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    At the moment over 663,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 worldwide, while some 30,380 have succumbed to the virus across the globe. Numerous countries have introduced travel bans and lockdowns to stop the virus from spreading.

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will warn Brits in a letter in the coming week that the situation in the country will only get worse after the number of those who've perished from the coronavirus in the country spiked to over 1,000 in recent days.

    He will urge 30 million households "to stay at home and save lives", and will say that further restrictions could be implemented if necessary.

    Outside China, the worst-hit countries are the United States, Italy, and Spain.

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    • 02:58

      Over 990 COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Mexico, Four New Fatalities Reported - Health Official

      The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico is approaching 1,000 with four COVID-19 fatalities having been confirmed in the past 24 hours, Ricardo Cortes, Director General of Health Promotion, said.

      The total death toll from the coronavirus in Mexico is 20, while the total number of confirmed cases is 993, Cortes said at a regular press briefing on Sunday. The day before, the death toll was 16.

      Mexico has called on its residents to self-isolate for the next 30 days, minimizing social contacts with the exception of basic needs.

    • 02:46

      South Korea Reports 78 New COVID19 Cases, Down From 105 The Day Before - KCDC

      South Korea registered 78 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours; 195 people have recovered in the same period, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

      The day before, 152 new coronavirus cases were registered in the country. There are now 9,661 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea, according to KCDC; 158 people have died from the disease. The day before the death toll was 152.

    • 02:15

      New Zealand Confirms 76 New COVID-19 Cases, Taking Overall Total to 589 – Health Official

      New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 76 new cases of COVID-19, raising the overall total of confirmed and probable cases since the start of the outbreak to 589, a leading health official confirmed during a press briefing on Monday.

      “So today there are 76 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand, one of our formerly probable cases has now been confirmed as having COVID-19,” Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said.

      The leading health official confirmed that the death toll still stands at one after the first coronavirus-related death in the country was announced on Sunday.

      “There have been no additional COVID-19 deaths and 63 people have recovered from COVID-19,” Bloomfield remarked.

      Speaking in turn, New Zealand Commissioner of Police Mike Bush stated that three people have been arrested for violating new social distancing rules aimed at curbing the spread of the disease.

      “We have, over the last few days, had cause to arrest three people for persistent breaches,” Bush stated.

    • 01:53

      Vietnamese PM Warns Major Cities They Should Be Prepared For Coronavirus Lockdown

      Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in a statement on Monday that Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City should be prepared for the possible imposition of lockdowns to slow the spread of COVID-19.

      "Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have to review and update plans to battle the virus, and have to stand ready for city lockdown scenarios," the prime minister said in the statement, cited by Reuters.

    • 01:42

      China Reports 31 New COVID-19 Cases, Down From 45 The Day Before - Health Commission

      China has registered only 31 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, all but one of them imported; over 320 people have recovered from COVID-19 in China in the past 24 hours, the country’s National Health Commission informs.

      The day before, there were 45 new coronavirus cases in mainland China, 44 of them imported.

      The total death toll from COVID-19 in mainland China now stands at 3,304, while the total number of coronavirus cases in the country is 81,470, according to the health commission. A total of 75,770 people have recovered.

    • 00:09

      Czech Republic Could Extend Mandatory Self-Isolation Until 8 April - Health Minister

      The Czech government will consider extending mandatory self-isolation in the country on Monday, Health Minister Adam Vojtech announced in a TV address.

      On 15 March, the Czech government banned the free movement of people in the country, except if going to a grocery store or pharmacy, to work, or a medical institution. The measure was intended to last until March 24 and was later extended until 1 April.

      "The government will discuss the extension of the quarantine for one week, until 8 April," Vojtech said on Sunday.

      According to the health minister, there are over 2,770 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Czech Republic; 16 people have died from COVID-19 and 11 have recovered. Over 40,000 coronavirus tests have been conducted.

      Vojtech predicted that an improvement in the coronavirus situation in the Czech Republic could come after the Easter holidays, around 13 April.

    • 23:46

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Israel Surges Past 4,000 As 382 New Positive Tests Confirmed

      The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Israel has surged past 4,000 after the country’s Ministry of Health reported 382 new cases since an update on Sunday morning.

