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    The pandemic continues to spread across the world, reaching 42,500,000 cases globally, with the highest number of infected in the United States (8.5 million cases and 224,000 deaths). India (7.8 million infected and almost 118,000 deaths) is second and Brazil (5.3 million infections and a death toll of almost 157,000) is third.

    The second wave of the pandemic has hit numerous countries, forcing them to re-impose covid restrictions, including mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, quarantines, travel bans, curfews, etc. However, mass protests against the tightening measures are occurring, with thousands of people rallying against them across Europe and the world.

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    • 02:57

      Current Coronavirus Restrictions in Israel to Remain in Place Until 1 November

      TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israeli Parliament’s coronavirus cabinet has voted in favor of extending current economic restrictions until 1 November, according to a joint statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the country’s Health Ministry.

      The cabinet meeting was held on Sunday. In line with the approved gradual easing of coronavirus restrictions, some classes will start to reopen in Israel after November 1, as well as some businesses, according to the government statement.

      On 15 October, Israel approved the easing of some coronavirus restrictions starting from 18 October. The measures were introduced last month amid increasing COVID-19 infection rates.

      Protests calling on Netanyahu to step down continue to be held regularly on weekends, despite the pandemic. The protesters accuse Netanyahu of mishandling the coronavirus epidemic in Israel, which has led to an economic crisis in the country.

    • 00:37

      COVID-19 Vaccination to Begin in Venezuela Around April, President Maduro Says

      LA PAZ (Sputnik) - Mass vaccination against the coronavirus in Venezuela will likely start in April, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has announced.

      "We are making progress in treatments, medication. I think that, give or take, in April, we will have a large share of vaccines from Russia, China, brought here and produced here in order to start vaccinating the population," Maduro said in a Sunday address, broadcast on Twitter.

      Earlier this month, Maduro announced that thousands of doses of the Favipiravir coronavirus treatment had arrived in Venezuela from Russia.

      In early October, Russia delivered the first batch of its Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine to Venezuela — the first country in the Western Hemisphere to participate in phase 3 clinical trials of the vaccine.

      Last week, Maduro said that the Chinese coronavirus vaccine and Russia's Sputnik-V would be supplied to Venezuela in December and January 2021 to help the nation start administering vaccines to the most vulnerable categories of citizens, such as doctors, teachers, the elderly, and those who suffer from chronic conditions.

    • 21:03

      Moscow's COVID-19 Deaths Rise by 62 to 6,442 Over Past Day - Response Center

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Another 62 coronavirus patients have died in Moscow in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 6,442, the Russian capital’s COVID-19 response center said on Sunday.

      "Sixty-two patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, have died in Moscow," the center said.

      A day earlier, the city reported 68 fatalities.

    • 19:01

      COVID-19 Is 'Greatest Crisis of Our Age', UN's Guterres Says

    • 18:53

      US Tops 80,000 Daily COVID Tally for Second Day in a Row

      The US reported over 83,000 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, marking the second day in a row that the country topped 80,000 daily infections, according to estimated provided by Johns Hopkins University.

    • 16:21

      Israel to Kick-Start COVID-19 Vaccine Human Trials on 1 November

      Israel is set to begin human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine, which is being developed by a research institute overseen by the Defence Ministry, on 1 November after it is granted regulatory approval, the ministry said on Sunday.

    • 16:18

      Italy Clocks New Record of 21,273 Coronavirus Cases as More Curbs Imposed

    • 15:14

      Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov Tests Positive for COVID-19

      Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov posted Sunday on Facebook he had tested positive for coronavirus after taking two tests. The premier, who had earlier self-isolated, said he would stay at home for treatment as recommended by his physicians.

    • 14:20

      Russia's Coronavirus Cases Hit 1.5 million

      Russia's confirmed coronavirus cases have topped 1.5 million as authorities report 16,710 new infections in the past 24 hours, amid a swift resurgence of the flare-up across the country.

      The task force has been reporting over 15,000 new infections every day since last Sunday, which is much higher than in the spring, when the highest daily average was 11,656 new cases.

    • 13:27

      Serbia to Sign Deal on Procurement of US-German COVID Vaccine in Coming Days - President

    • 13:23

      Spanish PM Sanchez Announces Curfews Between 11 PM and 6 AM, With Regions Granted Flexibility

    • 13:19

      Spain's Gov't to Decree COVID-19 State of Emergency, Tighten Controls - Media

      Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is getting ready to announce a new state of emergency on Sunday in an effort to curb the galloping pandemic, local media, including newspaper El Pais, reported.

      The state of emergency will hand regions, which decide on their own health matters, the necessary powers to impose stricter restrictions on movement, including curfews, should it be necessary. They can also put curbs on businesses and limit other activities such as public gatherings.

