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    According to Johns Hopkins University, the coronavirus pandemic has already claimed over 938,000 lives worldwide; at least 31 million people have been diagnosed with the disease. A wave of new outbreaks in Europe and other parts of the world have caused many countries to re-impose strict quarantine measures to curb the spread of the virus.

    The US tops the list of the most-affected countries, with 6.8 mln infected and around 200,000 deceased, followed by India with 5.48 mln cases and over 87,000 dead. Brazil places third with 4.5 mln infected and the death toll reaching around 136,900.

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    • 17:35

      Pakistan Begins Third Phase Trials of Chinese-Developed COVID-19 Vaccine

      Developed by the Chinese biotech firm CanSino Bio in partnership with the Chinese Institute of Military Medicine and the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, the vaccine was granted a patent by the Chinese National intellectual Property Administration on 11 September.

      Pakistani Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar leads Pakistan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, heading the National Coordination Committee (NCC) consisting of both civilian and military officials.

    • 15:51

      Travellers Need Systematic Testing for COVID-19 Before Flights, IATA Says

      "IATA called for the development and deployment of rapid, accurate, affordable, easy-to-operate, scalable and systematic COVID-19 testing for all passengers before departure as an alternative to quarantine measures in order to re-establish global air connectivity", the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a press release.

      IATA will work through the International Civil Aviation Organization and with health authorities to implement the process rapidly, the release continued.

      “The key to restoring the freedom of mobility across borders is systematic COVID-19 testing of all travellers before departure. This will give governments the confidence to open their borders without complicated risk models that see constant changes in the rules imposed on travel,” IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said.

      International travel is 92 percent down on 2019 levels, according to the release.

    • 15:41

      US COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 200,000, Johns Hopkins Tally Shows

      The COVID-19 death toll in the United States has surpassed 200,000, while the number of recorded infections is nearing 7 million, with the country accounting for more than one in every five coronavirus fatalities worldwide, the latest data from Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre showed on Tuesday.

      The exact death toll now stands at 200,005, while the number of confirmed cases reached 6,861,211, according to the university's data.

    • 15:02

      Michel Reschedules EU Summit From Late September to October, European Council Says

    • 14:57

      Developer of Russian COVID Drug Areplivir Plans to Release a New-Generation Version in 2021, Executive Director Says

      "At the moment, having finished the development and registration of Areplivir, we are working on the next generation of medication which will probably be even better against the coronavirus, may be able to fight other mutations of the virus", the company's executive director, Andrey Mladentsev said.

      "We are hoping that the next generation will be released next year. In the middle of the next year". the executive director added.

    • 14:50

      About 30 Hockey Players of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Have Tested Positive for COVID-19, Source Says

    • 14:21

      Russian Chemists Discover Cancer Treatment During Search for Anti-COVID-19 Compounds

      "Scientists of the Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Department of the North-Caucasus Federal University have described the synthesis of substances that will help humanity fight neuroblastoma, one of the most dangerous types of cancer. Initially, chemists tried to find compounds to combat COVID-19, but the anticancer activity of these substances turned out to be much higher", the North-Caucasus Federal University in Russia's Stavropol Region said in a press release.

      The research was led by prominent Russian chemists Nikolay Aksenov and Alexander Aksenov and included scientists from the Texas State University, according to the press release. They used a method that was discovered back in 2010, dubbed Aksenov after its founder.

      The scientists believe that their discovery is "of great importance," as it will likely reduce the cost of treatment for cancer patients.

      "[The scientists] consider patenting the discovery in the future and will continue to study the toxicity of the obtained compounds", the press release read.

    • 13:59

      Greece's Holy Mount Athos Imposes Coronavirus Restrictions - Reports

      ATHENS (Sputnik) - The Holy Kinot of Athos, the high governing council of Greece's landmark monastic community, has introduced coronavirus-related restrictions on the holy mount, the Greek state-run news agency, AMNA, reported on Tuesday.

      According to the news agency, the council decided to limit the number of visitors per monastery to 10, as well as prohibit the movement of visitors to monasteries other than the one for which a permit is given.

      The measures were introduced after eight cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in a single monastery — St. Paul — late on Monday. One of those infected was a monk, who was transported for treatment to the city of Thessaloniki as his condition was considered serious.

      Earlier in the day, a meeting on ways to curb the pandemic was held in Mount Athos’ administrative center of Karyes with the participation of the health ministry's epidemiologist Sotiris Tsiodras and Secretary-General for Civil Protection Vasilis Papageorgiou.

