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    Coronavirus Puts Nations on Lockdown (264)

    According to Johns Hopkins University’s real-time tracker, the global COVID-19 count has already reached 1 002 159, with 51 485 deaths.

    World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned on Wednesday that the global number of COVID-19 cases was likely to reach 1 million within the next few days, with 50,000 fatalities.

    At least eight European countries have joined efforts to launch a coronavirus contact tracing app initiative that will be compliant with the European Union's tough privacy laws and collect encrypted proximity history based on Bluetooth signals between cellphones, according to the initiative's official website.

    On 31 December 2019, China informed the WHO about an outbreak of an unknown form of pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the country's Hubei province. WHO on 11 March declared the outbreak of the disease, which is caused by a new strain of coronavirus, a pandemic. 

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    • 03:44

      First Death From Coronavirus Reported in Kyrgyzstan

      The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 125.

    • 03:34

      Australia's Chief Medical Officer Says China Provided Transparent Data on COVID-19

    • 03:20

      Australian PM Morrison Says Australia Tracking Well on COVID-19

    • 03:10

      Fifth Person Dies From COVID-19 in Singapore

    • 03:02

      China Registers 31 New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, 4 People Died – Authorities

      "The National Health Commission received information about 81,620 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 1,727 currently ill people. 379 people are in critical condition, 3,322 have died, 76,571 people have been discharged from hospitals", the commission said in a statement.

      No new cases of the coronavirus have been registered in the province of Hubei, where the city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the pandemic – is located.

    • 02:35

      Japan's Fujifilm Says Will Release New COVID-19 Testing Kit on 15 April

      It could shorten the time of the test results to about two hours, the company said.

    • 01:39

      Number of COVID-19 Infections in South Korea Exceeds 10,000, While 6,000 Recovered

      The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea has risen by 86 to 10,062 over the past day, the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Friday.

      The death toll has risen from 169 to 174 within the same period of time, according to the KCDC.

    • 01:39

      COVID-19 Death Toll in Venezuela Rises to 5 People, 146 Cases Confirmed – Vice President

    • 01:08

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Argentina Rises by 132 to 1,265 – Health Ministry

      The death toll has increased by four to 36 people over the past 24 hours, the ministry added.

    • 01:06

      1,510 Cases of COVID-19 Registered in Mexico, 50 Died - Health Ministry

    • 00:52

      US Registers World Record Single-Day Death Toll From COVID-19 With 1,169 New Fatalities - Johns Hopkins University

    • 00:48

      WHO Says Worldwide Number of COVID-19 Cases Reaches 900,306, With Over 45,000 Fatalities

    • 23:53

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Panama Rises to 1,475, 37 Fatalities Registered - Health Ministry

    • 23:13

      Trump Says Russian Medical Supplies Can Save a Lot of Lives

      A Russian military transport plane carrying medical equipment, masks and supplies lands at JFK International Airport during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 1, 2020

      Trump Says Russia Offered a Lot of High Quality Medical Supplies That Can Save a Lot of Lives

      A Russian Air Force cargo plane arrived in New York City on Wednesday to deliver much-needed medical supplies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has been raging in the United States.
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    • 23:13

      First Patient Dies of COVID-19 in Libya – National Center for Disease Control

    • 23:13

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Algeria Rises by 139 to 986 – Health Ministry

      According to the ministry, the death toll from the coronavirus in the country has increased by 5 to 63 people within the same period of time, while the number of recovered patients has reached 61.

    • 22:32

      Egyptian Health Ministry Reports Record Number of New COVID-19 Cases Registered in a Single Day

      85 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the country, bringing the total number to 865. The death toll stands at 58.

    • 21:53

      114 Sailors on US Aircraft Carrier Test Positive for COVID-19, More Expected - Navy Chief

      "We have about 114 sailors who have tested positive, I can tell you with great certainty there's going to be more, it will probably be in the hundreds", Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said in a press briefing.

