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    The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus infection has topped 369,000; over 6 million cases 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 has the highest case count in the world, with over 1,770,000, including more than 103,700 fatalities.

    Earlier, President Donald Trump said that the United States was terminating its relationship with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and redirecting funds to other global health needs.

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    • 03:44

      South Korea's COVID-19 Case Count Rises by 27 to 11,468 - KCDC

      SEOUL (Sputnik) - South Korea confirmed 27 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 11,468, while the coronavirus-related death toll increased by 1 and reached 270, the Health Ministry's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Sunday.

      According to KCDC, 15 new cases are connected to local transmission, while 12 more are imported.

      Seven people have fully recovered from COVID-19 over the given period, and the number of recoveries reached 10,405 — more than 90 percent of all cases.

      South Korea has conducted over 910,000 coronavirus tests since the start of the outbreak. According to health authorities, 30 percent of COVID-19 carriers in the country are asymptomatic.

    • 03:37

      Germany Registers 286 New Cases of COVID-19, 11 New Deaths - Robert Koch Institute

      The total number of coronavirus cases has reached 181,482, including 8,500 fatalities, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said on Friday.

    • 02:50

      Mexico Sees Weekly Rise of Over 22,000 Coronavirus Cases - Deputy Health Minister

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexico now has over 87,500 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of more than 22,000 over one week, and 364 new deaths from COVID-19 were registered in the past 24 hours, the country's Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell has announced.

      "Unfortunately, 9,779 people have died amid the spread of this epidemic", Lopez-Gatell said at a Saturday press conference broadcast on Twitter.

      On Saturday, 2,885 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Mexico bringing the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country to 87,512.

      A week ago, Mexico's COVID-19 death toll was 7,179 and the total number of confirmed cases was 65,856. Thus the country has seen a weekly increase of more than 22,000 in the number of confirmed cases and a weekly increase of over 2,500 in the number of fatalities.

      On Friday, Mexico reported over 3,220 new coronavirus cases, including more than 370 new deaths from COVID-19.

      Mexico started to lift some of the coronavirus restrictions in areas unaffected by the epidemic on 18 May and plans to begin easing lockdown measures in other regions starting from Monday.

    • 01:20

      Venezuela to Ease COVID-19 Lockdown From Monday - Maduro

      People in the slum of Carapita in Caracas

      Venezuela to Ease COVID-19 Lockdown From Monday

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Venezuela is set to lift coronavirus-related restrictions in the country starting from Monday on and allow some businesses to reopen, President Nicolas Maduro said on Saturday.
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    • 00:26

      Mainland China Registers Two New Cases of Coronavirus - Health Authorities

    • 00:00

      Qatar Confirms Record 2,355 New COVID-19 Cases - Health Ministry

      DOHA (Sputnik) - Qatar has registered a record 2,355 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, which brings the country's tally to 55,262, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

      In addition, no new coronavirus-related fatalities were reported in the Middle Eastern country, and the death toll stayed at 36.

      At the same time, Qatar has also confirmed a record number of recoveries in the past day — 5,235 patients have fully recovered, taking the total to 25,839. As of now, Qatar has 29,387 active COVID-19 cases.

      According to health authorities, new cases have been registered among foreign workers and Qatari citizens.

      Qatar is allowing most businesses to reopen from Sunday on, except for the ones inside big shopping malls.

    • 20:57

      Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Surpass 6 Million - Johns Hopkins University

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus worldwide has surpassed 6 million, according to data provided by the Johns Hopkins University, which analyses the information of federal and local authorities, media and other sources.

      Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease has exceeded 367,000, and more than 2.5 million COVID-19 patients have recovered since the pandemic.

      The United States remains the worst-hit country with the highest number of those infected — 1,760,740 — and the highest COVID-19 death toll — 103,472. It is now followed by Brazil that has recorded more than 465,000 infections since the outbreak.

    • 20:20

      Global Number of COVID-19 Cases Exceeds 5.8 Mln, Over 362,000 Dead - WHO

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The World Health Organisation said Saturday that the global coronavirus tally had topped 5.8 million, with 362,705 people dying from COVID-19.

      The UN health agency said in the latest situation report that 116,048 new cases had been recorded in the past day, while further 5,017 patients had died.

      Americas continue to lead the count with 2.67 million cases, followed by Europe with 2.12 million. Africa brings up the rear with 96,902 cases.

    • 19:51

      Moscow's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises by 69 to 2,477 - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow saw 69 new COVID-19 deaths in the past day, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 2,477, the city's coronavirus response centre said Saturday.

