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    Coronavirus Puts Nations on Lockdown (264)

    The worldwide number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease has reached 1,099,389, at least 58,901 people have died, the count by Johns Hopkins University shows.

    China has registered 18 new imported cases of COVID-19 and one case of internal transmission within the past 24 hours, with four people having died of the disease, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.

    The outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic on 11 March by the World Health Organisation, erupted in late December in Wuhan and left 81,620 Chinese citizens infected, with 3,322 fatalities, according to the commission.

    The United States remains the nation worst affected by the virus, with more than 277,900 infections registered and over 7,000 people dying, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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    • 03:40

      Tesla Dismissing Contract Workers at Factories in California and Nevada Over COVID-19

      Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk attends an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai, China January 7, 2020

      Tesla's Contract Workers in California, Nevada Dismissed - Report

      The decision reportedly affects hundreds of workers at Tesla's car factory in Fremont, California, and at the Giga Factory near Reno, Nevada, and was made due to the current COVID-19 situation in the United States.
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    • 03:39

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in South Korea Rises by 94 to 10,156 – KCDC

      The death toll has risen from 174 to 177 over the past day, according to the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

    • 02:13

      More Than 2,000 Russian Citizens Cannot Return From US Over Coronavirus-Related Suspension of Flights - Ambassador

      "According to our data, more than 2,000 Russian citizens, who showed the intention to return home, remain in the United States. Under new circumstances, we are urgently changing our work, shifting from creating lists of our compatriots to providing targeted assistance to the compatriots in dire need", the ambassador said, as quoted by the embassy's Facebook page.

    • 01:13

      94% of Patients With COVID-19 Recovered in China, Over 1,500 Currently Ill - China's Health Authorities

      China has registered 18 new imported cases of COVID-19 and one case of internal transmission within the past 24 hours, with four people having died of the disease, the National Health Commission said on Saturday.

      "The National Health Commission received information about 81,639 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 1,562 currently ill people. 331 people are in critical condition, 3,326 have died, 76,751 people have been discharged from hospitals", the commission said in a statement.

    • 01:12

      Mexico Registers Total of 1,688 COVID-19 Cases, 60 Fatalities - Health Ministry

    • 00:09

      FIFA Working Group Says All June's International Matches Should Be Postponed Over COVID-19

      "Concerning the menэs international match calendar: [the Working Group advises] to postpone all international matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window; and to organise bilateral discussions with confederations concerning 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in order to finalize a revised match schedule pending health and safety developments", FIFA said in a statement on Friday.

    • 00:00

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Argentina Rises by 88 to 1,353 – Health Ministry

      The death toll has increased by six to 42 people over the past 24 hours.

    • 23:41

      Russia's Embassy in US Will Provide Accommodation to Russian Nationals in NYC After Cancellation of Moscow Flight

    • 23:35

      Venezuela's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 7, 153 Infected, 52 Recovered

    • 21:39

      Panama Reports 198 New Cases of COVID-19, Bringing Total Number to 1,673, Death Toll Stands at 41

    • 21:34

      Total Number of COVID-19 Deaths in US Exceeds 7,000 - Johns Hopkins University

      Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Massachusetts

      US Death Toll Surpasses 7,000 - Johns Hopkins Data

      At least 7,077 individuals have died in the US from the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins dashboard.
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    • 21:33

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Brazil Rises by 20% to 359 – Ministry of Health

      Over the past 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases has risen from 7,910 to 9,056.

    • 21:16

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Georgia Rises to 155

    • 21:01

      COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Falkland Islands - Local Government

    • 21:00

      Turkish Airlines Suspends All Domestic Flights Until April 20 Due to Coronavirus

    • 21:00

      Russian Flag Carrier Aeroflot Cuts Domestic Flights Due to Coronavirus

      The changes will take effect on Saturday and last until next Friday. Aeroflot's offshoot Rossiya will slash flights to Russia's Far East.

    • 20:04

      Bulgarian Parliament Votes to Extend COVID-19 State of Emergency Until May 13 – Reports

    • 19:38

      Israel Records Over 500 New Infections With Coronavirus

      The number of people infected with COVID-19 has risen by 571 to 7,428. Five more people have died from virus-related complications, taking the death toll to 39.