    • 21:39

      Canada's Health Minister Says No Evidence of China Falsifying COVID-19 Data

      "There's no indication that the data that came out of China in terms of their infection rate and their death rate was falsified in any way", Canadian Health Minister Patty Hajdu said during the cabinet ministers' daily briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic on Thursday.

      The health minister said that the legitimacy of Chinese data is supported by differences in death rates between now and earlier, and that data collection is done with the oversight of the World Health Organiыation (WHO). Hajdu added that insinuations to the contrary help drive conspiracy theories.

    • 21:37

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Brazil Rises by 1,074 to 7,910 – Health Ministry

      "7,910 cases have been confirmed, 299 people have died, the mortality rate stands at 3.8 percent", the ministry said in a statement on late Thursday.

    • 20:10

      Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Says Giving $100 Mln to Food Distribution Charity Feeding America to Help Fight COVID-19

      Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos laughs as he talks to the media while touring the new Amazon Spheres during the grand opening at Amazon's Seattle headquarters in Seattle, Washington, U.S., January 29, 2018

      Amazon Chief Bezos Says Donating $100Mln to Food Charity Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said on Thursday that he is donating $100 million to the food distribution charity Feeding America to strengthen the food response amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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    • 19:17

      Global Number of COVID-19 Cases Exceeds 1 Million - Johns Hopkins University

      The death toll has surpassed 51,400.

    • 19:17

      Confinement Will Probably Be Prolonged in France Beyond 15 April - Prime Minister

    • 18:02

      UK Health Secretary Says English Premier League Players Should Take Pay Cuts

      Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that Premier League players need to "play their part" and take a pay cut as the country is fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

    • 18:00

      Von der Leyen Promises EU Financial Aid to Italy Amid COVID-19 After Initial Inaction

      GENOA (Sputnik) - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen promised to financially support Italy in its fight against COVID-19 after an initial lack of action from the European Union, which she announced in a letter published in the Italian daily La Repubblica.

      "Today Europe is mobilizing to stay side by side with Italy. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case. It must be recognized that in the early days of the crisis, in the face of the need for a common European response, many have thought only of their own problems at home. They did not realize that we can only defeat this pandemic together as a Union. It was harmful and could have been avoided," von der Leyen said at the opening of her letter.

      She continued by saying that in the past month, however, the European Commission has "left no stone unturned to help Italy," millions of masks were sent to Italy and Spain, search for a vaccine was funded, certain rules were suspended in order to give the Italian government more space for manoeuvre to act quickly and billions of investments were made for the fight against the virus.

      "And we will continue to do even more. Yesterday the European Commission announced a new economic initiative, a "European layoff". Right now, millions of Italians are unable to work - but they cannot stop paying their bills or shopping. Companies continue to pay wages even if the business is stagnant ... They need support to overcome the current crisis: Europe is intervening to help them," she said.

      "The Union will allocate up to one hundred billion euros to the hardest-hit countries, starting from Italy, to compensate for the reduction in the wages of those working on shorter hours," she continued.

      Von der Leyen noted that all EU members would contribute to making the new financial support tool, called SURE, possible.

      "I believe that Europe can emerge stronger from this situation, but we must make the right decisions - here and now. We have already taken some courageous actions. Many more will still be needed," she said.

      Italy is the second hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the infection toll standing at over 115,000. Nearly 14,000 people have died there from the disease so far.

    • 17:58

      Russian Medical Aid Reaches Italy's Apulia Amid Pandemic

      ROME (Sputnik) - Russian coronavirus aid cargo has arrived in the southern Italian region of Apulia, Governor Michele Emiliano has said on social media.

      "Some actions speak louder that words... Apulians have a very special bond with the Russian people, which we have nurtured over the years. That is why I was left speechless by the message of friendship... that accompanied the supplies," he wrote on Facebook.

      The cargo included 15,000 respirators, 4,000 surgical masks and 20 packs of bandages. Emiliano posted a photo of a box that had "From Russia With Love" written on it.

