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    At the moment, the number of COVID-19 cases is spiking in the United States, with major outbreaks registered in the country after several weeks of mass rallies. The pandemic is also on the rise in Latin America and India, reaching over 11 million cases worldwide.

    The US remains the worst-hit country, with almost 2.8 million infected and over 129,000 deceased, according to Johns Hopkins Institute. Brazil is second, with over 1.5 million cases and a death toll surpassing 61,800. In Europe, the most affected country is the UK, where over 44,000 people have passed away due to the coronavirus.

    However, Britain, as well as many other European countries, is gradually easing pandemic restrictions, cancelling quarantines for arrivals and reconsidering its official travel advice.

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    • 01:07

      Mexico Now Has Fifth-Largest COVID-19 Death Toll, 500 New Deaths Reported, Health Ministry Says

      Cemetery workers carry the coffin containing the body of Juana, 50, who died of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) next to a grave at the Xico cemetery on the outskirts of Mexico City, Mexico, June 10, 2020.

      Mexico Now Has Fifth-Largest COVID-19 Death Toll, 500 New Deaths Reported, Health Ministry Says

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexico confirmed nearly 7,000 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours and over 500 new coronavirus-related deaths, with the country’s total COVID-19 death toll now being the fifth largest in the world, according to Health Ministry data.
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    • 22:08

      Brazil Confirms Almost 38,000 New COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazil registered nearly 38,000 new coronavirus cases and more than a thousand new deaths from COVID-19 over a 24-hour period, the country’s Health Ministry reports.

      In the past 24 hours, Brazil registered 37,923 new coronavirus cases and 1,091 new deaths from COVID-19, according to the health ministry’s Saturday data.

      Overall, Brazil has 1,577,004 confirmed coronavirus cases and a total of 64,265 COVID-19 fatalities.

      On Friday, Brazil reported 42,223 new coronavirus cases and 1,290 new deaths from COVID-19. A day earlier, Brazil registered 48,105 new coronavirus cases and 1,252 fatalities.

      A week ago, Brazil’s coronavirus death toll stood at around 57,000 and the country had a total of 1,313,667 confirmed coronavirus cases. Thus Brazil has seen a weekly rise of around 7,000 COVID-19 fatalities, which is the same increase as that of the previous seven-day period.

      Brazil has the second-highest coronavirus death toll, it is surpassed only by the United States, which has registered over 129,600 COVID-19 fatalities, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

      Brazil and the United States are also the top two countries in terms of the total number of registered coronavirus cases (the United States has the highest total of over 2.8 million COVID-19 cases).

    • 21:27

      Texas Registers Record 8,258 New COVID-19 Cases Amid 4 July Celebrations, Health Services Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The US state of Texas has registered a record high daily increase of coronavirus cases, amounting to over 8,200 according to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

      On Saturday, 4 July, when Americans celebrate Independence Day, a total of 8,258 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Texas and 33 new coronavirus-related deaths, the DSHS said in its daily update.

      Texas now has a total of 191,790 confirmed coronavirus cases and 2,608 coronavirus fatalities. Over 97,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Texas.

      The state’s previous record high daily increase of coronavirus cases was registered on Wednesday, when 8,076 cases, confirmed over a 24-hour period, were reported.

      The number of coronavirus cases in Texas surged after Governor Greg Abbott decided to gradually reopen the economy when he let stay-at-home orders expire on 1 May. On Thursday, Abbott issued an executive order requiring state residents to wear a face covering in public spaces.

      The United States remains the country with the largest number of coronavirus cases (over 2.8 million) and the highest COVID-19 death toll (over 129,600), according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University.

    • 20:51

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Bangladesh Approaching 160,000 - Research Institute

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus cases in Bangladesh has increased by 3,288 to 159,679 in the past 24 hours, the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control, And Research said on Saturday.

      According to the institute's dashboard, a total of 70,721 COVID-19 patients have recovered and 1,997 have died, including 29 in the preceding day.

      Over 374,000 people remain in self-isolation and 309,000 have already been released from quarantine.

