India’s Coronavirus tally reaches over 5.28 Lakh & death toll rises to 16,095

India’s Coronavirus tally reaches over 5.28 Lakh &  death toll rises to 16,095

With a record spike of nearly 20,000 cases in a day, India’s COVID-19 tally mounted to 5,28,859 on Sunday and the death toll rose to 16,095, while Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh announced a door-to-door survey joining several states and UTs which have opted for the exercise in their efforts to check the surge.   The Centre noted that recoveries exceeded active COVID cases by over one lakh, stressing that “proactive steps” taken by it along with the states and union territories are showing “encouraging results”. The number of active cases…

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Russians vote on Putin’s reforms to constitution

Russians vote on Putin’s reforms to constitution

Russia has begun voting on constitutional reforms that could allow President Vladimir Putin to serve another two terms in office. The official vote is scheduled for 1 July, but authorities said they were opening polling stations a week early to stop overcrowding amid the pandemic. Opposition activist Alexei Navalny has said the changes will allow Mr Putin to be “president for life”. Mr Putin, however, has said they will ensure Russia’s stability. Although the president has not publicly said he would run again in 2024 when his current term ends,…

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Chancellor Merkel urges ‘extraordinary’ German solidarity with Europe

Chancellor Merkel urges ‘extraordinary’ German solidarity with Europe

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country can afford to take on more debt to help the EU recover from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic. “What’s good for Europe is good for us,” she said in an interview. Germany is in a good position to help fund a large-scale economic program to aid EU countries to recover after the coronavirus pandemic, and it is in its interest to do so, according to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Germany had a low debt ratio and can afford, in this extraordinary situation,…

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Italy sends army to seal off new southern cluster of Coronavirus

Italy sends army to seal off new southern cluster of Coronavirus

MONDRAGONE, Italy — The Italian government sent soldiers on Friday to isolate a group of buildings in the southern town of Mondragone, where a new cluster of coronavirus among seasonal workers has sparked clashes with residents. The governor of a southern Italian region insisted on Friday that residents of an apartment complex quarantine inside for 15 days, not even venturing out to buy food, after dozens of COVID-19 cases among Bulgarian seasonal farm workers and Italians who live there were confirmed. Wearing a mask to discourage virus spread, Campania Gov….

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Russia confirms almost 7,000 Coronavirus cases for 2nd day

Russia confirms almost 7,000 Coronavirus cases for 2nd day

MOSCOW The daily coronavirus cases in Russia on Saturday remained below 7,000 for the second day in a row. Over the past day, 6,852 new cases were confirmed in the country, taking the country’s tally to 627,646, the emergency task force said in a daily report. Meanwhile, recoveries reached 393,352 after 9,200 people were discharged from hospital. With 188 more fatalities, the death toll from the virus reached 8,969. According to assessment by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the country “got through the most dangerous stage of the epidemic and the…

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Europe sizzles in heatwaves as lockdown ends this month

Europe sizzles in heatwaves as lockdown ends this month

Temperatures soar across northern and western Europe with many places running around 10 to 15 degrees above average.22 hours ago Europe has been hit by a heatwave with temperatures touching 40 degrees Celcius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). On Thursday afternoon, the temperature reached 41C (107F) in Andujar in southern Spain. Across the south and west of the country, temperatures have hovered around 40C (104F) for much of this week. Nine regions have been on high alert since Monday, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency said. France was also experiencing its first heatwave with…

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Health Authorities in Spain Detect Covid-19 Traces in Barcelona’s Residual Waste as Early as March 2019

Health Authorities in Spain Detect Covid-19 Traces in Barcelona’s Residual Waste as Early as March 2019

Researchers at the University of Barcelona, one of Spain’s most prestigious universities, had detected the presence of the novel coronavirus in waste water samples collected here on March 12, 2019, the university said in a statement on Friday. “These results, sent to a high impact journal and published in the archive medRxiv, suggest the infection was present before knowing about any case of COVID-19 in any part of the world,” the statement said. The study was led by researchers from the Enteric Virus Laboratory of the University of Barcelona in…

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Spain reports 419 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths

Spain reports 419 new coronavirus cases, 8 deaths

OVIEDO, Spain Spain saw new infections jumped up for the fourth day in a row on Friday, with the health authorities confirming 419 new COVID-19 cases. A total of 247,905 people have been confirmed to have the disease in Spain so far, according to the Health Ministry. The majority of new cases were detected in Aragon, Madrid, Catalonia, and Andalusia. On Thursday night, Spain’s chief epidemiologist Fernando Simon said there were around 40 outbreaks in Spain, and around 12 of them were particularly worrisome. “The fact that we’re talking about…

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French health authorities said in a statement the total of newly confirmed infections rose by 1,588 The number of people who died from the disease increased by 26 to 29,778 PARIS: France reported more than 1,500 new confirmed novel coronavirus cases on Friday, a spike unseen since May 30, while the number of additional fatalities linked to the virus rose by the highest amount in three days. French health authorities said in a statement the total of newly confirmed infections rose by 1,588, way above both the daily average of…

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Germany & France pledge $716 million to the WHO

Germany & France pledge $716 million to the WHO

France and Germany expressed political and financial backing for the World Health Organization in its fight against the coronavirus on Thursday, with Berlin saying it would give a record half billion euros in funding and equipment this year. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the agency, criticised by the United States for being slow off the mark in tackling the pandemic, was getting the support it needed and that the talks had been “very productive”. “We are getting today all the support we need, politically and financially. Both Germany…

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