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    Global COVID-19 Cases Spike to Highest Level Post-Lockdown (92)

    While European countries are reopening their borders, the virus is on the rise in the US, India, and Latin America. According to Johns Hopkins University, there are at least 14.2 million infected worldwide, while the global death toll has surpassed 600,000.

    At the moment, the US has confirmed 3.7 million coronavirus cases and over 140,000 deaths, while Brazil is second with over 2 million infected and a death toll over 78,000. India occupies third place in the number of cases with around 1 million, while the third-highest death toll has been registered in the United Kingdom (over 45,000). London, however, has paused its updates over concerns the number of those who succumbed to the virus might be exaggerated.

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    • 23:22

      Brazil Confirms Over 23,500 New COVID-19 Cases, 5,000 Less Than Day Before

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than 23,500 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Brazil in the past 24 hours, which is 5,000 less than the number of cases registered over the same period the day before, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

      Brazil now has a total of 2,098,389 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 23,529 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday. Over the same period, 716 new deaths were confirmed, bringing the country’s total death toll up to 79,488.

      On Saturday, Brazil reported 28,532 new COVID-19 cases and over 900 new coronavirus-related deaths. A week ago, Brazil’s coronavirus death toll stood at around 72,000, thus the country has seen a weekly rise of about 7,000 coronavirus-related fatalities.

      Over 1.3 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in Brazil since the start of the epidemic in the country, according to the health ministry.

      WHO Executive Director Michael Ryan said on Friday that the coronavirus curve had plateaued in Brazil and that the country, which is only surpassed by the US in terms of total cases and deaths, could now push the disease down.

    • 17:59

      Saudi Arabia's COVID-19 Case Tally Tops 250,000, Health Ministry Says

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia has surpassed 250,000, the country’s Health Ministry said on Sunday.

      The kingdom registered 2,504 new cases of infection and 39 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 2,486. The number of confirmed cases now stands at 250,920.

      A total of 197,735 coronavirus patients have recovered, the ministry added.

      Saudi Arabia far outstrips any of its Gulf neighbours in terms of the number of infections.

    • 16:28

      Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama Tests Positive for COVID-19

      The West African country has so far confirmed 36,107 COVID-19 cases, 778 of which were fatal.

    • 14:58

      China's Sinovac Seeks More Phase 3 Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine, Plans to Announce Them Soon

      Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinovac, which is due to start the first part of Phase 3 trials of the potential COVID-19 vaccine candidate in Brazil on Monday, said in a statement emailed to Sputnik that it plans more Phase 3 trials of the vaccine, which will soon be announced.

      "Sinovac will conduct the first of Phase III Trials in twelve clinical sites located in several states in Brazil. There are not enough active cases of COVID-19 to conduct research in China. We plan more Phase III trials, which will be announced soon", Sinovac said.

      According to the Beijing-based company, the first part of Phase 3 trials of the vaccine will involve 9,000 volunteers recruited among health care professionals.

      Brazil, where the number of COVID-19 cases has surpassed two million, is the second worst-hit country after the United States. Currently, the Latin American nation is one of the appealing grounds for testing the vaccine candidate as it has a rapid rate of transmission and, at the same time, reliable and internationally recognized research facilities.

      "Sinovac chooses to conduct the trials in Brazil, among other countries, because we have the strong research partner. Instituto Butantan has the excellent scientific reputation and knowledge base and is the main producer of immunobiological products and vaccines in the country", Sinovac said, adding that Anvisa also granted approval to conduct the study fast.

      The company eyes an ambitious total capacity of 100 million dosages per year. Yet commercial production will be only possible after the completion of Phase 3 clinical trials.

      "All people in our organisation do everything possible to bring the new vaccine to the market as fast as possible. At the same time, we want to conduct all stages of the development process with the highest possible quality, so the regulatory agencies and consumers all over the world should know that our product safe and effective", the spokesman said.

      In June, Joao Doria, the governor of Brazil’s most populous state Sao Paulo, announced that Instituto Butantan, the main producer of immunobiological products and vaccines in the country, signed a contract on the production of the vaccine with Sinovac. The trials were approved by the Brazilian health regulator Anvisa. Earlier in July, Doria and Instituto Butantan confirmed that the trials of the vaccine are scheduled to start on 20 July.

