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    COVID-19 continues spreading across the world with most of the new cases registered in the United States, who has the highest numbers of those infected. At the same time, Italy and Spain have confirmed the highest numbers of deaths from the disease.

    The coronavirus is nearing 600,000 confirmed cases across the world with the death toll surpassing 27,000 people. At the same time, over 133,000 infected individuals have recovered from the disease. The virus has reached almost every country, forcing nations to impose travel bans and introduce severe quarantine measures to curb the outbreak.

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    • 01:32

      US Doctor Fired After Criticizing Lack of Hospital Protection Against COVID-19 - Reports

      A US physician working in a hospital emergency room in the state of Washington was fired after he publicly criticized the hospital’s lack of protection against COVID-19, The Seattle Times reported.

      "I got a message that said, ‘Your shift has been covered,’" Ming Lin, who has worked at the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham for 17 years, told The Seattle Times. The doctor then phoned his supervisor and was told, "You’ve been terminated."

      A spokesperson for PeaceHealth St. Joseph confirmed to The Seattle Times that Lin had been fired but had no further comment.

      Lin told the newspaper that his supervisors had threatened to fire him over a week ago after he spoke to reporters and made social media posts accusing the hospital where he worked of not protecting health care workers from the COVID-19 virus.

      Lin said he was asked to take down his social media posts about the hospital but refused. The physician has criticized the hospital on Facebook, saying that the emergency room was crowded, that people were not being tested outside, where extra space could reduce the spread of COVID-19 and that unnecessary flu tests were being carried out, which delayed coronavirus testing that was urgently needed. Lin also pointed to difficulties in obtaining permission for coronavirus tests.

    • 00:45

      First Coronavirus-Related Death Registered in New Zealand - Health Ministry

      The first coronavirus-related death in New Zealand has been confirmed in a statement by the country’s Ministry of Health on Sunday morning.

      “Sadly, New Zealand had its first death linked to COVID-19 on the West Coast early this morning. The death was in a woman in her seventies who had initially been admitted four days ago with what was thought to be influenza complicated by a underlying chronic health condition,” the statement read.

      Medical professionals who came into contact with the woman immediately after she was hospitalized were not wearing suitable protective equipment against the coronavirus disease, and 21 members of staff are currently self-isolating, the ministry stated.

    • 00:31

      Infant Younger Than One Year Infected With COVID-19 Dies in US - Illinois Public Health

      An infant younger than one year who had tested positive for COVID-19 has died in Chicago, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

      "There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant," IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said on Saturday, as quoted by WLS-TV. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, it is the first coronavirus-related death of a child under one year of age in the United States.

      An investigation is now underway to determine the exact reasons behind the infant’s death, according to Ezike.

      "We must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this deadly virus. If not to protect ourselves, but to protect those around us," the IDPH director said.

    • 00:17

      North American Int’l Auto Show Canceled as Venue to Become COVID-19 Hospital - Reports

      The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), scheduled to take place in the US city of Detroit in June, has been canceled as the planned venue will be used as a treatment center for patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, local media reports, citing a memo from the organizers.

      According to the Detroit Free Press newspaper, the Federal Emergency Management Agency chose the TCF Center to be the location of a field hospital amid the ongoing coronavirus disease outbreak, forcing the cancellation.

      “The health and welfare of the citizens of Detroit and Michigan is paramount. TCF Center is the ideal location for this important function at this critical and unprecedented time,” NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts said in a memo delivered to event sponsors on Saturday, as quoted by the newspaper.

      The 2021 edition of the auto show is still scheduled to take place as planned. The event is regularly attended by 800,000 people, according to the newspaper.

    • 00:14

      First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Russia’s Siberian City of Irkutsk

      The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in the Russian Siberian city of Irkutsk, the patient is a 62-year old woman who has recently returned from the United Arab Emirates, regional authorities report.

      "The first case of the coronavirus infection has been officially confirmed in Irkutsk. A woman who has returned to Irkutsk from the United Arab Emirates has tested positive. The flight was carried out through Novosibirsk," the Irkutsk regional government said in a statement.

      The woman arrived in Irkutsk on 17 March. Forty seven passengers from the same flight have been sent for coronavirus testing. A search is underway for 30 other passengers who need to be tested.

    • 00:03

      China Registers 45 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours, 44 of Them Imported- Health Commission

      China has registered only 45 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, all but one of them imported; five people have died from COVID-19 in China in the past 24 hours, the country’s National Health Commission informs.

      The total death toll from COVID-19 in mainland China now stands at 3,300, while the total number of coronavirus cases in the country is 81,439, according to the health commission. A total of 75,448 people have recovered.

      A day earlier, 54 new coronavirus cases were registered in China, all of them imported.

