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    Global COVID-19 Cases Spike to Highest Level Post-Lockdown (68)

    Globally, more than 16.19 million people have been infected with novel coronavirus, according to the Johns Hopkins University count, and nearly 648,00 have died from COVID-19.

    The US is leading the global coronavirus tally, with more than 4.2 million cases confirmed and over 146,000 virus related fatalities.

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    • 03:22

      China Registers 61 New COVID-19 Cases Within 24 Hours - Health Commission

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - China has diagnosed 61 new COVID-19 cases and 44 asymptomatic carriers within the last 24 hours, the National Health Commission said on Monday.

      On Sunday, the number of new cases was 46, while the number of new asymptomatic carriers was 68.

      According to the commission, 41 cases have been detected in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, 14 in the Liaoning province, two in the Jilin province, while 4 are imported ones.

      China has confirmed a total of 83,891 cases, with a death toll of 4,634.

    • 02:03

      Australia's State of Victoria Registers Record 532 Cases of COVID-19 in Single Day

    • 23:40

      Algeria Extends Curfew, Quarantine Measures in 29 Provinces - Prime Minister's Office

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      Algeria Extends Curfew, Quarantine Measures in 29 Provinces

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Algerian authorities have extended the COVID-19 curfew and quarantine restrictions in 29 provinces out of 48 for 15 days, according to the office of Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad.
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    • 22:55

      Brazil Confirms Over 24,000 New COVID-19 Cases, More Than 500 New Deaths - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than 24,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Brazil in the past 24 hours, while the death toll increased by over 500 in that period, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

      Brazil now has a total of 2,419,091 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 24,578 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday. Over the same period, 555 new deaths were confirmed, bringing the country's total death toll up to 87,004.

      On Saturday, Brazil reported 51,147 new COVID-19 cases and 1,211 new coronavirus-related deaths. A week ago, Brazil's coronavirus death toll stood at around 78,700, thus the country has seen a weekly rise of about 8,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, one thousand more than the previous weekly rise.

      Over 1.63 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 earlier this month 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.

    • 21:32

      Morocco Announces Ban on Entry, Exit from 8 Cities Due to Increase in Coronavirus Cases

      Vendors wearing protective face masks serve customers at a shop, ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, amid concerns over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amman, Jordan April 21, 2020.

      Moroccan Authorities to Restrict Movement in 8 Largest Cities Due to COVID-19 Spike

      CAIRO (Sputnik) - Moroccan authorities announced a ban on entry and exit from eight cities of the kingdom due to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
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    • 20:42

      Another 13 Patients Diagnosed With Coronavirus Die in Moscow - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Thirteen people have died from the coronavirus in Moscow within the last 24 hours, the death toll is at 4,411, the response centre said.

      "Thirteen patients have passed away in Moscow, all of them have been diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positively for the coronavirus infection", the centre said in a statement.

      On Saturday, the daily increase in fatalities was nine.

    • 18:44

      France's Health Minister Says COVID-19 Tests Now Free of Charge

      PARIS (Sputnik) - French Minister of Health Olivier Veran announced that he had signed a decree allowing everyone who takes a coronavirus test to receive a refund.

      "I also signed an order published this Saturday that anyone from today can receive a fully reimbursable PCR test without having to show a doctor's order or valid reason and without showing symptoms", Veran told Le Parisien newspaper.

      The minister also expressed concern about the increasing number of COVID-19 infections but said that it was too early to talk about a second wave.

      "We cannot talk about a second wave at this time. But one thing is for sure: within a few days we saw the number of positive cases rise sharply after it had declined for thirteen weeks", Veran said.

      The minister also appealed to the young people of the country to remain vigilant and not take the virus lightly. Youths eager to return to large social gatherings have become a bane for public health professionals, who say they account for a large portion of the spikes seen in many countries.

    • 18:43

      Florida Records Over 9,300 New Cases, Tops New York's Toll

      Florida surpassed New York to become the United States' second worst-hit state in terms of coronavirus infections, the early epicentre of the pandemic in the country.

      The Florida Department of Health said it recorded 9,338 new cases and 77 deaths in the past day, bringing the total to 423,855 cases, with 5,854 deaths.

    • 17:26

      Spain's Defence Ministry to Train Military to Detect COVID-19 Cases Among Troops, Reports Say

      The Spanish Defenсe Ministry will arrange courses for the military to learn to trace coronavirus cases among troops in a bid to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among servicemen, media in Spain reported on Sunday.

