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

    The pandemic has already claimed more than 243,500 lives worldwide, with at least 3,421,800 confirmed cases in total. However, at least one million people have also recovered from the disease.

    The United States currently tops the list of nations most affected by the virus, with at least 1,130,115 infected, including 66,363 fatalities.

    In Europe, Spain and Italy are reporting the highest numbers. Authorities in some countries, including the United Kingdom have stated that the peak of the outbreak has been reached, with many nations announcing they will soon lift restrictive measures.

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    • 03:31

      Germany's Coronavirus Tally Rises by 793 to 162,496 - Robert Koch Institute

    • 01:40

      South Korea Registers 13 New Cases of COVID-19, Bringing Total Number to 10,793 - KCDC

      SEOUL (Sputnik) - South Korea registered only 13 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and no new deaths from COVID-19, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

      The total number of coronavirus cases in South Korea now stands at 10,793 while the death toll is 250, KCDC said on Sunday. In the past 24 hours, 60 people recovered from COVID-19 in the country; the total number of recovered individuals now stands at 9,183.

      Out of the 13 new cases, 10 are imported, KCDC said on Sunday. The country has performed over 611,000 coronavirus tests.

    • 00:25

      Mainland China Reports Two New Cases of COVID-19, No One Died - Health Authorities

    • 00:11

      Coronavirus Cases in Mexico Reach 22,088, Deaths Hit 2,061- Health Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexico has registered a total of over 22,000 coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak in the country; in the past 24 hours more than 1,300 cases and 89 deaths were confirmed, according to Mexican Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell.

      "Since the first case was confirmed in Mexico [in February] 22,088 infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been registered", Lopez-Gatell said at a Saturday press conference broadcast on Twitter.

      According to the deputy health minister, 6,580 people in Mexico are currently being treated for COVID-19. In the past 24 hours, 1,349 new cases and 89 new fatalities were confirmed. The country’s total death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 2,061.

    • 23:39

      COVID-19 Cases in Panama Rise by 370 to 7,090 Death Toll Reaches 197 - Health Ministry

    • 22:30

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Egypt Exceeds 6,000 - Health Ministry

      "298 new positive coronavirus test results have been registered … in the past 24 hours nine people died from the [COVID-19] disease", spokesman of the Egyptian Health Ministry Khaled Mugahed said in a statement on Sunday. "The total number of people with coronavirus in Egypt is 6,193; 1,522 people have recovered, 415 people have died".

      According to the spokesman, all the new cases were confirmed as a result of tracking people who had had contact with those already infected with the coronavirus.

    • 22:23

      Over 11,400 COVID19 Cases Now Confirmed in Ukraine, Death Toll at 279 - Health Ministry

      "In the past 24 hours, 550 new cases have been registered", the ministry said in a statement on its official Telegram channel on Saturday. According to the release, seven new COVID-19 deaths were registered in the country in the past 24 hours.

      "As of 09:00 on 2 May, there are 11,411 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ukraine, including 279 deaths, 1,498 people have recovered", the health ministry said.

    • 21:42

      COVID-19 Cases in Brazil Rise to 4,970, Deaths Reach 421 - Health Ministry

    • 21:42

      First Coronavirus Fatalities Confirmed by Health Ministry in Tajikistan - State TV

      DUSHANBE (Sputnik) - The first two deaths from COVID-19 have been confirmed in Tajikistan, state TV reports citing the country’s Health Ministry.

      According to the ministry, a total of 76 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country, while more than 2,780 people are under medical surveillance in hospitals with suspected coronavirus symptoms.

    • 20:16

      Maldives Confirms 28 New Coronavirus Cases Over Day, Total at 519 - Health Authorities

      Of the 28 new patients, 21 are from the Maldives, four from Bangladesh, one from India, one from Nepal, and one from Sri Lanka.

      The first and only death from COVID-19 was recorded on 30 April.

    • 20:13

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Ireland Exceeds 21,000 - Health Department

    • 19:25

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Israel Continues to Decline Steadily - Health Ministry

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The total number of coronavirus cases in Israel on Saturday increased by 33 and reached 16,185, while the number of patients is currently continuing to decline, the country's Health Ministry said.

      Two people died from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative death tally to 229.

      As of Saturday evening, the number of people with coronavirus is down to 6,363, according to the Health Ministry. The number of patients in serious condition decreased to 105, of which 82 people need mechanical ventilation.

      A total of 193 patients recovered during the day, with 9,593 recoveries since the outbreak.

