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    The death toll from the global coronavirus infection has topped 975,000, while over 31.7 million cases have been detected, of whom almost 21.8 million people have recovered, 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 case count in the world: there 6,933,248 have tested positive for the virus; 201,880 of whom died and 2,670,256 of whom recovered.

    US President Donald Trump has promised that 100 million doses of a vaccine will be distributed throughout the United States by the end of the year. He said a vaccine could be available for distribution before the presidential election on 3 November.

    India ranks second in terms of the number of cases (5,732,518), and Brazil has the second highest number of fatalities (138,977).

    The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. The highest number of cases so far have been registered in the United States, India and Brazil.

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    • 23:25

      France May Impose Second Quarantine Over Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases, Prime Minister Says

      People wearing protective face masks wait in line at a testing site for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Marseille, France, September 17, 2020.

      France May Impose Second Quarantine Over Rising Number of COVID-19 Cases, Prime Minister Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – French Prime Minister Jean Castex warned citizens of the country that the government may impose a new quarantine over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
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    • 17:46

      Moscow Sees Increase in Hospitalisations With Coronavirus, Mayor Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A serious increase in hospitalisations with coronavirus is observed in Moscow, which suggests that the situation is getting more complicated, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told the Rossiya 1 broadcaster.

      "In addition to detection, we see a serious increase in hospitalizations. This is not a joke at all, it means that the situation is getting more complicated. We need to be careful, comply with the requirements of doctors," Sobyanin said.

      However, a source familiar with the situation told Sputnik that the Moscow authorities did not plan to close the city's economy either now or from October.

    • 17:42

      No Way Trump Will Shut US Economy Down Again Over COVID-19, White House Adviser Kudlow Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Donald Trump has no intent to shut the economy down again over the COVID-19, even as a study shows that 90 percent of the population may be vulnerable to the virus, White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday.

      “First of all, let me say President Trump in no way would support another shutdown of the country and the economy. No way. He will completely oppose that,” Kudlow said during an appearance on the Fox Business network.

      The United States has reported nearly seven million infections from the novel strain of the coronavirus so far and more than 200,000 deaths, making it the worst country hit by the pandemic, data monitored by the Johns Hopkins University showed.

      Nearly half of the 50 US states have reported a rise in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, with the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield saying a study by the agency showed more than 90 percent of the population was susceptible - meaning more than 295 million Americans could still get infected with the virus.

    • 17:36

      Number Hospitalised With COVID-19 in France Tops 6,000 for First Time in Over Two Months, Death Toll Up by 52

    • 17:17

      UN Chief Calls on World Bank, IMF to Provide More Support to States Hit by Coronavirus

      UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday during a Security Council meeting that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) should provide enhanced access to facilities and tools to countries impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

      "We need the World Bank Group on the International Monetary Fund to support member countries through enhanced access to facilities and tools," Guterres said. "Network multilateralism must extend beyond peace and security, encompassing the Bretton Woods institutions, development banks, trade alliances and more."

      Guterres pointed out that the pandemic has highlighted multiple vulnerabilities worldwide, including increased humanitarian needs, and reversed decades of progress on sustainable development.

      Meanwhile the international community is not keeping pace with the world as it is, Guterres added.

      The UN chief said countries around the world must unite in promoting multilateral institutions that are ready to react to the range of challenges the pandemic has put forth.

      "We have no choice: either we come together in global institutions that are fit for purpose or we will be crushed by deviousness and chaos," Guterres said.

    • 16:39

      Spain Registers 10,653 New Cases, Bringing Cumulative Total to 704,209

    • 16:34

      Czech Republic Reports Record 19 Daily Fatalities

    • 16:24

      UK Sees Largest Daily Case Spike With 6,634 New Confirmed Infections

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in the UK over the past day was 6,634, the highest daily number since the start of the pandemic, Public Health England said.

      "We can confirm that: 6,634 new positive cases have been recorded on Thursday 24 September, giving a total of 416,363. 40 new deaths have been reported across the UK, giving a total of 41,902," it said on Twitter.

      In the previous day, the diagnosis was confirmed in 6,178 people. 37 people died.

