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The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus infection has topped 360,000, over 5.8 million cases of infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.

The United States still has the highest coronavirus case count in the world, with over 1,721,000 infected, of which more than 101,600 people have died, according to the university.

It is followed by Brazil, where over 438,200 cases have been registered, including at least 26,574 fatalities.

At the same time, China has reported zero new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, while in Italy, the number of active cases has decreased to 47,986 with the toll of those infected.

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03:22 GMT 29.05.2020

The death toll has increased by 39 in the past 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

02:12 GMT 29.05.2020

SEOUL (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea has risen by 58 to 11,402 over the past day, the Health Ministry's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Friday.

Out of 58 new cases, 55 resulted from the internal transmission. The plurality of new cases, 20 ones, has been recorded in the province of Gyeonggi and Seoul each, while 18 more in the city of Incheon.

The death toll has not changed over the past day and stands at 269 people. The number of recovered people has reached 10,363.

The country has conducted more than 850,000 coronavirus tests.

A day earlier, South Korea registered 79 new cases of COVID-19 – the largest daily increase since early April – and no fatalities.

02:08 GMT 29.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of Canadians, who have contracted the novel coronavirus, has grown to 88,512, updated data from the Public Health Agency revealed.

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related death toll rose by 78 to 6,877, the data also showed.

The province of Quebec remains the epicenter of the outbreak in Canada, accounting for more than half of all confirmed cases. The province of Ontario comes second with 26,866 confirmed cases.

01:28 GMT 29.05.2020

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 447 to 9,044 within the past 24 hours, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said.

He also said on late Thursday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 3,377 to 81,400 within the same period of time.

A day earlier, the Latin American nation has recorded 3,463 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 463 fatalities.

00:50 GMT 29.05.2020

LIMA (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Peru, has surpassed 4,000, the national Health Ministry said on late Thursday.

On Wednesday, the ministry reported about 3,983 people, who had died of the coronavirus.

"Unfortunately, we inform about 4,009 deaths of COVID-19 in the country", the ministry said.

According to the ministry, the number of confirmed cases in Peru has risen by 5,874 to 141,779 within the past 24 hours.

00:06 GMT 29.05.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The California Department of Public Health has reported the largest single-day increase in confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.

The data released on Wednesday shows 2,617 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, setting a new milestone in the number of single-day cases reported.

The previous largest single-day record of confirmed cases was 2,603 cases, which occurred on 5 May.

Overall, according to the agency, California has 101,697 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,973 deaths caused by the disease.

00:04 GMT 29.05.2020

RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Brazil, has increased by record 1,156 to 26,754 within the past 24 hours, the national Health Ministry said on late Thursday.

Within the same period of time, the number of confirmed cases has risen by 26,417 to 438,238.

A day earlier, Brazil reported about 20,599 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,086 new fatalities.

23:57 GMT 28.05.2020

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

The authorities also reported about five new asymptomatic cases.

“The National Health Commission received information about 82,995 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 70 currently ill people. 4,634 people have died, 78,291 have been discharged from hospitals,” the commission said in a statement.

The number of confirmed cases in Hong Kong stands at 1,066 people, with four patients having died and 1,035 more having been discharged from hospitals. Forty-five people have been infected with the disease in Macao, and all of them have already been released from medical facilities. The number of infected people in Taiwan amounts to 441, with seven of them having died and 420 others recovered.

21:02 GMT 28.05.2020

CAIRO (Sputnik) - Egypt has registered a record 1,127 new cases of the coronavirus infection, which brings the country's tally to 20,793, Khaled Mugahed, a spokesperson for the country's Ministry of Health, said.

"We have recorded 1,127 new positive coronavirus tests ... 29 people have died from the disease over the past 24 hours", Mugahed said in a statement.

According to the official, since the outbreak, 5,359 COVID-19 patients have fully recovered and 845 others have died.

Earlier in May, the authorities closed many public spaces and extended the curfew during the five-day Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which started 24 May, to limit the spread of the coronavirus. All public transportation was stopped.

20:52 GMT 28.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Health authorities in Turkey have detected 1,182 new cases of the coronavirus infection over the past day, marking a return to N upward trend in the daily increase in cases, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Thursday.

After hitting the two-month low of 948 new cases per day this past Tuesday, the spread of the infection in Turkey picked up the pace again, increasing to 1,035 cases confirmed on Wednesday.

