 sailors stuck on cruise ship “Marella Discovery” are expected to touch land followed by others.

"They will undergo a full medical check-up and be quarantined at a building made available to them for isolation, besides following all other protocols of the COVID-19 pandemic", said the official.

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BEIJING (Sputnik) – Over the past 24 hours mainland China has registered 30 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, 28 patients have recovered, and no deaths have been recorded, the state health committee said in a statement.

Out of the 30 new cases, 23 were imported, while the remaining seven were local.

Overall, 1,610 imported cases of the coronavirus infection have now been identified in China. Some 811 people are still sick, 41 are in serious condition, 799 people have recovered, and not a single person who entered China infected from abroad has died.

"The state health committee received information on 82,788 confirmed cases of infection with the new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces (areas, cities of central subordination), including 1,005 people currently sick (78 people are in serious condition), 77,151 people were discharged from hospitals, and 4,632 died", the centre said.

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