      Apulia had a total of 1,946 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with 129 people having died from virus-related complications. The country's tally stands at 83,049 cases as of Thursday evening, including 13,915 deaths.

    • 17:57

      Serbian President Expects First Russian Plane With Doctors to Arrive on Friday Already

      BELGRADE (Sputnik) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said he expects the first Russian aircraft carrying medical experts, set to assist the anti-coronavirus effort, to land in the country on Friday already.

      "The first Il-76 aircraft is arriving from Russia tomorrow, it is carrying eight doctors and disinfection experts," Vucic said on Thursday, after a meeting of the national coronavirus response centre.

      Earlier in the day, the Kremlin said, after Russian President Vladimir Putin's talks with Vucic, that Russia would provide humanitarian aid to the country, chiefly through the Defense Ministry.

    • 17:52

      Irish PM Says Country Must Reduce COVID-19 Growth Rate to 5%

      Ireland has reported 402 new COVID-19 cases, which brings the total number to 3,849, with 98 fatalities and 109 patients in intensive care units.

    • 17:49

      France Records at Least 884 COVID-19 Deaths in Nursing Homes - Official

      PARIS (Sputnik) - As many as 471 people have died in French hospitals from the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, bringing the toll to 4,503, Jerome Salomon, the head of the national public health service (DGS), said on Thursday.

      "Since March 1, 4,503 deaths have been registered in French hospitals. People who are older than 70 account for 83 percent of the fatalities. So, 471 deaths have been registered over the past 24 hours," Salomon said.

      He added that 884 persons had died in French social, and medical and social institutions since March 1, noting that this figure was yet to be confirmed.

      According to the DGS head, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has climbed to 59,105 from yesterday's 56,989.

    • 16:53

      Total Number of COVID-19 Cases in Turkey Rises to 18,135, With 356 Deaths - Health Minister

    • 16:29

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Afghanistan Rises to 245 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people infected with COVID-19 in Afghanistan rose by six to 245 on Thursday, the Ministry of Public Health said was cited as saying by the media.

      Five new cases were confirmed in the capital of Kabul and one in the central Daykundi province, according to the ministry's figures seen by the Tolo News website.

      The number of confirmed virus-related deaths remained at four.

      Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar told reporters that Afghanistan had received aid from the United Arab Emirates, with help from China due to arrive later in the day.

    • 16:28

      Over 1,638 US Service Members, Related Civilians Contracted COVID-19 - Pentagon

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases among US service members and related civilians has exceeded 1,600, a Defence Department fact sheet revealed on Thursday.

      “Total DoD Cases (Current, Recovered and Deaths) is 1,638”, the fact sheet said.

      According to the latest update, 893 military personnel have been infected, 35 of whom are hospitalised and 59 have recovered. The rest of the cases concern civilian personnel, dependents and contractors.

      As of Thursday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases around the world has reached over 962,000, with more than 49,000 people having died, according to Johns Hopkins University’s coronavirus resource center. The United States currently has more than 216,000 confirmed cases, according to the data.

    • 16:22

      US Capital Area COVID-19 Death Toll Nears 100, Positive Cases Surpass 4,500 - Officials

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The coronavirus-related (COVID-19) death toll in the US capital area reached almost 100 while total number of positive cases surpassed the mark of 4,500, local officials said Thursday.

      "District reported 67 new positive coronavirus cases, bringing the District’s overall positive case total to 653. The District reported one new COVID-19 related death, bringing the District’s total to 12", Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Twitter.

      Maryland confirmed 36 deaths while Virginia has registered 41 fatalities.

      "As of this morning, the Maryland Department of Health is reporting 2,331 confirmed cases of COVIDー19 in Maryland. We have added 346 cases since yesterday", Governor spokesperson Kata Hall said in a statement.

      Virginia Department of Health reported 1,706 positive cases.

