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

    The number of coronavirus cases confirmed all over the world has surpassed 3.5 million, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

    There have been over 79,400 new cases registered worldwide over the past day, according to the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center estimations.

    The global death toll from COVID-19 stood at 247,473; 1,125,255 have recovered.

    On 11 March, the WHO designated the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

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    • 03:47

      Mainland China Registers 1 New COVID-19 Case Over Past Day, No Deaths - Health Committee

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - Mainland China has registered, over the past 24 hours, one new case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, 87 patients have recovered, no deaths have been recorded, the state health committee said in a statement.

      The new case was imported.

      Overall, 1,676 imported cases of coronavirus infection have now been detected in China, 325 people are still sick, five are in serious condition, 1,351 people have recovered, not a single person who entered China infected from abroad has died.

    • 03:40

      India Registers 3,900 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours, Highest Rise Yet

    • 01:11

      Number of Coronavirus Confirmed Cases in Brazil Tops 105,000 - Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brazil has increased over the past 24 hours by 4,075 to 105,222 people, the country's Health Ministry said.

      The death toll rose by 263 to 7,228, it said.

      The ministry said that 45,815 people had recovered from COVID-19.

    • 23:36

      UK to Allocate $926 Million to Coronavirus Response - Prime Minister Johnson

      LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK will allocate 744 million pounds ($926 million) for international cooperation in the response to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who had previously recovered from COVID-19, said.

      "The UK is the biggest donor to the efforts of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations to find a vaccine," Johnson said at a virtual coronavirus response conference.

      "We have committed up to £744 million for the global response to coronavirus, including our pledge of £388 million for the vital research and development of vaccines, treatments and tests, and that is the focus of today’s conference," he said.

    • 23:16

      Canada Surpasses 60,000 COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Tops 3,800 - Health Agency

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - The number of Canadians who have contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) now stands at 60,772, updated figures from Canada’s Public Health Agency revealed.

      The COVID-19-related death toll ticked up to 3,854 on Monday, the data also showed.

      The province of Quebec remains the epicenter of the outbreak in Canada, accounting for more than half of all confirmed cases - 32,623 - and 2,280 deaths. Nevertheless, Quebec has begun reopening parts of the economy as of today.

    • 21:21

      Turkey Starts Gradually Returning to Normal Life After COVID-19 Pandemic - Erdogan

      ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Monday a plan for a phased return to normal life after the coronavirus pandemic.

      The number of COVID-19 cases in the country has increased by 1,670 over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily number in a month, to over 126,000.

      "We are at an important stage in the fight against the coronavirus. The number of cured people is increasing exponentially. Thanks to our measures, self-isolation and curfew, we managed to slow down the spread of the virus. We have prepared a plan for a phased return to a normal life," Erdogan said in a televised address.

      However, according to the leader, life will not be the same as it was before the pandemic. Restrictive measures will remain in force for a while and people will have to wear protective masks in crowded places.

      In addition, the president said that people over 65 years of age will be able to go outside starting 10 May from 11:00 a.m. (08:00 GMT) to 15:00 p.m. Children under the age of 14 will also be able to leave home for four hours starting on 13 May, and young people aged from 15 to 20 years old will be able to leave starting on 15 May.

    • 20:50

      COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 250,000 Worldwide - Johns Hopkins University

      The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 250,000 on Monday, currently estimated to be 250,134, with 3,571,615 coronavirus cases registered, according to Johns Hopkins University.

      A total of 1,145,407 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the university.

      According to the latest data of the World Health Organization (WHO), the death toll stands at 239,604, with the total toll of those infected at a minimum of 3,435,000, as of Monday.

    • 20:35

      US State of Virginia May Ease COVID-19 Restrictions Next Week - Governor

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Virginia may begin to ease restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as early as next week but extend economic closure until 14 May, Governor Ralph Northam told reporters on Monday.

      "We are not entering Phase 1 [of economy reopening] today nor this week. Based on the data, I expect we would may be able to enter it as soon as next week," Northam said during press briefing.

      State authorities anticipate three phases of that plan, each of which will last about three weeks, he added.

      "In these phases we will continue to ease restrictions. To enter to Phase 3, we are looking for no rebounds for a sustained period of time," the governor noted.

