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    The UN General Assembly previously named the virus one of the main "one of the greatest global challenges" in modern history.

    Currently, the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide has surpassed 28.6 mln, while the global death toll is over 919,000. The most affected countries are the US (6.48 mln infected, 193,000 deceased), India (4.65 mln infected, over 77,000 deceased), and Brazil (4.3 mln cases, and over 131,000 dead).

    At the same time, new outbreaks have resulted in spikes of new COVID-19 cases around the world, including in France, Spain, the UK, and Latin American countries.

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    • 00:05

      Daily Record of 307,900 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed Globally, WHO Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus cases confirmed across the world in the past 24 hours stands at a record high of nearly 308,000, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

      According to the latest, Saturday, data from the WHO, there are now 28,637,952 coronavirus cases confirmed globally, with 307,900 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours.

      The previous daily record of new COVID-19 cases was registered on September 6 when 306,857 new cases were confirmed across the world.

      The global COVID-19 death toll stands at 917,417.

      North and South America have the largest combined number of cases out of all the regions in the world (over 14.7 million cases).

    • 22:55

      Brazil’s COVID19 Death Toll Shows Weekly Rise of About 4,000 Fatalities, Health Ministry Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus-related fatalities in Brazil has surpassed 131,600 with about 4,000 deaths registered over the past week, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

      In the past 24 hours, Brazil confirmed 415 new deaths from COVID-19 and 14,768 new coronavirus cases, the health ministry said on Sunday. Brazil’s total coronavirus death toll now stands at 131,625, while the country’s total number of cases is 4,330,455.

      A week ago, Brazil’s coronavirus death toll stood at around 127,000, thus the country has seen a weekly rise of about 4,000 coronavirus-related fatalities.

      More than 3.5 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in Brazil.

      Brazil has the second-largest coronavirus death toll of all the countries in the world, it is surpassed only by the US which has registered more than 194,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

    • 18:10

      Spain to Begin Clinical Trials of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine on Monday

      Spain's first trials of a coronavirus vaccine are scheduled to begin on 14 September, Alberto Borobia, the chief of the clinical trials unit of the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, said on Sunday.

      The vaccine to be tested was developed by US corporation Johnson & Johnson. Phase 1 trials were held in the United States and Belgium. The trials in Spain will fall under Phase 2, to be also held in Germany and Belgium.

      Three Spanish hospitals will be administering the trials — the Marques de Valdecilla hospital in Santander will launch then on Monday and the La Paz and La Princesa university hospitals in Madrid will join in on Tuesday, according to Borobia.

      The expected pool of participants includes 190 volunteers, of which La Paz University Hospital's share will be 50 adults aged 18-55 and 25 seniors aged over 65, Borobia told Spanish news agency Servimedia.

      The participants will get either one shot of the vaccine or two shots a month apart. There will also be a group that will be given a placebo. Doctors will monitor the participants throughout the entire period of trials.

      "If everything goes well", Borobia said, the first wave of vaccination will end on 22 September.

      While the final results on the vaccine's safety and effectiveness are expected no sooner than in 16 months, Borobia said the transition to Phase 3 clinical trials was permissible upon satisfactory preliminary results.

    • 17:22

      Israel to Impose 3-Week Nationwide Lockdown to Contain COVID-19 Starting 18 September, Reports Say

      The government of Israel has voted to impose a new lockdown for a period of three weeks beginning 18 September, Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth daily reported on Sunday.

      According to the report, the lockdown will take effect at 2 p.m. local time (11:00 GMT) this coming Friday for three weeks coinciding with a period of national holidays.

      Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed that Israel will enter three-week lockdown soon.

    • 15:06

      UK's Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Rise by 3,330 Compared With 3,497 on 12 September, Gov't Data Shows

    • 14:23

      S. Korea Eases COVID-19 Restrictions in Seoul Amid Falling Number of Cases, Minister Says

      "Although social distancing measures will be weakened, we have decided to introduce stricter and more targeted quarantine measures where there is a high risk of infection", Park Neung-hoo, the minister of health and welfare, said at a press briefing.

      The expiring measures had allowed restaurants to open only until 21:00 local time [12:00 GMT]. Coffee shop chains, bakeries, and many other eateries were only permitted to serve delivery and takeout customers.

      From Monday, these establishments will be allowed to open in full, although limits will remain on the number of clients permitted to be inside the premises. Additionally, these facilities must keep customer logs.

      Internet cafes will also be allowed to reopen nationwide from Monday, although minors will be banned, and the consumption of food inside the cafes will not be permitted.

