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    Nations Continue to Fight COVID-19 Crisis as Over 2.5 Million People Infected Globally (239)

    The pandemic has claimed over 237,000 lives across the world, with the total number of infected reaching 3,321,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. The United States remains the most affected nation, with over a million confirmed cases and at least 63,000 fatalities. New York is the worst-hit city in the world.

    The number of infected across the globe continues to rise despite the social distancing measures and quarantines imposed by most countries. There are eight countries with over 100,000 confirmed cases - the United States, Spain, Italy, France, the UK, Germany, Turkey, and Russia, which has recently joined this list.

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    • 02:53

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Germany Rises by 945 to 161,703, Deaths Reach 6,575 - Robert Koch Institute

    • 02:14

      South Korea Registers Six New Cases of COVID-19 - KCDC

      The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea has risen by six to 10,780 over the past day, the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Saturday.

      The death toll has risen from 248 to 250 people within the same period of time. The number of recovered people has reached 9,123.

      The country has conducted more than 608,000 coronavirus tests, with the results of 8,496 tests being processed now.

    • 00:59

      Mainland China Reports One New Case of COVID-19, No One Died

      “The National Health Commission received information about 82,875 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 557 currently ill people. 37 people are in critical condition, 4,633 have died, 77,685 people have been discharged from hospitals", the commission said in a statement.

    • 00:06

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Mexico Rises to 20,739, Death Toll Reaches 1,972 - Health Ministry

      The number of people, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 1,515 to 20,739 within the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.

      The ministry's director of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia, also said on late Friday that death toll had increased by 113 to 1,972 people within the same period of time.

    • 23:31

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Colombia Exceeds 7,000 - Health Ministry

    • 23:07

      Senior Health Official on Coronavirus Task Force Blocked From Testifying on Coronavirus Response in Congress

      U.S. President Donald Trump looks at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci as Fauci answers a question during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 17, 2020

      White House Blocks Fauci From Testifying on COVID-19 Response - House Panel Spokesperson

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The White House has blocked Dr Anthony Fauci, a senior health official on the Coronavirus Task Force, from testifying on the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, House Appropriations Committee spokesperson Evan Hollander said in a statement.
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    • 22:19

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Venezuela Rises by 2 to 335 – Maduro

      "Today we have confirmed two new [COVID-19] cases and Venezuela currently has 335 cases", Maduro said in a televised address on late Friday.

    • 22:19

      Speed of COVID-19 Spread in Ecuador Decreasing – President Moreno

      "The speed of the virus spread has decreased ... There is a significant decrease in the number of deaths, especially in the province of Guayas, where [the rate of growth] sank by 94 percent", President Lenin Moreno said in a televised address on late Friday.

    • 21:37

      Trump Says US COVID-19 Death Toll Projected to Be Below 100,000

      "Hopefully, we're going to come in below that 100,000 lives lost", Trump said during remarks at the White House on Friday.

      The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in New York

      Trump Projects US COVID-19 Death Toll Will Stay Below 100K as Count Nears 65,000 - Video

      Despite once predicting the COVID-19 novel coronavirus would be a nonissue for Americans, US President Donald Trump appears to now be relying on worst-case scenario death estimates when framing the federal government’s response to the pandemic.
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    • 20:35

      First COVID-19 Cases Registered in Yemen's Taiz - Health Auhtorities

      "A new confirmed case of coronavirus was reported, the first in the [southwestern] governorate of Taiz, in a man in his 40s", the National Emergency Coronavirus Committee said on Twitter.

    • 20:32

      US Drug Agency Authorizes Emergency Use of Remdesivir for COVID-19 Treatment

      An ampule of Ebola drug Remdesivir is pictured during a news conference at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany, April 8, 2020, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues.

      Trump: FDA Grants Emergency Authorization of Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19

      US President Donald Trump revealed Friday that Gilead Sciences' antiviral drug remdesivir has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of COVID-19.
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    • 20:21

      Moscow COVID-19 Death Toll Rises by 37 to 695 - Response Centre

      "Thirty-seven patients with diagnosed pneumonia and positive coronavirus test results have died in Moscow", the statement read.

      The response center noted that the coronavirus could be easily mistaken for symptoms of other viral respiratory infections. COVID-19 patients can have both mild forms of infection or serious health conditions.

