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    Numerous countries in Europe and Asia are easing some restrictions in a bid to relaunch their economies, while major outbreaks are being registered in the US, India, and Latin America.

    At the moment, around 10,860,000 people are infected across the world, and at least 520,000 have died from the coronavirus. According to Johns Hopkins University, the US still remains the most affected country, with over 2.7 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 520,000 deaths from the virus. Brazil is second, with around 1.5 million infected and a death toll of 61,800.

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    • 03:37

      Germany Records 422 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Reaches 196,096 – Robert Koch Institute

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Germany has confirmed 422 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 196,096, the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday.

      The death toll has grown by seven to 9,010 people within the same period of time. Some 181,300 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 446 new cases and nine fatalities.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 11 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 524,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 01:47

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Mexico Rises by 654 to 29,843 People

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 654 to 29,843 within the past 24 hours, Jose Luis Alomia, the director of epidemiology at the Health Ministry, said.

      He also said on late Friday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 6,740 to 245,251 within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, the Latin American nation recorded 6,741 new cases of the coronavirus, with 679 fatalities.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 11 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 524,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 22:56

      Global Number of COVID-19 Infection Cases Tops 11 Million – Johns Hopkins University

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The worldwide number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has surpassed 11 million, Johns Hopkins University says.

      The exact number of the coronavirus cases stood at 11,031,905 as of 23:00 GMT on Friday. More than 523,000 people have died of the disease, the university added.

       The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. The biggest number of cases so far have been registered in the United States, Brazil and Russia.

    • 22:46

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Brazil Surpasses 1.5 Million, Health Ministry Says

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil has increased within the past 24 hours by 42,223 to 1,539,081, the national Ministry of Health said on late Friday.

      The death toll has increased by 1,290 to 63,174 people within the same period of time.

      Over 868,000 have recovered since the start of the outbreak, the ministry added.

      A day earlier, Brazil registered 48,105 new coronavirus cases and 1,252 fatalities.

      Brazil comes second on a global tally of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded over 2.7 million COVID-19 patients.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 10.9 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 523,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 22:20

      Moscow's Death Toll From COVID-19 Rises by 25 to 3,929 Over Past Day

      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 3,929, the city's coronavirus response center said in a statement on late Friday.

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

      In the previous day, 34 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 10.9 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 523,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

      Russia has the third biggest number of coronavirus cases – 667,883 ones – with 437,893 recoveries and 9,859 fatalities. The worst-hit nation is the United States with over 2.7 million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease. Brazil comes second with about 1.5 million infected people.

    • 21:19

      UAE Authorities Open Borders for Residents to Travel Abroad - Reports

      DOHA (Sputnik) - Authorities of the United Arab Emirates allowed citizens and permanent residents to travel abroad, the WAM news agency Friday.

      They recommended that those traveling on a trip should take a coronavirus test before the trip, and also, upon returning, to have with them the fresh results of the analysis done at the place of stay. Also, the UAE authorities recommended people over 70 and people with chronic diseases to refrain from traveling abroad.

      According to the latest data from the country's Ministry of Health, more than 49,400 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the UAE since the pandemic began, while 317 have died.

    • 20:36

      COVID-19 Pandemic Cost Paraguay 5% of Country's GDP - Finance Minister

      MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) - The national battle against the coronavirus epidemic cost Paraguay as much as $2 billion, or 5 percent of the GDP, Paraguayan Finance Minister Benigno Lopez told Sputnik.

      "The costs we had to cover to fight COVID-19 make up about 5 percent of GDP ... This means about $2 billion," Lopez said.

      The minister also noted the pandemic's significant impact on the country's economy, which is now forecast to decline by 2.5-3 percent this year instead of growing by 4 percent.

      At the same time, Lopez added that the worst part was over and the economic life in Paraguay was slowly starting to recover. The authorities are optimistic about how the situation in the country will develop in the second half of the year.

      According to the Paraguayan Health Ministry's latest update, there is a total of 2,303 COVID-19 cases in the South American country, 19 deaths and 1,108 recoveries.

    • 19:16

      Nepal Confirms Record 740 COVID-19 Cases Over Day, Total Exceeds 15,000 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Nepal registered 740 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, marking the record daily increase since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, the Ministry of Health and Population said on Friday, adding that the total number of cases surpassed 15,000.

      According to the ministry, there are now 15,259 confirmed cases in Nepal.

      One person has died in the preceding day, taking the country’s death toll to 32.

      The health authorities added that 6,143 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

    • 16:19

      French Prosecution to Launch Inquiry Into ex-PM's Handling of COVID-19 Crisis

      French Prosecution Says It Will Launch Inquiry Into ex-PM's Handling of COVID-19 Crisis

      Earlier in the day, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed Jean Castex, deputy chief of staff to the French president, as the new prime minister, hours after Edouard Philippe announced that he was stepping down.
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    • 15:48

      UK's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises by 137 to 44,131

    • 13:58

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Afghanistan Surpasses 32,000

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Afghanistan has increased by 302 over the past 24 hours taking the total tally to 32,324, according to the Health Ministry's update.