    • 23:19

      COVID-19 Death Toll in Romania Rises to 37 After 11 More Deaths Confirmed – Reports

      Romania has experienced its largest day-on-day increase in the COVID-19 death toll as eleven more people have died after contracting the disease, taking the total since the start of the outbreak to 37, according to a national broadcaster.

      The Digi24 television station reported three more deaths from the disease at 23:50 local time [21:50 GMT], raising the total number of confirmed deaths on Saturday to 11.

      On Saturday, the Romanian Ministry of Health announced that 1,452 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been registered in the country since the start of the outbreak.

    • 23:14

      N. Ireland Bans Meetings of More Than Two People As Part of New Anti-Coronavirus Measures

      First Minister Arlene Foster of the DUP speaks in the Great Hall in the Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast, Northern Ireland, January 13, 2020.

      N. Ireland Bans Meetings of More Than Two People As Part of New Anti-Coronavirus Measures

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Social gatherings of more than two people have been banned in Northern Ireland as part of new stringent social distancing measures aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19, the country’s executive announced in a statement.
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    • 22:52

      US Has Over 121,000 COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Surpasses 2,000 - Johns Hopkins Count

      There are now more than 121,100 coronavirus cases in the United States and the death toll from COVID-19 in the country has surpassed 2,000 according to the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Centre.

      New York City alone has recorded 517 deaths from COVID-19. Over 100 fatalities have been reported elsewhere in New York state. King County (Washington) has 136 coronavirus deaths registered.

      More than 960 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the United States.

    • 18:34

      Coronavirus Death Toll in France Rises to 2,314 – Health Authority

      France has confirmed 37,575 cases of the coronavirus infection, up from 32,964 announced a day earlier, the French health agency said on Saturday.

      The number of COVID-19 fatalities reached 2,314 after 319 people died from coronavirus-related complications in the past 24 hours, according to the health authorities.

    • 18:18

      Spain Suspends All 'Non-Essential' Activity for Two Weeks - Prime Minister

    • 18:10

      Trump Sends Navy Hospital Ship to New York

      The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort

      Trump Bids Farewell to New York-Bound Hospital Ship - Video

      Comfort, which carries 1,000 beds and over 1,200 medical personnel, is expected to arrive in New York on 30 March. It will treat traumas and non-infectious diseases in order to allow local doctors to focus on coronavirus cases.
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    • 17:33

      Vatican Says Pope Francis and His Closest Aides Don't Have Coronavirus

    • 17:27

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Italy Surges to Over 10,000 in Past 24 Hours With 889 Fatalities – Authorities

      "[Over the past 24 hours] 889 people have died. [Overall] 12,384 people have recovered, compared with yesterday, the number [of recoveries] increased by 1,434", Angelo Borrelli, the head of Italy's National Civil Protection Agency said.

      Moreover, Italy confirmed 3,651 new cases of COVID-19, and the number of active coronavirus cases in the country has reached 70,065, according to Borrelli.

    • 16:51

      Coronavirus Death Toll in Turkey Rises to 108, Total Number of Cases Rises to 7,402

    • 16:42

      Qatar Confirms First Death From Coronavirus

    • 16:26

      Trump Considering Imposing Quarantine in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

      Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) wearing protective gears wheel a sick patient to a waiting ambulance during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S.

      Trump Considering Imposing Quarantine in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

      The US recently became the country with the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections in the world, with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reporting 85,356 infections and 1,246 deaths.
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    • 16:19

      NHS Head on Coronavirus Death Toll: Will Have Done Very Well if We Keep Deaths in UK Below 20,000

    • 15:44

      Russian PM Orders Suspension of Border Crossing by Car, Rail Starting 30 March

      Russia-Belarus border

      Russian PM Orders Suspension of Border Crossing by Car, Rail Starting 30 March

      Earlier in the day, the Russian Federal Medical-Biological Agency (FMBA) said in a statement that it had presented a drug to treat the deadly coronavirus.
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    • 15:41

      Russian Sports Ministry Suspends Operation of Training Facilities Starting 29 March

      Russian Sports Ministry decided to suspend the operation of all of its training facilities starting from Sunday until further notice due to the spread of COVID-19, the statement published on the ministry’s official website said on Saturday.

      "In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus infection COVID-19 and in accordance with the decisions of Russian President [Vladimir Putin] and the Russian government, the Russian Sports Ministry decided to suspend the operation of training facilities from March 29, 2020, and until further notice. All members of sports teams must leave the territory of the training facilities. The salaries of the staff will be paid during the closure of the training centers,” the statement said.