    • 19:34

      COVID-19 Pandemic Prompts US Supreme Court to Postpone April Arguments

      The Court will consider rescheduling some cases from the March and April sessions before the end of the Term, if public health and safety guidance permits, the release added.

      The court's term typically runs from October to October the following year, with most decisions released in June.

    • 19:31

      South Africa Registers 43 New COVID-19 Cases, Two More Deaths – Health Minister

      The overall total since the start of the outbreak has risen to 1,505, the country's health minister Zweli Mkhize said.

      The death toll stands at seven.

    • 19:23

      Four Patients Diagnosed with COVID-19 Die in Moscow, Aged 34, 80-86

    • 19:23

      Egypt Registers 120 New Cases of COVID-19 , Bringing Total Number to 985

    • 18:15

      Number of COVID-19 Patients Who Died in French Hospitals Tops 5,000 - Health Official

      PARIS (Sputnik) - A total of 588 people have died from the coronavirus in French hospitals over the past 24 hours, with the toll now exceeding 5,000, Jerome Salomon, the head of the national public health service, said on Friday.

      "Since March 1, 5,091 people have died in hospitals," Solomon said at a briefing, adding that 83 percent of them were older than 70.

      He added that 1,416 persons had died in French retirement homes since the same date. The total death toll has reached 6,507.

      Over 27,000 coronavirus patients remain in hospitals, including 6,662 people in critical condition. Ninety-three patients in life-support departments are under 30, Salomon said.

    • 17:45

      France Says Number of Coronavirus Patients in Intensive Care Units Rises to 6,662

    • 17:35

      Erdogan Announces Stricter Measures Aimed at Fighting Coronavirus Pandemic

      Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced stricter measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus.

      These include a ban on going outside for people younger than 20 (previously, only those who are older than 65 were forbidden to leave their houses) and compulsory mask-wearing in public places. 

      Erdogan added that starting from Saturday night, entries and exits from 30 major towns as well as entry and exit points to Zonguldak province, will be closed. The ban will remain in place for the next 15 days and can be extended if necessary. 

    • 16:54

      All Countries Should Remove Financial Barriers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - WHO Chief

      People queue in line to receive packages for precautions against COVID-19 coronavirus disease provided by the Basij, a militia loyal to Iran's Islamic republic establishment, from a booth outside Meydane Valiasr metro station in the capital Tehran on March 15, 2020. - Iran on March 15 announced that the new coronavirus has killed 113 more people, the highest single-day death toll yet in one of the world's worst-affected countries.

      WHO Chief Urges Countries to Lift Financial Barriers, Consider Direct Payments to Most Vulnerable

      Mr Tedros also said that the World Health Organisation will support countries to maintain vaccinations against polio and other diseases.
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    • 16:40

      Canada to Allocate $71Mln for Vulnerable Communities’ Food Needs Amid COVID-19 - Trudeau

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - The Canadian government is allocating $71 million to support food supply in vulnerable communities amid the growing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday.

      "The government will provide C$100 million [US$71 million] to meet the urgent food needs of vulnerable Canadians, including those living in indigenous and northern communities," Trudeau said during a daily briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Trudeau said food banks and other organizations have seen a significant drop in donations and volunteers amid the pandemic, forcing the federal government to take action.

    • 16:33

      First Three COIVD-19 Cases Registered in Malawi, Only 4 African States Yet Unaffected

      The government of Malawi confirmed on Friday that the first three COVID-19 cases were registered in the country, bringing the number of countries on the continent that have not officially registered cases of the disease down to four.

      In the televised address to the nation, president Peter Mutharika said that a 61-year-old woman who had recently traveled to India, as well as two of her contacts, tested positive for the disease.

      Only four other countries in Africa — Lesotho, South Sudan, Comoros, and Sao Tome and Principe — have not reported any COVID-19 cases yet.

    • 16:03

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Indonesia Approaching 2,000 - Health Ministry

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has reached 1,986, with 196 of them being registered over the past 24 hours, the country's Health Ministry said on Friday.

      Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease in the country has increased to 181, and a total of 134 patients have recovered.

