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    Countries Ease Lockdown Measures While COVID-19 Cases Surpass 4 Mln Worldwide (197)

    The global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has topped 355,000; over 5.69 million cases of the infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.

    The United States still has the highest case count in the world, with over 1,699,000. The death toll from the disease topped 100,000 on Wednesday.

    Meanwhile, countries across the world have started to gradually ease coronavirus-induced lockdown and return to their normal daily activities, as the number of cases registered daily has decreased.

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    • 03:09

      Germany's COVID-19 Tally Rises by 353 to 179,717, Deaths Rise by 62 to 8,411- Robert Koch Institute

    • 02:04

      Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Iraq Surpasses 5,000 - Health Ministry

      CAIRO (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Iraq has topped 5,000, with 287 new cases of infection registered over the past 24 hours, the country's Health Ministry said in a statement.

      "The Health Ministry's laboratories registered 287 cases of infection today", the ministry said on its Facebook page.

      The overall number of confirmed cases rose to 5,135, including 175 deaths and 2,904 recoveries.

    • 01:37

      South Korea Registers 79 New Cases of Coronavirus - KCDC

      SEOUL (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea has risen for the first time since early April by 79 to 11,344 over the past day, the Health Ministry's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

      In early April, the daily increase in cases in South Korea dropped below 40, later stabilizing at about 10-20 cases. On 6 May, it dipped to two. However, later, the authorities discovered a new cluster linked to a young man who visited several clubs in Itaewon and tested positive for COVID-19 on 6 May. In total, the tally of cases linked to this cluster has reached 259. Separately, concerns are rising over a hotspot connected to a retail logistics center in the city of Bucheon, which is 15.5 miles west of Seoul. A total of 69 cases have been confirmed to be tied to it.

      Out of 79 new cases, 68 resulted from the internal transmission. Almost all of them have been recorded in the central part of the country.

      The death toll has not changed over the past day and stands at 269 people. The number of recoveries has reached 10,340.

    • 00:06

      Mexico Registers 78,023 Cases of COVID-19, Including 8,597 Deaths - Health Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 463 to 8,597 within the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health said.

      The ministry's director of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia, also said on late Friday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 3,463 to 78,023 within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, the Latin American nation has recorded 3,455 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 501 fatalities.

    • 00:04

      China Reports Two New Imported Cases of COVID-19 - Health Authorities

      BEIJING (Sputnik) – China has registered two new cases of COVID-19 within the past 24 hours, with no people having died of the disease, the National Health Commission said on Thursday.

      Both cases are imported ones and have been recorded in Shanghai and in the province of Fujian. The authorities also reported about 23 new asymptomatic cases.

      "The National Health Commission received information about 82,995 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by a new type of coronavirus from 31 provinces [regions and municipalities], including 73 currently ill people. 4,634 people have died, 78,288 have been discharged from hospitals", the commission said in a statement.

    • 23:53

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Egypt Nears 20,000 – Ministry of Health

      CAIRO (Sputnik) – Egypt recorded on Wednesday record 910 new cases of the coronavirus, with the total number reaching 19,666, a spokesperson for the national Ministry of Health said.

      "910 new positive coronavirus tests have been registered ... 19 people have died of the disease within the past 24 hours", Khaled Mugahed said in a statement on late Wednesday.

      He added that the death toll had reached 816 people, while the number of recoveries stood at 5,205.

    • 22:57

      Coronavirus Global Death Toll Surpasses 349,000, Case Count Nears 5.5 Million - WHO

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The global death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen over the past 24 hours by 5,581 to 349,095, the World Health Organiыation (WHO) said in its daily situation report.

      The number of confirmed cases has increased by 84,314 to 5,488,825, the WHO said.

      Most cases of infection are recorded in the Americas - 2,495,924, with 145,810 deaths.

    • 22:26

      Brazil Registers 411,821 Cases of COVID-19, Deaths Reach 25,598 - Health Ministry

      RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Brazil, has increased by 1,086 to 25,598 within the past 24 hours, the national Health Ministry said on late Wednesday.

      Within the same period of time, the number of confirmed cases has risen by 20,599 to 411,821.

