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    Countries Ease Lockdown Measures While COVID-19 Cases Surpass 4 Mln Worldwide (197)
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    The pandemic continues spreading across the world, with over 5,490,900 infected globally, including more than 345,900 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University count. The United States remains the country hardest hit by the virus.

    At the moment, the highest death tolls are in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Fatalities in the US have topped 98,000, of which at least 29,229 have died in New York City only.

    Russia has registered more than 353,000, of which more than 3,630 have died and over 118,000 have recovered.

    Many countries have since announced the easing of pandemic-induced restrictions and plan to resume domestic and international travel in the coming weeks.

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    • 01:30

      South Korea Registers 19 New COVID-19 Cases - KCDC

    • 00:29

      Mainland China Registers Seven New Imported Cases of Coronavirus - Health Authorities

    • 00:08

      Mexico Registers 71,105 Cases of COVID-19, Including 7,633 Fatalities - Health Ministry

    • 22:53

      Brazil Registers 807 New Deaths From Coronavirus - Health Ministry

    • 22:01

      Number of COVID Cases in Transnistria Rises by 9 to 887, No New Deaths - Response Centre

      TIRASPOL (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR, or Transnistria) has risen by nine - down from 22 the day before - to 887, the PMR's coronavirus response centre said.

      The death toll is unchanged from yesterday's figure, at 35, the centre said.

      A total of five people have recovered over the past day (down from 14 on Sunday), so the number of recoveries has reached 489.

    • 20:46

      Moscow's Coronavirus Death Toll Rises by 76 to 2,110 - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow has registered 76 deaths of patients with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 2,110, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Monday.

      "Another 76 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", it said.

      In the previous day, 41 people infected with the coronavirus died in the city.

      Russia's overall number of recorded coronavirus cases has topped 353,000. The country's COVID-19 death toll is over 3,630. More than 118,000 people have recovered.

      Moscow's case tally currently exceeds 166,000, with over 53,000 recoveries.

    • 20:45

      Ireland Registers Zero New COVID-19 Deaths for 1st Time Since 21 March - Health Department

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - There have been no deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours in Ireland, the first time since 21 March, the Health Department said on Monday.

      On Sunday, the country's death toll increased by 4, and the total number of cases rose by 57.

      "There have been no additional deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in the past 24 hours - this marks the first day with no deaths reported since 21 March", the department said, adding that 59 new cases have been detected.

      The death toll has decreased from 1,608 to 1,606, as two cases have been denotified.

      Ireland has confirmed a total of 24,698 cases.

    • 19:51

      Global Number of COVID-19 Cases Exceeds 5.3 Mln, Over 342,000 Dead - WHO

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the globe has surpassed 5.3 million, while the global death toll is more than 342,000, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

      There have been over 102,790 new cases registered worldwide, bringing the overall number to 5,307,298, per the WHO estimations.

      The number of deaths has increased by 4,383 to 342,070.

    • 18:40

      WHO Has No Date for Mission to Look Into COVID-19 Origins in China, Official Says

      "We've been in discussions day-to-day with our colleagues in China about putting together the necessary scientific inquiries into the origin of the virus ... I think we will be very pleased to continue those discussions. I don't believe there's a date yet for a scientific mission, but we will be looking forward to doing that as soon as possible and with the right mix of scientific experts from multinational perspective to join such a team", Michael Ryan, the executive director of the health emergencies programme, said during a briefing.

    • 18:27

      Kuwait Will Not Prolong 24-Hour Curfew Beyond 30 May, Interior Minister Says

    • 18:12

      WHO Says Has No Data Indicating COVID-19 Will Resurge in Winter Months

      "We are five months into this pandemic. We have five months worth of data on COVID-19. We do have some experience with SARS [Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, outbreak in China in 2002-2003], we do have some experience with MERS [Middle East respiratory syndrome], we do have some experience with other human coronaviruses, but there is nothing right now to indicate that this virus will resurge in winter months", Maria Van Kerkhove, COVID-19 technical lead at WHO, said, adding that "What we know and what we need to prepare for is that the virus can resurge if we give it an opportunity".

      The WHO expert reiterated that many people remained susceptible to the virus, which meant that "the virus is there regardless of temperature, regardless of the month".

      "If we think of waves, if we think of winter months, if we think of flu ... when we have co-infection, co-circulation of influenza and COVID-19, as we are seeing in the Southern Hemisphere, that could complicate our understanding. Because if we don't have testing in place we don't know what people are infected with. And so it could potentially flood the system", van Kerkhove said.

      She urged all countries to "remain on high alert" in terms of their ability to test, isolate and care for COVID-19 cases.

    • 17:55

      UK's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises by 121 to 36,914

    • 17:38

      Europe's First Lung Transplantation on COVID-19 Patient Successfully Conducted in Vienna


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      VIENNA (Sputnik) - Doctors of the Medical University of Vienna's General Hospital successfully carried out the first lung transplantation on a COVID-19 patient in Europe, the University said in a statement on Monday.
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    • 17:32

      Africa Least Affected Region Globally in Terms of COVID-19 Cases, WHO Chief Says

    • 17:23

      Turkey Reports 987 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Stands at Over 157,814

    • 17:14

      Dubai to Resume Business Activity Starting From 27 May, Crown Prince Says

    • 17:14

      New York State Reports 96 New Coronavirus Deaths

      "The number of lives lost – 96 – is still painfully high, but only in the relative absurdity of our situation is that relatively good news", New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said during a daily press briefing.