    • 14:56

      Russia Building 16 New Multi-Purpose Medical Facilities Across Country – Defenсe Ministry

      Russian Workers Build Multi-Purpose Medical Facilities

      Russia Building 16 New Multi-Purpose Medical Facilities Across Country – Defenсe Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Defence Ministry said on Saturday that a massive construction of additional military medical facilities was underway across the country to be completed by mid-May and be used for assistance to civilians as well, should the need arise.
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    • 14:54

      Russian Health Minister Says Russia Capable of Producing Sufficient Number of Coronavirus Tests

      Scientist in Laboratory Conducts COVID-19 Test

      Russia Capable of Producing Sufficient Number of COVID-19 Tests - Health Minister

      ST.PETERSBURG (Sputnik) - The Russian Health Ministry does not see any shortage in production capacities to make as many tests for coronavirus disease diagnostics as necessary, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko told reporters on Saturday.
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    • 14:51

      Poland Confirms 1,481 Coronavirus Cases, 17 Fatalities

    • 14:50

      Serbia Registers 131 New COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Stands at 10

    • 14:47

      Patient With COVID-19 Dies in Moscow Hospital Bringing Russia's Total to 6 Fatalities

      The Russian operational headquarters monitoring the coronavirus situation said on Saturday that an elderly woman with pre-existing health conditions became the country's sixth COVID-19 fatality.

      “In Moscow, a patient who had tested positive for the coronavirus infection died. Upon admission to the hospital, a 69-year-old patient was confirmed to be suffering bilateral pneumonia. Doctors have performed all the necessary checks, comprehensive treatment, including in the intensive care unit, but the woman could not be saved. The patient also suffered from cardiosclerosis, second degree atherosclerosis and chronic pyelonephritis," the center said.

      According to the statement, the woman was an epidemiologist who worked in a university and had no contacts with the coronavirus carriers.

    • 13:34

      Over 5,000 Cases Confirmed in Portugal, Death Toll Reaches 100

    • 13:25

      Finland Confirms 1,163 Cases, 9 Dead From COVID-19

      The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Finland increased to 1,163 from 1,025, the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said on Saturday.

      “By March 28, a total of 1,163 laboratory-confirmed cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) have been diagnosed in Finland. This figure is based on laboratory-confirmed figures collected manually by THL directly in the regions," the THL said.

      Nine patients with coronavirus have died in Finland.

    • 13:23

      Patient Diagnosed With Coronavirus Dies in St. Petersburg

    • 13:22

      Russia Creates Drug to Treat COVID-19

    • 13:01

      Netherlands Reports 1,159 New Cases, Taking Total to 9,762 Infected and 94 Dead

      "If this line continues, in a few days it will be possible to conclude whether the (social distancing) measures taken are working", the Netherlands National Institute for Health (RIVM) said.

    • 12:29

      Over 13,000 Diagnosed With COVID-19 in Switzerland, 235 Pass Away Due to the Virus

    • 12:10

      Romania Reports 1,292 Cases, 5 Dead From Coronavirus

    • 12:02

      Merkel Thanks Germans for Adhering to Shutdown, Announces it Will Continue Until 20 April

      "When I see today how almost everyone has completely changed their behaviour, how the vast majority of you really do avoid any unnecessary contact, precisely because it can also contain the risk of infection, then I would simply like to say: thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart", Merkel announced.


    • 11:42

      Number of Infected in Iraq Grows to 506

    • 11:37

      Vietnam Confirms 174 Coronavirus Cases, No Fatalities

    • 11:21

      Chinese Medics Bring 10,000 Test Kits, Medical Gear to Pakistan

    • 11:06

      Istanbul Nearly Deserted Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Video

      Istanbul Nearly Deserted Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Video

      Turkey is suspending air travel with other countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on 27 March.
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    • 10:51

      Poland Confirms 1,436 Coronavirus Cases, Death Toll Reaches 16

    • 10:50

      Over 9,000 Infected in Belgium, 353 Fatalities Confirmed

    • 10:46

      Ukraine's Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs to 8

    • 10:42

      Spain's Coronavirus Cases Surge to 72,248, Death Toll Reaches 5,690

      Spain's death toll from coronavirus-related complications reached 5,690 people on Saturday after the Health Ministry reported that another 832 patients had died over the past 24 hours.

      The number of COVID-19 cases has exceeded 72,200, with 8,189 patients having tested positive in the past 24 hours.

      About 4,500 patients are in serious condition. Meanwhile, 12,300 people have recovered from the illness.

      The capital city of Madrid and the surrounding region remain the worst-hit, with some 21,500 cases and 2,800 dead. The autonomous region of Catalonia has recorded 14,300 cases.

