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    The total global case count is still climbing: according to the statistics collected by Johns Hopkins University, it now stands at 10,450,628.

    As the work on a COVID-19 vaccine continues, some countries are tentatively easing their restrictions, including those on international travel. On Tuesday, the European Union published a list of countries whose residents will be able to travel to the bloc starting on 1 July, months after closing its external borders to slow the spread of the pandemic. 

    The United States retains the largest cumulative case count in the world, with 2,634,432, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Brazil has recorded 1,402,041 cases, which means an increase of 24,052 compared to the day before.

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    • 04:22

      World Health Organization Says Global Coronavirus Tally Topped 10.3Mln

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated the overall number of coronavirus cases globally at 10,357,662, with 508,055 people having died from the disease.

      The UN health agency said in the situation report published on late Wednesday that 163,939 new cases had been recorded in the past day, while further 4,188 patients had died.

      Americas continue to lead the count with over 5.2 million cases, followed by Europe with more than 2.7 million.

      The WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March.

      According to Johns Hopkins University, the global number of COVID-19 cases has already surpassed 10.5 million, with more than 513,000 fatalities.

      The United States remains the worst-hit nation with more than 2.6 confirmed cases and about 128,000 deaths. The United States is followed by Brazil and Russia, with more than 1.44 million and 654,405 cases, respectively.

    • 04:20

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Mexico Surpasses 230,000 – Health Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Mexico has increased by 5,681 within the past 24 hours and has thus surpassed 230,000, Jose Luis Alomia, the director of epidemiology at the Health Ministry, said.

      He also said on late Wednesday that the death toll had risen by 741 to 28,510 within the same period of time.

      "As of today, 231,770 people have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 28,510 people have died of this disease," Alomia said in a televised address.

      A day earlier, the Latin American nation recorded 5,432 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 648 fatalities.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 10.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 514,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 03:36

      Germany Records 503 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Reaches 195,228 – Robert Koch Institute

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Germany has confirmed 503 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 195,228, the Robert Koch Institute said on Thursday.

      The death toll has grown by nine to 8,994 people within the same period of time. Some 180,300 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 466 new cases and 12 fatalities.

      The WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 10.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 515,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 03:08

      WHO Director-General Says 141 COVID-19 Vaccines Being Developed Worldwide

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in an article for The Washington Post newspaper that currently 141 COVID-19 vaccines are being developed in the world.

      "Consider the vital role that international cooperation is already playing around the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. This began almost as soon as the coronavirus’s sequence was shared online, and there are now 141 vaccines in development. Leading candidates may be only months from success. Of course, there is no guarantee of full protection, but we are hopeful," Ghebreyesus said.

      He also expressed hope that the United States would continue its cooperation with the WHO despite President Donald Trump's remarks on the withdrawal of funding for the organization.

      The WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 10.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 515,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 01:02

      US Registers Record 52,000 Daily COVID-19 Cases, Johns Hopkins Tally Shows

    • 00:40

      Number of Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Colombia Surpasses 100,000, Health Ministry Says

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The number of people, who were diagnosed with the coronavirus in Colombia, has increased by 4,163 to 102,009 within the past 24 hours, the national Health Ministry said on late Wednesday.

      The death toll has risen by 136 to 3,470 people within the same period of time.

      More than 43,000 people have recovered in Colombia since the start of the outbreak.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 10.6 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 514,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 23:14

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Brazil Surpasses 60,000 People – Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Brazil, has increased by 1,038 to 60,632 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 46,712 to 1,448,753. Over 826,000 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, Brazil reported about 33,846 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,280 new fatalities.

      Brazil comes second on a global tally of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded more than 2.6 million COVID-19 patients.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 10.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 513,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 22:46

      Moscow's Death Toll From COVID-19 Rises by 39 to 3,870 Over Past Day

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow has registered 39 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 3,870, the city's coronavirus response center said in a statement on Thursday.

      "Another 39 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow," the center said.