      In the meantime, Northam has extended his executive order restricting business activity and banning mass gatherings until the evening of 14 May. The state would also adjust current stay-at-home orders to "safer at home," guidelines

      Governor warned Virginians that the coronavirus will not go away until the vaccination appears. This may happen by the end of 2020 or may take another 1-2 years, he suggested.

      As of Monday, Virginia has registered almost 20,000 COVID-19 cases and 684 deaths related to the coronavirus.

    • 20:16

      French Senate Narrowly Rejects National Coronavirus Exit Plan

      PARIS (Sputnik) - The upper house of the French parliament voted on Monday against the government's strategy for existing the coronavirus lockdown.

      "The Senate has not adopted the French government's declaration on the national strategy outlining the planned exit from confinement," the legislature tweeted.

      The plan was rejected in a 89-81 vote with 174 abstentions after passing the lower house last Tuesday.

      France, which has seen more than 25,000 virus-related deaths, is expected to start lifting restrictions on 11 May by reopening schools and pre-schools. It went into lockdown on 17 March.

    • 17:02

      UK Studies Show Most COVID-19 Patients Develop Antibodies, Immunity Still Unclear - Official

      Most people who have recovered from COVID-19 develop antibodies, however, it is too early to say if this gave them immunity, England's deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van-Tam said on Monday.

      "By and large the signal is that people get antibodies. The next question is, do those antibodies protect you from further infections. And we just haven't had this disease around ... for long enough to know the answers to that with any surety," Van-Tam said, as quoted by Reuters.

    • 17:00

      Finland Will Allow Essential Travel to Schengen Countries from 14 May - Minister

    • 16:57

      Turkey Prepared to Tighten COVID-19 Measures if Normalisation Plan Not Followed - Erdogan

    • 16:52

      Pentagon Reports 7,434 COVID-19 Cases Among Its Soldiers, Civilians - Fact Sheet

      WASHINGTON, May 4 (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the US armed forces, including soldiers, family members, civilian staff and contractors has surpassed 7,400, the Department of Defense said on Monday.

      According to the Defense Department’s updated COVID-19 fact sheet, the total number of cases now stands at 7,434.

      The Defense Department revealed no new fatalities, and the total death toll still stands at 27, while 2,868 people have recovered from the COVID-19 infection and 290 remain hospitalized.

      Of the total number of 4,912 servicemen who have tested positive for COVID-19, 1,032 are in the US Army, 338 in the Air Force, 428 in the Marine Corps and 2,063 in the NAVY.

      The United States had recorded a total of 1,161,804 COVID-19 cases, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

    • 16:50

      Kabul Receives Over $200 Mln From World Bank, Asian Development Bank to Fight COVID-19

      KABUL, May 4 (Sputnik) - Afghan Deputy Minister of Health Waheed Majrooh said on Monday that the ministry has received more than $200 million from the World Bank and $4 million from the Asian Development Bank as assistance in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic.

      "It should be noted that $200.4 million assistance from the World Bank and four million from the Asian Development Bank have reached the Ministry of Health," Majrooh said.

      Meanwhile, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) also announced support amounting to over $20 million for the Afghan Health Ministry, which will be spent on public awareness and medical equipment.

      According to the deputy health minister, Afghanistan has registered 190 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours that brought the total toll to 2,894. The death toll has risen by five to 90.

      Coronavirus tallies are highest in Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh and Herat provinces, while Nuristan is the only province where no cases have been reported so far.

    • 16:49

      Governor Cuomo Says New York Regions Can Start Reopening May 15 After COVID-19 Pause

      NEW YORK, May 4 (Sputnik) - Regions across the US state of New York can start reopening their economies beginning May 15 following the order to shut down all non-essential businesses amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing on Monday.

      On March 22, Cuomo imposed the so-called PAUSE on New York that closed down all non-essential businesses statewide. The order was first extended until April 29 and then until May 15.

      "The pause ordering... that expires on May 15. May 15 - regions can start to reopen and do their own analysis," Cuomo said.

    • 16:30

      WHO Chief Says His Organisation Will Launch Updated Strategic Response Plan Later This Week

      The World Health Organisation will launch an updated strategic response plan later this week, the watchdog's chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. 

      He added that the COVID-19 virus will be with us for a long time, calling on countries to come together to develop and share the tools.

    • 16:26

      US Providing $2.4 Bln in Global Aid to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic - Senior Official

      WASHINGTON, May 4 (Sputnik) - The United States is providing $2.4 billion in the global economic and humanitarian response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, a senior Trump administration official told reporters on Monday.

