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The global death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 285,900, according to a database compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The total number of cases is currently over 4,174,600, while the number of recoveries is at 1,411,619, according to the university.

The United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy have the highest numbers of deaths among countries. COVID-19 infections in the US has surpassed 1,300,000, with over 80,300 fatalities.

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

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At the same time, the death toll has increased by 116 to 7,533, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases.

Bavaria has registered the highest number of coronavirus cases - 44,593, followed by North Rhine-Westphalia (35,333) and Baden-Wurttemberg (33,359).

Berlin has reported a total of 6,274 cases of COVID-19 infection.

01:29 GMT 12.05.2020

The COVID-19 case in the country have reached a total of 10,936, with at least 258 deaths from the disease, South Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.

01:19 GMT 12.05.2020
00:30 GMT 12.05.2020

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexico's death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has risen by 108 to 3,573 over the past 24 hours, a senior official from Mexico's Health Ministry said.

The ministry's director of epidemiology, Jose Luis Alomia, said at a press conference that the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases had risen by 1,305 to 36,327 over the past day.

22:41 GMT 11.05.2020
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TASHKENT (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Uzbekistan increased on Monday by 68 to 2,486, the country's Health Ministry said.

The death toll stands at 10, it said.

A total of 1,988 people have recovered from COVID-19.

20:41 GMT 11.05.2020
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A total of 1,689 Russian servicemen, as well as 1,224 students of military academies, have tested positive for COVID-19 since the onset of the epidemic, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.

"During blanket testing in the Russian armed forces in the period between March and 11 May this year … 1,689 military personnel have tested positive. Of them, 373 people are being treated in the Defense Ministry's hospitals, 622 people in isolation units in places of their service, 20 people in medical facilities of the civilian health care system, and 674 in self-isolation at home", the ministry said.

Three servicemen are in critical condition. Thirteen others are in moderately grave condition, and the rest are experiencing no symptoms. A total of 411 service members have recovered.

19:30 GMT 11.05.2020

PARIS (Sputnik) - France confirmed 263 fatalities from complications related to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the overall death toll to 26,643, the national public health service (DGS) said on Monday.

On Sunday, France registered 70 coronavirus-related deaths.

"Since 1 March, we have mourned 26,643 deaths that are related to COVID-19 — 16,820 deaths were registered in hospitals and 9,823 in social and medical institutions", the DGS said.

At the same time, COVID-19 case count in France has increased by 456 over the past day and reached 177,547.

19:20 GMT 11.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A further 55 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 have died in the Russian capital of Moscow over the past 24 hours, the city’s coronavirus response center said in a statement Monday.

"In Moscow, 55 patients who were diagnosed with pneumonia and had tested positive for the coronavirus infection have died", the response centre said in a statement.

The latest daily rise in Moscow’s COVID-19 death toll is one below Sunday's figure of 56.

As of Monday, the total Russian COVID-19 death toll stands at 2,009, after 94 new deaths were reported across the country over the preceding 24 hours.

18:54 GMT 11.05.2020

ANKARA, May 11 (Sputnik) - Turkey registered 1,114 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, and the total number of cases reached 139,771, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Monday.

"Today, we have identified 1,114 new cases, the total number of infected [people] is 139,771. We lost 55 patients today, the overall death toll increased to 3,841", Koca tweeted.

The new figures are the lowest single-day case increase and death toll since March 26.

At the same time, the number of recoveries in Turkey rose by over 3,000 and reached 95,780.

17:45 GMT 11.05.2020

NEW YORK (Sputnik) - New York City plans to reopen schools in September and closely monitor cases of a new rare Kawasaki-like syndrome in children connected to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press briefing on Monday.

"As of this moment, we believe we can reopen schools safely and well in September," de Blasio told reporters. "But we have to keep a very close watch on this syndrome to make sure that we attack it in every way possible."

On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said that as many as 85 cases of children falling sick with the new illness are under investigation. Up to five children may have died of the condition.

De Blasio added that any decision the city takes on schools will be based on ensuring health safety.

