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Coronavirus Live Updates: South Korea Reports Record 397 New COVID-19 Cases on Saturday

At the moment, multiple medical research centres across the globe are conducting trials for their vaccines in order to stop the virus. The first vaccine registered was Russia's Sputnik V, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, and it is entering the third stage of trials in Russia and other countries.

The COVID-19 pandemic is on the rise, with over 23 million infected worldwide, while the global death toll from the disease has surpassed 800,000 according to official data. The biggest daily increase in the number of cases has been registered in India, the US, and Brazil, with other places in Latin America following somewhat behind them.

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02:50 GMT 23.08.2020
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BEIJING (Sputnik) - China registered 12 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, 44 COVID-19 patients recovered over that period, the country’s National Health Commission said on Sunday.

All of the 12 new cases are imported, the commission specified. The country’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases now stands at 84,951, the death toll is 4,634. The total number of recovered individuals in China stands at 79,895. The total number of imported cases is 2,402.

More than 400 COVID-19 patients remain hospitalized in China.

In the past 24 hours, 15 new asymptomatic coronavirus cases were registered in China, all of them imported. More than 350 asymptomatic carriers of the novel coronavirus are still being monitored.

00:20 GMT 23.08.2020

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Mexico now has a total of more than 556,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and the country’s COVID-19 death toll stands at over 60,200, according to Health Ministry officials.

"Pandemic figures have been demonstrating a decline in the past weeks, the same is happening with confirmed fatalities, the number of which has reached 60,254", the ministry's Director for Epidemiology Ana Lucia De la Garza Barroso said at a press conference broadcast on Twitter on Saturday.

Mexico confirmed 6,482 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 556,216. In the past 24 hours, 644 new deaths from COVID-19 were registered in Mexico.

On Friday, Mexico reported nearly 6,000 new coronavirus cases and 504 new deaths from COVID-19.

Mexico has the third-largest coronavirus death toll, after the United States (more than 176,000 deaths) and Brazil (over 114,000 deaths).

22:28 GMT 22.08.2020

TEL AVIV (Sputnik) - Israel registered 1,140 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours with the total number of confirmed cases now standing at 101,865, according to the country’s Health Ministry.

As of Saturday night, there are 22,393 active coronavirus cases in Israel, 398 of the patients are in serious condition and 119 of them are on lung ventilators, the health ministry said.

In the past 24 hours, 10 more deaths from COVID-19 were registered in Israel with the country’s total coronavirus death toll now standing at 819. Over 78,600 people have recovered from COVID-19 in Israel.

21:30 GMT 22.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - More than 50,000 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in Brazil in the past 24 hours, while the death toll increased by almost 900 in that period, according to the latest data from the Health Ministry.

Brazil now has a total of 3,582,362 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 50,032 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Saturday. Over the same period, 892 new deaths were confirmed, bringing the country’s total death toll up to 114,250.

On Friday, Brazil reported 30,355 new coronavirus cases and 1,054 new deaths from COVID-19.

Over 2.7 million people have recovered from COVID-19 in Brazil.

The US and Brazil are the top two countries in terms of the total number of coronavirus cases and fatalities. The US has registered over 5.6 million coronavirus cases and more than 176,000 deaths from COVID-19.

The Russian Direct Investment Fund and the Brazilian state of Parana have agreed to cooperate in the production and marketing of the world's first registered coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V. RDIF CEO Kirill Dmitriev and Parana Governor Carlos Massa Ratino Junior took part in the online ceremony of signing a corresponding agreement earlier this month.

21:28 GMT 22.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Iraq now has over 200,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with nearly 4,000 new cases having been registered in the past 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data.

Over 600 COVID-19 patients in Iraq are now in intensive care. A total of 201,050 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country, 3,965 of them in the past 24 hours.

Iraq’s coronavirus death toll stands at 6,393. Nearly 143,400 people have recovered from COVID-19 in the country.

Earlier this week, a record daily high of 4,576 new coronavirus cases was registered in Iraq.

According to Iraqi Health Minister Hassan al-Tamimi, Iraq is ready to cooperate with any country that will be producing coronavirus vaccines, in order to purchase enough vaccines to ensure protection for about 20 percent of Iraq’s population, with priority set for vaccinating people over 50 years of age, those suffering from chronic health conditions, as well as health and security workers.

20:44 GMT 22.08.2020
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ANKARA (Sputnik) - Turkey confirmed 1,309 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 257,032, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday.

"Today, 1,309 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified, taking the tally to 257,032. A total of 22 patients have died, and the overall death toll reached 6,102", Koca tweeted.

At the same time, the number of recoveries increased by 801 to 236,370 over the given period.

A day ago, Turkey reported 1,203 new cases and also 22 related fatalities.

19:12 GMT 22.08.2020
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ATHENS (Sputnik) - Greece saw another 264 coronavirus cases on Saturday, days after reporting an all-time daily high, according to figures shared by the disease control authority.

Of the new infections, 29 were detected in tourists at the border, data provided by the National Public Health Organization showed.

Two more coronavirus patients died in the past day, taking the death toll to 240. Overall, 8,381 people in Greece have tested positive for the virus since the start of the outbreak.

