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    According to numerous reports, on Thursday, the number of infected globally surpassed 2 million. In the meantime, the World Health Organisation reports over 1,991,000 confirmed cases of the disease globally as of 16 April.

    The United States remains the main centre of the global pandemic. There are more than 670,300 COVID-19 cases and at least 33,101 fatalities in the country, with New York being the state worst affected, according to Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

    At the same time, Spain and Italy are the main centres of the outbreak in Europe, with over 184,900 and 168,900 infected respectively, according to the JHU count.

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    • 03:03

      China's Wuhan Revises COVID-19 Tally, Says Total Number of Cases Now - 50,333, Death Toll - 3,869

      The authorities of the Chinese city of Wuhan – the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic – have recalculated statistics of the coronavirus disease, increasing the number of confirmed cases by 325 to 50,333 and the death toll by 1,290 to 3,869 people.

    • 01:32

      22 New Cases of COVID-19 Registered in South Korea, Total Number Rises to 10,635 - KCDC

      The death toll has risen from 229 to 230 within the same period of time, according to the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

    • 01:24

      China Registers 26 New Cases of COVID-19, No New Fatalities - Health Authorities

    • 00:40

      Canada Surpasses 30,000 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, 1,193 Deaths - Health Agency

      The virus-related death toll rose by 145 since the morning hours to 1,193, according to the data updated on Thursday, in large part due to a sharp increase in fatalities in long-term care facilities.

    • 00:07

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Argentina Rises by 7 to 122 People – Health Ministry

      The total number of confirmed cases in the Latin American country has increased to 2,669.

    • 00:06

      Total of 6,297 COVID-19 Cases Registered in Mexico, 486 Dead - Health Ministry

      "Along with the confirmed 486 fatalities of the coronavirus, we have 101 more lethal cases, whose tests are not ready", the ministry's director of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia, said on late Thursday.

      More than 1,500 patients are in critical condition, including 287 patients on ventilators, according to the official.

    • 23:00

      Number of COVID-19 Infections in Venezuela Rises by 7 to 204 - President Maduro

      Maduro added that 111 patients had recovered, while nine people had died of the coronavirus.

    • 21:55

      Bulgaria Closes Sofia for Motor Vehicles Starting From Friday Over COVID-19 – Minister

    • 20:55

      US COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 32,000, Nearly 4,000 Die Within 24 Hours - Johns Hopkins University

    • 20:34

      14 More Patients Diagnosed With COVID-19 Die in Moscow, Age Ranges From 29 to 88 - Response Centre

    • 20:34

      Riyadh Pledges $500Mln to Support Global Efforts to Fight COVID-19 - G20 Press Service

    • 20:29

      Moroccan Health Ministry Registers Highest Daily Increase in Coronavirus Cases - 259, Bringing Total Number to 2,283

      The death toll has risen to 130, while 249 patients have recovered from the disease so far.

    • 20:28

      US-Canada Border Restrictions to Remain Place for 'Many Weeks' - Trudeau

    • 20:27

      Military Aid Requested in Quebec to Help Fight Coronavirus Outbreak - Prime Minister

      Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada April 9, 2020

      Canadian Province of Quebec Requests Military Aid in Combating COVID-19 - Trudeau

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - The Canadian province of Quebec has officially requested the federal government deploy the country's military to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday.
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    • 19:55

      US Coronavirus Cases Surpass 650,000 - Johns Hopkins University

      The number of novel coronavirus cases stands at 653,825 and a total of 30,998 people died from complications related to the virus.

    • 19:40

      UK Extends COVID-19 Lockdown Measures For Another 3 Weeks - Foreign Secretary

    • 19:37

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Israel Surpasses 12,700 - Health Ministry

      The total number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 has reached 12,758, while the death toll has risen to 142. A total of 2,818 people have been cured from the disease.

    • 19:37

      New York State Confirms 222,284 COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Reaches 12,192 - Health Department

    • 19:08

      Turkey's Coronavirus Deaths Hit Daily High, Toll Rises to 1,643 - Health Minister

      "We lost 125 patients today, the death toll is now 1,643", Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

      The country has also reported 4,801 new infection cases, bringing the total to 74,193. More than 7,000 patients have so far recovered from COVID-19.

