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    The cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed 16.5 million worldwide, with over 656,000 deaths from the disease being recorded since the start of the outbreak, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in its latest situation report.

    According to the WHO, over the past day, 215,127 new infections and 5,274 coronavirus-related fatalities have been recorded worldwide.

    Given the update, the global number of confirmed cases since the outbreak has now reached 16,558,289, while the death toll has risen to 656,093, the report said.

    Most cases and fatalities — 8.84 million and over 342,600, respectively — remain concentrated in the Americas. The United States continues to be the country with the highest single count of cases and fatalities: 4.2 million and more than 147,400, respectively.

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    • 02:52

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Mexico Rises by 639 to 46,000 People

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 639 to 46,000 within the past 24 hours, Jose Luis Alomia, the director of epidemiology at the Health Ministry, said.

      He also said on late Thursday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 7,730 to 416,179 within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, the Latin American nation recorded 5,752 new cases of the coronavirus, with 485 fatalities.

    • 02:12

      Vietnam Registers Record 45 COVID-19 Cases Amid Outbreak in Da Nang, Reports Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Vietnam has confirmed 45 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours – marking the largest daily increase since the start of the epidemic – and all of them are linked to the new outbreak in the resort city of Da Nang, the Viet Nam News media outlet reported on Friday citing the Ministry of Health.

      The outbreak in Da Nang, which is the first instance of local transmission to be detected in Vietnam since April, was reported over the weekend. A total of 93 new infections linked to this outbreak have been reported so far.

      The country immediately began evacuating tourists from the city, banned all domestic passenger flights to and from Da Nang, as well as gatherings of more than two outside offices, schools, hospitals and public places. Over 53,000 people have been quarantined over the past days.

      Vietnam's acting health minister has reportedly said that the outbreak was caused by a new strain of the virus different from the one that has been circulating in the country and appears to be more contagious. Dr. Kidong Park, World Health Organization Representative in Vietnam, told Sputnik on Wednesday that there was no reason for increased concern over the outbreak in Da Nang as this strain had already been known to transmit in other countries, while nothing suggested that mutations of the virus caused any changes to its severity or transmissibility.

      Vietnam has recorded 509 cases of COVID-19 so far with no fatalities.

    • 23:53

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Argentina Rises by Record 6,377 to 185,373, Health Ministry Says

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Argentina has confirmed 6,377 new cases of the coronavirus across the country within the past 24 hours marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, with the total number of people infected with COVID-19 having reached 185,373, the national Ministry of Health said.

      A day earlier, Argentina recorded 5,641 new COVID-19 cases and 110 fatalities.

      "Today, 6,377 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed," the ministry said in a daily bulletin on late Thursday.

      The death toll has increased by 153 to 3,441 people within the same period of time.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, more than 17.1 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 669,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 23:25

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Brazil Rises by 57,837 to Over 2.6Mln, Health Ministry Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 57,837 to 2,610,102 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Thursday.

      The death toll has risen by 1,129 to 91,263 people within the same period of time. Over 1.8 million people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, Brazil reported about 69,074 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,595 new fatalities.

      Brazil comes second on a global tally of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded more than 4.4 million COVID-19 patients.

      The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on March 11. To date, more than 17.1 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 669,000 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 21:44

      US Vaccinates 'Several Hundred' People in First Days of Phase 3 COVID-19 Trials, Official Claims

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The United States vaccinated several hundred volunteers during the first days of two Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trials, senior administration official told reporters.

      "Without revealing a lot of numbers, there were several hundred folks who get vaccinated on day one and the last couples of days," the official said on Thursday.

      Both trials began on Monday by Moderna and Pfizer companies in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal health organizations, he added.

      US government and private companies are building technologies for monitoring COVID-19 vaccine deployment, the official noted.

      "This is an extremely dynamic and unpredictable situation. We do not know how well these vaccines are going to work until we finish our clinical trials process," he said.

      On 27 July, the NIH said that US scientists have begun a phase three trial of a potential COVID-19 vaccine, known as mRNA-1273, developed by Moderna. NIH revealed plans to conduct the trial at multiple US clinical research sites with participation of approximately 30,000 adult volunteers who do not have COVID-19.

    • 21:41

      Protests Against COVID-19 Quarantine Morph Into Civil Unrest in Paraguay, Reports Say

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - The Paraguayan city of Ciudad del Este has faced civil unrest following the government's decision to strengthen quarantine measures, the ABC TV channel reported on Thursday.