20:31 GMT 28.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Health authorities in the United Kingdom have reported a further 377 coronavirus-related deaths, down from 412 the day before, taking the death toll to 37,837 people, the UK Department of Health and Social Care said in a situation update on Thursday.

"As of 5 pm on 27 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 37,837 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals", the health department said, clarifying that the death toll breaks down to 30,391 coronavirus-related fatalities in hospitals and 7,446 in other settings, such as residential care establishments.

The overall number of confirmed cases has increased by 1,877 to a total of 269,127, according to the update.

19:50 GMT 28.05.2020

"Another 76 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Thursday.

In the previous day, 71 people infected with the coronavirus died in the city.

19:09 GMT 28.05.2020

According to the latest data provided by the World Health Organisation, over the past 24 hours, 104,505 cases of the disease have been recorded globally, bringing the total toll of those infected to 5,596,550. Meanwhile, the death toll has increased by 4,221 to 353,334.

The Americas have the highest number of cases out of all the regions in the world — over 2.5 million — and are followed by Europe, which has registered 2,079,924 cases.

18:31 GMT 28.05.2020

Groups of up to six people from different households will be able to meet outside in England from Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

17:21 GMT 28.05.2020

(Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Thursday lifting of a number of restrictions imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic starting from June 1, stating that people will be allowed to move between cities, while restaurants, pools, beaches and gyms will also be reopened.

"From June 1, the ban on travel between cities is completely lifted, restaurants, beaches, swimming pools, gyms, museums, parks fully resume operations, and state institutions also start working in full. The ban on going outside for children under 18 and the elderly over 65 will remain, but they will be able to leave their homes on certain days," Erdogan said in a video address to the nation.

The president added that people would be still obligated to wear protective masks in public places and observe social distance.

Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said earlier in the day that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Turkey rose by 1,035 to 159,797 within the past 24 hours, while 34 patients died taking the death toll to 4,431. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Turkey registered 948 new COVID-19 cases that marked the lowest daily increment since March 25.

16:43 GMT 28.05.2020

MADRID (Sputnik) - The number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Spain rose by 182 to 237,906 over the past day, continuing the downward trend seen in the past few weeks, the country's Health Ministry said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the health authorities reported a daily increase of 231.

Over the past week, 38 people died from the disease, and the overall number of fatalities now stands at 27,119. The Spanish Health Ministry revised its method of calculating COVID-19 figures and currently stopped publishing data on the daily number of fatalities and recoveries.

Since the start of the outbreak, a total of 123,804 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized, including 301 over the past week. A total of 11,389 are currently in intensive care units.

On April 28, the authorities introduced a four-stage plan for lifting the lockdown, with the regions moving from stage to stage based on their epidemiological situation. The first round began on 11 May.

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15:30 GMT 28.05.2020

TORONTO (Sputnik) - The number of Canadians who have contracted the novel coronavirus grew to 87,902 on Thursday, updated data from the Public Health Agency revealed.

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related death toll rose to 6,799, the data also showed.

The province of Quebec remains the epicenter of the outbreak in Canada, accounting for more than half of all confirmed cases - 49,139 - and 4,228 deaths.

The province of Ontario trails with 26,866 confirmed cases and 2,189 COVID-19-related fatalities.

15:26 GMT 28.05.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The number of people who have contracted the coronavirus in the United States exceeds 1.7 million with a death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) exceeding 100,000, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre revealed on Thursday.

US health officials have reported 1,702,911 novel coronavirus cases overall and 100,467 fatalities, according to the data.

The United States is leading the world in the number of reported novel coronavirus cases as well as COVID-19-related deaths.

There are 5,722,859 confirmed novel coronavirus cases worldwide and 356,435 COVID-19-related deaths, according to the data.

13:53 GMT 28.05.2020

Campaign groups have raised alarm after five suicides were confirmed in prisons in England and Wales over a six-day period, amid a strict lockdown that has seen family visits canceled as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, The Guardian newspaper reports on Thursday.

According to the newspaper, 16 prisoners have taken their own lives since the UK government introduced social distancing measures on 23 March, itself not a record, but concern has been raised after a rapid uptick in suicides in recent days.

“These deaths point to the frustration and despair of those faced with inhumane living conditions and highly restrictive regimes,” Deborah Coles, director of the Inquest charity, said as quoted by the newspaper.

Coles also called on the government to rapidly reduce the UK’s penal population to prevent further deaths as a result of the measures introduced to curb the spread of COVID-19.

