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    So far, over 163 million coronavirus infections have been confirmed worldwide, with the global death toll from the pandemic surpassing 3.3 million, according to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

    The US is the most affected country, with around 33 million cases and a death toll in excess of 586,000.

    Next comes India, which has been experiencing a major crisis in the last few weeks, with almost 25 million infected and over 274,000 deaths. Brazil has confirmed over 15.6 million cases and around 436,000 fatalities from the pandemic.

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    • 00:18

      Saudi Arabia Makes COVID-19 Vaccine Mandatory for Any Activity From August 1

      DOHA, May 19 (Sputnik) – Saudi Arabia will make the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for any type of activities, including using public transport and visiting government agencies, starting from August 1, the national Interior Ministry said.

      "To fight the coronavirus, it was decided to make the COVID-19 vaccination mandatory starting from August 1, 2021, for entering any government or private organization, participating in any cultural, scientific or entertainment events as well as using public transport," the ministry wrote on its Twitter page on late Tuesday.

      At the moment, more than 11.8 million out of about 34.2 million Saudi Arabians have been inoculated against COVID-19.

      Saudi Arabia has confirmed more than 435,000 coronavirus cases so far, with about 7,200 fatalities.

    • 23:30

      Argentina Registers Record 35,543 New COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours – Health Ministry

      BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – Argentina has registered 35,543 new COVID-19 cases within the past 24 hours, marking the largest daily increase since the start of the outbreak, the national Ministry of Health said.

      The death toll has risen by 745 to 71,771 people within the same period of time, according to the ministry.

      The total number of those who tested positive for COVID-19 in Argentina has reached 3,371,508. About 3 million have recovered from the disease.

    • 22:34

      Number of COVID-19 Cases in Brazil Rises by 75,445 to Over 15.73Mln – Ministry of Health

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Brazil has increased by 75,445 to 15,732,836 within the past 24 hours, the national Ministry of Health said on late Tuesday.

      According to the ministry, the death toll has risen by 2,513 to 439,050 people within the same period of time.

      More than 14.24 million patients have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

      A day earlier, the country confirmed more than 29,000 new coronavirus cases, with 786 fatalities.

    • 22:05

      Over 1.5Bln COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Have Been Used Worldwide - Johns Hopkins University

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of doses of vaccines against the coronavirus used around the world has surpassed 1.5 billion, Johns Hopkins University says.

      The total number of the used doses stands at 1,506,193,159.

      At the same time, the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 exceeds 163 million, with over 3.39 million fatalities.

    • 19:47

      Texas Governor Abbott Prohibits Mask Mandates by Government Entities

    • 18:55

      US Vaccines Partially, Probably 'Quite Protective’ Against India COVID-19 Strain, Fauci Says

      WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Current vaccines in use in the United States have proven "partially and probably protective" against the B.1.617 coronavirus variant raging in India, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday.

      "If you look at a number of studies, again, that have come out literally within the last few days, on each of them, the neutralization resistance to the 617 antibody suggests that the current vaccines that we are all using - that we’ve been speaking about - would be at least partially and probably quite protective," Fauci, who is member of the White House COVID-19 Response Team, said.

      The B.1.617 coronavirus variant has become the dominant strain across India and has spread to about 40 nations, including the United Kingdom and Singapore. India is the second-worst coronavirus-infected country after the United States, with more than 25 million cases and over 258,000 virus-related deaths.

      The United States has approved three coronavirus vaccines: a two-shot Moderna vaccine for individuals aged 18 and above, a two-shot Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for individuals aged 12 and above and a single-shot Johnson & Johnson-Janssen for individuals ages 18 and above.

      Some 274 million coronavirus vaccines have been administered to Americans to date, with about 124 million, or 37.7 percent of the population, being "fully vaccinated" with two doses each.

    • 18:41

      Kuwait No Longer Requires Incoming Vaccinated Travellers to Quarantine

    • 15:17

      US Rural Counties Face Increased COVID-19 Risk Due to 'Vaccine Hesitancy', Health Dept. Says

    • 13:16

      UK Prime Minister Says Roadmap Out of COVID-19 Lockdown on Track Despite Indian Variant

      "As things stand at the moment I can see nothing conclusive in the data that says we have to deviate from the roadmap, but we've got to be cautious," Johnson told reporters during a visit to a vaccination center in London.