      On Wednesday, the government declared a return to the full COVID-19 quarantine in the department of Alto Parana, located at the border with Brazil. Thirty percent of all fatalities in the country are said to have occurred in that department. The decision, however, triggered protests, which soon turned into riots and violent clashes with the police during the night.

      Sixty-five people have been detained during the riots, while at least six have been wounded, according to the broadcaster.

      The department's authorities have held an emergency meeting and agreed to allow commercial activities and restaurant deliveries.

      Paraguay has confirmed a total of 4,866 cases, along with a death toll of 46.

    • 20:30

      Record Number of Students Reportedly Enter Universities in Sweden in 2020 Amid COVID-19

      STOCKHOLM (Sputnik) - A record number of students has enrolled in higher and vocational education institutions in Sweden in 2020 amid economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research Matilda Ernkrans said on Thursday.

      "The enrollment results indicate that this is a record year. This is largely due to the fact that many have decided to take the chance and undergo training during the crisis we are experiencing now. This is encouraging because this is why the government allocated funding for the creation of additional study places at universities and vocational schools," Ernkrans said, as broadcast by the country's Sveriges Radio.

      According to the minister, almost 270,000 students will start their studies this fall, which is 10 percent more than a year ago. Most of the additional places were opened in the fields of natural science or technology, as well as for those wishing to work in the healthcare sector.

      Getting higher and vocational education in Sweden is free for citizens of the country and permanent residents. For the period of study, students are allocated a scholarship or preferential student loan.

    • 20:10

      Moscow's Death Toll From COVID-19 Rises by 14 Over Past Day to 4,460

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow has registered 14 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 4,460, the city's coronavirus response center said in a statement on Thursday.

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

      In the previous day, 12 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

    • 19:59

      Nepal Reopens Mount Everest, Other Himalayas for Hiking Following COVID Pause

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The Nepalese government has resumed the issuance of permits to hike the world's highest Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks following an almost five-month halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tourism Ministry spokesman Kamal Prasad Bhattarai said on Thursday.

      According to Bhattarai, the ministry will work out special health protocols for hikers.

      Nepal closed Everest in mid-March, initially until 30 April and then, following an extension, until the end of May. The closure was part of a nationwide lockdown.

      The Nepalese government lifted the lockdown last week, letting hospitality and entertainment businesses to reopen.

      The international air traffic to Nepal is expected to resume on 17 August, whereas all foreigners will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrivals.

      Nepal's tourism sector suffered a particularly hard blow because of COVID-19. Before the pandemic, foreign hikers used to spend up to $4 million annually for the chance to climb the world's highest peak — permits on expeditions to Mount Everest used to cost up to $5,500.

      As of Thursday, Nepal reported 19,547 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 52 deaths and 14,021 recoveries.

    • 19:51

      US Military COVID-19 Cases Level Off in 3 States, Pentagon Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The rise in COVID-19 cases among the US military in California, Texas and Florida in mid-July has leveled off, Joint Staff surgeon Dr. Paul Friedrichs said on Thursday.

      "Two weeks ago, we were seeing an increase [in cases] in Texas, Florida and California," Friedrichs told a Pentagon press conference. "All of those states have leveled off.

      Friedrichs said the active duty positive rate for COID-19 among the US armed forces was holding to five percent.

      The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta said on Thursday that the United States had recorded 4,405,932 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 65,935 on Wednesday and that the death toll had risen by 1,417 in the previous day to 150,283, putting it over the 150,000 mark.

    • 19:33

      Kuwait to Allow Its Citizens to Travel Abroad Starting 1 August

      DOHA (Sputnik) - Nationals of Kuwait, as well as the country's foreign residents, will be able to travel abroad from 1 August, the government said on Thursday.

      "The Government of Kuwait allows its nationals and foreigners permanently residing in the country to leave and enter the country from August 1," the government said in a statement.

      At the same time, the entry to Kuwait is prohibited to arrivals from seven Asian countries — India, Pakistan, Iran, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh.

      In June, Kuwait, which was one of the first Arab countries to impose severe restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, announced the resumption of commercial flights from and to its international airport, which were suspended in March over the COVID-19 pandemic, starting 1 August.

      Since the start of the outbreak, the country confirmed over 66,500 COVID-19 cases with 445 fatalities. At the same time, more than 57,000 people have fully recovered from the disease.