    • 20:13

      Global COVID-19 Count Exceeds 3.3Mln - Johns Hopkins University

      The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases worldwide has reached 3,321,402, the statistics collected by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre showed on Friday.

      According to the university, 237,180 deaths from coronavirus-related complications have been registered so far.

      The United States has the highest case count of over 1 million cases, followed by Spain with over 215,000 cases and Italy with more than 205,000 cases.

    • 19:46

      Number of COVID-19 Infections Exceeds 90,000 in Brazil - Health Ministry

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Brazil has grown by 6,209 to a total of 91,589 over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

      The previous reports indicated that there were 85,380 COVID-19 cases and 5,901 fatalities.

      According to the Health Ministry, the death toll has increased by 428 over the same period that brought the overall number of fatalities to 6,329.

      About 38,000 people fully recovered from the coronavirus disease.

    • 19:45

      Worldwide COVID-19 Cases Rise by More Than 84,000 Within 24 Hours - WHO

    • 19:10

      Israel's COVID-19 Tally Rises by 97 to 16,101 - Health Ministry

      The death toll has increased by two to 225.

      According to the ministry's evening update, the number of infected people has dropped to 6,720, of whom 103 patients are in critical condition, with 83 being on ventilators.

      The ministry also confirmed that the total number of recoveries amounts to 9,156, with 398 patients having recovered within the past day.

    • 18:53

      Russian Minister of Construction, His Deputy Tested Positive for COVID-19

      Russian Minister of Construction Industry, Housing, and Utilities Vladimir Yakushev

      Russian Minister of Construction, His Deputy Tested Positive for COVID-19

      So far, Russia has registered 114,431 COVID-19 cases, 1,169 deaths, and 13,220 recoveries, according to Rospotrebnadzor.
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    • 18:34

      Palestinian Authority Detects 10 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Climbs to 517, Health Minister Says

    • 18:22

      New Jersey Governor Reports 311 New COVID-19 Deaths as State Prepares to Open Parks

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said in a press conference on Friday that 311 people have died from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours as the state prepares to open parks and other outdoor areas this weekend.

      "We are reporting 311 additional deaths from COVID-19. Our statewide total is now unspeakably 7,538 precious lives lost", Murphy said.

      New Jersey Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli said during the press conference there are 2,651 new COVID-19 cases for a total of 121,190.

      Persichilli noted that hospitalisations in New Jersey have declined by 28 percent from a high of 8,293 individuals hospitalized on 14 April.

    • 17:45

      Russian Defence Ministry Confirms 1,099 COVID-19 Cases Among Servicemen

    • 17:33

      WHO Says Assured Coronavirus Natural in Origin, Notes Need for Identifying Natural Host

      This picture taken on April 24, 2020 shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva next to their headquarters, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus

      WHO Says Assured Coronavirus Natural in Origin, Notes Need for Identifying Natural Host

      US officials have said that they agree the novel coronavirus most likely has natural origins, but are increasingly supportive of accusations that the virus leaked from a Wuhan lab and are lashing out at Beijing for its alleged lack of transparency.
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    • 17:03

      US Capital Area Registers 3,120 New COVID-19 Cases, 87 Deaths, Officials Say

    • 16:42

      Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Italy Rise by 1,965 to 207,428, Official Says

    • 16:31

      Greece Records 21 New COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours, Health Ministry Says

    • 16:19

      WHO Says 30 Jan. Declaration of Global Emergency Was "Enough Time for the Rest of the World to Respond" With Only 82 COVID-19 Cases

      The WHO declared the highest level of health emergency when there were less than 100 coronavirus cases outside China, which was the hardest-hit country at that time. During a media briefing on the COVID-19 situation, the WHO director-general was asked whether the organization regretted that it did not declare a global health emergency during the Emergency Committee meetings on 21 and 23 January and whether the decision would be different if the committee had to make it again.

      "And I repeat that 30 January was a timely declaration of the highest level of global emergency based on the International Health Regulations, which is WHO's mandate", Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

    • 16:19

      UK COVID-19 Deaths Up by 739 to 27,510, Health Minister Says

    • 16:02

      New York City Mayor Says 23% of COVID-19 Tests Came Back Positive, Down 35% From 11 April

      NEW YORK (Sputnik) - The percentage of people testing positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City has dropped from 58 on 11 April to 23 percent, indicating a steady improvement, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press briefing on Friday.

