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    According to a Reuters tally, the total number of infected people has exceeded 11.64 million, while 536,693 have lost their lives since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in late December in China.

    The United States and Brazil remain the most and second-most affected nations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and are the only countries reporting over a million infections, followed by India, which overtook Russia in terms of its number of cases on Monday.

    According to the Reuters tally, the UK has joined the top five most-affected nations in the world after reporting 44,220 new cases, bringing the total to 315,579.

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    • 03:28

      Australia Not Considering Reimposition of Nationwide Restrictions Due to Spike in Coronavirus Cases in Victoria - PM Morrison

    • 02:59

      Germany's Coronavirus Tally Rises to 197,341, Deaths Reach 9,036 - Robert Koch Institute

      The country has registered 397 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 new deaths from the disease, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

    • 00:45

      California COVID-19 Cases Rise by 10,201 to 283,797 in Biggest Single-Day Increase Since Pandemic Started - Reuters Tally

    • 00:32

      Australian State of Victoria Registers 134 New Coronavirus Cases in Past 24 Hours - State Premier

    • 00:09

      Mexico's Coronavirus Cases Rise to 268,008, Deaths Top 32,014 - Health Ministry

    • 22:15

      Texas Reports Single-Day Record 10,028 New Coronavirus Cases - Health Department

      EL PASO (Sputnik) - Texas authorities have reported a single-day record of 10,028 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the latest data from the Texas Department of State Health Services revealed.

      The data released on Tuesday also showed the number of hospitalizations reached another all-time high at 9,286.

      To date, Texas has had 210,585 novel coronavirus cases reported across the state and 2,715 virus-related deaths.

      The number of coronavirus cases in Texas began to increase after Governor Greg Abbott decided to gradually reopen the economy when he let the previously-imposed stay-at-home orders expire on 1 May.

      On Thursday, Abbott issued an executive order requiring state residents to wear face coverings in public in an effort to try to slow the spread of the virus.

    • 22:00

      Chile's Coronavirus Case Tally Tops 300,000 - Health Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Chile's Health Ministry has updated statistics on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in line with which the overall number of cases in the country has topped 300,000 to reach 301,019.

      A total of 2,462 new cases were confirmed in the past day. As of now, 26,340 people are infected with COVID-19.

      The death toll from the novel coronavirus in Chile stands at 6,434.

      A week earlier, Chilean Health Minister Enrique Paris spoke about the downward trend in the epidemic, saying the daily increase in new cases in Chile kept declining.

    • 21:57

      Brazil's Coronavirus Tally Reaches 1,668,589, Death Toll Rises to 66,741- Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease in Brazil has increased by 45,305 over the past day - more than twice as many as the day before - to 1,668,589, the country's Health Ministry said.

      The death toll has gone up 1,254 to 66,741, the ministry said.

      A total of 976,977 people have recovered from the disease.

    • 21:22

      Catalan Government Obliges Residents to Wear Masks in All Places But Home - Spokeswoman

      MADRID (Sputnik) - The Catalan government has decided to oblige all residents to wear masks while in all the locations except their homes, regardless of the possibility to maintain social distancing, government spokeswoman Meritxell Budo said on Tuesday.

      As of now, the Spanish government's order requiring that residents wear protective masks while in public if it is not possible to maintain a social distance of two meters is in force throughout the country.

      "We think that by making the use of masks mandatory, we can guarantee that they will be used when necessary, and we will avoid situations when people relax", Budo said at a press conference.

      Budo added that, according to the health authorities, it was necessary "to make their use mandatory always".

      On Saturday, the Catalan authorities decided to restrict entry and exit from the Segria region with a population of 209,000 people, where a jump in the number of coronavirus cases has been detected.

    • 20:39

      UK Records 155 New COVID-19 Deaths, Total Toll Rises to 44,391 - Health Ministry

      LONDON (Sputnik) - The death toll from the coronavirus in the United Kingdom has risen by 155 over the past 24 hours, marking a dramatic increase compared to 16 the day before, to 44,391, the UK Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

      The jump in the daily number of fatalities is due to the fact that the notification system does not fully operate on weekends, therefore, unaccounted cases are then added to the statistics over the following days.

      According to the ministry, the number of those infected has increased by 581 over the past day, up from 352 the day before, to 286,349 since the start of the outbreak.

