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    The death toll from the global coronavirus pandemic has reached 429,000; over 7.7 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 coronavirus case count in the world, with more than 2 million people infected, of whom at least 115,402 have died from the disease.

    Brazil now ranks second globally in terms of coronavirus tally, with more than 850,000 patients and over 42,700 fatalities.

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    • 02:33

      South Korea's Coronavirus Tally Rises by 34 to 12,085 - KCDC

    • 01:15

      China Registers 57 New Cases of Coronavirus - Health Authorities

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - China registered 57 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, two COVID-19 patients recovered over that period, the country's National Health Commission said on Sunday.

      Out of the 57 new cases, 38 are local while 19 are imported. According to the commission, China registered nine asymptomatic coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.

      The country's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 83,132, the death toll is 4,634. The total number of recovered individuals in China stands at 78,369.

      A new cluster of coronavirus cases was detected in China earlier this week. On Saturday, Beijing authorities announced they had shut down one of the city's largest wholesale food markets after 45 people linked to the market tested positive for the coronavirus. Only four cases have shown symptoms so far. Authorities have started testing other large marketplaces and taking food samples as another asymptomatic case was detected at another market.

    • 01:13

      Mexico Sees Weekly Rise of Around 30,000 COVID19 Cases, Death Toll Surpasses 16,800

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico now stands at over 142,600 while the country's COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 16,800, the country’s Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell has announced.

      "As of 13 June 2020, there are 142,690 confirmed cases, 21,740 confirmed active cases, and 56,926 suspected COVID19 case", Lopez-Gatell said on Twitter after the Saturday coronavirus briefing.

      According to the deputy health minister, in the past 24 hours, Mexico registered 3,494 new coronavirus cases and 424 new COVID-19 fatalities. Mexico’s coronavirus death toll now stands at 16,872.

      On Friday, Mexico reported 544 new COVID-19 fatalities and 5,222 new coronavirus cases.

      Thus the country had a weekly death toll rise of around 3,000 and a weekly increase of around 30,000 COVID-19 cases. This is greater than the weekly increases registered at the end of May/start of June, when Mexico reported around 23,000 new cases per week.

    • 22:52

      WHO Reports Over 142,000 New COVID-19 Cases Globally as Total Surpasses 7.5 Million

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The global cumulative toll of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed the landmark of 7.5 million, with 142,672 cases recorded over the past day, the World Health Organisation said in its daily situation report on Saturday.

      Over the past 24 hours, 5,055 people died from COVID-19 worldwide, taking the death toll to 423,349 fatalities, according to the report.

      The cumulative global toll of confirmed cases has now reached 7,553,182, as stated in the report.

      The plurality of cases and deaths — 3.64 million and 196,440, respectively — remain concentrated in the Americas. The United States continues being the country with the highest single count of cases (2 million) and fatalities (113,757).

    • 22:40

      France's Coronavirus Death Toll Approaching 29,400 - Government Data

      PARIS (Sputnik) - France registered 24 new COVID-19 fatalities in the past 24 hours, with the country's total coronavirus death toll now standing at 29,398, according to the latest update on the public health website.

      Over 10,900 people are currently being treated for COVID-19 at French hospitals, according to health ministry data. The total number of COVID-19 deaths confirmed at French hospitals stands at 19,014.

      Meanwhile, data from the Johns Hopkins University shows that there are now 29,401 COVID-19 fatalities in France.

    • 21:50

      Brazil Registers Total of 850,514 Coronavirus Cases, Deaths Rise to 42,720 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazil now has over 850,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with the country's total COVID-19 death toll standing at over 42,000, according to Health Ministry data, which puts the country's coronavirus mortality rate at five percent.

      In the past 24 hours, 21,704 new COVID-19 cases and 892 new coronavirus deaths were confirmed in Brazil, Saturday data from the ministry shows. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil is 850,514 while the total death toll is 42,720.

      Brazil's coronavirus mortality rate is 5 percent, according to the health ministry. Over 379,200 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the country.