    • 13:51

      Macron Urges for Social Responsibility Regarding France's Elderly Due to COVID-19 Risks

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called upon French citizens to exercise the collective responsibility for the elderly, given they are under higher COVID-19 related risks.

      "[Those who are] fragile, our elderly are more exposed to the virus. We collectively need to be extra careful", Macron tweeted.

    • 13:18

      Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Makers Not Seeking Full Indemnity, RDIF Head Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia's COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers are so confident about its safety that they will not seek full legal protection from potential liability claims, Kirill Dmitriev, the CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), said on Tuesday.

      The approach is different from many other vaccine developers, who seek indemnity if unexpected adverse effects occur.

      "Russia is not asking for full legal indemnity because of the confidence in its human adenoviral vector platform, proven to be safe over decades. At the same time, Western vaccine makers insist on full indemnity — putting all legal risks of their unproven vaccines on the countries that buy the vaccines. Western vaccine makers have to do this because they understand well that monkey adenovirus and mRNA vaccines have never been studied for long-term negative effects and vaccine makers do not want to bear the risks of their own vaccines", Dmitriev said in a statement, circulated by his press service.

    • 13:05

      Palestine Accuses Israel of Damaging 100,000 Coronavirus Tests During Border Hurdle

      GAZA (Sputnik) - Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said on Tuesday that a batch of 100,000 coronavirus tests procured from Jordan had been damaged due to a delayed cross-border clearance by Israeli authorities.

      "The Israeli authorities destroyed 100,000 coronavirus tests supplied by Jordan", al-Kaila said at a press conference.

      According to the health official, the tests departed from Jordan a few days ago in coordination with the United Nations, but were delayed at the border by Israeli authorities, which has resulted in their damage.

    • 12:44

      WHO Europe Head Kluge Holds Press Conference in Moscow - Video

      WHO Europe Head Kluge Holds Press Conference in Moscow - Video

      Hans Kluge previously thanked Russia during a meeting with Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, stressing that the World Health Organisation appreciates the efforts the country has made to develop a vaccine against COVID-19.
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    • 11:53

      UK Labour Party Leader Starmer Supports New COVID-19 Restrictions Announced by PM Johnson

    • 11:46

      Boris Johnson: New Restrictions in England Are Not a Return to Total Lockdown

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after a cabinet meeting, in London, Britain, September 22, 2020

      Boris Johnson Stops Short of Imposing Lockdown as He Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions For England

      UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has made a statement on the coronavirus situation in the United Kingdom in the House of Commons.
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    • 11:24

      No Allergic Reactions Recorded Among People Inoculated With Sputnik V Vaccine - Gamaleya

      "I am not aware of such a reaction among our volunteers who took part in the Phase 1 and 2 trials, or among the 2,500 Moscow residents who were inoculated in the post-registration trials", Director of the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology Alexander Gintsburg told reporters, when asked whether any allergic reactions have been recorded among those who have been vaccinated.

    • 11:08

      Corona Schism: UK Scientists Split Over How Government Should Deal With Surge in COVID-19 Cases

      People, some wearing masks queue outside a John Lewis store, in London, Thursday, July 16, 2020. Unemployment across the U.K. has held steady during the coronavirus lockdown as a result of a government salary support scheme, but there are clear signals emerging that job losses will skyrocket over coming months

      Corona Schism: UK Scientists Split Over How Government Should Deal With Surge in COVID-19 Cases

      On 21 September more than 4,360 new infections were reported in the United Kingdom, as many as at the beginning of the outbreak. 11 people died from the disease that day, which brought the total death toll in Britain to 41,788.
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    • 11:03

      Scottish First Minister Sturgeon to Announce New Coronavirus Restrictions

    • 10:58

      WHO Reports Highest Weekly Increment of Nearly 2Mln in COVID-19 Cases Worldwide

    • 10:38

      Boris Johnson Addresses House of Commons on New Coronavirus Measures - Video

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts during a virtual press conference at Downing Street in London, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2020, following the announcement that the legal limit on social gatherings is set to be reduced from 30 people to six.