New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said 38 children were diagnosed with the Kawasaki-like syndrome in the city, and less than a dozen additional cases are currently under investigation.

"It [Kwasaki-like syndrome] really is a descriptive diagnosis, and the reality is that we are still learning about the way in which COVID-19 is impacting children," Barbot added.

Kawasaki inflammatory syndrome causes swelling in the articles. It affects mainly children and presents with fever and peeling skin.

17:42 GMT 11.05.2020

MOSCOW, May 11 (Sputnik) - Only between 1-10 percent of people tested for the coronavirus are showing antibodies to it, the World Health Organization's (WHO) technical lead on COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, said on Monday.

"What is interesting from the studies that are coming out is that many of them across a number of countries in Europe, the United States, in Asia, have found a very low proportion of the people that have been tested have evidence of antibodies, as measured by these serologic tests. And the range is between 1-10 percent, it depends on the study," Van Kerkhove said at a briefing.

She noted that the studies in question are preprints or those published in peer-reviewed journals.

"There seems to be a consistent pattern so far, that a low proportion of people have these antibodies … What the seroepidemiological studies indicate to us is that is there’s a large proportion of the population that remains susceptible, and that’s important when you think about what may happen in subsequent waves, or what may happen as a potential resurgence. And so, we have a long way to go with this virus, because the virus has more people that can be infected," the expert added.

17:40 GMT 11.05.2020

MOSCOW, May 11 (Sputnik) - Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Monday said that slowly removing lockdowns is key to reviving economies, noting a "great deal of success" in slowing the spread of the coronavirus, but added that control measures are still needed.

"The good news is that there has been a great deal of success in slowing the virus and ultimately saving lives. However, such strong measures have come at a cost, and we recognize the serious socio-economic impact of the lockdowns, which have had a detrimental effect on many people’s lives. Therefore, to protect lives and livelihoods, a slow steady lifting of lockdowns is key to both stimulating economies while also keeping a vigilant eye on the virus so control measures can be quickly implemented if an upswing in cases is identified," Tedros said at a press conference.

The WHO head added that before lifting restrictions, the countries should first answer three questions on whether the epidemic is under control, whether the health system is able to cope with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after relaxing measures and whether the public surveillance system is able to detect and manage the cases and contacts, as well as identify a resurgence of cases.

Over the past weeks, several countries started gradually lifting restrictions introduced to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid improving epidemiological situation.

As of Monday, the WHO recorded more than 4 million cases of the disease across the world, including 278,892 fatalities.

17:39 GMT 11.05.2020

NEW YORK, May 11 (Sputnik) - Some regions across the US state of New York may start partial reopening as the pause order put in place to curb the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission expires May 15, Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing on Monday.

“We started a new chapter - May 15 is the end of the statewide closure,” Cuomo said. “And now we can intelligently turn towards reopening… and local regions, all across the state, should start to prepare for it and people as well.”

Last week, Cuomo outlined seven metrics that each region in New York must meet to proceed with the first phase of reopening, following more than eight weeks of economic shutdown.

Under the plan, numbers of new COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths must demonstrate a 14-day decline, while hospitals should have at least 30 percent of beds available, and robust COVID-19 testing and tracing must be in place.

As of Monday, all seven metrics have been met in the Finger Lakes, the Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley out of the 10 regions of New York.

These regions, Cuomo said, might start reopening construction, manufacturing and retail businesses for curbside pickup, as outlined under the first phase. The effects of such partial reopening will be evaluated for two weeks, and if indicators are not showing any negative signs, regions will be allowed to proceed with the next step.

The second phase will reopen finance and real estate businesses. The third phase will see the return of restaurants and hotels, followed by arts, entertainment and education.

New York City has met only four out of seven criteria for reopening. The city is yet to secure the needed number of available hospital beds and Intensive Care Units.

It also needs to see a decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations and well as to employ enough contact tracers to track all cases of the infection in the city.

17:11 GMT 11.05.2020

ANKARA, May 11 (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has introduced a four-day curfew in 31 provinces across the country over the coronavirus pandemic starting on Saturday.

