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    Global COVID-19 Cases Spike to Highest Level Post-Lockdown (241)

    The global death toll from the coronavirus now stands at more than 1.016 million, over 34.2 million cases have been detected, and almost 23.7 million people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media, and other sources.

    As multiple countries around the world have reported an uptick in coronavirus cases, many nations have decided to re-introduce harsh pandemic-related restrictions in a bid to curb the further spread of the virus.

    The United States still has the highest case count in the world, with 7.31 million infections, including 208,695 fatalities.

    It is followed by India, which is second in terms of the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, with more than 6.39 million COVID-19 patients.

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    • 04:06

      Trump Campaign Manager Bill Stepien Tests Positive for COVID-19 - Reports

      Donald Trump's campaign manager Bill Stepien has tested positive, Politico reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The report added that he experiences "mild flu-like symptoms" and plans to quarantine.

    • 03:52

      Death Toll From COVID-19 in India Surpasses 100,000 People - Ministry of Health

      NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of the coronavirus in India, has increased by 1,069 to 100,842 within the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

      The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen by 79,476 to 6,473,545 within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, India registered 81,484 new COVID-19 cases, with 1,095 fatalities.

    • 03:49

      Trump Tweets 'Thanks' and 'Love' to All After Departing to Military Hospital for Treatment

      President Donald Trump gives thumbs up as he leaves the White House to go to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center after he tested positive for COVID-19, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, in Washington.

      Trump Says 'Doing Well', Tweets 'Thanks' to Everybody

      The president tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease and had to go into quarantine, but has remained positive and promised to be back to normal soon.
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    • 03:26

      Germany Registers 2,563 New Cases, 19 New Deaths in Past 24 Hours - Robert Koch Institute

    • 03:09

      Former WH Counsellor Kellyannr Conway Confirmed With Coronavirus

      White House counselor Kellyanne Conway attends a roundtable discussion on America's seniors hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 15, 2020.

      Ex-White House Counsellor Kellyanne Conway Tests Positive for Covid-19

      Conway said that her symptoms are "mild", following news about President Trump and First Lady Melania, who have contracted about the disease and had to self-isolate.
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    • 01:32

      Mainland China Registers 10 New Cases - Health Authorities

    • 01:01

      South Korea's COVID-19 Infections Rise Above 24,000 - Health Officials

    • 01:01

      Mexico's Coronavirus Death Toll Rises to 78,492 - Health Ministry

    • 23:29

      Canada to Loosen Travel Restrictions for Family Members, Int'l Students

      TORONTO(Sputnik) - Canada is loosening the travel restrictions for some extended family members of Canadian citizens, international students and other groups of foreign nationals, Canadian cabinet ministers told reporters.

      As of 8 October, some extended family members of Canadian nations and permanent residents, including adult children, grandchildren, siblings and grandparents as well as those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least one year and their dependent children will be allowed to enter the country, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada said in a statement.

      As part of the expanded travel allowance, international students can resume or begin their studies in Canada should their learning institution have an accredited "COVID‑19 readiness plan", the statement said.

      Canadian officials are also opening the doors to foreign nationals for compassionate reasons involving situations including funerals and life-threatening illnesses and injuries, with potential limited release from quarantine, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said.

    • 22:33

      DPRK Leader Wishes Trump Speedy Recovery

      This picture taken on July 26, 2020 and released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 27 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaking at a ceremony to confer Paektusan commemorative pistols on leading commanding officers of DPRK armed forces on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Korean War ceasefire in Pyongyang

      North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Sends Message of Sympathy to President Trump

      The US president has departed for Walter Reed Military Medical Center for a few days following a positive test for the novel coronavirus. First Lady Melania Trump has also contracted the disease.
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    • 22:28

      Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro Wishes Speedy Recovery to US President Donald Trump

      - Desejo rápida recuperação ao presidente dos EUA, Donald Trump, e à Primeira-Dama, Melania. - Com fé em Deus, logo...

      Posted by Jair Messias Bolsonaro on Friday, October 2, 2020
    • 21:54

      Brazil's Coronavirus Deaths Rise to 145,388 - Health Ministry

    • 21:39

      Palestine Prolongs Coronavirus-linked State of Emergency for One Month – Reports

      GAZA (Sputnik) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has extended the coronavirus-linked state of emergency for a month, Palestinian media reported.

