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    China, Italy, and the United States are leading the global COVID-19 toll so far, according to Johns Hopkins University, while Spain, Germany, and Iran continue to report mass increases in the number of infected people.

    The coronavirus pandemic, declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on 11 March, continues to rage around the globe, as several more countries have reported new cases of the disease, including several states in Africa and Latin America.

    While the number of infections is surging in Europe (mostly Italy, Spain, and Germany), and in the United States, the country of origin for the virus, China, and South Korea have seen a decline in the number of cases and deaths registered per day.

    Governments around the world have stepped up measures to curb the spread of the virus, including imposing partial/nationwide quarantines, cancelling mass activities, and suspending flights both to and inside the countries.

    So far, the worldwide coronavirus toll has reached 266,000, and over 11,000 people have died, according to the WHO.

    The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre count later reported more than 307,100 cases and over 13,000 deaths globally.

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    • 03:14

      Coronavirus Toll in Venezuela Reaches 77 – President

      "Venezuela has recorded 77 cases, all of them were imported", Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said in an address broadcast on Twitter.

    • 02:45

      Ex-Hollyood Producer Harvey Weinstein Reportedly Contracts COVID-19

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      Harvey Weinstein Contracts Coronavirus While in Custody - Reports

      The disgraced movie mogul is serving a 23-year sentence at the Wende Correctional Facility after a court in New York found him guilty of rape and sexual assault.
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    • 02:42

      China Registers 39 Imported Cases of Coronavirus and 9 More Deaths Over Past 24 Hours

    • 02:37

      Australian Olympic Committee Says Australian Team ‘Could Not Be Assembled’ for Tokyo Games

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      Australian Team 'Could Not be Assembled' for Tokyo Olympics

      Mass activities, including sports events, have been cancelled worldwide, as governments fear the further spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
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    • 02:19

      Dominica Reports First COVID-19 Case in 54-Year-Old Returnee From UK

      "The minister of health advises the public that Dominica has recorded its first case of COVID-19 today, March 22, 2020. The patient is a 54-year-old Dominican citizen who recently returned to Dominica from the United Kingdom", Dominican Minister of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment Irving McIntyre confirmed on Sunday.

      He said the patient had been placed in home quarantine since arrival and would be treated in a special isolation unit under constant medical surveillance.

    • 02:10

      Lima's International Airport Shuts Down Due to COVID-19 Until March 31

      "Starting today, Sunday, 22 March, Jorge Chavez International Airport will be closed. There will be no commercial flights and airport operations will stop during the isolation period. Only cargo flights will continue to operate normally", the airport said in a press release.​

      According to the text, all flights from Sunday on will be scheduled by the Peruvian authorities and Group 8 of the Peruvian Air Force.

    • 01:38

      New Zealand Should Prepare for Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak - Prime Minister

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      New Zealand PM Ardern Says Country Should Prepare for Self-Isolation Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      New Zealand and its neighboring country Australia have banned entry for all foreigners in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus in the Oceanic nations, as the global COVID-19 toll continues to soar.
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    • 01:36

      64 New Cases of Coronavirus Registered in South Korea, Bringing Total Number to 8,961, Over 3,160 Recovered

      250 people have recovered in the past 24 hours, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

      The total death toll stands at 111.

    • 01:21

      Japan Does Not Exclude Possibility of Olympics Postponed Over COVID-19 Pandemic

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      Japanese PM Abe Says Tokyo Does Not Rule Out Postponement of Olympics

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Tokyo Olympics could be postponed if the Games cannot be held safely in a full format amid the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says.
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    • 00:55

      Third and Fourth Russian Planes With Aid to Combat COVID-19 Land in Italy

    • 00:18

      Saudi Arabia Imposes Three-Week Curfew Over Coronavirus Outbreak

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      Saudi Arabia Imposes 21-Day Curfew to Fight Coronavirus Spread

      The Kingdom has registered at least 511 coronavirus cases with no fatalities, according to the latest data provided by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.
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    • 00:11

      First Coronavirus Death Reported in Montenegro - Health Institute

      "The patient suffered from a chronic lung condition", the Institute for Public Health in Podgorica said.

