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    The pandemic is running rampant in Latin America, with new cases and fatalities in Brazil, Peru, and Chile. At the same time, European countries are reporting a decline in the number of newly-infected and easing social distancing measures, also announcing the cancellation of travel bans.

    At the moment, the US remains the worst-hit nation, with over 2.4 million confirmed cases and more than 124,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. Brazil comes second with more than 1.2 million infected and at least 54,971 dead, while the UK has the third-highest death toll of 43,314.

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    • 03:50

      China Registers 13 New Cases of Coronavirus in Past 24 Hours - Health Authorities

    • 03:38

      Prime Minister Scott Morrison Says COVID-19 Curve in Australia Remains Flat

    • 03:32

      Germany Records 477 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Reaches 192,556 – Robert Koch Institute

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Germany has confirmed 477 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 192,556, the Robert Koch Institute said on Friday.

      The death toll has grown by 21 to 8,948 people within the same period of time. Some 177,100 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 630 new cases and 13 fatalities.

    • 00:18

      Mexico's Coronavirus Tally Tops 200,000, Deaths Reach 25,000 - Health Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mexico has increased by 6,104 within the past 24 hours and has thus surpassed 200,000, Jose Luis Alomia, the director of epidemiology at the Health Ministry, said.

      He also said on late Thursday that the death toll had risen by 736 to 25,060  within the same period of time.

      "As of today, 202,951 people have tested positive for COVID-19. Unfortunately, 25,060 people have died of complications of this disease", Alomia said in a televised address.

      A day earlier, the Latin American nation recorded 5,473 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 947 fatalities.

    • 22:24

      Brazil Registers Nearly 40,000 New Cases of Coronavirus in Past 24 Hours - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 39,483 to 1,228,114 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Thursday.

      The death toll has risen by 1,141 to 54,971 people within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, Brazil reported about 42,725 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,185 new fatalities.

      Brazil comes second on a global tally of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded over 2.4 million COVID-19 patients.

    • 20:49

      California Governor Declares Budget Emergency Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a budget emergency on Thursday to access budget reserves in order to ensure funds are available for the response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Office of the Governor said in a statement.

      "Governor Gavin Newsom today issued a proclamation of a budget emergency to make additional resources available to fund the state’s ongoing emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring the availability of funding for personal protective equipment, medical equipment and other expenditures as necessary to support a potential hospital surge and provide necessary services to vulnerable populations", the statement said.

      Newsom intends to draw down $7.8 billion from the $16.1-billion Budget Stabilization Account, according to news reports.

      The California governor is citing the global economic crisis and a $54.3 billion state budget deficit as a requisite for tapping into the reserve fund.

    • 20:43

      Global COVID-19 Tally Surpasses 9.2 Mln, Nearly 480,000 Dead - WHO

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated the overall number of coronavirus cases globally at 9,296,202, with 479,133 people dead from the disease.

      The UN health agency said in the situation report published on late Thursday that 167,056 new cases had been recorded in the past day, while further 5,336 patients had died.

      Americas continue to lead the count with over 4.6 million cases, followed by Europe with more than 2.6 million.

    • 20:18

      Moscow's Death Toll From COVID-19 Rises Over Past Day by 25 to 3,694 - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Moscow has registered 25 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 3,694, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Thursday.

      "Another 25 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", it said.

      In the previous day, 12 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

    • 19:36

      Worldwide Number of Coronavirus Cases Tops 9.5 Mln - Johns Hopkins University

    • 16:53

      Iraq Confirms Record High of Daily COVID-19 Cases, Deaths Since Outbreak

      Iraq has registered nearly 2,500 new cases of the coronavirus and 107 new deaths over the past 24 hours, which marks a new record high in the daily increment in infections and deaths, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

      "The Health Ministry’s labs have registered 2,473 cases of infection in the past 24 hours. In addition, 107 fatalities and 1,237 recoveries have been recorded," the ministry said.

      The update brings the total number of those infected in Iraq to 39,139, and the death toll has thus risen to 1,437. The number of people who have recovered from the coronavirus has reached 18,051.

      Over 19,000 are still being treated for COVID-19, with more than 200 of them in intensive care, the ministry added.

    • 16:33

      UK’s COVID-19 Death Toll Rises By 149 Over Past 24 Hours to 43,230, Department of Health Says

      The United Kingdom’s COVID-19 death toll has increased by 149 over the preceding 24 hours to 43,230, the country’s Department of Health and Social Care said on Thursday, ahead of the government's plans to further ease lockdown measures.

      The latest increase to the death toll is slightly below the 154 deaths reported on Wednesday, and the 171 new deaths confirmed on Tuesday, according to the department’s daily statistical bulletin.

      Public health officials also confirmed 1,118 new positive tests for the coronavirus disease over the preceding 24 hours, raising the overall case total to 307,980. This rise is a significant jump from the 653 new positive tests reported on Wednesday.

