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Russian Opposition Leader Navalny ‘Poisoned’ – Spokeswoman

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The spokeswoman for a Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has on Thursday said the politician is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital in Siberia after falling ill from suspected poisoning during a flight.

Kira Yarmysh said 44-year-old Navalny, who is a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin was flying from Siberia to Moscow after a work trip to Tomsk when his plane made an emergency landing after he fell ill.

In a Twitter post, Yarmysh, the press secretary for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which Navalny founded in 2011 stated “this morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk, she said further that “during the flight, he felt ill. The plane made an urgent landing in Omsk. Alexei has toxic poisoning.”

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Yarmysh added: “We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into [his] tea. It was the only thing he drank since morning. Doctors are saying that the toxic agent absorbed faster through the hot liquid. Right now Alexei is unconscious.”

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Interfax news agency quoted the cafe’s owners as saying they were checking CCTV cameras to try to establish what had happened.

In another report, Yarmysh told the Echo Moskvy radio station that Navalny was sweating on the plane and asked her to talk to him so that he could “focus on the sound of a voice”.

Yarmysh added “Alexei is still unconscious. He was put under ventilator. Police were called to the hospital on our demand.”

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However, according to the hospital where Navalny is receiving treatment, the deputy head physician told a media outlet that it was not certain Navalny had been poisoned, although “natural poisoning” was one of the diagnoses being considered.

Anatoly Kalinichenko said that doctors were “genuinely trying to save his life”.

Video footage on social media shows Navalny being taken on a stretcher to an ambulance on the airport runway.

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India Surpasses 5 Million Coronavirus Cases, 82,066 Deaths

India has set a record for the world’s highest single-day increase in Coronavirus cases. The country reported more than seventy-eight thousand cases in one day.

India is the world’s second most infected country behind United States with a total of 5,020,359 COVID-19 cases, while the US is leading with more than 6.6 million infections.

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The rise comes as the government continues to lift restrictions to try to boost an economy that lost millions of jobs when the virus hit in March.

Despite the increase, the government is pressing ahead with easing restrictions.

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Chairman of the Medanta division of peripheral vascular and endovascular sciences, Dr Rajiv Parekh says doctors are concerned about under-reporting and limited testing.

COVID-19 deaths in India is now more than 82,000, the third highest in the world behind the US and Brazil.

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According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 29.6 million persons around the world have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and 936,377 have died,  while nearly 20.1 million persons have recovered from the disease so far.

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UAE Announces Emergency Approval For Use Of Coronavirus Vaccine

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United Arab Emirates (UAE) has granted emergency approval for the use of a Coronavirus vaccine, six weeks after human trials in the gulf state started.

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The third phase of the trial of a COVID-19 inactivated vaccine developed by Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company began in the UAE in July and is yet to be completed.

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The country’s national emergency crisis and disaster management says the vaccine will be available to its front line health workers who are at the highest risk of contracting the virus.

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