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    Global COVID-19 Cases Spike to Highest Level Post-Lockdown (228)

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated the overall number of coronavirus cases globally at 15,012,731, with 650,150 people having died from the disease.

    The UN health agency said in the situation report published on late Thursday that 247,225 new cases had been recorded in the past day, while a further 7,097 patients had died.

    The United States, Brazil and India alone account for close to half of all coronavirus cases recorded by the World Health Organisation (WHO) around the world, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.

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    • 03:35

      Germany Registers Total of 204,964 Coronavirus Cases, 9,118 Deaths - Robert Koch Institute

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Germany has confirmed 781 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 204,964, the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday.

      The death toll has grown by seven to 9,118 people within the same period of time. Some 189,800 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 815 new coronavirus cases and 10 fatalities.

    • 03:00

      South Korea Records Over 100 New COVID-19 Cases Over Past Day for 1st Time Since April – KCDC

      SEOUL (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea has risen by 113 to 14,092 over the past day, marking the biggest daily increase since April, the Health Ministry's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Saturday.

      Out of 113 new cases, 27 resulted from the internal transmission and 86 are imported ones.

      The death toll stands at 298 people while the number of recovered people has increased to 12,866.

    • 01:48

      US COVID-19 Cases Rise by At Least 73,363 on Friday, Reuters Tally Says

      The state of California has registered at least 9,099 new cases of coronavirus and 134 new virus-related deaths.

    • 01:36

      Mainland China Registers 34 New Cases of Coronavirus - Health Authorities

    • 00:21

      Mexico's Total Coronavirus Cases Reach 378,285 , Deaths Rise to 42,645 - Health Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 737 to 42,645 within the past 24 hours, Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said.

      He also said on late Friday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 7,673 to 378,285 within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, the Latin American nation recorded 8,438 new cases of the coronavirus, with 718 fatalities.

    • 00:18

      US COVID-19 Deaths Rise by Over 1,000 in Single Day for 4th Day Straight, Reuters Tally Says

    • 23:33

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Argentina Rises by 5,493 to 153,520 – Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Argentina has confirmed 5,493 new cases of the coronavirus across the country within the past 24 hours, with the total number of people infected with COVID-19 having reached 153,520, the national Ministry of Health said.

      A day earlier, Argentina recorded 6,127 new COVID-19 cases and 110 fatalities.

      "Today, 5,493 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of [COVID-19] positive tests in the country to 153,520", the ministry said in a daily bulletin on late Friday.

      The death toll has increased by 105 to 2,807 people within the same period of time.

    • 21:35

      Moscow's Coronavirus Death Toll Rises by 14 to 4,389 - Response Centre

      "Another 14 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", the centre said.

      In the previous day, 11 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

    • 21:28

      Over 145,000 Americans Die From COVID-19 - Johns Hopkins University

      The data shows 145,063 deaths in the United States due to COVID-19 as of 21:29 GMT on Friday evening.

      The United States also leads the world in reported COVID-19 cases with more than four million.

    • 21:18

      Brazil's Coronavirus Cases Rise Above 2.34 Mln, Deaths Rise to 85,238 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 55,891 to 2,343,366 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Friday.

      The death toll has risen by 1,156 to 85,238 people within the same period of time. Over 1.59 million people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, Brazil reported about record 59,961 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,311 new fatalities.

      Brazil comes second on a global tally of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded over 4 million COVID-19 patients.

    • 20:32

      Buenos Aires Approaching Peak of COVID-19 Outbreak, Expects Period of Plateau - Official

      MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) - The coronavirus dynamic in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires is approaching its peak, with the daily increase in cases expected to remain high for some time, the country's Deputy Health Minister Arnaldo Medina told Sputnik on Friday.

      "The pandemic in Buenos Aires is near the maturity stage, possibly approaching the peak. The high number of new cases might endure for some time", Medina said.

      According to the health official, Buenos Aires suburbs have been affected the worst and, therefore, expected to reach the peak the latest.

