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    The coronavirus has infected at least 338,000 people across the world and killed 14,600 in recent months, while over 10,000 remain in critical condition. However, almost 100,000 of those infected have recovered from the disease.

    The World Health Organisation held a virtual press briefing on Monday to discuss the global coronavirus pandemic. During the press conference, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the virus infection was still accelerating, but that hope remains that its trajectory can be changed.

    The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, with the largest portion of new cases and fatalities reported in the United States, while Italy still reports the highest number of deaths and patients in critical condition. Numerous countries have closed their borders and introduced curfews to fight the virus.

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    • 20:56

      US Stocks End Down 3% as Republicans, Democrats Spar Over Coronavirus Stimulus Package

      US stocks fell 3 percent on Monday after Republicans and Democrats in the Senate failed to pass for the second time a $2 trillion stimulus package to reboot the economy from the damage caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average index, the broadest equities gauge on the New York Stock Exchange, closed down 582 points, or 3 percent, at 18,592.

      The S&P500, barometer for the top 500 US stocks, slid 3.3 percent to 2,228, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite dipped 0.3 percent to 6,861.

      The Dow fell 17 percent last week while the S&P500 lost 15 percent and the Nasdaq 13 percent. The three indexes are down about 30 percent on the average for the year on a massive selloff related to fears that the United States was headed for a recession over the novel coronavirus epidemic, which has shut down large swathes of the US economy.

      Earlier on Monday, Republican senators supporting President Donald Trump and rival Democrats sparred over what should go into a $2 trillion stimulus package, which failed to pass a second vote. The two sides reached broad agreement last week to provide help for both businesses and families, as large swathes of the US economy were shut to break the spread of the contagion.

    • 20:23

      Boeing Suspends Work at Plant in State of Washington During Coronavirus Pandemic

      The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing will stop all work at plants and offices in the Puget Sound area of Washington state for at least two weeks beginning Wednesday, during which workers who are unable to work from home will be paid, the company announced in a press release on Monday.

      “Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced a temporary suspension of production operations at its Puget Sound area facilities in light of the state of emergency in Washington state and the company's continuous assessment of the accelerating spread of the coronavirus in the region,” the release said.

      Washington state in the US Pacific Northwest is among the hardest hit, with 96 virus-related deaths so far and victims perishing at a rate that doubles every 10 days, according to a tracker published by the New York Times. Governor Jay Inslee has closed schools, restaurants and other public facilities, and President Donald Trump has issued a declaration that makes the state eligible for federal disaster relief.

      Boeing began winding down production on Monday, with a complete 14-day suspension as of Wednesday, during which the company plans additional deep cleaning activities at impacted sites, the release said.

      Employees who cannot work from home, such as those building airplanes, will receive paid leave for 10 working days to cover the entire 14 calendar day suspension. Employees who can work from home will continue to do so, the release added.

    • 20:19

      US Governors Impress Public More Than Trump, Congress in Dealing With Coronavirus - Poll

      The US public have given their state governors far higher marks for handling the novel coronavirus pandemic crisis than to President Donald Trump or Congress, although Trump gets an overall approval rating too, a Monmouth University poll revealed on Monday.

      "Governors ... get even better ratings for handling the outbreak, with 72 percent of the public saying their state’s governor has done a good job to just 18 percent a bad job," the poll said.

      Public praise for the nations’ governors is bipartisan at 76 percent of Democrats, 73 percent of Republicans and 67 percent of independents saying their governor has done a good job dealing with the situation, the poll found.

      Trump receives a net positive rating for his actions around the pandemic and his overall job rating has improved slightly since last month. However, opinion on him is strongly partisan. Those who say he has done a good job range from 89 percent of Republicans to 48 percent of independents and 19 percent of Democrats, the poll said.

      Public opinion on the overall job Trump has done as president has slightly improved during the crisis. His job rating has risen 2 percent to 46 percent approval and 48 percent disapproval compared to 44 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval in February, Monmouth University said.