      "Another 69 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, have died in Moscow", the statement read.

      Seventy-eight COVID-19 patients died in the Russian capital, the country's epicentre of the outbreak, in the previous day.

    • 18:34

      Russian Health Ministry Approves First Domestic Drug for COVID-19

      MOSCOW, May 30 (Sputnik) - The Russian Health Ministry has approved the first domestic drug, called Avifavir, for treating coronavirus patients, according to a new entry to the national drug registry.

      The medicine was developed by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund, and ChemRar, a Russian pharmaceutical investment and R&D group.

    • 17:23

      Spain Records 271 New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, Total Toll Reaches 239,228 - Authorities

      MADRID, May 30 (Sputnik) - Spain has confirmed 271 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours as the number of cases per day continues to increase since May 28, the country's Health Ministry said on Saturday.

      The update brings the country's total tally to 239,228. Of these new cases, 95 were registered in Madrid and 88 in Catalonia. As for the increase in the number of fatalities and recoveries, the ministry no longer publishes the relevant data per day.

      Over the past seven days, Spain recorded 43 coronavirus-related fatalities, bringing the country's death toll to 27,125.

      On April 28, the authorities introduced a four-stage plan for lifting the lockdown, with the regions moving from stage to stage based on their epidemiological situation. The first round began on May 11.

      After the gradual removal of some restrictions, the epidemiological situation in the country continues to improve, with small hotbeds of the disease being detected only in four regions - Ceuta, a Spanish autonomous city on the north coast of Africa bordered by Morocco; Lleida, a city in northeastern Catalonia; Totana, a municipality in the region of Murcia; and Cuenca, a city in the Castile-La Mancha autonomous community.

    • 17:22

      France's Hospital COVID-19 Deaths Rise to 18,444 Since 1 March - Official

    • 16:57

      Three Government Scientific Advisors Warn Lockdown in UK Being Loosened Too Early

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      Three Government Scientific Advisors Warn Lockdown in UK Being Loosened Too Early

      There is a growing rift between the government and its top scientific advisors as the UK looks to ease certain lockdown restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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    • 16:50

      Spanish Health Ministry Lets Sports Teams Resume Training Sessions From June 1

      The Spanish Health Ministry has allowed sports clubs to conduct full team training sessions starting June 1 as part of the gradual lockdown exit, according to the ministry's statement released on Saturday.

      "Professional sports clubs or Sports Public Limited Companies may carry out complete training sessions ... complying with the corresponding prevention and hygiene measures," the statement said, as quoted by the Spanish Marca sport newspaper.

      The ministry allowed athletes to use changing rooms and hold work meetings with up to 15 participants at a time, including the coaches.

      "For the purposes of the provisions of this order, full training shall be understood as the development of tasks aimed at the phase leading up to competition, including exhaustive tactical work, and joint actions in groups of various athletes up to a maximum of fourteen people," the statement read.

      Spains's football championship La Liga Santander, which was suspended due to the pandemic, will resume competitions on June 11 without fans. Media personnel will be allowed to be present at the matches.

    • 16:48

      Austria's Formula 1 Opener Gets Go-Ahead for July - Reports

      This year's first Formula 1 races will take place in Austria on July 5 and 12, Health Minister Rudi Anschober was cited as saying on Saturday, after months of delay over the pandemic.

      The minister said the races in the city of Spielberg will be held without spectators, according to the ORF broadcaster.

      Strict protective measures will be put in place and all pilots and their team members will be tested for the new coronavirus before traveling to Austria.

      The Formula 1 Granx Prix was to kicked off in Australia in March. The Austrian broadcaster estimated that race organizers still had enough time to fit up to 15 events in this season's schedule.

    • 14:14

      Johns Hopkins University: US Records Further 24,266 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours, Nearly 1,200 Deaths

      The number of coronavirus cases in the United States has risen by 24,266 in the last 24 hours, showing a slight daily uptick, while the number of deaths has grown by 1,193, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

      On Friday, the COVID-19 tally in the US increased by 22,577, while the number of fatalities grew by 1,199.

      The US has now a total of 1,747,087 cases, with the death toll of 102,836. A total of 406,446 COVID-19 patients have recovered since the outbreak.

      The United States is leading the world in the number of reported novel coronavirus cases as well as fatalities.

      There are 5,952,145 confirmed novel coronavirus cases worldwide and 365,437 COVID-19-related deaths, according to the data.

    • 13:59

      India to Ease Lockdown Measures Except For "Containment Zones" With High Numbers of Infections

      The country's authorities have announced that the general lockdown measures will be extended until 30 June, though malls can open starting 8 June.