    • 21:38

      US State of Florida Reports Yet Another Record High of New COVID-19 Cases Per Day

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The daily increase in the number of coronavirus cases confirmed per one day in the southeastern US state of Florida has hit a record high for the third consecutive day, with over 2,500 people diagnosed with COVID-19 over the past day, Florida Department of Health said in a daily update on Saturday.

      According to the press release, 2,581 new COVID-19 cases have been detected in the 24-hour period to Friday midnight, up from 1,902 cases confirmed the day before and 1,698 cases on Thursday. This brings the cumulative toll in Florida to 73,552 cases since the pandemic's onset in March.

      The death toll from COVID-19 in Florida has now reached 2,925, with 48 new fatalities recorded over the past day, as stated in the press release.

      According to local Miami Herald daily, citing its own original analysis of public and non-public COVID-19 data, the spread of the infection was steadily on rise from mid-May to early June in Florida, and this rise cannot be attributed solely to an increase in testing, as it had been inconsistent and sometimes declining. The newspaper further points out that the growth in the number of cases is unfolding amid businesses reopening en masse, including bars, gyms, movie theaters, and pretty much all other recreational venues at this point.

    • 21:13

      Israeli Presidential Office Says One of Employees Contracted Coronavirus

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - One of employees of Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's office has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said on Saturday.

      "During the Shabbat, the presidential office was informed that one of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Consultations are underway with the Health Ministry about which employees will need to be isolated, and regarding the consequences for [80-year-old] President Rivlin", the office said in a statement.

      In addition, three security guards at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to the country's Army Radio.

      The broadcaster also reported that the prime minister and employees of the office who were in contact with the infected people had been tested for COVID-19. All tests came back negative.

    • 21:13

      Moscow's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises by 50 to 3,281 Over Past 24 Hours - Response Centre

      "In Moscow, 50 patients, diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus, have died", the city's coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

    • 17:19

      New York Governor Says State Registered Lowest Number of New COVID-19 Deaths

      NEW YORK, June 13 (Sputnik) - The state of New York has recorded 32 COVID-19-related fatalities in the past 24 hours, which marks the lowest increment since the start of the outbreak, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday.

      On Friday, Cuomo said that the state had the lowest rate of COVID-19 transmissions in the country. Meanwhile, the state is the hardest-hit one in the United States. Over 700 people per day died there during the peak of the pandemic.

       

      The overall COVID-19 death toll in New York state is 24,495.

      The United States has registered a total of 2,048,986 cases of the coronavirus and 114,669 related fatalities. The country has conducted over 22.5 million COVID-19 tests since the start of the outbreak.

    • 17:03

      President of Chile Replaces Health Minister Amid COVID-19 Death Toll Controversy

      Chile President Sebastian Pinera has replaced Health Minister Jaime Manalich with Oscar Enrique Paris amid controversy surrounding the country's COVID-19 death toll figures.

    • 16:15

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Afghanistan Reportedly Rises by Over 550 Exceeding 24,000

      MOSCOW, June 13 (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan has increased by 556 over the past 24 hours taking the total tally to 24,102, media reported, citing the country's Health Ministry.

      According to Afghan TOLOnews broadcaster, a total of 451 people died from the disease since the start of the outbreak, while 4,201 patients fully recovered.

      Kabul leads in terms of the number of new COVID-19 cases with 253 infections detected over the past day, followed by Balkh province with 74, Nangarhar with 43 new cases.

      The media said that the number of COVID-19 patients continued rising as the country faced the lack of testing capacities, treatment equipment and health facilities.

      Earlier in the week, Rik Peeperkorn, the World Health Organization representative in Afghanistan, told Sputnik that the actual number of COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan was much higher than was being reported by public health officials due to low testing capacity. Peeperkorn stated that the country was also in short supply of lung ventilators, an essential piece of equipment to aid those hospitalized with the coronavirus disease.

    • 16:12

      Ukraine Confirms Record High 753 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours - Health Ministry

      KIEV, June 13 (Sputnik) - Ukraine has registered 753 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, which is the highest daily increment since the start of the outbreak in the country, the coronavirus response center said on Saturday.