      As of 21:00 local time on Sunday [19:00 GMT], the ministry has confirmed 4,247 cases of the disease. A total of 74 people remain in intensive care and 15 people have died in the country after contracting COVID-19.

      The ministry also confirmed that 132 people have now fully recovered after testing positive for the disease.

    • 20:07

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in UAE Reaches 570 – Health Ministry

      The United Arab Emirates has registered 102 new COVID-19 cases over the past day, which brings the total to 570 cases, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention said on Sunday.

      "The Ministry of Health and Prevention informs about registering 102 new cases of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19)," the ministry said, adding that "the number of verified cases has reached 570."

      According to the statement, 58 people have recovered.

    • 19:00

      Over 634,000 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed Globally - WHO

      A 3D-printed coronavirus model is seen in front of a world map

      Over 634,000 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed Globally, Almost 30,000 People Have Died - WHO

      The World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on 11 March.
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    • 18:36

      Nigerian President Orders Lockdown in Lagos, Abuja Over COVID-19 Pandemic

      "All citizens in these areas are to stay in their homes" starting from 22:00 GMT on Monday, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari announced in a televised address to the nation.

    • 18:31

      Poland Confirms 1,862 COVID-19 Cases, 22 Deaths

    • 18:01

      France Reports Nearly 300 COVID-19 Fatalities, Death Toll Reaches 2,606 - Health Official

      France has confirmed 292 COVID-19 fatalities over the past 24 hours, with the death toll climbing to 2,606 in the country, Jerome Salomon, the head of France's public health service, said on Sunday.

      According to Salomon, the total number of cases in France has reached 40,174, while "19,354 people with confirmed coronavirus were hospitalised".

      More than 7,000 people in France have fully recovered from COVID-19, the official added.

    • 17:40

      UK Health Official Says Country to Stay in Partial Lockdown for 6 Months

      Cyclists pass an electronic billboard displaying a Public health information campaign message from the UK government and local government in London as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, March 28, 2020.

      UK to Stay in Partial Lockdown for 6 Months - Health Official

      LONDON (Sputnik) - It could take the United Kingdom about six months to see whether it can relax the partial coronavirus lockdown, deputy chief medical officer Jenny Harries said Sunday.
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    • 17:18

      Moscow Mayor Introduces Home Isolation Regime for All Citizens Beginning 30 March

      Moscow Mayor Introduces Home Isolation Regime for All Citizens Beginning 30 March

      Home Isolation Regime for All Residents Introduced in Moscow Amid COVID-19 Outbreak Starting Monday

      The coronavirus epidemic in Moscow has entered a new phase, the mayor of the Russian capital said Sunday, after the number of infection cases in the city topped 1,000.
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    • 16:52

      Ireland Reports 200 New Cases of Coronavirus, 10 More Fatal Outcomes

    • 16:31

      State of New York Registers 7,195 New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, Total Number Stands at 59,513

      State of New York Registers 7,195 New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, Total Number Stands at 59,513

      As of Sunday, the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre has registered more than 121,100 coronavirus cases in the United States, with the death toll from COVID-19 surpassing 2,000 people.
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    • 16:16

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Canada Rises to 5,866, Death Toll Reaches 63

    • 16:15

      Death Toll From Coronavirus in Italy Rises by 23 to 131, Total Number of COVID-19 Cases Rises by 1,815 to 9,217

      The number of coronavirus deaths in Italy has increased by 756 in the past 24 hours and reached 10,779, Angelo Borrelli, the head of Italy's National Civil Protection Agency, said on Sunday.

      “We confirm 756 fatalities,” Borrelli said, adding that 1,434 people fully recovered from COVID-19 over the given period.

      According to Borrelli, the number of coronavirus cases increased by 3,815 and reached 73,880.