    • 13:49

      Iran Confirms 2,282 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours, Total Nears 150,000, Health Ministry Says

      Health authorities in Iran have detected 2,282 new coronavirus cases over the past day, down from the 2,819 detected the day before, spokesman for the Iranian Health Ministry Kianush Jahanpur said on Saturday.

      Over the past 24 hours, 56 patients died of the disease, Jahanpur said in a situation report, as broadcast by the IRINN channel. Since the start of the outbreak, 7,734 people who had tested positive the disease have died, while 116,827 patients have recovered.

      The number of new COVID-19 cases in Iran has begun to rise again since the start of May after the authorities began to ease lockdown measures. Iran has so far confirmed a total of 148,950 cases of the disease.

    • 13:15

      Chinese Scientist '99 Percent' Sure That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Prove Successful - Report

      Small bottles labeled with a Vaccine COVID-19 sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration

      Chinese Scientist '99 Percent' Sure That COVID-19 Vaccine Will Prove Successful - Report

      Global powers are jockeying to develop a desperately needed vaccine to COVID-19. The UK’s Oxford University previously expressed confidence that it would be the first to create one, but now, a Chinese biotech company may be taking the lead.
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    • 12:59

      Over 25,000 Russian Citizens Remain Stranded Abroad Amid Pandemic, Lavrov Says

      More than 25,000 Russians are waiting to be brought home from abroad amid the coronavirus-related restrictions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday, adding that another 10 repatriation flights are planned for the near future.

      "According to the lists that are verified through the operational headquarters, 25,200 [Russians are willing to return home from abroad]. About 10 flights are planned for the next few days," Lavrov said at a session of the Russian Security Council.

      In a bid to curb the virus, Russia suspended regular and charter flights with foreign countries on March 27. The exceptions are evacuation flights, as well as cargo, mail, sanitary and humanitarian flights.

    • 11:25

      Russia Plans to Start Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine Within Next 2 Weeks, Health Minister Says

      Clinical trials of a vaccine against the coronavirus in Russia are planned to begin within the next two weeks, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday.

      "We should understand that the effect of inoculations used for preventing [the coronavirus] should be safe for the population, these tests are underway today, and we plan to begin clinical trials within the next two weeks," Murashko said during a video address dedicated to cancer treatment amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    • 10:08

      Japan's Tourist Attractions Reportedly Receive QR Codes to Track Visitors With COVID-19

      Japan's Tourist Attractions Reportedly Receive QR Codes to Track Visitors With COVID-19

      TOKYO (Sputnik) - City attractions in Japan's Osaka have introduced a new tracking system for people with the coronavirus disease using a QR code, the NHK broadcaster reported.
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    • 09:17

      Malaysia Reports 30 New COVID-19 Infections

    • 08:57

      Indonesia Reports 557 New Coronavirus Infections

    • 08:11

      Paris Citizens Enjoy City Parks as They Reopen Amid Eased COVID-19 Lockdown - Video

      Paris Citizens Enjoy City Parks as They Reopen Amid Eased COVID-19 Lockdown - Video

      The day before, the Louvre's administration announced that one of France's most famous museums, which closed on 13 March due to the coronavirus pandemic, was planning to reopen on 6 July.
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    • 07:38

      Russia Registers 8,952 New Coronavirus Cases Over Past 24 Hours, Total Count Grows to 396,575

      Russia has registered 8,952 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (8,572 yesterday), bringing the total count to 396,575, the national coronavirus response center said on Saturday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, 8,952 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in 83 regions. Of these, 3,747 (or 41.9 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the center said in a statement.

      This brings the total tally to 396,575 (+2.3 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

    • 07:15

      Singapore's Health Ministry Confirms 506 More Coronavirus Cases

    • 05:10

      India Records its Biggest 24-Hour Increase in COVID-19 Death Toll

      Indian health ministry data shows that at least 265 people have died in last 24 hours. The total number of fatalities due to COVID-19 has risen to 4,971.

      India's wealthiest state, Maharashtra, accounted for 50% of the total fatalities in India alone.

      The total number of coronavirus cases in India has surged to 173,763. Within the last 24 hours, more than 10,000 people have recovered, the highest in a single day, so far.

    • 05:09

      Thailand Reports 1 New Coronavirus Case, No New Deaths

    • 05:09

      Germany Records 738 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Reaches 181,196

      Germany has confirmed 738 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 181,196, the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday.

      The death toll has grown by 39 to 8,489 people within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 741 new cases and 39 fatalities.

      Almost 165,000 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Germany since the beginning of the outbreak.

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