All visits and educational activities in UK prisons were canceled from 24 March as part of emergency regulations introduced by the Ministry of Justice to prevent a widespread outbreak of the coronavirus disease. There are also strict limits on the time prisoners can spend outside of their cells.

According to figures released by the Ministry of Justice this past week, more than 440 inmates and 870 members of prison staff have tested positive for the coronavirus disease since the start of the outbreak.

13:44 GMT 28.05.2020
13:27 GMT 28.05.2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Poland increased by 127 to 22,600 between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, the Health Ministry has said, as the country has been seeing a steady decrease in new cases over recent days.

On Monday, Poland recorded no COVID-19 fatalities in 24 hours for the first time since late March. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said that Poland would allow people to go outside without wearing protective masks starting on Saturday if they maintain a social distance of two meters (6.6 feet).

According to the Health Ministry, two people have died from COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 1,030.

As many as 2,248 coronavirus patients are currently hospitalized in Poland, and 79,818 people are under quarantine. A total of 10,560 coronavirus patients have recovered.

Elsewhere in the region, the COVID-19 tally in Romania has increased by 197 to 18,791, and the death toll has reached 1,229 people, the Digi 24 TV channel reported on Thursday, citing the government's strategic communications group on the epidemic.

A previous situation report indicated a total of 18,594 confirmed cases and 1,219 fatalities in Romania.

13:25 GMT 28.05.2020

Another 257 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Belgium in the past 24 hours, which is an increase compared to the 137 infections the day before, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, as the country has been witnessing a general decline in infection rate and serious cases over the past month.

Forty-seven coronavirus patients have been hospitalized in the past 24 hours. A total of 208 people remain in intensive care. Another 107 people have recovered.

The death toll has risen by 31 to 9,388. A day before, the country reported 36 fatalities.

On 4 May, Belgium began relaxing its coronavirus-related restrictions. Businesses that do not require direct contact with customers resumed operations. All stores and street stalls reopened, and Belgians are allowed to receive guests, albeit with certain limitations. Wearing masks in public transport is still compulsory.

Restaurants, bars and night clubs are expected to reopen on 8 June.

12:58 GMT 28.05.2020

Russia has offered the World Health Organization (WHO) eight candidate vaccines against COVID-19, WHO spokeswoman in Russia, Melita Vujnovic, said on Thursday, adding that over 120 candidate vaccines have been registered globally.

"Russia's contribution is very significant. We have eight registered candidate vaccines, provided by different institutes across the Russian Federation," Vujnovic said at an online meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

As of 22 May, global producers have informed the WHO of 124 potential vaccines, the spokeswoman added.

"Perhaps, there are even more. These are the ones we have been briefed on, the ones who have met the criteria for evaluation. Of these, 10 are undergoing clinical assessment, and 114 are on the pre-clinal stage," Vujnovic specified.

12:51 GMT 28.05.2020

Jews on Thursday, following the Israeli authorities' recent easing of the country's lockdown restrictions introduced to combat COVID-19, began to celebrate the Shavuot holiday, also knows as the Feast of Weeks, which is dedicated to the anniversary of when they believe God gave the Torah to the nation of Israel at Egypt’s Mount Sinai.

The 2020 Shavuot holiday, which means weeks in Hebrew, lasts from May 28-29 in Israel. The celebration usually occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan and may fall between May 15 and June 14, according to the Gregorian calendar. The Jewish holiday occurs seven weeks after the first day of Passover, which marks the exodus of Jews from ancient Egypt.

Shavuot is a public holiday during which all government institutions, as well as public transport, shops and markets, do not operate. To celebrate, most families in Israel are traveling away from home to the northeastern freshwater Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Kinneret, as the government has allowed visiting beaches since May 20.

The holiday also has an agricultural meaning, as in the past it also marked the time of wheat harvest.

On the eve of Shavuot, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met farmers, who have faced financial hardships because of the COVID-19 crisis. The president expressed his gratitude to agricultural workers, praising their efforts to save the country’s provisions.

The Israeli authorities have called on citizens to celebrate Shavuot with only those people whom they live with at home. According to the holiday’s traditions, Israelis should eat dishes made primarily of dairy products.

At night during the holiday, Jews should read religious texts together in a synagogue, but under the current health circumstances, only 50 worshipers are allowed to congregate in one place.

On Wednesday, the Israeli Health Ministry and Finance Ministry said that the country had allowed bars, restaurants, pubs and swimming polls to reopen. However, citizens are still required to respect social distancing rules and wear face masks in public places.