      The patient was a 65-year-old male who was hospitalised on Sunday morning. He tested positive for COVID-19.

    • 23:29

      Trump Says He is a Little Upset With China on Coronavirus

    • 23:28

      US President Trump Says Told North Korea, Iran, and Other States That US is Open to Helping on Coronavirus

    • 22:55

      Trump Says Considering to Release Elderly Non-Violent Prisoners Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

    • 22:48

      Trump Says Prefers Allowing Congress Members to Vote From Outside Locations Temporarily

    • 22:42

      US Senate Coronavirus Bill Fails to Get Enough Votes, Voting Continues

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      Economic Stimulus Bill Fails Key Procedural Vote in US Senate

      The massive trillion-dollar economic stimulus package is designed to help businesses and citizens in the United States to withstand shocks amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as the number of infections continues to soar in the country.
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    • 22:40

      FEMA Administrator Gaynor Says US Medical Ship Mercy Will Be in Los Angeles Within a Week

    • 22:38

      US VP Mike Pence Says 254,000 Americans Tested for COVID-19 Under Federal Programme, Over 30,000 Tested Positive

      "Testing is more and more available every single day … at this dayэs reporting 254,000 Americans have been tested and received results ... with slightly more than 30,000 testing positive, Pence said on Sunday, at a press conference with US President Donald Trump.

    • 22:37

      Trump Approves New York, Washington Requests to Declare Major Disaster, Activates National Guard

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      Trump Approves New York, Washington Requests to Declare Major Disaster, Activates National Guard

      So far, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States has reached 32,644, according to the Johns Hopkins University, which puts the US in third place in terms of its COVID-19 toll, surpassed only by China and Italy.
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    • 22:04

      UAE Closes Shopping Centres, Limits Restaurants to Recieving Orders and Delivery Services

    • 21:15

      Second Russian Plane With Virologists and Medical Equipment Arrives in Italy to Help Combat Coronavirus

      "The second Il-76 military transport aircraft of the Russian Aerospace Forces with a group of Russian military specialists and equipment for diagnostics and disinfecting measures arrived at the Pratica di Mare Air Base in Italy", the Russian Defence Ministry said.

    • 21:14

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Brazil Rises to 1,546, 25 Deaths Confirmed

    • 21:12

      Global Coronavirus Toll Exceeds 292,000, Over 12,700 People Died, More Than 26,000 Cases Reported Over Past 24 Hours- WHO

    • 20:28

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Egypt Rises to 327, Death Toll Stands at 14 - Health Ministry

      Egyptian major general Khaled Shaltout, the chief of staff for water administration who was personally engaged in measures to fight the virus spread across the country, is among the deceased patients, Al-Ahram newspaper reported citing the armed forces.

    • 20:22

      First Russian Plane With Specialists and Equipment to Fight Coronavirus Lands in Italy - Embassy

      The plane has landed in the Pratica di Mare airbase, the Russian Embassy in Rome told reporters on Sunday.

      The Russian Defence Ministry earlier said that Russia would send eight mobile teams of Russian military virologists and doctors, vehicles for aerosol disinfection and medical equipment to assist Italy in combating the coronavirus pandemic.

    • 19:59

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Germany Reaches Nearly 25,000, 93 Died - Report

      According to Focus Online, the number of people infected with COVID-19 has reached 24,819.

    • 19:36

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Israel Rises by 126 to 1,071 - Health Ministry

    • 19:22

      First Death From Coronavirus Registered in Czech Republic - Chief of Crisis Committee

      The deceased patient was a 95-year-old man with a record of other health issues, according to the chief of the Czech crisis committee.

    • 19:22

      First Case of Coronavirus Registered in Syria, Patient Recently Arrived From Abroad - Reports

      The patient was a citizen who had recently arrived from abroad, the Syrian state-run Ikhbariya broadcaster said.

      Sham FM radio station said that the virus was detected in a 20-year-old female.

    • 19:21

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Turkey Reaches 1,256, Death Toll Stands at 30 - Health Minister

    • 18:47

      Facebook Donates 720,000 Masks as 'Health Workers Urgently Need More Protective Gear' - Mark Zuckerberg

    • 18:43

      France Confirms 16,018 COVID-19 Cases

      "In France, there are 16,018 cases, 35 percent of those infected are people under 65", the country's director general of health, Jerome Salomon said at a briefing, adding that 674 people died, while 7,240 more were hospitalised.