      The race intensifies for nations around the globe to develop an effective vaccine against the coronavirus, which has already infected over 14 million people and killed over 600,000. Sinovac, which has a nearly 20-year history, is one of many biotech and pharmaceutical companies that are working around the clock, conducting clinical trials to find a vaccine that can challenge the current pandemic.

    • 13:21

      WHO Confirms Over 14 Million Coronavirus Cases Worldwide

    • 13:00

      Second Group of Russian Vaccine Volunteers Feel Fine on Eve of Discharge - University

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A second group of volunteers engaged in the clinical trials of Russia’s COVID-19 vaccine at Moscow’s Sechenov University feel fine on the eve of discharge, Vadim Tarasov, director of the university’s Institute for Translational Medicine and Biotechnology, told Sputnik, noting that the first group are also okay.

      "Yes, everything is all right, everyone wants to go home as soon as possible", he said, confirming that the second group will be discharged from the hospital on Monday.

      When asked about whether the first group of volunteers, who were discharged on 15 July, had any health complaints, Tarasov replied: "None. Everything is okay with them".

      The vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, is being separately tested on volunteers at Sechenov University and the Burdenko Main Military Clinical Hospital.

    • 12:03

      Hong Kong Makes Masks Mandatory in Indoor Public Places, Boosts Telework as COVID-19 Peaks

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Hong Kong is making the wearing of face masks mandatory in indoor public places and ordering telework for civil servants as the city registers a record single-day spike in COVID-19 cases, The South China Morning Post reported on Sunday, citing Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

      On Sunday, the city reported a record 108 coronavirus cases.

      On the heels of the news, the Hong Kong chief announced an upgrade of the coronavirus restrictions, including making the wearing of face masks mandatory not only on public transport, but also in other indoor public places.

      In addition, the city will build another 2,000 quarantine units near Hong Kong Disneyland. AsiaWorld-Expo, in turn, will be used to accommodate stable COVID-19 patients and also elderly people in case of outbreaks in care homes.

    • 11:19

      Turkey Suspends Flights to Iran Amid New COVID-19 Outbreak

    • 08:57

      Hong Kong Chief Carrie Lam Says Situation is Critical After 100 New Coronavirus Cases Confirmed

    • 08:42

      Coronavirus Death Toll in Philippines Rises to 1,831

    • 08:19

      Beijing to Lower its Coronavirus Response Level After City Sees Zero New Cases in Almost Two Weeks

    • 08:03

      Tel Aviv Magistrate Court Judge Diagnosed With Coronavirus - Report

      According to the newspaper Maariv, the judge and three court employees have been quarantined.

    • 07:55

      Russia Registers 6,109 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 6,109 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours (6,234 on the previous day), bringing the cumulative total to 771,546, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Sunday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 6,109 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,514 (24.8 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said in a statement, adding that the total count has now reached 771,546 cases in 85 regions, with the daily increase standing at 0.8 percent.

      Moscow registered 591 cases during the said period, which is more than any other region in Russia, followed by the Sverdlovsk Region with 245 new cases and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region with 237 new cases (compared to 578, 359, and 247 yesterday).

    • 06:59

      Most British Businesses Unprepared for Possible No-Brexit Deal Due to COVID-19 Crisis, Report Says

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    • 06:35

      Number of Infected in Georgia Rises to 1,028

    • 05:36

      Face Masks Made Mandatory in Australia's Melbourne Amid Spike in COVID-19 Cases

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Wearing masks in public will be mandatory in the Australian city of Melbourne as 363 new cases were registered in the state of Victoria, State Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday.

      Speaking in a televised address broadcast by Australian outlet ABC, Andrews said that the mandatory wearing of masks will go into effect late on Wednesday.

      "If you are out of your home for one of the four permitted reasons, then you need to be wearing a mask ... or a face coverings", Andrews said.

      Those not seen wearing a mask in public will be subject to a fine of up to 200 Australian dollars ($140), the premier said.

      The 363 new cases take the number of active cases in the state to 2,837, 130 of whom are in hospital.

    • 05:11

      Number of Infected in Czech Republic Rises to 13,855

    • 04:39

      India Confirms Another Record With a Daily Spike of 38,902 COVID-19 Cases

      The highest single-day spike in cases (38,902) and deaths (543) has been reported in India over the last 24 hours.

      The total number of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 1,077,618 including 373,379 active cases. Some 677,423 have been cured or discharged, while 26,816 have died due to the virus, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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