      "According to the public health center, on June 13 ... there are 30,506 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ukraine, of which 880 were fatal, 13,976 patients recovered. Over the day, 753 new cases were recorded," the response center said in a statement.

      According to the health authorities, as many as 479,111 tests have been conducted since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

      The death toll has risen by 10 over the past 24 hours, while the number of recoveries has increased by 169.

      Despite the upward trend, the Ukrainian authorities are not planning to tighten lockdown again, according to Deputy Health Minister Viktor Liashko.

      At the same time, the regulatory authorities have been instructed to significantly strengthen control over compliance by businesses with anti-epidemiological standards, with enterprises having been recommended to change the work schedule to unload public transport during rush hours, Liashko added.

      In mid-March, Ukraine introduced a nationwide quarantine for a month and subsequently extended it for several times. The Ukrainian government decided to relax coronavirus-related restrictions starting May 11.

    • 16:01

      Italy Confirms Its COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 34,301

      The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rose by 346 to 236,651, according to officials.

    • 15:27

      UK COVID-19 Death Toll Rises by 181 to 41,662

      The death toll from confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK rose by 181 to 41,662 as of 1600 GMT on 12 June, government data shows.

    • 15:20

      Italy, France, Germany, Netherlands Sign COVID-19 Vaccine Contract With AstraZeneca - Rome

      ROME, June 13 (Sputnik) - Italy, Germany, France and the Netherlands have concluded an agreement with AstraZeneca, the UK-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company, on producing 400 million doses of a vaccine against the coronavirus, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Saturday.

      "According to the plan, the experimental phase, which is already at an advanced stage, will end in the fall, and we will receive the first batch of the vaccine before the end of the year," Speranza wrote on Facebook.

      The minister also said that the candidate vaccine was developed during studies at the University of Oxford, and that Italy would take part in the production.

      "Today's signing is the first promising step for Italy and for Europe. The vaccine is the only defining solution for COVID-19 [crisis]. In my opinion, it should always be perceived as a global public good, the right to which belongs to everyone, and not as a privilege of a few," the minister added.

      In late May, AstraZeneca announced that it had received more than $1 billion from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for the development, production, and delivery of a vaccine against COVID-19 that is being produced by the University of Oxford. According to a press release, the pharmaceutical firm concluded an agreement for the production of at least 400 million doses of the vaccine.

    • 14:08

      Iran’s COVID-19 Tally Nears 185,000 as Rouhani Warns Lockdown May Be Reimposed - Tehran

      TEHRAN, June 13 (Sputnik) - Iran’s Health Ministry said that the overall number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country increased by 2,410 to 184,955 over the past 24 hours, the highest daily rise since June 5, while President Hassan Rouhani warned the population on Saturday that restrictions could be re-imposed.

      According to the health authorities, 71 coronavirus carriers died over the given period, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 8,730 since the start of the outbreak. At the same time, the number of recoveries reached 146,748.

      On June 4, Iran registered a record 3,574 cases in one day, and since then the country has since been reporting less than 3,000 cases a day. Nonetheless, Iran is seeing an upward trend for the fourth day in a row. Iranian authorities have explained the spike by more aggressive testing.

      Meanwhile, Rouhani said that the coronavirus-related restrictions could be re-imposed and called on Iranians to take the pandemic seriously. The president added that regional governors will be able to introduce the lockdown measures if needed.

      Iran started to gradually ease the lockdown in mid-April. Since then, the Middle Eastern country allowed most businesses to reopen and lifted the ban on travel between provinces.

    • 14:07

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Kuwait Exceeds 35,000 as Restrictions Eased - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW, June 13 (Sputnik) - Kuwait has registered 514 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours as downward trend in the daily COVID-19 rate continues, which brings the country's tally to 35,466, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

      According to the ministry, as many 25,882 COVID-19 patients have recovered since the outbreak, while 289 people have died from the disease.