The Israeli authorities also announced that the academic year in the country would be extended until July 13. The country's schools, which were closed for more than two months, were reopened in mid-May.

As of Thursday, Israel has confirmed over 16,000 COVID-19 cases and 281 coronavirus-related deaths.

12:32 GMT 28.05.2020

Younger people, between the ages of 25 and 45 tend to be the majority affected by the coronavirus in Africa, but many of those who are severely ill are inn older age groups, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, said Thursday.

"In terms of those who are infected, younger people tend to be the majority who are infected, people between the ages of 25 up to about 45 years," Moeti told a press conference.

At the same time, according to the WHO official, people who are severely ill and who die tend to concentrate in older age groups, over 60.

Regarding comorbidity, Moeti noted that the data on non-communicable disease, like cardiovascular conditions and others, had shown that "African people, in general, tend to be affected earlier and tend to be more seriously affected and in fact tend to die earlier of these non-communicable diseases."

12:31 GMT 28.05.2020

 Indonesia has recorded 687 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll in the country to 24,538 amid the gradual lifting of quarantine measures across the country, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the daily rate was 686, and 55 people died over the period.

According to the ministry, 23 people have died over the past day and the overall number of fatalities is now 1,496. More than 6,200 people have fully recovered and were discharged from hospitals since the start of the outbreak.

12:00 GMT 28.05.2020

Abkhazia will extend the borders closure and the restrictions imposed to contain the coronavirus through June 15, Health Minister Tamaz Tsakhnakia said on Thursday.

Abkhazia has recorded 28 COVID-19 cases, including 15 recoveries. One female patient, aged 95, has died.

"The response center on protecting the population from coronavirus has made a decision to extend the restrictions and the borders closure through 15 June. An order is being drafted," Tsakhnakia said.

On Tuesday, Abkhazians staying in Georgia have started returning home. As of now, around 300 people have come back home.

11:59 GMT 28.05.2020

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Public Health has confirmed 580 new positive tests for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking the country’s case total above 13,000 amid a continued surge in new infections, the TOLOnews broadcaster reported on Thursday.

The latest increase in the daily number of cases is slightly below Wednesday’s rise of 625 new positive tests. However, it is the eighth straight day that the ministry has confirmed more than 500 new cases of the disease.

Over half of the new cases were reported in Kabul, the broadcaster said. A total of 139 new positive tests were also reported in Herat province.

Afghanistan’s COVID-19 case total now stands at 13,036, and the death toll is currently 235 after eight new fatalities were reported, the broadcaster stated.

The ministry also confirmed that the number of recoveries in the country has reached 1,209, the broadcaster stated.

10:53 GMT 28.05.2020

The United Kingdom has the highest rate of mortality from the coronavirus disease since 20 March out of 19 countries for which there is sufficient data, the Financial Times newspaper reported on Thursday, adding that the UK was second only to the United States in the number of excess deaths.

The newspaper conducted the study by analyzing data published by the national statistical bodies of 19 countries. According to the data, the UK has a higher rate of excess deaths per million people than Italy, Spain, and the United States, all of which have been considered to be epicenters of the coronavirus disease outbreak.

Death rates in other European countries, such as Italy and Spain, are unlikely to overtake the UK unless they are hit by a second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak, the newspaper stated.

Only the United States, with a much larger population, has a higher number of excess deaths since 20 March, according to the newspaper.

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the UK Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed a total of 37,460 deaths related to the disease. According to the country’s Office of National Statistics, 42,173 people have died as a result of the disease as of 15 May.

10:52 GMT 28.05.2020

Greek media have retracted reports about the country’s alleged plans to launch vaccination with Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG), primarily used against tuberculosis, in June to protect the population from novel coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Greece’s Proto Thema newspaper reported, citing Evangelos Yamarellos, a professor of pathology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, that the COVID-19 vaccination with BCG has been approved by the National Agency for Medicines and will commence on June 1.

Hours later, the newspaper replaced the material with a new one titled "Truth About TB Vaccine and Coronavirus," specifying that the Health Ministry is planning a clinical trial of BCG, not a vaccination campaign.

Other media outlets have also removed their publications about the alleged campaign.

The BCG vaccine, which was first used medically back in 1921, came under the spotlight after several scientists across the globe hinted at a possible correlation between countries that require BCG vaccines and lower COVID-19 death rates there. In mid-April, the World Health Organization said that two clinical trials of the vaccine were underway, warning against speaking about its impact on SARS-CoV-2 until the trials were completed.

