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    The pandemic has claimed over 2.52 million lives worldwide, while the global tally has surpassed 113.7 million cases, according to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University.

    The US currently occupies the first line in the list of the worst-hit countries, with around 28.5 million infected and almost 512,000 coronavirus-linked deaths. India is next with over 11 million cases and around 157,000 deaths, and Brazil rounds out the top three, with more than 10.5 million cases and 254,500 fatalities.

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    • 18:26

      Iran Bans Arrivals From 32 Countries Over COVID-19 Variants, Reports Say

      Iran has suspended the entry for arrivals from 32 countries which it considers export hazard of COVID-19 and new virus variants, Iranian news agency Tasnim reported on Sunday, citing the country's Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO).

      According to the report, the ban applies to travellers coming directly or indirectly from the countries of concern or who spent more than four hours there over the last two weeks.

      The ban-list includes South Africa, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Panama, Guinea, Angola, Bolivia, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazil, Cape Verde, Peru, Burundi, Chile, Zimbabwe, Colombia, Ecuador, Mauritania, Eswatini, Guyana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Paraguay, Rwanda, Uruguay, Suriname, Tanzania, Venezuela, Lesotho, and Zambia, as specified by CAO spokesman Mohammad Hassan Zibakhsh,

      Zibakhsh also said that all passengers aged over 8 must present a negative coronavirus tests certificate upon arrival.

    • 16:41

      France in Talks With Germany on Easing Border Controls Over COVID-19, Senior Diplomat Says

      France is in talks with Germany in a bid to avert border restrictions in its borderline Moselle region, which Berlin designated as a COVID-19 area of concern, French Minister for European Affairs Clement Beaune told the France Inter broadcaster on Sunday.

      Earlier this week the French government included Moselle in the list of areas under "enhanced surveillance" due to high COVID-19 occurrence rates. Berlin, in turn, suspended all travel from Moselle and ordered that starting Tuesday, those entering Germany from this French region present a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 48 hours before the travel.

      "We are in discussions with the German authorities which have just classified Moselle as a [coronavirus] variant circulation zone. This classification implies the introduction of very strict measures, virtually the closure of the borders. This is what we want to avoid", Beaune said.

      According to the French official, the restrictions will affect some 16,000 people, who cross the French-German border for working purposes.

      Beaune said that Paris was trying to "mitigate these measures as much as possible," in particular, regarding the frequency of tests.

      Germany has already reinforced border restrictions with the Czech Republic and Austria after designating some of their areas as exposed to virus mutations earlier this month.

    • 16:16

      Over 20 Mln People in UK Received First Vaccine Shot

    • 15:51

      Italy Reports 17,455 New Cases, 192 New Fatalities

    • 13:23

      Indonesia Reports 5,560 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 12:14

      Germany to Tighten Coronavirus Checks at French Border, Reports Say

    • 11:13

      Czech Republic Does Not Have to Wait for EMA to Approve Sputnik V, PM Babis Says

    • 10:48

      Hungarian PM Orban Gets Vaccinated With Chinese Sinopharm

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    • 10:46

      Death Toll From Pandemic in Iran Surpasses 60,000

    • 10:19

      Introducing Vaccine Passports Might Help Economy, UK Chancellor Sunak Says

      "Obviously it is a complicated but potentially very relevant question for helping us reopen those parts of our country like mass events", Rishi Sunak stated on Sunday.

    • 09:27

      Developer of Sputnik Light Vaccine Files for Approval in Russia, Other Countries

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      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - An application for an emergency use authorization of Sputnik Light, the single-dose version of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, has been filed in Russia and several other countries, the vaccine's Twitter account said on Sunday.
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    • 08:23

      India Reports 16,752 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 08:17

      Australia Receives First Batch of AstraZeneca Vaccine

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by UK-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca arrived in Australia on Sunday, Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

      "Let me begin by saying I am delighted to announce that the first shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines has arrived in Australia. 300,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines touched down this morning", Hunt said during a briefing.

    • 08:02

      COVID in Israel: Year After First Case Detected, Country Finally Starting to Get Back on Track

      Huge coronavirus-shaped and submarine-shaped balloons float in the Yarkon River during a protest over Israeli governments handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's alleged corruption, in Tel Aviv, Israel February 12, 2021.

      COVID in Israel: Year After First Case Detected, Country Finally Starting to Get Back on Track

      Three lockdowns, more than 5,700 deaths, and a shattered economy - this is what has happened in Israel since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020. Now with more than a third of citizens already vaccinated, the future looks bright but authorities still warn that the situation might spiral out of control if measures are not taken.
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    • 07:27

      Russia Confirms 11,359 New Coronavirus Cases

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia registered 11,359 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, down from 11,534 the day before, with the total count now reaching 4,246,079, the coronavirus response centre said on Sunday.

      "Over the past day, 11,359 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 84 regions, including 1,285 cases (11.3 percent) that were detected among people showing no clinical symptoms", the centre said, adding that the cumulative case count has now reached 4,246,079, with the rate of increase at 0.27 percent.

    • 05:44

      'No Time to Waste': Biden Calls for 'Quick Action' by Senate to Pass $1.9 Trln COVID Relief Package

      U.S. President Joe Biden stops to speak to the media as he departs for Wilmington, Delaware, from White House in Washington, U.S., February 27, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

      'No Time to Waste': Biden Calls for 'Quick Action' by Senate to Pass $1.9 Trln COVID Relief Package

      On Saturday morning, the House approved the legislation by a 219-212 vote, which saw no Republican support of the document.
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    • 05:37

      Brazil Confirms 61,602 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 05:23

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      Conspiracy theories are as old as time, manifesting increasingly in public unrest and often as a result of mistrust in government. The rise of social media has provided conspiracy theorists with a worldwide platform to spread stories and amusing or disturbing delusions about global events.
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    • 05:18

      White House Will Reportedly Charge Correspondents for COVID Tests

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      A coronavirus test is required to enter the White House as the pandemic continues to rage across the United States. Currently, daily briefings at the White House can only be attended by 14 journalists at one time, due to social distancing rules.
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