Erdogan has already introduced curfew in the 31 provinces, including Antalya, Ankara and Istanbul, on several dates in April and earlier in May.

"From May 16-19, a curfew will be reintroduced. It will start at midnight on Saturday [21:00 GMT on Friday] and last until midnight on [Wednesday]," Erdogan said in a televised address to the nation on Monday.

The president added that in nine Turkish provinces, namely Adana, Diyarbakır, Mardin, Trabzon, Ordu, Denizli, Kahramanmaras, Sanliurfa, Tekirdag, the ban on entry and exit was lifted, while it remained in 16 other provinces, including Ankara and Istanbul.

So far, Turkey has confirmed 138,657 cases of the coronavirus and the death toll has reached 3,786. Over 92,000 patients have recovered in Turkey since the outbreak.

15:43 GMT 11.05.2020

MOSCOW, May 11 (Sputnik) - The COVID-19 mortality rate in Russia is 7.4 times lower than the average one in the rest of the world, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said on Monday.

"I would also like to note that the decrease of the share of pneumonia from 25 percent to 20.6 percent among infected people, an almost ninefold reduction of the period from the date of illness onset and hospitalization as well as a 2.6-fold slowdown of the pace of increase in new cases have allowed us to have quite a low mortality rate in the Russian Federation, which is now 7.4 times lower than in the rest of the world on average," Golikova said at a meeting on the coronavirus situation in Russia.

She stressed the need to push the mortality rate further down.

As for the daily coronavirus case growth rate in the country, it has slowed to 5.6 percent as of Monday, the deputy prime minister noted, adding that some Russian regions were still showing a high pace.

15:38 GMT 11.05.2020

TOKYO, May 11 (Sputnik) - The Japanese capital city has confirmed 15 new cases of the coronavirus infection over the past day, taking the total to 4,883 cases, Japanese media reported on Monday.

This is for the first time since March 31 that Tokyo reports a daily increment of fewer than 20 coronavirus cases.

According to the NHK broadcaster, which compiles and reports coronavirus-related data from the Japanese regional authorities, the total number of people with the coronavirus infection in all of Japan has increased by 45 over the past day and totalled 16,604, as of Monday.

Of them 607 people have died and 9,182 people have recovered.

The cumulative case count also includes 312 crew members of the Costa Atlantica cruise ship and 712 former passengers and crew of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which was quarantined in Japan's Yokohama for more than 1.5 months.

As the epidemiological situation in Japan appears to be improving, the government is mulling plans to lift the coronavirus-related state of emergency in selected regions before the nationwide one expires on May 31.

15:32 GMT 11.05.2020

The government will set out the future of a scheme that is paying the wages of over 6 million workers at businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament on Monday.

15:18 GMT 11.05.2020

The British government will set out later on Monday guidelines for some businesses to return to work, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said as he answered questions in parliament about his roadmap for easing of lockdown restrictions. 

"Transport will be out tomorrow and we're being very, very consistent in what we've said throughout this period. At the very beginning, we said that you should stay at home if you can, go to work if you must. What's changed now is the emphasis and the encouragement we are giving people to follow the initial guidance," the Prime Minister added. 

14:37 GMT 11.05.2020

ANKARA, May 11 (Sputnik) - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday discussed the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and cooperation after the end of the outbreak, the Turkish leader's press service said in a statement.

"Our president discussed with Merkel in phone talks the fight against COVID-19 and cooperation on the steps that should be taken in the post-pandemic period," the statement said.

The statement added that the parties also discussed bilateral relations and regional problems.

On Sunday, Turkish Minister of Health Fahrettin Koca said that the country registered 1,542 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 138,657, noting that the daily rise in new cases remained at a record low. Meanwhile, the death toll totalled 3,786. Over 92,000 patients recovered in Turkey.

Germany's COVID-19 tally increased by 357 to 169,575 over the past day, and the number of fatalities grew by 22 to 7,417. Over 145,600 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Germany.

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Tunisia confirmed no new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours for the first time since early March, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

"On 10 May, 292 laboratory tests on coronavirus were conducted … no new cases of illness were detected," the ministry said in a press release.

