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    Multiple countries have closed their borders, introduced severe quarantine measures, and cancelled major public events in order to curb the infection, which has been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

    The novel coronavirus continues spreading across the globe, with cases confirmed in over 110 countries.

    According to Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 275,000 infected, and the death toll exceeds 11,400 people, as numerous fatalities were reported in Europe and the Middle East over the past few days. Outside China, the worst-hit countries are Italy, Spain, Germany, the United States, and Iran.

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    • 02:07

      Worldwide Coronavirus Toll Surpasses 300,000, US in Top Three Worst Affected Countries - Report

      Masks and sanitizing items are on hand in a patient check-in desk for coronavirus testing in the emergency room at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, U.S., March 18, 2020

      Number of Coronavirus Cases Hits 300,000 Worldwide, US Has Third Most - Report

      The World Health Organisation (WHO), meanwhile, says the global number of coronavirus cases has reached 266,000, with more than 11,000 fatalities. The COVID-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic on 11 March.
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    • 01:48

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Philippines Rises to 380, Death Toll Reaches 25 - Health Ministry

      73 new cases and six more deaths have been registered over the past 24 hours.

    • 01:10

      Mexico Confirms 48 New Cases of COVID-19, Bringing Total Number to 251

    • 01:10

      98 New Cases of Coronavirus Registered in South Korea, Total Number Rises to 8,897

    • 00:54

      China Registers One Local Case of Coronavirus, 45 More Imported Cases

      According to the commission, six COVID-19 deaths have been registered in the past 24 hours in China. The total coronavirus death toll in China stands at 3,261.

      No new cases were registered in the past 24 hours in Hubei Province, the initial epicenter of the coronavirus infection, which was declared a pandemic this month by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    • 00:30

      Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Bans Non-Essential Travel Nationwide

    • 00:19

      Royal Air Maroc Suspends Domestic Flights Nationwide Over Coronavirus

      A tourist sleeps on the floor while waiting to be repatriated, as Morocco suspends flights to European countries over coronavirus (COVID-19) fears, at Marrakech airport, Morocco, March 14, 2020

      Royal Air Maroc Suspends All Domestic Flights Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Report

      Globally, the novel virus has affected over 266,000 people, according to the latest data provided by the World Health Organisation, with over 11,000 deaths so far.
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    • 23:45

      Panama Registers Two More Deaths From Coronavirus, Death Toll Now Stands at Three

      A total of 245 confirmed cases of coronavirus was registered on Saturday.

    • 23:32

      Two First Cases of Coronavirus Registered in Gaza Strip - Reports

    • 23:26

      Romania Imposes Curfew, Other Restrictions Over COVID-19 – Interior Minister

      "People are allowed to leave home/yard only subject to observance of general security measures for the protection against COVID-19. They are also required to avoid gatherings of more than three people who are not family members. From 22:00 to 06:00, going outside is only allowed under certain circumstances", Vela said at a briefing, broadcast on Facebook.

      Effective March 23, such circumstances, according to the minister, include buying groceries, taking care of older family members and walking dogs, as well as emergency visits to doctors and essential professional duties, with the latter case requiring a relevant certification.

      Effective March 22, malls will be closed, along with dentist offices, save for urgent surgeries. Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open.

    • 23:03

      28 New Cases of Coronavirus Registered in Venezuela, Bringing Total Number to 70 - Communication Minister

      Two patients are in critical condition, Communication Minister Jorge Rodriguez said, while 15 have already recovered. No fatalities have been registered.

    • 22:50

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Germany Reaches 22,100, 76 Deaths - Report

      According to Focus Online, North Rhine-Westphalia accounts for the highest number of COVID-19 cases with more than 6,700 people infected, followed by Bavaria - 3,695 cases, and Baden-Wurttemberg -3,818.

      Focus Online also noted that the rate of infection spread has slowed down, declining from 30 percent to 12.1 percent.

    • 22:36

      Italy Closes Any Production Activity Not Related to Essential Goods Nationwide Due to COVID-19 Spread - PM Conte

      "Today we decided to make one more step. The decision that has been taken by the government is to close on the whole territory of Italy any production activity that is not essential to provide us with goods and services of primary necessity", premier Giuseppe Conte said.

      He added that supermarkets, pharmacies, postal, and banking services will remain open, public transport will also be ensured.

    • 21:38

      First Death From Coronavirus Registered in Cyprus - Health Ministry

      The patient, who died on Saturday, was initially admitted to Paphos General Hospital with low life expectancy, according to the ministry. The patient suffered from liver failure and chronic heart problems, among other serious conditions. He had come into contact with another patient at the clinic who had tested positive for COVID-19 and thus contracted the virus.

      According to local media reports, the deceased patient was British.