    • 16:12

      Death Toll From Coronavirus in Italy Rises by 756 to 10,779

    • 16:02

      Governor of Tabasco, Mexico's President Home State, Tested Positive for Coronavirus

      Governor of AMLO's Home State of Tabasco, Adán Augusto López Hernández

      Governor of Tabasco, Mexican President’s Home State, Tested Positive for Coronavirus

      The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Mexico rose by 132 to 717 along with four new fatalities on 28 March, the Health Ministry's director of epidemiology said.
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    • 15:37

      Greece Registers 95 New Coronavirus Cases, 38 Fatal Cases

    • 15:35

      Total Number of Coronavirus Cases in India Reaches 1,024, Death Toll Stands at 27

    • 15:16

      COVID-19 Patient Dies in Russia’s Pskov Region - Health Authorities

      A patient with COVID-19 died in Russia’s northwestern Pskov Region, the regional operational headquarters monitoring the coronavirus situation said on Sunday, adding that the patient had serious underlying health conditions.

      "The head physician, Alexei Vasiliev, reported that a patient died a few hours ago from coronavirus. This is the first case of death in the region from this disease. The patient had severe lung diseases," the operational headquarters said.

    • 15:14

      First Death From Coronavirus Reported in Syria

      Syrian girl wears a face mask as members of the Syrian Civil defence sanitize the Bab Al-Nour

      First Death From Coronavirus Reported in Syria

      The Syrian government has decided to restrict traffic between the country's provinces until 16 April as part of measures taken to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, the SANA news agency reported.
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    • 14:35

      Iran Temporarily Frees 100,000 Prisoners to Limit Spread of Coronavirus

      A total of 100,000 inmates have been temporarily freed from Iranian prisons as of Sunday to stem the spread of the new coronavirus, a judiciary spokesman has said.

      "As of now, around 100,000 have been released," Gholamhossein Esmaili said in a televised announcement.

      President Hassan Rouhani ordered on Tuesday to extend the leave from prison until April 20. The number of those freed has doubled from 54,000 released in early March.

    • 14:32

      Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait Record Dozens of New Coronavirus Cases

      Heath ministries of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait reported new cases of infection with the COVID-19 coronavirus on Sunday.

      The Saudi health authority said 96 people had tested positive for the coronavirus over the past day, taking the total to 1,299. The virus has killed eight patients, while 66 have recovered.

      The Iraqi ministry said its laboratories had confirmed 41 new cases, bringing the tally to 547. Of those, 143 have recovered and 42 have died.

      In Kuwait, the number of people infected with the coronavirus climbed by 20 since Saturday to 255. Twelve people are in a critical condition and 67 have recovered, while further 1,231 are in quarantine. There have been no fatalities.

    • 13:40

      Number of Infected in Azerbaijan Surpasses 200

      Azerbaijan has registered 27 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, which takes the total number of COVID-19 patients in the country to 209, the cabinet's emergency response team announced on Sunday.

      "Twenty-seven new cases of coronavirus have been registered,” the response team said.

      According to the health authorities, eight patients are in serious condition, and the rest are stable. Overall, 190 people are under medical supervision.

    • 13:18

      Husband of Netanyahu Adviser Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

      Husband of Netanyahu Adviser Reportedly Tests Positive for Coronavirus

      Israel has so far reported 3,865 coronavirus cases in the country, as well as 425 fatalities from the virus.
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    • 13:17

      UK Coronavirus Death Toll Surges to 1,228

      People wearing protective facemasks queue outside Sainsbury's supermarket in Streatham

      UK Coronavirus Death Toll Surges to 1,228, Number of Cases Rises to 19,522

      The UK has implemented several stringent social distancing measures in recent weeks to combat the spread of the virus. The government has issued warnings against all non-essential travel, tightened its borders, and restricted public gatherings.
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    • 12:59

      Indian Civil Aviation Regulator Suspends Breath Analyser Tests

    • 12:56

      Israeli Emergency Services Start Collecting Plasma for Coronavirus-Infected

    • 12:44

      Saudi Arabia Confirms 4 New Fatal Cases, Bringing Death Toll to 8

      At the moment, there are almost 1,300 infected in the kingdom, which is the highest number of cases among the Gulf Arab states.

