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    The number of those diagnosed with coronavirus across the globe has reached 5,200,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US is the most-affected country with over 1,600,000 infected, while Brazil has now occupied second place, with more than 330,000 confirmed cases.

    At the moment, the global death toll from the virus has reached 338,183. The US tops the list with over 96,000 fatalities, followed by the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and France. New York remains the city hardest hit by the pandemic, with almost 200,000 infected and 21,086 deaths from COVID-19.

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      Gaza Strip Reports Its First Death From COVID-19

      "A 77-year-old woman with COVID-19 died in a hospital in the Rafah Border Crossing, she has recently returned to Gaza from Egypt", Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Kidra said.

      The Palestinian Authority has confirmed 55 COVID-19 cases from the start of the pandemic. Thirty-nine of them remain under quarantine, while sixteen people have recovered, according to the official. The number of deaths from COVID-19 across the Palestinian Authority now stands at four.

    • 13:41

      Spain to Declare 10-Day Mourning Period for COVID-19 Victims

      MADRID (Sputnik) - Spain will declare a ten-day mourning period starting Tuesday for those who have perished from the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Saturday, as the country eases its coronavirus restrictions.

      "We have stopped the worst calamity of the century. The task of restoring our country lies ahead. The government will adopt an official statement on a mourning period starting Tuesday. The mourning will last for ten days. Flags will be lowered on all state buildings and naval vessels. With this mourning period, we want to show our recognition of all victims [of COVID-19]", Sanchez said during a press conference.

      Spain has confirmed a total of 234,824 cases, with a death toll of 28,628.

    • 13:27

      COVID-19 Tally in Azerbaijan Approaches 4,000 as Lockdown Continues

      "We have detected 3,982 cases of the coronavirus in Azerbaijan to date, with 2,506 people having recovered, 49 people having passed away, [and] 1,427 people continuing to receive treatment in specialised clinics", the centre said in a statement.

      On Friday, the overall tally increased by 106.

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

    • 13:09

      Vatican Museums to Open 1 June After Months of Break Over COVID-19

      "From this coming 1st June, the Vatican Museums will once again open their doors to the public, after the long months of health crisis due to the COVID-19 infection", the Vatican Museums' website said.

      Museums will work from 10:00 to 20:00 local time (from 08:00 to 18:00 GMT) from Monday to Thursday, and until 22:00 on Fridays and Saturdays.

      The museums will follow social distancing and hygiene measures, including temperature measuring at the entrance, the mandatory wearing of protective masks during the entire stay in museums. In addition, medical staff will be on duty in museums for possible assistance to visitors.

    • 13:02

      Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem to Reopen on Sunday

      "Following the situation development in the Holy Land, we the Heads of the Three Communities, custodians of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre and Resurrection, wish to inform that starting on Sunday 24th this most Holy Place will be accessible again to the faithful for visits and prayers", Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III said, as quoted on the official website of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

      The patriarch added that for safety reasons, the number of people visiting the church would be limited to 50 at a time and that the Basilica would be open only to those who have no fever or other symptoms of COVID-19. People will also have to wear face masks, maintain a distance of 2 metres (six feet) from each other, and avoid touching or kissing sacred objects.

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    • 12:25

      Iran Records Downward Trend With 1,869 COVID-19 Cases Over Past Day

      "Over the past 24 hours, 1,869 new cases of the coronavirus infection were registered. Overall, 133,521 people have been infected, however, 104,072 have fully recovered", Kianoush Jahanpour, spokesman for Iran's Health Ministry, told the IRINN TV channel.

      Moreover, 59 COVID-19 carriers died over the given period, taking the death toll to 7,359 since the start of the outbreak.

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    • 10:59

      Russian Health Agency Says Still Inspecting Ventilators After Fires in COVID-19 Hospitals

      MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - Roszdravnadzor, Russia's healthcare watchdog, told Sputnik on Saturday that it was still examining a lung ventilation equipment model that could have caused deadly fires in hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in Moscow and St. Petersburg, also noting it was too early to come to any conclusions.

      "Roszdravnadzor is still inspecting Aventa-M artificial ventilation machines, as well as performing technical tests, so it is premature to arrive at any conclusions", the service said in a statement.

      On 9 May, a blaze broke out on the first floor of the treatment block of Moscow's City Clinical Hospital No. 50, resulting in one patient dying. A similar incident took place in St. Petersburg on 12 May, with a death toll of six. Both hospitals were treating patients with COVID-19 and had artificial lung ventilators, which are said to be a possible reason behind both fires.


      Aventa-M lung ventilators are manufactured by Concern Radio-Electronic Technologies JSC (KRET), part of Russian state-owned high-tech conglomerate Rostec. After the fires, Roszdravnadzor suspended the use of all these devices manufactured after 1 April 2020.

    • 10:33

      Dominic Cummings' Lockdown Journey Was in Line With Guidelines, Downing Street Says

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    • 09:10

      Tokyo Confirms Two New Cases, Showing the Lowest Increase Since Beginning of Pandemic

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    • 08:45

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    • 08:08

      COVID-19 Immunity Found in 12% of Over 50,000 Antibody Blood Tests Participants in Moscow

      COVID-19 Immunity Found in 12% of Over 50,000 Antibody Blood Test Participants in Moscow
      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over 50,000 Moscow residents have taken part in coronavirus antibody blood tests so far and coronavirus immunity was detected in 12 percent of these individuals, the head of the Moscow Healthcare Department, Alexei Khripun, said on Saturday.

      On 15 May, Moscow launched mass random testing for COVID-19 antibodies. It is free and voluntary.

      "Out of more than 50,000 tested Muscovites, lgG antibodies were detected in 12 percent. It means that these people are forming or have already formed the immunity to the coronavirus infection", Khripun said at a press conference.

      The official noted that the results range from 11 percent in the southwest of the capital to more than 13 percent in the southeast.

      In addition, Khripun said that authorities in Moscow were planning to test up to 6 million residents for coronavirus antibodies.

      "The scope of the testing ranges from 3 to 6 million, this is, of course, a study unprecedented in scope”, Khripun added.

      The official also said that an understanding of how population immunity is formed would help prepare for the next wave of the pandemic, which is likely to take place.

      So far, Moscow has recorded 161,397 cases of the coronavirus with 3,190 of them registered over the past 24 hours. The death toll in the capital has reached 1,934, while as many as 47,413 patients have recovered from the disease.

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    • 05:57

      Taiwan to Start Human Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine This Fall

      BEIJING, May 23 (Sputnik) - Taiwanese scientists are planning to begin human trials for a potential vaccine against the coronavirus this fall, Vice President of Taiwan Lai Ching-te said.

      The official on Friday visited a laboratory of the National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) in the township of Zhunan in northern Miaoli County and talked to specialists who are directly involved in virus research and vaccine development.

      "I visited the National Health Research Institutes and the vaccine manufacturing plant to understand what progress has been achieved at this stage in the research and development of a vaccine [against the coronavirus]. Human trials will be carried out this fall”, the vice president wrote on his Facebook.

    • 05:20

      Uzbekistan Reports 3,078 Infected

    • 04:58

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in South Korea Rises by 23 to 11,165

    • 04:48

      Coronavirus Tally in Germany Reaches 177,850, At Least 3,720 Have Died From Disease

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      Number of Infected in India Rises to 125,101

    • 04:42

      Thailand Reports Three New Cases

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