    • 16:32

      Texas Pauses Any Further Reopening After Surge in Coronavirus Cases - Governor

      The US state of Texas has put on hold any further reopening phases after a surge in novel coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in recent weeks, Governor Greg Abbott's office said in a press release on Thursday.

      "Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations," the release said.

      Abbott pointed out in the release that businesses in Texas are still allowed to remain open at 50 percent capacity under standard health protocols.

      Texas began to gradually reopen the economy after Abbott allowed the stay-at-home orders to expire on May 1.

    • 15:18

      Belarus Records 437 COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours as Spread of Virus Slows, Authorities Say

      Belarus has confirmed 437 new cases of the coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours as the spread of the virus continues to slow, with the total tally reaching 60,382, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

      Belarus has been recording less than 500 cases of the infection per day since last week. Earlier in June, the ministry announced that there was a positive trend in reducing the incidence rate of COVID-19.

      "We registered 60,382 people with a positive COVID-19 test. As many as 919,139 tests have been conducted. Over the entire period of the spread of the infection in the country, 367 COVID-19 patients with a number of chronic diseases died," the ministry said in a statement, adding that the death toll has grown by five over the past day.

      Meanwhile, the number of recoveries among COVID-19 patients has increased to 41,448 since the start of the outbreak, the ministry added.

    • 15:17

      US Regions With COVID-19 Spikes Face Renewed Shutdowns, White House Says

      Parts of the United States facing a surge in COVID-19 cases such as the states of Texas, Florida, Arizona, as well as North and South Carolina face the prospect of renewed shutdowns to slow the contagion, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said in an interview on Thursday.

      "There are spikes in hot spots. There's no doubt about that," Kudlow told FOX Business News. "And there will be shutdowns in individual places or certain stores. We are keeping a very close eye on this."

      However, Kudlow said the spike in new cases in so-called sun-belt states he mentioned needs to be balanced against other parts of the country where infections continue to decline.

      He cited a 30 percent drop in new cases in Colorado, a 31 percent decline in Washington, DC, a 36 percent drop in Illinois, an 80 percent decline in Michigan.

      Kudlow’s remarks followed the latest Labor Department report showing 1.48 Americans filed for unemployment benefits in the previous week, bring the total the 47.3 jobs lost since the nationwide coronavirus lockdown began.

      New cases on Wednesday in the entire US totalled 34,300, the fourth-highest daily infection count since the start of the pandemic, data published by the Johns Hopkins University showed.

      Many of the affected states had been widely criticized for easing their respected lockdown rules too quickly, threatening a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.

    • 14:06

      Bolton Reveals Why Trump Initially 'Turned a Blind Eye' to COVID-19 Outbreak

       National Security Adviser John Bolton

      Bolton Reveals Why Trump Initially 'Turned a Blind Eye' to COVID-19 Outbreak

      The 23rd of June saw the publication of John Bolton’s book "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir", dubbed by President Trump as nothing but "fake stories" made up by an "disgruntled" fired official.
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    • 12:46

      Another 1.48 Mln US Workers Seek Unemployment Benefits Amid COVID-19 Layoffs

      WASHINGTON, 25 June (Sputnik) - Nearly 1.5 million more Americans filed for first-time unemployment claims last week, the Labour Department said on Thursday, bringing the total number of weekly claims filed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic above 47 million.

      "In the week ending June 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 1,480,000, a decrease of 60,000 from the previous week's revised level", the department said in a news release. Last week's filings were revised upward by 32,000 to 1,540,000, and came on top of previous filings of nearly 46 million over 12 weeks.

    • 12:36

      EU Citizens Believe Bloc Failed in Its Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Reveals

      A demonstrator with her face painted in the colours of the EU flag

      EU Citizens Believe Bloc Failed in Its Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Reveals

      Amid the raging coronavirus pandemic, speculations grew that sentiments inside the European Union would greatly change, namely restrengthen public support for the state, faith in experts, and both pro- and anti-Europeanism, experts who conducted the poll concluded that all these are just illusions.
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    • 11:54

      COVID-19: Workspaces Have Become Much More Distributed and People Actually Enjoying It, Expert Says

      COVID-19: Workspaces Have Become Much More Distributed and People Actually Enjoying It, Expert Says

      Property experts in the UK have on Wednesday warned that the demand for office space in city skyscrapers will be diminished, even after the coronavirus pandemic is over, following a major shift in the commercial property market.
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    • 10:59

      It's Unprovable Whether COVID-19 is Artificial Virus or Natural One, Scientists Conclude

      A scientist conducts sample​ sedimentation during the research and development of a vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a laboratory of BIOCAD biotechnology company in Saint Petersburg, Russia June 11, 2020.