      According to the ABC Noticias newspaper, other state institutions might request that the military who have been trained at the Defenсe Ministry's courses help them tackle COVID-19.

      The training is part of the ministry's earlier announced plan to put together an early response strategy against the pandemic.

      Spain has from the very start of the pandemic been among Europe's hardest-hit countries. As of Sunday, Spanish authorities have confirmed over 272,000 COVID-19 cases, including over 28,400 fatalities, as the case count in Europe is past 3.2 million.

    • 13:39

      Singapore, Malaysia Opening Travel Corridor Beginning August 10, Foreign Minister Says

      Singapore and Malaysia have finalized the arrangements to resume cross-border travel for select categories of nationals, including official and business travelers, with applications opening up on August 10, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Sunday.

      The announcement came following a meeting between Balakrishnan with Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and head of Malaysia's Johor state, Hasni Mohammad, earlier in the day.

      "Pleased to announce that we have settled arrangements for the Reciprocal Green Lane and Periodic Commuting Arrangement ahead of implementation of the two schemes, with applications to start on 10 August 2020‬. These schemes will facilitate cross-border travel for official, business and work purposes, and help to progressively restore some of the extensive people-to-people interactions and economic exchanges between Singapore and Malaysia. It will be for a limited group of people for now, and done in a controlled manner," Balakrishnan said on Facebook.

      Singapore's foreign minister added that while the government could relate to the rush of many citizens to resume travel to neighboring Malaysia, which used to be a short drive or flight away, the reopening of borders must be conducted "in a safe and calibrated way." Balakrishnan cited how several cities around the world reported second waves of the infection as they tried to reopen, saying that Singapore is determined to avoid this scenario.

    • 13:38

      Republican US COVID-19 Relief Bill to be Unveiled on Monday, Mnuchin Says

    • 12:01

      Vietnam Reports Two More Locally Transmitted COVID-19 Cases

    • 11:59

      Spain's FM Says COVID-19 Pandemic in the Country Under Control

    • 09:52

      Kyrgyzstan Receives Another COVID-19 Humanitarian Aid Cargo from Russia, Foreign Ministry Says

      Russia has flown another humanitarian flight with ventilators, face masks and other counter-coronavirus supplies to the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek as the country is experiencing a surge in the new cases, the Kyrgyz Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Sunday.

      "Russia has sent another supply of humanitarian support, flown to Bishkek on a special flight of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies," the ministry's press service said.

      According to the press officer, the humanitarian cargo consists of medical equipment, drugs and personal protective equipment (PPE), including five X-rays devices, 65 monitors for anesthesiology and intensive therapy with oximetric detectors, five monitors for anesthesiology and intensive therapy without oximetric detectors, 31 ventilators, as well as 100,000 face masks, 49,350 packages of enoxaparin sodium and 550 packages of olokizumab.

    • 08:31

      Indonesia Reports 1,492 New Coronavirus Cases, 67 New Deaths, Health Ministry Says

    • 07:32

      Russia Registers 5,765 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours, Response Centre

      Russia has registered 5,765 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (5,871 yesterday), bringing the cumulative total to 812,485, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Sunday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,765 COVID-19 cases in 83 regions, of which 1,427 (24.8 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms”, the response centre said in a statement.

      The daily increase thus totalled 0.7 percent.

      A total of 77 COVID-19 patients have died in Russia in the past 24 hours (146 on the previous day), taking the death toll to 13,269.

    • 06:26

      Global COVID-19 Tally Tops 16Mln Cases, Johns Hopkins University Says

      The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world has surpassed 16 million, Johns Hopkins University Centre data showed on Sunday.

      Of these, more than 9.2 million people have recovered, and over 644,000 have died.

      The US has the highest tally, with 4.1 million cases. More than 146,000 patients with COVID-19 have died in the country.

    • 04:55

      India Registers 48,661 COVID-19 Cases, 705 Deaths in 24 Hours

      The Indian Health Ministry has reported 48,661 new COVID-19 cases, with 705 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of reported cases has climbed to 1,385,522 across the country.

    • 04:44

      Germany Records 305 New COVID-19 Cases, Total Reaches 205,269 – Robert Koch Institute

      Germany has confirmed 305 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 205,269, the Robert Koch Institute said on Sunday.

      The death toll remains 9,118 people. Approximately 190,000 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 781 new coronavirus cases and seven fatalities.

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