    • 11:03

      Germany's Health Agency Attacked - Police

      A group of people attacked Germany's national disease control centre with incendiary devices early Sunday, Berlin police said in a statement.

      A security guard the Robert Koch Institute noticed the attackers and was able to quickly put out the flames. Nobody was injured, but a window was destroyed in the building,.

      Among other things, the institute keeps track of Germany's coronavirus flare-ups and publishes daily new infection data, as well as is entitled to advise the government and the public on how to rein in the outbreak. 

      Criminal police have taken over the investigation on suspicion that the attack may have been politically motivated.

    • 10:55

      Iran Registers COVID Record of 6,191 in 24 Hours

      According to the Iranian health authorities, cited by ISNA news agency,  the Islamic Republic has clocked as many as 6,191 new cases in the past 24 hours, thereby reaching the record daily average since the start of the pandemic earlier this year. The total number of cases across the country has reached 568,896.

    • 10:06

      Italy Tightens Virus Restrictions After New Cases Reach Record High

      Public spots including cinemas, theatres, gyms and swimming pools must all close under the new rules, which come into force on Monday and run until 24 November, while restaurants and bars will stop serving guests at 6pm, the prime minister's office said.

      Italy, the first European country to be hit hard by the pandemic and impose a nationwide lockdown, confirmed nearly 20,000 new cases on Saturday, in 24 hours.

    • 10:00

      Spain PM Gears up for New State of Emergency to Curb Outbreak

      Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez called a Cabinet meeting on Sunday to work on a new state of emergency to stem the raging coronavirus pandemic - a move that could impose new curfews and other restrictions across the country to curb the surging rates.

      Sanchez's government said Saturday night that a majority of Spain's regional leaders have agreed to a new state of emergency and the meeting Sunday was to wok out its full terms.

    • 09:32

      There'll Be Data on if Vaccine Is Safe and Effective by no Earlier Than Late November, US Infectious Disease Expert Says

      According to American physician Anthony Fauci, it will clear whether the developed COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective by the end of November - beginning of December.

      He went on to add that more widespread vaccination would not be likely until after 2020, presumably later in 2021.

    • 09:31

      Germany Reports 11,176 New COVID-19 Cases

      Germany has seen a spike in the COVID-19 tally by 11,176 to 429,181, as per fresh data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases.

      The reported death toll grew by 29 to 10,032, the data indicated.

    • 09:25

      Daily Increase of Those Infected in Hungary Surpasses 3,000 for the First Time

    • 09:01

      Almost 12,500 New Coronavirus Infections Confirmed in Czech Republic

    • 08:51

      Indonesia Reports 3,732 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 07:36

      Russia Records 16,710 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 16,710 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from yesterday's 16,521, taking the cumulative total to 1,513,877 the country's coronavirus response centre said on Sunday.

      "In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 16,710 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 4,456 (26.7 percent) were detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said, adding that the case count has reached 1,513,877.

      The largest increase was identified in Moscow, where 4,455 new positive tests were registered (up from 4,453 yesterday). A total of 709 new cases were recorded in St. Petersburg (down from 713 yesterday) and 491 cases were confirmed in the Moscow Region (up from 480 yesterday).

    • 07:24

      Georgia Confirms Almost 2,000 New Coronavirus Infections Over Past 24 Hours

    • 07:23

      UK Government Mulls Reducing Quarantine Period for Coronavirus Contacts

    • 07:19

      Colombia Exceeds One Million COVID-19 Cases

    • 06:11

      Germany Confirms 11,176 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 05:33

      Over 150 New COVID-19 Cases, 5 Fatalities Recorded in Kazakhstan Over Past Day

    • 05:15

      Pence's Chief of Staff Tests Positive for COVID-19, VP Remains Healthy, Spokesman Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short has tested positive for the coronavirus, Pence’s spokesman Devin O’Malley said shortly after it was reported that the vice president’s political aide Marty Obst had tested positive.

      O’Malley on Saturday said, as quoted by ABC News, that "in consultation with the White House Medical Unit, the vice president will maintain his schedule in accordance with the CDC [Centres for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines for essential personnel”.

      O’Malley said that both Pence and his wife Karen tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, while Marc Short and Marty Obst tested positive, according to ABC News. Since Short is a "close contact”, Pence is now required, under CDC guidelines, to wear a facemask around people and to be closely monitored for any coronavirus symptoms.

      Marty Obst tested positive for the coronavirus last week, multiple sources familiar with the matter told ABC News on Saturday.

      According to ABC, Obst is an outside adviser and not a government employee. He was last seen at a fundraiser event attended by both Pence and US President Donald Trump on 15 October.

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