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    Global COVID-19 Cases Spike to Highest Level Post-Lockdown (329)

    The death toll from COVID-19 across the world has topped 1.1 million, over 39.6 million cases of the infection have been detected, and more than 27 million of those patients have recovered, according to Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University, which tracks and compiles data from national and local authorities, the media and other sources.

    Countries across the world continue to post record-breaking infection rates, as COVID-19 continues to spread.

    The United States still has the highest case count in the world, with 8,105,888, including 219,285 fatalities and 3,220,573 who have recovered.

    India is fast catching up with the United States in terms of overall COVID-19 cases, as it is seeing the largest number of new daily cases.

    In Brazil, the third worst-hit country, the COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 153,000. In total, the country has confirmed over 5.2 million cumulative cases.

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    • 03:12

      Germany Reports 4,325 New COVID-19 Cases and 12 Fatalities

    • 00:44

      Panama Offers Coronavirus Tests to International Travelers

    • 00:18

      Mexico Reports 4,119 New COVID-19 Cases and 108 Fatalities

    • 00:07

      Mexico's Registered COVID-19 Death Toll Rises to 86,167, Health Ministry Reports

    • 00:05

      Mainland China Confirms 13 New COVID-19 Cases, Same as Yesterday

      As of Sunday, mainland China had 85,685 official COVID-19 cases, according to the health authority. The coronavirus death toll is estimated to be at 4,634.

    • 22:26

      Brazil Reports 10,982 New COVID-19 Cases and 230 Fatalities

    • 22:19

      Venezuela Receives Thousands of Doses of Coronavirus Treatment from Russia, Maduro Says

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      Maduro Says Venezuela Received Thousands of Doses of Coronavirus Treatment From Russia

      LA PAZ (Sputnik) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says thousands of doses of a coronavirus treatment have arrived from Russia.
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    • 22:13

      Brazil Confirms 5,235,344 Official COVID-19 Cases

    • 21:57

      Coronavirus Death Toll in Russian Capital Surpasses 6,000 - Response Center

      Over 50 COVID-19 patients have died in Moscow in the past 24 hours, bringing the Russian capital’s total coronavirus death toll to more than 6,000, the city's coronavirus response center said in a statement.

      "Another 51 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow," the response center said late on Sunday.

      On Saturday, Moscow registered 52 new coronavirus deaths, while on Friday 54 new deaths were reported.

      The city’s total COVID-19 death toll now stands at 6,009.

      Russia reported 15,099 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, 4,610 of them registered in Moscow.

      Russia now has a total of 1,399,334 confirmed coronavirus cases and the country’s total COVID-19 death toll stands at 24,187.

    • 19:41

      South African Health Minister Tests Positive for Coronavirus

      South Africa's health minister, Zweli Mkhize, and his wife have been diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection, his office said late on Sunday.

    • 18:05

      France Reports About 30,000 New COVID-19 Cases in a Day

      France reported 29,837 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday after confirming 32,427 cases the previous day, the country's health ministry said.

      It also reported 85 new fatalities after 90 on Saturday.


    • 17:16

      Venezuelan Vice President Says Russian Sputnik V Vaccine's Criticism of Political Nature

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      Venezuelan Vice President Says Russian Sputnik V Vaccine's Criticism of Political Nature

      MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - The criticism of the Russian anti-coronavirus vaccine Sputnik-V is of political nature, as, from the scientific point of view, it is an excellent vaccine, Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez told the VTV broadcaster.
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    • 17:09

      Turkey Confirms 1,815 New COVID-19 Cases Setting New Record High

      Turkey has registered 1,815 new cases of the coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours, the highest daily increase since May 8, the country's Health Ministry said on Sunday.

      "Today, 1,815 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed, the total number of those infected is 347,493. Seventy-two patients have died, the total death toll is 9,296. As many as 1,504 patients have recovered today, the total tally is 304,003," the ministry said.

      According to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, the COVID-19 pandemic in the country has reached its second peak.

    • 16:48

      Head of Mexico's Navy Diagnosed With COVID-19 Infection

    • 15:19

      UK Reports Nearly 17,000 COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours

      The number of COVID-19 cases in the UK has increased by 16,982 in the past 24 hours, the government has reported.

      The number of fatal cases within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test stood at 67, down from 150 the previous day, the health authorities added. 

    • 14:38

      Saudi Arabia Resumes Prayers at Mecca's Grand Mosque After COVID-19 Hiatus

      Saudi Arabia reopened Mecca's Grand Mosque, the holiest site for Muslims, for prayers on Sunday, following a seven-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the state SPA news agency reported.