    • 16:19

      UK Registers Largest Day-On-Day Increase in COVID-19 Confirmed Cases, Deaths - Government

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom has reported its largest day-on-day increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and the resultant death toll, as the total number of positive tests since the start of the outbreak soars past 30,000, the country’s Department of Health and Social Care reported on Thursday.

      According to the department, 4,244 new positive tests have been recorded in the preceding 24 hours, raising the overall total since the start of the outbreak to 33,718. These figures were confirmed at 09:00 GMT on Thursday morning.

      The UK has also registered its largest single-day increase in the death toll for the second day in a row, as 569 deaths were recorded between 17:00 GMT on Tuesday and the same time on Wednesday.

      The previous record for the number of new deaths in a 24-hour period stood at 563 and the total death toll since the start of the outbreak is now 2,921.

      On Wednesday, the UK Defence Ministry announced the mobilisation of 3,000 reservists to help the country respond to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

      Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and would continue his duties while in self-isolation. 

    • 16:18

      ICRC Says Ready to Assist Detention Facilities in Israel, Palestine Amid COVID-19 Threat

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Israel and occupied territories is ready to provide all the necessary assistance to detention facilities in the region during the COVID-19 pandemic, Anastasiya Isyuk, the mission’s head of communications revealed.

      Countries across the world are now taking measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading through the prison population, fearing that the confined communities could turn into major hotbeds of infection. In mid-March, Israel joined several other countries in suspending family and lawyer visits for inmates for one month.

      "The ICRC is in close contact with the detaining authorities in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Infectious diseases pose a huge challenge to detaining authorities", Isyuk said, noting that they still had to provide care to the detainees despite potential difficulties.

      The Red Cross  is ready to provide support to the detaining authorities if necessary, the spokeswoman said.

      "We are in discussions with the detention authorities about ensuring that alternative family contact mechanisms are in place and that updated and accurate information is publicly available", the ICRC representative added.

      ICRC delegates, Isyuk went on, have been exempted from the ban, so the organization members will continue visiting detention facilities in Israel, as well as the West Bank and Gaza. In total, the Red Cross maintains contact with prison authorities in over 80 countries, she added.

      The ICRC is making efforts to raise awareness among the most vulnerable residents in Gaza amid the coronavirus pandemic and help local health authorities to avert the outbreak in the 1.8-million-strong population, Isyuk added

      "Gaza is one of the most densely populated places in the world. In disease outbreaks, facts, not fear, help people protect themselves and their loved ones. The Red Cross/Red Crescent family, local health authorities, the WHO [World Health Organisation] and community leaders are educating the public about the virus, sharing prevention information and helping to prevent misinformation and reduce rumors", Isyuk said.

      She noted that the committee was focused on particularly vulnerable groups, such the elderly, people with chronic diseases and disabled people, who "often have unequal access to information on outbreaks and the availability of services" and may find it difficult to practice social distancing while being reliant on others in performing daily tasks.

      In particular, she mentioned the support for Gaza’s Artificial Limb and Polio Center (ALPC), where the Red Cross helps to implement post-surgical physiotherapy projects for injured Palestinians.

      "To help prevent the spread of the virus, the ALPC has reduced the number of patients attending on a daily basis. Measures it has taken include reducing daily physiotherapy rehabilitation and suspending the manufacturing of new protheses, although the follow-up of ongoing cases will continue. The centre will continue the urgent maintenance of the protheses and orthoses for children. Access to information is crucial at this stage, the ICRC has distributed awareness posters to ensure they are hanged everywhere inside the building as part of preventive measures", she said.

      In addition, the Red Cross has donated 500 mattresses and 1,000 blankets at the authorities’ request to help accommodate people under a COVID-19 quarantine. The organization has also donated 43 infrared thermometers, according to Isyuk.

      As of Thursday, Israel has confirmed over 6,200 coronavirus cases, including 33 deaths. Palestine, in turn, has updated its case count to 155, including one fatality.