      It's Unprovable Whether COVID-19 is Artificial Virus or Natural One, Scientists Conclude

      The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing. The number of cases is steadily growing worldwide, and it’s too early to talk about a drastic change. Virologists have no doubt that the virus outbreak is likely to recur in the future.
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    • 10:01

      'Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot Violated COVID-19 Quarantine After Returning to Israel, Reports Say

      'Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot Violated COVID-19 Quarantine After Returning to Israel, Reports Say

      Israel shut its borders to all foreigners in mid-March. According to the regulations, all Israelis returning home from abroad were obligated to observe a two-week quarantine.
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    • 09:14

      Senegalese President Self-Quarantines for Two Weeks After Contact With COVID-19 Carrier

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Senegalese President Macky Sall has put himself under self-isolation for two weeks as a precaution after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the presidential office said on Thursday.

      Seydou Gueye, the president's adviser in charge of communications, said that Sall had taken the COVID-19 test after being exposed to the coronavirus. The results came back negative.

      "However, following the doctors’ recommendations on this issue, the president has been isolated for two weeks, starting on Wednesday, 24 June", Gueye said in a statement posted on the office’s Twitter account.

    • 08:23

      Australian Airline Qantas to Cut 6,000 Jobs in Long-Term Pandemic Recovery Plan

      A Qantas Airbus A-330 plane sits on the tarmac at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Sunday Oct. 30, 2011 at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines.

      Australian Airline Qantas to Cut 6,000 Jobs in Long-Term Pandemic Recovery Plan

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Australian aviation company Qantas on Thursday revealed plans to cut up to 6,000 jobs as part of its recovery plan after the pandemic, ABC reported.
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    • 08:17

      Eiffel Tower Reopens to Visitors Following Months-Long COVID-19 Closure - Video

      Statues wear masks along Trocadero square close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Monday, May 4, 2020.

      Eiffel Tower Reopens to Visitors Following Months-Long COVID-19 Closure - Video

      France started relaxing coronavirus-related lockdown measures in late May, first letting parks and gardens reopen to the public. Museums were allowed to reopen starting 2 June, with the Louvre, one of the most famous museums in the country scheduled to reopen on 6 July.
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    • 07:59

      Russia Registers 7,113 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 7,113 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours (7,176 yesterday), bringing the total count to 613,994, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Thursday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 7,113 COVID-19 cases in 82 regions, of which 2,278 (32 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said in a statement, adding that the country has confirmed 613,994 cases (+1.2 percent) in 85 regions so far.

      Of the new cases, 885 were registered in Moscow, 467 in the Moscow Region, and 319 in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area (compared to yesterday's 811, 507, and 323, respectively).

      The country's COVID-19 death toll has grown by 92 (154 yesterday) to 8,605.

    • 07:12

      Ukraine's COVID-19 Total Tops 40,000 After Another Record Daily Increase

      KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukraine has seen a record spike in COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total tally of infected persons surging by 994 to 40,008, Health Minister Maksym Stepanov said on Thursday.

      "We have another sad record today. Over the past 24 hours, 994 people have become infected, including 64 children and 103 medical staffers. Sixteen fatalities have been recorded. As many as 349 people have recovered. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 40,008 people, including 2,936 children and 6,346 medical staffers, have fallen ill. Some 17,750 people have recovered, and 1,067 people have died", Stepanov said at a briefing.

    • 07:08

      'Predatory' Mining Corporations are Using COVID-19 to Undermine Regulations, Warns Rights Network

      'Predatory' Mining Corporations are Using COVID-19 to Undermine Regulations, Warns Rights Network

      Major mining companies have given a "low priority" to grievances of mine-workers and mining affected communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a network of labour, environmental and human rights activists.
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    • 06:27

      Head of Jerusalem's COVID-19 Response Team Weighs Reasons for Hike in Cases in Israel

      People enjoy themselves at a restaurant as some businesses reopened at the end of last month under a host of new rules, following weeks of shutdown amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, in Tel Aviv, Israel June 4, 2020. Picture taken June 4, 2020.

      Head of Jerusalem's COVID-19 Response Team Weighs Reasons for Hike in Cases in Israel

      The Israeli government's decision to open up the country was way too hasty, believes an expert from the state's largest healthcare organisation, adding that mistakes could have been avoided if politicians listened to professionals instead of pursuing their own agendas.
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    • 05:51

      India's COVID-19 Tally Spikes to 473,105

      The Indian Health Ministry on Thursday said that the total number of coronavirus cases in India has reached 473,105, with the death toll increasing to 14,894.

      In last 24 hours, 418 people have succumbed to the disease, with 16,922 new cases reported during the same time period. Additionally, a total of 13,012 COVID-19 patients have been cured.

    • 05:48

      US Department of State Resuming Passport Services After COVID-19 Lockdown

      US passport

      US Department of State Resuming Passport Services After COVID-19 Lockdown

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Department of State has decided to resume passport services for citizens willing to travel abroad following the lockdown linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
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