      Despite the increase in the number of cases in the country, the Bangladeshi authorities did not extend the lockdown regime introduced on 8 March. On 31 May, the government announced the reopening of offices and the resumption of transport services. At the same time, authorities called on the nation to maintain social distance.

    • 18:29

      Pubs, Restaurants Reopen in London as COVID-19 Restrictions Eased in England - Video

      A staff member opens the doors of The Holland Tringham Wetherspoons pub

      Pubs, Restaurants Reopen in London as COVID-19 Restrictions Eased in England - Video

      The UK government has published guidlines for businesses on measures that should be implemented to reduce COVID-19 transmission, including reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces, providing sanitisers, and improving ventilation.
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    • 17:45

      Global COVID-19 Cases Rise by 212,326, Record Increase in 24 Hours, WHO Reports

    • 17:27

      WHO is ‘Discontinuing’ Solidarity Trial of Therapeutics Hydroxychloroquine and Lopinavir/Ritonavir

    • 17:11

      UK Prime Minister's Father Defends His Decision to Fly to Greece Despite Coronavirus Advisory

      "I don't know what the reaction of the British public (has been), I came here to have a quiet time to organise the house", Stanley Johnson said in comments to Sky News, referring to measures to make the property COVID-19 secure for lettings.

      "I've just got one week to get everything organised. I've got a whole lot of instructions about how to make the place COVID-proof", he said, noting he planned to return to the UK on 10 July.

    • 16:53

      UK Death Toll Up by 67 to 44,198, Gov't Says

    • 15:34

      Arizona Cases Rise by 2,695, ICU Beds in Use at 90% as of Friday, Health Authorities Say

      The state’s health department added that hospitalisations have risen by 100 to a record high of 3,113 in total.

    • 14:54

      Hillary Clinton Slams Trump's Handling of COVID-19 Crisis, Says She 'Would Have Done Better'

      Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton attends the premiere of the Hulu documentary Hillary at the DGA New York Theater on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in New York.

      Hillary Clinton Says She ‘Would Have Done Better’ Than Trump in Handling COVID-19 Crisis

      The US has in recent days seen a new spike in cases, primarily across the South and Southwest, with opponents doubling down on criticism of Donald Trump’s general approach to the pandemic.
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    • 14:38

      Florida Health Authorities Report Record 11,458 Spike in COVID-19 Cases

      According to health authorities, the recent uptick is the second time in three days that the number of cases has gone up by 10,000.

      Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Friday that he was not planning to introduce new restrictions due to the outbreak. At the same time, Florida's biggest county, Miami-Dade, imposed on Thursday a curfew amid the COVID-19 spike.

    • 13:53

      US Diplomats to Leave Saudi Arabia Over Coronavirus Fears, WSJ Reports

      General view of Riyadh city, after the Saudi government eased a curfew, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, June 21 2020. Picture taken June 21, 2020.

      US Diplomats to Leave Saudi Arabia Over Coronavirus Fears, WSJ Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Dozens of US diplomats and their families will leave Saudi Arabia on Saturday amid a sharp increase in cases of coronavirus infection in the kingdom, the Wall Street Journal reports citing sources.
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    • 13:42

      'Death Lag': US Surgeon General Warns of Possible Spike in COVID-19 Fatalities in Two Weeks

      A man who died from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is wrapped in a body bag at the United Memorial Medical Center's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) intensive care unit in Houston, Texas, U.S., June 29, 2020.

      'Death Lag': US Surgeon General Warns of Possible Spike in COVID-19 Fatalities in Two Weeks

      Yesterday the US hit a new high in daily COVID-19 cases, with 52,789 confirmed infections amid a month of George Floyd protests and continuing reopening of some states. The record number also comes ahead of a big date for all Americans – the fourth of July, which often sees massive celebrations.
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    • 13:09

      Group-IB Says Cybercrime in Russia on Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Cybercrime activities in Russia have dramatically increased since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Ilya Sachkov, general director and founder of the Russian cybersecurity company Group-IB, told Sputnik.