      "The United States is in the process of providing $2.4 billion in global health humanitarian and economic assistance toward the goal of COVID-19 response," the official said during the telephone press briefing.

      The official welcomed the European Union’s efforts to provide an additional contribution to the fight against the novel coronavirus.

      "We continue to ensure that our steps are well coordinated with the global efforts to combat COVID-19," the official said.

      Earlier on Monday, the European Commission announced its intention to invest $1.09 billion in the global response to the novel coronavirus. The Netherlands has contributed an additional $209 million. 

    • 16:14

      Int'l EU-Led Conference Collects 7.4Bln Euros to Start Efforts to Cope with COVID-19 Crisis - Von Der Leyen

      MOSCOW, May 4 (Sputnik) - The international EU-led pledging conference has collected a total of 7.4 billion euros ($8 billion) to launch global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday.

      "We have made it. Today is a defining moment for the global community. At a time when we are sitting further apart unusual, the world has shown it is standing closer together than ever before. And in the space of just a few hours, we have collectively pledged 7.4 billion euros for vaccines, diagnostics and treatments, and all this money will help kick-start unprecedented global cooperation, and it will create a truly unique global public good," von der Leyen said.

    • 15:55

      New York State COVID-19 Death Toll Down to 226 on Sunday from 280 on Saturday - Governor

      NEW YORK, May 4 (Sputnik) - The number of fatalities resulting from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in New York State has declined to 226 on May 3 from 280 the previous day, and the number of new confirmed cases declined to 717 from 789, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing on Monday.

      “This is the number that haunts me every day - still 226,” Cuomo said, displaying a table with information on the number of COVID-19 deaths on Sunday.

      The table also read that the number of new COVID-19 cases coming into New York’s hospitals has also declined from 789 on Saturday to 717 on May 3.

    • 15:54

      Coronavirus Infected 5,000 Pentagon Personnel, Has Low Impact on Readiness - Esper

      WASHINGTON, May 4 (Sputnik) - The coronavirus has had a very low impact on the US military having infected fewer than 5,000 personnel, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Monday.

      “In terms of a 2 million strong military we have had fewer than 5,000 persons infected and fewer than one hundred have been hospitalized,” Esper said at a Brookings Institution virtual event. “At this point of time we are in a very good shape.”

      He called it a testament to both general fitness of the US military and the success of early mitigation efforts.

      “To date I can tell you that we have had a very low impact on readiness,” Esper added.

      Out of over 90 naval ships at sea only two had outbreaks of coronavirus, according to the secretary.

    • 15:53

      Saudi Arabia Pledges $500 Mln in Funding to Global COVID-19 Response - Health Minister

      MOSCOW, May 4 (Sputnik) - Saudi Arabia will allocate $500 million to assist the international community in fighting the coronavirus pandemic and overcoming its consequences, Health Minister Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah said on Monday during an EU-led video conference of donor countries on COVID-19.

      "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has pledged $500 million and is urging all members and organizations to commit to empowering global solidarity and bridging direct funding gaps," the minister said.

      According to him, this pledge is needed to ensure development and deployment of diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccine globally.

      Meanwhile, South African President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa said that the country would contribute 1.2 million euros ($1.3 million) to coronavirus pledging effort. In addition, the leader said, the African Union has established a COVID-19 response fund, which has already raised $61 million from member states to help fight the pandemic.

    • 15:47

      The Gates Foundation to Allocate $100 Million for Global Anti-Coronavirus Fight

      In this Feb. 1, 2019 photo, Bill Gates looks to his wife Melinda as they are interviewed in Kirkland, Wash. The couple, whose foundation has the largest endowment in the world, are pushing back against a new wave of criticism about whether billionaire philanthropy is a force for good. They said they’re not fazed by recent blowback against wealthy giving, including viral moments at the World Economic Forum and the shifting political conversation about taxes and socialism.

      Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Pledges $100Mln to Global COVID-19 Response

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give $100 million to the global effort to tackle the new coronavirus, Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the fund, said on Monday.
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    • 15:46

      Spain Pledges 125 Mln Euros in Aid to Agencies Tackling Coronavirus Outbreak

      MOSCOW, May 4 (Sputnik) - Spain will donate 125 million euros ($136 million) to international organizations at the forefront of the coronavirus response, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Monday.