    • 12:15

      Spread of Coronavirus Disease in China Largely Stopped - Health Ministry

      Residents line up to collect vegetables purchased through group orders at a residential area in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China March 5, 2020

      Spread of Coronavirus Disease in China Largely Stopped - Health Ministry

      There are currently at least 680,000 people who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus around the world, while the death toll has almost reached 32,000. At the same time, at least 146,000 have recovered from the disease.
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    • 11:50

      Netherlands Confirms 132 New Deaths, Bringing Total Fatalities to 1,104

      Dutch health workers leave with a patient at Bernhoven hospital,

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Netherlands Rises by 1,104 to 10,866, 132 New Deaths

      The Dutch authorities introduced social distancing measures, school closures, and a ban on public gatherings in mid-March.
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    • 08:45

      Putin Orders Measures to Support Small, Medium Enterprises Amid COVID-19 Pandemic by Monday

      President Vladimir Putin attends 'Are Small Businesses a National Idea?' national forum

      Putin Orders Measures to Support Small, Medium Enterprises Amid COVID-19 Pandemic by Monday

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday instructed the government to take a set of urgent measures to support small and medium enterprises in Russia amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as follows from documents published on the Kremlin website.
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    • 07:33

      Prisoners in Thailand Begin Mass Disturbances Due to Coronavirus

    • 07:31

      Greece Prolongs Lockdown on Stores Until 11 April

    • 05:03

      Russia and US Suspend New START Treaty Inspections Until May Due to Coronavirus - Reports

      ATLANTIC OCEAN (August 31, 2016) An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) off the coast of Florida. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs demonstration and shakedown operation certification process

      Russia and US Suspend New START Treaty Inspections Until May Due to Coronavirus - Reports

      The situation in the United States remains tense as the country now has the highest number of people diagnosed with the coronavirus – over 123,000 infected of the world's 672,000, while Russia has reported at least 1,534 COVID-19 cases.
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    • 05:01

      Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Japan Surpasses 2,500 - Reports

    • 02:13

      Ex-Liverpool Player Predicts 'Uproar' if Reds are Denied Premier League Title Due to Coronavirus

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      Ex-Liverpool Player Predicts 'Uproar' if Reds are Denied Premier League Title Due to Coronavirus

      The development comes after UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said that the 2019/2020 football season could be lost if tournaments, which are currently suspended due to the outbreak of COVID-19, don’t resume by the end of June.
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    • 01:13

      EU's Credibility, Utility is at Play in Coronavirus Crisis, French European Affairs Minister Warns

      Tourists reflected in a EU logo

      EU's Credibility, Utility is at Play in Coronavirus Crisis, French European Affairs Minister Warns

      In a letter on Wednesday, leaders of nine European Union states, including France, Spain, and Italy called for a common debt instrument to combat COVID-19.
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    • 01:00

      Over 14,000 People Test Positive for Coronavirus in Switzerland, Death Toll Rises to 257

    • 00:58

      Death Toll in Russia Climbs to 8, as 4 Infected Die During the Day

    • 00:58

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Ukraine Climbs to 418

    • 00:58

      Morocco Reports 436 Infected, 26 Dead

    • 00:57

      At Least 182,702 Under Medical Surveillance in Russia Amid Coronavirus Fears

    • 00:55

      US Tracking American Citizens' Movements via Their Phones to Research Coronavirus Spread - Reports

      New smartphones, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, on sale at the GUM shopping center

      US Tracking American Citizens' Movements via Their Phones to Research Coronavirus Spread - Reports

      The US previously reported a spike in the number of confirmed cases in the country and now occupies first place in the list of nations hit by the coronavirus, with at least 123,000 infected and 2,229 fatalities.
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    • 00:51

      Non-Essential Public Gatherings Reduced to Two People - Australian PM Morrison

    • 00:45

      Australia Introduces 6-Month Moratorium on Evicting People From Rentals

    • 00:41

      China Says Imported Virus Cases Might Start New Wave of Infection

      "China already has an accumulated total of 693 cases entering from overseas, which means the possibility of a new round of infections remains relatively high", Mi Feng of the National Health Commission said on Sunday.

