People wear face masks at a bar area after it reopened following a shutdown due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Shanghai, China May 22, 2020. - Sputnik International

COVID-19 Live Updates: China Reports Seven New Imported Cases of Coronavirus

The pandemic continues spreading across the world, with over 5,490,900 infected globally, including more than 345,900 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. The United States remains the country hardest hit by the virus.

At the moment, the highest death tolls are in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Fatalities in the US have topped 98,000, of which at least 29,229 have died in New York City only.

Russia has registered more than 353,000, of which more than 3,630 have died and over 118,000 have recovered.

Many countries have since announced the easing of pandemic-induced restrictions and plan to resume domestic and international travel in the coming weeks.

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22:01 GMT 25.05.2020

TIRASPOL (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR, or Transnistria) has risen by nine - down from 22 the day before - to 887, the PMR's coronavirus response centre said.

The death toll is unchanged from yesterday's figure, at 35, the centre said.

A total of five people have recovered over the past day (down from 14 on Sunday), so the number of recoveries has reached 489.

20:46 GMT 25.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow has registered 76 deaths of patients with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 2,110, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Monday.

"Another 76 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", it said.

In the previous day, 41 people infected with the coronavirus died in the city.

Russia's overall number of recorded coronavirus cases has topped 353,000. The country's COVID-19 death toll is over 3,630. More than 118,000 people have recovered.

Moscow's case tally currently exceeds 166,000, with over 53,000 recoveries.

20:45 GMT 25.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - There have been no deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Ireland, the first time since 21 March, the Health Department said on Monday.

On Sunday, the country's death toll increased by 4, and the total number of cases rose by 57.

"There have been no additional deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in the past 24 hours - this marks the first day with no deaths reported since 21 March", the department said, adding that 59 new cases have been detected.

The death toll has decreased from 1,608 to 1,606, as two cases have been denotified.

Ireland has confirmed a total of 24,698 cases.

19:51 GMT 25.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe has surpassed 5.3 million, while the global death toll is more than 342,000, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

There have been over 102,790 new cases registered worldwide, bringing the overall number to 5,307,298, per the WHO estimations.

The number of deaths has increased by 4,383 to 342,070.

18:40 GMT 25.05.2020

"We've been in discussions day-to-day with our colleagues in China about putting together the necessary scientific inquiries into the origin of the virus ... I think we will be very pleased to continue those discussions. I don't believe there's a date yet for a scientific mission, but we will be looking forward to doing that as soon as possible and with the right mix of scientific experts from multinational perspective to join such a team", Michael Ryan, the executive director of the health emergencies programme, said during a briefing.

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"We are five months into this pandemic. We have five months worth of data on COVID-19. We do have some experience with SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, outbreak in China in 2002-2003], we do have some experience with MERS [Middle East respiratory syndrome], we do have some experience with other human coronaviruses, but there is nothing right now to indicate that this virus will resurge in winter months", Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 technical lead at WHO, said, adding that "What we know and what we need to prepare for is that the virus can resurge if we give it an opportunity".

The WHO expert reiterated that many people remained susceptible to the virus, which meant that "the virus is there regardless of temperature, regardless of the month".

"If we think of waves, if we think of winter months, if we think of flu ... when we have co-infection, co-circulation of influenza and COVID-19, as we are seeing in the Southern Hemisphere, that could complicate our understanding. Because if we don't have testing in place we don't know what people are infected with. And so it could potentially flood the system", van Kerkhove said.

She urged all countries to "remain on high alert" in terms of their ability to test, isolate and care for COVID-19 cases.

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"The number of lives lost – 96 – is still painfully high, but only in the relative absurdity of our situation is that relatively good news", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a daily press briefing.

The state saw daily deaths drop below 100 to a record low of 84 last Friday for the first time since March, before going up to 109 on Saturday. The death toll is now 23,391.

15:23 GMT 25.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia has increased by 2,235 to 74,795, showing a positive dynamic, Al Arabiya website reported on Monday, citing the country's Health Ministry.

On Sunday, the daily increase of cases was 2,399, with the death toll standing at 390.

The country has also confirmed 2,148 recoveries, bringing the overall number to 45,668. The current death toll is at 399.

The country has imposed a 24-hour curfew from Saturday until this Wednesday in order to halt the spread of the virus.

14:26 GMT 25.05.2020

The UK has reported 77 new cases with total fatalities standing at 36,870.

13:57 GMT 25.05.2020
13:22 GMT 25.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A judge in Bolivia has placed former Health Minister Marcelo Navajas in pretrial detention for three months over the corrupt purchase of ventilators during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the newspaper La Razon reports.

Navajas was arrested this past week while still in office. After the minister was detained, interim President Jeanine Anez Chavez removed him from his post.

During a 10-hour court hearing on Sunday, Judge Hugo Huacani ordered Navajas to be incarcerated at La Paz’s San Pedro prison, the newspaper stated. Three other officials, including Fernando Valenzuela, the former legal affairs director at Bolivia’s Health Ministry, have also been placed in pretrial detention for six months.

The scandal relates to the purchase of ventilators from Spain, which, upon arrival, were found not to meet World Health Organisation standards. Later, it became known that the Bolivian government paid more than $27,000 for each of the 170 ventilators, a fee many times higher than market value.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Another worker at a mink farm in the Netherlands appears to have been infected with the new coronavirus by the furry mammal, the Dutch agriculture minister said Monday.

The first case of mink-to-human transmission was reported a week ago at one of two farms in the country's south that saw an outbreak of the infection.

"A second case of a mink passing SARS-CoV-2 (CoV-2) to a human has recently been recorded at an infected mink farm. It looks similar to the first case," Carola Schouten said in a letter to parliament.

The farms in the North Brabant province are in the country's epicenter of the outbreak.

he minister said that both infections happened before the minks were found to carry the virus. She said protective gear could help prevent further transmissions.

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The Japanese government lifted the state of emergency on Monday, cancelling restrictions which have been in effect in 5 of the country's 47 prefectures, including Tokyo, Hokkaido, Tibam Saitama, and Kanagawa.

All other regions previously cancelled the restrictions, as the number of new cases in Japan decreased.

08:08 GMT 25.05.2020
07:40 GMT 25.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 8,946 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (8,599 yesterday), bringing the total count to 353,427, the national coronavirus response centre said on Monday.

"Over the past 24 hours, 8,946 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 83 regions. Of these, 3,908 (or 43.7 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the centre said in a statement.

This brings the total tally to 353,427 (+2.6 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

Of the new cases, 2,560 were registered in Moscow, 831 in the Moscow Region, and 374 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 2,516, 862, and 384, respectively).

The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 92 (153 yesterday) to 3,633.

As many as 5,499 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Russia over the past 24 hours (5,363 yesterday), bringing the total number of cured people to 118,798.

06:26 GMT 25.05.2020

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – India’s COVID-19 tally has topped 138,000 as the country's daily increase in cases continues to break records for the fourth straight day, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Monday.

The daily increase was 6,977. On Sunday, the country reported 6,767 new cases, which was also a record.

The death toll has risen by 154 to 4,021. Recoveries have gone up by 3,280 to 54,440 in the past 24 hours.

The number of active cases is 77,103.

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