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    More than 26.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 873,200 fatalities, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    As the coronavirus continues spreading globally, director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Friday that there is a significant number of promising vaccines against COVID-19 under development across the world. He noted that they will only be endorsed by the global health body when they are deemed to be safe and effective.

    At present, Russia is the first and only country to have registered a coronavirus vaccine, dubbed Sputnik V. The country's Health Ministry has stressed that the drug has undergone the necessary trials to prove its effectiveness.

    The WHO declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. To date, over 26.5 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally, with the death toll surpassing 873,200, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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    • 03:39

      Germany's COVID-19 Cases Rise by 988 to 249,985 - Robert Koch Institute

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany is approaching 250,000 with 988 new cases having been reported in 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 249,985.

      The country’s total COVID-19 death toll is 9,325. In the past 24 hours, only one new death from COVID-19 was confirmed in Germany, according to the latest data from the Robert Koch Institute.

      Around 223,000 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Germany.

      The Robert Koch Institute says the increase in COVID-19 cases in Germany has stabilized in the past week.

    • 03:24

      Australian State of Victoria Will Begin to Lift Coronavirus Restrictions Next Week - State Premier

    • 03:22

      Nearly 131,500 COVID19 Cases Now Confirmed in Canada - Government

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada stands at 131,495 with over 370 new cases registered in the past 24 hours, the country's Health Department informs.

      Canada's total COVID-19 death toll now stands at 9,143 (two new deaths reported in the past 24 hours), according to the government's Saturday data.

      Ontario and Quebec have been the most affected by the coronavirus, with over 2,800 and more than 5,760 deaths registered in the two provinces, respectively. Ontario has over 43,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, while Quebec has registered more than 63,200 cases.

      There are currently over 6,200 active COVID-19 cases in Canada. More than 116,100 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Canada.

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Canada surpassed the 130,000 mark earlier this week.

    • 00:06

      Mexico's Coronavirus Tally Increases to 629,409, Deaths Rise to 67,326

    • 22:21

      Brazil Registers 30,168 New Cases of COVID-19 Over Past 24 Hours - Health Ministry

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazil's coronavirus death toll has surpassed 125,000, showing a weekly increase of more than 5,000 fatalities, according to Health Ministry data.

      In the past 24 hours, 907 new deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed in Brazil; the country's total death toll now stands at 125,521, the health ministry said on Saturday. A week ago, Brazil's coronavirus death toll was 120,262.

      Brazil's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 4,092,832. In the past 24 hours, 51,194 new cases were registered in the county, according to the health ministry.

      On Friday, Brazil reported 43,773 new cases and 834 new deaths from COVID-19.

      More than 3.2 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in Brazil.

    • 20:22

      Total of 8,550 New Cases of COVID-19 Registered in France Over Past 24 Hours - Health Ministry

    • 20:04

      Moscow's Death Toll From Covid-19 Rises By 13 Over Past Day To 4,891 – Response Centre

      "Another 13 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", the city's coronavirus response center said in a statement on Saturday.

      In the previous day, 11 COVID-19 patients died in Moscow.

    • 18:06

      Slovakia Registers Record Number of New COVID-19 Cases, Health Ministry Says

      "In the last 24 hours, Slovakia has added 226 new coronavirus patients," the Health Ministry said in a statement, adding that the number of current patients is 1,692, 95 of which are hospitalised.

      The new cases include 122 men and 104 women, aged 1-81.

      On Friday, the number of new infections stood at 137.

      Slovakia has confirmed a total of 4,526 cases, including 37 fatalities.

    • 16:53

      COIAB Says Launched App to Inform Indigenous People in Brazil About COVID-19 Situation

      The Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) has announced launching the Alerta Indigena application to inform indigenous people in Brazil about the spread of COVID-19.

      The app has been launched by the COIAB and the Amazon Environmental Research Institute to support indigenous people amid the pandemic.

      The app uses the Brazilian Health Ministry's information to provide updates on the situation in cities located within a 62-mile radius from each territory populated by indigenous people.