    • 18:35

      UK Government Will Urge 1.5 Million Vulnerable Citizens to Isolate Themselves Due to COVID-19

      The Houses of Parliament can be seen as people wearing protective face masks walk across Westminster Bridge

      UK Government Will Urge 1.5 Million Vulnerable Citizens to Isolate Themselves Due to COVID-19

      LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK government will urge the country's most vulnerable citizens to isolate themselves for at least the next 12 weeks in connection with the coronavirus pandemic, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Robert Jenrick said at a press conference on Sunday.
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    • 18:05

      Rand Paul Becomes First US Senator to Contract Coronavirus

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      US Senator Rand Paul Tests Positive for COVID-19

      The Kentucky politician has become the first US senator to test positive for coronavirus as the number of people infected nationwide has surpassed 27,000 with over 340 dying from the virus.
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    • 18:00

      Merkel Decided to Go Under Home Quarantine After Doctor Who Vaccinated Her Tested Positive for Coronavirus

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      Germany's Merkel in Quarantine After Meeting COVID-19 Infected Doctor

      Group meetings of citizens in Germany are now unacceptable due to the coronavirus pandemic, and police have the right to impose sanctions in case of repeated violation of the restriction, Chancellor Angela Merkel said earlier in the day.
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    • 17:07

      Facebook Moves to Temporarily Cut Video Bit Rates on Facebook & Instagram in Europe

    • 16:56

      UK Government Reports 5,683 Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 and 281 People Dead

      So far, the UK Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed 5,683 cases of COVID-19 in the country and 281 fatalities.

    • 16:48

      Twenty Three Killed, Scores Injured in Prison Riot Over COVID-19 in Bogota, Colombia

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      Twenty-Three Killed, Scores Injured in Prison Riot Over COVID-19 in Bogota, Colombia

      Seven prison guards were among those injured in the riot, two of whom are in critical condition, according to the country's justice minister.
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    • 16:36

      Trump Says COVID-19 ‘Hurting’ His Family Businesses Amid Reported Staff Cuts

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      Trump Says COVID-19 ‘Hurting’ His Family Businesses Amid Reported Staff Cuts

      POTUS has discussed businesses reeling as a result of the coronavirus’ economic ramifications, bringing up his family-owned enterprises.
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    • 16:17

      Mozambique Confirms First COVID-19 Case

    • 16:15

      Spanish Opera Singer Placido Domingo Tests Positive for COVID-19

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      Spanish Opera Singer Placido Domingo Tests Positive for COVID-19

      Spain ranks second in Europe in terms of detected cases and coronavirus-related fatalities and third on a global scale after China and Italy.
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    • 16:06

      Greek PM to Impose Curfew From 23 March to Stem Coronavirus Spread After Confirmed Cases Rise to 624

      Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Sunday a complete ban on travel and the movement of citizens to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

      The minister also said in a televised address that the ban would take effect since 06:00 a.m. local time [04:00 GMT] on Monday, and those violating the restriction would 150 euros (about $160) fine.

      So far, Greece has registered over 600 confirmed cases of the disease and 15 fatalities. Meanwhile, 19 patients have recovered.

    • 15:51

      Turkish Airlines Halts All International Flights Except for 5 Routes Due to COVID-19 Outbreak

      Turkish Airlines to halt all its international flight except for flights to Hong Kong, Moscow, Ethiopia, New York and Washington, CEO Bilal Eksi said on Twitter.