    • 14:16

      COVID-19 Crisis Worsened Global Tensions Rather Than Iron Them Out, Lavrov Believes

      "The events this year have shown that no one can simply cordon themselves off from these threats. The coronavirus infection has impacted everyone and this means that overcoming its consequences is something that we need to do together and to push, therefore, away our momentary differences. Unfortunately, our common misfortune did not iron out interstate differences but, to the contrary, deepened them," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Thursday at the debate of the UN Security Council on international peace and security.

    • 13:31

      Milan Forward Ibrahimovic Tests Positive for COVID-19

    • 13:31

      First Batch of COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V Enters Into Civil Circulation in Moscow

    • 13:20

      Marseille City Authorities Ask French Gov't for 10-Day Delay in Coronavirus Measures

      The authorities of the French city of Marseille have expressed disagreement with the government's decision to impose fresh coronavirus-related restrictions and asked the government to give the city 10 days before introducing them to see if the spread of the virus slows down, First Deputy Mayor of Marseille Benoit Payan said on Thursday.

      The official noted that, according to the health ministry’s data, the peak of the current phase of the pandemic was reached between September 3-9, and the infections had been declining in Marseille ever since. Meanwhile, the city, along with the French overseas department of Guadeloupe, has been put on the "red zone" list, which includes highly infected areas of the country. In this regard, French Health Minister Olivier Veran has ordered bars and restaurants in both areas to close starting Saturday for two weeks. In other large cities, the public facilities will have to shut their doors no later than 10 p.m. (20:00 GMT).

      "Together with the mayor [of Marseille], I ask the government for 10 days before the new measures are introduced. If at the end of next week, the indicators [of infection rate] go up, we will be ready to make this mandatory decision, which will be understood by everyone," Payan told reporters.

      He added that the government has not consulted with the local authorities on its decision. The implementation of such measures would put Marseille in a "semi-quarantine" mode, Payan noted.

      Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has also disagreed with the government’s decision, speaking live on the BFMTV broadcaster.

      France has seen a resurgence of COVID-19 infections, with the most recent daily record high of 13,498 cases confirmed on 19 September. Some restrictive measures, including the requirement to wear masks while outdoors and in shared spaces, have been in effect since August.

    • 13:00

      Iran Reports 3,521 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 12:42

      US Posts 870,000 Weekly Jobless Claims for Week to 19 September

      Some 870,000 Americans filed for jobless benefits last week, up slightly from the previous week, the Labor Department said on Thursday, as the US job market continued to struggle six months into the coronavirus pandemic.

      “In the week ending 19 September, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 870,000,” the Labor Department said in a news release. It revised claims in the previous week to 12 September to 866,000, putting the current week’s rise at 4,000.

    • 12:31

      Revaccination With Russia's EpiVacCorona Will Be Required Every 3 Years

      Those inoculated with EpiVacCorona, which is to become Russia’s second registered vaccine against the coronavirus, will be recommended to receive a booster shot no more frequently than once in three years, the chief of Novosibirsk-based state research center Vector said.

      On Tuesday, the national consumer health watchdog said that another Russian vaccine, developed by the Vector research center and dubbed EpiVacCorona, would be registered by 15 October.

      "After a vaccination cycle, the next revaccination will be required no more frequently than once every three years," Rinat Maksyutov said in a documentary about vaccines, aired by the Rossiya 1 channel.

    • 12:22

      Crew of Upcoming ISS Expedition Will Not Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19

      The flight crew of Expedition 64 to the International Space Station (ISS) will not be vaccinated against COVID-19 ahead of their 14 October liftoff, Commander Sergey Ryzhikov said on Thursday.

      “The International Space Station is now the safest place on the planet or in the near-planetary sphere. We do not need to get vaccinated, because we strictly follow all sanitary precautions and we have a large support team that provides them reliably," Ryzhikov said at a news conference in Moscow.

      His colleague, Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, added that the decision on whether or not to take the vaccine was not the astronauts’ own to make.

      "The health of an astronaut is not only his personal health ... an astronaut is a person who fulfills a government task and his health is a priority. As soon as a vaccine is tested and proven to be reliable, then a decision will be made on the recommendation of vaccination for astronauts,” Kud-Sverchkov said.

      The crew, which also includes US Astronaut Kathleen Rubins, is set to replace the current expedition on the ISS and remain in orbit until April 2021. According to NASA, the Soyuz-2.1a launch vehicle is set to break the speed record from the launch pad to the station at three hours and five minutes.