10:25 GMT 28.05.2020

Myanmar should stop imprisoning people for violating COVID-19 quarantine, curfews and other limitations imposed amid the outbreak, as this practice could only speed up the spread of the virus in crowded detention facilities amid poor hygiene conditions and inability to observe social distance, a prominent rights watchdog said in a press release on Thursday.

According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), at least 500 people, including children, migrant workers, and representatives of religious minorities, were placed in custody for between one month and one year since March. Most of them were arrested under the National Disaster Management Law, Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases Law, and other penal code provisions. Cases of hundreds more people are still being investigated by the authorities or resulted in fines.

"Limiting public health risks through social distancing is crucial, but jailing people for being outside at night just adds to everybody’s risk. Throwing hundreds behind bars in crowded, unhygienic prisons defeats the purpose of containing the spread of Covid-19," Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director at HRW, said, as quoted in the press release.

In April, Myanmar released some 25,000 prisoners under its annual Buddhist new year amnesty. However, as a result, the prison population was reduced to just above official capacity with remaining detainees still having no adequate conditions, as there are only 30 doctors and 80 nurses employed by the country's prison system.

"Myanmar did the right thing in releasing thousands of prisoners last month, but jailing regulation violators threatens to undo that progress and put more people in harm’s way. The authorities should act to prevent the spread of Covid-19, rather than using the pandemic as a pretext for violating rights," Robertson added.

In March, United Nations human rights experts warned in a joined press release that COVID-19 restrictions "should not be used as a basis to target particular groups, minorities, or individuals," noting that it was necessary to ensure that such actions were not used as a cover for repressive moves.

10:20 GMT 28.05.2020

More than 159,000 excess deaths coinciding with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have been reported in 24 European countries since early March, Hans Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe, said on Thursday.

According to Kluge, more than 2 million cases of COVID-19 and 175,000 associated deaths have been confirmed across the European region as of this week.

"Perhaps a less reported, but equally alarming figure is that since early March, more than 159,000 excess deaths, coinciding with the pandemic, have been reported from 24 European countries. These are deaths above and beyond what we would have expected normally at this time of the year," the WHO official told a virtual briefing.

According to case information reported to the organization, 94 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the region were in people aged 60 and above, and 97 percent of all deaths had at least one underlying condition, Kluge added.

"Over the past 14 days, cumulative cases in the European Region have increased 15 percent and the region still accounts for 38 percent of cases and 50 percent of deaths globally. The five European countries reporting the highest cumulative numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days are the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Belarus, and Italy," the official said.

At the same time, Spain, Italy, UK and France continue to account for 72 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in the region, Kluge noted.

09:53 GMT 28.05.2020

Singapore has registered another 373 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with all the new infections involving foreigners, mostly migrant workers living in dormitories, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, updating the total to over 33,249.

"The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 373 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, the vast majority of whom are Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. There are no Singaporean/ Permanent Resident cases," the statement said.

A day before, the country reported 533 cases. Since late April, the daily increase has not exceeded 1,000. The bulk of new infections is being registered among foreign workers.

09:15 GMT 28.05.2020
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Russia's public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, and the French Health Ministry are elaborating proposals related to joint COVID-19 fight, and Moscow hopes that cooperation will soon start, Foreign Ministry's First European Department Director Aleksey Paramonov has said in an interview.

The countries' leaders focus on COVID-19 response cooperation between Health Ministries and other profile agencies, Paramonov said. Russia and France could exchange experience on coronavirus patients treatment patterns and clinical trials of medications, and also coordinate the development of medicine and vaccines, according to the diplomat.

"Exact proposals are now being elaborated by Rospotrebnadzor and France's Ministry of Health and Solidarity. We expect our countries' experts to start joint work in the near future," Paramonov said.

Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and his French counterpart, Edouard Philippe, discussed in mid-April cooperation on COVID-19 treatment methods and new vaccines tests.

07:40 GMT 28.05.2020

Russia has registered 8,371 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (8,338 yesterday), bringing the total count to 379,051, the national coronavirus response center said on Thursday.

"Over the past 24 hours, 8,371 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 85 regions. Of these, 3,560 (or 42.5 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the center said in a statement.

This brings the total tally to 379,051 (+2.3 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

Of all the new cases, 2,560 have been registered in Moscow, 774 in the Moscow region and 382 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 2,140, 793 and 387, respectively).

As many as 3,793 COVID-19 patients have been discharged in Moscow over the past 24 hours, which means that the number of recoveries exceeds that of new cases for the fourth day in a row.