      "There are some interesting statistics. According to the [Russian] Ministry of Internal Affairs, while the number of murders and attempted murders, as well as robberies, dropped in January-April 2020, the growth of IT crime [in the given period] amounted to 82.4 percent and significantly influenced the increase in the total number of recorded crimes in the country within [these] four months by 0.8 percent. I will not be wrong if I say that most of the cases are various kinds of financial frauds", Sachkov said.

      According to the IT expert, many Russian employees were working in a protected corporate environment before the COVID-19 lockdown regime started.

      "When the employees of most Russian companies switched to working from home, they became targets for cybercriminals. First, both the employer and the employer's security service, as well as IT services, are located somewhere distant, the psychological barrier is gradually erasing, and so, of course, vigilance is reduced", Sachkov noted.

      He added that other cases of cybercrime in Russia also included online shopping fraud.

      "A person with money, with a bank card and Internet banking, who wants to order something quickly on the Internet, is an ideal target for attackers", Sachkov said.

    • 12:35

      Iran Makes Wearing Masks Mandatory in Public Places to Curb Pandemic

      People not wearing masks amid the pandemic should be refused service in enclosed public spaces, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani announced on Saturday.

      "In government offices, that is likely to be easier - we can simply deny entry to people not wearing masks", he said, urging people to abide the regulations aimed at curbing the virus.

    • 11:49

      US Registers Over 50,000 New COVID-19 Cases For Third Consecutive Day

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The daily coronavirus increase in the US has exceeded 50,000 for a third consecutive day, marking a record increase registered anywhere in a single 24-hour period, data showed on Saturday.

      According to the John Hopkins University coronavirus monitor, which compiles data across agencies, hospitals, and private practices, 52,104 new infections and 631 deaths were registered in the past day across the country.

      The university’s dashboard coronavirus world map shows that the US alone accounts for 2,795,163 confirmed infections and 129,437 deaths.

    • 11:18

      Indonesia Confirms 1,447 New Cases of Coronavirus, Bringing Total to 62,142

    • 10:43

      Israel May Reportedly Halt Training Sessions for Reservists Due to Coronavirus-Related Concerns

      IDF soldiers in the Hebron area (File)

      Israel May Reportedly Halt Training Sessions for Reservists Due to Coronavirus-Related Concerns

      Israel relies heavily on its reservists, who will be answering the call of duty if the country comes under attack, and hence tries to keep their skills as sharp as possible by organising regular training sessions.
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    • 10:19

      Donald Trump Jr's Girlfriend Contracts COVID-19 as Country Records Surge in Infection Rates

      Donald Trump Jr., center, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, right, depart following the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony at the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018

      Donald Trump Jr's Girlfriend Contracts COVID-19 as Country Records Surge in Infection Rates

      At least seven US states have of late reported an increase in the tally of hospitalisations with COVID symptoms, with infection rates climbing in the lion’s share of the country, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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    • 09:44

      Australian State of Victoria’s Premier Locks Down 9 Housing Complexes Amid Uptick in COVID-19 Cases

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Nine residential complexes in the Australian state of Victoria have been placed in lockdown after public health officials recorded the second-largest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began, the state’s Premier Daniel Andrews said on Saturday.

      "In recent days, 23 cases across more than 12 households have been identified in the Flemington and North Melbourne public housing estates … It’s why effectively immediately, these estates – encompassing nine sites – will be closed and contained. Residents will be required to stay inside their homes", Andrews said in a statement that was published on Twitter.

      According to domestic media reports, the lockdown affects roughly 3,000 people living in these areas. Andrews added that the lockdown has been put into place so that public health officials can test every single resident.

    • 09:27

      Israeli Border Police Commander Diagnosed With Coronavirus Days After Having Contact With President and Top IDF Officers

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israeli Border Police (Magav) commander Yaakov “Kobi” Shabtai has tested positive for COVID-19, police spokesman Michael Zingerman told Sputnik on Saturday.

      "It turned out that Magav commander Yaakov 'Kobi' Shabtai has contracted COVID-19. He is currently in good condition and the police are conducting an epidemiological investigation to assess his recent contacts. Based on the results of this investigation, it will be decided who will be placed in isolation", Zingerman said.

      Shabtai tested positive for COVID-19 just several days after he participated in a memorial service attended by President Reuven Rivlin, Defence Minister Benny Gantz, and IDF Chief of General Staff Aviv Kochavi.