      In late March, Indonesian President Joko Widodo declared a health emergency due to the spread of COVID-19. As a part of measures to curb the pandemic, the authorities have also temporarily banned entry and transit services for foreign nationals.

    • 16:01

      Locations Defined for Russian Experts' COVID-19 Assistance in Serbia - Defense Ministry

      Russian and Serbian experts have discussed the engagement of Russian medical experts, arriving in the country to assist the fight against the coronavirus, and have agreed that they will operate in areas with unfavorable epidemiological situation, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

      "The first meeting of Russian and Serbian military experts was held at the Batajnica air base, located 20 kilometers [12.4 miles] to the north-west of Belgrade, under supervision of Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin. They focused on defining the possible areas of deployment of the Russian assistance arriving in Serbia," the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

      It has been decided, following consultations, that Russian medical experts will be working in areas with the most difficult epidemiological situation: Belgrade, Cuprija, Valjevo, Novi Sad, Nis, Kragujevac and Kikinda.

      "Experts from the Russian Defense Ministry's Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops may be engaged in the disinfection of a military town ... where coronavirus cases have been registered among Serbian military," the ministry went on to say.

    • 15:31

      COVID-19 Pandemic ‘Threat' to Global Food Security - UN Chief

      The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic not only represents a threat to international peace but also puts at risk food security, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a press briefing on Friday.

      “It is a threat to food security too, and, obviously, we must make sure that all supply chains are maintained,” Guterres said.

      He added that it is critical to ensure that food and medical supply chains are not disrupted, especially in developing countries.

      In March, Guterres launched a $2 billion appeal to respond to challenges posed by COVID-19 in the poorest and most vulnerable places in the world.

    • 15:17

      Russia Suspends All Flights for Evacuating Citizens From Abroad Starting 4 April

      Airbus A350-900 aircraft of Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot at Sheremetyevo International Airport

      Russia Suspends All Flights for Evacuating Citizens From Abroad Starting 4 April

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia is suspending, from April 4, all flights for bringing its citizens back home from abroad, a source in a major Russian airline said on Friday.
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    • 15:12

      Number of Сoronavirus Cases in Canada Rises to Almost 12,000, Death toll up by Almost 20%

    • 15:12

      New York State Sees Highest Increase of COVID-19 Deaths, Toll Rises to 2,935 - Governor Cuomo

       Empty street in downtown New York

      New York State Sees Highest Increase of COVID-19 Deaths, Toll Rises to 2,935 - Governor Cuomo

      The state of New York has been in the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.
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    • 14:46

      Singaporean Prime Minister Announces 1-Month Lockdown Over COVID-19 Fears

      Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced on Friday that starting from April 7, schools and most workplaces across the country will close for one month in the light of the quickly spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

      "We should make a decisive move now to preempt escalating infections. We will, therefore, impose significantly stricter measures. This is like a circuit breaker. It will help to reduce the risk of a big outbreak occurring. This circuit breaker will apply for one month," the prime minister said in a televised address to the nation broadcast on his Facebook account.

      The official added that residents should stay at home and go out only if necessary, for instance, to go to work or a nearby shop. Markets, shops, hospitals and banks will continue to operate as usual. Beginning April 8, Singaporean students and schoolchildren will be transferred to distance learning, while kindergartens will close.

    • 14:46

      Japan Verifies Record High of Over 300 New COVID-19 Cases Per Day – Reports

      The number of new COVID-19 cases in one day in Japan for the first time since the pandemic's onset has exceeded 300, bringing the cumulative total to 3,800 infected people, Japanese media reported on Friday.

      According to the NHK broadcaster, summarizing data from local Japanese authorities, 325 new confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded over the past 24 hours as of 9 p.m. (12:00 GMT) Friday, including 89 cases in Tokyo and 35 cases in Osaka.

      The toll of COVID-19 in Japan has thus increased to 3,813 cumulative cases, the plurality of them in Tokyo (773) and among passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship (712), and 88 people have died.

      According to the Japanese Health Ministry's forecast, the peak of the infection in Japan might claim up to 229,500 cases.