      The poll also found that the novel coronavirus pandemic has become the most influential factor in the lives of US citizens. Nearly six out of ten Americans - 57 percent - said the coronavirus crisis was the biggest concern facing their family.

    • 19:37

      US Gasoline Futures Hit Record Lows Under 40 Cents/Gallon Amid Widening US Lockdown

      US gasoline futures hit record lows of under 40 cents per gallon on Monday on an anticipated lack of driving and transportation activity amid a widening lockdown forced by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic.

      By 3:00 p.m. (19:00 GMT), the front-month RBOB gasoline contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange traded down 24 percent at 46.13 cents per gallon. It earlier hit a record low of 37.80 cents, or its lowest for a front-month contract of RBOB gasoline since futures of the energy product began trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) in 1984.

      The record low in gasoline futures came as US crude oil trades at around 18-year lows of $22 per barrel on NYMEX. The average retail price of gasoline, or petrol, at US pump stations was, meanwhile, at $2.14 per gallon at the weekend, according to the American Automobile Association, though that is expected to come under pressure too after Monday’s sell-off on NYMEX.

    • 18:54

      US Senate Again Fails to Advance COVID-19 Bill With More Than $1 Trillion in Funding

    • 18:42

      France Registers Over 3,000 New Cases in 24 Hours - Health Minister

      France has registered more than 3,000 new cases of the coronavirus disease in 24 hours, bringing the total to 19,856, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Monday.

      "In total, 19,856 cases of the disease were confirmed in France ... 860 people died", Veran told a press conference.

      According to earlier reports, there were 16,018 coronavirus cases and 674 deaths in France.

    • 18:41

      South African President to Deploy Military to Effect COVID-19 Lockdown

    • 18:33

      India Registers 471 COVID-19 Cases in the Country

    • 18:30

      India Closes All Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) at Airports, Seaports, Land Ports, Rail Ports, and River Ports

    • 17:51

      Belize Confirms First Case of COVID-19, Now Virus is in All Latin American Countries

    • 17:46

      Coronavirus Death Toll in Italy Rises by 602 to Total of 6,078

      "Unfortunately, today we registered 602 deaths", Angelo Borrelli, the head of the National Civil Protection Agency said at a briefing. Sunday's death toll stood at 651 people.

      "Meanwhile, the number of people who have recovered has increased by 408 to a total of 7,423", he added.

      According to Borrelli, the total number of coronavirus cases in the country, including deaths and recoveries, has surpassed 63,900.

    • 17:37

      Coronavirus Pandemic May Impact US Military Readiness - Defence Secretary

    • 17:17

      TV Host Becomes Zimbabwe's First COVID-19 Fatality - Reports

      Immigration workers wear protective masks at a departure port at Robert Mugabe International airport in Harare, Zimbabwe, March 11, 2020. Picture taken March 11, 2020.

      Thirty-Year-Old TV Host Becomes Zimbabwe's First COVID-19 Fatality - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A 30-year-old TV host of a national political talk show has become the first coronavirus fatality in Zimbabwe, the ZBC broadcaster reported on Monday, citing the Health Ministry.
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    • 17:08

      Italian Mayors Criticise People for Breaching COVID-19 Quarantine

      Videos of Italian Mayors Berating People for Breaching COVID-19 Quarantine Go Viral

      Italy has the second highest number of coronavirus cases after China and the greatest death toll in the world, standing at more than 5,400. Authorities have ordered a nationwide lockdown, only allowing people to go out to buy medicine and groceries – but it seems that some people are not willing to heed the advice.
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    • 16:43

      Greece Registers 71 New Coronavirus Cases, Raising Total to 695

    • 16:40

      Egyptian Parliament Delays Sessions Until 12 April to Contain Spread of COVID-19 - Reports

    • 16:34

      Top UK Diplomat to Carry Out Prime Minister's Duties If Johnson Contracts COVID-19 - Gov't

      LONDON (Sputnik) - UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will carry out the duties of the prime minister if Boris Johnson contracts the coronavirus disease, as he is the most senior cabinet minister after Johnson, the prime minister’s spokesman said on Monday.