    • 16:13

      Italy Registers 769 New Deaths Caused by COVID-19, Total Number of Cases Rises By 2,477

    • 16:10

      Greece's Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs to 53 - Official

      ATHENS (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Greece rose by three to 53 in the past day, the Health Ministry's top infectious diseases expert said on Thursday.

      Sotirios Tsiodras told reporters at a news briefing that 27 new cases had been confirmed on the mainland and 23 in the Ritsona migrant camp on the island of Euboea.

      Another 49 people have tested positive for the coronavirus on board the Eleftherios Venizelos ship, stranded outside the port of Pireaus.

      This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Greece to 1,514. Ninety-one patients are on ventilator support, while nine have been transferred from intensive care units to general wards.

    • 16:03

      'Cruelest Irony': New York Governor Laments US Dependency on China for Production of Personal Protection Gear

    • 15:41

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in New York State Rises to 92,381, Death Toll Rises to 2,737 From 1,941 - Governor

    • 14:47

      Delhi Chief Demands More Security Personnel to Control Unruly Behaviour of COVID-19 Patients

      The Delhi Government has urged the deployment of adequate police force at hospitals and quarantine facilities due to unruly behaviour.

      The letter states, "COVID-19 patients, particularly those transferred from Markaz are creating a law and order problem and commotion in the hospitals which is becoming very difficult for hospital staff to handle".

      Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs has directed Delhi Police and chiefs of other concerned states to take necessary legal action against 960 foreigners for violating the provisions of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and the Disaster Management Act, 2005 in the Tablighi Jamaat case.

    • 13:31

      Putin Signs Decree Extending Paid Holidays for Russians to 30 April

      Putin Prolongs Non-Working Period Until April 30 as Part of Russia's COVID-19 Response

      The Russian president made the announcement in a televised address, his second in eight days, as the government introduces additional measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
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    • 13:26

      Serbia Says 111 New Cases Registered in the Country, 3 Dead

    • 13:12

      Indian Air Force Airlifts Crucial Medical Supplies to Maldivian Capital - Video

    • 12:44

      UK Prime Minister Facing Longer Self-Isolation After Contracting COVID-19

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he gives a press conference about the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak inside 10 Downing Street in London, Tuesday, March 17, 2020

      Johnson May Remain in Isolation Beyond 3 April Amid Continuing COVID-19 Symptoms - Downing Street

      Mr Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday and has been in self-isolation since then. As of 2 April, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK stands at 29,872, with 2,357 deaths.
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    • 12:27

      World Economic Activity to Decline by 1.9% in 2020 Due to COVID-19 Crisis - Fitch Ratings

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Fitch Ratings agency on Thursday projected a deep global recession and decreased its forecast for the world economic activity from 1.3 percent growth to 1.9 percent decline over the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the agency’s forecast.

      “A deep global recession in 2020 is now Fitch Ratings’ baseline forecast according to its latest update of its Global Economic Outlook (GEO) forecast,” the agency said. “We now expect world economic activity to decline by 1.9% in 2020 with US, eurozone and UK GDP down by 3.3%, 4.2% and 3.9% respectively.”

    • 11:30

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Ukraine Rises to 804 - Health Ministry

      KIEV (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Ukraine has increased to 804 overnight, the country's Health Ministry said on Thursday.

      On Wednesday evening, the official number of infected stood at 794.

      "As of 2 April 10:00 [ 07:00 GMT] there are 804 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine, 20 of them are lethal. [Some] 13 patients have recovered. We have registered 135 new cases in 24 hours", the ministry posted on Facebook.

      Later in the day, a doctor from the Khmelnytskyi Military Hospital was diagnosed with COVID-19, becoming the first case among the Ukrainian armed forces, the Ukrainian military's medical forces said. Some ten servicemen reported to have been in contact with the doctor have been ordered to self-isolate.