      In the previous day, 35 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 10.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 512,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

      Russia has the third biggest number of coronavirus cases – 654,405 ones – with 422,931 recoveries and 9,536 fatalities. The worst-hit nation is the United States with over 2.6 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease. Brazil comes second with more than 1.4 million infected people.

    • 21:27

      California Orders 19 Counties to Close Indoor Operations at Restaurants, Bars - Governor

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The California authorities have ordered 19 counties in the state to immediately close indoor operations in restaurants, bars and other facilities amid the increase of novel coronavirus cases, Governor Gavin Newsom told reporters on Wednesday.

      “We are now requiring to close indoor operations due to the spread of the virus,” Newsom said during a press briefing referring to restaurants, wineries, tasting rooms, movie theaters and some other facilities.

      Newsom said the new guidance applies to 19 out of 58 California’s counties that have been on the state’s so-called “monitoring list” due to public health concerns for at least three consecutive days.

      “We anticipate guidelines will be in place for at least three weeks,” Newsom said, adding that the affected counties represent more than 70 percent of California’s population.

    • 19:29

      Public Confidence in US Ability to Cope With COVID-19 Drops 25% Since March - Poll

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Americans’ confidence in the ability of officials to manage the novel coronavirus outbreak plunged 25 percent since March amid fears that some US states had reopened too quickly and reports of a surge in new cases as a result, a Monmouth University poll said on Wednesday.

      In March, a solid 62 percent felt at least somewhat confident that the United States would be able to limit the outbreak’s impact in a few weeks. That confidence level dropped to 53 percent in April, 43 percent in early June and 37 percent by the end of the month, a press release explaining the poll said.

      "Some governors have dialed back their state’s reopening plans because of images of large groups showing a blatant disregard for social distancing. These poll results suggest that most people look at their fellow Americans’ behavior and say, ‘This is why we can’t have nice things,’" Monmouth Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said in the release.

      A surge in new novel coronavirus cases in several US states - especially California, Texas and Florida - prompted rollbacks of recent steps to re-open shuttered businesses.

    • 17:57

      New York City Delays Allowing Indoor Dining as COVID-19 Cases Spike in US, Cuomo Says

      New York City will postpone allowing indoor dining in restaurants as the novel coronavirus cases surge in various states across the United States, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Wednesday.

      Under Phase 3 of the reopening plan set to begin on July 6, New York City would have reopened the indoor spaces of bars and restaurants.

      “Indoor dining in New York City will be postponed until the facts change and it is safe and prudent,” Cuomo said via Twitter.

      The United States was under lockdown in March and April in an effort to stem the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.  However, since US states began partially reopening in May, several increased number of infections.

      However, Some medical officials have said the increase in number of cases is due to the significantly greater number of performed tests, and the number of deaths - the more relevant metric in following the pandemic - has been decreasing. 

    • 13:30

      Kazakh Government Proposes 2-Week Quarantine Beginning on Sunday Over COVID-19

      The government of Kazakhstan proposes to introduce a two-week quarantine in the country starting on Sunday to combat the spread of coronavirus amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said on Wednesday.

      Tokayev has previously instructed the state commission for the coronavirus control to work out and submit proposals for the introduction of strict quarantine in the country.

      "The government submitted a plan to reimpose quarantine from 5 July for a period of 14 days [with a possibility of further extension]. Tomorrow, after the meeting of the inter-ministerial commission, the health minister will provide clarifications," Tokayev wrote on Twitter.

      Over 41,000 symptomatic and asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus disease have been reported in Kazakhstan since the start of the outbreak, and the country’s death toll stands at 188. Since June 9, the daily increase in the number of new COVID-19 cases in Kazakhstan has nearly tripled and now it stands at around 500 cases per day.

    • 12:47

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Iran Surpasses 230,000, Death Toll Nears 11,000

      The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection in Iran has exceeded 230,000, and the death toll from the disease is approaching 11,000, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Wednesday.

      According to the official, Iran has registered 141 coronavirus-related fatalities over the last 24 hours, down from a record 147 the day before, and 2,549 new COVID-19 cases.

