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    Paris and Berlin introduced severe measures earlier this week, including a nationwide lockdown in France and "partial lockdown" in Germany, as the countries are trying to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The number of coronavirus cases worldwide has surpassed 44.9 million, according to Johns Hopkins University, while the global death toll is over 1.18 million. The United States is the most affected country in the world, with almost 9 million cases and over 228,000 deaths. India is second in the overall number of cases (8 million infected, 120,000 fatalities), and Brazil is third (around 5.5 million infected, over 158,000 deaths). The latter has the second-highest death toll. 

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    • 03:43

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Germany Surpasses 500,000 – Robert Koch Institute

      Germany has confirmed 19,059 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, with the total count reaching 518,753, the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday.

      The death toll has grown by 103 to 10,452 people within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed 18,681 new coronavirus cases and 77 fatalities.

    • 02:01

      More Than 400,000 COVID-19 Deaths Registered in Latin America, Caribbean

    • 01:40

      Mainland China Confirms 33 New COVID-19 Cases vs 25 Cases Yesterday

    • 01:12

      Mexico Registers 6,000 New COVID-19 Cases and 516 Fatalities

    • 00:39

      Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Brazil Surpasses 5.5Mln, Death Toll Reaches 159,477 People, Health Ministry Says

      The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 22,282 to 5,516,658 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Friday.

      The death toll has risen by 508 to 159,477 people within the same period of time.

      A day earlier, Brazil reported 26,106 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 513 new fatalities.

      Brazil comes third in terms of coronavirus cases after the United States and India, which have recorded more than 9.03 million and 8.08 million COVID-19 patients, respectively.

    • 00:39

      US Reaches Record of 94,000 COVID-19 Cases in 24 Hours

    • 22:36

      Brazil Confirms 22,282 New Cases of COVID-18 and 508 New Fatalities, Health Ministry Says

    • 22:17

      UK’s Johnson To Consider Implementation of New National Lockdown Measures Amid COVID-19

    • 20:55

      WHO Emergency Committee Warns COVID-19 Pandemic Remains International Health Emergency

       The World Health Organization's (WHO) Emergency Committee has warned on Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a public health emergency of international scale, adding that governments should enact evidence-informed, risk-based measures to curb the spread of the disease.

      The Emergency Committee held its fifth meeting on the COVID-19 pandemic earlier on Friday, and officials warned that the epidemiological situation was still of great concern.

      "They [the committee] advised that the pandemic still constituted a public health emergency of international concern, and urged a focus on response efforts based on lessons learned and strong science," a press release published by the WHO read.

      The committee emphasized the importance of coherent, risk-based, and evidence-informed measures to prevent the spread of the disease, according to the press release. Governments should also plan for future COVID-19 vaccines, avoid politicizing the pandemic, and maintain vital health care services, the committee said.

    • 20:01

      Number of Registered COVID-19 Cases over 24 Hours Rises to 49,215 in France, vs 47,637 Cases on Thursday

    • 19:45

      US COVID-19 Case Count Rises From 8Mln to 9Mln in 2 Weeks - Johns Hopkins University

       The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States jumped from 8 million to 9 million in just two weeks, data from the Johns Hopkins University revealed on Friday.

      Health officials had by (mid-day) confirmed 9,007,298 cases of COVID-19, up from 8 million on October 16, the data showed. The death toll, meanwhile, had reached 229,293, according to the data.

    • 18:38

      Belgium Begins Sending Patients to Germany due to Overcrowded Hospitals

      Belgium began sending coronavirus patients to Germany due to overcrowded domestic hospitals, Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke said on Friday.

      "Solidarity between different hospitals is beginning to be organized. Only today, 16 patients from Liege hospitals were sent to Flemish hospitals and four to German hospitals. These are small numbers, but each patient is a manifestation of solidarity, we are talking about the lives of people," Vandenbroucke said at a press conference in Brussels.

      Earlier, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that EU countries were establishing cooperation for possible transportation of patients with coronavirus between the countries of the union in case of such a need or if there is a lack of available hospital capacities.

    • 15:59

      Czech Parliament Extends Coronavirus State of Emergency Until November 20

      The Czech Parliament on Friday extended the coronavirus-linked state of emergency until November 20.

      The government introduced the high alert for 30 days starting October 5. The lawmakers refused the cabinet's request to extend it until December 3 and limited the extension to November 20.

    • 14:42

      Cemeteries Will be Closed on All Saints Day on Sunday Over Coronavirus, Polish Gov't Says

    • 13:52

      Any COVID-19 Vaccine Earmarked for Use in EU Must Comply With Bloc's Standards, Spokesman Says

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Any vaccine against COVID-19 earmarked for use in the European Union must comply with the bloc's quality standards and approval procedures, including those that are produced by non-EU countries, European Commission spokesman Eric Mamer said on Friday.