    • 00:41

      Indian PM Modi Says 21-Day Lockdown is Tough, But Needed to Stop the Coronavirus

    • 00:41

      Iran's Death Toll From Coronavirus Reaches 2,640, Number of Infected Climbs to 38,309

      "In the past 24 hours we had 123 deaths and 2,901 people have been infected, bringing the total number of infected people to 38,309", tweeted Alireza Vahabzadeh, an adviser to Iran's health minister. "12,391 people infected from the virus have recovered"ю

    • 00:35

      London is Concerned With Rising Coronavirus Death Toll - Cabinet Minister Gove

    • 00:34

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Spain Surges to 78,797, Death Toll Rises to 6,528

    • 00:34

      Tokyo Registers 68 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 00:33

      Coronavirus Enters a New Stage in Moscow as Number of Infected is Growing, Mayor Says

      Coronavirus Enters a New Stage in Moscow as Number of Infected Exceeds 1,000

      Earlier in the day, Russia's consumer rights protection watchdog said that a total of 182,702 people in Russia remain under the supervision of medical experts as they may be infected with the coronavirus.
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    • 00:30

      Pakistan Confirms 1,495 Coronavirus Cases, 12 Fatalities

    • 00:30

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Uzbekistan Rises to 133

    • 00:27

      Israel Reports 3,865 Coronavirus-Infected

    • 00:25

      Number of Infected in India Climbs to 987, Death Toll Reaches 25

    • 00:25

      At Least 197 New Cases Confirmed in Moscow, Bringing Total to 1,014

    • 00:21

      Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Germany Jumps to 52,547, Death Toll Rises to 389

    • 00:17

      Social Distancing Measures Have Halved COVID-19 Infection Rate - Australian Prime Minister

      Disinfectant products are seen on a car whilst motorists fill out paperwork for police as they cross back into South Australia from Victoria during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Bordertown, Australia, March 24, 2020.

      Social Distancing Measures Have Halved COVID-19 Infection Rate - Australian Prime Minister

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Social distancing measures enacted in Australia to curb the spread of COVID-19, such as banning public gatherings and closing venues such as gyms and places of worship, have halved the rate of new infection in the country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Sunday.
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    • 00:13

      Singapore's Authorities Cancel Passport of Citizen Over Violation of COVID-19 Quarantine

      Foreign countries: Singapore

      Singaporean Authorities Cancel Passport of Citizen Over Violation of COVID-19 Quarantine

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The authorities in Singapore have cancelled a passport of a citizen who violated a quarantine imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease, Immigration and Checkpoints Authority said in a statement on Sunday, adding that the citizen's case was being referred to the Health Ministry for further investigation.
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    • 00:10

      Inmate Serving Time for Drug Charges Becomes First US Prisoner to Die From Coronavirus

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      Inmate Serving Time for Drug Charges Becomes First US Prisoner to Die From Coronavirus

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US Federal Bureau of Prisons has confirmed the first coronavirus-related death among the country’s prison population after a 49-year-old man passed away at the Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale in the state of Louisiana after testing positive for COVID-19.
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    • 00:10

      Malaysia Confirms 150 New Cases, Bringing Total to 2,470

    • 00:06

      Philippines Register 343 New Cases, 3 Coronavirus Fatalities

    • 00:04

      NY Knicks and Rangers Owner James Dolan Diagnosed With Coronavirus

    • 00:02

      Servant Close to Queen Elizabeth Tests Positive For COVID-19 – Report

      Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives for the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain March 9, 2020.

      Servant Close to Queen Elizabeth Tests Positive For COVID-19 – Report

      On Wednesday, Prince Charles tested positive for the coronavirus disease, after the heir apparent to the British throne met with Prince Albert of Monaco two weeks ago, who has been confirmed as being infected with the virus. The Prince and the Duchess are now in self-isolation at a residence in Scotland.
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    • 00:02

      Thailand Confirms 143 New Cases, 1,388 Infected in Total

    • 00:00

      Alibaba Co-Founder Jack Ma Sends Medical Supplies to Seven More Asian Countries to Fight Coronavirus

      Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, speaks during the session 'An Insight, An Idea with Jack Ma' in the Swiss mountain resort of Davos January 23, 2015

      Alibaba Co-Founder Jack Ma Sends Medical Supplies to Seven More Asian Countries to Fight Coronavirus

      The billionaire previously donated 500,000 coronavirus test kits and 1 million masks to the US, as well as 200,000 testing kits for Russia, also promising to send a huge amount of supplies to 54 African and ten Asian nations amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
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    • 00:00

      Russia Registers 270 New COVID-19 Cases Over Past Day

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