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    The pandemic is currently ravaging both North and South America, with the US registering record increases in daily totals over the last few days, while Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Mexico have experienced spikes in cases of the virus. The latter even surpassed the UK in terms of confirmed cases.

    The total number of infected worldwide is around 12.7 million, while the death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 565,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. As some countries re-impose quarantine measures in hard hit areas, like Australia or Spain, many other nations have decided to open their borders and ease restrictions due to declining numbers of new confirmed cases.

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    • 02:42

      US Coronavirus Cases Rise by at Least 56,229 in Singe-Day Increase - Reuters Tally

    • 00:29

      Mexico's Coronavirus Tally Reaches 299,750 - Health Ministry

    • 23:43

      Argentina Now Has Over 100,000 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases - Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Argentina has surpassed 100,000 according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health.

      "Today, 2,657 coronavirus cases were registered and the total number of cases stands at 100,166", the ministry said on Sunday.

      More than 700 people are in intensive care. Argentina’s coronavirus death toll stands at 1,845.

      The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Argentina, where lockdown measures have been in effect since March. Earlier this week, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country surpassed 80,000.

      At the end of last month, lockdown measures in the capital Buenos Aires were tightened amid a rise in infections. The new restrictions, which came into force on 1 July, will last until 17 July, according to President Alberto Fernandez.

    • 23:43

      Brazil’s Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 72,000 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than 630 new coronavirus-related deaths were confirmed in Brazil in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s total COVID-19 death toll up to over 72,000 according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

      In the past 24 hours, 24,831 new cases and 631 new deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed, according to Sunday health ministry data. Brazilэs total coronavirus death toll stands at 72,100, while the total number of cases is at 1,864,681.

      On Saturday, Brazil reported more than 39,000 new coronavirus cases and 1,071 new coronavirus-related deaths. On Friday, 1,200 new deaths from COVID-19 were reported.

      Over 1.12 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in Brazil since the start of the epidemic in the country, according to the health ministry.

    • 22:36

      UK Reports 21 New COVID19 Deaths, Sharp Drop Compared to Day Before - Department of Health

      LONDON (Sputnik) - Over 20 new coronavirus-related deaths were registered in the United Kingdom in the past 24 hours, bringing the country's total COVID-19 death toll up to over 44,800, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

      In the past 24 hours, 650 new coronavirus cases and 21 new COVID-19 fatalities were confirmed in the UK. The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 289,603 while the total death toll is at 44,819, a Sunday statement from the Department of Health and Social Care obtained by Sputnik says.

      On Saturday, the health department reported 148 new coronavirus-related deaths, about three times more than the corresponding rise reported on the previous day (48 fatalities). More than 800 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed on Saturday.

      The UK government allowed hotels, bars, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen in England a week ago. On Saturday, outdoor pools reopened and outdoor performances of theatre, dance and music are now allowed. Indoor gyms and pools will reopen on 25 July.

    • 20:32

      Another 25 Patients Diagnosed With COVID-19 Die in Moscow, City's Death Toll Reaches 4,168 - Response Centre

      The response centre on Saturday registered 27 deaths over a 24-hour period.

    • 18:30

      US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Report 62,918 New Cases Nationwide

    • 16:46

      Palestinian Authority Orders Nightly, Weekend Coronavirus Curfew

    • 16:34

      US Top Coronavirus Testing Official Says Disease Expert Anthony Fauci 'Not 100% Right'

      United States Assistant Secretary for Health Brett Giroir also said that Dr Fauci looks at the coronavirus pandemic from “a very narrow public health point of view” and "doesn't necessarily have the whole national interest in mind".

      Speaking on Meet the Press, Giroir also said the US is now better equipped to diagnose and treat COVID-19 than it was in April.

      "On the testing side, we have good early signals now", Giroir said. "We know that an increase in positivity heralds the rest down the line. An increase in positivity will mean an increase in infections about a week later, which'll mean emergency room hospitalization and, unfortunately, deaths".

    • 16:27

      'President is Messing With Health of Our Children': Speaker Pelosi Roasts Trump Over Schools Reopening

      Speaking on CNN's "State of the Union", Pelosi slammed the Trump administration's push to reopen schools in the fall as "malfeasance and dereliction of duty".