    • 11:24

      Scottish Comedian Eddie Large Passes Away Aged 78 Due to COVID-19

    • 11:14

      Europe Has More Than 500,000 Confirmed Cases - AFP tally

    • 10:48

      Moscow Records 595 New COVID-19 Infections, Nearly Half of All Cases Are People Younger Than 45

    • 10:12

      Putin to Issue New Address to Russians Later in the Day

      Russian President Vladimir Putin

      Putin to Address Russians on Thursday After 13:00 GMT

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Last week, Putin addressed the nation, outlining a set of measures aimed at containing the spread of the disease and supporting the economy. The president, in particular, announced paid holidays from March 28 to April 5 to diminish the number of contacts between people.
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    • 09:50

      Iran Registers 2,875 Cases in Past 24 Hours, 124 Fatalities - Health Ministry

    • 09:41

      Spain Reports 8,102 New Cases, 950 Deaths - Health Ministry

      MADRID (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Spain exceeded has 10,000 after 950 people died over the past day, the country's Health Ministry said on Thursday.

      More than 6,000 people are in intensive care units, while 26,700 have recovered, the ministry said.

      Spain has almost caught up with Italy in terms of the total number of detected cases of infection since the beginning of the epidemic. Italy has last reported 110,400 cases, while Spain has registered 110,238 cases, including 8,100 in the past 24 hours.

    • 09:32

      Israeli PM Netanyahu Goes Back into Quarantine For Six Days After Health Minister Tests Positive for COVID-19

    • 09:28

      Italy's Death Toll Likely Higher Than Reported - WSJ

      The outlet reports that COVID-19 testing in Italy is generally performed only on those manifesting symptoms, and does not take into account those displaying no symptoms.

    • 09:26

      Moscow to Provide Aid to Belgrade to Battle COVID-19 - Serbian Prime Minister

    • 09:18

      Belgium Death Toll from COVID-19 Surpasses 1,000

    • 09:15

      Oman Registers 21 More COVID-19 Cases, Bringing Total Number to 231 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Oman has registered 21 new coronavirus cases that brings the total number of infected to 231, the country’s Health Ministry said on Thursday.

      According to the health authorities, the total number of recoveries has grown to 41, while the death toll remained at only one case.

      The ministry reiterated its request for citizens to adhere to precautionary measures and not leave home unless it was necessary.

      Meanwhile, the Omani branch of the Shell petroleum company said that it had donated 700,000 Omani rials ($1.8 million) to the Health Ministry In order to purchase COVID-19 test kits and also 300,000 rials for fuel for emergency vehicles.

    • 09:13

      Prime Minister Johnson Calls on Brits to Stay Home as Data Show Growth in Public Transport Use

    • 09:05

      Malaysia Registers 208 New Cases, 5 New Fatalities

    • 08:55

      Philippines Report 11 New COVID-19 Deaths, 322 New Cases - Health Ministry

    • 08:47

      Israeli Civil Servants Asked to Self-Isolate After Health Minister's COVID-19 Test Returns Positive

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, holds a situation assessment meeting with Health Minister Yaakov Litzman and others regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-2019), at the Health Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020

      Top Israeli Officials Requested to Self-Isolate After Health Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus

      With more than 6,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel, the infection has managed to reach the top ranks of the country’s administration. While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tested negative so far, a number of officials close to him has contracted the virus.
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    • 08:41

      Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Dies From COVID-19 – Foreign Department

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon Bernardita Catalla has died at age 62 from complications from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the country’s Foreign Department said on Thursday.

      "With deep sadness, the Department of Foreign Affairs announces the untimely demise on 02 April 2020, of Ambassador Bernardita Catalla, Philippine Ambassador to Lebanon, from complications arising from COVID-19", the department said in an official statement.

      The department praised Catalla's diplomatic efforts in strengthening bilateral relations and helping Philippine nationals in countries such as Lebanon, Malaysia and Indonesia.

      "She served in key posts like Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta and was Passport Director where she delivered frontline service to millions of Filipinos. Prior to her assignment in Lebanon, she was Consul General in Hong Kong, looking over the welfare of hundreds of thousands of overseas Filipinos. Since December 2019, she spearheaded the voluntary mass repatriation program of the Philippine Embassy in Beirut", the authorities said.