    • 18:44

      US Military Reports 403 New COVID-19 Cases, Bringing Total Close to 4,700 - Pentagon

      Monitors and ventilators at a military field hospital inside Century Link Field Event Centre in Seattle

      US Military Reports 403 New COVID-19 Cases, Bringing Total Close to 4,700 - Pentagon

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The total number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the US armed forces has risen to 4,695, the Department of Defenсe said on Thursday.
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    • 18:38

      Up to 1,620 COVID-19 Fatalities Projected in Canada by April 21 - Chief Health Officer

    • 18:37

      Jordan’s State Finances Under Strain by Impact of COVID-19 – Prime Minister

    • 18:18

      Russian Government Orders to Use Non-Registered Drug Hydroxychloroquine Against COVID-19

      A laboratory technician prepares COVID-19 patient samples for semi-automatic testing at Northwell Health Labs, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Lake Success, N.Y. The US Food and Drug Administration has approved faster testing protocols as the viral outbreak continues to spread worldwide. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness

      Russian Government Orders to Use Non-Registered Drug Hydroxychloroquine Against COVID-19

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian government ordered to use and distribute a non-registered Chinese drug hydroxychloroquine for the treatment of coronavirus infection, according to a document published on the official legal portal.
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    • 17:32

      New Jersey COVID-19 Cases Increase by 4,391 From Day Earlier to a Total of 75,317 - Governor

      "Today, we are reporting an additional 4,391 positive test results… for a total of 75,317 New Jerseyans who have now tested positive", Governor Phil Murphy said. "We also have the duty to report the loss of another 362 New Jerseyans due to COVID-19 related complications. Our statewide toll now sits at 3,518".

    • 17:26

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in France Rises to 108,847

      PARIS (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus-related deaths in France has increased by 753 to 17,920 over the past 24 hours, with the total case count now standing at 108,847, Jerome Salomon, the head of the state health agency, said on Thursday.

      "The total number of victims since March 1 is 17,920", Salomon said at a briefing on Thursday.

      He noted that 11,060 of them had died in hospitals, and 6,860 others in social and medical-social facilities.

      On Wednesday, the country reported a total of 106,206 cases, including a record 1,438 new fatalities. Salomon specified that it was not the daily death toll, as the data had been compiled over the last three-day weekend.

      PARIS (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus-related deaths in France has increased by 753 to 17,920 over the past 24 hours, with the total case count now standing at 108,847, Jerome Salomon, the head of the state health agency, said on Thursday.

      "The total number of victims since March 1 is 17,920", Salomon said at a briefing on Thursday.

      He noted that 11,060 of them had died in hospitals, and 6,860 others in social and medical-social facilities.

      On Wednesday, the country reported a total of 106,206 cases, including a record 1,438 new fatalities. Salomon specified that it was not the daily death toll, as the data had been compiled over the last three-day weekend.

      PARIS (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus-related deaths in France has increased by 753 to 17,920 over the past 24 hours, with the total case count now standing at 108,847, Jerome Salomon, the head of the state health agency, said on Thursday.

      "The total number of victims since March 1 is 17,920", Salomon said at a briefing on Thursday.

      He noted that 11,060 of them had died in hospitals, and 6,860 others in social and medical-social facilities.

      On Wednesday, the country reported a total of 106,206 cases, including a record 1,438 new fatalities. Salomon specified that it was not the daily death toll, as the data had been compiled over the last three-day weekend.

    • 17:15

      China Will Have to Respond to Hard Questions on COVID-19 Outbreak - UK Foreign Minister

      People wearing face masks, walk along the East Lake after lockdown in Wuhan, the epicentre of China's novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, is lifted, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China, April 9, 2020

      China Will Have to Respond to Hard Questions on COVID-19 Outbreak - UK Foreign Minister

      Critics have charged China with allowing the COVID-19 pandemic to get out of control by hiding the outbreak and under-reporting data on those infected. Numerous media outlets have published reports suggesting that China created the coronavirus in a laboratory in Wuhan.
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    • 17:08

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in US Capital Area Surpasses 20,000 - Officials

    • 16:58

      Poland to Start Easing Some of Its Restrictions From 20 April – Prime Minister

    • 16:38

      G7 Nations to Cooperate in Restarting Economies Amid COVID-19 Pandemic - White House

      New World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Ethiopia's Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delivers his speech after his election during the World Health Assembly (WHA) on May 23, 2017 in Geneva

      White House Says G7 States Want to Reform WHO, Collaborate on Reopening Economies Amid Pandemic

      Earlier, US President Donald Trump announced plans to lift the lockdowns of certain American states in order to reopen their economies as the country continues to report over 20,000 new cases on a daily basis.
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    • 16:32

      New York Extends Shutdown Until 15 May - Governor Cuomo

      "The New York ‘PAUSE’ policies, the close-down policies, will be extended in coordination with other states to 15 May", New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

      The governor explained that state authorities aim to decrease the rate at chich the virus spreads before returning to normal life.