      "I am pleased to announce that the government of Spain will contribute 125 million euros to these efforts, in particular, we will mobilize 50 million for Gavi, the vaccine alliance, and 75 million for CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations," he said.

      The prime minister spoke at an international pledging event held online by the European Union in a bid to spearhead the response to the deadly pandemic. The organizers aim to raise 7.5 billion euros in initial funding to kick-start global cooperation.

    • 15:45

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Canada Nears 60,000 With 3,766 Deaths - Health Agency

      TORONTO, May 4 (Sputnik) - The number of Canadians who have contracted the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) grew by nearly 6,200 over the weekend to 59,844 on Monday, updated figures from Canada’s Public Health Agency revealed.

      The COVID-19-related death toll rose by 543 to 3,766, the data also showed.

      The province of Quebec remains the epicentre of the outbreak in Canada, accounting for more than half of all confirmed cases - 31,865 - and 2,205 deaths. Nevertheless, Quebec announced on Tuesday that it intends to begin reopening the economy on May 4.

      Ontario trails with 17,923 confirmed cases and 1,300 disease-related fatalities, with the rest of the provinces being spared the worst of the pandemic.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. To date, in excess of 3.5 million people have been infected with the new coronavirus worldwide, of which almost 250,000 have succumbed to the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 15:44

      Ankara to Announce Contribution to COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts by May 23 - Erdogan

      MOSCOW, May 4 (Sputnik) - Ankara will announce its contribution to global efforts on developing a vaccine against coronavirus by May 23, when all assessments will be finalized, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at an EU-led pledging event on Monday.

      "COVID-19 vaccine must be the shared property of the whole mankind. In this regard, it is critical that global access to the vaccine to be produced is guaranteed and the principle of 'no one left behind' is implemented diligently. We will take all these matters into consideration when deciding on our financial contribution to vaccine development efforts. We will announce the amount that we will determine following the assessments by May 23," Erdogan said.

      The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11. According to data from the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, more than 3.5 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed globally since the start of the pandemic in December of last year. The global death toll from the viral disease stands at over 247,000.

    • 15:43

      Syria Could Face ‘Catastrophe’ in Case of Spike in COVID-19 Cases – President Assad

    • 15:37

      US Clinical Study Focuses on Child Vulnerability to COVID-19 - Nat'l Health Inst.

      WASHINGTON, May 4 (Sputnik) - A trial involving 2,000 US families will seek to discover why few children appear to catch the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), specifically whether they are resistant to infections or catch the disease like others without developing symptoms, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced in a press release on Monday.

      "One interesting feature of this novel coronavirus pandemic is that very few children have become sick with COVID-19 compared to adults," NIAID Director Anthony Fauci said in the release. "Is this because children are resistant to infection with SARS-CoV-2, or because they are infected but do not develop symptoms?

      The study, called Human Epidemiology and Response to SARS-CoV-2 (HEROS), will help determine what percentage of children infected with the virus. In addition, the HEROS study will examine whether rates of infection differ between children who have asthma or other allergic conditions and children who do not, the release said.

      The study team will rapidly enroll 6,000 people from 2,000 US families already participating in National Institutes of Health-funded pediatric research studies in 11 cities. Study participants will include healthy children and children with asthma or other allergic conditions, the release added.

      The study team will prospectively follow these children and their families for six months to determine who gets infected, whether the virus is transmitted to other family members and which family members with the virus develop COVID-19 symptoms, the release said.

      Scientists have said they suspect that infected people who never realize they have the virus because there are no symptoms help explain COVID-19’s rapid contagion.

    • 15:36

      Australia Pledges Over $220 Mln to Global Fight Against COVID-19 - Prime Minister

      MOSCOW, May 4 (Sputnik) - Australia will allocate 352 million Australian dollars ($225 million) to help international efforts in combating the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday during at the EU-led virtual pledging event for the Coronavirus Global Response.

      "Today, Australia is pledging 352 million Australian dollars towards this global effort to fight COVID-19 and to find that vaccine," Morrison said.

      According to the prime minister, 15 million Australian dollars will be shared equally between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the Foundation for Innovation New Diagnostics (FIND) to help develop COVID-19 vaccine and diagnostics.

      In addition, 337 million Australian dollars aim at funding COVID-19 research and development work on vaccines, diagnostics, therapeutics and respiratory medicine in Australia, Morrison said.

