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People participate in a protest against Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro and his handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Cuiaba, Brazil, June 19, 2021.  - Sputnik International

Live Updates: Brazil Confirms Over 17,000 New COVID-19 Cases

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According to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, the global coronavirus tally has surpassed 187 million worldwide, while the death toll from the pandemic has topped four million.
The list of the most affected countries is topped by the United States, India, and Brazil.
The US has confirmed over 33.8 million cases so far and a death toll of 607,000. Next is India, recovering from a major outbreak this spring, which has reported 30.8 million cases and over 408,000 deaths. At the same time, Brazil has confirmed around 19.1 million cases and the second-highest death toll in the world, at around 534,000 fatalities.
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17:40 GMT 13.07.2021
US Provides Nearly $400Mln for Small Rural Hospitals to Battle COVID-19, Health Dept. Says

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - More than 1,500 hospitals located in rural US communities will receive $398 million to expand COVID-19 testing and other pandemic mitigation measures, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said on Tuesday.

"Hospitals will use the funds to maintain or increase COVID-19 testing, expand access to testing for rural residents, and tailor mitigation efforts to reflect the needs of local communities", HHS said in a press release.

The funding provided by the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan will be available to 1,540 hospitals, typically those with fewer than 50 beds that are located in rural areas, the release said.

17:26 GMT 13.07.2021
Spain to Give Award to Health Workers Who Died of COVID-19

MADRID (Sputnik) - The Spanish government will posthumously award the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit to healthcare workers who fell victim to COVID-19, spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez said on Tuesday.

The awards would be handed over to the victims’ relatives. Since the onset of the outbreak, more than 100 health workers have died of COVID-19 in Spain.

"The best possible recognition that we could give them is to stay calm, responsible and cautious [in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic]", Rodriguez said.

Speaking of immunisation, she noted that the pace is still sluggish among young people, despite the efforts of autonomous communities.

Spain is currently witnessing a spike in COVID-19 cases among younger people who have not yet been vaccinated.

16:45 GMT 13.07.2021
Trudeau Says Over Half of Canadians Fully Vaccinated, Nearly 80% Received at Least 1 Dose

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Over half of Canadians eligible to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 are fully immunised, while nearly 80 percent have received at least one dose, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.

"Almost 80 percent eligible Canadians have now received their first dose and more than 50 percent have received their second dose", Trudeau said during a press briefing.

According to Our World in Data, Canada is among the world leaders for first doses administered, however, ranks just 35th for fully vaccinated individuals.

16:04 GMT 13.07.2021
Russian Ambassador Talks Defence Cooperation, Sputnik V Supplies With Vietnamese President

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian ambassador in Hanoi Gennady Bezdetko has discussed defence industry cooperation and supplies of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, the Russian embassy said on Tuesday.

The meeting took place as Bezdetko presented his credentials to the president.

"Great attention was paid to trade and economic ties, defence industry cooperation as well as cooperation in scientific and humanitarian areas. The two countries’ close interaction in the international arena, the importance of continuous common efforts to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, including supplies of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine, were mentioned", the embassy wrote on Facebook.

The sides confirmed their commitment to work productively on all bilateral issues, the statement added.

14:03 GMT 13.07.2021
US Lowers COVID-19 Travel Advisory for Germany, Austria to 'Exercise Increased Caution'

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States has issued updated travel advisories for Germany and Austria, saying that the citizens who travel to these countries should "exercise increased caution", the US State Department said on Tuesday.

"This week, the following Travel Advisories have been assessed and reissued with updates, lowered to a Level 2 – Exercise Increased Caution. Armenia. Austria. Bulgaria. Czech Republic. Germany. Serbia", the statement said.

Previous US advisory notes said that Austria and Germany were on Level 3 which meant that Washington asked the citizens to reconsider travel to these countries due to COVID-19.

13:52 GMT 13.07.2021
UK Doctors Slam Government´s Decision to Lift COVID-19 Restrictions

LONDON (Sputnik) – British Medical Association (BMA) council chair Chaand Nagpaul on Tuesday criticized the UK government’s decision to lift all remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England by 19 July, warning that "it makes no sense" to knowingly accept that infections will increase in coming weeks.

"We cannot see any sense in why the government is removing the requirement for people to be protecting one another in a crowded underground train or a bus, or a crowded shop. It makes no sense to be knowingly accepting increasing infections at a time when that infection rise is translating into increased hospitalization", Nagpaul told BBC Breakfast.

13:18 GMT 13.07.2021
‘Jockdown’ to Zero?: Scottish First Minister to Announce End of COVID-19 Rules
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon receives her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Glasgow - Sputnik International, 1920
‘Jockdown’ to Zero?: Scottish First Minister to Announce End of COVID-19 Rules
12:38 GMT 13.07.2021
South Korea Confirms 1,440 COVID-19 Cases
11:47 GMT 13.07.2021
Indonesia Registers 47,899 New Coronavirus Cases in Record Daily Increase
10:44 GMT 13.07.2021
Germany Won't Force Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccination, Chancellor Merkel Says
09:59 GMT 13.07.2021
Russia Did Not Make Decisions on COVID Vaccination Similar to France’s One - Kremlin
09:24 GMT 13.07.2021
Over 28.6 Million Russians Received COVID-19 Vaccines - Health Watchdog
08:44 GMT 13.07.2021
RDIF, Serum Insitute of India to Start Sputnik Vaccine Production in September
Laboratory workers work in the pilot production phase of Russia's Sputnik V Coronavirus vaccine for COVID-19 at the pharmaceutical company Uniao Quimica in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920
RDIF, Serum Insitute of India to Start Sputnik Vaccine Production in September
08:35 GMT 13.07.2021
Russia Registers 24,702 New COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours
08:14 GMT 13.07.2021
Over 50% of Canadians Aged 12 and Over Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19, Reports Say
06:57 GMT 13.07.2021
French Health Minister Veran: Coronavirus 'Doubling' Every 5 Days
06:37 GMT 13.07.2021
Japan to Send 1Mln AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Each to Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia
06:22 GMT 13.07.2021
Norway Sees Surprising Spike in Births After 'Corona Year'
Baby  - Sputnik International, 1920
Norway Sees Surprising Spike in Births After 'Corona Year'
05:06 GMT 13.07.2021
India Confirms 32,906 New COVID-19 Cases
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