The health authorities also said that no COVID-19 carrier died over the given period.

According to the ministry, 11 coronavirus-positive patients remain hospitalized in the North African country. Overall, Tunisia has confirmed 1,032 COVID-19 cases and 45 coronavirus-related fatalities.

Tunisia has started to east COVID-19 restrictions in early May, however, barbershops, clothing shops and shopping malls, among other businesses, are still closed. The first coronavirus case in the country was confirmed on March 2.

11:37 GMT 11.05.2020

Russia will introduce restrictions for Turkish trucking beginning 11 p.m. on Monday if Ankara fails to roll back its restrictions for Russian auto cargo carriers in its territory, the Russian Ministry of Transport said.

According to the statement, Russian Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh has discussed the matter on the phone with his Turkish counterpart, Adil Karaismailoglu.

"In particular, they have discussed the issue of lifting restrictions for Russian road carriers when entering Turkish territory. The Turkish side said that it intended to remove all previously imposed restrictions in the near future. The Russian side warned that in case of an absence of the decision to remove restrictions on Russian road carriers, mirror measures may be introduced for Turkish carriers from 23:00 on May 11, 2020," the statement read.

The ministry said that Ditrikh and Karaismailoglu had also agreed to make joint efforts to ensure that cargo transportation by trucking carriers of Russia and Turkey have no restrictions on the time of their stay in one another's territory.

11:33 GMT 11.05.2020

The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Belarus has increased by 933 over the past 24 hours bringing the total toll of those infected to 23,906, the country's Health Ministry said on Monday.

"We have recorded 23,906 people with a positive test for COVID-19 ... Over the entire period of the spread of the infection in the country, 135 patients, who had chronic diseases and were diagnosed with the coronavirus, died," the ministry said.

According to the health authorities, the number of fatalities has risen by four over the past day.

The ministry also said that a total of 6,531 COVID-19 patients had been discharged across the country since the outbreak. In addition, more than 274,000 people have tested for the disease so far with 10,517 of tests run over the past 24 hours.

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Romania has confirmed 226 coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 15,588, the media reported on Monday, citing the government's COVID-19 strategic contact group.

The eastern European nation has so far confirmed 7,245 recoveries and 972 coronavirus-related fatalities.

In mid-March, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis ordered that schools and universities were shut down and placed a ban on travel to several countries with high infection rates.

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The third, largest phase of lifting the COVID-19 restrictions imposed to curb the pandemic has entered into force in Croatia, the governmental Civil Protection Headquarters said on Monday.

Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said that the electronic passes system was canceled starting Monday. Intercity bus and train services are also being restored in the country, and stations are being opened.

"Meetings of up to 40 people are allowed, instead of up to five participants as it was previously. The work of shopping malls, hotels and restaurants, national parks, as well as rehearsals of artists ⁠— individually and in small groups ⁠— are also allowed," Bozinovic said, as quoted by the government's statement.

Starting from May 18, cultural and sports events could be held in indoor and outdoor areas, and gyms, fitness centers and swimming pools will reopen.

"As for border crossing, the priority is to ensure cross-border economic activity, business meetings and investment in Croatia with strict compliance with the Croatian Institute of Public Health's recommendations," the minister added.

Croatia has so far confirmed 2,187 COVID-19 cases and 90 related deaths. Meanwhile, 1,764 people have fully recovered from the disease.

10:40 GMT 11.05.2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Belgium has risen by 368 to 53,449 over the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry’s crisis response center said on Monday.

The number of coronavirus-related fatalities has grown by 75 to 8,707 over the given period, while another 55 patients have recovered.

According to the public health officials, the number of active and fatal cases in the country continues to decline, however, it is vital to maintain strict compliance with sanitary recommendations.

A total of 2,222 people remain in medical facilities, including 478 in intensive care units.

Belgium has relaxed a number of social distancing measures enforced in March to curb the spread of the disease. From 4 May, companies have been allowed to reopen providing that staff have no direct contact with clients.