    • 19:28

      IMF Doubles COVID-19 Aid to Madagascar With $171.9Mln Disbursement

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Madagascar will receive it $171.9 million from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the second emergency loan to mitigate the effects of the measures imposed to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic, the IMF Executive Board said in a press release on Thursday.

      “This additional disbursement brings the total IMF COVID-19 support to Madagascar to US$337.9 million,” the release said.

      Madagascar’s economic outlook has worsened since the approval of the first request to the IMF Rapid Credit Facility due to a further deterioration of the global environment and a deepening of the impact of the pandemic, the release said.

      As a result, the nation's gross domestic product is expected to shrink by 1 percent in 2020, the release added.

      The latest disbursement will help finance health and economic relief spending under the government’s national contingency plan to fight the pandemic and continue to catalyze further support from donors, according to the release.

    • 19:22

      World Bank Approves $6.2Mln Emergency Assistance for Vietnam to Fight COVID-19

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The World Bank said on Thursday it allotted $6.2 million through its Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility in emergency funding of a project designed to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in Vietnam.

      "The World Bank and the State Bank of Vietnam today signed a US$6.2 million grant agreement to strengthen Vietnam’s COVID-19 surveillance and testing capacities, research capacity for COVID-19 vaccines and test kits, and communications about the pandemic," the organization said in a press release.

      According to the press release, the project is expected to support 200 laboratories which handle Vietnam's COVID-19 surveillance and testing as well as the country's two leading coronavirus vaccine developers, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology and the POLYVAC Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals.

      As of Thursday, Vietnamese health authorities detected 459 COVID-19 cases, including 369 recoveries and no deaths.

      Earlier this week, an outbreak of a new coronavirus strain was reported in the Vietnamese port-city of Da Nang. Before the outbreak in Da Nang, there were no new cases in Vietnam for 99 days.

    • 19:16

      US Records One COVID-19 Death Every Minute as Death Toll Surpasses 154,000

      US Records One COVID-19 Death Every Minute as Death Toll Surpasses 154,000

      One person in the US is dying every minute from COVID-19 as of Wednesday, according to the latest tally by Reuters.
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    • 18:24

      Number of COVID-19 Cases Worldwide Surpasses 16.8Mln, Death Toll Exceeds 662,000 - WHO

      MOSCOW, July 30 (Sputnik) - The cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed 16.8 million worldwide, while more than 662,000 deaths from the disease have been recorded since the start of the outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily situation report on Thursday.

      According to the WHO, over the past day, 253,793 new infections and 5,999 coronavirus-related fatalities have been recorded worldwide.

      Given the update, the global number of confirmed cases since the outbreak has now reached 16,812,755, while the death toll has risen to 662,095, the report said.

      Most cases and fatalities — 8.98 million and over 346,500, respectively — remain concentrated in the Americas. The United States continues to be the country with the highest single count of cases and fatalities — 4.3 million and more than 148,600, respectively.

    • 18:15

      UK Confirms 846 COVID-19 Cases, Highest Daily Toll Since Late June

      The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK rose by 846 in the past 24 hours, which is the highest daily increase since 28 June, the government said. 

    • 18:08

      WHO Urges More Countries to Join COVAX Facility to Access Successful COVID-19 Vaccine

      MOSCOW, July 30 (Sputnik) - The international community is better off investing in the global COVAX Facility, a mechanism designed to accelerate the development and fair distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, rather than each country pursuing its own one unilaterally, WHO Chief Scientist Soumya Swaminathan said on Thursday.

      "The more the countries join this facility and contribute to this pooling mechanism, the greater the chances of success and also the greater the speed at which we could move," Swaminathan told a virtual press briefing.

      The key advantage of such globalized mechanism is that all nations, regardless of their location and development level, will have the opportunity to access the vaccine at the same time, the WHO official explained, citing how "many times in the past" it so happened that the distribution of vaccines was uneven across the world, including during the H1N1 pandemic.

      "Any country that wants to provide vaccines for their own citizens can do that by investing in the COVAX facility, which will then invest across a range of vaccine candidates both in the research&development and the manufacturing. So any country that supports COVAX has a better chance of getting a successful vaccine candidate then going after a single one on their own," Swaminathan said.

      COVAX is co-led by the Gavi vaccine alliance, the World Health Organization and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. It is part of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator under the WHO auspices to bring together vaccine developers from different countries in a common quest for a safe COVID-19 vaccine.