    • 20:07

      Moscow's Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 4,000 as 28 More Fatalities Recorded - Response Centre

      "Twenty-eight patients have died in Moscow, all of them had confirmed pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection", the city's response centre said on Tuesday.

      The centre called on Moscow residents to abstain from leaving home if showing any symptoms of acute respiratory viral infections, and also warned against self-therapy.

    • 19:53

      Israeli Public Health Chief Resigns Over Criticism of Government's Handling of COVID-19 As Virus Cases Surge

      A child is tested by a healthcare worker for the coronavirus at testing center for migrants in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, July 6, 2020.

      Israel's Public Health Chief Resigns Amid Surge in New COVID-19 Cases

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israeli Health Ministry's director for public health services Siegal Sadetzki announced on Tuesday she would step down over criticism of the government's way of handling the coronavirus outbreak amid a sharp increase in new cases.
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    • 19:08

      Canada Surpasses 106,000 COVID-19 Cases, Death Toll Exceeds 8,700 - Health Agencies

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - Newly released for the novel coronavirus in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec indicate that the total number of infections for the whole of Canada has surpassed 106,000 cases.

      On Tuesday, there were an additional 112 new cases in Ontario and 60 new cases in Quebec, pushing Canada's tally to 106,107.

      A combined 15 new virus-related fatalities in the two provinces raised Canada's death toll to 8,708.

      The province of Quebec remains the epicentre of the outbreak in Canada, accounting for more than half of all confirmed cases - 55,997 - and 5,590 deaths. The province of Ontario comes second with 36,060 confirmed cases and 2,691 fatalities.

    • 18:29

      Bank of England Chief Economist Says New Wave of COVID 'Surely on the Way'

      Further waves of the new coronavirus are surely on the way, Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane said on Tuesday.

      "How big will be the second and third and fourth wave peaks? They surely will come," Haldane said in an online talk for Buckingham University, as quoted by Reuters.

      According to the agency, Haldane added that these peaks will determine Britain's economic outlook.

    • 17:57

      France Confirms Its Number of COVID-19 Cases at 168,810

    • 16:21

      Israel Confirms Largest Daily Spike in Coronavirus Cases

      Israel's Health Ministry statistics show that 1,137 more people were diagnosed with COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the national total to 31,886. 

      There are currently 13,352 active cases, of those 86 are severe and 34 patients are on ventilators.

      Eight people have died since yesterday, bringing Israel's coronavirus death toll to 342.

    • 16:14

      Serbia Introduces Curfew from Friday until Monday Amid Worsening COVID-19 Situation

      BELGRADE (Sputnik) - Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced on Tuesday that a curfew would be introduced in the country again, between Friday and Monday, amid the deteriorating COVID-19 situation.

      "We declare a long curfew from Friday to Monday," Vucic said in a televised address to the nation.

      Apart from that, from Wednesday people will be banned from gathering in groups larger than five individuals both indoors and outdoors, the president added.

      Around 4,000 COVID-19 patients are how hospitalized across Serbia, with Belgrade hospitals being almost fully packed, Vucic said.

      Serbia's COVID-19 death toll has reached 330 after a record daily increase. The country has confirmed 16,719 cases since the beginning of the outbreak.

    • 16:08

      President of Brazil Confirms He Has Coronavirus

      Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro adjusts his protective face mask during the inauguration ceremony of the new Communications Minister Fabio Faria (not pictured) at the Planalto Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil June 17, 2020

      Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive for COVID-19

      On Monday, reports emerged that Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro had been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and was awaiting his corona-test results, which were due the next day.
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    • 15:53

      WHO Experts to Travel to China This Week to Identify Animal Source of COVID-19

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - World Health Organization (WHO) experts will travel to China later in the week to prepare scientific plans for identifying the animal sources of COVID-19 and therefore pave way for gaining insight on how the disease spread from animals to humans, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.

      "All preparations have been finalized and WHO experts will be travelling to China this week to prepare scientific plans with their Chinese counterparts for identifying the zoonotic sources of the disease. The experts will develop the scope and terms of reference for a WHO-led international mission. The mission's objective is to advance the understanding of animal hosts for COVID-19 and ascertain how the disease jumped between animals and humans," Tedros said at an online press conference.

