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COVID-19 Live Updates: US Coronavirus Tally Reaches 2 Mln

The United States hit 2 million infections on late Wednesday and remains the country worst hit by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University. At the same time, Brazil occupies second place in terms of cases (over 772,000), while the UK has the second-highest death toll in the world (over 41,200).

In addition to the pandemic, the US has also been hit by mass protests against police brutality, with thousands attending rallies following the death of African American George Floyd after his violent arrest in Minneapolis. Crowds have also rallied across Canada, the UK, France, and other countries in solidarity with the events in the US.

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The data showed on Wednesday evening that there are at least 2,000,464 COVID-19 cases in the United States.

01:26 GMT 11.06.2020

SEOUL (Sputnik) – The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Korea has risen by 45 to 11,947 over the past day, the Health Ministry's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Thursday.

Out of 45 new cases, 40 resulted from the internal transmission. Twenty-one new cases have been recorded in the capital of Seoul, 16 in the province of Gyeonggi, and six in the city of Incheon among others.

The death toll has not changed over the past day and stands at 276 people. The number of recovered people has reached 10,654.

00:05 GMT 11.06.2020

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Mexico, has risen by 708 to 15,357 within the past 24 hours, Jose Luis Alomia, the director of epidemiology at the Health Ministry, said.

He also said on late Wednesday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had increased by 4,883 to 129,184 within the same period of time.

A day earlier, the Latin American nation has recorded 4,199 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, with 596 fatalities.

22:39 GMT 10.06.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The number of people, who have died of COVID-19 in Brazil, has increased by 1,274 to 39,680 within the past 24 hours, the national Health Ministry said on late Wednesday.

Within the same period of time, the number of confirmed cases has risen by 32,913 to 772,416.

A day earlier, Brazil reported about 32,091 new cases of the coronavirus disease and 1,272 new fatalities.

Brazil comes second on a global tally of coronavirus cases after the United States, which has recorded about 2 million COVID-19 patients.

21:50 GMT 10.06.2020

"Another 53 patients, who were diagnosed with pneumonia and tested positive for the coronavirus infection, died in Moscow", the city's coronavirus response centre said in a statement on Thursday.

In the previous day, 56 people infected with the coronavirus died in Moscow.

20:58 GMT 10.06.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday that further 105,621 people tested positive for the new coronavirus in the past day, taking the total to 7,145,539.

The daily situation report estimated the overall death toll at 408,025, with 3,629 virus-related deaths confirmed during the same period.

The Americas are leading in the number of coronavirus cases and fatalities, with 3.4 million people contracting the respiratory disease and more than 185,800 dying from it.

Europe has the world's second highest death toll of more than 185,500, with 2.3 million cases confirmed. Africa brings up the rear with 145,287 cases and 4,789 virus-related deaths.

19:22 GMT 10.06.2020

TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - The Israeli government decided to extend the entry ban for foreigners imposed in a bid to curb the COVID-19 pandemic until 1 July, media reported on Wednesday.

Israel shut its borders to all foreigners in mid-March. According to the regulations, all Israelis returning home from abroad were obligated to observe a two-week quarantine.

Maariv newspaper reported that international carriers had been informed about the extension.

Israel has recorded 18,200 coronavirus cases. After a consistent downward trend in infections in May, it now sees a certain spike amid the reopening.

17:46 GMT 10.06.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom has confirmed its lowest daily rise in COVID-19 cases since March 23, the day the government introduced lockdown measures, as 1,003 new positive tests were reported over the preceding 24 hours, the country’s Department of Health and Social Care said Wednesday.

With the latest rise, the United Kingdom's case total now stands at 290,143. Public health authorities in the country reported 1,387 new positive tests on Tuesday, indicating the slowing rate of infection.

Over the preceding 24 hours, a further 245 people have died from complications related to the coronavirus disease, taking the government’s official death toll to 41,128, the department stated.

During a press briefing on Wednesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled the government's latest plans to further relax the lockdown measures that were put into force two and a half months ago.

Johnson stated that single adult households could form "support bubbles" with one another that would allow people to meet without observing social distancing regulations. The prime minister stated that despite the slight easing of the lockdown measures, the government is continuing to remain cautious.