    • 08:25

      Catalan District Put on Lockdown After Coronavirus Outbreak

      Over 200,000 people have been put in isolation, as Spanish authorities decided to impose severe restrictions on Segrià County in the west of Catalonia due to a major spike in new coronavirus cases in the area.

    • 07:31

      Russia's COVID-19 Case Total Rises By 6,632 Over Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia’s COVID-19 case total has risen by 6,632 over the past 24 hours, a slight decrease from the 6,718 new positive tests reported the day before, as the total number of cases confirmed in the country since the start of the outbreak has risen to 674,515, Russia’s coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 6,632 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,960 (29.6 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 674,515 cases in 85 regions, with the daily increase standing at 1.0 percent.

      The city of Moscow reported the highest number of new cases, with 680 (659 on Friday). A further 275 new positive tests were registered in the Moscow Region and 273 more cases were confirmed in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area (compared to 298 and 271 the day before).

      The country’s COVID-19 death toll has also risen by 168 over the past 24 hours to 10,027, the response centre said. The corresponding rise in the death toll on Friday was 176.

      Additionally, 8,986 people who had previously tested positive for the disease have recovered over the past day (8,915 on Friday), the response centre stated. The total number of recoveries now stands at 446,879.

    • 07:27

      Tokyo Confirms 131 New Coronavirus Cases

      TOKYO (Sputnik) – The Japanese capital Tokyo has registered 131 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, a third consecutive day of posting more than 100 infections, NHK reported on Saturday.

      According to public broadcaster NHK, this brings the total confirmed in the metropolis to 6,654. This all but confirms an upward trend which began once the government lifted the state of emergency on 25 May.

      The acceleration has been attributed to the resurgence in the city's nightlife, with officials cautioning partygoers to frequent establishments that take precautionary measures, NHK reported.

    • 07:01

      Johnson Prepared to Reimpose COVID-19 Lockdown as Pubs & Restaurants Reopen in England

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London, Britain, June 16, 2020

      Johnson Prepared to Reimpose COVID-19 Lockdown as Pubs & Restaurants Reopen in England

      Early July is set to see a new phase in Britain's lockdown relaxation, with quite a few eateries and pubs allowed to reopen their doors to the party-thirsty public. Brits have been warned that social distancing and other precautions are by all means in place, and the possibility of local lockdowns is still there.
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    • 06:34

      Canada’s Trudeau May Be No-Show at Trump USMCA Summit, Citing COVID-19, US Tariff Threat

      Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 22, 2020.

      Canada’s Trudeau May Be No-Show at Trump USMCA Summit, Citing COVID-19, US Tariff Threat

      On Wednesday, the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement (USMCA) entered into force, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), signed in 1993 and repeatedly denounced by US President Donald Trump as a “disaster”. The leaders of Canada and Mexico have been invited by the US president to celebrate the new deal in Washington next week.
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    • 05:35

      Leading Trump Election Campaign Official Tests Positive For COVID-19 – Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Kimberly Guilfoyle, a leading fundraiser for US President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and girlfriend of the president’s oldest son, Donald Jr., has tested positive for coronavirus, The New York Times reports.

      According to the newspaper, Guilfoyle had travelled to South Dakota along with Donald Trump Jr. ahead of a planned event at Mount Rushmore on Friday evening.

      Guilfoyle is the third official who may have come into contact with the president to test positive for the disease. One of the president’s valets and a spokeswoman for Vice President Mike Pence contracted COVID-19 in May.

    • 05:04

      India Confirms Another Record Daily Spike, With 22,771 New Cases

      India has confirmed a single-day spike of 22,771 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, along with 442 deaths. The tally in the country now stands at 648,315 including 235,433 active cases.

      With the recovery rate improving to 60.80%, total number of patients cured and discharged stands at 394,227, while the death toll has reached 18,655.

    • 04:46

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

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died from 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 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 country recorded 6,741 new cases of the coronavirus, with 679 fatalities.

    • 04:45

      Germany Records 422 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Reaches 196,096

      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 grew 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.

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