      Kuwait was one of the first Arab countries to introduce the most severe restrictions in a bid to curb the pandemic. Due to the improving epidemiological situation, the authorities started a step-by-step relaxation of the measures in late May. Within the context, mosques located in residential and "sparsely-populated" areas were permitted to reopen and receive worshipers starting June 10. At the same time, Friday's noon prayer (09:00 GMT) can only occur at the capital’s Grand Mosque, and is set to be broadcast via the official Kuwait TV channel. Only the mosque’s preacher and staff are allowed to attend the prayer.

    • 10:53

      Over 25,000 New COVID-19 Cases Registered in United States

      Over 25,000 new cases of COVID-19 are being recorded per day in the United States, where more than 800 people die from the disease every day, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.

    • 10:19

      Russian Deputy Prime Minister Names Companies Leading in COVID-19 Vaccine Development

      Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova on Saturday named companies that are making the most progress in the COVID-19 vaccine development.

      "Speaking on the schedule, the leaders are, and by saying leaders I mean those cases when vaccines are expected to be available in 2020, the three institutions are leading [the development]," Golikova said.

      According to Golikova, the Russian State Scientific Center for Virology and Biotechnology Vector, Russian Federal Biomedical Agency (FMBA) and the Gamalei National Research Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology are among the leaders. Moreover, the official said that she expected vaccines to be available by the end of the year.

    • 07:47

      Russia Registers 8,706 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Exceeds 520,000

      Russia confirmed 8,706 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the overall tally to 520,129, the national coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 8,706 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 2,970 (34.1 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement.

      Russia has so far recorded 520,129 COVID-19 cases in 85 regions (+1.7 percent), the center added.

      Of all the new cases, 1,493 have been registered in Moscow, 725 in the Moscow region and 262 in Saint Petersburg.

      At the same time, Russia reported 114 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday, including 44 in Moscow and 12 in the Moscow region. The overall COVID-19 death toll in Russia reached 6,829.

      Moreover, Russia registered 5,271 recoveries over the past day, including 1,534 in Moscow, 779 in the Moscow region and 285 in Saint Petersburg. The overall number of recoveries reached 274,641 since the start of the outbreak.

    • 06:56

      Slovenia to Open Borders With Italy, Montenegro From Monday - Reports

      Slovenia will allow Italians and Montenegrins to freely enter the country from Monday on, but will impose a quarantine for people arriving from 32 countries where the COVID-19 situation is deteriorating, the Slovenian Press Agency (SPA) reported.

      Slovenia included Italy and Montenegro to the list of 19 countries, mostly European Union member states, whose citizens do not require quarantine when entering the Balkan country, the SPA reported on Friday.

      At the same time, the Slovenian authorities imposed a 14-day strict quarantine regime for people arriving from Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, North Macedonia and over 20 other countries.

      Freight transporters, transit passengers, diplomats and emergency workers will be exempt from the quarantine, according to SPA.

    • 06:23

      Beijing Authorities Shut Down Food Market After Cluster of Coronavirus Cases Detected

      Beijing authorities announced they have shut down one of the city’s largest wholesale food markets on Saturday after 45 people linked to the market tested positive for coronavirus.

      Only four cases showed symptoms as health officials have begun testing all employees of the market, some 10,000 people, and tracing back people who have visited the Xinfadi market.

      Authorities also began testing other large marketplaces and taking food samples as another asymptomatic case was detected at another market.

      The announcements come after Beijing began detecting new coronavirus cases over the past two days, for the first time since April.

      The cluster was discovered after months of relative calm, with only handfuls of cases detected daily, mainly among arrivals from abroad.

      Fears of a second wave are widespread in China, especially given that the first outbreak of coronavirus was linked to a food market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in December and January.

    • 05:40

      Martial Law Regime Declared in Beijing's Fengtai District Over COVID-19 – Official

      Medical staff prepare a nucleic acid kit for a journalist before the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China May 27, 2020.

      Martial Law Regime Declared in Beijing's Fengtai District Over COVID-19 – Official

      BEIJING (Sputnik) – The martial law regime has been declared in Beijing's Fengtai District after a new cluster of COVID-19 was discovered in the largest food market of Xinfadi, a local official said on Saturday.
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