      As of Friday, health authorities in Argentina have confirmed 148,027 coronavirus cases, of which more than 50,000 have been detected in Buenos Aires. The nationwide death toll has reached 2,722, while recoveries count 65,447.

    • 19:08

      WHO Reports Record High Increase in Global COVID Toll of Over 284,000 Cases

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The past 24 hours saw the global cumulative coronavirus tally increase by a record high of 284,196 cases, taking the total case count to over 15.2 million, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in its daily situation report on Friday.

      The daily increase in coronavirus-related deaths worldwide has for weeks been steadily around 4,000. Over the past day, 9,753 people died, taking the global death toll to 628,903, according to the WHO.

      The cumulative global toll of confirmed cases has now reached 15,296,926, as stated in the report.

      Almost half of all cases are concentrated in three countries: the United States with 3.9 million cases and over 142,000 deaths, Brazil with 2.2 million cases and nearly 83,000 deaths, and India with 1.3 million cases and over 30,000 deaths.

    • 18:51

      Vaccination Against Coronavirus Will Be Free - Moscow Mayor

      Vaccination against the coronavirus will be free, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said on Friday.

      “As soon as it [a vaccine against the coronavirus] appears, we will start the vaccination campaign. All vaccinations will be free, the entire polyclinic outpatient network will work on this to avoid coincidence of two autumn epidemics," Sobyanin told the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.

    • 18:26

      Canada’s COVID-19 Infection Rate Nearly Doubles Since Early July

      Canada’s weekly novel coronavirus infection rate has nearly doubled since early July, data provided by public health officials on Friday revealed.

      “The lowest average daily case count was 273, reported in early July. However, most recently we are starting to see the daily case count trend upwards again, with the latest seven-day rolling average at 487 cases being reported,” Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam told reporters.

      The rise in the average daily number of new infections represents an increase of more than 78 percent.

      Tam again highlighted the rise in cases among young Canadian adults under the age of 40, particularly those attending social gatherings such as parties, nightclubs and bars.

      Over 60 percent of new cases reported this week by public health officials were under the age 39, according to Tam.

      Medical professionals have repeatedly warned that young adults are not immune from the serious consequences of the disease. Canada’s top medic underscored this message, saying that one-third of young adults who have contracted the disease in recent weeks have been hospitalized.

      As of Friday, 195 new cases in Ontario and 163 new cases in Quebec pushed Canada’s coronavirus tally to more than 113,000. The virus-related death toll stands at 8,878.

    • 17:59

      Brazil’s Sao Paolo to Postpone Carnival From Feb 2021 to May or July Due to COVID, Mayor Says

      Brazil’ Sao Paulo is canceling its annual carnival, which was scheduled to take place in February next year, because of the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Bruno Covas said on Friday, adding that festivities could be held in late May or early July.

      "Both samba schools and carnival organizations understand that it is impossible to organize a carnival in February next year," Covas said during a press conference.

      The mayor added that the city authorities are reviewing possible dates for holding the carnival, and late May and early July are considered.

      Brazil, the second worst-hit country by the pandemic only behind the United States, has so far confirmed over 2.2 million COVID-19 cases, more than 1.5 million recoveries and 84,082 related deaths. The Sao Paulo state, with over 452,000 cases and more than 20,000 deaths, is the most affected.

    • 17:57

      UK Health Department Confirms 770 New COVID-19 Cases as Total Approaches 298,000

      A further 770 positive tests for COVID-19 have been registered in the United Kingdom, taking the country’s case total to 297,914, the Department of Health and Social Care announced on Friday, one day after public health officials designated two regions as "areas of intervention" amid a spike in new cases.

      The latest increase to the case total is one above the 769 new positive tests registered by the department on Thursday.

      The Department of Health and Social Care also announced that 123 people who had tested positive for the disease have died over the past 24 hours. The UK’s death toll, which now stands at 45,677, is the world’s third-highest.

      Public Health England on Thursday announced that Blackburn and Darwen, as well as Luton, would both be named "areas of intervention," which will see the planned reopening of indoor fitness centers and other recreational facilities postponed.