All stores reopened this Monday, including street vendors, as part of the second phase of the easing of lockdown measures. Residents are allowed to receive up to four guests at their home, although it is recommended that such meetings take place outdoors.

Restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightclubs in Belgium will be gradually reopened from 8 June.

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The Austrian government will allocate 500 million euros ($541 million) to help catering businesses, which resume work after a two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic on 15 May, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday.

"The federal government, together with the Ministry of Economy, has developed a package of assistance to restaurants, which, first of all, aims at stimulating consumption, and secondly, reducing the tax burden for restaurant owners in our country," Kurz said at a press conference.

Meanwhile, Tourism Minister Elisabeth Kostinger said that the authorities intended to reduce the value-added tax (VAT) only on soft drinks from 20 percent to 10 percent, as EU regulations do not allow to cut VAT on alcoholic beverages.

In addition, the chancellor said that the government would also cover 75 percent of the fixed costs of catering businesses for three months.

Given the improving epidemiological situation in the country, on April 14, the Austrian authorities began the step-by-step suspension of the restrictive measures introduced to curb the spread of coronavirus. Small shops have been allowed to reopen if they make sure that customers keep the necessary distance and wear masks. Restaurants and hotels are set to resume business no sooner than mid-May, while mass public gatherings will remain banned until at least the end of August.

So far, Austria has confirmed over 15,800 cases of the coronavirus with eight of them being registered over the past 24 hours. As of now, a total of 1,201 people are receiving treatment. The death toll from the disease has reached 620 since the outbreak, while the number of recoveries has surpassed 14,000.

10:18 GMT 11.05.2020

The Israeli government said on Monday that it had further eased off the coronavirus-related quarantine, lifting the ban on visiting parks and allowing foreign arrivals to self-quarantine at home, among other measures.

"The ban on visiting public parks and gardens has been lifted. It is now allowed to exercise on gym equipment, subject to observing physical distance and avoiding group gatherings. The use of children's playgrounds in parks or other public places remains restricted," the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of Health said in a joint statement, as published on the government's website.

According to the new guidelines, Israelis returning from abroad will be able to undergo the compulsory 14-day quarantine at home, rather than at state-run isolation facilities.

Overseeing the implementation of the at-home quarantine will be the police and inspectors of the Population and Immigration Authority, the government said.

The abatement of restrictions was said to be in light of bettering the epidemiological situation.

For several days already, Israel has been reporting two-digit numbers of daily increments in new COVID-19 cases. As of early Monday, 15 new cases have been diagnosed, taking the cumulative total to 16,492 cases, including 254 fatalities and 11,548 recoveries.

09:51 GMT 11.05.2020

Spain has recorded 123 new COVID-19 fatalities over the past 24 hours (143 yesterday), which is the lowest daily increase since 18 March (when 107 fatalities were registered), the Health Ministry said on Monday.

Spain's COVID-19 death toll has now reached 26,744. The country ranks fourth in terms of COVID-19 fatalities globally, after the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Over the past 24 hours, 373 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed through tests (621 yesterday), bringing the tally to 227,436.

The number of cured COVID-19 patients exceeds 137,000 after seeing a 973 increase over the past 24 hours (2,214 yesterday).

The number of active cases keeps decreasing and now amounts to around 63,500.

As many as 48,320 doctors have tested positive for COVID-19 in Spain since the beginning of the outbreak, and 40 doctors have died.

09:47 GMT 11.05.2020

Swiss and Russian companies signed deals on deliveries of medical equipment amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is no humanitarian aid involved, Swiss Ambassador to Moscow Yves Rossier said.

"There have been contracts between Swiss and Russian companies but every side pays normally and gets goods delivered. There were no requests for humanitarian deliveries from Russia to Switzerland or from Switzerland to Russia. There was no need for that," the ambassador said.

Although Rossier refrained from specifying parties to the deals, he said that some contracts envisaged export of complex medical equipment.

"We produce ventilators in Switzerland, we produce various elements for them. The pharmaceutical and medical sector in Switzerland is very strong. I cannot mention names but I know, there have been business dealings with Russia in the past weeks. It is mostly medical equipment, not masks – everyone ca produce them – but more sophisticated medical equipment," the diplomat added.