      A day earlier, Brazil reported about 16,324 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,039 new fatalities.

    • 21:49

      Moscow's Coronavirus Death Toll Rises by Another 71 to 2,254 - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow has registered 71 deaths of patients with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) over the past 24 hours - nearly the same number as yesterday - bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 2,254, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement.

      "A total of 71 patients who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection have died in Moscow", the centre said.

      The day before, 73 people died from COVID-19 in Moscow, bringing the number of deaths to 2,183.

    • 21:37

      US Deaths From Coronavirus Exceed 100,000 - Johns Hopkins University

      Workers move body of deceased person at University Hospital during outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Newark

      US COVID-19 Death Toll Count Tops 100,000 - Johns Hopkins

      According to a COVID-19 database maintained by Maryland-based Johns Hopkins University, the United States surpassed 100,000 deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday.
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    • 21:27

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Turkey Rises by 1,035 to 159,797 – Health Minister

      "Today, 1,035 new cases have been discovered, the total number of those infected has reached 159,797. We have lost 34 patients today, the death toll amounts to 4,431 people", Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca wrote on his Twitter page on late Wednesday.

    • 17:51

      Moscow Sends Doctors, Medicines, Tests to Regions to Help Fight COVID-19 - Deputy Mayor

      MOSCOW, May 27 (Sputnik) - Moscow will send teams of doctors, medicines and COVID-19 antibodies tests to Russian regions that need help in the fight against the coronavirus, Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova told reporters on Wednesday.

      "The load on the health care system is on decline, it allows us to provide practical assistance to the regions. About 40 specialists will depart to help them," Rakova said.

      The first flights will depart on Wednesday to North Ossetia, Ingushetia, Dagestan and Trans-Baikal Territory. In the future, the same teams of doctors will go to Pskov and Vladimir.

      "Doctors will spend about 2 weeks in the regions. Six teams of six doctors each will go to the regions," Rakova said.

      Moscow will also send more than 200,000 packages of medicines worth over 280 million rubles ($4 million) to regions, she said.

      Over 300,000 rapid tests for antibodies to coronavirus will also be sent to regions, the deputy mayor added.

    • 17:42

      Moscow Mayor Extends Pass Regime Until 14 June, But Gives Some Relief From 1 June

      MOSCOW, May 27 (Sputnik) - Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin signed a decree on the extension of self-isolation, pass regime and other restrictive measures, which were introduced in the city to constraint COVID-19 spread, until June 14, but some of restrictions will be eased from June 1.

      "To prohibit holding of sports, entertainment, public and other public events in Moscow through June 14," the mayor's decree says.

      However, the second stage of easing coronavirus-related restrictions will start on June 1, with many trade and service enterprises resuming work, Sobyanin said.

      "On June 1, 2020, we will begin the second stage of easing restrictions, under which many trade and service enterprises will resume work, and the city's residents will be able to go for walks, albeit with restrictions," the mayor said in his blog.

    • 16:35

      Italian Prime Minister Unveils Plan to Restore Country After COVID-19 Pandemic

      ROME, May 27 (Sputnik) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday outlined his seven-point plan for social and economic restoration following the COVID-19 pandemic, including drastic changes in state governance.

      "We will implement measures leading to a cultural revolution in public administration. We should encourage public officials to take on their respective duties while maintaining transparency and rigor. We will make it so honest officials [can] avoid legal ambiguities via precise definitions of 'abuse of office' and 'responsibility before the state' terms," Conte said in a letter to the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

      He also stressed the importance of digital investment, the creation of a green economy, and the widespread implementation of remote work, as well as making digital technology available across the country.

      "We can use the European resources to create the country's strategic infrastructure, starting with major telecommunication, water and energy networks," the prime minister added.

      According to the European Commission's forecast, the Italian GDP growth will drop by 9.5 percent this year, with unemployment reaching 11.8 percent, and the gross public debt spiking to 158.9 percent of the GDP, compared to 134.8 in 2019.

    • 16:32

      WHO Does Not Advise Hydroxychloroquine for COVID Treatment Outside Randomized Trials

      MOSCOW, May 27 (Sputnik) - The World Health Organization (WHO) does not advise the use of hydroxychloroquine for the coronavirus treatment outside randomized trials and without proper clinical supervision, Executive Director of the WHO's Health Emergencies Programme Michael Ryan said Wednesday.