16:40 GMT 10.06.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - It will be important for Russia to verify coronavirus death certification practices to ensure that everything has been logged properly, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme Michael Ryan said Wednesday, when asked to comment on the COVID-19 fatality numbers in Russia.

"The low death rate [in Russia is] difficult to understand in the context of the population and the health systems across the European region being quite similar in terms of their sophistication and availability. The age profile of people in the Russian Federation is not greatly different to that of other nations, neither is the profile of people with underlining conditions," Ryan told a press conference.

"But it certainly is possible that it is the way in which physicians are codifying or classifying deaths. I don't think that's been done in any negative way, not in a systematic fashion. But it certainly is unusual that the numbers of deaths in relation to the number of confirmed cases is very low. But again, in the Russian Federation they have been doing a lot of testing ... It will be important that the Russian authorities review the way in which death certification is done to reassure themselves they are accurately certifying deaths in the appropriate way," the WHO official said.

According to the latest official data, Russia has so far recorded 493,657 coronavirus cases, 6,358 fatalities and 252, 783 recoveries. Meanwhile, the United Kingdom has recorded 290,581 cases so far, including 40,968 fatalities, according to the statistics collected by the Johns Hopkins University. India has recorded 280,067 coronavirus cases and 7,797 fatalities.

16:29 GMT 10.06.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The world Health Organization (WHO) will consider all information but is does not want to speculate on the coronavirus epidemic potentially beginning in August rather than December as generally believed, Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme Michael Ryan said Wednesday.

Earlier this week, several media outlets reported on a study by Harvard Medical School  which suggested that the coronavirus may have been spreading through China as early as in August 2019.

"We'll be very happy to follow up with with the team that have done this work and look at how they did their study and what the implications are ... Our teams here spend so much time reviewing all scientific information from around the world and doing exhaustive analysis on every source — and we will look at every source of information, we will evaluate and validate that information and use to the extent possible all information for generating public health advice and generating guidance for our member states, but we would stop short of speculating based on these interesting findings," Ryan told a briefing.

15:50 GMT 10.06.2020

India’s national human rights watchdog has rapped the government of the national capital and the federal Health Ministry over serious allegations about their COVID management, including the non-availability of beds, inadequate number of tests, increasing deaths, delays in the last rites of the deceased, which have led to a grim state of affairs in Delhi.

The National Human Rights Commission said in its notice that it is an unprecedented situation for government agencies, hospitals, doctors, as well as patients and their families, “but the State cannot leave its citizens to die without making the best possible efforts”.

14:36 GMT 10.06.2020

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - Sri Lanka has rescheduled parliamentary elections for 5 August, postponing the vote for the second time over COVID-19, national media reported on Wednesday, citing the national election watchdog.

The decision was adopted by the election commission unanimously, according to the News First outlet. Voters will be required to wear face masks and observe social distancing.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa dissolved the opposition-controlled parliament in early March and set the snap elections for 25 April.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - New COVID-19 cases have been detected in mink at four more fur farms in the Netherlands, where the fur industry has been severely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Dutch News website reported on Wednesday.

The coronavirus has so far affected 13 farms. The first cases in mink were reported in late April and two infections in humans have been linked to the fur farms. Last week, the Netherlands began exterminating tens of thousands of mink at the farms where the disease was detected.

The new COVID-19 cases have been identified in four more farms in the North Brabant and Limburg provinces, meaning that all of the animals living there will be gassed and their cages and spaces cleaned, the news outlet reported.

According to Farm Minister Carola Schouten, the infections' source is yet to be determined.

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MOSCOW, June 10 (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 8,404 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (8,595 yesterday), pushing the total count to 493,657, the national coronavirus response centre said on Wednesday.

"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 8,404 COVID-19 cases in 83 regions, of which 2,924 (34.8 percent) have been detected people showing no clinical symptoms", the centre said in a statement.

Russia has so far recorded 493,657 COVID-19 cases in 85 regions (+1.7 percent), the centre added.

Of the new cases, 1,195 were registered in Moscow (this is the city's lowest daily increase in more than two months), 735 in the Moscow Region, and 313 in St. Petersburg (compared to yesterday's 1,572, 739, and 318, respectively).

The country's COVID-19 death toll has grown by 216 (171 yesterday) to 6,358.

As many as 10,386 COVID-19 patients have recovered across the country (11,709 yesterday), bringing the total number of cured people to 252,783.

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