      The decree of Abbas will be effective starting from Saturday, the WAFA news agency reported on late Friday.

      Palestine has confirmed more than 40,000 coronavirus cases so far, with over 300 deaths.

    • 21:32

      Trump Will Work From Military Hospital for 'Next Few Days'

      White House: Trump to Stay at Military Hospital for ‘Next Few Days’ After COVID-19 Diagnosis

      After testing positive on Friday for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, US President Donald Trump has made a "precautionary" trip to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
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    • 20:26

      President Trump Has Been Given Antibody Cocktail, White House Physician Says

      U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, before his departure on campaign travel to Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S., September 19, 2020.

      Trump Given 'Antibody Cocktail,’ 'Experts' to Determine 'Next Best Steps' After COVID-19 Diagnosis

      US President Donald Trump has received a dosage of US biotech company Regeneron's "antibody cocktail" following his positive COVID-19 diagnosis, Sean P. Conley, the president's physician, said on Friday.
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    • 20:14

      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tests Negative for COVID-19

      U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi participates in a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. October 1, 2020.

      Nancy Pelosi Tests Negative for Coronavirus, Her Spokesman Says

      Federal officials have begun conducting tests for COVID-19 after President Trump and First Lady Melania confirmed they had contracted the disease.
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    • 20:03

      Another 32 Patients Diagnosed With Coronavirus Die in Moscow - Response Centre

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Moscow has registered 32 deaths of patients infected with COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital's death toll to 5,314, the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Friday.

      This figure is the highest single-day death toll since 13 July, when 37 people died from COVID-19.

      In the previous day, 28 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

    • 19:37

      UK Registers 6,968 Cases of Coronavirus in Past 24 Hours

    • 17:53

      Trump Campaign Will Move or Temporarily Postpone Presidential Race Events Over POTUS’ Coronavirus Diagnosis

    • 17:47

      Fewer Than 40% of Canadians Would Immediately Take Coronavirus Vaccine - Poll

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - Less than two out of five Canadians say they would immediately get immunized against the novel coronavirus when a vaccine becomes available, an Angus Reid Institute poll revealed on Friday.

      “New data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds fewer than half of Canadians (39 percent) say they’d seek to be vaccinated as soon as one was widely available. Just as many say they’d be willing to take a vaccine, but would want to wait first (38 percent), while the rest are split between taking a solid anti-vaccination stance (16 percent) and indecision (7 percent),” the Angus Reid Institute said.

      The number of Canadians willing to take a vaccine has dropped by 7 percent since July, the Angus Read Institute noted. The hesitancy grew across the political spectrum with most of those opting to wait or entirely foregoing vaccination citing potential negative side effects as a concern, it said.

      The number of novel coronavirus cases in Canada has surpassed 161,000 with 9,300 virus-related deaths reported, government data revealed on Friday.

      Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada is in the so-called “second wave” of the novel coronavirus pandemic, although the claim has been disputed by some in the medical community, including Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw.

    • 17:42

      WHO Says Will Investigate Reports of Kidney Injury in COVID-19 Patients Taking Remdesivir

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - World Health Organization officials said on Friday that WHO will look into reports of acute kidney injury in some COVID-19 patients who were taking remdesivir, a drug developed to treat severe coronavirus infection symptoms by US company Gilead Sciences and already approved for use in the European Union.

      Earlier in the day, The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was looking into reports of acute kidney injury in some patients taking remdesivir. It clarified that in was not yet established whether there is a link between kidney injury and the drug.

      "I have not heard specifically about this particular report from the EMA, but we can certainly investigate," Soumya Swaminathan, the WHO chief scientist, said during a virtual briefing.

      Emer Cooke, the director of pre-qualification and regulation of at WHO, said the organization will be in touch with EMA in the course of the trials of the drug, which is currently authorized for emergency treatment in Europe.

      "We are in very close contact with the European Medicines Agency and we follow any investigation that they are doing. As far as I understand, this investigation is at an early stage of development, but we will be in touch and make sure that we follow up and liaise in terms of the trials that are ongoing," Cooke said.

