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    The death toll from the coronavirus infection in the world has topped 861,000; over 25.9 million cases of infection have been detected, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.

    The United States still has the highest coronavirus case count in the world; more than 6.1 vmillion have been infected, of whom over 185,700 have died.

    Almost three in four adults worldwide have expressed their willingness to take a vaccine against COVID-19 if one becomes available, a fresh poll produced by Ipsos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) found.

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    • 03:31

      China Registers 11 Coronavirus Cases, 12 Asymptomatic Carriers in Past Day - Committee

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - China has registered, over the past 24 hours, 11 cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 12 asymptomatic carriers, 17 patients have been discharged from hospitals, the country's state health committee said in a statement.

      All 11 new cases were imported, the committee said.

      Overall, during the epidemic in mainland China, 85,077 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, 80,251 people have recovered, 192 patients with COVID-19 remain in hospitals, and 4,634 have died.

    • 02:45

      Germany Registers 1,311 New Cases of Coronavirus - Robert Koch Institute

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Germany has risen over the past 24 hours by 1,311 to top 246,000, according to the Robert Koch Institute, which is responsible for disease control and prevention.

      The Institute said the case tally reached 246,166. A total of eight people have died over the past day, bringing the total number of deaths to 9,321.

    • 01:52

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in Mexico Rises by 575 to 65,816 People – Health Ministry

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 575 to 65,816 within the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

      He also said on late Wednesday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 4,929 to 610,957 within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, the Latin American nation recorded 6,476 new cases of the coronavirus, with 827 fatalities.

    • 00:12

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Argentina Rises by 10,933 to 439,172 – Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Argentina has confirmed 10,933 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 439,172, the national Ministry of Health said.

      A day earlier, Argentina recorded 10,504 new COVID-19 cases and 241 fatalities.

      "Today, 10,933 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, bringing the total number of [COVID-19] positive tests in the country to 439,172", the ministry said in a daily bulletin on late Wednesday.

      The death toll from the coronavirus has risen by 199 to 9,118 people within the same period of time.

    • 23:52

      Israel's COVID-19 Case Tally Rises by 3,342 in Past Day to Top 120,000 - Health Ministry

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Israel has risen by 3,342 in the past 24 hours to 121,464, the country's Health Ministry said in a statement.

      The death toll has increased by 13 to 969, the ministry said.

      According to the ministry, 23,261 people are currently sick in Israel, 423 patients are in serious condition, of whom 125 need lung ventilation. A total of 97,234 people have recovered.

      On 30 August, the Israeli government voted to extend the state of emergency regime in connection with the coronavirus, which was to expire on 6 September, for another two months - until 6 November.

    • 21:10

      Brazil Registers 3,997,865 Cases of COVID-19, Deaths Rise to 123,780 - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 46,934 to 3,997,865 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Wednesday.

      The death toll has risen by 1,184 to 123,780 people within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, Brazil reported 42,659 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,215 new fatalities.

      Brazil comes second in terms of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded more than 6.1 million COVID-19 patients.

    • 20:39

      Moscow's Death Toll From COVID-19 Rises by 13 Over Past Day to 4,857 – Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow has registered 13 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 4,857, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Wednesday.

      "Another 13 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.

      Russia's overall number of recorded coronavirus cases has reached 1,005,000. The country's COVID-19 death toll is over 17,400. More than 821,000 people have recovered.

      Moscow's case tally currently surpasses 263,600, with over 216,700 recoveries.

    • 18:41

      Turkey Hit by 2nd Peak of COVID-19 Pandemic - Health Minister

      ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Wednesday that the COVID-19 pandemic in the country had reached its second peak.

      "The pandemic continues, with more and more infections every day. We are experiencing the second peak of the first wave. Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa are still among the highest risk areas," Koca told reporters.

      The minister added that many new cases of infection were observed in the country's eastern provinces of Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Mardin and Erzurum.

      Turkey registered 1,596 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the largest daily increase since June 15, Koca noted.

      The cumulative total now stands at 273,301 cases, 6,462 of which are fatal.

      The biggest COVID-19 cluster is said to be in Ankara, which has twice as many cases as in Istanbul.

      "Therefore, our work is focused on Ankara ... But so far there are no such measures as a curfew on the agenda," Koca said.

      The minister added that the overall situation was under control, with the exception of several provinces.

    • 18:39

      AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Could Hit Market Before Year's End, Italian Health Minister Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza said on Wednesday that a potential COVID-19 vaccine, produced by the UK’s AstraZeneca, could hit the market by the end of the year.

      "If the vaccine is confirmed as safe and able to meet its objective it will be already available by the end of 2020," Speranza told parliament.

      AstraZeneca signed a 336 million euro ($397 million) deal to deliver to the European Union at least 300 million doses of a potential vaccine created by the company together with the University of Oxford and with support from Italian specialists.

      The UK-Swedish pharmaceutical giant has struck major deals with the EU, US, Japan and Brazil, among others, to pledge deliveries of readied vaccines and vaccine formulas for mass production. AstraZeneca has at least three vaccine candidates currently being tested, with one at the cusp of phase 3 trials in the United States.