      "The prime minister is well ... the foreign secretary is the first secretary of state," the spokesman told reporters when asked who will take charge of the government if Johnson tested positive for COVID-19.

      The spokesman also took the opportunity to remind the people that they should stay at home if possible and that the government would not hesitate to take further measures if needed.

      Meanwhile, BBC reported that Prime Minister Johnson will not give news conference on Monday, but "will still speak". 

      To date, the United Kingdom has confirmed over 5,700 cases of infection and over 280 fatalities. Given the epidemiological situation, places of public gathering and education remain closed.

    • 16:32

      Use of 'Untested' Drugs Could 'Raise False Hopes' in Battle Against Coronavirus - WHO

      "Using untested medicines without the right evidence could raise false hope and even do more harm than good, and cause a shortage of essential medicines that are needed to treat other diseases," according to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

      the logo of the World Health Organization (WHO) at their headquarters in Geneva

      WHO Holds Press Conference on COVID-19 Pandemic - Video

      Earlier this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic and called on all countries to take drastic precautionary measures.
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    • 16:25

      Assange's Lawyers to Ask to Release WikiLeaks Founder on Bail Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

      Free Julian Assange

      Julian Assange to Apply for Bail Amid Fears of Coronavirus Outbreak in Prisons - Campaign

      The prominent whistleblower is in prison for breaching his last bail conditions out of fear of being extradited to the US. His concerns have been partially confirmed as he is currently facing court hearings that will decide whether Washington will have the chance to prosecute him for leaking classified data online.
      Read more
    • 16:23

      UN Chief Calls for ‘Immediate Global Ceasefire’ Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      "Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world," Guterres said. "That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives."

      Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres speaks during a Security Council meeting about the situation in Syria at U.N. Headquarters in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S.,  28 February, 2020

      UN Secretary-General Guterres Holds Remote Press Conference on Coronavirus Outbreak - Video

      Some 15,420 people have died and 353,903 people have contracted COVID-19 since its outbreak in late December in China. The World Health Organisation has declared the contagion a pandemic.
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    • 16:03

      Pentagon Has 249 Coronavirus Cases, 1 Death Among Service Members, Civilians - Statement

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US Department of Defence on Monday said it has confirmed a total of 249 coronavirus cases among its servicemen and civilians, including the first death of the disease.

      According to a COVID-19 fact sheet distributed to the media, there are currently 133 military service members infected, an increase of 22 since the last reporting, and seven recovered patients. The rest of the cases are civilians, dependents and contractors.

      On Sunday, the Department of Defence reported its first coronavirus death, the victim being a contractor of over age 60 who had worked outside the Pentagon building.

      According to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center, there are more than 35,000 confirmed disease cases in the United States and 473 deaths from COVID-19.


    • 16:02

      At Least 157 People Die From COVID-19 in New York, Confirmed Cases Reach 20,875 - Cuomo

      NEW YORK (Sputnik) - The US state of New York reported at least 157 deaths from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while the number of people who have contracted the infection has increased by 5,707 to a total of 20,875, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing on Monday.

      A table that Cuomo displayed at the briefing read that the highest number of the total of 20,875 cases across the state was reported in New York City with 12,305 people who tested positive for the COVID-19. Westchester County registered 2,894 cases, Nassau 2,442, Suffolk 1,458, Rockland 592, Orange 389, Albany 127, Dutchess 100, Eire 87 and Monroe 76.

      The number of people who have died from COVID-19 in the state of New York have climbed to 157, Cuomo added.

    • 15:50

      German Chancellor Merkel Tests Negative for Coronavirus

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel

      Germany's Merkel Tests Negative for COVID-19

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel self-isolated on 22 March after being told that a doctor who had administered a vaccine to her against pneumococcal infection had tested positive for COVID-19.
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    • 15:49

      Another Aircraft Dispatched From Russia to Italy to Help Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

      In this handout photo released by the Russian Defence Ministry, an Ilyushin Il-76 with medical equipment for transfer to Coronavirus-Hit Italy lands at the Pratica di Mare military base, Italy. On March 21 Russian President Vladimir Putin offered his support and help in the form of mobile disinfection vehicles and medical specialists to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.