      Remdesivir is supposed to shorten the recovery time of COVID-19 patients.

    • 17:28

      Number of Coronavirus Cases in France Rises by Over 12,000 on Friday

    • 17:19

      Trump’s COVID Symptoms Include Cough and Fever, US Media Claims

      Vanity Fair Journalist Gabriel Sherman on Friday reported citing two Republicans in "close contact with the White House" that President Trump’s coronavirus symptoms include cough and fever, and the First Lady shows no symptoms.

      “They are worried about the President because of his age,” one of the sources said.

    • 17:07

      Mike Pompeo Tests Negative for Coronavirus

    • 17:01

      Venezuela Intends to Start Production of Russian-Developed Vaccine Sputnik V

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      Venezuela Receives Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine, Vice-President Says

      Russia and Venezuela have been engaged in talks about the launch of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine production in the Latin American county. The immunogen was registered in August, thus becoming the first vaccine in the world against the coronavirus.
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    • 16:49

      Canada to Begin Review of AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Immunization Skepticism

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - The Canadian government will begin reviewing a COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca to ensure it meets rigorous safety standards, the Public Health Agency said on Friday.

      The announcement comes as polls show many Canadians are reluctant to get vaccinated due to concerns over potential side effects. Moreover, within the past few weeks, several countries halted trials of the the company's AZD1222 vaccine due to an unexplained illness.

      "Yesterday, Health Canada received its first submission for authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca in partnership with the University of Oxford," the agency said in a statement. "Health Canada will be doing a rolling review of AstraZeneca's vaccine data to make sure it meets the Department's rigorous safety and efficacy requirements."

      The AstraZeneca vaccine against the deadly disease becomes the first candidate to be tested in the country. Canada struck a deal last week to buy 20 million doses of the vaccine from the UK-Swedish pharmaceutical giant.

      The move comes as the country struggles to contain, what Trudeau says, is the second wave of the deadly pandemic. In the month of September, Canadian authorities have recorded more than 30,000 new infections, including more than 12,000 in the last week alone.

      Should the vaccine candidate be approved, authorities face a tall order convincing Canadians to get vaccinated. According to an Angus Reid Institute poll unveiled on Friday, less than two out of five Canadians say they would immediately get immunized against COVID-19 when a vaccine becomes available.

      "New data from the non-profit Angus Reid Institute finds fewer than half of Canadians (39%) say they’d seek to be vaccinated as soon as one was widely available. Just as many say they’d be willing to take a vaccine, but would want to wait first (38%), while the rest are split between taking a solid anti-vaccination stance (16%) and indecision (7%)," the poll found.

      The institute noted that the number of those willing to take the COVID-19 jab forthwith dropped by seven percent since July. The hesitancy grew across the political spectrum with most of those opting to wait or foregoing the immunization entirely citing potential side effects as a concern.

      The US put a pause on AstraZeneca vaccine trials a few weeks ago due to side effects. US federal regulators, however, are currently in talks to resume trials, CNBC reported on Friday.

      The number of COVID-19 cases in Canada has surpassed 161,000 with 9,300 deaths reported, government data revealed on Friday.

      More than 700 new cases in Ontario 161,267, according to data released by the provincial health agency. There are 14,866 active cases throughout the country, Canada’s public health agency says.

    • 16:28

      Joe Biden Tests Negative for COVID in Wake of Presidential Debate With Donald Trump

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has tested negative for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), his physician Dr. Kevin O'Connor said in a statement on Friday.

      "Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden underwent PCR testing for COVID-19 today and COVID-19 was not detected," the statement said.

      Biden was tested for COVID-19 after President Donald Trump announced late Thursday that he and his wife Melania Trump had contracted the disease. Biden and Trump met on Tuesday for the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio.