    • 15:34

      Norway Pledges $1 Bln in Funding for Coronavirus Immunization Effort

      MOSCOW, May 4 (Sputnik) - Norway will give the Gavi vaccine alliance $1 billion in funding to help it deliver coronavirus vaccine to the poorest countries as soon as it is available, the prime minister said Monday.

      "Norway pledges $1 billion to Gavi for the next strategic period, including $400 million to the International Finance Facility for Immunization," Erna Solberg said during a video conference.

      The Norwegian prime minister spoke at a virtual pledging event hosted by the European Union to raise funding to kick-start global cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus.

      Solberg also said her country supported the World Health Organization's leading role in coordinating international response to the pandemic and would give it an extra $4.8 million. Further $220 million will be allocated to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.

    • 15:33

      Canada’s Air Carrier Records Nearly $740 Bln Net Loss in First Quarter - Statement

      TORONTO, May 4 (Sputnik) - Air Canada announced in a statement on Monday that it has incurred a net loss of $740 million in the first quarter as a result of the challenges posed to the airline industry by the measures imposed to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

      "Air Canada recorded a net loss of $1.049 billion [US$740 million] or $4.00 [US$2.84] per diluted share compared to net income of $345 million [US$245 million] or $1.26 [US$0.89] per diluted share in the first quarter of 2020," the statement said.

      The first quarter results included $504 million worth of foreign exchange losses and the net debt increased by $940 million to $2.96 billion after Air Canada had to draw down lines of credit to maintain liquidity.

      Air Canada said it still expects second-quarter capacity to decline by 85 to 90 percent in comparison to 2019 and rebound only slightly in the third quarter to 25 percent of 2019 third-quarter capacity.

      In April, Air Canada announced that it is adopting the government’s Emergency Wage Subsidy and intends to rehire workers it laid off at the end of March after revenues fell by at least 15 percent as domestic and international travel was grounded to a halt.

    • 15:30

      New York City to Distribute 7.5 Mln Face-Coverings to Residents Amid COVID-19 - Mayor

      NEW YORK, May 4 (Sputnik) - The New York City authorities will give out 7.5 million face-coverings to residents free of charge in an attempt to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press briefing on Monday.

      "We are now going to ramp up a plan, and it will take effect starting immediately, to distribute 7.5 million face-coverings," de Blasio said. "Wherever you turn, you're going to be offered a face-covering and it's going to be on an ongoing basis for weeks to come. These, of course, will be distributed for free."

      De Blasio said the face-coverings will be distributed at places of mass gatherings, such as parks, ferry terminals, public housing developments and free meal pickup locations, among others.

      The mayor said that New York City will also give out residents an additional 2.5 million cloth face-coverings that are washable and reusable.

      De Blasio said New York City will create and maintain a 90-day stockpile of personal protective equip

    • 13:23

      Ten COVID-19 Cases Reported in Germany's Top Two Football Divisions

    • 13:16

      England's COVID-19 Hospital Death Toll Rises to 21,384

    • 13:13

      EU to Mobilise €1 Billion for Global Response to Coronavirus - European Commission Chief

    • 13:03

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Belgium Surpasses 50,000 - Health Authorities

      Belgium has confirmed 361 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, which brings the country's total to 50,256, the national crisis response center said on Monday.

      The number of fatalities has so far reached 7,924 with 80 of them being recorded over the past day. Meanwhile, 59 new patients have been hospitalized over the last 24 hours.

      Currently, 3,044 people diagnosed with COVID-19 are in hospitals, including 655 in intensive care units.

      According to the authorities, over the past day, 69 patients have been cured, bringing the total number of recoveries to 12,378.

      On Monday, the Belgian government started gradually relaxing coronavirus-related restrictions, although medical experts warn that social distancing should continue.

    • 12:30

      Germany Extends Border Checks Until 15 May

    • 11:45

      Kiev Extends COVID-19 Quarantine Until 22 May, Lifts Some Restrictions From 11 May

      The Ukrainian government has officially prolonged quarantine imposed in the country to curb the coronavirus pandemic until 22 May, while some restrictions, including bans on walks in parks and trade in non-food items, will be lifted starting from 11 May.

      "To replace 11 May with 22 May in all previously adopted documents [regarding the quarantine measures]. To make changes to all documentation that is available, extending the quarantine until 22 May," Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said during an extraordinary government meeting.

