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The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is now over 2.5 million, while the number of COVID-19 cases has surpassed 113 million worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US is currently the worst-hit country, with around 28.4 million infected and over 510,000 coronavirus-linked deaths. India occupies second place, with almost 11 million cases and over 156,000 deaths, and Brazil has the third-highest number of infected (more than 10.4 million cases) and the second-highest death toll (over 252,800 fatalities).

At the same time, Mexico has the third-highest death toll in the world, surpassing India with 184,000 fatalities, while the overall number of cases in the country is around 2 million.

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The government of India's western Gujarat state announced on Saturday prolonging the COVID-19 curfew in the cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot for another 15 days.

The midnight to 6 a.m. (18:30 - 00:30 GMT) curfew was due to expire on Sunday.

The extension is due to a surge in COVID-19 cases after a brief period of decrease, according to the government. There are currently 2,136 active COVID-19 cases in Gujarat, while the cumulative toll exceeds 262,000 cases, with 4,408 deaths.

The curfew was first issued last November and extended for five times since then.

In the whole of India, the COVID-19 toll has neared 11 million cases, including close to 157,000 fatalities, as of Saturday.

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Chisinau (Sputnik) - Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Saturday welcomed the first delivery of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from Romania, saying that the country's doctors will get prioritized access to the vaccines.

"I am very happy that today we have received 21,600 doses of the vaccine. It is generous support from the Romanian side. I thank all those involved, thank the Romanian government, and also the European Union. This first batch is very important, because these vaccines will be used for the vaccination of the front-line health care workers", Sandu told journalists.

Earlier in the day, the Moldovan drug regulator said that it granted a one-year conditional authorization to three COVID-19 vaccines — Sputnik V, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

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SEOUL (Sputnik) - Belgian firm Janssen Pharmaceuticals, part of Johnson & Johnson, has applied for approval of its COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday.

The application was filed with the Food and Drug Administration of South Korea.

Seoul has inked a deal with Janssen Pharmaceuticals to import six million vaccine doses. Deliveries are scheduled to start in the second quarter of the year.

04:55 GMT 27.02.2021

According to official information, India confirmed 16,488 new coronavirus cases and 113 new fatalities linked to the pandemic.

04:46 GMT 27.02.2021

MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) – Uruguay is ready to purchase Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus and waiting for the relevant documents from Moscow, Uruguayan Minister of Health Daniel Salinas told Sputnik.

"We would like this vaccine to be added to the portfolio [of vaccines available in Uruguay] because of its good quality, but we have not received any answer yet … We are waiting for the relevant documents", Salinas said late Friday.

The minister said that Uruguay was interested in an opportunity to produce Russia's vaccine.

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