      WHO has also compiled a register of candidate vaccines in the works, which presently includes 25 vaccines that have already launched trials on humans and another 139 that are yet at the stage of preclinical evaluation.

      According to the WHO protocols, a vaccine has to go through three phases of studies to be approved for large-scale production.

      Phase 1 normally involves small-scale studies on up to 100 participants to determine a candidate vaccine's safety and clinical tolerance. Phase 2 can include up to 1,000 and is more representative in terms their age, ethnicity and other statistically significant factors. This phase pursues to determine the optimal dose, intervals between doses and the minimum necessary number of doses in a target population.

      Phase 3 trials are the largest and can include up to 10,000 participants with the maximum representation of target population categories. A candidate vaccine is ready to move into industrial production if this last phase provides clear and definitive evidence of its safety and efficacy.

    • 17:23

      Countries With Experience in Infectious Diseases Acted More Swiftly Against COVID-19, WHO Says

      MOSCOW, July 30 (Sputnik) - Countries with previous experience with infectious disease outbreaks were the ones who acted most swiftly to contain COVID-19 and have been the most successful in curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus, Maria Van Kerkhove, the COVID-19 technical lead at the World Health Organization (WHO), said on Thursday.

      Thursday marks six months since the UN health agency declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.

      "I think we can characterize the response globally as mixed. I think we can very strongly show that countries that have acted fast, have acted aggressively, have acted comprehensively - it's really due to [the fact that] many countries who have had direct experience with something similar or similar threat, countries that have had experience with SARS ... and countries that have had direct experience with avian influenza, those that have had experience with MERS, those countries across Africa that have had experience with other infectious diseases that they deal with so often really knew the threat of this," Van Kerkhove told a virtual press briefing.

      She noted that even countries that have had been hit hard by the pandemic at first have ultimately managed to turn the tide.

      "I think what we need to do going forward us look at how we could be more efficient in our response, how can everyone be more efficient in the tools that we apply so that we don't have to go into large lockdown again or so-called lockdown measures, that we can tailor the approach to the geographic area and to the transmission area where it's needed," Van Kerkhove said.

      WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March and has been consistently advising countries to adopt aggressive measures, such as strict social distancing, lockdowns and mask-wearing, to curb the virus.

    • 17:17

      WHO Chief Says Spikes in COVID-19 Cases Driven by Young People 'Letting Their Guard Down'

      MOSCOW, July 30 (Sputnik) - Spikes in the number of COVID-19 infections per day in some countries are triggered by the behaviour of the younger population who "let their guard down" during the summer, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), said on Thursday.

      "One of the challenges we face is convincing younger people of this risk. Evidence suggests that spikes of cases in some countries are being driven in part by younger people letting down their guard during the northern hemisphere summer. We have said it before and we will say it again - young people are not invincible. Young people can be infected. Young people can die. And young people can transmit the virus to others," Tedros told a virtual press briefing.

      Within the context, the WHO chief called on young people to take the same precautions that everyone else does to protect themselves and others, adding that youngsters "should be leaders and drivers of change."

      The cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surpassed 16.5 million worldwide, with over 656,000 deaths from the disease being recorded since the start of the outbreak, according to the WHO. Over the recent weeks, some countries, including Spain, France, Iran and India, have seen surges in the number of infections.

    • 15:50

      Scotland Introduces 14-Day Quarantine for Travellers Arriving From Luxembourg

    • 15:40

      Bolsonaro's Wife Michelle Tests Positive for COVID-19

      "First lady Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive for Covid-19 this Thursday, 30. She is in good health and will follow all established protocols. The first lady is being accompanied by the medical team of the Presidency of the Republic," according to a note released by the Presidency.

    • 15:14

      Ex-GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies From Coronavirus

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      Ex-GOP Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies From Coronavirus

      The 74-year-old was diagnosed with COVID-19 in late June after attending a Tulsa rally for Trump's 2020 re-election campaign.
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    • 12:16

      Herd Immunity Not an Option as COVID-19 Cases in India Cross the 1.5 Mln Mark

      The Indian Health Ministry on Thursday stated that the country has clusters of cases and pockets of localised transmission. However, it denied spread of community transfer, stating that the sources of 80 percent of the new positive cases are being identified within 72 hours.