    • 16:14

      Fox News' Chris Wallace Says President Donald Trump Will Probably be Off Campaign Trail for at Least 10 Days amid Coronavirus Diagnosis

    • 15:49

      GOP Senator Mike Lee Reveals He Tested Positive for COVID-19 on Thursday

    • 15:24

      COVID-19: Five Severely Ill Israeli Patients Recover After Treated With Newly-Designed Immune Drug

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Five seriously or critically ill patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have been discharged after receiving an innovative treatment at Israel's Jerusalem-based Hadassah Medical Center, which was jointly developed by the health body with the country's clinical-stage Enlivex Therapeutics biotechnology company, both organizations have stated.

      The clinical testing was carried out with a newly-designed medication, dubbed Allocetra, which was created based on research conducted by Prof. Dror Mevorach, who is Enlivex’s Chief Scientific and Medical Officer, and leads one of Hadassah’s COVID-19 outbreak units.

      "Based on the positive results of the first five COVID-19 patients in severe or critical condition, taken together with the positive safety and efficacy results of Allocetra in 10 sepsis patients in a previous study, the Company has determined to shift recruitment of additional patients from the investigator-initiated clinical trial into a larger Phase II clinical trial of COVID-19 patients in severe or critical condition as soon as reasonably practicable, subject to regulatory approval," Enlivex said in a statement.

      The treatment was conducted during the medication's first clinical stage, which began in early August and is expected to run until February 2021.

      According to the statement, Enlivex believes that the drug, if it is subsequently approved, can potentially make up the difference in treating severe and critical coronavirus patients, as a significant surge in COVID-19 cases has still been ongoing in Israel.

      To date, Israeli health officials have confirmed over 256,000 cases, including 1,629 fatalities, with over 8,600 and 6,000 new cases registered on September 30 and October 1, respectively. Around 900 patients are in critical condition.

      Hadassah said that the trial participants, who received human cells taken from healthy live donors, were discharged five and six days after taking Allocetra.

      According to both organizations, the medicine was originally developed to cure a wide range of patients, including those who have overactive immune systems, and has also successfully passed a test on another 10 people who are sick with sepsis or blood poisoning, as Allocetra is claimed to clear the bloodstream of dying cells.

    • 15:17

      Melania Trump Says 'Feeling Good' After Testing Positive for COVID, Hoping for 'Speedy Recovery'

    • 15:08

      Mark Meadows: Coronavirus Tests for All Core White House Staff Show Negative Results

      "We’ve tested all of core staff, and I can tell you that Mr. [Jared] Kushner, Mr. [Dan] Scavino, myself and number of us have been tested and came back with negative results," Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told reporters on Friday.

    • 14:46

      White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Says Donald and Melania Trump are in ‘Good Spirits’ After Contracting COVID-19

    • 14:30

      Post-Registration Trials of Russian Vaccine Sputnik V Encouraging, Health Minister Says

      Production of anti-coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V

      Post-Registration Trials of Russian Vaccine Sputnik V Encouraging, Health Minister Says

      ST. PETERSBURG (Sputnik) - Post-registration trials of Russian vaccine Sputnik V, which have begun in Belarus as well, are showing encouraging results, Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said.
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    • 14:16

      US Stocks Down Sharply on Trump’s COVID-19 Infection

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      US Stocks Down Sharply on Trump’s COVID-19 Infection

      News of Trump's coronavirus infection has sent ripples across markets on Friday morning. The dollar and the yuan reported a jump, and oil prices were down 2 %.
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    • 13:54

      Trump Experiencing ‘Mild’ COVID Symptoms, Media Report Citing White House Official

    • 13:41

      Barron, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner Test Negative for COVID-19

      US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, have test negative for the novel coronavirus, White House Special Assistant to the President Carolina Hurley said in a statement on Friday.

      Trump has said via Twitter on Thursday night that he and his wife tested positive after one of his aides, Hope Hicks, contracted the disease.

      “Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were tested again today for COVID-19 and both are negative,” Hurley said via Twitter.

    • 13:29

      US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi Says Was Tested For COVID-19 Friday Morning, Expects Results Soon

    • 13:26

      Lithuania Registers Record Increase in COVID-19 Cases, Total Approaches 5,000

      Lithuania on Friday registered a record increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, with 172 new infections taking the country's overall tally to just under 5,000.

      According to the country's COVID-19 response center, an overnight death has taken the number of coronavirus-related fatalities to 93 from a total of 4,956 registered cases.