      Given the update, the overall COVID-19 death toll since the start of the outbreak has reached 10,958, and the case count amounted to 230,211, Lari said, as broadcast by the IRINN channel.

      In the meantime, as many as 191,487 COVID-19 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

      Iran reported a surge in COVID-19 deaths in mid-June, when more than 100 coronavirus-related fatalities had been recorded for the first time in two months amid the gradual relaxation of the coronavirus-related lockdown, which began in mid-April. The number of infections has since seen sporadic peaks and drops.

    • 12:47

      US Private Payrolls Data ADP Shows 2.37 Mln Jobs Created In June Amid COVID-19 Reopenings

      The US economy gained 2.37 million jobs in April as more businesses across America reopened from lockdowns forced by the coronavirus pandemic, private payrolls surveyor ADP said on Wednesday.

      “Small business hiring picked up in the month of June,” Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, said in a statement. “As the economy slowly continues to recover, we are seeing a significant rebound in industries that once experienced the greatest job losses. In fact, 70 percent of the jobs added this month were in the leisure and hospitality, trade and construction industries.”

      The ADP data serves as precursor to the US Labor Department’s official jobs report for June, scheduled to be released on Thursday. Economists are expecting the department’s non-farm payrolls to show that hiring continued to pick up in June, with some 3 million jobs recovered versus 2.5 million in May.

      Non-farm payrolls over March and April showed a combined net loss of more than 21 million jobs as most non-essential businesses across the 50 US states were shut down to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The lockdowns began easing in May and more restrictions were lifted in June, although a new spike in US infections from the virus has also been occurring.

    • 10:03

      California's Case Count Rose by 8,441 on Tuesday, in Highest Single-Day Increase Since Pandemic Started

    • 09:22

      Centenarian Woman Cured of Coronavirus in Russia's Rostov Region

      Russian doctors have cured a 100-year-old resident of Volgodonsk from the coronavirus and discharged her from hospital, Rostov Region Governor Vasily Golubev said on Wednesday.

      "Don doctors have cured a 100-year-old patient with confirmed COVID-19. The resident of Volgodonsk, born in 1920, was discharged home after successful treatment," Golubev said on Instagram.

      According to the governor, the woman was hospitalized two weeks ago with moderate symptoms of COVID-19.

      The Rostov Region has so far confirmed about 10,000 cases of COVID-19, including nearly 6,000 recoveries and 125 fatalities.

    • 07:30

      Russia Registers 6,556 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours

      Russia has recorded 6,556 new cases of the coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours, down from 6,693 the day before, bringing the cumulative toll to 654,405, the country's coronavirus response center said on Wednesday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 6,556 COVID-19 cases in 83 regions, of which 2,091 (31.9 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement, adding that the total count has grown to 654,405 cases in 85 regions, with the daily increase remaining at 1 percent.

      Of all the newly detected cases, 611 have been confirmed in Moscow, 306 in the Moscow Region and 262 in St. Petersburg (compared to 745, 301 and 253 the day before, respectively).

      Meanwhile, the country's death toll from the disease has grown by 216, compared to 154 the day before, to 9,536.

      As many as 10,281 COVID-19 patients have recovered across Russia over the past 24 hours, up from 9,220 the day before, bringing the total number of cured people to 422,931.

    • 06:48

      Brazil Records Over 30,000 New COVID-19 Cases, Total at 1.4Mln

      The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 33,846 to 1,402,041 within the past 24 hours, a significant spike in new infections compared to the previous day, according to the Health Ministry data.

      A day earlier, Brazil reported 24,052 new cases of the coronavirus disease.

      The death toll has risen by 1,280 to 59,594 within the same period of time. A total of over 790,000 patients have recovered.

      The Latin American country comes second on a global tally of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded over 2.5 million COVID-19 patients.

    • 05:04

      Australia to Lockdown 300,000 in Suburbs North of Melbourne

      Australian authorities will lock down around 300,000 people in suburbs of Melbourne for a month to contain the risk of infection.

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