      According to the ministry, as cited by the national TOLOnews broadcaster, a total of 819 people died from the disease since the start of the outbreak, 12 of them in the past 24 hours.

      Meanwhile, 1,290 patients have recovered over the given period, bringing the total of recoveries to 17,331.

    • 13:33

      Iran's COVID-19 Death Toll Grows to 11,260

      TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Iran has confirmed 154 coronavirus-related fatalities over the past 24 hours, a slight increase from the 148 deaths a day ago, Health Ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said in a Friday update, taking the overall death toll to 11,260.

      At the same time, Iran reported 2,566 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total to 235,429, Lari said, as broadcast by the channel IRINN.

      Meanwhile, more than 196,000 people have fully recovered from the disease.

    • 13:26

      Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi Diagnosed With COVID-19

    • 13:01

      Oman's Daily COVID-19 Toll Grows to Nearly 44,000

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Omani health officials have confirmed an additional 1,374 cases of COVID-19 in a slight increase compared to the 1,361 cases detected the previous day, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

      The total case count now amounts to 43,929.

    • 12:20

      Police in India to Be Counselled for Psychological, Physical Issues Posed by COVID-19

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      Police in India to Be Counselled for Psychological, Physical Issues Posed by COVID-19

      New Delhi (Sputnik): India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown on 24 March to combat COVID-19. Since the pandemic hit the country, frontline workers – doctors, police, medical staff, paramedics, and sanitation workers – have been working 24/7 to help India fight the virus.
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    • 11:49

      UK to Keep 14-Day Quarantine For US Travellers as Scottish Ministers Back 'Four Nation' Travel Rules

      UK Passengers wait at the front of a queue for the next express train to Gatwick Airport

      UK to Keep 14-Day Quarantine For US Travellers as Scottish Ministers Back 'Four Nation' Travel Rules

      The news comes as the UK Foreign Office is also set to reveal the full list of "Air Bridge" countries exempted from quarantine rules on Friday, with countries being designated with threat levels red, amber or green according to the severity of infection rates.
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    • 11:07

      France's Occitanie May Suffer 20,000 Job Cuts in Aviation Sector Due to Pandemic Crisis

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Some 20,000 jobs in the aviation sector are at risk in the French region of Occitanie due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent cuts to air traffic, the president of the region, Carole Delga, said on Friday to the RTL broadcaster.

      France's aviation sector has suffered unprecedented losses since the lockdown was introduced in the country in mid-March and the health crisis slashed passenger flights and aircraft orders, putting thousands of jobs at risk.

      "In total, we will approach 20,000 jobs that can be threatened in the Occitanie region. It's a very, very strong shock", Delga said, adding that the aviation sector "has never experienced such a crisis".

      Notably, on Tuesday, Europe's largest aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, unveiled a plan for 15,000 layoffs worldwide, including 5,000 in France and over 3,500 in Toulouse, the capital of the Occitanie region, to overcome the coronavirus crisis.

      Moreover, the Air France-KLM group announced earlier in May a net loss of 1.8 billion euros (over $2 billion) in the first quarter of 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 10:38

      EU Greenlights Use of Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19

       A lab technicians shows the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug Remdesivir at Eva Pharma Facility in Cairo, Egypt June 25, 2020

      EU Greenlights Use of Remdesivir to Treat COVID-19

      Remdesivir, an antiviral drug produced by the California-based Gilead Sciences biopharmaceutical company, has become the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive the backing of the European Medicines Agency and at the same time the bone of contention between the EU and the US after the latter allegedly bought up the global supply of the drug.
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    • 10:37

      Rocking 'Teletubby' PPE: Indian Doctor Dances COVID-19 Blues Away on Duty Break - Video

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      Rocking 'Teletubby' PPE: Indian Doctor Dances COVID-19 Blues Away on Duty Break - Video

      New Delhi (Sputnik): During the pandemic, medics have emerged as heroes who wear their masks and gloves round-the-clock and appear to have the superpower of healing.
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    • 10:30

      Over 80% of Britons Would Back Second Lockdown in Case of COVID-19 Spike

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – An overwhelming majority of Britons would support another lockdown if coronavirus cases jump again, a fresh YouGov poll for Sky News shows as the country cautiously eases the restrictions.

      According to the survey, 83 percent would back a second shutdown in case of another coronavirus outbreak.

      9 percent would be against the prospect of seeing another lockdown. Another 8 percent had no opinion on the matter. The youth and older age groups notably have similar attitudes toward the lockdown.

      In addition, the poll revealed that 70 percent would be nervous about visiting pubs, which are set to open in England on Saturday. About the same percentage of people would feel uncomfortable to go to a cinema, use public transport, or go on a holiday abroad.

      At the same time, the majority of Britons feel safe to go to one another's gardens.