      Earlier this week, WHO said it was suspending a Solidarity trial of the hydroxychloroquine citing some safety concerns for its use in the COVID-19 treatment.

      "We do not advise the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine for the treatment of COVID-19 outside randomized control trials or under appropriate close clinical supervision subject to whatever national regulatory authorities have decided," Ryan told a press conference.

      "Important, again, to reiterate that these drugs are extremely useful drugs in the treatment — and life-saving drugs in the treatment — of other diseases, particularly, lupus and malaria," Ryan said, adding that it was extremely important for people on those drugs under the clinical supervision to continue taking them.

    • 16:27

      WHO Says No Evidence That Previous COVID-19 Infection Protects From Contracting Virus Again

    • 15:36

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Canada Nears 87,000, Death Toll at 6,671 - Health Agency

      TORONTO, May 27 (Sputnik) - The number of Canadians confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus increased to 86,928 on Wednesday, updated data from the Public Health Agency revealed.

      The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-related death toll rose to 6,671, 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 - 48,598 - and 4,139 deaths.

      The province of Ontario trails with 26,483 confirmed cases and 2,155 COVID-19-related fatalities.

      The World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11. As of Wednesday, more than 5.6 million people have been infected with the virus worldwide, of which more than 351,000 have died, according data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

    • 15:35

      Eight Percent of New York City Residents Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus - Mayor

      WASHINGTON, May 27 (Sputnik) - The percentage of New York City residents who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus stands at 8 percent, Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

      "So important, the percentage of people tested citywide who are positive for COVID-19. Again, staying under that 15 percent threshold is what we want to see. We are at 8 percent today, and that is so good to see, every day we are in single digits," de Blasio said.

      The mayor said 55 residents suspected of having the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have been admitted to hospitals, while 400 infected residents are currently in intensive care units.

      "We are confident that number can continue to go down and will continue to go down. So, more work to do there, but on the right track," de Blasio said.

      The mayor also said that with respect to testing, New York City’s capacity is 27,000 tests per day and growing.

      "We are well on the way to our goal of getting to at least 50,000 tests in the coming weeks, and then we are gonna go and surpass that," de Blasio said.

      As of Wednesday morning, the United States has more than 1.6 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and almost 99,000 deaths caused by COVID-19, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center.

    • 15:34

      Tedros Announces Official Launch of WHO Foundation

      MOSCOW, May 27 (Sputnik) - Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday announced the official launch of the WHO foundation.

      "Since 2018, we have been hard at work supporting the establishment of the WHO foundation and today, after hard work of more than two years, it gives us enormous pleasure to launch it officially, to launch the WHO foundation. This is a historic step for WHO," Tedros told a briefing.

    • 15:16

      Head of Russia's Udmurt Republic Tests Positive for COVID-19 - Report

      The head of Russia's Udmurt Republic, Alexander Brechalov, has tested positive for coronavirus infection, the local response centre reported in its Telegram channel. 

    • 15:11

      The French Gov't Cancels Decree Permitting Hospitals to Use Hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 Treatment

      A health worker holds a box of hydroxychloroquine at the pharmacy of the Nossa Senhora da Conceicao hospital, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Porto Alegre, Brazil, May 26, 2020

      France Bans Use of Hydroxychloroquine as Treatment for COVID-19 Patients - Reports

      On Tuesday, the French High Council for Public Health (HCSP) and the Agency for the Safety of Health Products (ANSM) had suspended the use of hydroxychloroquine as a means to combat COVID-19 for both the treatment of patients and clinical trials.
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    • 14:51

      No COVID-19 Cases Reported in Tunisia Over Previous 24 Hours – Health Ministry

      CAIRO (Sputnik) – No new cases of the coronavirus disease have been registered in Tunisia over the past day, the country’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday, adding that the total number of those infected has remained at 1,051.

      On Monday, the health authorities confirmed three new COVID-19 cases.