      According to Shmyhal, the government's decision envisages that a number of restrictive measures will be lifted starting from May 11, including bans on walking in parks, recreation areas, training for team sports, wholesale and retail trade in non-food products, and takeaway option in coffee shops. Moreover, summer terraces of cafes and restaurants, car washes and bike shops will start operate, and the work of notaries, lawyers and dentists will also be resumed.

      Ukraine went into a nationwide lockdown on 12 March.

    • 11:09

      Putin to Hold Meeting on COVID-19 Response Measures Implementation on Wednesday - Kremlin

      Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Wednesday hold a meeting on the implementation of the COVID-19 response measures in the country, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on Monday, adding that the meeting's agenda would also include further recommendations.

      "On May 6, the president is scheduled to hold a meeting on the implementation of previous decisions, where recommendations will also be listened to," Peskov said.

    • 10:53

      French Carmaker PSA to Re-Start Production Gradually Over This Week

    • 10:07

      Spain Records Less Than 200 COVID-19 Deaths for 2nd Straight Day - Health Ministry

      Spain has recorded less than 200 new deaths from COVID-19 for a second straight day, taking the toll to 25,428, the Health Ministry said Monday.

      Over the past 24 hours, the country has confirmed 164 coronavirus-related fatalities, the same number as on Sunday. It is the lowest daily increase since March 18.

      The case tally has risen by 356 to over 218,000. On Sunday, Spain reported 838 new cases.

      Another 2,441 patients have recovered, with the total topping 121,000.

      Spain is one of the hardest-hit countries by the current pandemic, being second only to the United States in terms of confirmed cases, and fourth in terms of fatalities.

    • 10:05

      Latvia Confirms 17 New COVID-19 Cases as Total Rises to 896 – Health Ministry

      Latvia has confirmed 17 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, raising the overall number of positive tests reported since the start of the outbreak to 896, the country’s Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said on Monday.

      “Over the past day, 17 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in Latvia after 1,219 tests were conducted,” the center said on Twitter.

      The country’s death toll currently stands at 16. In total, 348 people have been discharged after contracting the disease.

      Latvian Health Minister Ilze Vinkele said on Wednesday that she expects a second wave of COVID-19 in fall as the flu season begins.

      Elsewhere in the Baltic nations, three new cases of the coronavirus disease were reported in Estonia over the past 24 hours, according to the country's Health Ministry.

      In a statistical bulletin, the ministry confirmed that the COVID-19 case total in the country now stands at 1,703, with 55 deaths. In total, 259 people have been discharged in Estonia after contracting the disease, the ministry said.

      Sunday’s rise in the number of cases in Latvia was eight. In Estonia, only a single new positive test was reported.

      Stringent social distancing measures are scheduled to remain in force in both countries until mid-May. International flights have been canceled, other border restrictions are in place, and schools, restaurants, and other public establishments remain closed.

    • 10:04

      Poland Confirms 244 New COVID-19 Cases, Tally Nears 14,000

      Poland has registered 244 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, which takes the overall number to 13,937, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

      The country has also confirmed five new coronavirus-related fatalities over the given period, bringing the COVID-19 death toll to 683.

      So far, 4,095 people have fully recovered, 2,653 patients are undergoing treatment in hospitals, and 96,699 others are in home quarantine, according to the update.

      Poland has already started to gradually ease the lockdown, and is also allowing shopping malls, construction stores, hotels, museums and medical rehabilitation centers to reopen starting Monday.

    • 09:08

      Spain's Coronavirus Death Toll Climbs to 25,428 on Monday From 25,264 on Sunday - Health Ministry

    • 08:04

      Armenia Reports Over 120 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Exceeds 2,500

      The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Armenia has increased by 121 and reached 2,507, while the death toll has grown by four to 39, the country's National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) said on Monday.

      “In Armenia, 2,507 coronavirus cases are confirmed. The number of recoveries is 1,071. Thirty-nine people have died,” NCDC said.

      According to the health authorities, 1,393 patients are currently undergoing treatment. The country has conducted almost 25,000 coronavirus tests.

      In neighboring Georgia, the authorities confirmed four new COVID-19 cases, and the tally reached 593.

      The coronavirus-related death toll there remains at nine. At the same time, the number of recoveries reached 223.

