The coronavirus pandemic is continuing to spread, having infected almost 870,000 people in the US and more than 1,200,000 in Europe. The total numbers globally stand at around 2,730,000 infected, while the death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 192,000 as of 24 April, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States occupies first place in terms of the number of fatalities and confirmed cases, while in Europe, Spain and Italy continue to be the main centres of the outbreak.
Most countries have introduced lockdowns and social distancing measures to curb the health crisis. For now, the world is waiting for the peak of the outbreak and further recovery from the pandemic. In the meantime, the disease has also resulted in serious economic decline, which has led to a collapse of the oil markets and jeopardised industries across the world.
On Sunday a number of grain groups issued a joint statement over concerns that China was "potentially proposing to place tariffs on barley imported from Australia as a result of their ongoing anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigation", amid a souring of relations between the countries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Russian president first announced a period of nationwide 'non-working' days for non-essential workers in late March, extending them through the month of April and into early May as part of the country's effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Previously, the UK and the US issued a joint warning that hackers from a number of foreign states were reportedly seeking to access COVID-19-related data, including on vaccine research, amid closed borders and lockdowns set in place to thwart the spread of the pandemic.
The owners of several bars, cafes, and restaurants in major Turkish cities – Istanbul, Izmir, and Edirne – told Sputnik about the conditions under which they have existed for more than a month and a half since the severe restriction measures were imposed in Turkey due to the coronavirus.
Iran’s first case of COVID-19 was recorded on 19 February. Over a month and a half of quarantine, Iranians' lives have changed a lot. Of course, self-isolation has affected Iranian consumers’ food preferences and habits.
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Justice has said that the government wants to hold a series of training seminars for those wishing to get married remotely.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US nurses have rallied near the White House on Thursday to commemorate their colleagues who have fallen due to the coronavirus pandemic, the group named National Nurses United (NNU) said in a statement obtained by Sputnik.
Regardless of whether the move is justified, POTUS may feel the consequences of his attitude towards the suffering caused by the pandemic this fall, when election day comes.
The active accumulation of debt started before the COVID-19 outbreak, despite US President Donald Trump promising to reduce it during his presidency.
Two inactivated coronavirus vaccine candidates have recently received approval from the Chinese authorities to begin phase I and II clinical trials simultaneously.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo proclaimed that "enormous evidence" shows the COVID-19 outbreak began in a laboratory in Wuhan, raising doubts immediately with his claim as it breaks with a common recognition of global scientists.
A White House spokesperson was quick to address the news, saying that both the president and the vice president had tested negative for COVID-19.
John Healey, who was appointed Britain's Shadow Defence Secretary in early April, said on Thursday that resource-sharing needs should be stepped up between NATO allies which could help tackle potential shortages of personal protective equipment to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
As the spread of COVID-19 continues, people are required to wear face masks as one of several actions to reduce the risk of contracting the highly contagious virus. Medical workers who treat patients with coronavirus have to wear respirator masks and surgical masks as well as gloves and face shields.
Argentina remains one of the South American nations that managed to avoid a massive spread of COVID-19, with Johns Hopkins University data from 7 May revealing 5,208 confirmed coronavirus cases and 273 deaths.
The lockdown amid the pandemic has severely impacted various activities - including military drills, as troops can't fight against the invisible enemy. However, the US Army has found a way to help soldiers stay focused and polish their skills during the quarantine... by playing a Russian MMO videogame.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom’s purchase of substandard personal protective equipment from Turkey amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is embarrassing for the government, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said on Thursday.
London had to purchase as many personal protective equipment units as possible back in April amid severe shortages in the National Healthcare Service, as trade unions warned that medics may refuse to work due to the crisis.
Johns Hopkins University’s latest estimates have put the number of confirmed coronavirus cases around the world at more than 3,750,000, with over 73,000 fatalities.
The day before, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said as quoted by Reuters that Britain has not seen any evidence that the new coronavirus is man-made.