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Live Updates: UK Introduces Measures in Greater Manchester to Stop Spread of Delta Variant

So far, over 173 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed worldwide, with the global death toll from the pandemic surpassing 3.7 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The US is the most affected country, with over 33.3 million cases and a death toll in excess of 597,000.

Next comes India, which has been experiencing a major crisis in the last few weeks, with 29 million cases and 349,186 deaths. Brazil has confirmed that over 16.9 million residents are or have been infected and 474,414 have died from the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Spain has opened its borders to people who have received COVID jabs approved by either the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organisation, giving a start to the summer tourist season.

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18:37 GMT 08.06.2021
Russian Health Ministry Says Sputnik V Suitable for Revaccination

The Russian health ministry said Tuesday the Sputnik V vaccine and its one-shot Sputnik Light version could be used for repeat vaccinations.

This comes after deputy health chief Oleg Gridnev said research was underway to determine whether the vaccines could be used in people who were already administered either shot.

"Both vaccines — Sputnik V and Sputnik Light — can be used effectively for revaccination, including in those who were injected with them during the first round," a statement read.

Russia approved Sputnik V for adults of all ages last year. The single-dose Sputnik Light vaccine was authorized for use in May and will be administered to those aged between 18 and 60. Two other vaccines created and registered in Russia are CoviVac and EpiVacCorona.

17:51 GMT 08.06.2021
Greek Prime Minister Reportedly Suggests Vaccination May Be Compulsory for Medical Workers

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday hinted at the possibility of making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for medical workers, Ekathimerini news reported.

While speaking at a debate on a bill on electronic COVID-19 certificates, Mitsotakis said that the government will soon change its persuasion strategy to an “official position” on mandatory vaccines for medical staff.

“The government will decide with sensitivity and a clear priority in public health,” Mitsotakis said as quoted by the media.

Greece is intensifying its effort to vaccinate a vast majority of its population. In mid-May, the fire department mandated that all members of its special disaster unit be vaccinated, as part of their duty requires traveling overseas to assist in disaster zones.

14:08 GMT 08.06.2021
UK Introduces Measures in Greater Manchester and Parts of Lancashire to Stop Spread of Delta Variant
13:28 GMT 08.06.2021
COVID-19 Certificates Issued to More Than One Million EU Citizens, European Commission Says

More than a million EU citizens have received digital COVID certificates since the system was launched in the test mode on June 1, the European Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, said on Tuesday.

"More than a million citizens have already received this certificate," Reynders said in a plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, adding that more people will receive it in the coming weeks or months.

The commissioner said that some member countries have begun to issue these certificates in the pilot version, adding that everything possible is being done to guarantee the smooth functioning of the system across the bloc. In addition, Europe is discussing the possibility of implementing this system with other nations.

The European Commission explained that the measure was implemented not to restrict movement within the EU, but to facilitate it.

“Thanks to the joint commitment of the EU institutions, the certificate will make it easier for EU citizens to exercise their fundamental right to free movement everywhere in Europe from this summer onwards,” Reynders said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Digital certificates serve as proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, recovered from the disease, or tested negative for it. The system will officially begin to function on July 1, the certificates will be valid for 12 months.

The EU Council also recommends that member states allow the entry of foreigners who were vaccinated two weeks before the trip with coronavirus vaccines approved by the European Medicines Agency or the World Health Organization. 

11:48 GMT 08.06.2021
Kuwaiti Health Ministry Approves Johnson&Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use
10:15 GMT 08.06.2021
Britain: 'Fairly Grim' COVID-19 Forecast May Delay Lifting of Lockdown by Two Weeks, Media Reveals
10:15 GMT 08.06.2021
As Indian States are Looking Forward to Lifting COVID Restrictions, Concerns Among Doctors Rise
FILE PHOTO: Family members of Vijay Raju, who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), mourn before his cremation at a crematorium ground in Giddenahalli village on the outskirts of Bengaluru, India, May 13, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920
As Indian States are Looking Forward to Lifting COVID Restrictions, Concerns Among Doctors Rise
10:14 GMT 08.06.2021
Norwegian Health Chief Who Said COVID-19 Pandemic Was 'Nearly Over' Accused of 'Sabotage'
10:14 GMT 08.06.2021
Global Times: WSJ-Cited Lab Report on COVID-19's Origins Provides No New Information
06:37 GMT 08.06.2021
Russia Records 9,977 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours
06:37 GMT 08.06.2021
Beijing Says COVID Lab Leak Claims 'No Different' From Lies About Iraqi WMD
This Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, shows medical workers in protective suits at a coronavirus detection lab in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. The fresh national figures for the disease that emerged in China in December came as the number of viral infections soared mostly in and around the southeastern city of Daegu, where they were linked to a local church and a hospital. - Sputnik International, 1920
Beijing Says COVID Lab Leak Claims 'No Different' From Lies About Iraqi WMD
04:27 GMT 08.06.2021
Senior Japanese Virologists Warns of Risks of Spreading COVID-19 During Tokyo Olympics, Report Says
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