      Thirteenth Aircraft Heads From Russia to Italy to Help Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Earlier in the day, a number of planes have departed from Russia to Italy to assist in the fight against COVID-19 after Italy held its first consultations on using the Russia-provided equipment for the fight against the virus.
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    • 15:04

      Ukraine Bans People From Leaving Country for Int'l Tourism Reasons Starting Tuesday - Prime Minister

    • 14:48

      Delhi Police Makes it Mandatory to Receive Curfew Pass to Enter India's Capital

    • 14:47

      Serbia Registers 27 New Cases of Coronavirus Infection and Two Fatalities

    • 14:46

      Roscosmos Puts Employees Returned From Kourou Spaceport Under Quarantine Due to COVID-19

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - All employees of the Russian rocket industrial sector who returned from the Kourou spaceport in Latin America are being put under quarantine for two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, the press service of Russian state space agency Roscosmos said on Monday.

      "In accordance with the decree of the head of Rospotrebnadzor [the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing], all employees arriving from Guiana will undergo two-week isolation", the press service said.

      Around 300 Russian experts, who were conducting work at the launching complex of the Soyuz-ST carrier rocket at the space center in Guiana, were brought back home, as all operations at Kourou were suspended due to COVID-19.So far, Russia has registered over 400 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

    • 14:29

      Palmyra Restoration Deal With Russia Postponed Due to COVID-19 - Syria's Antiques Chief

      BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Syria and Russia have put off signing an agreement to restore the Monumental Arch of Palmyra due to the coronavirus pandemic, which reached the Middle Eastern nation last week, Head of the Directorate-General of Antiques and Museums (DGAM) Mahmoud Hammoud said on Monday.

      "The signing of the agreement was postponed due to circumstances. The Russian delegation could not arrive. As you know, airports are closed. A new date for the meeting has not yet been determined. There will be more details likely in two weeks", Hammoud said.

      The meeting between the Syrian Culture Ministry's DGAM and a delegation from the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Institute for the History of Material Culture was initially scheduled for Monday but was called off since restrictions on movement were due to be put into effect following the detection of the first coronavirus case in the country last week.

      The two sides were supposed to review a plan to rebuild the iconic Monumental Arch of the Roman structure destroyed by Daesh* in 2015.

      The Institute for History of Material Culture has compiled a three dimensional model of the monument based on thousands of photographs and extensive research.

      The city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, changed hands multiple times during the war. In both times that terrorists overran Palmyra, they took to blowing up some of its most important monuments. The city was wrestled back from the terrorists in early 2017, and all booby traps were demined within a matter of months.

      * Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia

    • 14:26

      Coronavirus Cases in US Exceed 35,000, Death Toll Rises to 473 - Johns Hopkins University

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in the United States has increased to 35,225, while the death toll reached 473, the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre revealed on Monday.

      Of the total number of cases, New York State tops the list with almost 17,000 people having contracted the virus. The states of Washington and New Jersey have reported almost 2,000 cases each, while California has reported 1,813 cases, Johns Hopkins University said.

      Another three states - Florida, Illinois and Michigan - have reported slightly more than 1,000 cases each, it added.

      As of Monday, the number of cases worldwide surpassed 350,000 and the number of deaths exceeded 15,300.