      In general, 48 percent of respondents admitted to having become more anxious due to the pandemic.

      The survey was conducted among 1,610 UK adults on 29-30 June.

    • 10:07

      UK Bins COVID-19 Quarantine for Travellers From 'Reduced Risk' Countries

      Passengers wait in line for delayed British Airways flights inside Heathrow Airport in London. (File)

      UK Bins COVID-19 Quarantine for Travellers From 'Reduced Risk' Countries

      With nearly 44,000 confirmed fatalities, the UK has the highest coronavirus toll in Europe, according to the World Health Organisation’s latest estimates.
      Read more
    • 09:19

      Philippines Confirms Record Spike of 1,531 New Cases, Bringing Total to 40,336

    • 08:34

      Number of Infected in Indonesia Rises to 60,695

    • 08:30

      India Joins COVID-19 Vaccine Race, Promises 15 August as Deadline

      Small bottles labeled with a Vaccine COVID-19 sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020

      India Joins COVID-19 Vaccine Race, Promises 15 August as Deadline

      New Delhi (Sputnik): Out of a total of 140 companies across the world, seven Indian companies are also working on vaccine development against COVID-19. India's Bharat Biotech and Zydus Cadila have received approval from the authorities to conduct human clinical trials of the vaccine against the disease.
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    • 08:19

      Remdesivir May Be Lifesaving for COVID-19 Patients, Yet Toxic for US-EU Relations

      A pharmacist doctor works on the basics of the raw materials for investigational of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) treatment drug Remdesivir, in Ibn Sina laboratory, at Eva Pharma Facility in Cairo, Egypt 25 June 2020.

      Remdesivir May Be Lifesaving for COVID-19 Patients, Yet Toxic for US-EU Relations

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik), Luc Rivet - Remdesivir, an antiviral drug produced by the California-based company Gilead Sciences, has become the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive the backing of the European Medicines Agency and at the same time a bone of contention between the EU and the US after the latter allegedly bought up its global supply.
      Read more
    • 07:48

      Russia Registers 6,718 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW, July 3 (Sputnik) - Russia has recorded 6,718 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours (down slightly from 6,760 the day before), bringing the cumulative toll to 667,883, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Friday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 6,718 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 2,182 (32.5 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said in a statement, adding that the total count has grown to 667,883 cases in 85 regions, with the daily increase standing at 1 percent.

      Of the newly detected cases, 659 were confirmed in Moscow, 298 in the Moscow Region, and 271 in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area (compared to 662, 317, and 266 the day before).

    • 07:26

      US Vice-President's Arizona Trip Reportedly Delayed After Secret Service Agents Get COVID-19

      US Vice-President's Arizona Trip Reportedly Delayed After Secret Service Agents Get COVID-19

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Vice-President Mike Pence's recent visit to Arizona, which took place earlier this week, was delayed by a day after several Secret Service agents who organised the trip tested positive for COVID-19, officials told the Washington Post newspaper.
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    • 06:27

      UK Minister Defends PM Johnson's Father Amid Claims He Defied Travel Ban by Flying to Greece

      FILE PHOTO: Stanley Johnson, father of Boris Johnson, arrives at a hustings event with Britain's Conservative Party leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, in Exeter, Britain, June 28, 2019.

      UK Minister Defends PM Johnson's Father Amid Claims He Defied 'Travel Ban' by Flying to Greece

      The news comes as the UK cabinet is also trying to deal with another scandal over alleged pandemic restriction violations, with Boris Johnson's adviser Dominic Cummings being targeted for travelling with his family during the lockdown period.
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    • 05:52

      'Too Slow, Asleep at the Wheel': UK Labour Party Leader Lashes Out at PM Johnson's COVID Handling

      In this handout photo provided by UK Parliament, Britain's Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

      'Too Slow, Asleep at the Wheel': UK Labour Party Leader Lashes Out at PM Johnson's COVID Handling

      Keir Starmer has warned that an inquiry will take place "in due course", arguing that now is the time to focus on the measures that will ease the fallout from the coronavirus healthcare crunch.
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    • 05:29

      India's Bharat Biotech to Launch COVID-19 Vaccine for Public Use by 15 August

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – India's Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) is going to launch a COVID-19 vaccine for public health use by 15 August, the state-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said in a statement.

      According to the report, ICMR and BBIL are currently working on the preclinical and clinical development of the BBV152 COVID vaccine.

      "It is envisaged to launch the vaccine for public health use at the latest by 15th August 2020 after completion of all clinical trials. BBIL is working expeditiously to meet the target, however, final outcome will depend on the cooperation of all clinical trial sites involved in this project", the statement said.

    • 05:25

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Germany Surpasses 9,000

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of people who have died from the coronavirus in Germany has increased by nine to 9,003 within the past 24 hours, the Robert Koch Institute said on Friday.

      The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country rose by 446 to 195,674 people within the same period of time. Around 181,000 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 503 new cases and nine fatalities.

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