The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 174 (161 yesterday) to 4,142.

As many as 8,785 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Russia over the past 24 hours (11,079 yesterday). The total number of cured people has grown to 150,993.

07:23 GMT 28.05.2020

The tally of coronavirus cases linked to a logistics center west of Seoul has more than doubled in the past 24 hours to 82, the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, citing authorities.

The first case related to a logistics center in the city of Bucheon, which is 15.5 miles west of Seoul, was detected last week. It is said to be tied to a cram school instructor in nearby Incheon, who tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting nightclubs in the capital’s neighborhood of Itaewon, which emerged as an infection cluster in early May.

On Wednesday, the number of cases tied to the logistics center stood at 36 cases.

In light of growing cluster infections, the Gyeonggi provincial government practically suspended the facility’s operations for two weeks, according to the media outlet.

Coupang, the country’s biggest e-commerce firm and the owner of the facility, meanwhile reportedly said that one more employee at its another logistics center had contracted coronavirus. This time, it happened in Goyang, north of Seoul. The facility has been closed.

The spike in cluster cases comes as the country's COVID-19 cases have jumped by 79 to 11,344 in the past 24 hours, even though the daily increase dropped below 40 back in early April, later stabilizing at about 10-20 cases. On Wednesday, the coronavirus cases, however, climbed by 40 for the first time since that.

06:51 GMT 28.05.2020
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Libyan health officials have registered 20 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of those infected to 99, the National Center for Disease Control said in an official statement on Wednesday.

Among the new cases, 17 people tested positive for the coronavirus after they came into contact with another two COVID-19 patients, whose disease was confirmed in the southwestern city of Sabha. A further two cases have been registered in the capital of Tripoli, and one more case was confirmed after an individual came back from Turkey on 18 May, the center said.

According to the statement on the epidemiological situation in Libya, the tally of recoveries has reached 40, while the death toll now stands at four. The number of active cases amounts to 55.

Elsewhere in the region, the number of coronavirus cases in Sudan has exceeded 4,300 over the last 24 hours after 200 more people have tested positive for the infection, the country’s Health Ministry said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the country’s COVID-19 toll topped 4,000.

The death toll has increased by 11 to 195, and the tally of recoveries rose by 161 to 749, the ministry said in a statement.

The total number of those infected now stands at 4,346, with 3,476 cases being recorded in the province of Khartoum, including the country’s capital city.

06:37 GMT 28.05.2020

Over 9.7 million tests to detect COVID-19 have been conducted in Russia since the beginning of the outbreak, and 300,000 people across the country are under medical monitoring as suspected carriers, the national public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said on Thursday.

"Over 9.7 million coronavirus tests have been conducted in the Russian Federation. As many as 300,000 people remain under medical monitoring," Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.

A total of 285,000 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the country in the past 24 hours, the watchdog specified.

05:16 GMT 28.05.2020

The Colombian authorities will begin on June 1 to partially ease the restrictions imposed due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), President Ivan Duque said in a video statement.

Duque said citizens over 70 years old and people with chronic diseases should in general continue to observe the regime of self-isolation.

However, according to Health Minister Fernando Ruiz, who was also present during the video address, some exceptions will be made for these categories of citizens: in particular, they will be allowed to engage in outdoor sports, but no more than three times a week and no longer than 30 minutes a day, Ruiz said.

He specified that from June outdoor sports would be available for all categories of citizens, however, for most age groups, a number of restrictions would continue to apply.

Kindergartens and universities will continue to work remotely, while restaurants will continue to operate only for delivery.

05:15 GMT 28.05.2020

India has confirmed 6,566 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, which brings the total toll of those infected to 158,333, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday.

The death toll from the disease has reached 4,531, with 194 new fatalities being recorded over the past day. The number of recoveries has risen to 67,691 after growing by 3,266 in the past 24 hours, the ministry added.

India's central state of Maharashtra with confirmed 56,948 cases remains the most affected region. It is followed by the southern state of Tamil Nadu, with 18,545 cases, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with 15,257 cases.

04:36 GMT 28.05.2020

The number of COVID-19 cases has risen by 6,154 within the past 24 hours, which is the biggest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, the Ministry of Health said.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Peru has thus reached 135,905, with the Latin American nation coming 12th in the list of the countries hit by the pandemic.

The death toll has increased by 195 to 3,983 people, while the number of recoveries stands at 56,169.

The ministry added that 905,278 coronavirus tests had been carried out so far.

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