    • 13:54

      Beijing Brands US Claims of China, Russia Spreading Fake News on COVID-19 a 'Comedy'

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      'Comedy': Beijing Slams US Claims of Fake News About COVID-19 From Russia and China

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - Washington's claims that China, Russia and Iran have launched a coordinated campaign to spread disinformation about US efforts to contain COVID-19 are careless and laughable, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said on Monday.
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    • 13:10

      US Stocks Plummet Despite Fed's Efforts to Boost Economy

      The bell used to open and close the markets hangs in front of an empty podium above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as it prepares to close due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in New York, U.S., 20 March, 2020

      US Stocks Nosedive Despite Fed's Promises of Aid Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      The US Fed has resorted to a number of measures to support the economy amid the pandemic, including backstopping credit for households, small businesses, and major employers. However, it warned of “severe disruptions” to the economy as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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    • 13:07

      Indian Army Restricts Movement in Cantonments and Military Stations

    • 12:43

      Dubai Closes Restaurants, Cafes to Curb COVID-19 Spread

      DUBAI (Sputnik) - Dubai has moved to close places of public gathering in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the city, the government said Monday.

      “As part of preventive measures, all restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, coffee shops and food service establishments across Dubai will be closed for two weeks starting from today Monday 23 March, 2020”, the Dubai Media Office said in a statement.

      The office added that exemptions will be made for food delivery services and restaurants serving hotel room guests.

      The news comes in tandem with a two-week ban on all passenger flights to and from the United Arab Emirates, which was announced on Monday.

      The UAE’s Health Ministry on Sunday reported that over 150 COVID-19 cases had been confirmed in the country so far, along with two deaths connected with the disease.

    • 12:39

      Italy Holds Consultations on Use of Russia-Provided Equipment

      Russia provides assistance to Italy amid the COVID-19 outbreak

      Italy Holds Consultations on Russian Experts' Engagement in COVID-19 Fight

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Italy has hold the first consultations on using the Russia-provided equipment for COVID-19 fight and on engaging Russian experts in the process, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.
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    • 12:27

      All Road User Charging Schemes Suspended in London to Ensure Travel of Critical Workers

    • 12:19

      Tenth IL-76 Flies From Russia to Italy to Assist Coronavirus Fight - Defence Ministry

      Tenth Russian Plane With Specialists, Equipment to Fight COVID-19 Flies to Italy - MoD

      Earlier in the day, Russian military planes transported equipment and around 100 experts to Italy to provide the country with help amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    • 12:14

      German Finance Minister to Address Parliament Instead of Merkel

       The Reichstag building, house of German parliament Bundestag in Berlin

      German Finance Minister Scholz to Speak In Parliament Instead of Merkel

      The German chancellor has gone into self-quarantine after having been treated by a doctor who later tested positive for the coronavirus infection. In the meantime, authorities have boosted security measures across the country to curb the pandemic.
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    • 12:12

      US Fed Warns of 'Severe Disruptions' Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

      US Fed Warns of 'Severe Disruptions' to Economy Over COVID-19, Vows Efforts to Limit Them

      The coronavirus outbreak has affected many aspects of business, especially civilian transport, the hospitality and restaurant industry as Americans are being urged to stay home and prevent the spread of the infection.
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    • 11:59

      Japan Eyeing Scaleback of Olympic Torch Relay - Reports

    • 11:57

      German Disease Control Institute Puts Average Age at Death From Coronavirus at 82

      "The average age of those infected with the virus stands at 45 years. The average age of those killed by it at 82. Fifty-seven percent of those infected are men", the director of the Robert Koch Institute for disease control Lothar Wieler told reporters on Monday.

      Fifty-five percent of the infected had a cough and 40 percent a fever, he added.

      Germany recorded 4,000 new infections overnight, bringing the tally to 22,672, and 86 people have died in the country since the outbreak began. Wieler said these estimates were inconclusive because not all German states had submitted the latest figures.

    • 11:50

      Up to 10,000 Japan Post Personnel to Lose Jobs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Reports

      The Nikkei business daily reported that the reason for the move is decreasing profitability of Japan Post Group's financial business.

    • 11:26

      Domestic Airlines to Cease Operation in India Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Ministry of Home Affairs

      Amid the COVID-19 scare, the Indian government will halt all commercial flight operations starting Wednesday, 25 March. The government has not indicated how long the flight services will remain stalled.

      According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, the domestic flights will be grounded before 23:59 local time tomorrow.