    • 19:21

      Moscow Death Toll From COVID-19 Rises by 34 to 729 - Response Centre

      There were 695 reported deaths as of Saturday morning.

    • 18:23

      Yemen Reports Three New COVID-19 Cases in the Country

    • 18:19

      COVID-19 Death Toll in France Rises to 24,760, Health Ministry Says

      "Since 1 March, we have been mourning 24,760 deaths related to COVID-19", the statement read.

      It is noted that 15,487 people died in hospitals, and 9,273 in nursing homes.

      A total of 25,800 remain hospitalised. The number of patients in intensive care is 3,827, which is 51 fewer than on Friday.

    • 17:41

      1,177 Russian Servicemen Have COVID-19, Defence Ministry Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Russian military is at 1,177, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

      "During across-the-board testing in the Russian armed forces from March to 2 May, we have detected 1,177 servicemen with positive test results", the ministry said in a statement.

    • 17:35

      Greece Records 8 New COVID-19 Cases, 3 Deaths in Past 24 Hours, Health Ministry Says

    • 17:34

      Global COVID-19 Count Exceeds 3.2Mln, With Nearly 230,000 Deaths, WHO Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide has surpassed 3.2 million, nearly 230,000 people have died from the disease, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Saturday.

      The global number of cases has risen by over 91,900 to 3,267,184 and the death toll has increased by 5,799 to 229,971, the WHO said.

      Most cases of the infection have been recorded in Europe (1,492,024), where the death count stands at over 140,500, it said.

    • 16:39

      Canada's Death Toll Reaches 3,446 - Health Agency

    • 16:37

      ‘Now's Not the Time’: UK to Look into China's Actions on Coronavirus Later - Housing Minister

      "There will come a time when we will want to analyse the origins of the virus in detail and consider the actions of other countries but that's not now", housing minister Robert Jenrick said.

    • 16:27

      Turkey Reports 1,983 New Cases, 78 Fatalities - Health Minister

      ANKARA (Sputnik) - The number of the coronavirus cases in Turkey rose by 1,983 in the past day to over 124,000, which is the lowest daily number since 30 March, according to figures released by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Saturday.

      "Today, 1,983 new cases have been identified, with a total of 124,375 infected. We have lost 78 patients today, 3,36 in total. As many as 4,451 patients recovered over the past day, and the total toll [of recoveries] is now 58,259", Koca wrote on Twitter.

    • 16:23

      New York State Reports 299 COVID-19 Deaths in Past 24 Hour - Governor

      NEW YORK (Sputnik) - New York State has confirmed 299 new coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing on Saturday.

      The number was still appallingly high, and has not reached the level the health authorities would like to see, he added.

      On Friday, 831 people were hospitalised, the day before the number was 954. The total number of hospitalised people in New York State is 10,150, down from 10,991 the day earlier, Cuomo said.

      New York State has so far confirmed over 18,000 COVID-19 deaths.

    • 16:14

      COVID-19 Count in Azerbaijan Nears 1,900 - Response Centre

      BAKU (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Azerbaijan has increased by 40 to 1,894 over the past day, the government's COVID-19 response centre said on Saturday.

      "Another 40 cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Azerbaijan, while 46 more people recovered. To date, 1,894 cases of the coronavirus infection have been detected in our country. Of these, 1,411 people recovered, 25 people died, and 458 people continue to be treated in special hospitals. The condition of 14 of them is assessed as serious, the condition of 23 people is assessed as moderate, the condition of the rest is stable", the response centre said in a statement.

      According to the authorities, a total of 152,597 COVID-19 tests have been carried out across the country to date.

    • 16:02

      Italy Confirms 1,900 New Cases, 474 New Fatalities - Health Official

      ROME (Sputnik) - Italy has registered 474 new COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 28,710, Civil Protection Department said.

      As many as 1,665 patients have recovered in the given period, with a total of 79,914 recoveries.

      The total number of COVID-19 cases in Italy, including those who recovered and died, increased by 1,900 to 209,328.

      The number of infected people, without taking into account recoveries and fatalities, continues to decline by 239 in the past 24 hours. To date, coronavirus has been detected in 100,704 people.

      More than 17,000 people remain in hospitals.

    • 15:51

      Global Coronavirus Death Toll Exceeds 240,000 - AFP

    • 15:33

      Oman Reports 36 Cases, Bringing Total to 2,483.

