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    Previous days were marked by protests against coronavirus curbs in the UK, France, and Germany, as countries re-impose quarantines and introduce new restrictive measures amid a new wave of coronavirus outbreaks in Europe.

    At the moment, the United States and Brazil remain the worst-hit countries: the US confirmed over 5.98 mln cases (over 700,000 of them in California) and over 182,700 deceased, while Brazil has 3.8 mln infected and over 120,000 deceased, according to Johns Hopkins University. India comes third in the number of cases (3.4 mln), while Mexico has the third-highest death toll, surpassing 63,800.

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    • 02:38

      Over Dozen New Coronavirus Cases Reported in China, Health Commission Says

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - China has registered 17 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, all of them have been imported, while another 24 COVID-19 patients have recovered over that period, the country’s National Health Commission said on Monday.

      The country’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 85,048, the death toll is 4,634. The total number of recovered individuals in China stands at 80,177. The total number of imported cases is 2,499.

      More than 230 COVID-19 patients remain hospitalized in China.

      On Sunday, China reported nine new coronavirus cases (all imported), and 27 new recoveries. On Saturday, China reported 9 new coronavirus cases and 35 new recoveries.

      In the past 24 hours, China confirmed 19 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases (all imported). More than 330 asymptomatic coronavirus patients are currently being monitored in China.

    • 23:27

      More Than 120,800 Deaths From COVID19 Registered in Brazil - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazil’s COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 120,800 with more than 360 deaths registered in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry informs.

      Brazil's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 3,862,311, with 16,158 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday. Over the same period, 366 new deaths were confirmed, bringing the country’s total coronavirus death toll up to 120,828.

      More than 3 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in Brazil.

      On Saturday, Brazil reported 41,350 new cases and 758 new deaths from the coronavirus infection. On Friday, the country reported 855 new deaths from COVID-19 and 43,412 new cases.

      A week ago, Brazil’s coronavirus death toll stood at around 114,000 and the number of recoveries was at over 2.7 million.

      The US and Brazil are the top two countries in terms of the total number of coronavirus cases and fatalities. The US has registered over 5.99 million coronavirus cases and more than 183,000 deaths from COVID-19, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

    • 22:09

      Jordan Reports Record Daily High of New Coronavirus Cases, Health Ministry Says

      DOHA (Sputnik) - Jordan confirmed more than 70 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, which is the highest daily increase registered in the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Ministry of Health.

      "73 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, thus, since March, 1,966 people got infected in the country, 15 of them have died," the ministry said on Twitter on Sunday.

      Earlier this week, the Jordanian authorities imposed a 24-hour curfew in two provinces (Amman and Zarqa) over a growing number of coronavirus cases there.

      More than 1,350 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Jordan, where very strict coronavirus restrictions were introduced at the very start of the pandemic, including the closure of borders with the neighboring countries.

    • 21:46

      Turkey Registers 42 COVID-19 Related Deaths, Record Rise Since Mid-May - Health Minister

      ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkey confirmed 1,482 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours and 42 related fatalities, a record rise since mid-May, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sunday.

      On Saturday, Turkey registered 1,549 new cases and 39 fatalities.

      "Today, 1,482 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, taking the tally to 268,546. A total of 42 patients have died, and the overall death toll reached 6,326," Koca tweeted.

      At the same time, the number of recoveries increased by 1,027 to 243,839 over the given period.

    • 17:33

      COVID-19 Death Toll in US Increases by 1,006 to 182,149, CDC Reports

    • 17:33

      Police Detain 316 Protesters During Rallies Against COVID-19 Restrictions in Berlin

      "Overall, 316 people were arrested and 131 criminal charges were filed, including for assault on police officers... Thirty-three officers were injured", a statement read.

    • 17:05

      France Registers 5,413 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Compared to 5,453 on Saturday, Health Ministry Says

    • 15:02

      UK's COVID-19 Toll Rises by 1,715 in 24 Hours Compared to 1,108 on Saturday, Gov't Data Shows

    • 14:16

      US Drug Agency Says COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Authorized Before End of Phase 3 Trials

      Safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19 at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle

      US Drug Agency Says COVID-19 Vaccine May Be Authorised Before End of Phase 3 Trials

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is ready to authorise a vaccine against COVID-19 before the end of phase three clinical trials if such a move proves to bring more benefits than risks, Stephen Hahn, the head of the FDA, told the Financial Times (FT) in an interview, which was published on Sunday.
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    • 14:06

      Demonstrators Protesting Against COVID-19 Restrictions Take to Streets of Berlin - Video

      Police Officers in Front of the Reichstag Building During a Rally in Berlin

      Police Detain 316 Protesters During Rallies Against COVID-19 Restrictions in Berlin - Video

      At the beginning of August, a major protest against coronavirus restrictions was organised by Stuttgart's Querdenken 711 initiative, attracting around 20,000 demonstrators. The protest was stopped short by police because the participants of the mass rally refused to follow the required health precautions.
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    • 12:31

      Boris Johnson Expected to Face Heat From Party Over COVID-19 Handling After Poor Poll Results

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson puts on a mask at the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service HQ during his visit to Belfast, Northern Ireland August 13, 2020.