    • 11:16

      Chinese Scholar Impresses Netizens with Her Message in Urdu to Pakistan

      A video of a Chinese academic giving a message in Urdu language to the Pakistani people is winning hearts on Twitter.
      The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan has shared a video in which the scholar says that China is grateful to Pakistan for its help during the outbreak of the pandemic.

    • 11:14

      Azerbaijan Formula One Grand Prix Delayed Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

      The Azerbaijan Grand Prix was scheduled for 7 June in Baku and was expected to become the first stage in the calendar of the current season after a number of previous stages were cancelled due to COVID-19.

    • 11:08

      19 States and Union Territories in India Order Complete Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

      Meanwhile, six states and territories have ordered a partial lockdown, according to a press briefing at the National Media Centre in New Delhi.

    • 10:49

      Spanish Deputy PM Taken to Hospital With Respiratory Infection

      Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo

      Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Hospitalised With Respiratory Infection

      On 22 March, the number of cases registered in Spain increased from 28,572 cases to 33,089, while the coronavirus death toll climbed to 2,182, adding 462 fatalities overnight, the health ministry said.
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    • 10:47

      Do Not Lay Off Workers in the Time of Stress: Indian Government to Private Firms

    • 10:43

      Japanese Women's Basketball League Cancels Play-Offs Due to COVID-19

    • 10:40

      Metalworkers in Lombardy, Italy to Demand Shutdown of More Firms Due to Coronavirus - Reports

      The metalworkers are discontent with deficiencies of the governmental decree allowing for the temporary shutdown of a number of businesses.

    • 10:37

      Spain's Coronavirus Cases Climb to 33,089 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Spain's death toll from COVID-19 has increased by 462 over the past 24 hours, and the number of people infected with the coronavirus now exceeds 33,000, after surging by 4,500, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

      Spain has recorded 33,089 COVID-19 cases, including 2,182 deaths, so far.

      As many as 2,300 people are in serious condition. Slightly over 3,350 people have recovered since the beginning of the outbreak.

    • 10:31

      Five COVID-19 Test Systems Registered in Russia - Health Minister

      A nurse holds a swabs and test tube kit to test people for COVID-19, the disease that is caused by the new coronavirus, at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Monday, 16 March 2020.

      Five COVID-19 Test Systems Registered in Russia - Health Minister

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Five test systems for detecting the coronavirus have been registered in Russia, and the country's scientific and industrial sectors have potential to boost the effort, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said at a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin on Monday.
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    • 10:05

      Malaysia Reports 212 New Coronavirus Cases, 14 Fatalities

    • 09:58

      Total Number of Coronavirus Cases in Iran Reaches 23,049 - Health Official

      TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Iran has confirmed 1,411 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, pushing the total number of infected to over 23,000, while 127 new deaths were registered, media reported Monday citing the country’s health ministry.

      "Since yesterday, we have had 1,411 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country to 23,049", Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said Monday according to Fars News Agency.

      Jahanpour added that the total death toll from the disease in the country has risen to 1,812 while more than 8,300 people have recovered in total.

      Iran celebrated the Nowruz - new year at spring equinox - over the weekend with heavy restrictions on travel between regions.

    • 09:51

      Kremlin Unaware of France's Request for Russia's Assistance on COVID-19 Fight

      "The matter is, contacts are maintained at the operational level, they may be established through the embassy and through diplomatic channels, so I cannot be aware of everything, but there are no specific plans regarding France yet. I am not aware of any official request from our French friends", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

      Addressing Russia's assistance to Italy, Peskov said that Moscow does not expect sanctions to be lifted in exchange for aiding Italy's COVID-19 fight, which, he believes, would be "absurd".

      “No, it’s absolutely not connected. There can be no talk of any conditions or calculations or hopes. Italy is really in need of more aid and what Russia is doing is viable assistance. It is absurd to say that some kind of reciprocal hope is pinned, it is not so”, Peskov said in a daily briefing.