      "There is no question that any vaccine that is, or could be, made available on the territory of the European Union would have to comply both with the quality standards that are expected for these types of products in the EU and follow the approval procedures that are in course in the European Union", Mamer said at a press briefing in response to a journalist's question.

      The question was raised with regard to candidate vaccines produced by Russian and Chinese firms that are currently undergoing clinical trials. Mamer said that the European Union was not in negotiations with companies from the two aforementioned countries, owing to the bloc's general vaccine strategy.

      "We are signing advance purchasing agreements with vaccine producers that are manufacturing vaccines in Europe … We are not in negotiations with either Russian or Chinese companies. That is the European vaccine strategy. All member states have signed up to this process", the spokesman said, adding that, at some point, vaccines produced outside the EU may be distributed throughout the bloc.

    • 13:41

      Russian Company Biohimik Says It Can Produce 1Mln Packages of Areplivir Anti-COVID-19 Drug Monthly

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Russian Biohimik company that develops Areplivir, a drug against coronavirus infection, can produce up to a million packages of it per month, Dmitry Zemskov, the executive director of the company, said on Friday.

      "The drug Areplivir is produced in the amount of 150,000 packages per month. The production capacity can be ramped up to produce up to a million packages of the drugs per month. We are ready to fully cover the existing demand for this drug", Zemskov told reporters.

    • 13:01

      US Reports Nearly 90,000 New COVID-19 Cases in Single Day - Johns Hopkins University

    • 10:45

      Health Ministry: Iran's Coronavirus Cases Surpass 600,000

      Iran’s confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed the 600,000 thresholds on Friday, a Health Ministry spokeswoman told state TV.

    • 10:35

      South Korea's Prime Minister Urges for COVID-19 Caution Ahead of Halloween Weekend

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      South Korea's Prime Minister Urges for COVID-19 Caution Ahead of Halloween Weekend

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has asked the government on Friday to ramp up counter-coronavirus efforts so that the upcoming Halloween celebrations during the weekend do not result in new hotbeds of COVID-19 in the country.
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    • 10:11

      Maduro Accuses Facebook of Censoring Publications on COVID-19 Medicine

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      Maduro Accuses Facebook of Censoring Publications on COVID-19 Medicine

      CARACAS (Sputnik) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has criticised Facebook for censoring several publications concerning the DR10 molecule which, according to Venezuelan scientists, eliminates the effects of COVID-19.
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    • 08:49

      Indonesia Confirms 2,897 New Coronavirus Infections

    • 07:41

      Russia Reports New Single-Day Record of Over 18,000 COVID-19 Cases

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 18,283 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, up from 17,717 yesterday, breaking the record for a second consecutive day and taking the cumulative total to 1,599,976, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Friday.

      "In the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 18,283 COVID-19 cases in 84 regions, of which 4,072 (22.3 percent) were detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said, adding that the case count has reached 1,599,976.

    • 07:35

      National Lockdown Not Inevitable, UK Foreign Minister Raab Says

      British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has stressed that the country may avoid a national lockdown if people abide by local rules to curb the disease.

    • 06:48

      French Senate Withholds Support for Government Roadmap to Curb COVID-19 Virus

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The upper chamber of the French Parliament, the Senate, has rejected the government's strategy to curb the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, presented by French Prime Minister Jean Castex.

      "The Senate heard a statement from @gouvernementFR [French government], relating to the evolution of the health situation and the measures necessary to respond to it. This statement was followed by a debate and a vote. The Senate voted 178 votes against and 130 votes for", the Senate tweeted.

      France has seen a resurgence in coronavirus infection rates since early autumn, but recent daily numbers, including a record high of over 52,000 new infections on 25 October, have forced the authorities to introduce a new nationwide lockdown. The new restrictive measures are expected to go into force on Friday and will last at least until 1 December. Castex unveiled details of the plan during a parliamentary session on Thursday.

    • 06:37

      Paris Braces for Nationwide Lockdown Amid New Coronavirus Outbreak in France - Video

      A view shows the deserted Arc de Triomphe as lockdown is imposed to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Paris, France, March 18, 2020.

      Paris Braces for Nationwide Lockdown Amid New Coronavirus Outbreak in France - Video

      French President Emmanuel Macron previously warned that the second wave of the pandemic would be more deadly than the spring outbreak, as the number of new cases peaked in the country last Sunday, with over 52,000 infected. In total, France has 1.2 million infected, which is the fifth-highest toll in the world.
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    • 06:30

      Czech Republic Confirms 13,051 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 04:57

      Number of Coronavirus Cases Worldwide Surpasses 45 Million - Johns Hopkins University

    • 04:35

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in India Rises by 48,648 to Over 8.08Mln

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