      "Ideally, one person is infecting less than one person", Cuomo said. "That is what we are shooting for".

      New York now has a 0.9 infection rate due to the strong mitigation efforts it had put in place. However, with the existent margin of error of 1.2, the spread rate goes back to high levels, leaving a “narrow window” for immediate reopening plans.

      Cuomo said over the next four weeks he would continue to work on a future reopening of New York State in coordination with other states and after revisiting the issue based on scientific data.

      "The experts will tell us the best course of conduct, based on that data: no political decisions, no emotional decisions. Data and science. We are talking about human lives here", Cuomo said.

    • 16:21

      Italy Registers 525 New Deaths Caused by COVID-19 Over Past Day - Official

      ROME (Sputnik) - Italy has recorded 525 coronavirus-related deaths, while the number of active cases increase by almost 1,200 in the past day, the head of the civil protection agency said Tuesday.

      "As of today, there are 106,607 persons currently positive for the virus, which means there has been a rise of 1,189 persons compared to yesterday", Angelo Borrelli said at a press conference.

      He added that the number of patients in intensive care units had fallen by 143 since yesterday and is now the lowest since 21 March.

      "Today we have registered 525 new deaths", Borelli said.

    • 16:17

      UK Extends Nationwide Lockdown for at Least Another Three Weeks - Dominic Raab

    • 16:09

      COVID-19 Could Be Deadlier in Yemen Than Many Other Countries - UN Humanitarian Chief

      UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - UN Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock warned on Thursday that the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Yemen could be faster and lead to deadlier consequences than in other countries.

      "More than five years of war have severely degraded Yemen’s health infrastructure, exhausted people’s immune systems and increased acute vulnerabilities", Lowcock said. "As a result, epidemiologists warn that COVID-19 in Yemen could spread faster, more widely and with deadlier consequences than in many other countries."

      Lowcock said that to help the country prevent a health emergency, the United Nations agencies urgently need more than $900 million. The funds will allow the world's body to continue humanitarian operations in the country through July.

      "I am urging all donors to pledge generously now and immediately release at least enough money to cover response operations through July", he added.

      If additional support is not secured, 31 out of the 41 UN major programs in Yemen will start shutting down in the next few weeks. The closure of aid operations will deprive up to one million displaced people of critical hygiene supplies, nutrition programs, and essential health services provided by the World Health Organisation.

      Lowcock also pointed out the fact that in April 2019, UN programs in Yemen received about $2.6 billion in funds. Meanwhile, this year, donors have pledged only $800 million so far.

      According to Johns Hopkins University, Yemen has confirmed its first case of COVID-19 infection.

    • 15:46

      Some 606 People Died From COVID-19 in New York State on 15 April - Cuomo

      NEW YORK (Sputnik) - The US state of New York registered 606 new deaths related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing on Thursday.

      Cuomo displayed a table during the briefing which read that 577 out of the total of 606 deaths on 15 April occurred in hospitals, while the remaining 29 took place in nursing homes.

      On 14 April, Cuomo said that 752 individuals died across the state due to COVID-19.

    • 14:57

      OPEC Forecasts Global Economic Growth in 2020 to Decline by 1.5% Due to COVID-19

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The global economic growth in 2020 is projected to fall by 1.5 percent as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, the OPEC said in a monthly report on Thursday.

      "Following global economic growth of 2.9% in 2019, the world economy is forecast to face a severe recession in 2020, declining by 1.5%. Despite tender signs of improvement at the beginning of the year, expectations for global economic growth have been burdened by the strong impact of the COVID-19 pandemic", the report read.

      Aside from the tough COVID-19 containment measures, the world economy suffers from the supply and demand shock as well as "the severe disruption in the financial markets," the cartel noted.

      The US economic growth "is forecast to decline by 4.1% in 2020, following growth of 2.3% in 2019. An even larger decline is seen in the Euro-zone, where economic activity is forecast to fall by 6.0% in 2020, compared with growth of 1.2% in 2019," the OPEC said in a report.

      As China has managed to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it may experience a GDP growth of 1.5 percent, which nevertheless is a huge decline from a growth of 6.1 percent in 2019, according to the cartel.

      "Russia’s economy is forecast to decline by 0.5% in 2020, not only due to COVID-19, but also because of the considerable decline in oil prices. Depending on near-term developments in the oil market, the Russian economy is forecast to recover in 2H20, after an expected considerable contraction in the first two quarters of the year", the OPEC added.