    • 15:45

      New York State Has 4,800 New Cases of COVID-19, Total of 15,168, While Deaths Rise to 114 - Governor Andrew Cuomo

    • 15:39

      New Delhi: Indians Clap, Ring Bells From Balconies to Thank Doctors Amid Coronavirus - Videos

      New Delhi: Indians Clap, Ring Bells From Balconies to Thank Doctors Amid Coronavirus - Videos

      New Delhi: Indians Clap, Ring Bells From Balconies to Thank Doctors Amid Coronavirus - Videos

      New Delhi (Sputnik): For the very first time, some 1.2 billion Indians went into a self-imposed curfew after the Indian prime minister called for a “Janta Curfew” (Public Curfew) to motivate and thank police personnel, officials, doctors, nurses, and many others working tirelessly at the front line to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
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    • 15:39

      Organisers Mulling ‘Postponement Timeframes’ for Tokyo Olympic Games – Reports

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      Organisers Mulling ‘Postponement Timeframes’ for Tokyo Olympic Games – Reports

      Last week, Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee chief Yoshiro Mori confirmed that Japan is not considering a cancellation or postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games over the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
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    • 15:26

      Sadiq Khan Says Police May Enforce Social Distancing in London Amid COVID-19 Outbreak - Video

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      Sadiq Khan Says Police May Enforce Social Distancing in London Amid COVID-19 Outbreak - Video

      UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on 20 March instructed all public institutions and places of gathering to shut their doors due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
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    • 15:13

      Coronation Street Filming Shut Down Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    • 15:08

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Estonia Passes 320 - Authorities

    • 14:58

      Germany Bans Gatherings of More Than Two People, With Exception for Families - Reports

      "Group meetings of people in public places, in apartments, in private houses are unacceptable due to the serious situation in our country. Violations of the contact restriction regime should be monitored by law enforcement agencies and the police, the repeated violation will be punishment", Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters.

      In addition, the government and the federal states agreed to tighten measures regarding freedom of movement of citizens in the country due to the epidemiological situation, the chancellor said.

    • 14:56

      Spanish Prime Minister Says State of Emergency to Be Extended Until 11 April

    • 14:20

      Bill de Blasio: Number of Coronavirus Cases in NYC Surpasses 8,000, Over a Third of Total US Infected

    • 14:14

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Romania Rises to 433, Two Dead

      The overall number of people who had contracted coronavirus in Romania has increased to 433, while two people have died of the infection, media reported on Sunday, citing the governmental Strategic Communications Group, which deals with all public communication related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

      According to Digi 24 broadcaster, the second COVID-19 victim in the country was 74 years old.

    • 14:01

      US Media: Military to Run Country if White House, Congress Are Incapacitated by COVID-19

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      US Media: Military to Run Country if White House, Congress Are Incapacitated by COVID-19

      So far, top US politicians and congresspeople have managed to avoid contracting the coronavirus with President Trump and Vice President recently announcing that they had tested negative for the infection.
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    • 13:50

      ONE Toilet Paper Roll! Chancellor Merkel Spotted Shopping Amid Coronavirus Crisis

      One Toilet Paper Roll! Chancellor Merkel Spotted Shopping Amid Coronavirus Crisis

      Public life in Germany has come to a standstill as authorities are trying to combat the spread of COVID-19. There are more than 22,000 confirmed cases of the disease in the country, while people have been urged to stay indoors and only go out to buy food, medical supplies, and travel to work.
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    • 13:50

      Germany Wants Carmakers to Produce Medical Equipment as Part of Anti-Coronavirus Efforts – Report

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      Germany Wants Carmakers to Produce Medical Equipment as Part of Anti-Coronavirus Efforts – Report

      The Berlin-based Robert Koch Institute on Saturday said that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany had climbed by 2,705 per day to stand at 16,662. The report comes as the number of new cases in the rest of Europe is currently on a swift increase, with Italy remaining the country hardest-hit by the virus.
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    • 13:25

      Coronavirus Economic Measures to Help Half of US Workforce and Small Businesses - Mnuchin

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      Coronavirus Economic Measures to Help Half of US Workforce and Small Businesses - Mnuchin

      The United States has recently reported a spike in coronavirus cases with almost 27,000 confirmed incidents and 348 deaths from the disease. The reports also took a heavy toll on the global and American economy, leading to a massive financial plunge.
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    • 12:45

      Russia Reports 61 New Coronavirus Cases in 6 Regions on Sunday, Totalling 367

    • 12:10

      Over 150,000 Have Contracted Coronavirus in Europe

    • 12:01

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Iran Exceeds 21,600, Death Toll Stands at 1,685 - Authorities

      "Over the past 24 hours, 1,028 new cases of the coronavirus were detected, To date, 21,638 cases of the infection have been reported. Unfortunately, [over the last 24 hours], 129 patients have died, the total death toll has reached 1,685", Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to the country's health minister, wrote on Twitter.