09:27 GMT 11.05.2020

WARSAW (Sputnik) - The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Poland has increased to 16,206 with 210 of them being recorded over the past 24 hours, the Health ministry said on Monday.

The ministry has also confirmed three new fatalities over the past day, which brings the total death toll to 803.

As of now, a total of 2,598 people are hospitalised with about 97,000 being quarantined. So far, 5,816 have fully recovered from the disease.

Poland announced a state of epidemic in mid-March, which granted authorities greater powers to deal with the health crisis. In a bid to curb the virus, it has reimposed controls at the internal borders with EU countries and denied entry to foreigners. Starting Monday, shopping centers resume operations.

09:26 GMT 11.05.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Philippines confirmed 292 new cases of the coronavirus infection over the past 24 hours, and the total number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 reached 11,086, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

A total of 726 COVID-19 carriers have died since the outbreak, according to the ministry.

The number of recoveries increased to 1,999, the health authorities added.

09:17 GMT 11.05.2020

The number of cases has risen to 227,436 on Monday from 224,390 from the day before.

08:56 GMT 11.05.2020

Iranian authorities are planning to reopen schools, which were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, on May 16, spokesman for the Iranian government Ali Rabiei said on Monday.

"We decided to open all schools from May 16 in compliance with all medical requirements, however, the students' presence there will not be compulsory," Rabiei said live on the IRINN TV channel.

Iran has recorded over 107,600 COVID-19 cases since 19 February, when authorities reported first positive tests for the disease. The death toll stands at 6,640. A total of 86,000 patients have recovered.

One of the first measures taken in February was to close schools and other educational institutions across the country.

08:46 GMT 11.05.2020

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday that the country will move from the COVID-19 alert level 3 to level 2 starting from Thursday, further relaxing coronavirus-related restrictions after just three new cases were registered in the past day.

The island nation reported its first COVID-19 case in late February, after which the tally began to grow daily. New Zealand’s alert level system was introduced by Ardern on 21 March. After the number of confirmed cases increased to over 100, Ardern announced that the country was moving to the highest level — four. In late April, New Zealand moved back to the level of three, having lifted the lockdown and resuming classes in schools.

"Today, I am announcing: the cabinet agrees [that we are ready to move into level 2, to open up the economy but to do it as safely as possible, "Ardern said, as quoted by New Zealand Herald newspaper.

According to the prime minister, retail stores, shopping malls, restaurants, cinemas, and other public places will reopen. She added that schools and universities would start operating starting from 18 May, and bars from 21 May. At the same time, Ardern stressed the need to continue observing social distance.

Ardern also noted that travel within the country would be allowed, while the international borders would remain closed for foreign citizens.

The total COVID-19 tally in New Zealand amounts to 1,147, and 21 people died from the disease.

08:36 GMT 11.05.2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin has tasked the cabinet with creating by 1 June a national plan of action to restore Russians' income and ensure economy growth amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Russian government should develop, jointly with top officials (heads of top state executive authorities) of the Russian Federation's subjects, and with participation of representatives of all-Russian unions of entrepreneurs, and present a national plan of action, ensuring the restoration of the population's employment and income, economy growth and long-term structural changes to the economy," the statement read.

The order should be fulfilled by 1 June. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin and heads of Russia's regions will be in charge of implementing it.

08:28 GMT 11.05.2020

Norway registered seven COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily rise since March, bringing the total tally to 8,106, the Norwegian Institute of Public Health said on Monday.

"On Sunday night, a total of 8,106 people with coronavirus infection have been registered. The number increased by seven in the past 24 hours," the institute said in an update.

The number of new cases in the previous 48 hours stood at 37.

According to the institute, 209 people have died from COVID-19 complications in Norway to date.

Norway is among the countries which have begun gradually loosening the coronavirus-related control measures as the government has claimed to take the situation under control. The country is planning to lift most of the restrictions by June 15, leaving out the mass gatherings until the summer's end.