      The city of Leicester, along with Oadby and Wigston, were given this designation earlier due to a rise in new positive tests.

      In the rest of England, indoor gyms, swimming pools, and sports facilities will be allowed to reopen from Saturday as the government continues to ease lockdown measures that were imposed in March.

    • 17:54

      US Capital Imposes 14-Day Quarantine for Arrivals From High-Risk COVID-19 Areas - Mayor

      Anyone who arrives to the US capital of Washington will need to undergo a 14-day quarantine if they arrive from an area highly impacted by the novel coronavirus, Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Friday.

      “Beginning Monday, July 27, anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk area who was not traveling for essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days,” Bowser said in a coronavirus situational update.

      Local authorities will update the list of high-risk areas every two weeks, the report added.

      The new order excludes people arriving from the neighboring states of Maryland and Virginia.

      “High-risk areas are locations where the seven-day moving average of daily new COVID-19 cases is 10 or more per 100,000 people,” the report said.

      Earlier this week, Bowser issued an order that requires each person age 3 and older to wear a mask outside the home. Violators could be fined up to $1,000.

      On Friday, Washington, DC registered 78 new COVID-19 infections. The capital’s seven-day average result jumped to 76, the highest level since June 8.

    • 17:54

      Laos Reports First Coronavirus Case in 102 Days

      Laos' 102-day streak of zero new coronavirus cases has been broken after a foreigner tested positive for the virus while in the mandatory quarantine, the Health Ministry said Friday.

      The South Korean employee of a company building hydropower dams in Laos came to the country on July 18 after visiting South Korea.

      He was put in quarantine on arrival, together with other passengers from his flight, and was moved to an infection ward after his test came back positive. He has showed no symptoms.

      This brings the overall number of coronavirus cases in the Southeast Asian country up to 20. Nineteen other patients have already recovered.

      Separately, Vietnam has reported the first coronavirus case in 99 days. More than 50 people have reportedly been quarantined after coming in contact with the 57-year-old man, who lives in the coastal city of Da Nang.

    • 17:53

      Fauci Says COVID-19 Antibodies Can Disappear Within Weeks of Patient's Recovery

      Antibody protection against a recovered novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient can disappear within weeks, National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci said in an interview hosted by the Washington Post on Friday.

      "A study showed that there was a great deal of variability in how long the antibodies last. In some individuals - some - it lasted [for] several weeks. In others, it lasted months. Since we’re only six months into it [the pandemic], we don’t know how long it lasts in most of the people," Fauci said.

      Fauci pointed out that it is highly likely for people with COVID-19 antibodies in their system to enjoy some level of protection, but that scientists also need to determine what happens once antibodies are gone.

      "When antibodies are no longer detectable, are there other aspects of the immune response like T-Cell or cellular immunity that could still protect them from re-infection?" Fauci asked, citing yet another unknown aspect of the disease that is facing researchers who are attempting to create a vaccine.

      The duration of any immunity is a crucial issue in vaccine development. In the past, Fauci has suggested that periodic booster shots could be part of any future vaccine regimen.

    • 17:30

      Massachusetts Orders 14-Day Quarantine Upon Arrival to Slow COVID-19 Spread - Governor

      The US state of Massachusetts will require anyone who arrives there to either undergo 14 days of quarantine or pay $500 daily fines as part of its effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, Governor Charlie Baker's office announced on Friday in an order.

      "All visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to ... Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts," the order said.

      Failure to comply with the quarantine could result in penalties of $500 per day, according to the order.

      The new rules will go into effect on August 1,202, and exemptions will be allowed for people travelling from lower-risk states, commuting to work or school or transiting through the state en route to another destination, among other circumstances.

    • 17:24

      Japan's Coronavirus Tally Nears 30,000 as Abe Rules Out Second Lockdown

      Japan is approaching 30,000 coronavirus cases after reporting 771 new infections on Friday, 260 of them in the capital Tokyo, the national broadcaster said.