      A total of 929 patients have been already discharged from hospitals, and the death toll now stands at 48, the ministry said in its statistical report published on Facebook, adding that it has not recorded any new coronavirus-related fatalities since Sunday.

      According to the ministry, there are 74 active cases, and two individuals are receiving special medical treatment.

      On Sunday, Tunisian Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh expressed hope that the country’s holiday season would resume in early July. Earlier in the month, the minister of major national projects, Lobna Jribi, said that the authorities were planning to reopen museums, hotels and mosques starting June 4 and potentially restart the entire economy on 14 June.

      The country’s authorities began gradually easing the economic restrictions introduced to curb the COVID-19 outbreak in early May, allowing factories, the service sector and construction agencies to resume activities.

      On 15 May, the Tunisian government lifted the ban on the operation of large shopping malls and trade markets. A curfew in Tunisia now lasts from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time (from 10:00 to 04:00 GMT).


    • 14:50

      Latvia May Lift Nationwide State of Emergency Over Pandemic After June 9 - Prime Minister

      RIGA (Sputnik) - The Latvian authorities are not planning to extend the nationwide state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic beyond 9 June, the country's Prime Minister Arturs Krisjanis Karins said on Wednesday, adding that some limitations would remain in force.

      "The state of emergency linked to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latvia is not planned to be extended after 9 June, however, some restrictions may remain following this date," Karins told reporters.

      The Baltic country declared the state of emergency over COVID-19 on 13 March.

    • 14:49

      Israel Allows Reopening of Cafes, Restaurants Amid Eased Lockdown - Authorities

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israel is gradually lifting its coronavirus-related restrictions and has allowed bars, restaurants, pubs and swimming pools to reopen starting Wednesday, the joint statement by the prime minister’s office, the Health Ministry and the Finance Ministry said.

      "Starting Wednesday, the work of restaurants, bars, pubs, swimming pools (except for swimming pools for toddlers), touristic sites, cable cars and boats is permitted," the statement read.

      Meanwhile, citizens are still required to respect social distancing rules and wear face masks in public places.

      Moreover, the Israeli authorities announced on Wednesday that the academic year in the country would be extended until 13 July. The country's schools, which were closed for more than two months, were re-opened in mid-May.

    • 13:31

      Daily Number of New COVID-19 Cases in Belarus Drops Below 900 for 1st Time Since Early May

      Belarus has confirmed 897 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, which is the lowest daily increase in a few weeks, the Belarusian Health Ministry's press service said on Wednesday, adding that the total count is now at 38,956.

      Since early May, the country's daily increase has surpassed 900. A peak of 973 new cases confirmed per day was reported on April 29.

      "We have recorded 38,956 people who tested positive for COVID-19. In total, 485,534 tests have been run. Since the outbreak," the press service said in a statement.

      The COVID-19 death toll in Belarus stands at 214.

      Meanwhile, 15,923 people have been fully cured since the outbreak began.

    • 13:11

      Moscow Mayor Proposes Opening Non-Food Shops, Allowing Walks, as COVID Situation Improves

      All non-food shops could open in Moscow on 1 June, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Wednesday, noting that the coronavirus situation in the city is not just stabilizing but already improving, and proposing allowing walks.

      "We propose opening from 1 June not only the entire food trade but all the non-food trade as well," Sobyanin told Russian President Vladimir Putin.

      "Second, opening part of consumer services, which do not envision a long personal contact: laundries, dry cleaners, repair shops and so on," Sobyanin added.

      The mayor went on to say that Moscow residents could also be allowed to have walks.

      "It is very much important to have a possibility to leave home, to have a walk in the street, in a public garden, in a park, and so on ... We propose doing it in a test mode, creating a schedule that will say when people living in a certain house can have a walk," Sobyanin said.

    • 13:10

      Iran's Daily Increase in COVID-19 Cases Again Over 2,000 as Total Surpasses 140,000

      Health authorities in Iran have detected 2,080 new coronavirus cases over the past day, up from 1,787 the day before, the spokesman for the Iranian Health Ministry, Kianush Jahanpur, said on Wednesday.

      Daily increments in the number of COVID-19 cases increased to consistently around 2,000 over the past few weeks after the Iranian government attempted testing waters with certain abatement of restrictions in early May.