    • 14:24

      Australian Prime Minister Tells Foreign Visitors to Return Home Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

      Foreign visitors in Australia should make all possible arrangements to return to their home countries so that the Australian government can protect its own citizens and residents during the COVID-19 outbreak, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said during a press conference on Friday.

      “If you’re a visitor in this country, it is time, as it has been now for some while … to make your way home and to ensure that you can receive the supports that are available where they are in your home countries,” Morrison said.

      The Australian prime minister stated that his call for foreign visitors to return home was motivated by the desire to ensure that the country’s citizens and permanent residents could be suitably supported by the government amid the economic disruption caused by the pandemic.

      “At this time, Australia must focus on its citizens and its residents to ensure that we can maximize these economic supports that we have,” Morrison remarked.

      According to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, approximately 1.6 million temporary visa holders are currently resident in Australia and are not eligible to receive social security benefits.

    • 14:10

      BRICS New Development Bank Issues About $705Mln Bonds to Help China Fight COVID-19

      The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) has issued bonds worth RMB 5 billion yuan (about $705 million) in the China Interbank Bond Market to assist Beijing in combating the coronavirus, the bank said in a press release on Friday.

      "On April 2, 2020, the New Development Bank successfully issued a 3-year RMB Coronavirus Combating Bond in the China Interbank Bond Market. The Bank raised RMB 5 bln, garnered interest from a high-quality diversified investor base both onshore in mainland China, as well as offshore ... The aim of this bond issue is to support the Chinese Government in the financing of public health expenditure in Hubei, Guangdong and Henan provinces that are hit the hardest by COVID-19," the press release said.

      According to the NDB, the pandemic has heavily affected both the population and the economy of the country. Therefore, the bank issued these bonds to finance a loan worth RMB 7 billion ($989 million), the first emergency assistance given by the NDB to China in late March.

    • 14:09

      Situation Outside NYC Hospital as Сoronavirus Cases in US Soar - Video

      The tents used to test for COVID-19 at Elmhurst Hospital Center are seen, Sunday, March 29, 2020, in the Queens borough of New York

      Situation Outside NYC Hospital as Сoronavirus Cases in US Soar - Video

      As of 3 April, the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center has registered more than 245,500 coronavirus cases in the United States, with the nation's death toll from COVID-19 surpassing 6,000 people.
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    • 13:20

      EU Cancels Taxes on Medical Equipment for 4 Months Due to COVID-19 - Von der Leyen

      The European Union cancels certain taxes and duties on import of medical equipment to ease procurement for medical institutions during the coronavirus epidemic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

      "Hospitals, doctors & nurses need quality medical equipment and it must remain affordable. To make sure of this, we will no longer levy taxes & duties on imports of such products into the EU during the #coronacrisis," von der Leyen said on Twitter.

    • 13:17

      More Than 11,000 People Arrested in Sri Lanka for Breaching COVID-19 Curfew – Reports

      Police in Sri Lanka have arrested 11,019 people for violating the curfew imposed earlier in March to curb the transmission of COVID-19 in the island nation, Sri Lankan media reported.

      According to the Ada Derana news outlet, police have also confiscated 2,727 vehicles in connection with COVID-19 curfew violations of their owners to be kept in custody until the pandemic threat is lifted.

      Sri Lanka imposed a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew over the pandemic on March 20 with several subsequent extensions. The government warned people about police being mandated to sanction violators even without warrants and about a subsequent strict legal action.

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka as of Friday is 151 confirmed cases, including four fatalities, according to the latest situation report by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health.

    • 12:48

      EU Postpones Implementation of New Rules for Medical Equipment Amid COVID-19

      The European Union has decided to delay the application of new rules on medical devices so that all efforts can be aimed at fighting the coronavirus pandemic, EU Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas said on Friday.

      "We are delaying the entry into application of new EU rules on medical devices so that we can have our medical industries pouring all their energy into helping fight #COVID19. We are leaving no stone unturned in our support to national public health systems in their hour of need," Schinas wrote on Twitter.

      The initiative was proposed by the EU Commission earlier in the day in order to ensure that the necessary medical devices can be available on the market during the crisis triggered by the spread of the virus.