    • 10:32

      Spread of COVID-19 in Russia to Decline in May - WHO Representative on Health Ministry's Assessment

      People Wearing Masks in Moscow

      Spread of COVID-19 in Russia to Decline in May - WHO Representative on Health Ministry's Assessment

      Earlier this week, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) representative in Russia, Melita Vujnovic, said that there was no need for a hard quarantine in Russia, adding that Moscow was "one step ahead" in its fight against COVID-19.
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    • 10:14

      Russia Registers 228 Coronavirus Cases Over Past 24 Hours - Operational Headquarters


      Russia Registers 228 Coronavirus Cases Over Past 24 Hours - Operational Headquarters

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of patients infected with COVID-19 in Russia has increased by 228 people over the past 24 hours, the country's operational headquarters for preventing the spread of coronavirus said in a statement on Saturday.
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    • 09:56

      Japan Barely Avoids Declaring Emergency Situation - Abe

    • 09:45

      'Don't Be a Cutie Pie!' Trump Gives Weird Comeback to Reporter During White House Briefing - Video

      U.S. President Donald Trump leads the daily coronavirus response briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 26, 2020

      'Don't Be a Cutie Pie!' Trump Gives Weird Comeback to Reporter During White House Briefing - Video

      The US government is trying to curb the coronavirus outbreak in the country, as the United States has surpassed all other countries in the number of cases, with over 100,000 infected and at least 1,700 fatalities.
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    • 09:45

      Japanese Prime Minister Abe Promises 'Unprecedented' Stimulus to Combat Coronavirus Fallout

    • 09:40

      Number of Infected in Iran Rises to 35,408, Death Toll Reaches 2,517

    • 09:34

      Philippines Record 272 New Cases and 14 Fatalities

    • 09:23

      Sri Lanka Police Arrest Over 5,000 for Breaking Coronavirus Curfew

    • 09:07

      At Least 159 Recently Diagnosed With COVID-19 in Malaysia, Bringing Total to 2,320

    • 09:05

      Indonesia Confirms 109 New Cases, Bringing Total Infected to 1,155

    • 08:52

      Total Number of Coronavirus Cases in Russia Reaches 1,264, Death Toll Rises to 4

    • 08:48

      Irish Health Minister: We Hope to Be in a Position in Two Weeks to Tweak, Remove or Change New Restrictions

      "The measures that we put in place last night were so significant that they cannot be kept in place for too long. You cannot ask people to sustain this for a very long time", Health Minister Simon Harris stressed.

    • 08:46

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Germany Exceeds 48,500, Death Toll Rises to 325

      According to statistics from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany has risen to 48,582, while 325 people have died of the virus.

    • 07:59

      Russia Confirms One New Fatal Case of Infection

    • 07:57

      3,460 People Diagnosed With COVID-19 in Israel

    • 07:33

      Tokyo Confirms Daily Record of 50 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 06:56

      At Least 85 Diagnosed With Coronavirus in Georgia

    • 06:36

      India Confirms 149 New Cases, Total Number of Infected Passes 900

    • 06:34

      Rouhani: Iran's Health Infrastructure Ready for Possible Peak in Coronavirus Outbreak

    • 06:30

      Mexico Confirms 132 New Cases, 4 Deaths From COVID-19 in 24 Hours

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mexico has risen by 132 to 717 within the past 24 hours, with four new fatalities, the Health Ministry's director of epidemiology said.

      "The number of confirmed cases amounts to 717, 12 patients have died", the official said late Friday in a press conference that was broadcast on the ministry's Twitter page.

      Meanwhile, president Obrador stated that the health system may not be able to cope with the outbreak, urging people to stay home to prevent the spread of the disease.

    • 06:21

      Number of Infected in Kazakhstan Passes 200

    • 06:20

      372 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Armenia

    • 05:52

      UK Local Authorities Told to Provide Housing for All Homeless in Coronavirus-Hit Country

      Homeless person in the UK

      UK Local Authorities Told to Provide Housing for All Homeless in Coronavirus-Hit Country

      Citing “a public health emergency", British officials in charge of tackling the raging epidemic stressed the vitality of isolation measures and shelters for those that have no recourse to public funds.
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    • 05:29

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Canada Passes 4,600

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people who have been infected with coronavirus in Canada has surpassed 4,600, and 53 of them have died from the disease, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

      Previous reports indicated 4,043 COVID-19 cases and 39 fatalities across the country.

      "A total of 4,689 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Canada as of March 27, 2020, at 6 pm EDT (Figure 1). 53 deaths have been reported", the statement read.

    • 04:55

      IOC Members Support Postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      A woman takes a photograph in front of the giant Olympic rings at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan, March 22, 2020.

      IOC Members Support Postponement of 2020 Tokyo Olympics Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have expressed support for IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision to reschedule the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for 2021 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation said in a statement.
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    • 04:46

      Australia Closes Beaches, Imposes New Social Distancing Rules to Curb the Outbreak

      According to the new measures, all travellers returning from abroad will have to be quarantined in hotels for two weeks at the government's expense. At the moment there are 3,378 infected individuals in the country (with most of the cases registered in Victoria and New South Wales), while the death toll currently stands at 14.

    • 04:41

      Over 100 New Cases Reported in Thailand, Totalling 1,245 Infected

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