      The prime minister said, however, that authorities are closely observing all the data coming from Bolton, Blackburn, Bedford and other English cities where the so-called Indian strain has become prevalent.

      "We´re just looking at those curves where they're moving, trying to understand whether the Indian variant is more transmissible and if so by how much more it is transmissible and also trying to understand to what extent our vaccine programme has already sufficiently fortified us all against it," he added.

    • 13:00

      After US, China Pledges Support For India's Proposal to Waive Vaccine Patent Rights

      Nidhi Shah, 32, receives her first dose of COVISHIELD, a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, at a vaccination centre in Mumbai, India, May 3, 2021

      After US, China Pledges Support For India's Proposal to Waive Vaccine Patent Rights

      India and South Africa called for a TRIPS waiver of certain intellectual property rights provisions for COVID-19 vaccines in a communication to the World Trace Organisation in October 2020 so that people in developing countries can receive access to life-saving vaccines and therapeutics as soon as possible.
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    • 12:30

      Amid Desperate Cries, Indian Government Drops Plasma Therapy as COVID Treatment

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      Amid Desperate Cries, Indian Government Drops Plasma Therapy as COVID Treatment

      Despite sufficient proof of plasma therapy's ineffectiveness, the demand for it continues to rise. Several scientists and experts have maintained that this therapy may lead to the possibility of more virulent strains developing due to the irrational use of plasma therapy and further fuel the ongoing coronavirus situation.
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    • 11:28

      Britons Should Not Travel to Amber List Countries for Holidays, PM Johnson Says

    • 11:02

      Indonesia Registers 4,185 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 09:56

      Man Builds Isolation Bed in Tree in Remote Indian Village as COVID Crisis Rages – Images

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      Man Builds Isolation Bed in Tree in Remote Indian Village as COVID Crisis Rages – Images

      COVID is wreaking havoc in India's remote settlements, where access to healthcare is limited, forcing people to resort to unorthodox anti-virus methods.
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    • 09:10

      Court Suggests Special Protection for Orphans as Childcare Homes Become COVID-19 Hotspots in India

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      Court Suggests Special Protection for Orphans as Childcare Homes Become COVID-19 Hotspots in India

      The second wave of COVID-19 brought upon by a new variant of the virus in India, as claimed by the Indian Health Ministry, has given rise to paediatric cases, including newborns. As per the Health Ministry, from 1 January to 21 April, at least 644,000 individuals under the age of 20 were affected by the virus.
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    • 08:32

      Russia Registers 8,183 COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours

      "Over the past day, 8,183 coronavirus cases were confirmed across 84 Russian regions, including 1,186 cases (14.5 percent) without clinical symptoms", the federal response centre said, adding that the rate of increase fell to 0.17 percent.

    • 08:13

      Fourth Coronavirus Vaccine Will Soon Enter Circulation in Russia, President Putin Says

      "Russia is interested in cooperating with foreign partners in the fight against the global pandemic. We have managed to quickly develop three effective domestic vaccines against the coronavirus infection. A fourth one will soon enter circulation, and vaccination is gaining speed", Putin said.

    • 08:02

      Scribe & Activist Arrested in India After Posting 'Cow Dung, Urine Doesn't Cure COVID' on Facebook

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      Scribe & Activist Arrested in India After Posting 'Cow Dung, Urine Doesn't Cure COVID' on Facebook

      Since coming to power in 2014, the BJP's obsession with the cow is known to everyone. In 2019, it set up a cow commission to make laws and welfare schemes for them. In 2021, the Modi government announced a national-level exam on cow science, where more than 500,000 people participated.
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    • 06:56

      Denmark Relaxes Pandemic Restrictions

    • 05:30

      Ukraine Confirms Over 4,000 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 04:46

      Pandemic Profits: Embattled NY Gov. Cuomo to Make $5 Million From COVID-19 Book

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      Pandemic Profits: Embattled NY Gov. Cuomo to Make $5 Million From COVID-19 Book

      Reports emerged late last month detailing that a number of aides to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo repeatedly attempted to obscure state health officials' COVID-19 death toll for nursing homes. The aides' actions allegedly took place when Cuomo was pitching his book on leading New York through the COVID-19 pandemic.
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