      “The citywide percentage is really improving pretty steadily: on 11 April, when we started the indicators - 58 percent, by last Friday - 30 percent, today - 23 percent”, de Blasio said. “That's fantastic. Very, very hopeful sign”.

      Nevertheless, De Blasio said, New York City still has a wide level of the virus transmission, with 2,637 new cases diagnosed on Thursday, and 202 deaths. The goal is to reach the point where authorities would be able to track and act on every COVID-19 case, he said.

      “This virus is tragically still alive and well and living in this city. We have not beaten it”, the mayor said, adding that the fight would be ultimately won.

      On a positive note, another indicator tracking the spread of COVID-19 in the city - the number of daily hospitalizations - has dropped from 850 on March 31 to 136 on 29 April, de Blasio said.

      Additionally, the number of patients treated in Intensive Care Units has also gone down to 704 people on 29 April from the highest number of 887 on 14 April. According to de Blasio, the most recent number is encouraging, yet it is nowhere the sharp decrease that is needed to be witnessed in New York City.

    • 16:01

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Moldova Rises by 83 to 3,980 Over Past Day, Health Ministry Says

      CHISINAU (Sputnik) - Moldova has registered 83 new COVID-19 cases across the country over the past day that took the total toll to 3,980, the press service of the Moldovan Health Ministry said on Friday.

      The previous reports indicated that there were 3,897 COVID-19 cases in Moldova and 119 related fatalities.

      "On 1 May, 83 new cases of coronavirus were registered, and the total number of people infected with coronavirus in Moldova reached 3,980. Also to date, 1,272 people have recovered, and 122 have died due to COVID-19", the press service said in a statement.

    • 15:19

      Health Agency: Number of COVID-19 Cases in Canada Rises to 53,657, With 3,223 Deaths

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - The number of Canadians who have contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) grew by almost 1,600 in the past 24 hours to 53,657, updated figures from Canada’s Public Health Agency revealed on Friday.

      The COVID-19-related death toll rose by 141 to 3,223, the data showed.

      The province of Quebec remains the epicentre of the outbreak in Canada, accounting for more than half of all confirmed cases - 27,538 - and 1,859 deaths. Nevertheless, the province announced on Tuesday that it intends to begin reopening the economy on 4 May.

      Ontario trails with 16,608 confirmed infections and 1,121 disease-related fatalities, with the rest of the provinces being spared the worst of the pandemic.

      On Thursday, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr Theresa Tam said she is concerned by the growing number of outbreaks among indigenous communities in several of the country’s provinces.

    • 14:52

      India Extends COVID-19 Lockdown for 2 More Weeks, Home Affairs Ministry Reports

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - India decided to extend the coronavirus-related lockdown, which was set to expire on 3 May, for two additional weeks, the Home Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

      The lockdown in India has been in force since late March. The quarantine regime prescribes closure of educational institutions, entertainment centres and suspension of public transport and taxi services, including subway and railroads. Moreover, the authorities have closed borders between states to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

      "Whereas in exercise of the powers under section 6(2)(i) of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, NDMA [National Disaster Management Authority] has issued an order … that lockdown measures be continued to be implemented in all parts of the Country, for a further period of two weeks with effect from 04.05.2020", the ministry said in a press release.

      The ministry added that the country would be divided into different zones, and the authorities would ease the coronavirus response measures in the areas with less exposure to COVID-19.

      India has so far confirmed 35,457 coronavirus cases and more than 1,100 virus-related fatalities.

    • 14:51

      Croatia Registers 6 New Coronavirus-Related Fatalities, Death Toll Reaches 75 People

      BELGRADE (Sputnik) - Croatia confirmed six new deaths from coronavirus-related fatalities over the past 24 hours, and the overall COVID-19 death toll increased to 75 people, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

      The Balkan country also detected nine new coronavirus cases over the given period, bringing the total tally to 2,085.

      "The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Croatia since the beginning of the pandemic and until Friday reached 75 people, the total number of cases is 2,085", the ministry said, adding that 1,421 people have fully recovered from COVID-19.

