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    Global COVID-19 Cases Spike to Highest Level Post-Lockdown (172)

    As new COVID-19 outbreaks are being confirmed in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia, countries across the world are reintroducing quarantine measures and imposing mandatory coronavirus test on arrivals from high-risk areas in order to curb the pandemic.

    At the moment, India is showing the highest daily increase in the number of those infected, occupying third place in the world with a total of over 1.85 million cases, according to Johns Hopkins Univerity. Brazil is second with 2.75 million infected, while the United States remains the worst-hit country with over 4.7 million confirmed cases.

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    • 03:19

      Germany Registers 741 New Coronavirus Cases - Robert Koch Insitute

    • 02:17

      China Registers 27 New Cases of COVID-19 Over Past 24 Hours - Health Authorities

    • 02:14

      Australian State of Victoria Reports 725 New Cases of Coronavirus

    • 00:10

      Mexico Registers 6,148 New Cases of COVID-19, 857 New Deaths - Health Ministry

    • 21:49

      Brazil Reports 2,801,921 Coronavirus Cases, Deaths Rise to 95,819

    • 20:03

      Moscow's Coronavirus Deaths Rise by 11 to 1,521 - Response Centre

      "Another 11 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", the centre said.

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

    • 18:33

      UN Appeals for $122Mln to Aid Philippine Response to COVID-19 Pandemic, Spokesman Says

      "The humanitarian country team COVID-19 response plan, which calls for $122 million, focuses on providing critical health and humanitarian assistance for the 5.4 poorest and most marginalised Filipinos living in poor densely populated urban areas", spokesman Farhan Haq said.

      The effort has already provided health services to more than 4 million Filipinos and more than 620,000 have received water, sanitation and hygiene supplies, Haq added.

      As of Tuesday, the virus had sickened 112,593 people in the Philippines, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    • 18:32

      Pandemic Impacts Over 1 Billion Students in 160 Countries, UN Secretary-General Says

      "The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the largest disruption of education ever. In mid-July, schools were closed in more than 160 countries, affecting over 1 billion students. At least 40 million children worldwide have missed out on education in their critical pre-school year. And parents, especially women, have been forced to assume heavy care burdens in the home", UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in a video message.

      As a result, the world faces a "generational catastrophe" that could waste untold human potential, and undo progress on child nutrition, child marriage, gender equality, and a host of other obstacles to social progress, Guterres added.

      The message coincided with the release of a UN policy brief that calls for reopening schools once COVID-19 is under control and addressing an estimated global gap in education funding estimated at $1.5 trillion before the pandemic.

      The brief also recommended targeting those at greatest risk, including minority groups, those affected by natural and man-made emergencies and people with disabilities.

    • 17:26

      London Mayor Khan Proposes Giving Priority Housing to COVID-19 Frontline Workers

      "I want to hear from Londoners and our partners about how I can best support London’s key workers to be able to access a safe and secure home that they can afford. By helping people buy or rent a home below the market rate we encourage them to put down roots, become part of a community and help London thrive", Khan said in the press release.

      The proposals have centred on the issue of intermediate housing, which is defined as affordable housing for people that will have difficulties in saving to purchase their own property, but who also earn too much to receive social housing.

      London currently has two schemes, London Shared Ownership and London Living Rent, that fulfill the need for intermediate housing in the UK capital. The initiatives provide assistance for households that have a combined annual income below 90,000 pounds ($117,000) and 60,000 pounds ($78,000), respectively.

      Wider consultations are currently underway to assess the UK capital’s need for affordable rented housing. According to the UK property portal Home, the median monthly rental price of a two-bedroom property across the whole of London is 2,149 pounds ($2,805).

    • 17:26

      WHO on Russian Vaccine Against COVID-19: Important to Stick to Guidelines

      "Any vaccine...(or medicine) for this purpose should be, of course, going through all the various trials and tests before being licenced for roll-out", WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said as quoted by the Telegraph newspaper.

      Lindmeier remarked that there were "established practices" and guidelines. Individual researching saying they have found a solution is "as such, great news," Lindmeier said. The WHO spokesman added, however, that "between finding or having a clue of maybe having a vaccine that works, and having gone through all the stages, is a big difference."

    • 13:13

      Hanoi Runs Out of Rapid COVID-19 Test Kits, Asks Residents to Monitor Symptoms

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Vietnamese capital of Hanoi has run out of rapid test systems for detecting COVID-19, with the city authorities asking residents to independently monitor symptoms of the disease, Nguyen Khac Hien, the head of the capital's Health Department, said.