      The country has so far confirmed 29,734 cases of infection and 1,007 deaths, according to NHK. The condition of 68 patients is said to be severe.

      Friday marked the fourth straight day that saw the daily increase of more than 200 cases in Tokyo, with a record high of 366 cases reported in the metropolis on Thursday.

      Despite the continuing spike in infections, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo said he would not reimpose lockdown in Tokyo or elsewhere.

      "There is no doubt that the number of infected is rising... But experts agree that the current situation is different, and I believe there is no need to declare a state of emergency again," he told reporters.

      Abe declared a month-long state of emergency on April 7 that initially applied to Tokyo and six other prefectures, before it was extended nationwide. The lockdown was lifted completely on May 25 after a marked fall in infections.

    • 17:23

      PM Johnson Says "Open Questions" as to Whether Lockdown Came Too Late

      "This was something that was new, that we didn't understand in the way that we would have liked in the first few weeks and months, and ... the single thing that we didn't see at the beginning was the extent to which it was being transmitted asymptomatically from person to person," British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the BBC.

    • 17:16

      Transport for London Seeks Additional $383Mln in Gov't Aid Amid COVID-19 Budget Shortfall

      Transport for London (TfL), which operates the entire London public transport system, requires additional financial support of up to 300 million pounds ($383.5 million) as the COVID-19 crisis has put a sizable dent in income.

      The shortfall was described in a revision of the organization's original budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year published on Friday by TfL. The conglomerate estimates the company will need nearly three billion pounds in funding by the end of the year, 300 million pounds more than originally planned when considering the impact of COVID-19. With prospective government support, the transport system will be able to function smoothly and support ongoing projects until the end of October.

      "In order to stabilise TfL's financial position, it is anticipated that a further £2.9bn will be required during 2021/22 which will enable the transport network to operate effectively and support the UK's wider recovery," the report read.

      TfL is ordinarily self-sufficient as it bases its budget on ticket fares but the COVID-19 pandemic and government measures to curb it have shrunk TfL’s inflow by 90 percent. Traffic remains low since public transport is seen as a major avenue for coronavirus transmissions, the company said.

      TfL is one of the many privately-owned companies in the UK charged with carrying out public services which are otherwise the government’s domain, in line with the neoliberal model propagated by high-powered Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher throughout her tenure in the 1980s.

    • 16:29

      Indonesia May Have World’s Highest COVID-19 Child Mortality Rate, Pediatric Society Says

      Indonesia may have the world’s highest COVID-19 child mortality rate as more than 300 children below the age of six are believed to have died after contracting the disease, the chairman of the Indonesian Pediatric Society, Aman Bhakti Pulungan, said.

      "As the pandemic is not yet over, Indonesia will likely have the highest rate of child deaths from Covid-19 in the world," Pulungan said, as quoted by the Straits Times newspaper.

      So far, the society has confirmed 51 child deaths out of 2,712 cases since March 17. A further 290 children suspected of carrying the disease have also died, out of 7,633 probable cases, the newspaper said.

      The high number of deaths among children in Indonesia has been blamed on malnutrition and poor health care facilities, according to the newspaper.

      Since the start of the outbreak, 95,418 cases of the coronavirus disease have been confirmed in Indonesia, resulting in the deaths of 4,665 people. On Friday, the country’s Ministry of Health announced that 1,761 new positive tests were registered over the preceding 24 hours.

    • 16:23

      Six Thai Troops Test Positive for Coronavirus After Training in Hawaii, Official Says

      Six Thai soldiers tested positive for the new coronavirus after training at a US military base in Hawaii last week, the spokesman for Thailand's COVID-19 response center said Friday.

      Thailand sent 151 military personnel to train together with US soldiers in the annual brigade-level Exercise Lightning Forge. They came back on Wednesday, with 10 showing symptoms of a respiratory disease, and were all put in quarantine.

      Taweesilp Visanuyothin, the spokesman of the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration, told reporters at a briefing that six soldiers had been hospitalized after they came down with the virus.