      In Croatia, the capital Zagreb and the southern Split-Dalmatia county are the most affected by the outbreak.

    • 14:44

      Response Centre: Number of COVID-19 Cases in Azerbaijan Rises by 50 to 1,854

    • 14:33

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Serbia Exceeds 9,200, Death Toll Up to 185, Authorities Say

    • 14:11

      UAE Confirms 557 New COVID-19 Cases, 6 Deaths in Past 24 Hours, Reports Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has registered 557 new COVID-19 cases from the 26,000 tests conducted over the past 24 hours, which brings the total to 13,038, media reported on Friday, citing the country's Ministry of Health and Prevention.

      According to The National newspaper, citing the ministry, the death toll has reached 111, with six new deaths having been recorded over the past day.

      The total number of patients recovered from the disease has increased by 114 to 2,543, the health authority added.

      Almost 10,000 patients are currently undergoing treatment across the UAE hospitals, with more than one million COVID-19 tests having been conducted in the country.

    • 14:10

      Pentagon Reports 7,100 Coronavirus Cases Among Its Military Personnel, Civilians

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases among the US armed forces, including family members, civilian staff and contractors has surpassed 7,100, the Department of Defence said on Friday.

      According to the Defence Department’s updated COVID-19 fact sheet, the total number of cases now stands at 7,145.

      The Defence Department revealed no new fatalities, and the total death toll still stands at 27.

      The number of people hospitalized remains at 284, while 2,336 have recovered.

    • 14:02

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Latvia Up by 12, Death Toll Reaches 16, Health Authorities Say

      RIGA (Sputnik) - The total number of people with confirmed coronavirus infection in Latvia has grown by 12 to 870 and 16 people have died so far, the country's Center for Disease Prevention and Control said in a situation update on Friday.

      One person died over the past 24 hours, the centre said.

      According to the update, a total of 34 Latvian patients with COVID-19 are currently undergoing treatment, including 32 in moderate condition and two others in serious condition. The number of patients discharged from hospitals after treatment is 96, and the total number of recoveries is 348.

      The country has conducted 61,120 tests since the beginning of the outbreak, including 3,234 tests conducted over the past 24 hours.

    • 14:00

      England's Hospital Deaths Rise to 20,483 From 20,137 the Previous Day

    • 13:50

      Tiff Macklem Named as Next Bank of Canada Governor

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      Tiff Macklem Named as Next Bank of Canada Governor

      The news comes as Finance Minister Morneau announced more than $250 billion in direct financial aid, credit support, and tax deferrals aiming to support people amid the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the country. At the moment, Ottawa has reported 53,236 infected in the country, while the death toll has reached 3,184.
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    • 13:45

      Malta to Start Gradual Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions Starting From Monday, Reports Suggest

    • 13:32

      Portugal's COVID-19 Deaths Top 1,000 After 18 New Fatalities Recorded

    • 13:28

      US Records Nearly 30,000 New COVID-19 Cases Over Past Day

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US coronavirus case count jumped by almost 30,000 within a 24-hour period, with over 2,000 new fatalities, the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Coronavirus Resource Centre showed on Friday.

      The United States has recorded 29,515 new cases in the given period, with 27,327 registered the previous day.

      A total of 2,029 people died over the past day, bringing the cumulative death tally to more than 63,000.

      The United States has reached a total of 1,070,032 COVID-19 cases, according to JHU data.

    • 13:27

      Bulgarian Authorities Cancel Compulsory Face Masks in Public Places

    • 13:26

      Spain Expects 9.2% Drop in GDP in 2020 Due to Pandemic - Government

      "Forecasts point to a severe drop in GDP in 2020, by 9.2 percent, primarily due to a decrease in domestic demand”, Nadia Calvino, deputy prime minister and minister of economic affairs, said at a press conference.

      The deepest drop is expected in the current second quarter, followed by a gradual economic recovery. A significant rebound is projected to come in 2021.

      Unemployment, according to the government's outlook, will jump from the current 14.41 percent to 19 percent by the end of the year.