    • 15:32

      Bahrain's Health Ministry Reports 103 New Active Cases of COVID-19

    • 15:28

      Total Number of Cases in Qatar Reaches 13,326 - Health Authorities

    • 15:17

      UK Coronavirus Death Tally Up by 621

      LONDON (Sputnik) - The number of deaths from the coronavirus disease in the United Kingdom rose by 621 to 28,131, the Secretary of State for Housing, Robert Jenrick, said at a briefing on Saturday.

      The number of new COVID-19 cases increased by 4,806 to 182,260 in the given period.

      Indicators are usually lower during the weekends since the notification system for new cases of infection and mortality does not work at full capacity.

      Last week, the United Kingdom overtook Spain as the country with the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in Europe.

    • 15:09

      Portugal Records 25,190 COVID-19 Cases

      The death toll rose by 16 to 1,023 in the past 24 hours, according to the Portuguese Health Ministry. A total of 1,671 patients have recovered since the beginning of the epidemic.

    • 15:06

      COVID-19 Death Toll in Spain Exceeds 25,000 - Health Ministry

      MADRID (Sputnik) - The COVID-19 death toll in Spain has reached 25,100 after 276 new fatalities were reported over the past 24 hours, the country’s Health Ministry said on Saturday.

      Spanish health officials once again indicated that the number of active cases of the coronavirus disease in the country continued to decline. In total, 1,147 new cases of the disease were reported on Saturday, compared to the 2,571 people who were discharged over the preceding 24 hours.

      There are still more than 74,200 active cases of the disease in Spain, with a total of 216, 582, according to the ministry’s figures.

    • 15:04

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Iran Drops to Slightly Over 800 in Past Day - Health Ministry

      TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Iran has registered 802 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, which indicates a decline in the spread of coronavirus in the country, Kianush Jahanpur, the spokesman for the Iranian Health Ministry said on Saturday.

      "Over the past day, we recorded 802 new coronavirus cases across the country, which demonstrates an obvious decline compared with the past weeks. Based on these data, a total of 96,448 cases of infection have been recorded," Jahanpur said live on the IRINN TV channel.

      A total of 77,350 people have recovered, which is 79-80 percent of all registered cases of the disease, placing Iran in one of the leading positions in terms of the global recovery percentage, according to the health official.

      The death toll has increased by 65 over the past day to a total of 6,156 people.

    • 14:38

      Eurostar Passengers Required to Wear Facial Masks Starting From 4 May - Rail Company

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Eurostar, high-speed rail service between the United Kingdom and continental Europe, said on Saturday all passengers would be required to wear masks from Monday as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

      "From 4 May, passengers must wear a face mask or face covering at our stations and on board in line with guidelines announced by the French and Belgian governments. Please ensure you have a mask with you when you travel. Any type of mask is suitable as long as it effectively covers your nose and mouth", the company said in a statement, adding that those without masks would be fined.

      France announced in late April that wearing masks would become mandatory in public transport from 11 May, while in Belgium from 4 May.

      Eurostar is a high-speed railway service. Its trains run through Channel Tunnel connecting London with a number of French and Belgian cities, such as Avignon, Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Marseille and Paris.

    • 13:46

      US Analytics Firm Spied on Russian Defence Plants, Media Claims in Report on COVID-19-Related Issues

      Construction of a long-range supersonic missile bomber Tu-22M3 at the Kazan Aircraft Plant

      US Analytics Firm Spied on Russian Defence Plants, Media Claims in Report on COVID-19-Related Issues

      The global pandemic has affected businesses worldwide, forcing them to close or reduce their activities, but the company Orbital Insights claims the Russian defence industry hasn’t been spared either. The latter based its allegations on “anonymous cell data” obtained without clarifying how it got its hands on such information.
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    • 13:34

      More Than 34,000 New COVID-19 Cases Registered in US

    • 13:10

      Coronavirus Death Toll in Hospitals in England Rises to 20,853

    • 12:59

      Demonstrations Against Lockdown Measures Continue in Berlin - Video

      A protestor holds up a flare during a demonstration on May Day, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Berlin, Germany May 1, 2020

      Demonstrations Against Lockdown Measures Continue in Berlin - Video

      Germany has been under lockdown restrictions since 17 March but in recent days started to ease certain measures moving to reopen playgrounds, churches, and cultural institutions. The nation still remains the fifth worst coronavirus-hit country on the globe.
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    • 12:56