    • 07:58

      Russia's Coronavirus Tally Rose by 10,581 Cases to 145,268 Over Past 24 Hours - Response Centre

      Russia has registered 10,581 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 145,268, the national coronavirus response center said Monday.

      On Sunday, Russia reported 10,633 new cases, which was a record daily increase.

      "Over the past 24 hours, 10,581 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 82 regions. Of these, 5,352 (or 50.6 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the center said in a statement.

      This brings the total tally to 145,268, (+7.9 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

      Of all the new cases, 5,795 have been registered in Moscow, 803 in the Moscow Region, and 317 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 5,948, 822 and 295, respectively).

      The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 76 (58 yesterday) to 1,356.

      A total of 1,456 patients (1,626 yesterday) have recovered over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cured people to 18,095.

    • 07:57

      French State Will Help National Railway SNCF Survive COVID-19 Crisis - Minister

    • 07:44

      Kyrgyzstan Registers 35 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Exceeds 800 - Response Centre

      Kyrgyzstan has confirmed 35 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, and the overall COVID-19 tally reached 830, the republic's coronavirus response center told Sputnik on Monday.

      "On May 4, 2020, 35 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were registered in the republic," the center’s spokesman said.

      The Central Asian country did not report new coronavirus-related fatalities over the given period, and the COVID-19 death toll remains at 10. At the same time, the number of recoveries reached 575.

      According to the center, 216 healthcare workers have been infected.

      Kyrgyzstan has conducted more than 56,000 coronavirus tests since the start of the outbreak.

    • 07:40

      Uzbekistan’s COVID-19 Case Total Rises by 11 Over Past 24 Hours to 2,160 – Ministry

      The number of COVID-19 cases reported in Uzbekistan has risen by 11 over the preceding 24 hours to 2,160, the country’s Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday.

      “As of 10:00 [local time, 05:00 GMT] on May 4, 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in Uzbekistan is 2,160,” the ministry said in a post on Telegram, up from 2,149 on Sunday.

      In terms of the daily rise in case numbers, Monday’s increase is a significant drop from the 31 new cases announced on Sunday, and the 32 new positive tests reported on Saturday.

      The COVID-19 death toll remains at 10, and 1,319 people have been discharged, according to the ministry.

      The first case of the disease in the country was reported on March 15, identified as a woman who had recently returned from France.

      Stringent self-isolation measures to curb the spread of the disease entered force on 1 April but were eased on Thursday. Citizens are now allowed to take walks in their courtyards and may travel to work, stores, pharmacies and hospitals using personal transport at certain hours.

    • 07:39

      Another 544 Coronavirus Patients Recovered in Moscow, Total at 7,573 - Deputy Mayor

      The number of patients who have recovered from the coronavirus in the Russian capital has increased by 544 to 7,573 over the past 24 hours, Moscow Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said Monday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, 544 more people have recovered in Moscow after undergoing treatment. The total number of people who have recovered from the infection has increased to 7,573," Rakova said.

      A day prior, 655 new recoveries were reported. Moscow accounts for most coronavirus cases in Russia.

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      Another 544 Coronavirus Patients Recovered in Moscow, Total at 7,573 - Deputy Mayor

      The number of patients who have recovered from the coronavirus in the Russian capital has increased by 544 to 7,573 over the past 24 hours, Moscow Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said Monday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, 544 more people have recovered in Moscow after undergoing treatment. The total number of people who have recovered from the infection has increased to 7,573," Rakova said.

      A day prior, 655 new recoveries were reported. Moscow accounts for most coronavirus cases in Russia.

    • 07:17

      Singapore Scientists Push Back Forecast End of COVID-19 Epidemic in Russia to 17 August

      The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTG) has pushed back the forecast end of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia by another five days to 17 August, thereby revising its previous projection.

      The university uses the SIR (susceptible-infected-recovered) model for spread of disease to predict the end of the epidemic in various countries. Earlier, SUTG Data-Driven Innovation Lab projected that the epidemic in Russia would be over on 12 August.

      Predictions are being continuously updated as new data emerges. The researchers themselves warn that their forecasts should be taken with caution, urging against over-optimism.

      As of Sunday, Russia updated its COVID-19 tally by a record 10,633 cases to 134,687. The death toll has risen by 58 to 1,280.