      The COVID-19 will continue to pressure the GDP growth worldwide well into the second quarter of 2020, according to the report.

      "Therefore, most regions are forecast to see a slowdown through 2Q20, recovering only towards the second half of 3Q20. Importantly, this assumes that the pandemic is widely contained by 3Q20 and that lock-down measures will be reduced to a large extent on a global base, including especially the major economies", the cartel concluded.

      The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic triggered an economic crisis this year as it has drastically reduced air traffic worldwide, shut down production and forced many to work from home, driving demand for jet fuel and gasoline down.

    • 13:58

      Nearly 300 Russians Transported Home From US on 14 April, About 1,500 Citizens Awaiting Return to Russia - Embassy

    • 13:57

      North Dakota to Reopen on 1 May - Governor

      North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum has issued guidelines for reopening the state as soon as 1 May, envisaging the safe reopening of businesses, according to a statement from his office.

    • 13:43

      Prince William Opens Hospital in Birmingham

    • 13:32

      US Markets Open Rising on Expectations of Lockdown Measures Being Relaxed

    • 13:26

      Switzerland to Start Lifting Coronavirus Restrictions From 27 April

    • 13:14

      COVID-19 Death Toll in Israel Rises to 140, Total Cases Up to 12,591

    • 13:04

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Latvia Reaches 675 - Health Authorities

    • 12:40

      Mexican Gov't Says Medical Experts Suggest Extending Current Measures to 30 May

    • 12:31

      5.25 Million Americans Applied for Unemployment Benefits Last Week - Reports

    • 12:26

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Armenia Reaches 1,159

    • 12:21

      Pentagon Chief Claims Chinese Communist Party Was Misleading US About Coronavirus

      23rd Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, left, inspects the troop at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, during a full honor arrival ceremony in his honor. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

      Pentagon Chief Claims Chinese Communist Party Was Misleading US About Coronavirus

      The Trump administration previously accused Beijing of covering up crucial data at the beginning of the pandemic, while the US Senate has investigated allegations that the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) helped China carry out the alleged coverup.
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    • 12:15

      Number of Infected in Netherlands Rises to 29,214

    • 12:11

      UK Must Not Lift Social Distancing Measures too Soon - PM Johnson's Spokesman

    • 12:00

      Pompeo, Trump to Probe China for COVID-19 'Leak' at Wuhan Lab Despite Scientists Debunking Theory

      US President Donald Trump addresses his administration's daily coronavirus task force briefing

      Pompeo, Trump to Probe China for COVID-19 'Leak' at Wuhan Lab Despite Scientists Debunking Theory

      The US official made the claims as Fox News cited sources claiming that the Wuhan-based laboratory created the virus to demonstrate that Beijing could quickly identify and combat epidemics via efforts equal or greater than those in the United States, without citing evidence, it was revealed.
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    • 11:49

      No Need to Wait for Vaccine Before Lifting Coronavirus Lockdown - WHO

    • 11:40

      EU Delays 3 Green Deal Initiatives to 2021 Due to COVID-19 Pandemic - Reports

    • 11:34

      Japan Declares National State of Emergency Until 6 May

    • 11:31

      4.5-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Italy in Coronavirus-Affected Area

    • 11:10

      Germany Announces ‘Small Steps’ on Easing Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      A woman watches a coronavirus graffiti by street artist 'Uzey' showing a nurse as Superwoman on a wall in Hamm, Germany, on Easter Monday, April 13, 2020

      Germany Announces ‘Small Steps’ on Easing Lockdown Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

      On Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen rolled out the EU’s roadmap for lifting the COVID-19 national lockdowns, calling for a "coordinated exit from the confinement measures".
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    • 10:58

      Russia to Accept Trump's Offer of Help With Coronavirus If Needed - Kremlin

    • 10:52

      Russia and US Should Help Each Other Amid Pandemic - Putin

    • 10:24

      Beijing Says There is 'No Scientific Evidence' in Claims About COVID-19 Leak From Wuhan Laboratory

      Beijing Says There is 'No Scientific Evidence' in Claims About COVID-19 Leak From Wuhan Laboratory

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - A version of events circulating in US media that COVID-19 allegedly leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan has no scientific evidence behind it, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian said.
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    • 10:20

      Bentley Extends Production Shutdown in UK for Three Weeks

    • 10:14

      UK Going Back to Normal Will Take Time After Lockdown Eased - Health Minister

      A coronavirus guidelines banner is displayed by an entrance to Victoria Embankment Gardens in London, during the lockdown to try and stop the spread of coronavirus, Wednesday, 15 April 2020.

