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Live Updates: Global COVID-19 Death Toll Hits 200,000 - Reuters Data

The number of people who have died of COVID-19 in the United States has increased by 3,332 within the past 24 hours to 51,017, Johns Hopkins University said.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States has increased over the past day by 28,819 to 890,524.

A day earlier, the US registered 2,139 coronavirus fatalities.

The United States leads the world in the number of reported COVID-19 deaths and confirmed cases.

The World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March.

To date, more than 2.8 million people have been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, with over 200,000 fatalities; more than 810,000 people have recovered, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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02:28 GMT 26.04.2020

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexico registered 970 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours with the number of active COVID-19 cases in the country now standing at 4,798 (296 active cases added in the past 24 hours), according to the country’s Health Ministry.

"In the past 24 hours, 970 COVID-19 cases were registered, which constitutes 7.5% of the total number. Such an increase within a 7-10% range has been observed over the past week," Jose Luis Alomia, the director general of epidemiology at Mexico’s Health Ministry, said at a Saturday press conference broadcast on Twitter.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Mexico is 13,842. The country’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 1,305 with 84 new deaths having been registered in the past 24 hours.

02:13 GMT 26.04.2020

SEOUL (Sputnik) - South Korea registered only 10 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours; 82 people recovered in that period, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

The total number of recovered individuals now stands at 8,717; the total death toll is at 242, while the total number of confirmed cases in the country is 10,728, KCDC said on Sunday.

In the past 24 hours, nine imported coronavirus cases were registered in South Korea. The total number of COVID-19 tests performed in the country stands at over 575,000.

On Saturday, KCDC said that there were ten new coronavirus cases in South Korea and the death toll was 240. A day earlier, South Korea registered six cases of COVID-19 and no fatalities.

02:08 GMT 26.04.2020

BEIJING (Sputnik) - China registered 11 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, 48 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the same period, while the death toll remains the same as a week ago, the country’s National Health Commission said on Sunday.

Out of the 11 new cases, five are imported. According to the commission, China now has 82,827 confirmed coronavirus cases. The country’s death toll is 4,632 - the same as a week ago.

Over 77,300 COVID-19 patients have been released from hospitals in China. More than 800 are being treated for COVID-19, over 50 of them are in grave condition.

China registered 30 asymptomatic coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, 7 of them imported. The total number of imported coronavirus cases in China stands at over 1,634.

01:32 GMT 26.04.2020

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Argentina is extending its coronavirus restrictions until 10 May, President Alberto Fernandez has announced.

"The mandatory quarantine is being extended until May 10," the presidential press service said on Saturday.

According to Fernandez, cities with populations of less than 500,000 will be able to allow partial business reopening, but it will be up to local authorities.

Citizens will now be permitted to take walks within a distance of 500 meters (1,640 feet) from their homes, but bike rides are still prohibited.

01:14 GMT 26.04.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Canada has surpassed 45,300 with over 100 new deaths having been registered in the past 24 hours, the country’s Health Department informs.

Canada’s total COVID-19 death toll now stands at 2,465 according to the government’s Saturday data. Ontario and Quebec have been the most affected by the coronavirus, with over 800 and more than 1,440 deaths registered in the two provinces, respectively.

On Saturday, the Canadian province of New Brunswick said it was starting to lift some of the coronavirus restrictions. In doing so, the province has become the country’s first province to begin gradually reopening.

On Friday, Canada’s coronavirus death toll rose to 2,197. The province of Quebec remains the epicenter of the outbreak in Canada, accounting for more than half of all confirmed cases - 23,267. Ontario is second with almost 14,000 cases.

23:43 GMT 25.04.2020

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Almost 2,000 people died from COVID-19 in the United States in the past 24 hours and more than 36,100 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in that period, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The total number of coronavirus fatalities in the US currently stands at over 53,300 with 1,995 people having died from the viral disease in the past 24 hours, Saturday data from Johns Hopkins University showed. In comparison, Friday data for a 24-hour period showed that there were 3,332 new coronavirus deaths in the US, while on Thursday there were 2,139 new deaths reported.

On Friday, Johns Hopkins University data showed that 28,819 new coronavirus cases had been registered in the preceding 24-hour period.

21:48 GMT 25.04.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Ireland has surpassed 18,500 with the country reporting over 40 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Health Department.

"The HPSC [Health Protection Surveillance Centre] has been notified that 42 people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died. There have also been a total of 10 probable deaths due to COVID-19 bringing the total death total to 1,063 (3 have been de-notified from earlier statistics)," the Irish government said in a Saturday update.

According to data from the country’s Health Department, 377 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 18,561.

On Friday, Ireland reported 37 new deaths from COVID-19 and 577 new cases.

20:03 GMT 25.04.2020

TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israel has confirmed 150 more coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the total to 15,298, the Health Ministry said, adding that the death toll had risen by one to 199.

On Saturday morning, the country reported that 90 new COVID-19 cases and four fatalities had been confirmed overnight. It means that the total increase in cases from the previous evening totals 240. That is a decrease from the 255 new cases recorded over the same period a day before.

