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    The global death toll from the coronavirus has topped 3.7 million, while the overall number of confirmed cases is around 172.5 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

    The list of the most affected nations includes the US, India, and Brazil. In the United States, over 33 million cases have been confirmed so far, and the death toll from the virus has reached 597,000. It is followed by India, which has been suffering from a devastating second wave, with a total of 28.5 million COVID-19 cases and over 340,000 deaths. Meanwhile, Brazil has confirmed more than 16.8 million cases and the second-highest death toll in the world of around 470,000.

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    • 18:51

      S. Korea's Week-Long Streak Peaks at Over 700 COVID-19 Cases Per One Day, Reports Say

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - South Korea registered 744 new coronavirus cases and two related deaths over the past 24 hours, keeping up the upward trend of the past week despite intensifying the vaccination campaign, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).

      The South Korean daily increase in COVID-19 cases has not been over 700 since 26 May, when 706 new cases were logged. In the last seven days, the country had its daily virus record rise from 430 on Monday to 677 on Wednesday and 695 on Friday.

      The total toll of COVID-19 cases in South Korea is 143,596 and the death toll is 1,971, as of Saturday.

      South Korea began its vaccination campaign on 26 February with an aim to immunise at least a quarter of the population — about 13 million people — by the end of June. The country uses the vaccines by AstraZeneca, Pfizer and, most recently, Johnson & Johnson, the first batch of which arrived in Seongnam from the United States this morning.

      A total of 7.45 million South Koreans have received at least one vaccine doses, an increase of 367,761 over the past day, and 2.27 million people have been fully vaccinated, with 29,584 receiving their second dose the previous day, according to the report.

    • 15:01

      Italy 2nd in EU in Terms of Citizens Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

      ROME (Sputnik) - Italy is second only to Germany when it comes to the number of citizens fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease in Europe, with the record 600,000 doses administered by the country on Friday alone, the office of the COVID-19 commissioner Francesco Paolo Figliuolo announced on Saturday.

      According to the health authorities, Italy has fully vaccinated over 12.7 million people, 22.48 percent of the population over 12. The country has administered more than 37 million doses. Meanwhile, Germany says it has fully vaccinated over 17.2 million people, with a total of more than 54.2 million administered doses.

      "One of the key factors of the increase in the number of administered jabs is the increase of the number of vaccination stations, which is currently at 2,666. Also, we should add to them over 800 stations set up by enterprises, companies and other economic actors", the office said in a statement.

      Italy launched its vaccination drive on 27 December and aspires to have 80 percent of the population immune by late September. The European country expects approximately 20 million doses to arrive within June.

    • 12:06

      Montenegro Authorities Ease COVID-19 Restrictions From 5 June

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Montenegro's COVID-19 response centre on Saturday eased a number of restriction measures, allowing travellers from EU nations and Israel to enter the country and permitting large outdoor gatherings and ceremonies, the Secretary of the Ministry of Health Borko Bajic said.

      "The measures are easing from 5-18 June. Restaurants and cafes are allowed to hold weddings, graduation ceremonies and private celebrations in open spaces with the presence of no more than 50 people", the statement, which was posted on the Facebook page of the Montenegrin Cabinet, read.

    • 11:45

      Austrian Chancellor Receives First Dose of Vaccine Against COVID-19

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, sharing the news in a video posted on his Facebook page on Saturday.

      "I have just received my first dose of the vaccine, and my request to all of you is that if you have the opportunity to get vaccinated, use it. The more people are vaccinated, the more people are protected and the faster we can return to normal life", Kurz said in the video.

    • 09:48

      Pakistan Registers 1,923 New COVID-19 Infections

    • 08:25

      Russia Confirms 9,145 New Coronavirus Cases

    • 07:48

      Argentina Registers 30,950 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 07:27

      China Comes to Aid of Afghanistan After WHO, India Express Inability to Supply COVID Vaccine

      China has agreed to donate COVID vaccines to Afghanistan, currently battling a surge in infections blamed on the Delta variant of the virus, Kabul's envoy to Beijing said on Saturday.

      The development comes after the WHO-backed COVAX facility expressed its inability to deliver jabs to the insurgency-ravaged nation, saying that the orders could be delayed until August.

    • 07:08

      India Speaks Out Against Vaccination Passports

    • 06:46

      Delhi to Partly Ease COVID-19 Restrictions

    • 06:18

      Ukraine Confirms 1,897 New COVID-19 Cases

    • 04:40

      US State Dept Emails Reportedly Show 'Interagency Infighting' Over Probe Into COVID Origin

      A security official moves journalists away from the Wuhan Institute of Virology after a World Health Organization team arrived for a field visit in Wuhan in China's Hubei province on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021

      US State Dept Emails Reportedly Show 'Interagency Infighting' Over Probe Into COVID Origin

      Earlier in the week, reports emerged suggesting that US State Department leaders were warned against pursuing an investigation into the origins of COVID-19 to determine whether the coronavirus was a result of natural contact between humans and animals, or a laboratory leak.
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