      UK Going Back to Normal Will Take Time After Lockdown Eased - Health Minister

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom will not go straight back to business as usual after coronavirus cases decrease and the lockdown is eased, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Thursday.
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    • 10:10

      Belarus Registers 476 New Cases, Bringing Total to 4,204

    • 10:01

      Number of Infected in Spain Rises to 182,816, With Over 5,000 Cases in 24 Hours

    • 09:52

      UK Needs Lockdown Exit Strategy to Curb Pandemic - Government Adviser on Coronavirus

    • 09:46

      March Figures Show Men Twice as Likely to Die From COVID-19 Than Women - UK Office for National Statistics

    • 09:30

      Russian Ambassador Notes Attempts to Discredit Syrian Government Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

      A man walks down the stairs inside a medical center that deals with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing in Idlib, Syria 13 April 2020.

      Russian Ambassador Notes Attempts to Discredit Syrian Government Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

      DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - Enemies of Syria's legitimate government are trying to discredit it making use of the coronavirus pandemic and acting under guise of fake humanitarian motives, Russian Ambassador to Damascus Alexander Efimov has said in an interview.
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    • 09:27

      EU Apologises to Italy for Failing to Provide Enough Help at the Beginning of Coronavirus Outbreak

      "It is true that no one was really ready for this. It is also true that too many were not there on time when Italy needed a helping hand at the very beginning", European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen stated in a speech to the European Parliament. "And yes, for that, it is right that Europe as a whole offers a heartfelt apology".

    • 09:22

      Chilean Author Luis Sepulveda Succumbs to Coronavirus at Age of 70

    • 09:19

      WHO Believes Next Few Weeks to Be Crucial for Europe in Terms of COVID-19 Pandemic

    • 08:58

      Moscow Appreciates Trump's Readiness to Deliver Lung Ventilators Amid Pandemic

      In this Tuesday, March 25, 2020, photo, hospital doctors get instructions on a ventilator at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg Germany

      Moscow Appreciates Trump's Readiness to Deliver Lung Ventilators Amid Pandemic - Ryabkov

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow appreciates US President Donald Trump's readiness to deliver medical equipment, including artificial lung ventilators, to Russia and sees this as a manifestation of a responsible approach to the joint COVID-19 response, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Thursday.
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    • 08:55

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Oman Surpasses 1,000

    • 08:29

      Some 4,000 Australian Health Workers to Test BCG Vaccine Against COVID-19 - Scientist

      A man walks past bus stop advertising boards displaying thank you messages to health workers in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Sydney on April 15, 2020

      Some 4,000 Australian Health Workers to Test BCG Vaccine Against COVID-19 - Scientist

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 4,000 healthcare workers will participate in Australian-run BRACE research to test whether Bacillus Calmette–Guerin (BCG), a 100-year-old vaccine against tuberculosis, reduces the chances of contracting COVID-19, Professor Nigel Curtis, who heads the trial, explained.
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    • 08:21

      Georgia Confirms 30 New Coronavirus Cases, Total Reaches 336 - Government

    • 07:59

      Some 4,000 Australian Health Workers to Test BCG Vaccine Against COVID-19 - Scientist

    • 07:51

      Japan's COVID-19 State of Emergency to Be Extended to Entire National Territory - Reports

    • 07:46

      Russia Registers Almost 3,500 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 3,448 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 27,938, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Thursday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 3,448 COVID-19 cases in 78 regions... Russia has registered 27,938 cases of coronavirus infection in 84 regions, with a 14.1 percent increase [over the past 24 hours]", the centre told reporters.

      Of the new cases, 1,370 were registered in Moscow, 467 in the Moscow Region, and 154 in St. Petersburg, the centre specified.

      The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 34 to 232 over the past 24 hours.

      A total of 318 people have recovered from the coronavirus and have been discharged from hospitals across Russia over the past 24 hours, the national response centre said, adding that the total number of recoveries has reached 2,304.