    • 12:48

      First UN Mission Worker in Afghanistan Tests Positive for COVID-19 - UNAMA

      The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) confirmed on Friday that the first staff member in the western city of Herat was diagnosed with the coronavirus, adding that the organization is stepping up its support for the Middle Eastern country to help fight the pandemic.

      "As the United Nations ramps up its support to Afghanistan’s government and people in the fight against COVID-19, the Organization today confirms that a national staff member in Herat tested positive for COVID-19. Our colleague is the first UN worker in the country to have tested positive. He is presenting mild symptoms and our hope is that he will soon be on the path to full recovery," the mission said in a press release.

      According to the press release, UN agencies are backing all measures taken by the local government to contain the spread of the disease. In particular, four testing centers have opened in the cities of Kabul, Herat and Jalalabad, while several others will begin operating soon. In addition, 34,000 front line health workers are engaged in disease surveillance, and the agencies are helping to accelerate the local procurement of key products, such as soap.

      "Also, yesterday, the World Bank approved a US$100.4 million grant for Afghanistan’s emergency response and health systems preparedness," the mission added.

    • 12:40

      First Plane With Russian Military Specialists Lands in Serbia

    • 12:29

      Watch First Plane With Russian Military Specialists Leaves For Serbia to Help Fight Against COVID-19

    • 12:07

      Coronavirus-Positive UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Remain in Isolation

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson appears on monitors for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) meeting in London, Britain March 28, 2020. The prime minister chairs the morning update meeting on the coronavirus remotely from Number 11 Downing Street, since self-isolating after testing positive for the virus.

      Coronavirus-Positive UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Remain in Isolation

      British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday and has been working from a flat above his Downing Street offices in self-isolation since then.
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    • 12:07

      Vietnam's Total Coronavirus Cases Rise to 237, no Deaths

    • 11:53

      Saudi Arabia Imposes COVID-19 Curfew in 3 Provinces Until Further Notice

      Saudi Arabia has decided to impose a curfew in three provinces starting from 3 p.m. (12:00 GMT) until further notice over the current COVID-19 situation, the state news agency SPA reported on Friday, citing a source in the Interior Ministry.

      The source said that the curfew was put in place in the port city of Dammam, the province of Qatif in the east, and the city of Taif in the west.

      The measure was taken to combat the pandemic and fulfill the health authorities' recommendations. Meanwhile, services such as banks, food shops and medical centers will continue to work.

    • 11:53

      Toll of COVID-19 Cases in Romania Rises to 3,183, Death Toll Reaches 116 - Health Ministry

      The number of cases of the coronavirus in Romania has increased by 445 over the past 24 hours, bringing the total toll of those infected to 3,183, while related fatalities have reached 116, Health Minister Nelu Tataru said on Friday.

      "As of today, we have lost 116 patients. I offer my condolences to everyone who lost loved ones. To date, 3,183 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Romania, 281 patients have been cured," Tataru said at a briefing broadcast on the national government's Facebook account.

    • 11:42

      US-Jailed Russian Pilot Yaroshenko Has Dry Cough, COVID-19 Confirmed Among Cellmates -Wife

      Konstantin Yaroshenko

      US-Jailed Russian Pilot Yaroshenko Has Dry Cough, COVID-19 Confirmed Among Cellmates - Wife

      ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Sputnik) - Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is imprisoned in a US penitentiary facility with confirmed COVID-19 cases, is suffering from dry cough and a slight fever, his wife Viktoria said on Friday.
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    • 11:16

      Total Number of COVID-19 Cases in Palestinian National Authority Rises by 10 to 171

      Palestine has registered 10 more coronavirus cases in the country, and now the total number of those infected has reached 171, a spokesman for the Palestinian government Ibrahim Melhem said on Friday.

      "Ten COVID-19 cases were recorded. This brings the total to 171," Melhem said.

      He added that the new patients were in the city of Tulkarm, and in the towns of Biddu, Qatanna and Hizma.

      Meanwhile, 250 Palestinian workers arrived from Israel overnight, but their test results will only be announced in the next few hours, he said.