    • 15:40

      WHO Chief Says COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerates, Peak Not Reached Yet

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday that the global coronavirus pandemic was accelerating, with the peak yet to be reached.

      "It took 12 weeks for the world to reach 400,000 cases of COVID. Over the weekend, there were more than 400,000 cases across the globe. There have now been 11.4 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 535,000 lives have been lost. The outbreak is accelerating and we have clearly not reached the peak of the pandemic," Tedros said at an online press conference.

      The WHO chief noted that situations with COVID-19 fatalities differed across the globe.

      "While the number of deaths appears to have levelled off globally, in reality, some countries have made significant progress in reducing the number of deaths, while in other countries deaths are still on the rise. Where there has been progress in reducing deaths, countries have implemented targeted actions towards the most vulnerable groups, for example, those people living in long-term care facilities," Tedros explained.

    • 14:40

      Austrian Police Given Broader Powers to Collect Data About Suspected Coronavirus Patients

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Austrian parliament's economic committee has endorsed a motion of the ruling coalition that will give the police the right to ask suspected coronavirus patients for details about their symptoms.

      The measure was part of a coronavirus response package adopted on Monday night despite objections from opposition parties, according to the parliament's press release.

      "It ... provides a legal framework for the assistance of the executive in the collection of identity and contact details as well as [information on] symptoms of suspected coronavirus cases," the publication read.

      Lawmakers from the Social Democratic Party and the liberal NEOS party criticized the legislation for getting the police involved in the business of health professionals.

      This sentiment was echoed by Thomas Szekeres, the president of the Austrian Medical Chamber, a trade union, who said that the police were not fit to diagnose suspected COVID-19 patients.

      "If the answer to the needs of our health care system is to give the police more powers for which they are not qualified, this only proves inadequacy of Austria's health care policy," he said.

      Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said last week he was concerned about climbing coronavirus cases after the daily tally topped 100 for the first time since mid-April. The central European nation has so far confirmed 18,376 cases, including 16,686 recoveries and 706 deaths.

    • 12:19

      Germany's State of Saxony to Allow Large-Scale Gatherings Exceeding 1,000 People Starting September

    • 11:45

      COVID-19 Toll in Palestinian Authority Exceeds 5,000 as 306 More Cases Recorded

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Palestinian Authority has grown to 5,092 after a further 306 people have tested positive for the disease over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry announced Tuesday.

      Most of the new cases – 278 – were registered in the province of Hebron, the ministry said in its epidemiological report.

      A total of 23 patients have been undergoing intensive medical treatment, with six of them receiving medical aid via lung ventilators, according to the report.

      Another three people have fully recovered from the disease in the province of Nablus, the ministry added.

      As of Tuesday, the total number of active cases amounts to 4,402, while the death toll and the tally of recoveries are 22 and 668, respectively.

      On Sunday, President Mahmoud Abbas for the third time since early March extended the state of emergency for one month amid a surge in the number of new COVID-19 cases.

      The measure will allow the authorities to introduce additional coronavirus-related restrictions, such as extending lockdowns, limiting movement between cities and deploying security forces.

    • 10:44

      Iran Registers Record 200 Deaths Over Past 24 Hours

      TEHRAN (Sputnik) - Iran’s COVID-19 death toll has risen to 11,931 after a record-high 200 deaths were reported in a single day, Sima Sadat Lari, a spokeswoman of the country’s Ministry of Health, said Tuesday, as broadcast by the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network (IRINN).

      Public health officials in Iran confirmed 160 new deaths on Monday. The corresponding rise to the death toll on Sunday was 163.

      Lari also confirmed that 2,637 new positive tests for the coronavirus disease were registered over the past 24 hours, raising the country’s case total to 245,688.

      Approximately 207,000 people have been discharged after contracting the disease, Lari said during the broadcast.

      A significant spike in both new cases and deaths has been observed in Iran since June 14, as the daily increase to the death toll has not dropped below 100 since this date. This surge has followed in the wake of several prominent holidays.

      Since Sunday, the wearing of facial coverings in public places in Iran has become mandatory, amid the resurgence in the outbreak.