    • 16:16

      UK Reports 21 New Fatalities, Bringing Total to 44,819

    • 16:10

      WHO: Global Coronavirus Cases Rise by 230,370 in Highest Daily Increase Since Start of Pandemic

      The biggest spikes were reported in the United States, Brazil, India and South Africa.

    • 15:42

      Further Surge in US COVID-19 Death Toll Expected Over Next 2-3 Weeks, Health Official Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - A surge in coronavirus disease-related deaths is expected in the United States over the next two to three weeks as many states register record daily rises in new cases, Assistant Secretary for Health Adm. Brett Giroir said on Sunday.

      "We do expect deaths to go up. If you have more cases, more hospitalizations, we do expect to see that over the next two or three weeks before this turns around", Giroir said during an appearance on the ABC News broadcaster.

      When asked if he supported the reintroduction of lockdown measures in states that have a growing number of positive tests, the health official said that the US government should examine all potential options.

      “Everything should be on the table … If you’re in a red state, red meaning you have a lot of transmission, closing bars is an important thing, limiting the capacity of restaurants is an important thing. These are two measures that really do need to be done”, Giroir remarked.

    • 15:40

      Residents Required to Self-Isolate in Part of Catalonia, Spain

    • 15:07

      Florida Records Biggest Surge of COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic’s Onset, Bringing Total to 269,811

      According to local health authorities, the number of new cases has risen to 15,300.

    • 14:55

      'Wrong Approach': Director of Johns Hopkins Centre for Health Security Disagrees With Trump's Ultimatum for Schools

      The Trump administration has said schools that refuse to reopen in the fall may not receive federal funding.

      The director of the Centre for Health Security at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Tom Inglesby, told Fox News Sunday that he disagrees with the "ultimatum".

      “I think issuing an ultimatum for schools opening is the wrong approach”, Inglesby said.

    • 13:37

      Hong Kong Confirms 38 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 12:33

      Palestinians Brace for COVID-19 Economic Ramifications as Gov't Mulls Reopening Amid Pandemic Spread

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      Palestinians Brace for COVID-19 Economic Ramifications as Gov't Mulls Reopening Amid Pandemic Spread

      Just as in neighbouring Israel, which has recently seen a spike in COVID-19 cases, the Palestinian Authority is experiencing the same challenges. But unlike the Jewish state, where citizens are given social and medical assistance, PA residents, who don’t have such support, are being asked to cope on their own.
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    • 12:24

      COVID-19 Toll in US Rises by Over 61,300 to Top 3.2Mln in Past Day

      COVID-19 Toll in US Rises by Over 61,300 in Past Day to Top 3.2Mln
      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States recorded 61,352 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed count to 3,247,782, data published by Johns Hopkins University showed on Sunday.

      A day earlier, the country registered a record daily increase of 66,627 cases and 802 fatalities.

      As of Sunday, the COVID-19 death toll stands at 134,815, with 685 deaths recorded over the 24-hour period.

      To date, 995,576 coronavirus patients have recovered in the US.

    • 11:29

      Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Calls for Fight Against 'Tragic' COVID-19 Resurgence

      "Let everyone play their part in the best way to break the chain of transmission in the short term and save the country", Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated.

    • 11:24

      Steve Bannon: Wuhan Lab Defectors Cooperating With Western Intel to Blame COVID-19 Outbreak on China

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      Steve Bannon: Wuhan Lab Defectors Cooperating With Western Intel to Prove China's Role in COVID-19

      The former Trump campaign PR pro suggested the western world is actively building a case against Beijing, attempting to prove that the novel virus "leaked from a Wuhan virus lab", claims denounced by China as a bunch of "conspiracy theories".
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    • 10:37

      UK Chancellor Gove Dismisses Idea to Make Wearing Masks Compulsory

      "I don't think mandatory, no, but I would encourage people to wear face masks when they are inside, in an environment where they are likely to be mixing with others and where the ventilation may not be as good as it might", the official told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

    • 09:52

      Hungary Imposes Border Checks, Travel Bans to Curb Pandemic

      Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff has announced new restrictions that will enter into force on Wednesday.

      According to the authorities, Hungarian nationals returning from high-risk countries listed as "yellow" and "red" will have to go into quarantine. The list includes Ukraine and some Balkan countries as the most dangerous, while Serbia and Romania are listed as "yellow".