      84 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the island country so far.

    • 21:07

      Uganda Reports First Case of Coronavirus - Health Minister

    • 20:26

      Global Number of Coronavirus Cases Hits 266,000, Over 11,000 Died - WHO

      More than 32,000 new cases of COVID-19 have been registered over the past 24 hours, according to the latest situation update provided by the World Health Organisation.

      New 1,344 fatalities have been reported globally.

    • 20:23

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Turkey Reaches 947, Death Toll Stands at 21 - Health Minister

      The total number of people infected with coronavirus has risen from 670 to 947 over the past 24 hours, 12 more people have died, all of them elderly citizens, Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday.

    • 20:21

      Bolivian Presidential Election Scheduled for 3 May Put Off for Indefinite Period Over COVID-19 Pandemic

      People walk past an electronic sign on the Bolivia's government building displaying the message Stay at home, do it for your family and For my community, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in downtown La Paz, Bolivia March 20, 2020

      Bolivia Postpones Presidential Election for Indefinite Period Over Coronavirus Pandemic

      The total quarantine was ordered earlier by the Bolivian government, as the new coronavirus disease has already spread to more than 180 countries.
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    • 20:03

      Syria Suspends International Flights Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Sunday Flight From Moscow Will Be Last One

      Damascus International Airport

      Syria Suspends International Flights Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

      Originating in China last December, the virus has rapidly spread across the globe prompting the World Health Orginisation to declare the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March.
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    • 18:46

      Juventus Forward Paulo Dybala Tested Positive for Coronavirus

      Juventus and Argentina football player Paulo Dybala

      Juventus Forward Paulo Dybala Tested Positive for Coronavirus

      Earlier this week, Juventus confirmed that French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi had contracted the coronavirus and that the 32-year-old has been in voluntary isolation since 11 March, adding that he is "well and asymptomatic".
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    • 18:25

      Eritrea Confirms First Coronavirus Case in Arrival From Norway

    • 18:00

      Chile Reports First COVID-19 Death

    • 17:53

      US Coronavirus Task Force Holds Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Washington - Video

      US President Donald Trump

      US Coronavirus Task Force Holds Press Briefing on COVID-19 in Washington - Video

      The number of people in New York City who have contracted the coronavirus infection (COVID-19) has surpassed 5,000, Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier in a press briefing.
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    • 17:16

      Almost 800 New Deaths From Coronavirus Reported in Italy Setting New Daily Record

      The total number of fatalities has risen to 4,825, while Italy has also set the record for recoveries per day - 943, bringing the total number to 6,062.

    • 16:47

      President of Guatemala Orders Curfew for 8 Days Starting Sunday

    • 16:31

      Turkey Imposes Curfew on Elderly, Chronically ill Citizens - Interior Ministry

    • 16:26

      Mexican Health Ministry Reports 85 New COVID-19 Cases, Second Fatality

      The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico has risen to 203 after 85 new cases were registered over the past 24 hours, Jose Luis Alomia, Mexico's general director of epidemiology, said on Saturday, adding that the second person has died of the disease in the country.

      "Yesterday we reported about this suspicious death in the state of Durango, the tests' results confirmed the SARS-COV-2 virus," the general director of epidemiology said.

      According to Alomia, 2 percent of people hospitalized over COVID-19 is currently in serious condition.

    • 16:18

      US Economy in Free Fall, Could Lose Up to 24% of GDP and Face Ocean of Unemployment Due to COVID-19

      A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the closing bell on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

      US Economy in Free Fall, Could Lose Up to 24% of GDP and Face Ocean of Unemployment Due to COVID-19

      Most major global economies have already been affected by the outbreak, which has forced many workers to stay in their homes and almost entirely dried up the restaurant and hospitality industries.
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    • 16:10

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Armenia Reaches 160 - Health Authorities

      The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 24 in Armenia over the past 24 hours, which brings the total toll of those infected to 160, the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday.

      "There are 160 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Armenia. One patient has recovered, no deaths from the disease have been registered," the health authorities said in a statement.

    • 16:07

      State of New York Registers More Than 3,000 New Coronavirus Cases in Past 24 Hours

    • 16:01

      Coronavirus Death Toll in Italy's Lombardy Region Rises by 546 in Past 24 Hours

    • 15:56

      Lawmaker of Latvia's Parliament Tests Positive for Coronavirus

      RIGA (Sputnik) - Artuss Kaimins, a lawmaker of the country's unicameral 100-member parliament, the Saeima, said on Saturday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus disease and self-isolated.

      "Due to poor physical condition, I have been self-isolating since March 17. On Friday, March 20, I passed tests and today I received a response about a positive result for the coronavirus," Kaimins wrote on Facebook.