      The state saw daily deaths drop below 100 to a record low of 84 last Friday for the first time since March, before going up to 109 on Saturday. The death toll is now 23,391.

    • 16:53

      Cummings Defends His Travels Amid Lockdown Citing Lack of Reasonable Childcare Options in London

      Dominic Cummings, special advisor for Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reads the official Government guidelines on lockdown while answering questions from the media after making a statement at 10 Downing Street, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), London, Britain, 25 May 2020.

      'No Regrets': Dominic Cummings Calls His COVID-19 Lockdown Violation 'Reasonable' Amid Outcry

      Boris Johnson's aide Cummings has landed in hot water after he travelled to Durham in March to self-isolate with his family in defiance of lockdown rules. He reportedly made another trip in April.
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    • 15:56

      WHO's Solidarity Trial to Pause Hydroxychloroquine Tests Amid Safety Concerns, Tedros Says

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      More than 40,000 healthcare workers from across the world are reportedly taking part in a global trial of two anti-malarial drugs - hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine - to check their effectiveness in preventing the COVID-19 infection, with the first tests having begun in the UK cities of Brighton and Oxford.
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    • 15:23

      Saudi Arabia Records Over 2,000 New COVID-19 Cases Amid Curfew - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia has increased by 2,235 to 74,795, showing a positive dynamic, Al Arabiya website reported on Monday, citing the country's Health Ministry.

      On Sunday, the daily increase of cases was 2,399, with the death toll standing at 390.

      The country has also confirmed 2,148 recoveries, bringing the overall number to 45,668. The current death toll is at 399.

      The country has imposed a 24-hour curfew from Saturday until this Wednesday in order to halt the spread of the virus.

    • 15:02

      Kremlin Spokesman Peskov Says Discharged From Hospital After Treatment for COVID-19

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      Kremlin Spokesman Peskov Discharged from Hospital Where He Was Treated for COVID-19

      The spokesperson for the president announced that his COVID-19 test had returned positive on 12 May and said that he had been taken to hospital. His spouse Tatyana Navka also tested positive for the coronavirus.
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    • 14:26

      UK Health Chiefs Say Preliminary Daily Death Toll Down to Double Figures

      The UK has reported 77 new cases with total fatalities standing at 36,870.

    • 13:59

      Austrian Social Media Users Express Support for President Following His Curfew Violation

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      Austrian Social Media Users Express Support for President Following His Curfew Violation

      VIENNA (Sputnik) - Many Austrians have expressed their support for President Alexander Van der Bellen through social media after he was spotted dining out after the 11 p.m. curfew time.
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    • 13:57

      Moscow Planning to Continue Gradual Easing of Coronavirus Restrictions, Mayor Sobyanin Says

    • 13:34

      Five Steps Trump Administration Has Taken So Far to Save US Economy Amid Pandemic

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    • 13:22

      Former Bolivian Health Minister Jailed for 3 Months Over Corrupt Ventilator Purchase Amid Pandemic

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A judge in Bolivia has placed former Health Minister Marcelo Navajas in pretrial detention for three months over the corrupt purchase of ventilators during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the newspaper La Razon reports.

      Navajas was arrested this past week while still in office. After the minister was detained, interim President Jeanine Anez Chavez removed him from his post.

      During a 10-hour court hearing on Sunday, Judge Hugo Huacani ordered Navajas to be incarcerated at La Paz’s San Pedro prison, the newspaper stated. Three other officials, including Fernando Valenzuela, the former legal affairs director at Bolivia’s Health Ministry, have also been placed in pretrial detention for six months.

      The scandal relates to the purchase of ventilators from Spain, which, upon arrival, were found not to meet World Health Organisation standards. Later, it became known that the Bolivian government paid more than $27,000 for each of the 170 ventilators, a fee many times higher than market value.

    • 13:11

      Spanish Government to End 14-Day Quarantine for Foreign Tourists Starting 1 July

    • 12:40

      Ex-German Finance Minister Confirms Support for EU Economic Recovery Plan to Tackle COVID-19 Crisis

      A man wearing a face mask walks past the European Commission headquarters as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Brussels, Belgium May 14, 2020

      Ex-German Finance Minister Confirms Support for EU Economic Recovery Plan to Tackle COVID-19 Crisis

      Last week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron proposed that a hefty recovery fund should be set up to shore up EU economies struggling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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    • 12:28

      Terraces in Madrid Reopen for Visitors as Part of Coronavirus Restrictions Easing - Video

      People wearing face masks sit at an outdoor seating section of a kiosk at Retiro Park as it is reopened for the first time in more than 2 months amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Madrid, Spain May 25, 2020