    • 11:57

      French Medic Fighting Against Coronavirus Dies From the Disease

      Emergency physician Jean-Jacques Razafindranazy, who worked in the Compiègne hospital centre, succumbed to the coronavirus late on Saturday, according to an official statement.

    • 11:56

      Russia to Limit Air Traffic With Turkey Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Air Transport Agency

      "Since midnight [21:00 GMT] on 23 March, regular flights from Moscow to Istanbul will remain, charter flights [will remain] until Russian citizens are fully transported to [Russia]", the agency said.

    • 11:16

      Paris on Lockdown for Sixth Day to Slow Rate of COVID-19 - Video

      Champs Elysees avenue in Paris

      Paris on Lockdown for Sixth Day to Slow Rate of COVID-19 - Video

      As of 21 March, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in France was 14,459, according to the country's Health Ministry. Johns Hopkins University reported that on 22 March, 14,485 COVID-19 cases were detected in France, and that 562 have people died.
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    • 11:13

      Global Democracy on Pause: How Coronavirus Outbreak Has Altered Countries' Political Lives

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      Global Democracy on Pause: How Coronavirus Outbreak Has Altered Countries' Political Lives

      So far, over 266,000 people have contracted the COVID-19 infection around the world, leading to major changes in our everyday lives as countries struggle to stop the spread of the virus.
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    • 10:54

      Pandemic Death Toll in Spain Rises to 1,720, While 28,500 Are Infected

    • 10:52

      Serbia Confirms its Second Death From Coronavirus as 92-Year-old Woman Passes Away

    • 10:50

      Russian Information Centre Denies Reports on Moscow's Plan to Tighten Quarantine - Source

      Russian Information Centre Denies Reports on Moscow's Plan to Tighten Quarantine - Source

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Information and Communication Center denies reports that authorities are inclined to introduce measures tightening quarantine in the country, a source told Sputnik on Sunday.
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    • 10:26

      Russia Sends First Plane Carrying Researchers to Help Italy Battle the Pandemic

    • 10:06

      Spain to Extend Emergency Over Coronavirus for 15 Days

    • 10:02

      Lockdown is Not Enough to Stop the Coronavirus - WHO Emergency Executive

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      Lockdown is Not Enough to Stop the Coronavirus - WHO Emergency Executive

      The COVID-19 pandemic recently surpassed 300,000 cases, while the death toll is over 13,000. The infection has struck over 120 countries, with the main centres of the outbreak outside China being located in Italy, the United States, Spain, Germany, and Iran.
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    • 09:09

      Russian Government Leans Toward Introducing Tough Anti-Coronavirus Measures - Source

    • 08:47

      Indonesia Registers 64 New Coronavirus Cases, 514 in Total

    • 08:27

      Russia Ready to Send 100 Specialists, Including Defence Ministry Virologists to Italy

      "In accordance with instructions from the Russian Defence Minister, Army Gen. Sergei Shoigu, the Russian Aerospace Forces have completed the creation of a necessary air group to deliver forces and equipment from the Russian Defence Ministry allocated to assist the Italian Republic in the fight against the coronavirus", the statement says.

      The ministry added that nine Il-76 military transport aircraft with trained crews had been transferred to the Chkalovsky military airfield in the Moscow Region from the Pskov, Ulyanovsk, and Orenburg regions.

      The group of about 100 people, including experienced virologists and epidemiologists, is ready to depart for Italy, the ministry said.

      On Saturday, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte by phone that Moscow was ready to promptly assist Rome in the fight against the coronavirus. The defence ministry then said that Russia would send eight mobile teams of Russian military virologists and doctors, vehicles for aerosol disinfection, and medical equipment to Italy.

    • 08:03

      Romania Records its First Death Due to COVID-19

    • 07:59

      Indian Railways Halts Operations Until 31 March

      Indian Railways, which carries over 2.3 million passengers daily has shut down its operations until the end of the month. All trains except those delivering goods will be suspended. Only trains that departured on or before 4 a.m. on Sunday, 22 March will be allowed to finish their journey.