07:38 GMT 11.05.2020

Russia has registered 11,656 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (11,012 yesterday), with the total count now reaching 221,344, the national coronavirus response center said on Monday.

"Over the past 24 hours, 11,656 COVID-19 cases have been registered in 84 regions. Of these, 5,417 (or 46.5 percent) have been detected actively, with people showing no clinical symptoms," the center said in a statement.

This brings the total tally to 221,344 (+5.6 percent) in 85 regions across Russia.

Of all the new cases, 6,169 have been registered in Moscow, 1,079 in Moscow region and 307 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 5,551, 1,133 an 414, respectively)

The country's COVID-19 death toll has increased by 94 (88 yesterday) to 2,009.

As many as 5,495 COVID-19 patients have recovered over the past 24 hours (2,390 yesterday) in Russia, bringing the total number of cured people to 39,801.

07:26 GMT 11.05.2020

 Scientists from the Singapore University of Technology and Design said on Monday that their earlier projections regarding the possible end date of the COVID-19 pandemic are no longer relevant due to the rapidly changing situation, internalized the project and removed all charts from the website.

Experts studied data for 131 countries, using the SIR model, a mathematical model for spread of the disease that reflects dynamics of the number of those susceptible to the disease, those infected, and those recovered. The scientists have regularly updated its predictions, for example, until 6 May, they assumed that the outbreak in Russia would likely end on 17 August, then they moved the end date to 24 August, and later to 8 September.

"Over-optimism based on some predictions is dangerous because it may loosen our disciplines and controls and cause the turnaround of the virus and infection, and must be avoided. Earlier predictions are not longer valid because the real-world scenarios have changed rapidly," the university said in a statement.

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11 March. According to data from the Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, the number of coronavirus cases confirmed globally has surpassed 4 million, while the COVID-19 global death toll stands at over 282,000.

07:12 GMT 11.05.2020

The 2019/20 season of Spain's top-tier football championship, La Liga, which had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is planned to be resumed on 12 June, the Spanish AS sports news portal reported on Monday.

According to the media outlet, the final decision on the date remains with the country's Health Ministry. The reserve date is 19 June, if the situation requires further delay.

La Liga president Javier Tebas had said that he wanted to resume the games on 12 June, both in the top-flight and in the Segunda Division, but added that this would depend on the coronavirus situation in the country.

Last week, La Liga announced the resumption of individual training at camps of football clubs.

The football clubs conducted 2,500 tests for coronavirus among their players, according to the Spanish Movistar broadcaster.

Tebas confirmed on Monday that eight of them had tested positive for the disease, as cited by the media outlet.

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The health committee of China's Wuhan, which became the epicenter of COVID-19 back in December, pledged on Monday to make effort to prevent the second wave of the epidemic.

After a long period with no new cases registered, Wuhan confirmed six COVID-19 cases over the past two days, all of them being local. As many as 615 asymptomatic coronavirus carriers are currently under medical monitoring in the city.

"The city still has extremely important goals to fulfill in terms of prevention and fight against the spreading of the epidemic. It is necessary to timely strengthen the defense against imported cases and to prevent the return to the previously seen situation," Wuhan's health committee said in a statement.

On Sunday, Wuhan confirmed its first new COVID-19 case since April 4. On April 18, the city was labeled as a low-risk area, and on April 26, the last COVID-19 patient was discharged from Wuhan's hospital. However, fears of the second wave emerged after China started lifting coronavirus-related restrictions.

Wuhan has confirmed 50,339 COVID-19 cases, including 3,869 fatalities, since the beginning of the outbreak.

06:01 GMT 11.05.2020

Over 155,000 Greek employees are returning to work on Monday as part of the second phase of gradual relaxation of restrictive measures imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, according to the Greek Ministry of Development and Investment.

The Greek authorities started implementing their plan on easing of COVID-19 restrictions on May 4. The entire plan is designed for two months, provided that the situation with the spread of the virus does not worsen. In case of a repeated surge in the number of cases, the government pledged to return the restrictions.