      According to several news outlets, she died in a Beirut hospital where she was receiving medical treatment.

      As of Thursday, Lebanese health authorities have confirmed 479 coronavirus cases in the country, among them 14 fatalities and 43 recoveries.

    • 08:37

      Spain Reports Record Unemployment Spike in March Amid Pandemic

    • 08:10

      US Consulate in India Announces Evacuation Flights For Its Citizens Stranded Throughout Country

      Issuing an alert for US Citizens in Western and Southern India, the US Consulate Mumbai said on Thursday that they are anticipate several flights departing from Mumbai and arriving in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning the weekend of 4 April.  US citizens from across India will be evacuated and sent to the US by flights which will depart from Mumbai. They assured the US citizens that they would contact them once more details develop.

      “This is an update to our message from this morning, 1 April 2020.  We continue to coordinate closely across a variety of US Government agencies, the Government of India, and commercial air carriers to facilitate flights to the United States,” the consulate said.

    • 07:52

      Russia Registers 771 New Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 771 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, bringing the total to 3,548, the federal response centre said Thursday.

      The new infections were registered in 29 regions.

      In Moscow, 595 new cases have been registered in 24 hours.

    • 06:50

      India Allows Passenger Aircraft to Carry Out Cargo Operations Amid COVID-19

    • 06:39

      Brent Oil Price Plummets Past 12%

    • 05:42

      Thailand Reports 104 New Coronavirus Cases, 3 New Deaths

    • 05:25

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Kyrgyzstan Rises to 116 - Response Center

      The number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Kyrgyzstan has increased by five over the past 24 hours to 116 people, the republic's coronavirus response center told Sputnik.

      “As of April 2, 2020, five new cases of confirmed COVID-19 were registered in the republic. Of these, two were in the Osh Region... one was in the city of Osh and two... in the Batken Region," a spokesman for the center said.

      Five people are in intensive care, two are in critical condition on artificial lung ventilation. Five people have recovered.

      In connection with the coronavirus outbreak, a state of emergency was earlier declared in some Kyrgyz regions.

    • 05:04

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in India Rises to 1,965

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India has increased by 328 to 1,965, the country's Health Ministry said on Thursday.

      The figure includes 1,764 active cases, 150 recoveries, 50 fatalities and one imported case.

      On Wednesday, the Health Ministry reported that the total number of cases was 1,637, while on Tuesday the figure stood at 1,397.

      The western state of Maharashtra is the most affected by the virus — the state now has 335 cases. Kerala state in the south has 265 cases, and neighbor Tamil Nadu has so far confirmed 234 cases, double what the state had 24 hours hours ago.

      In the capital territory of Delhi, 152 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed.

      In a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19, India introduced a 21-day lockdown on 24 March. People are not allowed to leave their homes unless for exceptional reasons. Thousands of shops and firms are temporarily closed, and the work of public transport is restricted. Traffic between Indian states, and all domestic and international flights have also been suspended.

    • 05:02

      NATO to Hold First-Ever Video Conference on Thursday Amid COVID-19 Crisis

      The foreign ministers of NATO member-states are set to hold a first-ever video conference on Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

      The conference will primarily focus on the ongoing health crisis.

      NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday that the foreign ministers would also discuss the situation in Afghanistan, the alliance's training mission in Iraq and a new package of support for Ukraine and Georgia.

    • 05:01

      Number of Novel Coronavirus Cases in Kazakhstan Tops 400 - State Commission

      The number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Kazakhstan has exceeded 400, the state commission's coronavirus response center said Thursday.

      “Another 16 cases of coronavirus infection were registered, of which seven were in the city of Nur-Sultan, two in the Atyrau Region, six in the Karaganda Region, and one in the North Kazakhstan region," the center said.

      "Overall, 402 coronavirus cases in the country were confirmed,” it said.

    • 04:48

      Boeing to Offer Voluntary Layoffs to Employees Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - Reports

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