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    The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections worldwide has now topped 108.5 million, while the overall death toll from the coronavirus is over 2.39 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    The US tops the list of the most affected countries, with 27.5 million infected and 480,000 fatalities. It is followed by India (10.88 million cases, 155,000 deaths) and Brazil (9.7 million cases and a death toll of over 237,000), while Mexico has the third-highest death toll with over 172,000 and almost 2 million infected.

    In the meantime, numerous countries have confirmed cases of the new coronavirus strains that originated in the UK, South Africa, and Brazil.

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    • 16:50

      Czech Government Reportedly Declares 14-Day State of Emergency Over COVID-19

      The Czech cabinet declared a two-week state of emergency at the request of regional authorities due to worsening COVID-19 dynamics in circumvention of parliament's opposition, the Czech Television reported on Sunday.

      This past Thursday, the Czech parliament declined in a 49-48 vote the cabinet's request to extend the COVID-19 state of emergency, which was declared on October 5, 2020.

      The cabinet reportedly triggered its right under the Czech law to declare a state of emergency at the request of regional authorities.

      According to the report, Czech Senate President Milos Vystrcil is determined to appeal the request of regional authorities and the cabinet's decision to satisfy it.

      The Czech government is expected to give a press conference on the matter later on Sunday.

    • 16:25

      Mexico May Receive Sputnik V Vaccine Shots Late This Week

      The first batch of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus may arrive in Mexico late this week, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Sunday.

      "It is one of the vaccines that may start arriving at the end of this week", he told a news conference.

      The Mexican government said it had reached a tentative deal with Russia for the delivery of 24 million doses of the viral vector vaccine. Mexico also contracted supplies of Pfizer, AstraZeneca and CanSino vaccines.

    • 16:02

      UK Registers 10,972 New Cases, 258 New Fatalities

    • 16:01

      Italy Reports 11,068 New Cases, 221 New Deaths

    • 15:24

      Mexico Gets First Batch of 870,000 AstraZeneca Doses

      Mexico has received the first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine doses against coronavirus from India on Sunday, the health authority announced.

      "This Sunday, the Mexican government received the first shipment of 870,000 doses of the vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus made by the AstraZeneca pharma company", a press release read.

      Mexico has contracted 2 million AstraZeneca doses from the Serum Institute of India, a major vaccine producer. A further shipment of almost 1.2 million doses will arrive in March.

      The Central American country also expects to receive 12 million doses of Sputnik V doses from Russia and 10 million Sinovac doses from China between February and May.

      Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told a news conference on Sunday that Pfizer shot deliveries would resume next week, with 494,000 doses coming on Tuesday. The deliveries will be scaled up weekly.

    • 14:42

      'Significant Milestone': UK Prime Minister Johnson Applauds 15Mln Vaccinations Performed in UK

      "No one is resting on their laurels... We've still got a long way to go and there will undoubtedly be bumps in the road, but after all we've achieved I know we can go forward with great confidence", Johnson said.

    • 13:51

      North Macedonia to Start Mass Immunisation With Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Donated by Serbia

      BELGRADE (Sputnik) - North Macedonia is on the way to start its mass vaccination campaign, after receiving on Sunday the first batch of Pfizer vaccines from Serbia.

      "The shortage of vaccines in the world, their insufficient quantity have become the reason that we still do not have vaccines. We are happy that the Serbian people have enough of this vaccine so that president Vucic, the entire Serbian leadership and, above all, the Serbian people can share this vaccine with the Macedonian people," Zaev said at the meeting.

      Serbian President Alexander Vucic handed over the vaccines to North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev during a meeting at the Tabanovtsi border crossing between the countries, as broadcast on Zaev's Facebook. The first batch included 4,680 out of 8,000 doses Belgrade is set to donate to Skopje.

    • 13:38

      President Macron Says Russian, Chinese Vaccines Crucial for Beating Coronavirus

      French President Macron Says Russian, Chinese Vaccines Crucial for Beating Coronavirus

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - French President Emmanuel Macron has insisted that Russian and Chinese vaccines should play a bigger role in a coordinated global effort to beat the coronavirus pandemic, which he called a "world war."
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    • 12:50

      Four Oregon Citizens Test COVID-Positive Two Weeks After Receiving Second Vaccine Dose

      A health worker with Alaska Airlines processes a COVID-19 rapid test at Portland International Airport on November 25, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Millions of Americans traveled by plane ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, despite the CDC recommending families stay home.