      It will help to lower the risk of infection among indigenous people, who have a much higher infection rate than the country's average, according to the COIAB.

      Brazil has the second-highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the world behind the United States. The Latin American country has confirmed more than 4 million of cases, including over 125,000 deaths.

    • 13:47

      UK Records 1,813 Daily Coronavirus Cases

    • 13:12

      China's CNBG Says 50,000 People Taking Part in Phase 3 Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - Around 50,000 people in a number of countries are participating in phase 3 clinical trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by the China National Biotec Group (CNBG), the company said on Saturday in a press release.

      "The third phase of clinical trials of the inactivated CNBG vaccine against COVID-19 is significantly accelerating, and clinical trials are already underway in several countries, including Bahrain, UAE, Morocco, Peru, and Argentina, with about 50,000 people participating", CNGB said.

      Media outlets reported in July that phase 3 trials of CNBG’s vaccine would also be also held in Uzbekistan, and Pakistan has expressed interest in holding clinical trials as well.

    • 13:01

      Interior Ministry of Gaza Strip Says COVID-19 Curfew Extended Indefinitely

      GAZA (Sputnik) - The Hamas-run Interior Ministry of the Gaza Strip on Saturday announced an extension of its curfew until further notice over the spread of COVID-19.

      "The Gaza Strip curfew has been extended over the continuing spread of the coronavirus", ministry spokesman Iyad Al Bozom said in a statement, adding that the ban on movement between towns and refugee camps remained in force.

      In late August, Gaza’s authorities imposed a lockdown across the area amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

    • 12:51

      Hundreds of People Protest Against COVID-19 Lockdown, Mask-Wearing in Edinburgh - Photos

      Hundreds turn out for anti-lockdown protest in Edinburgh

      Hundreds of People Brace for Protests Against COVID-19 Lockdown, Mask-Wearing in Edinburgh

      Protests against mandatory mask-wearing previously hit London, Paris, and Berlin as European countries re-introduce pandemic restrictions due to a new spike of coronavirus in the region.
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    • 11:19

      No Need to Panic: Delhi State Chief Assures Situation is Under Control Amid Spiking COVID-19 Cases

      A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a sample using a swab from a person at a local health centre to conduct tests for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), amid the spread of the disease, in New Delhi, India August 31, 2020.

      No Need to Panic: Delhi State Chief Assures Situation is Under Control Amid Spiking COVID-19 Cases

      India’s national capital New Delhi has witnessed a sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the last few days. On Friday, Delhi reported 2,914 new cases – the highest single-day spike since 28 June, when 2,889 cases were recorded. The virus has already claimed 4,513 lives in Delhi since the pandemic began.
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    • 10:59

      Czech Republic Registers 798 New Cases in Coronavirus Spike

    • 10:36

      Philippines Reports 2,529 New Infections

    • 07:34

      Russia Confirms 5,205 New Coronavirus Cases Over the Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 5,205 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 1,020,310, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,205 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,249 (24 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said in a statement.

      Moscow recorded 671 cases, St. Petersburg registered 195 cases, and the Moscow Region confirmed 168 new cases.

    • 06:50

      Monaco Goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte Diagnosed With Coronavirus

    • 05:49

      Ukraine Confirms Record High Daily Increase With Over 2,836 New Cases

      KIEV (Sputnik) - Ukraine has confirmed a record 2,836 new coronavirus cases and 50 related fatalities over the past 24 hours, the National Security and Defence Council's monitoring centre said on Saturday.

      This brings the total number of registered cases to 133,787 and the overall coronavirus-related death toll to 2,811.

    • 04:45

      Germany Records 1,378 New COVID-19 Cases, Bringing Total to 248,997

    • 04:39

      Number of Confirmed Cases in India Tops 4 Million

      India has confirmed 86,432 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, with the total number of those infected having reached 4,023,179, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

      The death toll from the disease has reached 69,561 people, with 1,089 new fatalities recorded over the past day. More than 3.1 million people have recovered in India since the start of the epidemic.

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

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