      This takes to 3,279 the overall number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Thailand. The Southeast Asian nation reported 10 new cases on Friday, including the six soldiers and four Thai nationals who returned from Pakistan, Sudan, Germany and the Netherlands.

    • 15:36

      Russia's Vector Receives Permission to Conduct Clinical Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine

      Medics in the Russian military hospital after coronavirus vaccine trials

      Human Trials of Russia's Second COVID-19 Vaccine to Start July 27

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology Vector received permission to conduct clinical trials of a vaccine against coronavirus, the first volunteers will receive it on July 27, Russian healthcare watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said on Friday.
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    • 14:16

      Norway Imposes 10-Day Quarantine for People Arriving From Spain Over COVID-19 Concerns

      The Norwegian authorities have added Spain to the list of so-called red zone countries, where the situation with the spread of coronavirus remains tense, and requires all people entering Norway from Spain to observe a 10-day quarantine, the Norwegian Ministry of Health and Care Services said in a statement on Friday.

      "The global travel advice against non-essential travel no longer applies to Hungary and the regions of Kalmar, Ostergotland, Orebro and Varmland in Sweden (now shown as green on the map), but it does now apply to Spain and Andorra (which are now shown as red). The Ministry therefore now advises against non-essential travel to Spain and Andorra. People returning to Norway from these countries will be required to go into quarantine for 10 days on their return," the statement reads.

      Earlier, the Norwegian authorities said they intended to update on a bi-weekly basis the status of the countries in which the situation with the coronavirus is changing. States in which the number of infections is declining fall into the green zone and there are no requirements to quarantine upon returning from them.

    • 14:13

      UNHCR Urges Countries to Release Refugees From Detention Centers Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

      The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged countries to immediately release refugees and asylum seekers who are currently being held in detention centers amid the ongoing coronavirus disease outbreak, according to a press release on Friday.

      "Measures to tackle COVID19 do not justify arbitrarily detaining them on arrival, which not only worsens the misery of people who have already suffered, but also undermines efforts to limit the spread of the virus," Gillian Triggs, UNHCR’s assistant high commissioner for protection, said in the press release.

      The UN agency has urged countries to refrain from detaining asylum seekers and refugees, in order to reduce the risk of them contracting the disease in detention centers, according to the press release.

      UNHCR also reiterated its call that children should never be held in immigration detention.

      Another UN agency, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has made multiple calls throughout the COVID-19 pandemic for countries to release detained asylum seekers.

      In March, the OCHA urged the Libyan authorities to release refugees and asylum seekers over fears that the disease would spread quickly within detention centers.

    • 13:56

      Madrid Health Minister Urges Authorities to Mandate Fresh COVID-19 Tests For Travelers

      Authorities in the Spanish community of Madrid propose a federal-level ban barring entry for any travelers without certified negative COVID-19 tests, regional Health Minister Enrique Ruiz Escudero said on Friday.

      In his opinion, the Spanish government must agree with other countries whose citizens are allowed to enter Spain to conduct coronavirus tests 24-48 hours in advance.

      "We ask the same for travelers from Madrid who travel outside of Spain," Escudero said in an interview with radio station Onda Cero.

      The Community of Madrid remained the country’s epicenter of transmission throughout the epidemic in the country so far. Although the daily numbers of new cases and fatalities have largely deflated, they are beginning to creep back up, mostly due to hotspots in the Catalonia and Aragon regions. On Thursday, the nationwide registered cases exceeded the 2,000 mark for the first time since mid-May.

      Escudero said that health authorities have identified seven infection clusters in Madrid, compared to the nationwide 280 clusters. The health official assured listeners that Madrid was still introducing new measures to stem the infections spread along with most other regions in Spain.

      Madrid remains one of the few Spanish communities that does not have a mandatory mask-wearing policy in place. Escudero explained this is a result of Madrid’s citizens largely responsible behavior.

      Over the past two weeks, 16,410 cases of COVID-19 infections have been identified in Spain, while seven people have died in the past week. The total number of detected cases since the beginning of the epidemic has exceeded 270,000 people, according to the Ministry of Health, while over 28,400 patients have died.