      Over the past 24 hours 56 people died, Jahanpur said in a situation report, as broadcast by the IRINN YB channel.

      Increases in the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Iran have also been consistently around 50, with occasional spikes and drops as, for example, on Monday when the Iranian health authorities recorded a 2.5-month low of 34 deaths per one day.

      The overall number of cases in Iran has now grown to 141,591, according to the spokesman. This includes a total of 7,564 fatalities and 111,176 recoveries.

    • 13:08

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Romania Nears 18,600 Amid High-Alert Regime

      The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Romania has increased by 165 over the past 24 hours, up from 146 the day before, taking the country's cumulative total to 18,594, Romanian media reported on Wednesday, citing the government's COVID-19 strategic contact group.

      According to the Digi 24 broadcaster, the death toll has increased by 9 to a total of 1,210 fatalities.

      A total of 12,162 patients have recovered from the disease and been discharged from hospitals since the start of the outbreak, the media added.

      On 15 May the Romanian government lifted the two-month state of emergency over COVID-19 and replaced it with a 30-day high-level alert. People are required to wear masks in public transport and indoor public spaces. Food services, malls and educational institutions remain closed. Air traffic with other countries is still halted.

    • 13:02

      Switzerland to Allow Events of Up to 300 People From 6 June

    • 11:48

      Belgium Registers 137 New COVID-19 Cases, Daily Rate Continues to Decline

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Belgium has increased by 137 over the past day compared to 198 the day before, marking a steady decline in new infections amid the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions across the country, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

      According to the ministry's data, the total COVID-19 tally in Belgium is now at 57,592. A total of 220 patients remain in intensive care, which is a decrease from 249 on Tuesday. Another 36 people with COVID-19 have been hospitalized over the past 24 hours compared to 39 the day before. A total of 145 people were discharged from hospitals.

      The death toll has risen by 36 over the past 24 hours and now stands at 9,364.

      On 4 May, Belgium began relaxing its coronavirus-related restrictions. Businesses that do not require direct contact with customers were allowed to resume operations. All stores and street stalls have been allowed to reopen and Belgians are allowed to receive guests, but with certain limitations — up to four people belonging to the same family and preferably in gardens and other outdoor venues.

      Restaurants, bars and night clubs are expected to reopen on 8 June.

    • 10:24

      UN Warns Food Crisis in Middle East, North Africa to Worsen as COVID-19 Outbreak Continues

      An ongoing food crisis in the Middle East and North Africa is set to deteriorate further as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to disrupt food supply chains and humanitarian aid efforts, four UN regional directors said in a joint statement on Wednesday.

      “Countries in the region already facing food crisis are hit hardest by the pandemic. The pandemic has further exacerbated challenges in Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen in the quantity, frequency and diversity of the food children and families consume,” the statement, which was signed by the regional directors of UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Programme, and the World Health Organization, read.

      According to the United Nations, nearly 40 million people in Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen were impacted by food shortages in 2019, and the COVID-19 outbreak may exacerbate existing crises or create new ones. Consequently, the UN is calling on the international community to help efforts to ensure food supplies in the region.

      “We call on governments, international development partners, donors and the private sector to address the availability, access and affordability of safe and nutritious foods and to protect the nutrition of the most vulnerable families, children, pregnant and lactating women across the region, while implementing the necessary health, prevention and control measures,” the statement read.

      Based on data from 2019, the World Food Programme estimated in an April report that 183 million people in 47 countries were at risk of facing a crisis in food availability if another societal, political, or economic shock were to occur.

    • 10:06

      Boeing to Send 2,500 US Employees on Unpaid Leave Due to COVID-19 - Reports

      Some 2,500 workers of aerospace manufacturer Boeing will go on unpaid leave in the United States amid the COVID-fuelled crisis in the aerospace industry, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported on Wednesday, citing union officials.

      According to the WSJ, the announcement regarding voluntary layoffs will be made sometime later this week, possibly on 29 May, and employees at the Seattle-based Boeing facility will be affected.