      Although Lithuania successfully contained the initial outbreak over the summer, the number of active cases has since risen to its highest point since the start of the pandemic, currently, counting 2,466 cases at present.

      The spread of the virus in the Baltic states has heretofore been relatively low, but as many regions in the world brace for a resurgence in transmissions, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia have seen their number of cases head upward.

    • 12:54

      Madrid to Enforce Partial Lockdown From 10 PM Local Time

    • 12:46

      Nepal's COVID-19 Tally Passes 80,000

    • 12:38

      US Gains 661,000 Jobs in Sept as Labour Recovery Slows From COVID-19

       The United States gained only 661,000 jobs in September, less than half the number it added in August, as labour market recovery from the coronavirus pandemic slowed, the government’s monthly jobs data showed on Friday.

      “Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 661,000 in September, and the unemployment rate fell to 7.9 percent,” the Labor Department said in a statement. The economy lost more than 21 million jobs for all of March and April, at the height of lockdowns forced by the COVID-19. It posted a strong rebound of 2.5 million jobs in May and 4.8 million in June. Job gains have slowed since, with 1.8 million in July and nearly 1.5 million in August.

    • 12:27

      US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Tests Negative for COVID-19

    • 12:15

      Donald Trump, Mike Pence to Keep Distance After President Tests Positive for COVID-19

      Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will work from separate residences, according to a senior White House official quoted by Reuters.

    • 11:55

      Vice President Mike Pence Tests Negative For Coronavirus

      US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have tested negative for COVID-19 after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania contracted the disease, an official spokesman said on Friday.

      "As has been routine for months, Vice President Pence is tested for COVID-19 every day. This morning, Vice President Pence and the Second Lady tested negative for COVID-19. Vice President Pence remains in good health and wishes the Trumps well in their recovery," Pence's Press Secretary Devin O'Malley said via Twitter.

    • 11:39

      Joe Biden Will Reportedly be Tested for COVID-19 as Trump Contracts Virus

      According to CNN, citing a source, former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to get tested for coronavirus this morning.

    • 09:35

      Two Tunisian Provinces Set 2-Week Curfew Due to Rise in COVID-19 Cases

      Authorities of the two northwestern Tunisian provinces, Sousse and Monastir, announced late on Thursday the introduction of a two-week curfew due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to the state-run Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency.

      According to Monastir’s governor, Akram Al-Sabri, the curfew in his province has been set for two weeks — from 1-15 October — from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time (from 19:00 to 05:00 GMT).

      During this period, traffic and people movements are banned, except for emergency cases and for those who work in the night shifts, TAP reported, adding that public places, including gyms, would be closed, and fairs canceled.

      The Sousse administration has also established a two-week curfew, starting from 1 October, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

      Meanwhile, lawyer Hafiz al-Bureiki — a Tunisian citizen, who tested positive for COVID-19 on August 11 while adhering to all preventive measures — filed a lawsuit against the authorities, blaming them on decisions that stimulated the spread of the disease across the country.

      The lawyer accused Tunisia’s officials of opening the borders without obliging those arriving to the country to serve a quarantine.

      Public health measures aimed to tackle COVID-19 were initiated by the Tunisian government back in January 2020 and were subsequently lifted in June. In the early summer, the authorities had allowed the citizens' movement between provinces and lifted the curfew. On 27 June, Tunisia opened its air, land and sea borders, allowing foreign travelers to enter the country.

      To date, Tunisia’s health officials have confirmed 18,413 cases of the disease, including 265 fatalities, with 1,008 new cases registered over the past day.

    • 09:35

      Home Office Accused of Recklessness for Moving COVID-Affected Migrants Across UK

      The United Kingdom's Home Office has been accused of flouting COVID-19 restriction rules by transporting dozens of asylum-seekers across the country despite suspicion of infection, The Guardian has learned.

      According to the newspaper, after a cluster of infections was discovered in a migrant accommodation center in the northern city of Birmingham, the department moved over 40 people to a borough in west London. This is despite a 14-day isolation order issued to all residents.

      It was later discovered that at least nine of asylum-seekers tested positive despite the Home Office initially assuring that none were infected.