Greece reopened its borders to holidaymakers from low-risk countries in July in a bid to shore up the economy. But a surge of infections in August led it to bring back some of the restrictions.

18:02 GMT 22.08.2020

Children aged 12 and over should wear masks to help stop the spread of the coronavirus infection, the World Health Organisation said. 

Children aged between 6 and 11 should wear masks on a risk-based approach, the WHO added. 

17:31 GMT 22.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A German university put on three large-scale concerts on Saturday to see whether mass indoor events could continue amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Halle University's project is called RESTART-19, which is short for "risk prediction of indoor sports and culture events for the transmission of COVID-19."

"The research project RESTART-19 is conducting an evidence-based and scientifically designed study to investigate the risks of holding a major event at an indoor venue. The aim is to find a way to restart such events," a press release read.

The concerts are taking place at an arena in Leipzig. German pop star Tim Bendzko has agreed to sing for thousands of volunteers in all three gigs. The test subjects are healthy people aged between 18 and 50.

The scientists will run three scenarios that will simulate a pre-outbreak concert with 4,000 people, an event with an equal number of hygiene-minded concert-goers keeping a larger distance and a further one with half the number of participants and stricter rules.

All participants will wear face masks and trackers that will register their contacts as well as arrivals and departures from the concerts to factor in the risk of infection posed by public transport, Stefan Moritz, the university's project manager, explained.

Germany saw a marked rise in the number of infections in the past weeks after reopening the economy. It reported 2,034 new cases and seven further virus-related deaths on Saturday, bringing the totals to, respectively, 232,082 and 9,267.

16:16 GMT 22.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Italy saw the daily coronavirus tally pass the 1,000 mark on Saturday for the first time since mid-May, figures published by the Health Ministry showed.

Another 1,071 people tested positive for the virus in the past day, up from 947 the day before. The country reported 1,402 new cases on May 12.

Three more coronavirus patients died in the past day, down from nine on Friday. 243 more people were declared virus-free, down from 247 the day before.

15:16 GMT 22.08.2020

Italy's central region Lazio has registered a record rise in COVID-19 cases, 215 in 24 hours.

Until recently, the spread of the coronavirus infection in this region has been moderate, with the total number of confirmed cases at less than 10,000 (with a population of 5,8 million); the death toll stood at 873.

No death from COVID-19 has been registered in Lazio in the past 24 hours. 

15:05 GMT 22.08.2020

The UK reported 1,288 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, which is more than the previous day, the government's official data shows. On Friday, it was 1,033 new cases in 24 hours. 

Eighteen people died after testing positive for COVID-19 within 28 days, up from two a day earlier.

14:01 GMT 22.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The number of coronavirus-related deaths globally reached 800,000 on Saturday, according to figures provided by the US-based Johns Hopkins University.

The United States has recorded the largest death toll of 175,429, followed by Brazil with 113,358 and India with 55,794.

The infection tally is on the way to the 23-million mark. The United States leads the count with 5.6 million cases. Brazil has so far confirmed 3.5 million cases and India 2.9 million.

13:46 GMT 22.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Some 58 percent of Russians believe that a second wave of COVID-19 will most likely hit the country, the head of the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM), Valery Fedorov said on Saturday.

According to Fedorov, only 30 percent of respondents think there won't be a second wave of the pandemic in Russia.
he share of those who believe in the probability of the second wave of the coronavirus in Russia grew by 6 percent, Fedorov added.

11:31 GMT 22.08.2020
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Paris has announced it will unveil the details of its 100 billion euro ($118 billion) plan to reinvigorate the economy in the first week of September, instead of next Tuesday.

"The recovery plan is ready, the timetable for its implementation still stands", government spokesman Gabriel Attal said in a statement.

10:23 GMT 22.08.2020
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia has registered 4,921 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours (4,870 yesterday), bringing the cumulative total to 951,897, the country's coronavirus response centre said on Saturday.

"Over the past 24 hours, Russia has confirmed 4,921 COVID-19 cases in 83 regions, of which 1,238 (25.2 percent) have been detected with people showing no clinical symptoms", the response centre said in a statement.

This takes the total case count to 951,897, with the daily increase standing at 0.5 percent.

06:21 GMT 22.08.2020

BISHKEK (Sputnik) - A further 186 new cases of COVID-19 have been registered in Kyrgyzstan over the past 24 hours, a slight decrease from the 196 positive tests reported on the previous day, the country’s coronavirus response centre told Sputnik on Saturday.

"As of 22 August 2020, there were 186 new cases of COVID-19 registered in the republic, 51 of them were in Bishkek", the response centre said.

The country’s COVID-19 death toll stands at 1,055 with no fatalities registered over the past 24 hours. Kyrgyzstan’s case total now stands at 42,889.

05:51 GMT 22.08.2020
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NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - India has confirmed 69,800 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, with the total number of those infected having reached 2.97 million the country's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Saturday.

The death toll from the disease has reached 55,794 people, with 945 new fatalities recorded over the past day. More than 2.22 million people have recovered in India since the start of the outbreak.

05:25 GMT 22.08.2020

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Germany has confirmed 2,034 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, with the total count reaching 232,082, the Robert Koch Institute said on Saturday.

The death toll grew by seven to 9,267 people within the same period of time. More than 206,000 people have recovered since the start of the outbreak.

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