The ministry said that more than 66,000 enterprises or 25 percent of those, which operations were suspended over coronavirus, would resume its work on Monday as part of the second phase. Overall, since the start of lifting restrictions, 225,000 workers ⁠— 33 percent of people whose work was suspended ⁠— and 93,000 enterprises will be operative on Monday since the start of restrictions' lifting.

Stores selling books, electronics and sports equipment, hair salons and car repairs will reopen, followed by some clothing and footwear shops. Driving schools, gambling and betting establishments, as well as nutritional services are also expected to resume operations on Monday. Senior high schools students will return to classes.

The first COVID-19 case in Greece was detected on February 26, and on March 14, the government imposed strict restrictions with about 690,200 people and 260,6000 enterprises stopped working. At the first stage of lifting restrictions, some 10 percent of people and businesses resumed their work.

Greece has so far confirmed 2,716 COVID-19 cases and 151 related deaths.

06:00 GMT 11.05.2020

Thailand's southern provinces have recorded six new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of those infected to 3,015, Taweesin Visanuyothin, a spokesman for the national coronavirus response center, said on Monday.

"Today, six new coronavirus infections have been registered. All new cases of infection appeared in the country's southern provinces. No coronavirus-related fatalities have been recorded," Visanuyothin said at a briefing.

According to the spokesman, Phuket reported the majority of new cases of COVID-19 — four.

The total number of people infected with COVID-19 in Thailand has reached 3,015 and the number of coronavirus-related fatalities remains 56. As many as 2,794 people have fully recovered from the disease.

05:04 GMT 11.05.2020

Kyrgyzstan has recorded 14 new COVID-19 cases (71 yesterday), which brings the total tally to 1,016, the national coronavirus response center told Sputnik on Monday.

"The republic has registered 14 new COVID-19 cases on May 11, 2020," a spokesperson for the center said, adding that three of the new coronavirus patients work in the healthcare.

Kyrgyzstan's total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed since the beginning of the outbreak has reached 1,016, including 235 doctors.

Thirteen COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours, with the total number of recoveries reaching 688, the spokesperson added.

The death toll has not changed over the past day and stands at 12.

Over 66,000 tests to detect COVID-19 have been conducted in Kyrgyzstan since the beginning of the outbreak.

05:04 GMT 11.05.2020

India has registered a record increase of 4,231 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours (3,227 yesterday), with the total count growing to 67,152, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday.

The death toll has increased by 97 (128 yesterday) to 2,206, and the number of recoveries has reached 20,916 after growing by 1,559 (1,511 yesterday), the ministry added.

As many as 44,029 COVID-19 patients in India are currently receiving treatment, according to the ministry.

India's central state of Maharashtra remains the most affected one, with 22,171 cases, followed by the western state of Gujarat with 8,194 cases, and the southern state of Tamil Nadu with 7,204 cases.

The country's Interior Ministry has extended the lockdown, imposed to contain the coronavirus, to 17 May, with several relaxations introduced in some areas across the country that are not so badly affected.

04:52 GMT 11.05.2020

The antibody test will be used by ICMR to initiate a study in 75 of the worst-affected districts to check for community transmission of the coronavirus.

The test was postponed last month after thousands of Chinese kits showed irregular results.

04:39 GMT 11.05.2020

South Korea has registered 35 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours (34 yesterday), which is a record-high daily increase this month, and the total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 10,909, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Monday.

As many as 22 COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospitals over the past 24 hours (42 yesterday), bringing the number of recoveries to 9,632, or over 88 percent of all the recorded cases. The death toll stands at 256, seeing no increases for four days in a row already.

For more than three weeks running, South Korea recorded around 10 new COVID-19 cases daily, most of them being imported.

Only six out of the 35 new cases are imported, the KCDC specified.

A new COVID-19 cluster emerged in South Korea early in May after a 29-year-old man, who was later diagnosed with the coronavirus, traveled from the city of Yongin, located in province of Gyeonggi, to Seoul, where he attended several clubs and bars. The government has recommended closing all clubs and entertainment facilities until 7 June.

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