      Boris Johnson Addresses House of Commons on New Coronavirus Measures - Video

      The new measures come amid fears of a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic against the backdrop of a surge of new cases. The uptick has been registered since late August, pushing the total number of infections to nearly 400,000.
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    • 10:13

      Toilet Paper Frenzy 2.0? Brits Post Photos of Empty Supermarket Shelves Amid Fears of 2nd Lockdown

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      Toilet Paper Frenzy 2.0? Brits Post Photos of Empty Supermarket Shelves Amid Fears of 2nd Lockdown

      UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to unveil Tuesday a new, stricter set of anti-coronavirus measures that will reportedly oblige UK citizens to work from home if possible.
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    • 09:49

      Around 2,500 Volunteers Have Received 1st Component of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine - Gamaleya

    • 09:24

      Rats Reportedly Mutilate COVID-19 Victim’s Dead Body at Private Hospital in India

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      Rats Reportedly Mutilate COVID-19 Victim’s Dead Body at Private Hospital in India

      The incident has sparked political outrage in an Indian state, with former Madhya Pradesh State Chief Kamal Nath taking to Twitter to condemn the alleged medical negligence on the part of hospital authorities.
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    • 08:48

      Russia to Complete Registration of Second COVID-19 Vaccine by 15 October

      State Scientific Center of Virology and Biotechnology Vector

      Russia to Complete Registration of Second COVID-19 Vaccine by 15 October

      The Russian consumer health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, stated in early September that all volunteers for Stage 1 of clinical trials for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by the Russian research centre Vektor had developed antibodies.
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    • 08:35

      UK Opposition Leader Starmer Accuses Johnson Gov't of 'Losing Control of Coronavirus Crisis'

      People visit the Petticoat Lane Market, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak

      UK Opposition Leader Starmer Accuses Johnson Gov't of 'Losing Control of Coronavirus Crisis'

      Earlier in the day, Chancellor Michael Gove urged Britons to work from home if possible, adding that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce new restrictions later in the day.
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    • 07:52

      European Medicine Agency in Contact With 38 Developers of Potential Coronavirus Vaccines

      "As of early September the EMA has been in contact with developers of 38 potential COVID-19 vaccines," Fergus Sweeney, Head of Clinical Studies and Manufacturing Task Force at EMA, told a hearing in the European Parliament.

    • 07:31

      Russia Records 6,215 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 6,215 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (6,196 yesterday), which brings the cumulative total to 1,115,810, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Tuesday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 6,215 COVID-19 cases in 83 regions, of which 1,559 (25.1 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response centre said in a statement, specifying that the cumulative toll has reached 1,115,810.

      Of all the newly-detected cases, 980 were confirmed in Moscow, 211 in St. Petersburg and 181 in the Rostov region. No new cases were recorded in the Nenets Autonomous Region or the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

       

    • 06:20

      Millions of US Citizens May Have to Pay for COVID-19 Vaccine Despite Gov't Plans - Reports

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      Millions of US Citizens May Have to Pay for COVID-19 Vaccine Despite Gov't Plans, Reports Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Millions of people in the United States may have to pay for COVID-19 vaccination contrary to the plans of the authorities to make the shots free, as government-funded Medicare health insurance for the elderly does not cover the costs of drugs approved for emergency use, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) newspaper reported.
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    • 06:10

      UK Will Impose New COVID-Related Restrictions, Chancellor Gove Says

      "One of the things we are going to emphasise is that if it is possible for people to work from home, we are going to encourage them to do so," Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove told Sky. "There is going to be a shift in emphasis."

      He noted that the Cabinet is taking steps reluctantly, adding that the government is not going to "cancel Christmas".

    • 05:55

      Johnson to Tell Brits to Return to Home Working, Add New Limitations Amid COVID-19 Surge – Report

      Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson attends a service to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at Westminster Abbey in London, Britain September 20, 2020.

      Johnson to Tell Brits to Return to Home Working, Add New Limitations Amid COVID-19 Surge – Report

      The United Kingdom is witnessing a resurgence in cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, as infection rates began to rise in late August, topping averages recorded since early May – the point at which the first spike began to ease.
      Read more
    • 04:56

      About 144,000 COVID-19 Cases Registered in Mexico Over the Past Month, Total Over 700,000

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexico now has a total of more than 700,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, about 144,000 more than one month ago, according to data from the country's Health Ministry.

      "Since the start of the epidemic, 700,580 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed", Jose Luis Alomia, the director of epidemiology at Mexico's Health Ministry, said on Monday.

      Mexico's coronavirus death toll stands at 73,697. Over the past 24 hours, nearly 3,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Mexico and over 200 new deaths from COVID-19.

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