As of 8 p.m. (17:00 GMT), 127 patients are in serious condition. Of them, 99 are in need of lung ventilation treatment.

Another 276 people have recovered, taking the total to 6,435.

18:44 GMT 25.04.2020
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LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK authorities have urged residents to continue to stay at home until the risks of contracting COVID-19 and the spread of the virus disappear, Home Secretary Priti Patel said at a daily press conference on Saturday.

"We have been clear that ... staying at home and enforcing social distancing is absolutely vital and that is the message for viewers today as well, we say again to the British public we need you to continue to follow those social distancing measures and stay at home to protect lives," Patel said.

She added that the number of victims and those infected with COVID-19 continued to grow on a daily basis.

According to the UK government's daily update, so far, the country has confirmed 148,377 COVID-19 cases with 20,319 deaths.

17:39 GMT 25.04.2020

Israel's Health Minister Yaakov Litzman told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he is going to step down, Haaretz reported. 

This comes two days after he said he was considering resignation.

Mr Litzman has faced criticism for his response to the coronavirus crisis. At the beginning of the outbreak in Israel, he allowed the ultra-Orthodox community not to observe social distancing regulations, with public bath houses and synagogues remaining open.

17:32 GMT 25.04.2020
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PARIS, April 25 (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus cases in France has grown to over 124,000, the national public health agency said on Saturday.

"Starting March 1, we mourn 22,614 deaths linked to COVID-19, 14,050 died in hospitals, 8,564 in social and medical institutions," the statement read.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease so far reached 124,114 with 1,537 of them registered in the past day.

The death tally grew by 369 fatal cases over 24 hours.

17:04 GMT 25.04.2020

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Argentina announced the suspension of talks on current and future trade agreements within the framework of Mercosur club of Latin American economies due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"Argentina has refused to participate in negotiations on trade agreements, current and future, with the exception of those that have already been concluded with the EU and the European Free Trade Association," the statement read.

Argentina explains its decision by the need to focus on the priorities in its domestic economic policy, which was deeply affected by the pandemic.

"Paraguay and other Mercosur countries will analyze legal, state measures in connection with Argentina's decision so as not to disrupt the process of trade negotiations," the Paraguayan Foreign Ministry added.

Mercosur was established in 1991 to encompass Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay into a common market. Venezuela's full membership was suspended in December 2016.

16:49 GMT 25.04.2020
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ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkey has registered 2,861 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 107,773, Minister of Health Dr Fahrettin Koca said Saturday, as daily new cases in the country continue to decline.

The increase in the daily new cases is the lowest since April 3, with daily recoveries exceeding the number of new cases for a second consecutive day. Over the past week, the figures ranged between over 4,600 and 3,000 new cases. On Friday, the country reported 3,122 new cases.

"Today, 2,861 new cases have been detected. It total, 107,773 have been infected. We have lost 106 patients today, with the death toll totalling 2,706," Koca wrote on Twitter.

According to the minister, 3,845 patients have recovered over the past day, taking the total to 25,582.

16:05 GMT 25.04.2020
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Bvlgari jewelry house will deliver a disinfectant gel to hospitals in the UK, which it has started to produce at one of the company's perfume factories in Italy.

“Bvlgari is a world leader in perfume manufacturing, and we decided that it was not a problem to switch to the production of alcohol-based disinfectants. We decided to create a gel in a pocket-sized bottle (75 ml) so that you could always have it with you”, said the head of the company, Jean-Christophe Babin.

15:41 GMT 25.04.2020

The governor also said that he would sign an executive order allowing independent pharmacists to conduct coronavirus tests.

15:33 GMT 25.04.2020
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"Our instruction remains clear, people should stay at home, protect the NHS (National Health Service) and save lives", Patel said. "We know that people are frustrated but we are not out of danger. It is imperative that we continue to follow the rules."

14:16 GMT 25.04.2020

LONDON (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 hospital deaths in the United Kingdom has surpassed 20,000 after 813 new fatalities have been confirmed in the past 24 hours, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Saturday.

This is an increase from the 684 new deaths reported on Friday. The death toll now stands at 20,319.

The case count has risen by 4,913 to 148,377, which is a decrease from the 5,386 new cases registered a day before.

14:01 GMT 25.04.2020

TEHRAN (Sputnik) - The number of COVID-19 cases in Iran is approaching 90,000, Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur said on Saturday.

"In the last 24 hours, 1,134 new coronavirus cases have been detected. Thus, a total of 89,328 cases have been detected (since 19 February)," Jyahanpur said on the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network TV channel.

He added that 76 people have died from COVID-19 bringing the death toll to 5,650. So far, almost 68,200 patients have fully recovered.

14:01 GMT 25.04.2020

"We should plan production based on a pessimistic view that we might face this virus till the end of the (Iranian) year in March", Rouhani said.

11:52 GMT 25.04.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States has surpassed 900,000, and the death toll is approaching 52,000, Johns Hopkins University Center data showed on Saturday.