      "The number of people screened exceeded our expectations. We recommend that people should monitor their own health, and if one has symptoms like coughing, fever or breathing difficulty, they must go to medical facilities", Hien said on Monday, as quoted by the newspaper VN Express, adding that the rapid testing kits had run out earlier in the afternoon.

      According to the official, since 8 July, the city has screened more than 88,000 people returning from the resort city of Da Nang, where a new infectious cluster was recently discovered, with rapid tests having been used to detect the virus in over 70,000 people.

      Due to the lack of rapid test kits, about 18,000 people were not tested for the virus, Hien added.

    • 12:55

      Germany at Beginning of Second Wave of COVID-19 Infections, Virologist Warns

      A retired doctor who volunteered to work at the new Duesseldorf Airport Corona Test Centre holds a test stick before a voluntary coronavirus disease

      Germany at Beginning of Second Wave of COVID-19 Infections, Virologist Warns

      BERLIN (Sputnik) - Germany appears to be at the beginning of the second wave of COVID-19 infections, the head of the Institute of Microbiology and Virology at the Brandenburg Medical School, Professor Frank T. Hufert, told Sputnik on Tuesday.
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    • 12:27

      Netherlands Confirms 55,470 Infecetd as Number of New Coronavirus Cases Doubles

    • 12:11

      UK Experts Fear Lack of Good COVID-19 Test-Trace System to Lead to Even Worse 2nd Wave

      Nurses care for a patient in an Intensive Care ward treating victims of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, Britain, May 22, 2020

      UK Experts Fear Lack of Good COVID-19 Test-Trace System to Lead to Even Worse 2nd Wave

      LONDON (Sputnik) - UK scientists have warned that the second wave of coronavirus could be more than twice the size of the first if no effective testing and contact tracing system is in place before schools reopen in September.
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    • 11:20

      Philippines Confirms Daily Record of Over 6,000 New Cases, Bringing Total to 112,593

    • 10:20

      International School Teachers Exempt From Japan's COVID-19 Entry Ban

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said the country was allowing entry to foreign nationals who teach at private schools despite a strict ban on most international entrants amid the pandemic, media reported.

      According to the Kyodo News Agency, Motegi said that first-time entry and re-entry of foreign nationals employed at international schools is considered a special circumstance to protect children's rights to receive an education and due to difficulties in finding replacements in Japan.

      "Regarding teachers at international schools and their families, we are admitting new entries as well as re-entries of those with resident status", the minister said, as quoted by the agency.

    • 08:24

      Public's Fears of COVID-19 Are Groundless, Moved by Emotion - Ex-Israeli Health Ministry Chief

      Public's Fears of COVID-19 Are Groundless, Moved by Emotion - Ex-Israeli Health Ministry Chief

      Israel's coronavirus cabinet is set to meet on Wednesday to discuss a series of new measures to curb the spread of the pandemic. But a former Health Ministry boss says Israel has nothing to worry about and blames the government for fueling the public's fears.
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    • 08:09

      Belgium Records Over 70,000 COVID-19 Cases Since Mid-March

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Belgium has confirmed 70,314 COVID-19 cases since the middle of March (including 465 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours), national public health institute Sciensano said on Tuesday.

      Over the past week, Belgium's average daily increase in COVID-19 cases totaled 517, with around 20,000 tests conducted every day. The average daily number of hospitalised coronavirus patients totaled 22.

    • 07:32

      Russia Registers 5,159 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 5,159 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (5,394 yesterday), bringing the cumulative total to 861,423, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Tuesday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,159 COVID-19 cases in 83 regions, of which 1,546 (30 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said in a statement.

      This brings the total case count to 861,423, with the daily increase standing at 0.6 percent.

    • 07:14

      Number of Infected in Armenia Rises to 39,298

    • 06:58

      Ukraine Confirms Over Thousand New Coronavirus Cases, Bringing Total to 74,219

    • 06:50

      Will Modi Quarantine? Netizens Urge PM to Self-Isolate Ahead of Much-Awaited Ram Temple Event

      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks to the media in New Delhi

      Will Modi Quarantine? Netizens Urge PM to Self-Isolate Ahead of Much-Awaited Ram Temple Event

      New Delhi (Sputnik): After the Supreme Court of India ended a decades-old dispute between Hindus and Muslims by ordering the construction of the Ram Temple in a disputed territory, the preparations to build a grand temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh kicked off.
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    • 05:54

      India Shows Highest Daily Spike in the World With Over 52,050 New Coronavirus Cases

      India reported at least 52,050 cases and 803 deaths in the last 24 hours. The coronavirus tally has thus spiked to 1,855,746 (including 586,298 active cases), while the death toll now stands at 38,938, according to the Health Ministry.

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