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    The coronavirus continues to spread across the world, nearing 4,000,000 infected globally, with ten countries reporting more than 100,000 cases, and four of them - over 200,000 cases. However, numerous countries plan to ease quarantine restrictions to avoid severe a economic crisis amid the pandemic.

    The US is still the worst-hit country with over 1.2 million infected and more than 77,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University. At the same time, the United Kingdom has surpassed Spain and Italy in terms of deaths, with the number of those succumbing to the virus inreaching 31,316.

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    • 03:39

      Germany Records 667 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Tops 169,000 – Robert Koch Institute

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Germany has confirmed 667 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 1169,218, the Robert Koch Institute said on Sunday.

      The death toll has grown by 26 to 7,395 people within the same period of time.

      On Saturday, the country confirmed 1,251 new cases of the disease and 103 fatalities.

      More than 144,000 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Germany since the beginning of the outbreak.

      The highest number of coronavirus cases has been recorded in Bavaria (44,265), North Rhine-Westphalia (34,964) and Baden-Wurttemberg (33,287). Berlin has 6,261 COVID-19 cases.

      Lars Schaade, the vice president of the Robert Koch Institute for disease control said on Thursday that the second wave of the new coronavirus could hit Germany before the fall if social distancing norms are not followed.

    • 02:49

      South Korea Registers 34 New Coronavirus Cases, No New Deaths - KCDC

      SEOUL (Sputnik) - South Korea registered 34 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 10,874 while the death toll is 256, KCDC said on Sunday. In the past 24 hours, 42 people recovered from COVID-19 in the country; the total number of recovered individuals now stands at 9,610 which is over 88 percent of the total number of registered cases.

      Out of the 34 new cases, only 8 are imported, KCDC said on Sunday. A new cluster of COVID-19 emerged in South Korea at the start of this month, after a 29-year-old man, who was later diagnosed with the coronavirus, traveled from the city of Yongin, the province of Gyeonggi, to Seoul where he visited several clubs and bars. Twenty seven of the people he had contact with have already tested positive for COVID-19.

      On Saturday, KCDC reported 18 new cases, only one of them was imported. South Korea has registered a total of over 1,120 imported coronavirus cases.

    • 01:30

      COVID-19 Death Toll in Brazil Surpasses 10,000 - Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Brazil recorded 730 coronavirus fatalities in the past 24 hours with the country’s total death toll now standing at over 10,000 according to the Health Ministry.

      In the 24-hour period, 10,611 new coronavirus cases were registered in Brazil, bringing the total number of cases to 155,939 the ministry said on Saturday.

      The number of recovered individuals in the country stands at 61,685 which is almost 40 percent of all the cases.

      On Friday, Brazil’s Health Ministry reported 10,222 new cases and 751 new deaths. A week ago, Brazil had around 100,000 COVID-19 cases and the country’s death toll stood at around 7,000.

    • 20:54

      Total Number of COVID-19 Cases Worldwide Tops 4 Million - Johns Hopkins University

      On Saturday, the global number of coronavirus cases topped 4,000,000, with more than 270,000 COVID-related deaths confirmed, according to data provided by the Johns Hopkins University (JHU).

      As of 20:50 GMT the number of confirmed cases worldwide reached 4,004,224, with the death toll standing at 277,860.

      The highest number of coronavirus cases among nations are registered in the US at 1,305,199, with the country's death toll estimated at 78,469.

    • 20:40

      US Authorizes Use of COVID-19 Antigen Test for 1st Time - FDA

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the use of a COVID-19 antigen test for the first time.

      "The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 antigen test, a new category of tests for use in the ongoing pandemic," the FDA said in a statement issued on Saturday.

      The authorization was given to Quidel Corporation on Friday.

      "One of the main advantages of an antigen test is the speed of the test, which can provide results in minutes," the agency added.

      At the same time, antigen tests are not as sensitive to the virus as molecular PCR tests.

      "This means that positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate, but there is a higher chance of false negatives, so negative results do not rule out infection. With this in mind, negative results from an antigen test may need to be confirmed with a PCR test prior to making treatment decisions or to prevent the possible spread of the virus due to a false negative," the FDA said.

      According to Johns Hopkins University, the United States has over 1.3 million confirmed cases, with the death toll at 78,320.

    • 19:26

      COVID-19 Tally in Russian Armed Forces Rises to 1,656

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A total of 1,656 Russian service members have tested positive for the coronavirus since the start of the epidemic, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday.

      On Friday, the ministry confirmed 1,576 cases of infection.

      "During the blanket testing in the Russian armed forces in the period between March and May 9 this year … 1,656 military personnel have tested positive. Of them, 418 people are being treated in the Defense Ministry’s hospitals, 568 people in isolation units in places of their service, 19 people in medical facilities of the civilian health care system, and 651 in self-isolation at home," the ministry said.