      Local authorities from both sides expressed their protest over the move in late August and accused the Home Office of being “beyond reckless” and transporting the virus from one part of the country to another.

      “It is beyond reckless that in the current circumstances a provider operating under the terms of a government-commissioned contract failed to take adequate steps to prevent an outbreak and is continuing to fail to take even the most basic steps to protect the health of vulnerable people that they are paid to support,” read the letter from six Midlands region councils, the newspaper reported.

      London’s Hammersmith and Fulham authorities expressed outrage, having only learned of the migrants’ infections after conducting its own COVID-19 tests and accused the Office of risking exacerbating the epidemiological situation in the country, according to the news outlet.

      Birmingham said it was ordered the contractor, Serco, to strengthen its mitigation measures and isolate all asylum-seekers in single-room accommodations.

    • 08:48

      US Secretary of State Pompeo, His Wife Test Negative After Trump Contracts COVID-19

    • 08:47

      Poland Reports Over 2,000 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 08:20

      Indonesia Reports 4,317 New Coronavirus Infections, 116 Deaths

    • 08:06

      Russia Records 9,412 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      Russia has registered 9,412 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 8,945 yesterday, taking the cumulative case total to 1,194,643, the coronavirus response centre said on Friday.

      "In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 9,412 COVID-19 cases in 85 regions, of which 2,550 (27.1 percent) were detected with people showing no clinical symptoms”, the response centre said in a statement, specifying that the total count has now reached 1,194,643.

      The largest increase was identified in Moscow, where 2,704 new positive tests were registered (up from 2,424 yesterday). A total of 302 new cases were recorded in St. Petersburg (up from 285 yesterday) and 244 cases were confirmed in the Moscow Region (up from 230 yesterday).

      The response centre reported 186 coronavirus-related fatalities over the last 24 hours, up from 169 yesterday, raising Russia's total death toll to 21,077.

    • 07:48

      European Council President Wishes Trump Speedy Recovery From COVID-19

      European Council President Charles Michel on Friday wished US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania a speedy recovery from COVID-19.

      "Wishing DonaldTrump and @FLOTUS [First Lady] a speedy recovery. #COVIDー19 is a battle we all continue to fight. Everyday. No matter where we live”, Michel wrote on Twitter.

      Earlier in the day, Trump said he and the first lady of the United States had tested positive for COVID-19. According to Trump's physician, the US president is "well" and is expected to continue carrying out his duties without disruption.

    • 06:13

      Total of 50% of Moscow Government Staffers to Start Working From Home 5 Oct

      One-half of Moscow government staffers will start working from home on 5 October, Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy Vladimir Efimov told Sputnik in an interview.

      "This is exactly what we are doing in the Moscow government. One-half of our staffers will be working from home starting Monday”, Efimov said.

      This measure has already proven efficient, the deputy mayor recalled.

      "We have learned to work remotely without reducing the quality of services we provide and the volume of work we perform. Of course, there are some disadvantages, as personal communication is irreplaceable”, Efimov noted, stressing that the Moscow government is operating remotely just as efficiently as it does in regular mode.

      On Thursday, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin requested that all of the city's employers send at least 30 percent of their staffers to work from home, in order to contain the spike in coronavirus infections in the Russian capital.

    • 05:30

      Czech Republic Reports 3,493 Coronavirus Cases

    • 05:28

      Donald, Melania Trump Test Positive For COVID-19

      U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrive ahead of their meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, February 25, 2020

      Donald, Melania Trump Test Positive For COVID-19

      Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump confirmed that senior aide Hope Hicks had been diagnosed with COVID-19, and that he will quarantine together with his wife, Melania, until getting the results of their own tests.
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    • 04:51

      India Reports 81,484 New Cases

      India has confirmed 81,484 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours thus continuing to register the world's largest daily increase in the number of COVID-19 patients, with the total number of those infected having reached 6,394,068, the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday. 

      The death toll from the disease has reached 99,773 people, with 1,095 new fatalities recorded over the past day. More than 5.35 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 7.27 million COVID-19 patients.

      A day earlier, India registered 86,821 new COVID-19 cases, with 1,181 fatalities.

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