    • 07:39

      Iran Develops Device to Remotely Detect COVID-19 in 5 Seconds – IRGC Commander

      Members of the Iranian Red Crescent test people for coronavirus Covid-19 symptoms, as police blocked Tehran to Alborz highway to check every car following orders by the Iranian government, outside Tehran on March 26, 2020

      Iran Develops Device to Remotely Detect COVID-19 in 5 Seconds – IRGC Commander

      TEHRAN (Sputnik) – Iran has started to manufacture devices that are capable of remotely detecting COVID-19 within five seconds, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), has said, adding that no additional tests for patients are required.
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    • 07:22

      99-Year-Old WWII Veteran Raises $15 Mln for NHS to Help British Medics Fight Coronavirus

    • 07:10

      'Jokers': Bollywood’s Salman Khan Sends Strong Message to People Breaking Lockdown

      Salman Khan

      ‘Jokers': Bollywood’s Salman Khan Sends Strong Message to People Breaking Lockdown

      New Delhi (Sputnik): India is currently observing a 40-day lockdown as a step to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. As of Thursday, there were 10,477 positive cases with 414 deaths and 1,488 people cured of the infection, according to data released by the federal Health and Family Welfare Ministry.
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    • 07:04

      Ex-USSR President Gorbachev Urges World Leaders to Cut Military Spending by 10-15% Due to Pandemic

      The first president of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev

      Ex-USSR President Gorbachev Urges World Leaders to Cut Military Spending by 10-15% Due to Pandemic

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev has called on world leaders to convene a special session of the UN General Assembly once the coronavirus crisis is over and cut military spending by 10 to 15 percent.
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    • 07:04

      NATO Mission in Kosovo Reports Its First Coronavirus Case

    • 06:56

      Indian Companies to Start Producing Rapid Test Kits for COVID-19 - Reports

    • 06:55

      Over 1.61Mln COVID-19 Tests Conducted in Russia - Health Watchdog

    • 06:47

      Coronavirus Hasn't Reached Israel's Prisons Yet But It's Only Matter of Time - Palestinian NGO

      Masked militants from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades, a military wing of Hamas, stand guard near a mockup of a prison cell during a rally marking Palestinian prisoners Day, in Gaza City, Monday, April 17, 2017

      Coronavirus Hasn't Reached Israel's Prisons Yet But It's Only Matter of Time - Palestinian NGO

      Limited space, overcrowding, and poor hygiene make Israeli prisons a hub for the spread of COVID-19, the head of a human rights group that caters to the rights of Palestinian prisoners believes. But Israel's Prison Authorities reject these claims saying they are doing everything in their power to keep the pandemic at bay.
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    • 06:37

      If UK Eases Measures Right Now, Coronavirus Will Be Rampant - Health Secretary Hancock

    • 06:16

      Around 20 Sailors Are in Hospital After Coronavirus Outbreak on Charles de Gaulle Ship - French Navy

      Around 20 Sailors Are in Hospital After Coronavirus Outbreak on Charles de Gaulle Ship - French Navy

      The initial tests, conducted earlier this month confirmed at least 50 cases of COVID-19 among the crew of the French flagship.
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    • 06:03

      Russian Doctors Treat COVID-19 Patients in Field Hospital in Italy's Bergamo

    • 05:53

      Germany Confirms 2,866 New Cases, Bringing Total to 130,450 - Robert Koch Institute

    • 05:49

      Over 100 Medics Infected With Coronavirus in Kyrgyzstan

    • 05:46

      Russian, Italian Troops Disinfect 2 Retirement Homes in Bergamo

    • 05:34

      Coronavirus Restrictions in Australia to Remain in Place for at Least 4 Weeks - PM Morrison

    • 05:05

      European Parliament to Hold 2-Day Extraordinary Plenary Session to Discuss COVID-19

    • 04:48

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in South Korea Rises by 22 to 10,613

    • 04:43

      India Confirms Over 900 New Coronavirus Cases, Total Reaches 12,380

    • 04:41

      Russian Military Experts Sanitise 12 Facilities in Serbia in 24 Hours

    • 04:40

      Thailand Confirms 29 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 04:39

      China Registers 46 New Coronavirus Cases Over Past Day, No Deaths

      BEIJING (Sputnik) – Over the past 24 hours China has registered 46 new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, 76 patients have recovered, no deaths were registered, the state health committee said in a statement.

      Out of the 46 new cases, 34 were imported, the remaining 12 were local.

      Overall, 1,534 imported cases of coronavirus infection have now been identified in China, 898 people are still sick, 46 are in serious condition, 636 people have recovered, and not a single person who entered China infected from abroad has died.

      "The state health committee received from 31 provinces (areas, cities of central subordination) information on 82,341 confirmed cases of infection with the new type of coronavirus, including 1,107 people currently sick (95 people are in serious condition), 77,892 people were discharged from hospitals, and 3,342 died", the centre said.

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