      Italy’s coronavirus nightmare had seemed over, with daily new cases dwindling down to the hundreds, but the latter half of August has seen the number creep back up past the 1,000 mark. There have been over 271,000 cases of infection registered, with nearly 35,500 deaths as a result in Italy.

    • 14:49

      UK Opposition Leader Accuses Gov't of 'Serial Incompetence' Over COVID-19

      The leader of the UK Labour Party Keir Starmer accused the government on Wednesday of "serial incompetence" over its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, and urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson "to get a grip."

      "When the government's notched up 12 U-turns and rising, the only conclusion is serial incompetence. That serial incompetence is holding Britain back. Will the PM take responsibility and finally get a grip?" Starmer told Johnson at the House of Commons in the first session of the prime minister's questions since the summer recess.

      The leader of the opposition also accused the Conservative government of having "wasted" the summer, because instead of spending it in preparing for autumn and winter, "they lurched from crisis to crisis."

      "It is the same every time: pretend the problem doesn't exist, rush away scrutiny, make the wrong decision, then blame somebody else. This´s got to change," Starmer added.

      During the heated exchange, Johnson repeatedly tried to dodge questions and defended himself by arguing that in spite of all doubts he is getting pupils back to school.

      When Scottish National Party lawmaker Ian Blackford asked for an extension of the furlough scheme that has prevented massive layoffs during the lockdown, the prime minister said the best way forward is to get people back to work.

      The UK has recorded over 337,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and 41,504 deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

    • 12:05

      What a Present! UK's Coronavirus Vaccine Could be Ready by Christmas, Health Secretary Says

      A chemist works at AstraZeneca's headquarters, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Australians will be among the first in the world to receive a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine, if it proves successful, through an agreement between the government and UK-based drug company AstraZeneca, in Sydney, Australia, August 19, 2020

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    • 10:29

      German Minister Rules Out New Nationwide Coronavirus Lockdown

    • 07:32

      Russia Records 4,952 COVID Cases in 24 Hours, Bringing Total to 1,005,000

      Russia has registered 4,952 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 1,005,000, the coronavirus response centre said Wednesday.

      Officials registered 115 deaths in this period, bringing the total to 17,414, and 5,464 recoveries, which brings the total to 821,169.

      Not a single case has been recorded in Chukotka autonomous region in the Far East in the past 24 hours. Moscow reported 625 cases, St. Petersburg 189, the Moscow region 158.

    • 07:30

      Russian Trade Minister Says Inoculated With Russian Vaccine Sputnik V

      Russian Trade Minister Denis Manturov said he had been inoculated with the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and had a slightly higher temperature in the first day.

      The minister called the research institute that developed the vaccine daily to report on how he was feeling.

      "On the first day, the temperature was slightly higher. On the second day, given that the body uses up a lot of glucose, I could feel it in the back of my head a little. On the third day, I wasn't feeling anything like that. It has been more than two weeks now, and I can report that there have been no changes to my body," Manturov said, as aired on the NTV broadcaster.

    • 06:48

      Upper House of Australia's Victoria Votes to Extend COVID Emergency for 6 Months

      The upper house of the Australian state of Victoria has voted to extend the state of emergency, imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19, for another six months, the Age daily newspaper reported on Wednesday.

      The vote took place early morning, with 20 lawmakers having cast their votes in favor of the extension and 19 against, according to the news outlet. The state government originally sought a permanent 12-month extension but had to settle for a one-off six-month one as a compromise deal between the Green and the Labour to push the initiative forward.

      Victorian Health Minister Jenny Mikakos thanked those who had voted in favor and criticized the opposition to the extension as reckless.

      The bill in question will now move for a vote in the lower house, where the Labour commands a majority, later in the week.

      In early August, Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews imposed the state of emergency over a spike in COVID-19, to allow the state's authorities to implement measures against the disease, as daily numbers of cases were exceeding 300 a day at one point.

      Right now, Victoria, the country's second most populous state, has the most cases than any other state, numbering 19,224, with 90 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours.

      Australia has confirmed a total of 25,819 COVID-19 cases, with 657 fatalities.

    • 05:00

      China Registers 8 Coronavirus Cases, 19 Asymptomatic Carriers in Past Day

      China has registered, over the past 24 hours, eight cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 19 asymptomatic carriers, 26 patients have been discharged from hospitals, the country's state health committee said in a statement.

      All eight new cases were imported.

      Overall, during the epidemic in mainland China, 85,066 cases of COVID-19 have been recorded, 80,234 people have recovered, 198 patients with COVID-19 remain in hospitals, and 4,634 have died.

      A total of 2,517 cases have been imported, 2,341 people have recovered.

      The day before, China recorded 10 coronavirus cases and 34 asymptomatic carriers. A total of 31 patients were discharged.

    • 04:55

      COVID-19 Death Toll in Brazil Rises by 1,215 to Top 122,000

      The death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brazil has risen by 1,215 over the past 24 hours to 122,596, the country's Health Ministry said.

      The case tally has increased by 42,659 to 3,950,931, the ministry said.

      The day before, Brazil's death count went up 553 and number of cases by 45,961.

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