    • 12:53

      UK Gov't Plans Free Influenza Vaccine for 30Mln People This Winter Amid COVID-19 Fears

      The United Kingdom government on Friday announced plans to offer as many as 30 million people in England a free vaccine against influenza amid fears that the annual flu season will coincide with a surge in COVID-19 cases.

      A free influenza vaccine will be offered to all people aged 50 years and over, elementary school children and those in the first year of high school, pregnant women, and individuals who were required to shield from COVID-19 and members of their household, according to a press release.

      "We are now taking another important step to help protect the wider public by giving the flu vaccination to more people than ever before. This will be the biggest flu vaccination programme in history, and will help protect our NHS as we head into winter," Health Secretary Matt Hancock said in the press release.

      Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said that the vaccine program will attempt to reduce risks with COVID-19 still likely to be present this coming winter.

      "This winter more than ever, with COVID-19 still circulating, we need to help reduce all avoidable risks. Vaccinating more people will help reduce flu transmission and stop people becoming ill," Whitty said in the press release.

      Throughout the 2019-2020 season, roughly 15 million people in England were vaccinated against influenza, according to Public Health England.

      The United Kingdom has been one of the European epicenters of the COVID-19 outbreak, as 297,146 lab-confirmed cases have been registered, resulting in the deaths of 45,554 people. On Thursday, the country’s Department of Health and Social Care announced that 769 new cases had been confirmed over the preceding 24 hours.

    • 11:37

      Russian Sailors With COVID-19 to Be Hospitalized in South Korea

      Russian sailors from the Peter the First vessel infected with COVID-19 will be hospitalized at a specialized medical center in South Korea's Busan, the Russian Consulate General in the Asian country said on Friday.

      "Given the information about 32 new cases of the coronavirus infection among Russian sailors on board the Peter the First ship, the Consulate General has the following to report. All patients are expected to be hospitalized today, on July 24 at a specialized medical center in Busan. The vast majority of patients are asymptomatic and their condition is satisfactory. According to the ship's captain, all crew members had already been tested for coronavirus both before leaving Vladivostok and upon arriving at the Busan port of Yeongdo two weeks ago (the results were negative])" the Consulate General said on Facebook.

      The Consulate General maintains constant contact with the captain of the vessel and relevant local services.

      According to the statement, the source of the infection has not been identified yet, however, it is known that a few days ago, one of the Korean workers involved in the repair of the ship had contracted COVID-19.

    • 11:06

      Australia's Victoria Registers Deadliest Day in COVID-19 Outbreak With 7 Deaths

      The Australian state of Victoria has registered its deadliest day during the COVID-19 outbreak to date as seven people who tested positive for the disease have died over the past 24 hours, state officials announced on Friday.

      Earlier in the day, Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews announced at a press briefing that six people had died since the last update.

      “There are 7,405 cases of coronavirus in Victoria, that is 300 new cases since we last updated you. Fifty-one of those are connected to known and contained outbreaks, 249 of those are under investigation by our public health team. There are 206 Victorians in hospital, 41 of those are receiving intensive care. I am saddened to have to report that there have been a further six deaths as a result of this virus,” Andrews announced at a press briefing.

      A few hours later, public health officials in the state registered one further death, taking the region’s total COVID-19 death toll to 56.

      Victoria has seen a surge in new coronavirus disease cases over recent weeks, prompting authorities in the state to reimpose a six-week lockdown in the city of Melbourne from July 8. Under the restrictions, citizens are allowed to leave their homes only for grocery shopping, care giving, exercise, or work.

    • 11:05

      Russia Resumes International Air Travel on 1 August

      Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced on Friday that the country would resume the international air travel, suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic, from 1 August.

      "A decision was made to resume the international air travel. We were guided by the epidemiological situation, the prevalence and the principles of reciprocity. Starting 1 August, flights will be conducted from airports located in Moscow, the Moscow region, St. Petersburg and Rostov-on-Don," Mishustin said.

      Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova announced that at the first stage the country would resume air travel with the United Kingdom, Turkey and Tanzania.

      Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Dietrich added that Moscow is currently in talks with around 30 countries regarding the air travel resumption.

    • 10:42

      Putin, Trump Describe COVID-19 as Major Challenge for All Countries

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, noted in a recent phone call that the current pandemic was a significant challenge for all countries, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday, adding that Putin assured Trump that that epidemiological situation in Moscow was positive.

      Putin and Trump held a phone conversation on Thursday, after which the US president told the media that they had discussed the COVID-19 epidemic, adding that Russia has been struggling with the virus, especially Moscow.

      "Things have indeed been going quite well in Moscow, and this is what the Russian president informed his American counterpart about during yesterday's phone conversation. Both our president and the American president noted that, on the whole, the coronavirus is a major challenge for all countries, including ours. Putin informed his counterpart about the measures implemented in our country to fight the coronavirus, the measures that are quite effective, as the situation in Moscow and Russia vividly demonstrates," Peskov told journalists.

      Russia has confirmed a total of 800,849 cases, with a death toll of 13,046.

      In absolute infections tally, the US leads the world with a whopping 4.03 million cases and 144,305 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins University database.

    • 10:40

      Bulgarian Government Official Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 Attended EU Summit

    • 08:13

      New Face Mask Rules Introduced in UK

      According to the government guidance, face coverings are mandatory for all clients in enclosed public spaces as well as supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks and post offices.

    • 07:54

      Russia's COVID-19 Tally Tops 800,000

      Russia's COVID-19 total count has exceeded 800,000 after increasing by 5,811 in the past 24 hours (5,848 yesterday), the country's coronavirus response center said on Friday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,811 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,477 (25.4 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement, adding that the total count has now reached 800,849, with the daily increase standing at 0.7 percent.

      Moscow has registered 645 cases in the past 24 hours, which is more than any other region in Russia, followed by the Sverdlovsk Region with 248 cases and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region with 196 new cases (compared to 608, 249 and 198 yesterday, respectively).

      No new cases have been recorded in the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

      As many as 154 COVID-19 patients died in Russia over the past 24 hours (147 on the previous day), which brings the death toll to 13,046.

      A total of 8,444 coronavirus patients have been discharged (compared to 8,277 on the previous day), bringing the total number of recoveries to 588,774.

      According to the Russian public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, over 26.3 million tests to detect COVID-19 have been conducted in the country since the beginning of the outbreak, and 366,000 suspected virus carriers remain under medical monitoring.

    • 07:09

      South Korea Greenlights Limited Reopening of Baseball, Football Stadiums for Spectators

      The South Korean authorities allowed the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) and football K League to let fans watch competitions at the stadiums on a limited basis.

      "We intend to gradually resume fans' attendance at professional sports events that have been held without spectators all this time," Central Disaster Relief Headquarters' Disease Prevention team leader Yoon Tae-ho said at a briefing.

      KBO will start reopening stadiums on 26 July, and K League will follow on 1 August. The number of visitors will be limited to 10 percent of the total number of seats to ensure social distance.

      KBO and K League resumed matches in closed mode in early May, about a month later than scheduled, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On 28 June, the government announced that it would allow professional sports events to be attended. However, because of emerging clusters of coronavirus in the country, it took the authorities almost one month more to issue an official permit.

    • 04:43

      India Records Almost 50,000 New COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hrs

      Indian health ministry said that the country has registered its highest single-day spike: 49,310 cases and 740 deaths in the last 24 hours.

      The previous record of 45,720 new infections was set on Thursday.

      According to the ministry, the death toll from the disease has reached 30,601, with 740 new fatalities being recorded over the past day. More than 817,208 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      India's central state of Maharashtra with confirmed 347,502 cases is the most affected region. It is followed by the southern state of Tamil Nadu, with 192,964 cases, and the National Capital Territory of Delhi, with 127,364 cases.

      India comes third in terms of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, following the United States and Brazil.

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