      Boris Johnson Expected to Face Heat From Party Over COVID-19 Handling After Poor Poll Results

      UK Conservative MPs have repeatedly berated Prime Minister Boris Johnson over his policy reversals amid the COVID-19 crisis, including those related to exams chaos and a U-turn on advice that pupils should not wear face masks in English secondary schools.
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    • 12:00

      Why Can’t Trump Consider Russia's Sputnik V COVID Vaccine as US Remains Worst-Hit Country?

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      Why Can’t Trump Consider Russia's Sputnik V COVID Vaccine as US Remains Worst-Hit Country?

      Donald Trump is searching for access to anti-COVID vaccines in order to curb the pandemic and fix the economy. However, his opponents have denounced his effort as a political stunt amid the tense 2020 race. American observers have discussed the politicisation of the COVID drug development and weighed up whether Trump can pick Russia's Sputnik V.
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    • 11:15

      UK Student Union Issues Warning That Uni Campuses Could Become ‘Care Homes of 2nd COVID Wave’

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      UK Student Union Issues Warning That Uni Campuses Could Become ‘Care Homes of 2nd COVID Wave’

      There has been fierce debate across the UK as to whether the government should delay the reopening of educational institutions due to the fear that they may act as incubators for a possible second nation-wide outbreak of COVID-19.
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    • 10:56

      As COVID-19 Cases Continue to Spike, Biggest Lebanese Hospital Struggles to Keep Head Above Water

      A man fixes damages at the Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, after a massive blast in Beirut's port area, Lebanon, August 11, 2020.

      As COVID-19 Cases Continue to Spike, Biggest Lebanese Hospital Struggles to Keep Head Above Water

      The last couple of years have been exceptionally tough for many Beirut hospitals, says the head of the critical care and sleep division at Saint George Hospital in Beirut. The COVID-19 outbreak, followed by the deadly explosion, has crippled their ability to do their job and prompted some to ask for help from the international community.
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    • 08:32

      UK's Matt Hancock Ripped for ‘Scaremongering’ Comments About ‘Serious Threat’ of Second COVID Wave

      Matthew Hancock

      UK's Matt Hancock Ripped for ‘Scaremongering’ Comments About ‘Serious Threat’ of Second COVID Wave

      A recent interview with the UK health chief has sparked utter disbelief and anger among business leaders, who suggested that “career politicians” will hardly lead the country successfully through the woes of the corona crisis.
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    • 07:53

      Indonesia Confirms 2,858 New Coronavirus Infections

    • 07:44

      Russia Records 4,980 COVID Cases in 24 Hours, Bringing Total to 990,326

      MOSCOW, August 30 (Sputnik) - Russia has recorded 4,980 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, up from 4,941 the day before, which brings the cumulative total to 990,326, the coronavirus response centre said on Sunday.

      Over the past day, Moscow has registered 695 cases, St. Petersburg 186, and the Moscow region 165.

    • 06:51

      UK Treasury Mulls $40 Billion Tax Hike to Pay for COVID-19 Bailout, Report Says

      UK Treasury Mulls $40 Billion Tax Hike to Plug Gap in Corona-Hit Finances, Report Says

      Earlier on Saturday, British business leaders berated Health Secretary Matt Hancock for “scaremongering” talk about a possible second national lockdown that they said risks causing “untold damage” to businesses trying to recover from the first one.
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    • 06:02

      Ukraine Confirms 2,096 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 05:31

      More Than 780 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Germany

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Germany confirmed 785 new COVID-19 cases and six new coronavirus-related deaths over the past 24 hours, according to the Robert Koch Institute, which is responsible for disease control and prevention in Germany.

      The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany now stands at 241,771. The country's total COVID-19 death toll is 9,295, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute.

    • 05:27

      Number of Coronavirus Cases Surpasses 25 Mln Worldwide, AFP Tally Says

    • 05:15

      India Confirmed Record Daily Increase of 78,761 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 04:26

      California Becomes First US State With Over 700,000 COVID-19 Cases

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - California has become the first US state where the number of confirmed coronavirus cases surpassed 700,000 according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

      The Los Angeles County alone has over 238,400 confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 5,700 confirmed deaths from COVID-19.

      According to Johns Hopkins University data, in total, there are over 701,500 confirmed coronavirus cases in California, which is followed by Texas and Florida where over 626,500 and more than 619,000 cases have been confirmed, respectively.

      Meanwhile, the California government website puts the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state at over 693,800.

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