      “According to text books, community spread is a situation where it is impossible to determine the chain of infection. Out of 739 districts in India, 50 districts have 80 percent of the case load. In country of (over) 1.3 billion, if only 50 districts have a maximum case load, then we cannot say we have community transmission,” said the health ministry in a press briefing today.

      The ministry added that recovery rate has shown positive trends. It has bounced from 7.85% in April to 64.4% today.

    • 10:49

      Seoul Renews Readiness to Cooperate With Pyongyang Against COVID-19

      Seoul has renewed its willingness to work together with Pyongyang against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and is following the situation amid the first suspected case in the North Korean city of Kaesong, South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young said on Thursday.

      "We take the quarantine measures in and around Kaesong seriously and are closely watching the situation… If there is an opportunity, I think we have to render coronavirus-related cooperation not only for Kaesong but anywhere in North Korea," Lee told reporters, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

      In late July, North Korea reported its first suspected COVID-19 case, as a defector who arrived in the country from South Korea earlier in the month was showing COVID-19 symptoms. North Korea then strengthened its anti-coronavirus measures and sealed off Kaesong where the suspected case was identified, despite the fact that the South Korean authorities have claimed that he was not infected with COVID-19.

      The defector has been placed in quarantine, and the North Korean health authorities have been making efforts to identify and test everyone who has come into contact with the suspected coronavirus carrier. Meanwhile, North Korea announced earlier on Thursday that the country is still coronavirus-free.

      Seoul has been offering Pyongyang to join forces against COVID-19, but North Korea has not yet responded, as the relations between the two have been deteriorating recently, especially after Pyongyang blew up the joint liaison office in Kaesong earlier this year.

    • 09:46

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in Iran Hits 301,530

    • 09:05

      COVID-19 Live Updates: UK Changes Self-Isolation Period to 10 Days

      The UK has confirmed an immediate change to its self-isolation rules: starting from today, people in the UK who have coronavirus symptoms must self-isolate at home for 10 days.

    • 07:32

      Russia Registers 5,509 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      Russia has registered 5,509 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (5,475 yesterday), bringing the cumulative total to 834,499, the country's coronavirus response center said on Thursday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,509 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,361 (24.7 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response center said in a statement.

      The total case count has thus reached 834,499, with the daily increase standing at 0.7 percent.

      Moscow has registered 678 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, which is more than any other region in Russia, followed by the Sverdlovsk Region with 215 cases and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region with 172 new cases (compared to 671, 223 and 179 yesterday, respectively).

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

      A total of 129 COVID-19 patients died in Russia in the past 24 hours (169 on the previous day), which brings the death toll to 13,802.

    • 06:45

      ‘It Won't Be Happening in Days’ - UK Health Secretary Hancock on Possible Quarantine Time Change

    • 05:59

      North Korea Remains Coronavirus-Free

      North Korea has not registered any coronavirus cases on its soil, Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, reported on Thursday.

      According to the newspaper, the country might lose its coronavirus-free status if no measures would be taken to prevent the "deadly crisis."

      In late July, North Korea reported its first suspected COVID-19 case, as a defector who arrived in the country from South Korea earlier in the month was showing COVID-19 symptoms. North Korea then strengthened anti-coronavirus measures and sealed off the entire city of Kaesong where the suspected case was identified, despite the fact that the South Korean authorities have claimed that the defector was not infected with COVID-19.

    • 05:58

      Peru's Coronavirus Case Tally Tops 400,000

      The number of cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Peru has reached 400,683, the country's Health Ministry said in a statement.

      "As of July 29, a total of 2.3 million people were tested for coronavirus. Out of them, 400,683 tested positive," the statement said.

      Currently, 13,491 patients are hospitalized, with 1,427 people in intensive care.

      "We are forced to report that 18,816 people have died from coronavirus in the country," the ministry said.

      A total of 280,044 patients have recovered from the disease.

    • 05:06

      Worldwide Number of COVID-19 Cases Surpasses 17 Million

      The worldwide number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has surpassed 17 million, Johns Hopkins University says.

      The exact number of the coronavirus cases stood at 17,029,155 as of 04:50 GMT on Thursday. More than 667,000 people have died of the disease, the university added.

    • 05:06

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in India Rises by 52,123 to Over 1.58Mln

      India has confirmed 52,123 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with the total number of those infected having reached 1,583,792, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday.

      The death toll from the disease has reached 34,968, with 775 new fatalities being recorded over the past day. More than 1 million people have recovered in India since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, India registered 12,459 new coronavirus cases and 768 fatalities.

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

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