    • 10:49

      Armenia Requests 10,000 COVID-19 Test Kits From Russia - Health Ministry

      Armenia has requested 10,000 COVID-19 testing kits from Russia, and has already received 3,000 of them, Alina Nikoghosyan, spokesperson for the country's Health Ministry, told Sputnik on Friday.

      "Armenia has turned to Russia [for assistance], including for testing COVID-19] kits. We have already received about 3,000 kits and are expecting a new batch in the near future," Nikoghosyan said, adding that Yerevan had applied for 10,000 kits.

      To date, the Armenian Center for Disease Control and Prevention has registered 736 confirmed cases in the country. In a bid to curb the spread of the virus, the authorities declared a state of emergency on March 16, which the country will remain under until April 14.

    • 10:47

      Hospital for COVID-19 Patients Opens in London's ExCel Centre - Video

      Members of Britain's armed forces arrive at the ExCeL London exhibition centre in London on March 31, 2020, where the NHS Nightingale field hospital has been created to help with the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

      Hospital for COVID-19 Patients Opens in London's ExCel Centre - Video

      According to Johns Hopkins University, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom currently stands at 25,499, with 1,793 fatalities.
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    • 10:43

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Switzerland Rises to 19,303, Death Toll Rises to 484

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Switzerland has increased to 19,303, including 484 fatalities, the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health said on Friday.

      According to the statement, 1,036 new COVID-19 cases and 52 fatalities have been registered in Switzerland over the past 24 hours.

    • 10:39

      Up to One in 15 Londoners May be Infected With COVID-19, Study Claims

      Staff wearing PPE of gloves and face masks, as a preactionary measure against COVID-19, disinfect an ambulance after it arrived with a patient at St Thomas' Hospital in north London, on April 1, 2020,

      Up to One in 15 Londoners May be Infected With COVID-19, Study Claims

      On Thursday, the United Kingdom 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 soared past 30,000.
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    • 10:36

      China Will Not Use COVID-19 Pandemic to Boost Geopolitical Influence - Foreign Ministry

      China is willing to share its expertise in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic with other countries but will never resort to using it as a tool to boost its geopolitical profile, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Friday.

      "As you are aware, COVID-19 pandemic is a sudden crisis that demands a swift response. Currently, we must focus on safeguarding the health and lives of people across the globe. Speaking of China's efficient measures and expertise in the fight against the epidemic, we will never use them as instruments for geopolitical influence," the spokeswoman said, adding that Beijing would be glad if other countries could use some of Chinese measures or suggestions.

      So far, COVID-19, which was first detected in the Chinese province of Hubei, has spread to over 200 countries, racking up over one million confirmed cases in total.

    • 10:36

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Belgium Exceeds 16,000

    • 10:27

      Ukrainian Capital Reports 28 New COVID-19 Cases, Two Fatalities Over Past 24 Hours

      The number of COVID-19 cases in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev has increased from 161 to 189, including two new fatalities adding up to a death toll of three, Kiev Mayor Vitaliy Klichko said on Friday.

      "The number of Kievans who have contracted the coronavirus over the past day has unfortunately increased by 28 and two people have died. There has been a total of 189 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease in the capital, of which three were lethal," Klichko said at a briefing.

      Of 28 new COVID-19 cases in Kiev, 17 were confirmed in male patients aged 16-70 and 11 others were confirmed in female patients aged 17-69, whereas the two new fatalities were both in females, according to the mayor.

      He also said that only 13 patients had been taken to a hospital, while the rest were getting treatment in quarantine at home.

      The Ukrainian Health Ministry has confirmed 942 COVID-19 cases, including 23 fatalities, as of Friday.

    • 10:27

      Lithuania's Toll of COVID-19 Confirmed Cases Approaches 700

      The number of cases of the coronavirus in Lithuania has reached 696 with 47 of them being registered over the past 24 hours, the national government said on Friday.

      According to the authorities, so far, nine patients have died and seven others have recovered.

      Meanwhile, neighbouring Latvia confirmed 35 new cases of the disease on Friday, which brings the total toll of those infected in the country to 493, according to the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control. The authorities have reported so far only one fatality.

