CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC | Russia’s cases rise by 10,000 in one-day record

BUCHAREST | ROMANIA – Russia has recorded 10,633 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, the highest daily rise since the outbreak began in the country.

The increases brings Russia’s total number of coronavirus cases to 134,686, the seventh highest tally in the world.

But Russia’s mortality rate remains low relative to other countries, such as the U.S., Italy and Spain.

On Sunday, a further 58 coronavirus – related deaths were announced, bringing the total to 1,280 in Russia.

Moscow has been hit particularly hard by the virus, leaving its healthcare system struggling to cope.

Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin on Saturday cautioned against complacency, saying the capital was not past the peak of its coronavirus epidemic.

The mayor said around 2% of residents in the city – around 250,000  people – had tested positive for coronavirus. On Sunday, Moscow’s total number of cases jumped by 5,948 to a total of 68,606.

A strict lockdown has been imposed in Moscow, where its 12 million residents have been ordered to stay home with few exception.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said situation remains ‘very serious’, warning Russians to brace for a ‘gruelling phase of the pandemic’ in the weeks ahead.


BUSINESS | LVMH Submit Disputed Tiffany Takeover For EU Clearance

PARIS | FRANCE – LVMH said on Friday it had submitted its troubled takeover of Tiffany, which is now at the centre of  a legal dispute between the two groups, for EU approval as it seeks to counter accusations that it deliberately stalled antitrust proceedings. The French group’s $16 billion acquisition of the U.S. jeweler … Continue reading BUSINESS | LVMH Submit Disputed Tiffany Takeover For EU Clearance

TRAVEL | What You Need To Know About Travel Guidelines In Saudi Arabia

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has released its updated traveler’s guide, which accommodates the ongoing pandemic after approving international travel for some exceptional cases. The new regulations entail that non – Saudis who are entering the Kingdom must provide a medical report of their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test and its negative results, … Continue reading TRAVEL | What You Need To Know About Travel Guidelines In Saudi Arabia

WORLD NEWS | Trump Awards Kuwaiti Emir ‘Prestigious’ Decoration, White House Says

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Donald Trump awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, to Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the White House said in a statement on Friday, adding that it was the first time the honor had been given since 1991. The 91-year-old emir arrived in the United States in July … Continue reading WORLD NEWS | Trump Awards Kuwaiti Emir ‘Prestigious’ Decoration, White House Says

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