      The lawmaker also apologized to all people he contacted with on March 15 and 16 and called on them to take tests for COVID-19. Kaimins attended a session of the Latvian parliament on March 16.

      The Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control is analyzing the situation and is due to decide on whether all lawmakers who attended the session should be isolated.

    • 15:39

      Bolivia Introduces Nationwide Quarantine for Two Weeks

    • 15:30

      Russian Consumer Rights Watchdog Orders to Close All Fitness Centres, Pools and Waterparks in Moscow Starting 21 March

    • 15:26

      Bosnia's Health Authorities Report First Coronavirus Death

    • 15:25

      Britain's NHS Concludes Deal With Private Hospitals to Fight Coronavirus

    • 15:23

      Army Blocks Streets in Milan Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Video

      Army Blocks Streets in Milan Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Video

      Italy is the country that has been hit hardest by the coronavirus outside China, where the disease originated. As of Friday, more than 42,000 were infected by the virus in the country, with more than 4,000 fatalities since the beginning of the outbreak.
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    • 14:40

      Armenia Closes All Malls, Shops, Entertainment Venues Except For Grocery Stores Starting March 22

    • 14:35

      US Track, Field Athletic Federation Calls For Postponing 2020 Olympics Amid COVID-19

      The USA Track and Field (USATF), the governing body of the US athletics federation, urged on Saturday to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which are to take place from July 24 to August 9, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      "We certainly understand the ramifications of this request, and the realities of trying to coordinate the logistics of a postponed Olympic Games around the schedules of other athletes, sport federations, key stakeholders etc, but the alternative of moving forward in light of the current global situation would not be in the best interest of our athletes (as difficult as that decision might be)," USATF chief executive Max Siegel said in the letter to US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) chief executive Sarah Hirshland.

    • 14:28

      53 New Coronavirus Cases Registered in Russia, Total Toll Reaches 306 - Monitoring Centre

      People Wearing Masks in Moscow

      Russia Registers 53 New Coronavirus Cases, Total Toll Reaches 306 - Monitoring Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 53 new cases of the coronavirus in 18 regions over the last 24 hours, which brings the total toll of those infected to 306, the country's coronavirus response centre reported on Saturday.
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    • 14:08

      Ice Hockey World Championships Cancelled Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

      The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) canceled on Saturday the world championship due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

      "The 2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it has been confirmed today by the IIHF Council," the international body wrote on Twitter.

      The championship was to take place in Switzerland's cities of Zurich and Lausanne from May 8-24.

    • 14:05

      China Starts Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine - Reports

      China Starts Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine - Reports

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - China has started clinical trials to test the safety and effectiveness of newly developed vaccines for the coronavirus disease, media reported on Saturday, adding that more than 100 volunteers are participating in the testing.
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    • 14:01

      China Sends 1 Million Face Masks to Greece Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      China has sent to Greece one million medical and surgical masks, as well as other medical supplies amid COVID-19 outbreak, the Greek Health Ministry said on Saturday, adding that the total weight of cargo amounted to eight tonnes.

      According to the ministry, 500,000 masks were granted to Greece by the Chinese government, while another half was sent by State Grid Corporation of China, a strategic partner of Greece's Independent Power Transmission Operator.

      China's Ambassador to Athens Zhang Qiyue, as well as Greece's ministers of state, health, environment and energy, and the alternate minister for European affairs, participated in a ceremony to receive the cargo.

      The ceremony was held at Athens International Airport.

    • 14:00

      Mauritius Confirms First Death From COVID-19 in the Country, Third in Sub-Saharan Africa

    • 13:59

      Lithuania Reports Its First Fatal Case of Coronavirus

    • 13:50

      Dalai Lama Placed Under Quarantine As Precautionary Measure - Spokesperson

      Tenzin Gyatso, known as the 14th Dalai Lama.

      Dalai Lama Placed Under Quarantine As Precautionary Measure - Spokesperson

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The leader of Tibet’s Buddhists has been placed under a quarantine, as a precautionary measure in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, his spokesman in Russia said.
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    • 13:41

      DRC Registers First Death From Coronavirus in the Country - Reports

    • 13:35

      Russia Reports 53 COVID-19 Cases in 18 Regions Since Yesterday

    • 13:12

      Finland Reports First Coronavirus Fatality in the Country

    • 13:10

      Number of Infected in Netherlands Climbs to 3,631

      The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands has totaled to 3,631 after 637 new cases were detected over the past 24 hours, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) said on Saturday, adding that the number of fatalities from the virus reached 136.

      "Since yesterday, 637 people have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 3631," the statement read.

      The statement added that most deaths occurred between 80 and 84 years of age.