      In April, Boeing announced plans to cut 10 percent of its 160,000-strong workforce amid low demand for aircraft, as global passenger traffic significantly has fallen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 09:03

      Ethiopia Gears Up for Imminent COVID-19 Escalation

      Ethiopia is still at the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic since declaring a five-month long state of emergency, but is doing everything to prepare for the imminent worsening of the outbreak, Ethiopian ambassador to Russia Alemayehu Tegenu told Sputnik.

      On April 8, Ethiopia declared a state of emergency over COVID-19 for a duration of five months.

      "The health system of Ethiopia is trying to cope up despite visible challenges. Until now it’s been an early phase and we cannot predict its [pandemic’s] eventual expansion. We are sure this threat is imminent. My country is doing a lot of activities to control this virus," Alemayehu Tegenu said.

      According to the ambassador, Ethiopia is working hard to reduce the damage from the pandemic. This includes diligent work by the government and by the health sector, community mobilization and social distancing rules ordered under the state of emergency.

      Asked about when the state of emergency can be expected to be lifted in Ethiopia, the ambassador said it was too early to make any predictions at this point.

      "The country now is under the state of emergency; it will remain in place and it’s very difficult to predict what the situation will be at the end of five months," Alemayehu said.

      Ethiopia was scheduled to have legislative elections in late August, which would be a major test for the ruling Prosperity party and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. On Monday, the country’s electoral body said it will need up to 13 months to reorganize the elections, postponed over COVID-19 outbreak.

      Ethiopia has so far recorded 701 COVID-19 cases, including six deaths and 167 recoveries.

    • 08:37

      Moscow's Vnukovo International Airport Starts Lifting COVID-19 Restrictions

      The Moscow-based Vnukovo International Airport said on Wednesday it started gradually lifting the restrictions that were imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

      "Vnukovo International Airport has started the phased exit from the regime of counterepidemic restrictions," the airport said in a statement.

      From 1 June, the enhanced control of access to Terminal A will remain in place, and those entering are required to produce a ticket. The airport complex at the same time will now let in those who see off and meet passengers. People will also be able to enter the terminal to book or purchase tickets or visit airline offices, the statement specified.

      Wearing masks and gloves at their airport remains compulsory. All guests have their temperature checked. Those whose body temperature is above and 37°C are barred from entry. The airport has also installed contactless hand-sanitizer dispensers in all terminals.

      Food is still sold only for takeaway.

    • 08:06

      South Korea Records 40 COVID-19 Cases for 1st Time Since Early April Amid Cluster Growth

      South Korea’s COVID-19 daily cases have climbed to 40 for the first time since early April amid the rise in cases linked to night clubs in the capital’s neighborhood and a logistics center west of Seoul, taking the tally to 11,265, the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

      In early April, the daily increase in cases in South Korea dropped below 40, later stabilizing at about 10-20 cases. On 6 May, it dipped to two.

      As of Wednesday, the daily rise is back to 40, with 37 of them being local transmission cases linked to a young man who visited several clubs in Itaewon and tested positive for COVID-19 on 6 May. In total, the tally of cases linked to this cluster has reached 257.

      Separately, concerns are rising over a hotspot connected to a retail logistics center in the city Bucheon, which is 15.5 miles west of Seoul. A total of 36 cases have been confirmed to be tied to it.

      According to the Yonhap news agency, Vice Health Minister Kim Ganglip has projected a further rise in infections linked to the logistics center, blaming it on lax restrictions at workplace. In light of the new cluster, the Bucheon mayor has ordered measures to restore strict social distancing.

      Another concern is that 30 percent of people with COVID-19 in South Korea do not show symptoms, which can lead to untraceable spread of the virus, according to the crisis center. In addition, the current rise in daily cases comes as South Korea sees another 2.4 million students back to school. Some cities and town have delayed school reopening in light of new infections.

      The COVID-19 death toll in the country remains at 269. The recoveries have gone up by 20 to 10,295 in the past 24 hours.

    • 07:35

      Russia Registers 8,338 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours

      Russia has registered 8,338 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (8,915 yesterday), bringing the total count to 370,680, the national coronavirus response centre said on Wednesday.

      "Russia has registered a cumulative total of 370,680 coronavirus infection cases (+2.3 percent) in 85 regions," the response center said in a statement.