    • 09:40

      Indian Actress Aishwarya Rai Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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      New Delhi (Sputnik): Yesterday, Bollywood fans went into a frenzy when Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek announced that the two had tested positive for COVID-19. In a very positive video message from a hospital, Amitabh praised the medics for working hard for humanity and asked his fans not to panic and despair in trying times.
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    • 09:31

      Late Seoul Mayor's Funeral Ceremony to Be Held Online Amid COVID-19 Fears, Reports Suggest

      People stand and pay their respects at a memorial altar for late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon at Seoul City Hall Plaza in Seoul, South Korea 11 July 2020

      Late Seoul Mayor's Funeral Ceremony to Be Held Online Amid COVID-19 Fears, Reports Suggest

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Late Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon's funeral will be held online to comply with South Korea's coronavirus-related restrictive measures, Yonhap News Agency reported on Sunday, citing the ceremony's preparation committee.
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    • 07:57

      Russia Records 6,615 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours, Total Reaches 727,162

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 6,615 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative total to 727,162, the coronavirus response centre said on Sunday.

      "In the last 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 6,615 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, including 1,491 (22.5 percent) without symptoms", the centre said.

      Moscow has registered 679 cases, which is more than any other region in Russia, followed by St. Petersburg with 293 new cases.

      At the same time, 3,615 people have been discharged after receiving treatment for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 501,061. In the past 24 hours, 130 patients with the coronavirus died, with the total death toll reaching 11,335.

    • 07:37

      India Records Highest Single-Day Spike, Pushing COVID-19 Tally to 849,553 Cases

      Muslim pilgrims walk towards a bus that will take them to a quarantine facility, amid concerns over the spread of the new coronavirus, at the Nizamuddin area of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

      India Records Highest Single-Day Spike, Pushing COVID-19 Tally to 849,553 Cases

      New Delhi (Sputnik): At least eleven Indian states have imposed fresh restrictions and lockdowns since the central government relaxed a total lockdown to gradually reopen the economy. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi remain the worst-hit Indian states, with total cases reaching six digits.
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    • 07:04

      Armenia Confirms New Coronavirus Spike, Total Rises 31,969

    • 06:40

      Global Recovery Count From Coronavirus Tops 7Mln - Johns Hopkins University

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of people who have recovered from the coronavirus disease worldwide has surpassed 7 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

      The global recovery tally currently stands at 7,005,452, which constitutes 55 percent of the overall number of confirmed cases (12,720,028).

      The death toll is at 565,178, according to the university’s data.

    • 06:22

      Number of Infected in Georgia Rises to 986

    • 05:53

      Over 23Mln Tests for COVID-19 Conducted in Russia Since Onset of Outbreak

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Over 23 million COVID-19 tests have been conducted in Russia since the beginning of the outbreak, and nearly 278,000 suspected virus carriers remain under medical observation, public health watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Sunday.

      "More than 23 million tests for coronavirus have been done in Russia. A total of 277,702 people remain under medical supervision", the health authority said in a statement.

      Rospotrebnadzor added that as many as 322,000 tests had been conducted in the country over the past 24 hours.

    • 05:47

      Kazakhstan Records Almost 1,800 New COVID-19 Cases Over Past Day

      ALMATY/BISHKEK (Sputnik) - Kazakhstan has recorded 1,798 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the overall total to 58,253, the interdepartmental commission on coronavirus reported on Sunday.

      The Health Ministry earlier reported that as of July 6 the country had registered 264 deaths from COVID-19. The coronavirus death toll in Kazakhstan is updated weekly. The number of recovered patients has surpassed 33,800.

      "A total of 1,798 new cases of coronavirus infection were registered, of which 737 were symptomatic carriers, 1,061 were asymptomatic carriers", the commission said on its Telegram channel.

      Meanwhile, a further 719 new cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Kyrgyzstan over the past 24 hours, the country’s coronavirus response centre told Sputnik on Sunday.

      "As of 12 July 2020, there were 719 new cases of COVID-19 registered in the republic, 500 of them were in Bishkek", the response centre said.

    • 05:47

      Russia's Sechenov University Successfully Completes Trials of World's 1st COVID-19 Vaccine

      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.

      Russia's Sechenov University Successfully Completes Trials of World's 1st COVID-19 Vaccine

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The clinical trials of the world's first coronavirus vaccine on volunteers at the Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University have been successfully completed, Vadim Tarasov, the director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, told Sputnik.
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