    • 13:06

      At Least 6,100 Diagnosed With Coronavirus in Switzerland, 56 Dead

      Switzerland has confirmed nearly 1,300 new cases of the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, which brings the total toll of those infected to 6,113, the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) said in a statement on Saturday.

      According to FOPH, the number of fatalities across the country reached 56 people.

      Earlier this week, the Swiss government toughened measures to contain the pandemic and banned gatherings of over five people. Those violating this decision will be slapped with a fine.

    • 12:46

      South Africa Reports 320 Infected With COVID-19

    • 12:34

      At Least 1750 Confirmed in Japan

    • 12:33

      Egypt Shuts Down Mosques for Two Weeks

    • 12:06

      At Least 35 Coronavirus Cases Registered in Moscow Region

    • 11:35

      Belgium Confirms 2,815 Cases, 67 Fatalities From the Pandemic

    • 11:22

      Number of Infected in Spain Rises to almost 25,000, While Death Toll Grows to 1,326

    • 11:20

      Delhi Announces Free Foodgrains, Cash for Poor, Homeless Amid Partial Lockdown

    • 11:09

      Egypt Closes Museums and Archaeological Sights for Two Weeks to Stop the Pandemic

    • 11:07

      Pakistan Suspends Flight Operations for Two Weeks Amid Exponential Rise in COVID-19 Cases

    • 10:14

      Coronavirus Spreads to Angola, Two Cases Confirmed

    • 10:12

      Georgia Declares State of Emergency for One Month

    • 10:04

      Germany Confirms 2,700 New Cases, Taking Total to 16,600, While Death Toll Rises to 47

    • 10:02

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Israel Rises to 883

    • 09:48

      Vietnam to Suspend All Inbound Flights to Fight Infection

    • 09:46

      Russian Anti-Doping Agency's Head Hopes 2020 Olympics Will Be Held Despite COVID-19

      "I hope that the Olympics will still take place this year. You know all the official statements of the IOC in this regard, they have not yet canceled the Olympics. Therefore, we need to continue to work, and tasks of RUSADA remain. The leaders of sports federations should carefully listen to our requirements and recommendations, and be understanding", Yuri Ganus, the head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) said.

    • 09:04

      UAE Suspends Entry to Citizens From Gulf States - Reports

    • 08:48

      Indonesia Reports 81 New Cases, Bringing Total to 450 Infected, 38 Fatalities

    • 08:29

      Eight Infected Recover From Coronavirus in Moscow

    • 07:45

      Rouhani Says Travel Bans and Mass Lockdowns Will Only Be Applied For Two or Three Weeks

    • 07:10

      Russian Consumer Rights Watchdog Gives Over 100,000 Coronavirus Test-Systems to 13 Countries, Including Iran

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor on Saturday said it had sent systems allowing to test more than 100,000 people for COVID-19 to 13 countries, including neighbours, Iran, Mongolia, and North Korea.

      "Rospotrebnadzor has already transferred test systems developed by the State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology Vector to conduct more than 100,000 tests for COVID-19 to 13 states, including member countries of the Eurasian Economic Union, the Commonwealth of Independent States, Iran, Mongolia, and North Korea. Deliveries to Egypt, Serbia, and Venezuela are expected soon”, the watchdog said.

    • 07:08

      Death Toll in Philippines Rises to 19, With 262 Infected

    • 06:37

      Head of Mexican Football League Diagnosed With Coronavirus

    • 06:35

      Bulgaria Reports 142 Coronavirus Cases, 3 Fatalities

    • 06:33

      Number of Infected in Uzbekistan Rises to 37

    • 06:06

      WADA Updates Anti-Doping Guidance in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

      Russia Coronavirus Tests

      WADA Updates Anti-Doping Guidance in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has released updated guideline for anti-doping organisations (ADO) in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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    • 05:27

      Number of Confirmed Cases in India Rises to 271

    • 05:25

      Jordan Starts Curfew to Fight Coronavirus

    • 05:09

      Thailand Reports 89 New Infected Since Friday, With 411 Confirmed Cases in Total

    • 04:58

      US Firms' Revenue to Fall by $4 Trillion Over COVID-19, Global Losses to Reach $12 Trillion – Report

      A worker wearing a protective suit is seen inside the Shanghai Stock Exchange building, as the country is hit by a new coronavirus outbreak

      US Firms' Revenue to Fall by $4 Trillion Over COVID-19, Global Losses to Reach $12 Trillion – Report

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US companies may lose up to $4 trillion in revenue over the COVID-19 pandemic, while global losses may reach $12 trillion, Bridgewater Associates, the world's biggest hedge fund, said in a report.
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    • 04:48

      Number of Infected in Japan Surpasses 1,000

    • 04:43

      Two Fatalities From Coronavirus Confirmed in Singapore

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