      Terraces in Madrid Reopen for Visitors as Part of Coronavirus Restrictions Easing - Video

      The coronavirus situation in Spain has noticeably improved in recent days as the country reported a decline in the number of new cases. Spain, however, remains the fifth most-affected nation globally counting some 235,290 cases, according to the WHO.
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    • 11:51

      Iran’s Daily Deaths Drop to 2.5-Month Low, Toll Nearing 7,500

    • 11:33

      Sweden Allocates 38 Mln Euros for Humanitarian Aid Amid Crisis Caused by Pandemic

    • 11:13

      France Allocates $490 Bln to Support Economy During Coronavirus Crisis

    • 10:51

      Syria’s COVID-19 Total Tops 100 After 20 New Cases Confirmed

    • 10:31

      Netherlands Confirms Second Case of Mink Transmitting Coronavirus to Human

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Another worker at a mink farm in the Netherlands appears to have been infected with the new coronavirus by the furry mammal, the Dutch agriculture minister said Monday.

      The first case of mink-to-human transmission was reported a week ago at one of two farms in the country's south that saw an outbreak of the infection.

      "A second case of a mink passing SARS-CoV-2 (CoV-2) to a human has recently been recorded at an infected mink farm. It looks similar to the first case," Carola Schouten said in a letter to parliament.

      The farms in the North Brabant province are in the country's epicenter of the outbreak.

      he minister said that both infections happened before the minks were found to carry the virus. She said protective gear could help prevent further transmissions.

    • 10:24

      Poland Records No COVID-19 Fatalities in 24 Hours for 1st Time Since Late March

    • 10:05

      Ukraine's COVID-19 Tally Tops 21,000, Daily Rise Drops to 259

    • 09:41

      German Cabinet Plans to Ease Some Coronavirus Restrictions Starting 6 June, Reports Suggest

    • 09:37

      Malaysia Confirms 172 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 09:03

      PM Abe Cancels COVID-19 State of Emergency in Japan

      The Japanese government lifted the state of emergency on Monday, cancelling restrictions which have been in effect in 5 of the country's 47 prefectures, including Tokyo, Hokkaido, Tibam Saitama, and Kanagawa.

      All other regions previously cancelled the restrictions, as the number of new cases in Japan decreased.

    • 08:08

      Most Sectors of Moscow Economy to Recover When COVID-19 Restrictions Lifted, Deputy Mayor Says

    • 07:40

      Russia Confirms 8,946 New COVID-19 Cases, Bringing Total to 353,427

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 8,946 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (8,599 yesterday), bringing the total count to 353,427, the national coronavirus response centre said on Monday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, 8,946 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 83 regions. Of these, 3,908 (or 43.7 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the centre said in a statement.

      This brings the total tally to 353,427 (+2.6 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

      Of the new cases, 2,560 were registered in Moscow, 831 in the Moscow Region, and 374 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 2,516, 862, and 384, respectively).

      The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 92 (153 yesterday) to 3,633.

      As many as 5,499 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Russia over the past 24 hours (5,363 yesterday), bringing the total number of cured people to 118,798.

    • 07:24

      UK Government Reportedly Plans to Rescue 'Strategically Important' Companies Amid COVID-19 Crisis

      a British flag is blown by the wind near to Big Ben's clock tower in front of the UK Houses of Parliament in central London

      UK Government Reportedly Plans to Rescue 'Strategically Important' Companies Amid COVID-19 Crisis

      In mid-May, the Office for National Statistics said that UK's economy shrank by a record 5.8% from February to March as the COVID-19 crisis escalated and the government ordered a national lockdown to tackle the pandemic.
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    • 06:48

      80 Flights Cancelled on First Day Domestic Flights Resume in India After Two-Month Hiatus

       Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3

      80 Flights Cancelled on First Day Domestic Flights Resume in India After Two-Month Hiatus

      New Delhi (Sputnik): India suspended domestic and international air travel starting 25 March as a containment measure to mitigate COVID-19. The federal government has, however, announced the reopening of domestic flights on a limited scale and rolled out guidelines for passengers and airlines, despite corona cases now breaking daily records.
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    • 06:26

      India's COVID-19 Tally Tops 138,000 as Daily Rise Continues to Break Records

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – India’s COVID-19 tally has topped 138,000 as the country's daily increase in cases continues to break records for the fourth straight day, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Monday.

      The daily increase was 6,977. On Sunday, the country reported 6,767 new cases, which was also a record.

      The death toll has risen by 154 to 4,021. Recoveries have gone up by 3,280 to 54,440 in the past 24 hours.

      The number of active cases is 77,103.

    • 06:07

      Over 8.9Mln COVID-19 Tests Conducted in Russia

    • 05:55

      US to Donate 1,000 Ventilators to Brazil, NSC Says After Trump Issues New Entry Ban

    • 05:46

      Germany Reports 289 New COVID-19 Cases Amid Significant Decline in Daily Positive Tests

    • 05:30

      Thailand Confirms Two New Coronavirus Cases, One New Fatality

    • 04:45

      Japan's Cabinet Sees No Need to Extend COVID-19 Emergency

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