    • 10:15

      German Interior Minister Wants to Expand Border Controls, Quarantine People Arriving by Plane

    • 09:57

      Iran's Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 3,294, Over 53,000 People Infected So Far

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Iran has reached a total of 53,183 cases, including 3,294 fatalities, the Iranian Health Ministry's spokesman told the IRINN channel on Friday.

      According to Kianush Jahanpur, 2,715 new COVID-19 cases and 134 fatalities have been registered in Iran over the past 24 hours.

      The record daily numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths that Iran has registered so far are 3,186 and 157 respectively.

    • 09:53

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Spain Surges to 117,710, Death Toll Nears 11,000

      The UME (Emergency Army Unit) attend the train station in Granada, Spain Tuesday March 17, 2020

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Spain Surges to 117,710, Death Toll Nears 11,000

      Spain registers 7,500 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours, total reaches 117,700, the health ministry said in a statement.
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    • 09:35

      The Death Toll from COVID-19 in Spain Rises to 10,935 - Health Ministry

    • 09:30

      Google Says to Start Reporting People's Movements Amid COVID-19 Self-Isolation Guidelines

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Nationals of 131 countries will now be able to see how the dynamic of people's movements in their community has changed after the COVID-19 restrictions on movements in regular reports using aggregated anonymized data from Google's services, the company said on Friday.

      "Starting today we’re publishing an early release of our COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports to provide insights into what has changed in response to work from home, shelter in place, and other policies aimed at flattening the curve of this pandemic," the company said on its website.

      According to the statement, the reports will be using aggregated data to outline movement trends in initially 131 countries – their number to be increased soon and several regions to potentially add up as well – in places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential. To protect users' privacy, the company pledged not to share any personally identifiable information, like an individual’s location, contacts or movement.

      Google cited public health officials as reaching out to say that "the same type of aggregated, anonymized insights [that Google uses] in products such as Google Maps could be helpful as they make critical decisions to combat COVID-19."

      The company said it will record not the actual number of visits to such places, but rather their percentage point increase or decrease over the previous several weeks, with the latest timestamp being 48 to 72 hours prior to the release.

      The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. To date, close to 100 countries have introduced quarantines and other restrictions on people's movements in a bid to curb the spread of the infection. As of Friday, the global toll of COVID-19 has exceeded one million cases with over 53,000 fatalities, according to statistics compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.

    • 09:09

      Saudi King Reportedly Orders 9 Bln Riyals Payment to Citizens Affected by Coronavirus

    • 08:54

      Italy's Civil Protection Chief Sees Lockdown Continuing Beyond 1 May

    • 08:30

      Latvia Reports First Coronavirus Death

    • 08:24

      Israeli Prime Minister Tests Negative for COVID-19

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he chairs the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, March 8, 2020.

      Israeli Prime Minister Tests Negative for COVID-19

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tested negative for COVID-19, the government's press service said on Friday.
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    • 07:53

      Russia Confirms 601 New Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours Bringing Total to 4,149

      People wearing protective masks walk near a hospital for patients infected with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the outskirts of Moscow, Russia March 23, 2020.

      Russia Confirms 601 New Coronavirus Cases in 24 Hours Bringing Total to 4,149

      Russia registered 601 new cases of coronavirus infection in 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases now reaches 4,149, the federal COVID-19 response centre said Friday.
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    • 07:42

      Peak of Coronavirus Cases Expected in Next Few Weeks - UK Health Minister

      A poster in the window of a pharmacy is pictured in Royal Wharf as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, March 31, 2020

      Peak of Coronavirus Cases Expected in Next Few Weeks - UK Health Minister

      As of Friday, the total number of coronavirus cases worldwide reached 1,015,709, according to Johns Hopkins University with the total number of confirmed cases in the UK reaching 33,718 and nearly 3,000 fatalities.
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    • 07:25

      Number of COVID-19 Cases In Armenia Rises to 736

    • 07:19

      One US Embassy Employee In New Delhi Tests Positive for COVID-19

      “We are aware of reports of a COVID-19 case related to an Embassy New Delhi employee. We are working with Indian health authorities to ensure the employee receives proper treatment," the US State Department said in a statement.