    • 07:48

      Iran Doubts US Aid Amid Pandemic, Suspects Their Involvement in Virus Spread - Supreme Leader

      In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Feb. 5, 2020.

      Iran Doubts US Aid Amid Pandemic, Suspects Their Involvement in Virus Spread - Supreme Leader

      According to the head of state, Washington has offered to help Tehran fight the coronavirus outbreak. At the same time, the United States stated this week that there will be no sanctions relief for Iran, despite calls to ease the pressure amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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    • 07:40

      China Redirects All Beijing-Bound International Flights to 12 Other Cities Due to COVID-19

      "Starting from 00:00 on 23 March Beijing Time [16:00 GMT Sunday], all international passenger flights bound for Beijing will be diverted to the following twelve (12) designated first points of entry: Tianjin, Shijiazhuang, Taiyuan, Hohhot, Shanghai Pudong, Jinan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Shenyang, Dalian, Zhengzhou, and Xi’an", the Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) of China said.

      Passengers on international flights will undergo passport, customs, and quarantine inspection at these points of entry, after which, if they "meet the epidemiological requirements", they will be allowed to fly to Beijing on the same flight.

      These measures may be adjusted depending on how the epidemiological situation develops, CAA said.

    • 06:49

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Thailand Spikes by Almost Half to 599 Over Past Day

    • 06:48

      Afghanistan Reports 10 New Cases of Coronavirus, 34 in Total

    • 06:15

      India Confirms Its Fifth Fatal Case From Coronavirus in Mumbai

      According to the local authorities, the deceased was a 63-year-old man, who had health issues other than the coronavirus.

    • 05:31

      Moscow Subway Won't Be on Lockdown Due to Coronavirus - Mayor

    • 05:24

      Ecuadorian Ministers of Health, Labour Resign After COVID-19 Cases Go Beyond 500

      A soldier wears a surgical mask at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport, after the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus was confirmed in the country, in Quito, Ecuador February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Tapia

      Ecuadorian Ministers of Health, Labour Resign After COVID-19 Cases Go Beyond 500

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ecuador's Minister of Health Catalina Andramuno and Minister of Labour Andres Madero have stepped down as the rate of the country's coronavirus infections increased by over 400 cases in a week to a total of 532, the presidential press service.
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    • 05:04

      Coronavirus Toll in Mexico Increases by 48 Cases to 251 – Health Ministry

      Test tube with Corona virus name label is seen in this illustration taken on January 29, 2020

      Coronavirus Toll in Mexico Increases by 48 Cases to 251 – Health Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in Mexico has increased by 48 to a total of 251 over the past day in addition to 697 suspected cases, the Mexican Health Ministry said on Sunday.
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    • 05:04

      Distancing From Parents: UK PM Johnson Urges People Not to Travel During Mother's Day Amid Pandemic

      A woman, wearing a protective face mask, walks in front of the Bank of England, following an outbreak of the coronavirus, in London, Britain March 11, 2020

      Distancing From Parents: UK PM Johnson Urges People Not to Travel During Mother's Day Amid Pandemic

      At the moment, over 5,000 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Great Britain, and the death toll from the disease has climbed to at least 233.
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    • 03:41

      Colombia Reports its First Coronavirus Fatality

      The man who died was a 58-year-old taxi driver, the health ministry confirmed.

    • 03:34

      El Salvador's President Declares 30-Day Curfew Over Coronavirus

    • 03:33

      Singapore Bans All Short-Term Travellers Starting Monday Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Health Ministry

    • 03:32

      Czech Republic Receives Plane-Load of Masks, Tests for COVID-19 From China – Minister

      According to Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamacek, an An-124 Ruslan aircraft landed in the Czech Republic overnight Sunday with a multi-ton cargo of medical equipment on board that included five million masks, two million respirators, 200,000 testing systems, 120,000 protective suits, and 80,000 goggles.

      "All delivered materials will be taken to the Interior Ministry's warehouse nearby from where they will be then distributed among medical institutions. The aircraft will head to Leipzig to change the crew, and then Ruslan will go to China again to get the next batch of medical supplies for the Czech Republic", Hamacek said.

      He said masks and respirators would also be transported from China to the Czech Republic by the aircraft of China Eastern airlines.

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