      Of the 8,338 new cases, 3,398 (or 40.8 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms, the center specified.

      Of all the new cases, 2,140 have been registered in Moscow, 793 in the Moscow region and 387 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 2,830, 817 and 363, respectively).

      The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 161 (174 yesterday) to 3,968.

      As many as 11,079 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Russia over the past 24 hours (12,331 yesterday). The total number of cured people has grown to 142,208.

    • 07:32

      Over 9.4Mln COVID-19 Tests Conducted in Russia

       Over 9.4 million tests to detect COVID-19 have been conducted in Russia since the beginning of the outbreak, and 296,000 people across the country remain under medical monitoring as suspected virus carries, the national public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, said on Wednesday.

      "Over 9.4 million coronavirus tests have been conducted in the Russian Federation. As many as 296,000 people remain under medical monitoring," Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement.

      As many as 255,000 tests have been conducted in Russia in the past 24 hours, the watchdog specified.

    • 06:34

      Spain Enters Record 10 Days of National Mourning for COVID-19 Victims

      Spain enters the longest period of national mourning in its democratic history on Wednesday to pay tribute to over 27,000 nationals who have died with the novel coronavirus.

      The 10-day mourning will finish at midnight on 6 June.

      "Behind each of the deceased is a life story. Eight out of 10 people who have died were over 70 years old. These are the ones who were able to lead Spain forward, they worked to lay the foundations of the social state," the government spokeswoman and finance minister, Maria Jesus Montero, said, announcing the decision to declare the unprecedented period of mourning.

      Flags will fly at half-mast over more than 14,000 buildings of state institutions nationwide, 140 naval ships and Spain’s diplomatic missions abroad.

      The country will observe a moment of silence at noon (10:00 GMT) on Wednesday. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will preside the ceremony from the Palace of Moncloa, his official residence. Spaniards across the country have been urged to suspend "all activities in the country at this moment."

      King Felipe VI will also take part in mourning ceremonies. Details and date of his participation are yet to be announced.

    • 06:27

      Hammerson's CEO David Atkins to Step Down After a Decade at the Helm

    • 05:42

      Thailand Reports 9 New Coronavirus Cases, No New Deaths

    • 05:41

      Venezuela to Start Easing COVID-19 Restrictions Next Week

      Venezuela intends to begin loosening coronavirus-related restrictions starting on Monday, President Nicolas Maduro has said.

      In a speech broadcast on Twitter on Tuesday, the president noted that he understood the need to relax social and economic restrictions, while doing it in an "organized and safe way." According to Maduro, the government has worked out a plan to soften the curbs on trade and other sectors of economy, as well as on small businesses.

      "We will prepare everything, so that on Monday we could start launching an action plan to ease [restrictions] in stages," Maduro stated.

      The president noted that the relaxation of the restrictions would require certain conditions, including a slowdown in the spread of COVID-19.

      Should coronavirus cases jump in a certain region, selective quarantine or curfews may be imposed, according to Maduro.

      As of Tuesday, Venezuela updated its COVID-19 tally by 34 cases to 1,211. A total of 11 people diagnosed with coronavirus have died. The country has conducted 865,367 tests, according to the Health Ministry.

    • 05:01

      Colombia's Coronavirus Case Count Rises by 1,022 to Surpass 23,000

      The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Colombia has increased in the past day by 4.6 percent, or 1,022, to reach 23,003, including 776 deaths, the country's Health Ministry said.

      According to updated data published by the ministry on Twitter, over the past 24 hours, 26 people died from complications with COVID-19, and 246 patients recovered.

      Colombia has imposed lockdown until the end of May, after which the production sector is expected to start operating in June.

      Domestic transportation is prohibited until the end of June and international flights until the end of August.

    • 04:37

      Brazil's Coronavirus Death Toll Rises by 1,039 to Surpass 24,500

      Brazil's death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen by 1,039 in the past 24 hours - up from 807 fatal cases recorded the day before - to 24,512, the country's Health Ministry said in a statement.

      A total of 391,222 cases of infection have been confirmed in the country - a rise by 16,324 in the past day.

      The number of recoveries has reached 158,593.

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