Berlin police broke up anti-lockdown demonstration of more than 1,000 people and arrested over 100 protesters for violation of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, Berlin, Germany, 25.04.2020. - Sputnik International

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The world is trying to curb the pandemic, which has already claimed over 837,000 lives worldwide. Countries re-impose travel restrictions and mandatory mask-wearing, while the medics are developing vaccines, with the first-ever vaccine, known as Sputnik V, registered in Russia earlier this month.

The overall number of coronavirus cases worldwide surpassed 24.7 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States (5.9 mln infected, 181,8000 deceased), and Brazil (3.8 mln infected, 119,500 deceased) are the worst-hit countries. India comes third in the number of cases (over 3.4 mln), while Mexico records the third-highest death toll - over 63,100 people.

In the meantime, European countries are also tightening pandemic measures to curb new outbreaks of the virus. Germany, however, is bracing for protests against coronavirus curbs, as a regional court allowed a mass rally in Berlin.

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22:49 GMT 29.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazil now has more than 3 million confirmed recoveries from COVID-19, while the country’s coronavirus death toll stands at over 120,000 according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

Brazil's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is 3,846,153, with 41,350 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday. Over the same period, 758 new deaths were confirmed, bringing the country’s total death toll up to 120,262.

The total number of recovered individuals stands at 3,006,812.

On Friday, Brazil reported 855 new deaths from COVID-19 and 43,412 new cases.

A week ago, Brazil’s coronavirus death toll stood at around 114,000 and the number of recoveries was at over 2.7 million.

The US and Brazil are the top two countries in terms of the total number of coronavirus cases and fatalities. The US has registered over 5.9 million coronavirus cases and more than 182,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

18:54 GMT 29.08.2020

Turkey registered 1,549 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increment since mid-June, while the virus-related death toll increased by 39, a record rise since mid-May, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday.

On Friday, Turkey confirmed 1,517 new cases and 36 related fatalities.

"Today, 1,549 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, taking the tally to 267,064. A total of 39 patients have died, and the overall death toll reached 6,284", Koca tweeted.

At the same time, the number of recoveries increased by 1,003 to 242,812 over the given period.

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A further 12 people have died in the United Kingdom within 28 days of their first positive test result for COVID-19, taking the country's death toll to 41,498, the Department of Health and Social Care reported on Saturday.

The government's COVID-19 dashboard also shows that the number of positive cases rose by 1,108 over the last 24 hours to 332,752.

As of Saturday, the UK has recorded more than 1,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus for five consecutive days.

11:24 GMT 29.08.2020
Germans take part in a protest against the government's restrictions imposed over the coronavirus outtbreak, in Berlin, Germany, 1 August 2020. - Sputnik International
Berlin Police Disperse Anti-Coronavirus Protesters - Video

BERLIN (Sputnik) - Some 18,000 people gathered in downtown Berlin on Saturday to take part in a rally against coronavirus restrictions, but the police are not allowing the demonstration to begin due to violations of safety regulations related to the ongoing pandemic.

A spokeswoman for the police confirmed to Sputnik that approximately 18,000 people gathered in the Under den Linden Avenue in the German capital’s central Mitte district earlier in the day, but added that the law enforcement agency could not make estimates on how many people subsequently joined the rally. The spokeswoman said that the police are not allowing the protest to start because many demonstrators are not wearing face masks.

"We are working on the ground, and when it will become clear that the organisers can enforce the requirement to wear masks, then the rally can begin", the spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, the Berlin police said on Twitter that the law enforcement agency has informed organisers that the demonstration cannot go ahead due to safety violations.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has recorded 4,941 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 4,829 the day before, which brings the cumulative total to 985,346, the coronavirus response center said on Saturday.

Over the past day, Moscow has registered 677 cases, St. Petersburg 189, and the Moscow region 163.

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"The gatherings planned by several initiatives for Aug. 29 against the corona policy of the federal and state governments can take place", the court ruled, allowing mass rallies against coronavirus curbs.

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