In total, 905,333 people have been infected since the onset of the pandemic. Of these, 51,949 patients have died.

The US is the world leader in terms of both coronavirus cases and related fatalities.

11:45 GMT 25.04.2020
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BERLIN (Sputnik) - Germany’s coronavirus death toll has reached 5,500 people after an additional 179 deaths were reported by Robert Koch Institut (RKI).

The number of cases meanwhile increased by 2,055 reaching a total of 152,438, according to the data compiled by Germany's leading public health institution as of midnight Saturday (22:00 GMT).

The overall number of recoveries has reached around 109,800 after some 3,000 additional people were discharged with negative test results.

Germany’s southern region of Bavaria remains the worst affected, accounting for more than 40,000 cases.

08:47 GMT 25.04.2020
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Over 168,000 people in Russia are currently being monitored with suspicion of having contracted the COVID-19 infection and more than 2.7 million coronavirus tests have been conducted in the country since the start of the outbreak, consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor said Saturday.

"More than 2.7 million tests for the coronavirus have been conducted in the Russian Federation; 168,000 people remain under medical supervision," a statement from the agency read.

Rospotrebnadzor, which is a government agency at the forefront of Russia’s effort against the coronavirus pandemic, added that nearly 170,000 tests were conducted across the country in the past day.

Russia currently counts nearly 70,000 coronavirus cases with over 600 fatalities and nearly 6,000 recoveries.

07:39 GMT 25.04.2020
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An additional 312 patients in Moscow have been discharged from hospitals after recovering from COVID-19, taking the total number of recoveries to more than 3,000, Anastasia Rakova, the deputy mayor of the Russian capital for social development, said on Saturday.

"The number of people who have recovered has been growing rapidly in recent days. Over the past day, another 312 people have recovered from the coronavirus after undergoing treatment. The total number of people who have recovered from the infection has increased to 3,047," Rakova said.

06:34 GMT 25.04.2020
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A video conference of G20 leaders planned for Friday was called off last minute due to ongoing disagreements between the United States and China over the World Health Organization’s (WHO) handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post newspaper reported, citing a source, on Saturday.

Earlier in April, US President Donald Trump announced the US would suspend funding for the WHO, accusing the organization of botching the outbreak response. Shortly thereafter, China said it would boost its WHO support by $30 million.

According to South China Morning Post, the G20 meeting was not publicly announced and was set to be attended by Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, but fell through because of US insistence on holding WHO accountable for supposedly mishandling the outbreak response with China categorically refusing any such propositions.

"As such, the conference was called off at the last minute," the source involved in preparing the videoconference, who asked their name not to be revealed, told the outlet.

The source added that the conference could soon be held if the two heavyweights found a compromise on the wording of a G20 communique to be shared after talks.

Saudi Arabia, which currently presides over G20, initiated the first extraordinary videoconference on tackling the coronavirus pandemic on March 26. It was attended by all heads of states and government of G20 and various other conferences involving top G20 economists and energy officials to coordinate responses to the pandemic and the economic fallout.

06:32 GMT 25.04.2020

Nearly 60 more coronavirus cases were confirmed among the crew of the Costa Atlantica cruise ship, docked in Japan’s western Nagasaki prefecture, which brings the total number of infections on board the vessel to nearly 150, media reported Saturday.

The Italian-registered cruise liner, with 623 crew members on board without any holidaymakers, docked late last month for maintenance work at the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries shipyard. By Friday, 91 crew members were confirmed positive for COVID-19 as health workers began testing the entire crew after one member was found to be infected in mid-April.

One crew member remains in serious condition in a Nagasaki hospital, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported citing officials, adding that all 623 crew members have been tested for the virus.

Russia’s embassy in Japan said that one of the infected crew members is a Russian national whose condition was stable.

04:38 GMT 25.04.2020

Thailand's health authorities on Saturday confirmed 53 new coronavirus cases registered in the past 24 hours, taking the total number to 2,907, Taweesin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the national coronavirus response center, said on Saturday.

"Today, 53 new cases of infection and another death from the coronavirus were recorded ... The total number of those infected since the outbreak in Thailand is now up to 2,907 people and the total number of deaths from the coronavirus infection is 51 people," the spokesman said.

According to the Thai Enquirer news outlet, citing Visanuyothin, 57 people who were discharged from hospitals in the past day brought the total number of recoveries to 2,547.

The fresh numbers show a jump in rate of infection, as only 15 new cases were detected on Friday, due to increased testing at migrant detention facilities, the spokesman explained.

"The large increase is because we have transitioned to active case findings which means we’re looking for the virus more… We have taken a look at the recent news from Singapore and seen the outbreak in an enclosed space so we are looking out for more cases," Visanuyothin said at a briefing in Bangkok, as quoted by Thai Enquirer.

Singapore initially appeared to have mitigated the coronavirus outbreak in the country, however increased testing in tightly packed dormitories housing migrant workers has seen the number of cases skyrocket over the past weeks.

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