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    The number of infected worldwide has surpassed 85.5 million, while over 1.85 million have died from the coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    The US is still the most affected nation amid the pandemic, with over 20.8 million infected, and a death toll in excess of 353,000 (which is over 1 percent of the American population). It is followed by India (10.3 million cases, 149,000 deaths), and Brazil (7.7 million cases, over 196,000 fatalities).

    In Europe, the UK (2.7 million infected, over 75,500 deaths) is facing a difficult situation due to a new mutated strain of coronavirus, which led Prime Minister Boris Johnson to declare a third national lockdown.

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    • 01:38

      Total Number of Registered COVID-19 Cases in US Surpasses 21 Mln - JHU

    • 00:59

      'UK' Coronavirus Variant Detected in 41 Countries/Territories - World Health Organization

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The 'UK' coronavirus variant had been detected in 41 countries/territories, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement.

      "As of 5 January 2021, the VOC-202012/01 variant initially detected in the United Kingdom has been detected in a small number of cases in 40 other countries/territories/areas in five of the six WHO regions, and the 501Y.V2 variant initially detected in South African in six other countries/territories/areas," the WHO said.

    • 00:30

      Canadian Man Takes Own Life Following Arrest for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions, Police Say

      Toronto Police officers walk by a shutdown order on the window of Adamson Barbecue, an Etobicoke business that has defied provincial shutdown orders, on November 25, 2020 in Toronto, Canada.

      Canadian Man Takes Own Life Following Arrest for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions, Police Say

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - A Canadian man whose arrest for violating COVID-19 restrictions was captured on video and went viral has committed suicide, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) said in a statement.
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    • 00:22

      Canadian Hospital Begins Transfer of Overflow COVID Patients as Beds Fill Up Nation Wide

      TORONTO (Sputnik) – A hospital in the Canadian province of Ontario has announced that it will transfer overflow COVID-19 patients to hospitals over an hour away as the number of available hospital beds dwindles across the province and country.

      As many as 20 patients from the Windsor Regional Hospital in the eponymously named city will be moved to Sarnia and Chatham-Kent, both of which are over an hour away, the hospital said in a statement.

      “We anticipate as many as 20 patients may require transfer this week to our partners at Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) and Bluewater Health in Sarnia,” the Windsor Regional Hospital said on Tuesday.

    • 20:38

      Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Developer Has Yet to Apply for EU's Scientific Advice, EMA Says

      BRUSSELS (Sputnik) - Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine developer has yet to request the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) scientific advice as the first step toward a possible application for marketing authorization, the bloc’s regulator told Sputnik.

      "We would clarify that we are still in an early phase of interaction with the developer. However, the developer has not submitted a request for scientific advice at this point," the watchdog said.

      EMA noted that once it provides guidance to the developer, it will announce it on its website.

      "For a COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised in the EU, a company would be expected to engage in preliminary discussions and submit a marketing authorisation application to EMA. The Committee for Human Medicinal Products (CHMP) will then assess the scientific data to determine whether the benefits of the vaccine outweigh its risks," the agency added.

    • 20:09

      Serbian Interior Minister, Parliamentary Speaker to Get Russian Vaccine Shots

      BELGRADE (Sputnik) - The Serbian interior minister and the parliamentary speaker will be vaccinated with Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against coronavirus, the Serbian government said on Tuesday.

      "Serbian parliament Speaker Ivica Dacic and Minister of the Interior Aleksandar Vulin will receive the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus Sputnik V… on 6 January," a statement read.

      The Balkan nation has confirmed a further 2,653 infections in the past day, raising the total to 349,238. The virus-related fatalities rose by 41 to 3,405.

      The Serbian government has been leading the national vaccination by example. Prime Minister Ana Brnabic was the first to receive a shot of the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine on December 24.

    • 20:03

      WHO Says Pfizer Shots Should Have Interval of 21-28 Days Unless in Exceptional Situations

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The second dose of the BioNTech/Pfizer should be administered 21 to 28 days after the first one, but this interval can be increased in exceptional circumstances, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) top immunization expert said on Tuesday as more and more countries mull delaying booster shots to stretch scarce supplies.

      Alejandro Cravioto, the chair of the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), commented on the issue at a briefing.

      "We deliberated and came out with the following recommendations. SAGE recommends the administration of two doses of this vaccine within 21 to 28 days, while we acknowledge the absence of data on safety and efficacy after one dose [is administered] beyond three, four weeks studied in the clinical trials. SAGE made a provision for countries in exceptional circumstances of vaccine supply constraints and epidemiological settings to delay the administration of the second dose for a few weeks in order to maximize the number of individuals benefiting from the first dose," Cravioto said.

    • 19:54

      January Grammy Awards Postponed Due to COVID-19 Surge in LA - Reports

    • 19:35

      Vietnam Bans Flights From UK, South Africa Amid Concerns Over Mutated Virus – Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Vietnamese prime minister announced on Tuesday a ban on flights from the United Kingdom and South Africa after they reported having mutated coronavirus strains, media said.

      Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the ban would be extended to other countries that had confirmed cases of infection with the new, faster-spreading strains, according to the VN Express newspaper.

      The ministries of foreign affairs, health and transport were told to draw up a list of countries to which the new restrictions will be applied.

      Vietnam confirmed its first case of the UK-linked variant in a 44-year-old woman who arrived from the United Kingdom on December 22. She was quarantined in the southern Mekong Delta province upon arrival.

    • 19:11

      Trudeau Says Frustrated by Slow Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout in Canada

      TORONTO (Sputnik) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that he is frustrated like other Canadians by the slow rollout of the coronavirus vaccine in Canada.

      The latest data shows the Canadian authorities are increasingly falling behind the vaccination regimes of other nations with only 0.32 percent of the population having been immunized against the coronavirus to date.

      "I think all Canadians, including me, are frustrated to see vaccines in freezers and not in people’s arms," Trudeau said during a press briefing.

      Government data shows that 35 percent of vaccines procured to date have been administered, with provinces like Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador utilizing less than 30 percent of available vaccine doses.

      Trudeau noted that Canada is on track to receive its millionth dose of the coronavirus vaccine later this month.

    • 18:13

      Germany Does Not Accept ‘Go-It-Alone’ Approach in Securing Vaccine, Chancellor Merkel Says

    • 18:11

      Germany to Oblige Overseas Visitors to Test Twice, Go Into 5-Day Quarantine, Chancellor Merkel Says

    • 18:11

      Travel Restricted to 15-Kilometre Radius, Merkel Says on Lockdown

    • 17:52

      Germany Extends Lockdown Until 31 January, Chancellor Merkel Confirms

    • 17:45

      Gov’t to Introduce Measures to Ensure People Coming to UK Are Tested, PM Johnson Says

    • 17:40

      Lockdown Will Be Effective Measure if It is Collective Effort, England's Chief Medical Officer Says

    • 17:37

      No Evidence of New COVID-19 Variant Detected in S. Africa Being More Transmissible Than UK’s Variant, WHO Says

    • 13:42

      Swiss Health Authorities Order 7.5 mn Doses of Moderna Vaccine, Expect to Vaccinate Everyone Who Wants to by Summer

    • 13:29

      Germany to Extend COVID-19 Lockdown Until 31 January, Reports Say

    • 13:24

      Vietnam Suspends Air Links With UK, South Africa and Other Countries with Detected Cases of New COVID-19 Variant

    • 13:14

      Sweden Records 32,369 New Coronavirus Cases, 258 Deaths Since 30 December

    • 12:47

      Police Shut Slovak City of Nitra Over 'Critical' COVID-19 Situation, Mayor Says

      PRAGUE (Sputnik) - Police have closed Slovakia’s western city of Nitra for non-residents on Tuesday to rein in surging COVID-19 cases that have put local hospitals on the brink, Mayor Marek Hattas told reporters.

      "The situation in city hospitals is critical due to the growing number of new coronavirus patients. We are forced to send new patients to hospitals in neighboring cities and towns — in Bratislava, Komarno, Topolcany, Martin and Banska Bystrica. A freezer has been built near the crematorium for temporary storage of bodies of those dead. We have also asked the central crisis center to consider introducing a full lockdown in our city," Hattas said.

      He added that the lockdown would also entail temporary closure of all production facilities, including the Jaguar Land Rover plant. At the moment, industrial enterprises continue operations, and the movement of people in the 80,000-strong city remains very large, thus increasing virus transmission, according to the mayor.

      "For now, we have introduced police control at the entrances to the city, non-residents will be allowed only with special permits," the mayor added.

      The Central European country has recorded 2,989 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. In total, Slovakia has registered over 191,100 infections, including nearly 133,000 recoveries and 2,603 deaths. On Monday evening, the country confirmed first coronavirus cases associated with the faster-spreading strain from the United Kingdom.

    • 12:14

      UK’s PM Johnson Cancels Next Month's India Trip After COVID-19 Variant Spreads in UK

    • 12:13

      Japanese Gov’t Set to Declare State of Emergency Shortly Due to Rapid Spread of Virus

    • 12:10

      Family of Mexican Doctor Paralysed After Pfizer Shot Calls for Additional Vaccine Studies

      FILE PHOTO: A nurse prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy's Hospital in London, Britain December 8, 2020. Frank Augstein/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

      Family of Mexican Doctor Paralysed After Pfizer Shot Calls for Additional Vaccine Studies

      MONTEVIDEO (Sputnik) - Carlos Palestino, the brother-in-law of Mexican doctor Karla Cecilia Perez, paralysed hours after receiving Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, have told Sputnik that the vaccine should be exposed to additional testing to find out whether it can cause such severe side effects.
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    • 11:48

      Armenian President Self-Isolates After Testing Positive for COVID-19

    • 11:20

      Denmark Limits Public Gatherings to Maximum of 5 People

    • 11:19

      UK’s PM Johnson to Hold News Briefing at 5 P.M.