      Moscow 'Closure' Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Not Discussed

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The possibility to "close" Moscow to contain the spread of the coronavirus is not discussed, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
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    • 09:49

      Japan Asks Travelers From US to Undergo 14-Day Quarantine, Avoid Using Public Transport

      TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japan has strengthened measures aimed at curbing the import of COVID-19, asking all entrants from the United States to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

      "We ask everyone, including Japanese citizens, returning from any state of the United States, to undergo a 14-day quarantine and refrain from using public transport," Abe said, as reported by the TBS news outlet.

      The measures will be in place beginning on Thursday. Japan has taken similar measures for all European nations, China, Iran and Egypt.

      The National Security Council is set to discuss the temporary suspension of all flights between the two countries, the Japan Times reported, citing a government source.

      As of Monday, the number of coronavirus cases in the US has ballooned to over 33,000, with more than 470 deaths as a result, putting it at the third-worst affected country after China and Italy.

      Japan’s Foreign Ministry late last week raised the travel warning to the United States to the second of a four-level scale, urging its citizens to avoid all non-essential travel.

      The Asian nation has reported over 40 deaths from about 1,100 confirmed cases, a significant proportion of which are from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

      As of Monday, the coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly 340,000 people and killed over 14,700 worldwide. Nearly 100,000 have recovered.

    • 09:48

      Brazil Shuts Land Border With Uruguay Amid Coronavirus Fears - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Brazilian authorities have decided to close the land border with Uruguay amid the COVID-19 outbreak, media reported.

      According to the UOL news portal, the measure was taken on Sunday and will be in effect for 30 days with the possibility of being prolonged. The border with Uruguay is the last section of the land border with neighboring countries closed by Brazil as part of its fight against the spread of COVID-19.

      Per the new measures, citizens of Uruguay are prohibited from entering the Brazilian territory, except for the indigenous peoples of Brazil, Uruguayans whose children are Brazilians living in Brazil, foreigners permanently living in Brazil and representatives of missions of international organizations that have received permission from the government. The restrictions will also not affect cargo traffic and will not impede the implementation of humanitarian work and the transit of residents of border regions.

      According to media reports, a failure to comply with these measures could result in deportation, or administrative or criminal liability.

      On Thursday, the Brazilian authorities in light of the spread of coronavirus decided to temporarily restrict entry for foreign citizens arriving from several Latin American border countries. The 15-day measure applies to people entering from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru and Suriname. Last week, the Brazilian authorities also decided to partially close the border with Venezuela.

      Over the past 24 hours, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 318, reaching 1,546. Meanwhile, the number of fatal cases has reached 25. In Uruguay, there have been 158 confirmed coronavirus cases.

    • 09:35

      India's Lower House of Parliament Suspends Session 12 Days Ahead of Its Scheduled Closing

    • 09:15

      Philippines' COVID-19 Cases Climb to Nearly 400, With 33 Fatalities - Reports

    • 08:54

      Five Test Systems for Coronavirus Diagnostics Registered in Russia

    • 08:35

      UK Treasury to Launch Business Support, Provide Government-Backed Loans

    • 08:14

      Over 72,000 People in Russia Under Doctors' Control Due to COVID-19 Suspicions

      "To date, 130,992 people have been under medical observation in Russia. As of 22 March 2020, 72,423 people remain under medical observation", Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.

    • 08:03

      Indian Aviation Regulator Rolls Out Social Distancing Norms for Passengers, Airlines

    • 08:02

      Hong Kong to Ban Tourists Starting Wednesday to Curb the Coronavirus

    • 07:21

      UK to Suspend Jury Trials for Short Time

    • 07:12

      Seventy Percent of US Athletes Back Delaying Tokyo Summer Olympics Over COVID-19 - Poll

    • 06:44

      UN Plans to Create Global Coronavirus Fund - Norway

    • 06:37

      Russian Cabinet Allocates $92.8Mln to Industry Ministry for Buying Artificial Respirators

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      Russian Cabinet Allocates $92.8Mln to Industry Ministry for Buying Artificial Respirators

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