    • 07:16

      Lebanon Seeks Medical, Financial Aid From Int’l Community to Curb COVID-19 Crisis - Aoun

      Lebanon is in dire need of the financial and medical help from the international community, including Russia, President Michel Aoun told Sputnik in an interview.

      "We do not know exactly how long our fight against the [coronavirus] crisis will last. We need health and financial support at the international level because of a disastrous impact of the epidemic on Lebanon’s production and labor sectors, and we hope that our voice will reach the friendly country of Russia," he said.

      The president noted that the COVID-19 crisis has been under control so far, due to the country’s efforts and the government’s coronavirus response plan, which was hailed by the World Health Organization.

      "We are open to any possible aid in combating the pandemic, especially in providing our health sector with PCR tests [for detecting the virus], which will allow us to conduct spot tests as many as possible," Aoun said.

      As of Monday, Lebanon has registered 737 coronavirus cases, with 25 fatalities and 200 recoveries.

    • 06:33

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    • 05:59

      Mexico City's Formula 1 Autodrome to Host Hospital for COVID-19 Patients - Health Watchdog

       The Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) said that work is underway to set up a field hospital for COVID-19 patients at the capital’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, which has hosted the Formula 1 Grand Prix since 1963.

      "The Mexican Social Security Institute will open a field hospital with 218 beds at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City for patients with COVID-19 symptoms requiring hospitalization," the IMSS said late on Sunday.

      According to the statement, 26 out of the 218 beds will be intended for intensive respiratory care, and the rest for recovering patients.

      IMSS Director General Zoe Robledo noted that the commissioning of this hospital would significantly increase Mexico City medical facilities’ capacity.

      As of Sunday, Mexico updated its COVID-19 tally by 1,383 cases to 23,471. The death toll has risen by 93 to 2,154, with 191 more suspected COVID-19 fatalities currently being verified.

      Mexico City has the highest number of cumulative coronavirus cases in the country - 6,417. The peak of the epidemic in Mexico is expected to fall on 6 May.

    • 05:59

      EU to Hold Video Conference for COVID-19 Vaccine Search on Monday

      European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to convene an online conference on Monday as a global pledging effort to search for a vaccine against COVID-19.

      The aim is to raise 7.5 billion euros ($8billion) to step up work on COVID-19 prevention, diagnostics, and treatment.

      The event’s major objective is to boost global support and attract financial contributions as well as to secure a high-level political commitment to ensuring equal access to therapeutics and vaccines.

    • 05:58

      Japan Confirms Over 200 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Reaches 15,791 - Reports

      Japan has registered 202 new coronavirus cases, and the overall COVID-19 tally climbed to 15,791, the media reported on Monday.

      The tally, compiled by Japan's NHK public broadcaster from official figures provided by local authorities, includes 712 infected people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, of whom 13 have died.

      Almost half of all new cases — 91 — were detected in Tokyo.

      The coronavirus-related death toll has risen by 19 to a total of 549. At the same time, the number of recoveries reached 4,632.

    • 05:54

      Japan to Seek Extension of State of Emergency to 31 May on Monday - Economy Minister

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    • 04:47

      Germany's COVID-19 Cases Up by 679 to 163,175, Daily Rise at Record Low Since Mid-March

      Germany has confirmed 679 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, which is the lowest number since 12 March, taking the total to 163,175, according to the Robert Koch Institute’s data.

      The number of death toll has risen by 43 to 6,692 people in the given period.

      A day earlier, the country reported 793 new cases and 74 fatalities.

      About 132,700 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Germany since the beginning of the outbreak.

      The most coronavirus cases have been recorded in Bavaria (42,997), North Rhine-Westphalia (33,560) and Baden-Wurttemberg (32,411). Berlin has 6,010 cases.

    • 04:45

      India's COVID-19 Tally Up by Over 2,500 Cases to 42,533, Deaths at 1,373 - Health Ministry

      India has confirmed more than 2,500 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total to 42,533, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said Monday.

      The death toll has risen by 72 to 1,373.

      A day before, the country reported a record 2,644 new cases and 83 fatalities.

      The number of recoveries has grown by 1,074 to 11,706

      Last week, India extended the lockdown until May 17. The quarantine regime prescribes closure of educational institutions, entertainment centers and suspension of train and subway services. Moreover, the authorities have closed borders between states to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

      In areas with less exposure to COVID-19, people are now allowed to use public transport and taxi, albeit with certain restrictions.

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