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The Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center has reported large jumps in new COVID-19 cases in India and the U.S.

India’s virus cases top six million amid concerns over festivals, polls

The number of COVID-19 cases in India topped 6 million on Monday amid concerns over the country’s upcoming religious festival and polls in a populous state.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday announced the lockdown ahead of the Jewish holiday season, which starts with the Jewish New Year on September 18 and ends with the Tabernacles holiday on October 9.

Israeli premier approves stricter virus lockdown

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said current restrictions would be tightened up to a “full lockdown” for two weeks beginning at 2 p.m. (1100 GMT) on Friday, in the face of the soaring COVID-19 numbers.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development Minister Mr. Sunday Dare has commended Total E&P Nigeria Ltd for their commitment towards the Development of Basketball as well as the Youth.

Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports

Minister of Youth and Sports Development Sunday Dare says contact sports will soon resume in the country under strict protocols as recommended by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
San Diego State University halts in-person classes, Sept. 2, 2020, for a month after dozens of students were infected with the coronavirus.

India sets world record with new number of virus cases

India’s Health Ministry reported Sunday that it had recorded 90,632 new COVID-19 infections in the previous 24-hour period, setting a world record for a one-day tally of new cases.
Governor Dapo Abiodun - Ogun Isolation Corornavirus Center 3

Official : Why Ogun shut down four isolation centres

The Ogun State Government says it shut down four out of its six isolation centres for COVID-19 patients because it had only 18 patients on admission.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday announced a “phased reopening” of the country, with the resumption of international flights from August 1 as well as the lifting of internal travel restrictions.

Kenya health ministry asked to publish virus deals amid graft scandal

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday ordered Kenya’s health ministry to publish details of all purchases made during the coronavirus pandemic following allegations government officials stole millions of dollars of vital medical supplies.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday threatened to punch a reporter repeatedly in the mouth after being asked about his wife's links to an alleged corruption scheme.

Brazil expands requirements for abortion in rape cases

Brazil expanded its requirements Friday for rape victims seeking an abortion, including a rule that medical staff must tell the woman she can see the embryo or fetus via ultrasound.
The giant Olympic rings are seen in the dusk at the waterfront area at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan, March 22, 2020. REUTERS-Issei Kato-File Photo

Japan eyeing Olympics, lines up half-billion doses of virus vaccine

Japan is making an aggressive move to grab enough coronavirus vaccine to inoculate its population four times over.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wears a protective mask after a news conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan April 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota-Pool via REUTERS

Japanese premier to quit due to poor health – reports

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to step down due to health issues, Kyodo News reported on Friday, citing an unnamed source from the premier’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
Kenya's number of declared coronavirus cases rose by 193 to reach 32,557 on Monday, after the analysis of 3,381 samples in the last 24 hours.

Kenya confirmed virus infections hit 32,557, nearly 19,000 recoveries

The government announced the country's first case of the disease on March 13, following its discovery in Wuhan, China, on December 31, 2019.
India on Friday banned the export of personal protection equipment such as masks and clothing amid a global coronavirus outbreak.

India’s coronavirus tally crosses three million mark

India's confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the three million mark Sunday with nearly 70,000 new infections, as the disease continues to surge in the world's second most-populous nation.
Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was battling for his life in a Siberian hospital on Friday after a suspected poisoning as an air ambulance was dispatched to fly him to Germany for treatment.

Russian opposition leader fights for life after suspected poisoning

Leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was battling for his life in a Siberian hospital on Friday after a suspected poisoning as an air ambulance was dispatched to fly him to Germany for treatment.
Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has been developed by the Gamaleya research institute in coordination with the country’s defence ministry.

Vietnam says looking to buy Russia coronavirus vaccine

Vietnam’s health ministry is looking to buy a bulk order of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine, state media said on Friday, despite global scepticism over its effectiveness and safety.

Lebanon prosecutor to probe ministers over Beirut blast

A Lebanese prosecutor is to probe several ministers and former ministers over last week’s deadly chemical blast at Beirut port, a judicial official said Wednesday.
This image shows vials of Russia's COVID-19 vaccine, named Sputnik V. (Russian Health Ministry - Handout-Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Russia expects to produce five million doses of coronavirus vaccine monthly – Institute

Russia may be able to produce five million doses of its new COVID-19 vaccine monthly by December, the Director of the Gamaleya Scientific Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Alexander Gintsburg, said on Wednesday.
Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has been developed by the Gamaleya research institute in coordination with the country’s defence ministry.

Iran warns Russian coronavirus vaccine ‘potentially’ dangerous

The Iranian Health Ministry, on Wednesday, urged caution over the new Russian coronavirus vaccine Sputnik-V, which has drawn international criticism for not completing phase three clinical trials.
Adama Barrow of The Gambia

Gambia’s health system near collapse amid pandemic

The Gambia has seen over a 70% rise in coronavirus cases last week, and its health sector is crumbling under the weight of the deadly virus.
Kaduna State Ministry of Health on Saturday confirmed that a four-month-old child was among the 20 new coronavirus cases recorded in the state on Friday.

Pakistan lifts virus restrictions in spite of concerns from medics

Pakistan on Monday lifted restrictions imposed to stem the spread of COVID-19, in spite of concerns from medics that infections may increase again in the country.

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Some youths with looted bags of grains from the Commodities Marketers warehouse, Kakuri Industrial layout, Kaduna. Olu Ajayi.

Kaduna government orders arrest of looters of virus palliative

The Kaduna State Government says it will trace, arrest and prosecute those who looted COVID-19 items in Kaduna on Saturday.
As Nigeria celebrates her 59th year independence anniversary, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State has said that though the country is 59 years old, it has not matured.

Taraba government declares indefinite curfew over looting

The Taraba State Government has imposed an indefinite curfew in the state following the invasion of government warehouses by hoodlums on Saturday.
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola on Sunday disclosed that the state has recorded its first coronavirus death.

Osun governor warns hoodlums to return looted items within 72 hours

Osun State Governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has given hoodlums, who looted government and private assets in the state 72 hours to return the looted items or face the wrath of the law.

SEMA: Benue not hoarding virus palliatives

The Benue State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, has clarified that the state government has not hoarded any of the palliative sent to the state by Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) for distribution to the poor to cushion the harsh effect of COVID-19 in the state.

Official: UCH beefs up security over planned attack

The University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, says it has beefed up security, following the threat of a planned attack on the teaching hospital by hoodlums.