    • 11:18

      Swedish Prime Minister 'Wouldn't Hesitate' to Take Further Steps to Curb COVID-19 Spread if Needed

      "In Sweden, the situation is comparatively more stable, but we also see signs that the number of infections is increasing in certain areas in our country," Lofven said. "That's worrying. It requires that we tighten our behavior."

    • 11:14

      Other Countries Impose Strict Restrictions Due to Coronavirus, in Russia Situation is Better, But Only Because Measures Were Taken, Putin Says

      "The situation can change once we drop our guard. A return to the restrictive measures, which were introduced this spring, would be a highly unwelcome scenario," Putin told Russian governors.

    • 09:31

      Russia Receives Requests for 1.2 Bln Doses of Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine, RDIF Head Says

      Production of anti-coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V

      Private US Pharmacological Firms and Funds Offer Investment Into Russian Vaccine, RDIF Head Says

      Russia's Sputnik V was registered in August, when it became the world's first registered coronavirus vaccine. The drug was jointly developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Centre and the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
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    • 09:09

      Philippines Reports 2,180 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 08:17

      Russian Biotech Company Biocad Set to Produce COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V

      Sputnik V Vaccine

      Russian Biotech Company Biocad Set to Produce COVID-19 Vaccine Sputnik V

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian biotechnology company Biocad told Sputnik on Thursday that it would produce the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Russia's Gamaleya research centre and was also set to launch production of a dry vaccine.
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    • 07:34

      Russia Records 6,595 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      Russia has registered 6,595 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (6,431 yesterday), which brings the cumulative total to 1,128,836, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Thursday.

      "Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 6,595 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 1,580 (24 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 1,128,836.

      Of all the newly detected cases, 1,050 were confirmed in Moscow, 215 in St. Petersburg and 205 in the Moscow region. No new cases were recorded in the Chukotka Autonomous Region.

      In the past 24 hours, Russia recorded 149 COVID-19 fatalities, bringing the death toll to 19,948, and 6,130 recoveries, taking the total to 929,829.

      According to the national public health watchdog, Rospotrebnadzor, over 43.9 million tests to detect COVID-19 have been conducted in Russia since the beginning of the pandemic, and 222,000 suspected carriers remain under medical monitoring.

    • 07:18

      Finland Health Authorities Warn of COVID-19 Pandemic's Escalation

    • 07:03

      Download NHS Contact Tracing App to Make UK 'a Safer Place', UK Health Minister Hancock Urges

      "Every single person who downloads the app is helping to improve how it can keep us safe. It helps you to keep yourself and your loved ones safe," the health secretary said.

      "Even if only two people downloaded it and they came into close contact and one had tested positive, then it would work for the other," he added.

    • 06:14

      We Estimate It's Under 10,000 People Getting the Virus per Day, UK Health Minister Hancock Says

      "(At the peak), we estimate through surveys that over 100,000 people a day were catching disease, but we only found around 6,000 of them, and they tested positive. Now we estimate that it's under 10,000 people a day getting the disease. That's too high, but it's still much lower than in the peak," Hancock said.

    • 05:42

      Czech Republic Reports 2,309 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 04:55

      India Still Records World's Largest Daily Rise in COVID-19 Cases With 86,508 New Patients

      India has confirmed 86,508 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours thus continuing to register the world's largest daily increase in the number of COCVID-19 patients, with the total number of those infected having reached 5,732,518, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Thursday.

      The death toll from the disease has reached 91,149 people, with 1,129 new fatalities recorded over the past day. More than 4.67 million people have recovered in India since the start of the epidemic.

      India comes second in terms of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, following the United States with more than 6.93 million COVID-19 patients.

    • 04:43

      Israeli Cabinet Tightens COVID-19 Lockdown as Infections Rise

      "Within the past several days, we have listened to experts who said that we would face great problems if no serious steps were taken. To save the lives of Israeli citizens, it is necessary to impose a strict two-week quarantine starting from Friday to the Sukkot holiday (late 9 October). After that, we will have two more weeks of the quarantine, hopefully, with softer restrictions. But I stress that will depend on the incidence rate," Netanyahu said on late Wednesday.

      The statement was made after the meeting of the special governmental commission on fighting the coronavirus.

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