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    According to Baltimore, Maryland's Johns Hopkins University, the global coronavirus tally has reached 189 million worldwide, while the death toll from the pandemic has topped 4 million.

    The United States, India, and Brazil remain the worst hit nations by the COVID-19 pandemic. The US has so far registered 34 million infected and around 608,000 fatalities from the coronavirus. India has more than 31 million confirmed cases and 412,531 dead, while Brazil has the second-highest death toll of 540,398 and 19.3 million infected.

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      UK Health Secretary Tests Positive for COVID-19

    • 14:57

      Protesters Rally Against COVID-19 Passes in Paris

      A protest against France's mandatory COVID-19 passes and obligatory vaccination of medical staff began on Saturday in Paris, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

      President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced that the health pass would become mandatory in France from August to visit bars, restaurants, as well as when boarding a train or plane. In addition, starting on July 21, the pass will be required when visiting cultural events, shows, performances, festivals.

      The protest was initiated by Florian Philippot, the founder of the right-wing Patriots party and former National Rally member.

      The event started at the Palais Royal square in Paris' 1st arrondissement, which is filled to capacity. Multiple participants have been seen carrying the country's national flag. Chants demanding "freedom" or Macron's resignation can be heard periodically.

      Meanwhile, another protest, which was called for by the Yellow Vest movement, is supposed to take place today in the southern part of the French capital.

      On Wednesday, when the country celebrated Bastille Day, many citizens took to the streets to show their displeasure with the new health initiative. In Paris, this led to civil unrest and clashes between protesters and the police.

      A woman holds a placard hostile to Pharmaceutical firms as she takes part in a gathering at Republic square in Paris on July 14, 2021 to protest against a governmental decision to impose Covid-19 tests for unvaccinated people who want to eat in restaurants or take long-distance trips, as the country looks to avoid a surge in more contagious Delta cases.

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    • 13:53

      Facebook Blasts Biden's Accusation of 'Killing People' by Allowing COVID-19 Misinformation

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Facebook has pushed back against claims made by US President Joe Biden that the social network is responsible for COVID-19 deaths by allegedly allowing the spread of vaccination misinformation on its platform, describing such statements as unsubstantiated by facts.

      When asked about his opinion on COVID-19 misinformation on social networks like Facebook on Friday, Biden responded by saying they are "killing people."

      "We will not be distracted by accusations which aren’t supported by the facts. The fact is that more than 2 billion people have viewed authoritative information about COVID-19 and vaccines on Facebook, which is more than any other place on the internet," Facebook spokesperson Dani Lever said in a statement to ABC News, adding that over 3.3 million US citizens have used the platform's vaccine finder tool to find information on immunisation.

      Earlier in the week, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy stated that misinformation still prevents US citizens from getting vaccinated, thus prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk.

    • 13:45

      Vietnam to Impose Restrictions on Movement in 16 Provinces Starting 19 July Amid Worst COVID-19 Outbreak so far

    • 11:14

      France to Toughen Entry Rules for Travelers From At-Risk Countries

    • 09:48

      China Approves Sinopharm's Vaccine for Emergency Use for Children Over 3, Developer Says

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - Chinese company Sinopharm's COVID-19 vaccine was approved for emergency use for children over the age of 3 in China, a subsidiary of the pharmaceutical giant said in a statement.

      "The inactivated COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the Beijing Institute of Biological Products [part of Sinopharm] received the approval for emergency use in people aged 3 to 17 from July 16," the China National Biotec Group Company Limited said.

      The statement added that the tests proved that the vaccine was safe and no serious side effects were identified apart from a fever and a mild pain in the injection area.

      China's Sinopharm vaccine was approved by the World Health Organisation for emergency use on 7 May.

      The Beijing Institute of Biological Products said on 30 December 2020 that the vaccine is 79.34% effective.

    • 08:01

      Russia Records 25,116 COVID-19 Cases Over Past 24 Hours, Response Centre Says

    • 05:26

      Thailand Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Daily Cases Surpass 10,000

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