    • 13:18

      Protesters Stage Public Action Against COVID-19 Measures in Berlin - Video

      Police detain a person for refusing to follow the social distancing rules in Berlin's Friedrichshain district, an annual hotspot for pre-Mayday activities on April 30, 2020. - A fringe protest group of extremists from the left and right of the political spectrum is plotting further rallies against Germany's coronavirus restrictions, to coincide with traditional May 1 demonstrations. In the capital Berlin, 5,000 police officers are set to be deployed to enforce rules which limit registered protests to 20 people on a day which is usually characterised by large, left-wing demonstrations and street festivals.

      Protesters Stage Public Action Against COVID-19 Measures in Berlin - Video

      Germany was forced to introduce lockdown measures on 17 March to battle the spread of the coronavirus in the country. However, in recent days the nation moved to relax certain restrictions reopening playgrounds, churches, and cultural institutions.
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    • 13:05

      India Extends Lockdown for 2 Weeks Starting 4 May, Relaxing Restrictions in Some Areas

    • 12:57

      UK Allocates Over $7Mln to Secure Flights to Northern Ireland for Critical Workers Amid Pandemic

      "Air passenger services between Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be safeguarded through a £5.7 million government investment, announced today by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps", the Department for Transport said in a statement.

      The funds will be used to pay the airlines Aer Lingus and Loganair, which fly from London to Belfast and Derry.

      "Maintaining air links between Great Britain and Northern Ireland is vital. We must ensure that critical workers can continue to fly over the Irish Sea, and today’s investment in these lifeline services guarantees that", Shapps said.

    • 12:48

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Switzerland Exceeds 29,700

    • 12:22

      Bill Gates Slams US COVID-19 Testing Data as 'Bogus', Says It Lacks Accuracy

      Physician Lauren Bernese administers a test for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to Rachael Benson, a case manager at Interbay Village, a village of tiny houses managed by the Low Income Housing Institute, in Seattle, Washington, U.S. April 29, 2020

      Bill Gates Slams US COVID-19 Testing Data as 'Bogus', Says It Lacks Accuracy

      In late April, Bill Gates suggested that life would get back to normal only one to two years from now, even if the spread of the coronavirus is put under control.
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    • 12:21

      Finland Confirms 56 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Total to 5,051

    • 11:31

      Japan's Abe Plans to Announce Extension of State of Emergency Over COVID-19 on Monday

    • 11:21

      Belgium's COVID-19 Tally Tops 49,000 After 513 New Cases Recorded

    • 11:20

      Australia Has No Evidence of Coronavirus Coming From China's Wuhan Lab

    • 10:40

      Russian Ruling Party Chair Medvedev Says Pandemics May Come in Waves, Cause Changes in Job Market

    • 10:23

      COVID-19 Lockdown to Cost French State-Owned Railway Company SNCF $3.2Bln, Reports Suggest

    • 10:06

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Indonesia Surpasses 10,500

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Indonesia has confirmed 433 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of patients to 10,551, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

      According to the ministry's update, the death toll is at 800 after another eight fatalities have been registered. The number of recoveries has increased by 69 to 1,591.

      In late March, President Joko Widodo declared a health emergency to halt the spread of COVID-19, which was extended in April until 29 May.

    • 09:45

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Armenia Grows to 2,148, Deaths Up to 33

    • 09:36

      Iran Reports 6,091 Fatalities From COVID-19

    • 09:20

      Bulgaria Registers 53 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Reaches 1,541

    • 09:13

      WHO Says It Wants Invitation to Participate in China's Virus Investigation

      This picture taken on April 24, 2020 shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva next to their headquarters, amid the COVID-19 outbreak, caused by the novel coronavirus

      WHO Says It Wants Invitation to Participate in China's Virus Investigation

      World Health Organisation (WHO) representative in China Gauden Galea told Sky News earlier in the day that Beijing had refused to let the WHO join the investigation into causes of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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    • 08:45

      More Than 30,000 People Fined in Moscow Over COVID-19 Lockdown Violations

    • 08:36

      Estonia Reports 1,694 Coronavirus Cases

    • 08:25

      Boris Johnson Confirms UK is Past the Peak of Pandemic

    • 08:15

      Number of Infected in Philippines Rises to 8,772, Death Toll Reaches 579

    • 08:02

      Number of Israel's COVID-19 Cases Exceeds 16,000, Death Toll at 223

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Israel has risen to 16,004, with 58 registered overnight and the death toll has increased by one to 223, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

      The number of recoveries grew by 197 people, bringing the total to 8,758. The number of people in critical condition stands at 105, with 83 of them being in need of lung ventilation treatment.