    • 06:55

      Prince Charles Will Open Built-in-Nine-Days Hospital to Treat COVID-19 After Recovering From Virus

      Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall attend the Commonwealth Reception at Marlborough House, in London, Britain March 9, 2020

      Prince Charles Will Open Built-in-Nine-Days Hospital to Treat COVID-19 After Recovering From Virus

      The eldest son of Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, has just left self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus on 25 March. As of 3 April, there are still more than 34,000 registered cases of the infection in the United Kingdom, according to Johns Hopkins University data, and fewer than 200 people have recovered from the infection so far.
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    • 06:55

      Dominican President Prolongs Quarantine, Curfew for 15 Days Over COVID-19

    • 06:37

      European Commission President: Talks Underway Over Possible Border Closure Extension

      European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen told Europe 1 radio on Friday that talks were underway among European Union member-states over whether or not to extend border closures beyond Easter in order to tackle the coronavirus crisis.

    • 06:36

      Indian Prime Minister Calls for Unity as Country's COVID-19 Toll Surpasses 2,300

      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday thanked his fellow citizens for observing the COVID-19 quarantine and called for national unity and solidarity amid the spread of disease, which has now claimed over 2,300 cases in India.

      Modi asked Indians to observe self-isolation on March 22 and then next day extended the measure for another three weeks, until April 14.

      "Now that tens of millions of people are in their homes, some of them might wonder as to how they are going to fight COVID-19 all alone. But please remember, none of us are alone. The strength of 1.3 billion Indians is with each of us," Modi said in a nationwide address, calling upon the people to "go to the light from the darkness created by the coronavirus."

    • 06:35

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in US Exceeds 6,000 - Johns Hopkins University

      The death toll from the coronavirus disease in the United States has reached 6,053 out of a total of over 245,500 infected persons, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

      The largest number of COVID-19 fatalities was in New York, where the disease has left 1,562 people dead.

      The number of recovered patients across the country stands at 9,228.

      The United States has been the most affected nation in terms of number of cases. To date, more than 1 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 53,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 06:33

      168 People Have Recovered From Coronavirus in Russia

    • 06:08

      Hungary to Unveil Pandemic Fund on Saturday

      Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told state radio on Friday that the country would introduce a new pandemic fund on Saturday and work out the details of the country's biggest economic stimulus package by Tuesday.

      According to the premier, the plans focus mainly on employment.

    • 06:07

      Egyptian Health Ministry Registers Record-High Daily Increase in COVID-19 Cases

      Older men wearing protective masks amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk on the Qasr el-Nil Bridge across the Nile river in Egyptian capital Cairo, Egypt March 31, 2020.

      Egyptian Health Ministry Registers Record-High Daily Increase in COVID-19 Cases

      CAIRO (Sputnik) - Egypt has recorded 86 new coronavirus infection cases over the past 24 hours, which is the highest daily increase in the country with now a total of 865 confirmed cases, the Egyptian Health Ministry said on Friday.
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    • 05:40

      Tehran Sanitises Enghelab Square as Part of COVID-19 Response

    • 04:59

      Total Number of Coronavirus Cases in Thailand Rises to 1,978

    • 04:52

      Saudi Arabia Reportedly Imposes Curfew in Dammam, Taif, al-Qatif Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

    • 04:40

      Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Germany Surges to 79,696, Death Toll Reaches 1,017

      A medical staff waves as a patient from France is transferred from an ambulance aircraft to an ambulance car at the airport in Dresden, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Dresden, Germany April 2, 2020.

      Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Germany Surges to 79,696, Death Toll Reaches 1,017

      The worldwide number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease has reached 900,306, with 45,693 having died of COVID-19, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on late Thursday.
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    • 04:40

      First Patient Dies of COVID-19 in Kyrgyzstan – Coronavirus Response Center

    • 04:40

      Chinese Authorities Declare National Mourning on Saturday to Commemorate COVID-19 Victims

      Employees wearing face masks work on a car seat assembly line at Yanfeng Adient factory in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, February 24, 2020

      Chinese Authorities Declare National Mourning on Saturday to Commemorate COVID-19 Victims

      BEIJING (Sputnik) – The Chinese State Council decided on Friday to declare Saturday a national mourning day to commemorate the victims of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
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