      France Reports Cat Contracting COVID-19 for the First Time in the Country

    • 12:53

      Spain Makes Wearing Masks on Public Transport Compulsory

    • 12:50

      France Prolongs Public Health Emergency Until 24 July

      A man wears a face mask to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as he walks in a street of Paris, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. France continues to be under an extended stay-at-home order until May 11 in an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

      France Prolongs Public Health Emergency Until 24 July

      A public health emergency was established in France on 24 March, as the country was coping with the coronavirus pandemic that, according to the WHO, has infected 128,121 people as of 2 May.
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    • 12:48

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Poland Approaches 13,500

    • 12:44

      'Once Upon a Virus': China Releases a Bizarre Lego-Like Cartoon Mocking US COVID-19 Response


      'Once Upon a Virus': China Releases a Bizarre Lego-Like Cartoon Mocking US COVID-19 Response

      US President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised Beijing for its allegedly poor handling of the health crisis, accusing China of concealing vital data about the pandemic during its initial stage. He also ordered an investigation into reports that COVID-19 had been caused by an accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
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    • 12:13

      Czech Republic Confirms 55 New COVID-19 Cases, Lowest Number in Week

    • 11:54

      Netherlands Reports Total of Over 40,000 Coronavirus Cases

    • 11:28

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Japan Approaches 500

    • 11:15

      Race Against Time: Producers Rush to Find COVID-19 Vaccine as Global Infections Pass 3.3Mln

      A scientist cleans vaccine vials at the Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility (CBF) in Oxford, Britain, April 2, 2020

      Race Against Time: Producers Rush to Find COVID-19 Vaccine as Global Infections Pass 3.3Mln

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Numerous biotech and pharmaceutical companies are working around the clock, conducting preclinical and clinical trials to find the ultimate weapon against the coronavirus — a vaccine — that will be able to end the current pandemic.
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    • 11:03

      David Icke Booted From Facebook For Spreading COVID-19 ‘Conspiracy Theories’

      David Icke

      David Icke Booted From Facebook For Spreading COVID-19 ‘Conspiracy Theories’

      David Icke is no stranger to controversy, and has in the past, among other things, claimed that the world in governed by a secret cabal of extraterrestrial reptiles and that the British Royal Family are lizards.
      Read more
    • 10:22

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Belarus Exceeds 15,800, Death Toll at 97

    • 09:47

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Iran Rises to 6,165

    • 09:29

      Coronavirus Tally in Spain Rises to 216,582, Death Toll Reaches 25,100

    • 09:24

      Russian Authorities Find No Reason to Think COVID-19 Situation in the Country Stabilised

    • 09:08

      122 CRPF Personnel Test Positive For COVID-19 in Indian Capital Delhi

      A health worker uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of a motorcyclist on a road in India

      122 CRPF Personnel Test Positive For COVID-19 in Indian Capital Delhi

      New Delhi (Sputnik): Amid the escalating cases of coronavirus in India, the largest lockdown in the world, slated to end on 3 May, has further been extended until 17 May. To distinguish COVID-19 hot spots from safer regions, India has been divided into red, orange, and green zones. The national capital, Delhi falls under the red zone.
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    • 08:44

      Surge in Numbers of Infected in Moscow Due to Widespread Testing of Citizens, Response Centre States

      Women with protective masks, widely used as a preventive measure against coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walk across Red Square near the St. Basil's Cathedral in central Moscow, Russia March 26, 2020

      Rapid Increase in COVID-19 Cases in Moscow Linked to Growing Testing Rate

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow’s COVID-19 response centre on Saturday explained the rapid increase in new cases of infection by the growing number of reference centers verifying positive coronavirus results in the Russian capital.
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    • 08:22

      Number of Infected in Russia Spikes to 124,054

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered a record 9,623 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 124,054, the national coronavirus response centre said Saturday.

      On Friday, Russia reported 7,933 new cases, which was also a record daily increase.

      "Over the past 24 hours, 9,623 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 83 regions. Of these, 4,488 (or 46.6 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the centre said in a statement.

      This brings the total tally to 124,054 (+8.4 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

      Of the new cases, 5,358 were registered in Moscow, 807 in the Moscow Region, and 323 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 3,561, 797, and 349, respectively).

      The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 57 (96 yesterday) to 1,222.

      A total of 1,793 patients have recovered over the past 24 hours (1,601 yesterday), bringing the total number of cured people to 15,013.

    • 07:57

      COVID-19 Tally in Philippines Rises to Over 9,000, Death Toll Tops 600 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Philippines confirmed 156 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, and the total number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 reached 8,928, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

      Twenty-four COVID-19 carriers died over the given period, and the overall death toll climbed to 603, according to the ministry.