      Three servicemen are in serious condition. Fourteen others are in moderate condition, and the rest are experiencing no symptoms. A total of 323 service members have recovered.

      The number of military personnel undergoing training in higher military educational institutions who have tested positive for COVID-19 is 1,145. Of them, 351 are receiving treatment in military hospitals, 646 are isolated at the places of service, 38 were taken to civilian health care institutions, and 110 others are being treated at home.

      Their condition is good. A total of 412 of them have recovered.

    • 18:40

      Hospital for COVID-19 Patients in Moscow on Fire, Emergency Services Report

      Firefighters. File photo

      One Person Dies in Fire at Hospital in Northern Moscow, Emergency Services Say

      Russia has registered 10,817 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 198,676, the national coronavirus response centre said earlier today.
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    • 17:44

      Protesters Held for Breaking Lockdown Rules in Berlin - Videos

      Police officers use pepper spray at a demonstration on Alexanderplatz, in Berlin

      Protesters Held for Breaking Lockdown Rules in Berlin, Police Say

      BERLIN (Sputnik) - German police briefly detained 30 protesters in Berlin on Saturday for flouting social distancing rules during a rally against coronavirus shutdown, a police spokeswoman said in a statement.
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    • 17:25

      French Death Toll From COVID-19 Rises by 80 to 26,310

      "Since 1 March we have noted with regret 26,310 deaths linked to COVID-19, of them 16,573 have died in hospitals and 9,737 in social and medical-social facilities", the Health Ministry said in a press release.

      The ministry said 22,614 coronavirus patients were being treated in hospitals, with 265 admitted in the past 24 hours, 2,812 were in intensive care.

      France is preparing to start loosening coronavirus restrictions on Monday after weeks of declining hospitalisation rates. It restricted movement and closed nonessential businesses on 17 March.

    • 16:22

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Azerbaijan Exceeds 2,400 - Government

      BAKU (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Azerbaijan has surpassed 2,400, with the death toll at 31, the government's emergency centre said on Saturday.

      "We have performed 188,950 tests to date. We have discovered 2,422 counts of the coronavirus infection so far, 31 persons have died", the centre said.

      According to the centre, 7,420 tests were done on Saturday.

      "[There have been] 143 new cases of the infection. Three people have passed away today," it added.

      On 1 May, the authorities have extended the quarantine against COVID-19 until the end of the month.

    • 16:21

      Canada's Death Toll Rises to 4,628

    • 15:51

      Serbia's Coronavirus Tally Passes 10,000 After 89 New Cases

      BELGRADE (Sputnik) - The number of diagnosed coronavirus cases in Serbia has passed 10,000 after 89 people tested positive in the past day, the Health Ministry said Saturday.

      "The Republic of Serbia has recorded a total of 10,032 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 3 p.m. [13:00 GMT] 9 May 2020," the statement read.

      Further four patients have died in the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 213. The ministry said 1,437 people were being treated in hospitals, 43 of them in intensive care.

      The Serbian parliament voted to cancel the state of emergency on Wednesday, more than seven weeks after it was declared in a bid to curb the spread of the outbreak. The Balkan nation has allowed shopping malls to reopen and plans to restart air traffic on 18 May.

    • 15:48

      Italy's Death Toll Rises by 194 to 30,395

    • 15:07

      UK Death Toll Up by 346 - Minister

    • 14:04

      Belgium Reports 585 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours as Total Nears 52,600

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Belgium has grown by 585 to reach 52,596 over the past day, and 76 more people died of the disease taking the death toll to 8,581, Belgium’s Federal Public Health Service said on Saturday.

      On Friday, Belgian authorities reported 591 new cases of the infection and 107 fatalities.

      According to the public health officials, 2,381 people in the country are currently undergoing treatment in hospitals for the coronavirus disease, down from 2,555 the day before. In total, 13,411 people have been discharged after receiving treatment.

      Belgium has relaxed a number of the social distancing measures enforced in March to curb the spread of the disease. From Monday, companies and shops have been allowed to reopen providing that staff has no direct contact with clients.

      All stores will be allowed to reopen from May 11, including street vendors, as part of the second phase of the easing of lockdown measures. Residents will also be allowed to receive up to four guests at their home, although it is recommended that such meetings take place outdoors.

      Restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs in Belgium will be gradually reopened from June 8.

    • 14:03

      Japanese Carmakers Resuming Production Abroad After COVID-19 Pause - Reports

      TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japanese carmakers are looking to gradually resume production at their facilities abroad as countries around the world reopen economies hit by the coronavirus pandemic, national media reported.

      According to the NHK broadcaster, Toyota Motor Corporation is set to reopen one of its two factories in the United Kingdom that was closed in mid-March on 13 May. A plant in Turkey will resume operations starting 12 May.

      In April, the carmaker restarted production in Poland and France. It is now also mulling resuming production in Russia and reopening the other plant in the UK.

      Nissan intends to reopen its plant in Russia on 18 May and the one in the UK in early June.