      On Sunday, South Korea’s Ministry of Health registered 121 new positive tests for COVID-19, a drop from the 136 and 176 new cases reported on Saturday and Friday, respectively.

    • 13:59

      Tory MP’s ‘Selfish C**t’ Tweet to Breitbart UK Editor Over COVID-19 Mask Rule Draws Fire

      Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer

      Tory MP’s ‘Selfish C**t’ Tweet to Breitbart UK Editor Over COVID-19 Mask Rule Draws Fire

      Breitbart Editor James Delingpole bemoaned rail passengers following COVID-19 rules - backed by fines of up to £3,200 - requiring they wear face masks on trains.
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    • 12:52

      Austria Combating Second Wave of COVID-19 Outbreak, Chancellor Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Austria is currently in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic's second wave, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, citing a massive rise in new positive tests in recent days.

      "We are now experiencing the beginning of the second wave. The number of new cases is growing day by day. Two weeks ago, there were roughly 350 new infections a day. Yesterday, we had more than 850. The most alarming situation is in Vienna, where roughly 50 percent of new cases in Austria have been reported. Soon, we will reach the mark of 1,000 new cases per day", the chancellor was quoted by Austria’s APA news agency as saying.

      Kurz predicted that the epidemiological situation will worsen throughout the fall and winter months, according to the agency.

      On Friday, the chancellor announced a toughening of the European country’s measures against the coronavirus disease. From 22:00 GMT on Sunday, the wearing of masks that cover both mouth and nose will become mandatory in almost all public places.

    • 12:13

      Optimism and Adaptability Keep Jerusalem's Tourism Afloat as COVID-19 Continues to Spread

      View from Tower of David, Jerusalem

      Optimism and Adaptability Keep Jerusalem's Tourism Afloat as COVID-19 Continues to Spread

      Before the outbreak of the pandemic, Jerusalem attracted nearly 80 percent of Israel's incoming tourists, but the spread of the virus has dealt a severe blow to the industry. This, however, hasn’t broken the city's spirit, as it is determined to keep attracting visitors despite the hardships.
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    • 10:53

      Trump Officials Attempt to Exert Pressure on CDC Over COVID-19 Mortality Updates - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) political appointees have attempted to interfere with the country’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the publication of its COVID-19 mortality updates, The Washington Post reports, citing lead HHS spokesman Michael Caputo.

      In an exclusive on Friday, Politico reported that senior HHS officials had openly complained in emails sent to CDC Director Robert Redfield that the agency's reports would undermine President Donald Trump’s comments that the US had the pandemic under control.

      Speaking to The Washington Post, Caputo confirmed the authenticity of these emails, adding that medical reports on the pandemic, particularly in an election year, are not merely a scientific matter.

      "But in an election year, and in the time of COVID-19, it’s no longer unanimously scientific. There’s political content", Caputo was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

      HHS adviser Paul Alexander, an assistant professor at Canada’s McMaster University, has been at the forefront of the department’s clash with the CDC. However, Caputo said that the CDC had the opportunity to reject Alexander’s recommendations.

      "[Alexander] gets into productive discussions with the scientists who are open to criticism. They're free to reject them", Caputo said, as quoted by the newspaper.

      In July, the Trump administration blocked Redfield from testifying at a hearing before a US House Education and Labour Committee to discuss steps to reopen the country’s schools amid the pandemic. The president had previously criticised the CDC’s school reopening guidelines as being too tough.

    • 10:01

      Iran Surpasses 400,000 Coronavirus Cases

    • 08:13

      Indonesia Reports 3,636 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 08:07

      Philippines Confirms 3,372 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 07:46

      Russia Records 5,449 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 5,449 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, which brings the cumulative total to 1,062,811, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Sunday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 5,449 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,238 (23.5 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said in a statement.

    • 06:48

      Czech Republic Reports 1,541 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 06:04

      Lockdown-Related Distress, Unemployment Forcing Ever More Indians to Commit Suicide

      Lockdown-Related Distress, Unemployment Forcing Ever More Indians to Commit Suicides

      Lockdown-Related Distress, Unemployment Forcing Ever More Indians to Commit Suicide

      India’s suicide rate is reported to be the highest in the region, at 16.5 cases for every 100,000 people. Official records from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), show that it rose by 3.4 percent in 2019.
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    • 04:28

      Over 800 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Germany

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany is approaching 260,000 with 834 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 259,428.

      The country’s total COVID-19 death toll is 9,349. In the past 24 hours, two new deaths from COVID-19 were confirmed in Germany, according to Sunday data from the Robert Koch Institute.

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