      Four Oregon Citizens Test COVID-Positive Two Weeks After Receiving Second Vaccine Dose

      It is unclear which of the two available vaccines - Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna - was used to vaccinate the four Oregonians.
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    • 11:37

      Estonia Registers 667 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 10:30

      Malaysia Reports 2,464 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 08:46

      India Confirms 12,194 New COVID-19 Infections

    • 08:27

      Japan Approves Pfizer Vaccine Against Coronavirus

      TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japan has formally greenlighted the first coronavirus vaccine — the one developed by the US' Pfizer and Germany's BioNTech — for domestic use, the Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.

      Japan received 400,000 doses of Pfizer's vaccine on Friday, and the government's health panel approved it. The two-dose vaccine will be administered to people over 16 years of age.

    • 08:21

      Over 8Mln People Already Inoculated Against COVID-19 in India, Health Ministry Says

    • 07:37

      Russia Registers 14,185 New COVID-19 Cases

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia registered 14,185 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 14,861 the day before, taking the overall tally to 4,071,883, the coronavirus response centre said on Sunday.

      "Over the past day, 14,185 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 85 regions, including 1,587 cases (11.2 percent) that were detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms", the centre said, adding that the cumulative case count has now reached 4,071,883, with the rate of increase at 0.35 percent.

    • 07:18

      Japan's COVID Vaccine Storage Unaffected by Power Outages Prompted by Earthquake

      The Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine is taken out of the Ultra-Cold freezer at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, U.S., February 11, 2021.

      Japan's COVID Vaccine Storage Unaffected by Power Outages Prompted by Earthquake

      TOKYO (Sputnik) - The power outages caused by the recent earthquake in Japan did not affect the safe storage of COVID-19 vaccines at the required temperature, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Sunday.
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    • 06:59

      China Dismisses Washington's Concerns About Credibility of WHO Report on COVID-19

      Health workers in suits walk in the international arrivals area, where arriving travelers are to be taken into quarantine, at the international airport in Wuhan on January 14, 2021, ahead of the expected arrival of a World Health Organization (WHO) team investigating the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP)

      China Slams US Finger-Pointing After White House Doubts Beijing's Transparency on COVID Origin

      On Friday, World Health Organisation Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that all hypotheses related to the origins of the coronavirus "remain open and require further analysis and studies", following a month-long WHO mission in Wuhan, China.
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    • 06:57

      Auckland, New Zealand Goes Into Snap Lockdown as 3 New Coronavirus Cases Confirmed

    • 06:45

      Bill Gates' Daughter Jokes She Wasn't Microchipped When Taking Coronavirus Vaccine

      NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Jennifer Gates and her parents, Bill and Melinda Gates, listen to former U.S. President Barack Obama speak at the Gates Foundation Inaugural Goalkeepers event on September 20, 2017 in New York City.

      Bill Gates' Daughter Jokes She Wasn't Microchipped When Taking Coronavirus Vaccine

      The coronavirus pandemic has spawned many wild conspiracy theories. According to one of them, the disease was deliberately created by a group of people (Gates is said to be one of them) who wanted to benefit financially from it, and control the world's population by implanting microchips when administering inoculations against COVID-19.
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    • 06:02

      Lebanon Expects to Involve Private Companies in Procuring Russia's Sputnik V, Lawmaker Says

      A healthcare worker prepares a dose of Russia's coronavirus vaccine Gam-COVID-Vac, trade-named Sputnik V, at a coronavirus vaccination center at a shopping mall, in Moscow, Russia.

      Lebanon Expects to Involve Private Companies in Procuring Russia's Sputnik V, Lawmaker Says

      BEIRUT (Sputnik) - Lebanon expects to procure Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V through private companies, as the country will not be able to allocate public funds for this purpose, Assem Araji, the head of the Lebanese parliament's health committee, told Sputnik.
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    • 04:39

      Over 50 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered in US

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than 50 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in the United States, according to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

      As of Saturday, CDC says 50,641,884 doses have been administered. According to CDC, 13,082,172 people in the US have received two vaccine doses.

    • 04:36

      At Least 6,114 New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Germany

    • 04:32

      Heathrow Warns of Chaos as UK Set to Force Hotel Quarantine on Travellers

      The UK’s largest airport has warned the government that it is not ready to roll out a new scheme to force travellers to quarantine in hotels due to "significant gaps" in the regulations.

      "We have been working hard with the government to try to ensure the successful implementation of the policy from Monday, but some significant gaps remain and we are yet to receive the necessary reassurances... We will continue to work collaboratively with the government over the weekend but ministers must ensure there is adequate resources and appropriate protocols in place for each step of the full end-to-end process from aircraft to hotel to avoid compromising the safety of passengers and those working at the airport", a Heathrow spokesman noted.

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