    • 08:47

      UK COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 55,000, Reuters Tally Estimates

    • 08:46

      Indonesia Reports 1,268 New Cases, 68 Fatalities

    • 07:31

      Russia Records 6,368 COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours, Total Reaches 694,230

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has recorded 6,368 coronavirus cases in 24 hours, which brings the total to 694,230, the coronavirus response centre said Tuesday.

      "In the last 24 hours, 6,368 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in 82 regions of Russia, including 1,902 cases presenting without symptoms," the centre said.

      Moscow has recorded 629 cases, which is a higher daily count than in any other region, but Moscow and Moscow region have the lowest rate of increase in new cases at 0.3 percent. Crimea, Republic of Kalmykia, and Nenets Autonomous Okrug have not reported any new cases at all.

      Russia has recorded 9,551 recoveries in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 463,880.

      According to the response centre, 198 patients with COVID-19 died in the last 24 hours. The cumulative death toll has reached 10,494.

    • 07:27

      Beijing Records No New COVID-19 Cases for 1st Time Since Appearance of New Cluster

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - The Chinese capital of Beijing registered no new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours for the first time since a new cluster linked to the city’s major wholesale food market was discovered on 11 June, Beijing’s Health Commission said on Tuesday.

      The health authorities have identified only one asymptomatic carrier over the past 24 hours, the commission added.

      Overall, China confirmed 335 coronavirus cases in Beijing after the new cluster emerged — fifteen people have already recovered, while 320 patients are being treated in hospitals. At the same time, 31 asymptomatic carriers remain under medical supervision.

      The new cluster prompted Beijing authorities to shut down the Xinfadi Wholesale Market and re-impose COVID-19 restrictions in mid-June after several dozen people linked to the market tested positive for the coronavirus.

      In total, China reported eight coronavirus cases in six provinces on Tuesday, taking the overall tally to 83,565. The country also reports 78,528 recoveries and 4,634 deaths.

    • 05:42

      Mexico’s COVID-19 Death Toll Rises By 480 Over Past 24 Hours

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexico’s COVID-19 death toll has risen by 480 over the past 24 hours to 31,119, the country’s deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said, adding that 4,902 new cases of the disease were also reported over the past day.

      “As of 6 July 2020, 261,750 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed. 159,657 people have recovered and 31,119 fatal cases have been registered,” Lopez-Gatell wrote on Twitter on Monday evening.

      Mexico has the world’s fifth-highest COVID-19 death toll, having recently overtaken France.

      Monday’s increases to the case total and death toll were both above figures released for the day before. On Sunday, 4,683 positive tests and 273 new deaths were confirmed in Mexico.

      The Mexican authorities have been accused in some media reports of downplaying the country’s coronavirus disease statistics. On Saturday, the Financial Times cited a compilation of independent studies alleging that public health authorities have conducted a low amount of tests and are only reporting lab-confirmed cases and deaths.


    • 05:36

      Egypt's Daily COVID-19 Cases Below 1,000 First Time Since Late May, Ministry Says

      CAIRO (Sputnik) - Egypt has registered 969 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, the first time in weeks when the daily increase is less than 1,000, the Egyptian Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

      "As many as 969 new positive coronavirus test results have been registered … In the past 24 hours, 79 people died from the [coronavirus] disease," Health Ministry Spokesman Khaled Mogahed said in a statement.

      On Monday, the ministry reported 1,218 new COVID-19 cases and 63 fatalities.

      "The total number of people infected with the coronavirus in Egypt is 76,222, of them 21,238 people have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals, while 3,422 people have died," Mogahed said.

      The Egyptian authorities lifted the coronavirus curfew in June and allowed restaurants, movie theaters and gyms to resume their work, provided that they limit the number of customers and observe safety precautions. Starting from 1 July, Egypt resumed domestic and foreign air travel, but parks and beaches, except for private hotel beaches, remain closed.

    • 05:26

      Australia's Victoria State to Reinstate Stage 3 Stay-at-Home Restrictions for 6 Weeks

    • 05:25

      Over Half of US Media Reports About Russia in Context of COVID-19 Response Negative, Study Finds

      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.

      Over Half of US Media Reports About Russia in the Context of COVID-19 Response Negative, Study Finds

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than half (58 percent) of leading US media reports on Russia's response to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are negative and only 4 percent are positive, according to a study conducted by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency.
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