      Suzuki Motor Corporation, meanwhile, will restart production at a plant in the town of Manesar in India’s northern state of Haryana on 12 May.

    • 13:04

      Iran Confirms 1,529 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Exceeds 106,000 - Reports

      TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Iran registered 1,529 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, and the overall tally increased to 106,220, media reported Saturday, citing the Iranian Health Ministry.

      According to ISNA news agency, 48 patients have died of the disease over the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 6,589.

      At the same time, the number of recoveries has reached 85,064.

    • 11:59

      US Records Nearly 28,000 New Coronavirus Cases - Johns Hopkins

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States saw 27,900 people test positive for the new coronavirus in the past day, according to data published Saturday by the Johns Hopkins University.

      The data dashboard shows daily cases have been rising this week, with a high of 28,400 reported Friday. The all-time record of 36,300 diagnosed cases was reported on 24 April.

      The country recorded 1,518 virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, down from 2,231 in the previous day. The overall death toll has reached 77,180.

      More than 1.28 million people have contracted COVID-19 in the US since the start of the outbreak. 

    • 11:31

      NBA Commissioner Says Next Season to be Held Without Spectators

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      Next NBA Season May Be Held Behind Closed Doors - Commissioner

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The next season of the National Basketball Association (NBA), men's professional basketball league of North America, may be held without spectators, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said.
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    • 09:22

      Slovakia Registers No New Cases for First Time in Over a Month - Government

    • 09:21

      Malaysia Reports 54 New Cases, One Fatality - Health Ministry

    • 09:15

      COVID-19 Claims Lives of 179 in Spain, Down from 229 Day Before - Health Ministry

    • 09:12

      Indonesia Registers 533 New Cases, Bringing Total to 13,645 - Health Ministry Official

    • 08:33

      Philippines Reports 147 New Cases, 8 Deaths - Health Ministry

    • 07:45

      Russia Reports 10,817 New Cases, 104 Fatalities Over Past 24 Hours - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 10,817 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours (10,699 yesterday), bringing the total to 198,676, the national coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, 10,817 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 84 regions. Of these, 4,399 (or 40.7 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms", the centre said in a statement.

      This brings the total tally to 198,676 (+5.8 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

      Of all the new cases, 5,667 have been registered in Moscow, 1,075 in Moscow region and 425 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 5,846, 918 and 375, respectively).

      The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 104 (98 yesterday) to 1,827.

      Record 5,308 COVID-19 patients have recovered over the past 24 hours (2,805 yesterday), bringing the total number of cured people to 31,916.

    • 07:33

      2,520 Patients Recover From COVID-19 in Moscow, Total Recoveries Reach 12,779 - Deputy Mayor

    • 07:11

      Singapore Registers 753 New Coronavirus Cases - Health Ministry

    • 06:36

      India's Coronavirus Case Tally Nears 60,000 - Health Ministry

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in India has risen by over 3,300 over the past 24 hours (3,390 yesterday) to 59,662, according to the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

      The death toll has increased by 95 (103 yesterday) to 1,981 over the past 24 hours, according to the ministry.

      As many as 1,308 COVID-19 patients in India have recovered over the same period of time (1,273 yesterday), bringing the total number of cured people to 17,846, the ministry added.

      A total of 39,834 COVID-19 patients are currently receiving treatment in the country.

      The central state of Maharashtra remains the most affected one, with 19,063 cases, followed by the western state of Gujarat with 7,402 cases, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi with 6,318 cases.

    • 06:14

      Russia Conducts Over 4 Million COVID-19 Tests

    • 05:57

      What's Behind Five Eyes & US Spies' Discord With Trump Over Wuhan Lab COVID-19 Theory

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      Five Eyes and US spies' stance on the origins of the coronavirus outbreak clearly contradicts the White House's Wuhan lab theory. American and British academics have explained what is behind the apparent discord between Trump and the US intelligence community.
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    • 05:33

      Thailand Confirms 4 New COVID-19 Cases, 1 Death

    • 05:13

      Coronavirus Breakthrough? German Scientists Created and Sampled Artificial Antibodies

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      Coronavirus Breakthrough? German Scientists Created and Sampled Artificial Antibodies

      A team of researchers from Germany has found an antibody that blocks the SARS coronavirus-2 and thus prevents infection. The product would be particularly suitable for severe forms of the disease, but also prevention in risk groups. However, to ensure a safe effect, further research is required to discover other such antibodies.
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    • 04:36

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in South Korea Rises by 18 to 10,840

    • 04:34

      Number of Infected in Germany Reaches 168,551, Death Toll Spikes to 7,369

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Germany has confirmed 1,251 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 168,551, the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday.

      The death toll has grown by 103 to 7,369 people within the time period. A day earlier, the country confirmed 1,209 new cases and 147 fatalities.

      More than 143,000 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Germany since the beginning of the outbreak.

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