      The number of recoveries increased to 1,124, the health authorities added.

    • 07:29

      Singapore Reports 447 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 07:14

      Tunisia Asks Russia for Respirators, Masks, Medical Equipment Amid Pandemic

      Clothing factory CEO Khouloud Guesmi shows a face mask in her factory in Le Bardo, outside Tunis, Monday April 13, 2020. Khouloud Guesmi turned her fashion factory into a masks factory as the Tunisian President Kais Saied ordered a general lockdown to counter the spread of the coronavirus. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

      Tunisia Asks Russia for Respirators, Masks, Medical Equipment Amid Pandemic - Ambassador

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Tunisia has requested Russia to send it respirators, face masks and medical equipment for public hospitals amid the coronavirus pandemic, ambassador in Moscow Tarak ben Salem said.
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    • 07:09

      At Least 6,374 Have Recovered From Coronavirus in Moscow

    • 06:42

      Moscow Mayor Says Rate of Rapid Coronavirus Antibody Tests Increased Tenfold in Past Week

      "Since April 30, the capacity of reference centers for rechecking test results has doubled, which allowed us to quickly analyze and confirm the data accumulated over the past days. In addition, the volume of rapid tests for antibodies has increased 10 times over the past week", Sobyanin wrote on his blog.

      In addition, the city has managed to increase twofold the detection rate for the disease.

      "In terms of this indicator, Moscow has become a world leader. And this is a huge plus because it allows us to stop the spread of infection at an early stage and provide timely medical care to the affected citizens", he added.

    • 06:28

      Russia Conducts Almost 4 Million Coronavirus Tests

      "Over 3.9 million tests for coronavirus have been conducted in Russia, and 214,000 people remain under medical supervision", Rospotrebnadzor said.

      As many as 221,000 tests have been conducted over the past 24 hours, the watchdog specified.

    • 05:59

      Screening Tests Reveal Over 2 Percent of People in Moscow Infected With COVID-19, Mayor Says

      "According to the results of screening of various population groups, the real number of those infected is about 2 percent of the total number of residents of Moscow. And this is the lowest figure among the world's cities affected by the pandemic. We have managed to contain the spread of the infection thanks to discipline and support for self-isolation measures on the part of Muscovites", Sergei Sobyanin wrote on his blog.

    • 05:52

      Intel Agencies Reportedly Blame China for Scrapping Evidence of Virus Outbreak, Point Finger at WHO

      cientist Linqi Zhang shows a tube with a solution containing COVID-19 antibodies in his lab where he works on research into novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) antibodies for possible use in a drug at Tsinghua University's Research Center for Public Health in Beijing, China, March 30, 2020

      Intel Agencies Reportedly Blame China for Scrapping Evidence of Virus Outbreak, Point Finger at WHO

      Beijing has repeatedly denied allegations by Washington about China’s purportedly distorted COVID-19 death toll, stressing that it has been transparent while reporting on the coronavirus pandemic.
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    • 05:38

      Uzbekistan Reports 2,094 Cases of COVID-19

    • 05:28

      IMF Approves $643 Million Disbursement to Ecuador to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

      Visitors are silhouetted against the logo of the International Monetary Fund at the main venue for the IMF and World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo in this October 10, 2012 file photo.

      IMF Approves $643 Million Disbursement to Ecuador to Fight COVID-19 Pandemic

      As of Friday, the small Latin American country has registered 26,336 coronavirus-related cases and 1,063 fatalities, the local Health Ministry data shows.
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    • 05:18

      Number of Infected in India Rises to 37,336

    • 05:07

      Michigan Pilot Sends Literal 'F*** You' to Governor Whitmer Amid Lockdown Extension

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      Michigan Pilot Sends Literal 'F*** You' to Governor Whitmer Amid Lockdown Extension

      Ed Frederick decided to express his discontent with Governor Gretchen Whitmer after she announced an extension of the state's emergency lockdown order through 28 May. The move led to protests across the state, with a group of people trying to storm the Michigan statehouse.
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    • 04:56

      Pakistani PM Imran Khan Wishes Russian PM Mishustin Swift Recovery From Coronavirus

    • 04:47

      Singapore Plans to Ease Some Anti-Pandemic Measures in Next Weeks

    • 04:36

      Germany Records 945 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Tops 161,000

    COVID-19 Updates: Germany's Coronavirus Tally Rises by 793 to 162,496 - Institute
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