      The number of active COVID-19 cases has decreased to 7,023 as of Friday morning.

    • 07:48

      Heathrow CEO Says Virgin Atlantic May Go Bust as UK Cabinet Not Supporting Aviation Sector

      "It is disappointing that the UK government stands out globally as being one of the few countries not to be supporting its aviation sector", Chief Executive John Holland-Kaye told Reuters.

      "I think it comes back to a lack of understanding perhaps of just how vital aviation is to the rest of the economy... The Americans, the first thing they did was to provide for national support to their airlines and airports. The French are doing the same thing, as are the Germans. In the UK we've seen Flybe go bust, and we might see the same thing happen to Virgin [Atlantic]".

    • 07:31

      COVID-19 Death Toll in Russia Rises to 1,169

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered a record 7,933 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 114,431, the national coronavirus response centre said Friday.

      On Thursday, Russia reported 7,099 new cases, which was also a record daily.

      "Over the past 24 hours, 7,933 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 85 regions. Of these, 3,534 (or 44.5 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the centre said in a statement.

      This is a 7.4 percent increase from the 106,498 cumulative cases recorded a day before.

      Of the new cases, 3,561 were registered in Moscow, 797 in the Moscow Region, and 349 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 3,093, 793, and 336, respectively).

      The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 96 (101 yesterday) to 1,169.

      A total of 1,601 patients have recovered over the past 24 hours (1,333 yesterday), bringing the total number of cured people to 13,220.

    • 07:15

      Malaysia to Reopen Economy From May 4 as COVID-19 Lockdown Eases

    • 06:54

      Number of COVID-19 Recoveries in Moscow Increases to 5,766

    • 06:48

      Number of Infected in Germany Rises to 160,758

      According to the Robert Koch Institute, 1,639 new cases have been confirmed in the country over the past 24 hours, while the death toll rose by 193, bringing the overall number of fatalities to 6,481.

    • 06:35

      Housing Secretary Jenrick Says UK to Hit 100,000 Daily Tests Target

    • 06:30

      Russia Conducts Over 3.7 Mln Coronavirus Tests

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      Over 3.7Mln COVID-19 Tests Conducted in Russia - Watchdog

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over 3.7 million tests to detect COVID-19 have been conducted in Russia, and 211,000 suspected carriers across the country are under medical observation, the national public health watchdog said on Friday.
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    • 06:29

      Reports Show UK Housing Market Grinding to a Halt Amid Lockdown

    • 06:11

      Hungarian PM Warns About Possible 2nd Wave of Pandemic in Autumn

    • 05:50

      Brazilian Court Gives Bolsonaro 48 Hours to Release COVID-19 Test Results

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A court in Brazil has ruled that President Jair Bolsonaro release the results of his coronavirus tests within two days, Brazilian media reported on Friday.

      According to the broadcaster G1, federal judge Ana Lucia Petri Betto has requested the "results of all the tests that the president has undergone".

      The results have to be provided within 48 hours, with each day beyond the deadline is punishable by a fine of 5,000 reais ($911).

      The ruling reportedly came in response to a petition published in the Sao Paulo official bulletin.

      In March, Bolsonaro travelled to the United States with a delegation of which 20 members later tested positive for COVID-19. The Brazilian president himself has undergone several tests but has consistently rejected testing positive.

      Should the court order reveal that he, in fact, was infected and concealed it, the president, who so far has felt free to breach social distancing and actively communicated with people in public, can be held liable to the point of impeachment.

    • 05:24

      Boeing Declines COVID-19 Federal Aid After Raising $25Bln in Bond Offering

    • 05:06

      UK Institute Records Disproportion in COVID-19 Deaths Among Different Ethnic Groups

      UK Institute Records Disproportion in COVID-19 Deaths Among Different Ethnic Groups

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Different ethnic groups living in the United Kingdom are facing different mortality rates among COVID-19 patients, the UK's Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said in a report issued on Friday.
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    • 04:54

      Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Kyrgyzstan Rises to 756

    • 04:43

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in South Korea Rises by 9 to 10,774

    • 04:41

      India Confirms 1,993 New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Total to 35,043

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