      The country has also switched to a second phase of the gradual resumption of the Umrah pilgrimage to the holy city for its citizens and residents inside the kingdom, expanding the capacity from 30 percent to 75 percent.

      The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah is making every effort to implement all necessary sanitary measures, according to the agency. Some 4,000 employees are involved in cleaning the territory of the mosque and conduct disinfection 10 times a day.

    • 14:21

      Switzerland Introduces Mandatory Masks Wearing in All Public Places From Oct 19

      Wearing face masks will become obligatory in all public places across Switzerland starting October 19, Swiss President Simonetta Sommaruga said on Sunday, adding that spontaneous public gatherings of over 15 people will be also banned.

      The measures are introduced because the epidemiological situation in the country continues to deteriorate. According to Alain Berset, the head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs, the number of new cases is doubling every week.

      "From now on, wearing a mask is mandatory in all closed public places throughout the country, including at railway stations and airports. We have unified the rules for holding private events and limited the number of participants at spontaneous gatherings in public places [to 15]," Sommaruga said at a briefing following a government meeting.

      People are allowed to hold organized events if all security measures are taken. In this case, the number of participants should not exceed 100.

      The authorities also recommended citizens to refrain from holding family and social gatherings if the number of participants exceeds 15.

      Switzerland has confirmed so far a total of 74,422 cases of the coronavirus infection, including 1,823 fatalities. Since the outbreak, more than 1.5 million people have tested for COVID-19.

    • 12:26

      Ireland to Impose Nationwide COVID-19 Curbs on Monday

    • 12:24

      Swiss Government Bans Spontaneous Gatherings of More Than 15 People Banned, Recommends Working From Home

      "The sharp increase in the number of cases in recent days is worrying," the government said in a statement. "It is evident in all age groups and in all cantons. The number of hospitalizations is also increasing."

    • 12:15

      Swiss Government Says Mask Wearing Duty Applies to All Public Open Spaces, Effective From Monday 19 October

    • 11:53

      Palestinian Official Saeb Erekat Taken From His Home in Ambulance After Contracting Coronavirus

    • 11:13

      Polish Prime Minister Morawiecki's COVID-19 Self-Quarantine Over

      Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has ended the self-quarantine, which he started after coming into contact with a person who had the new coronavirus, Piotr Muller, the Polish government's spokesman, said on Sunday.

      Morawiecki self-quarantined earlier this week and started to work remotely. The official's test for the coronavirus came back negative.

      "Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has ended the self-quarantine. Before that, he had been holding meetings of the government crisis management center, the Council of Ministers and other structures remotely," Muller wrote on Twitter.

      Due to the quarantine, Morawiecki did not take part in a two-day meeting of the European Council in Brussels on Thursday.

    • 10:36

      Armenia Confirms Record 1,694 New Infections in Past Day

      Armenia has registered 1,694 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, a new single-day record high, bringing the total number of the cases to 64,694, the country's National Centre for Disease Control said on Sunday.

      "Armenia has confirmed 64,694 cases of the coronavirus. As many as 48,104 patients have been cured, while 1,081 people have died. In total, 348,149 tests [for the coronavirus] have been conducted," the centre said, adding that the death toll has increased by 14 over the past day.

      The epidemiological situation has been deteriorating over the past month in Armenia, like in many other countries across the world. In a bid to curb the virus, the authorities have extended a nationwide quarantine until 11 January 2021.

    • 09:19

      Philippines Reports 2,379 New COVID-19 Infections

    • 08:37

      Compliance With COVID-19 Isolation Rules is a Problem, UK Senior Cabinet Minister Michael Gove Says

    • 07:34

      Russia Reports Over 15,000 COVID-19 Cases in One Day, Slightly Down From All-Time Record

      Russia has registered 15,099 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 14,922 yesterday but slightly down from the all-time record, taking the cumulative total to 1,399,334, the nation’s coronavirus response center said on Sunday.

      The record single-day increase of 15,150 infections was reported on Friday.

      "In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 15,099 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 3,996 (26.5 percent) were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the response centre said.

      The largest increase was identified in Moscow, where 4,610 new positive tests were registered (down from 4,648 yesterday). A total of 674 new cases were recorded in St. Petersburg (up from 659 yesterday) and 460 cases were confirmed in the Moscow Region (up from 458 yesterday).

      Another 185 coronavirus patients have died in the past 24 hours, down from 279 yesterday, raising the country’s cumulative fatalities to 24,187.

      As many as 5,377 coronavirus patients were confirmed to have recovered over the past day, down from 8,617 yesterday, bringing the total to 1,070,576.

    • 05:43

      Poland Reports 9,622 COVID-19 Cases

    • 05:16

      India Reports 61,871 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 04:43

      Germany Reports 5,587 New Cases

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