    • 10:51

      Hungary Restores Air Links with UK, Gov’t Says

    • 10:22

      First Case of UK's Mutant COVID Strain Detected in Iran

    • 10:10

      Putin and Merkel Discuss Cooperation in Battle Against COVID-19, Assess Joint Production of Coronavirus Vaccine

      Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a press conference following the Russia-France-Germany-Turkey summit on Syria in Istanbul on October 27, 2018.

      Putin, Merkel Discuss Possibility for Joint Production of COVID-19 Vaccines, Kremlin Confirms

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have discussed cooperation in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, putting an emphasis on possible prospects of joint production of vaccines against the virus, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.
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    • 09:53

      UK Gov’t to Offer Additional $6.2 bn to Support Lockdown-Hit Businesses

    • 09:48

      Developer of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Stands Up for Its Reliability

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      Developer of Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine Stands Up for Its Reliability

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine was thoroughly tested and major foreign vaccine producers followed suit, Alexander Gintsburg, the head of the Gamaleya Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, told Sputnik on Tuesday.
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    • 09:47

      Denmark Announces New COVID-19 Restrictions to Prevent Further Spread of Virus

    • 09:24

      Japan Registers 4,670 New Coronavirus Cases in Record Daily Hike

    • 08:58

      Russia Reports Over 24,000 New Coronavirus Cases, 518 Deaths

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia's coronavirus tally has increased by 24,246 cases recorded over the past 24 hours, up from just above 23,000 the day before, the government's coronavirus response centre said in an update on Tuesday.

      "Over the past day, 24,246 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 84 Russian regions, including 2,864 cases (11.8 percent) without clinical symptoms", the centre said.

    • 08:55

      Philippines Registers 937 New COVID-19 Infections

    • 08:09

      London is Preparing for New Lockdown Amid Spiking Coronavirus Tally in UK

      The Houses of Parliament can be seen as people walk across Westminster Bridge, during the New Year's Eve amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain December 31, 2020

      London is Preparing for New Lockdown Amid Spiking Coronavirus Tally in UK

      The British government announced a new lockdown on Monday due to a rampant new strain of coronavirus, agreeing to close schools and tightening already severe measures even in the areas of the country under Tier 4 restrictions.
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    • 07:44

      Oxford AstraZeneca's India Addresses Possible Vaccine Exports

    • 07:44

      Indian Actors Arbaaz And Sohail Khan Sent To Institutional Quarantine For Flouting COVID Restrictions

    • 07:43

      Indian Economy Riding Against The Covid Wave: Indian Finance Ministry

    • 07:13

      UK Cabinet to Announce Its Proposals on International Travel and Border Safety Soon, Minister Gove Says

    • 06:59

      At Least 10 Cases in France Suspected to be New Coronavirus Strain From UK, Health Minister Says

    • 06:20

      Indonesia to Launch Mass Vaccination on 13 January, President Widodo to Receive First Jab

    • 06:20

      UK Announces Third National Lockdown: What Does it Mean for Britons?

      A view of a quiet Regent Street as shops remain closed under Tier 4 restrictions, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain, December 26, 2020

      UK Announces Third National Lockdown: What Does it Mean for Britons?

      At the moment, multiple nations have suspended flights to and from the United Kingdom due to a new mutated COVID variant. Britain has confirmed almost 2.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, while its death toll of 75,400 is the second-highest in western Europe after Italy.
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    • 05:58

      Thailand Confirms 527 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 05:49

      Slovakia Detects UK Strain of Coronavirus

    • 05:37

      India's Largest State Conducts Dry Run For Covid Vaccine Roll Out

    • 05:06

      Moderna Says Its Coronavirus Vaccine Authorised for Use in Israel

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US pharmaceutical company Moderna said its vaccine against COVID-19 had been approved for use in Israel.

      "Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, today announced that Israel's Ministry of Health (MOH) has given authorisation to import the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna in Israel", the company said in a statement.

      "Today's authorisation is a landmark moment in our company’s history and in the global fight against COVID-19. This is the third regulatory authorization for the COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna, and its first outside of North America", Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel said.

      Bancel thanked Israel's Ministry of Health for its efforts.

      "We hope to continue to see authorizations in additional markets in the coming days, weeks and months", he said.

    • 04:56

      Austria Confirms 5 Cases of New Coronavirus Strains from UK and South Africa

    • 04:45

      Moderna Says Plans to Produce at Least 600 Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine in 2021

      "Moderna, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA), a biotechnology company pioneering messenger RNA (mRNA) therapeutics and vaccines, today provided a supply update for the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, increasing its base-case global production estimate from 500 to 600 million doses for 2021", the company said in a statement on its website.

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