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Global COVID-19 Cases Exceed 27.3 Million

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Global COVID-19 Cases Exceed 31 Million

The Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus disease dashboard on Tuesday shows that the global confirmed cases of COVID-19 have topped 27.3 million and the death toll has exceeded 897,000.

The United States, India and Brazil are the most affected countries in confirmed cases.  The U.S. has reported more than six million confirmed cases while India and Brazil each have more than four million confirmed cases.

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The U.S. still tops the world in number of deaths as it has reported more 189,000 fatalities.  Brazil has the second highest number of death with one hundred twenty-six thousand.  India is third with nearly seventy-two thousand deaths.

Trailing the three in terms of confirmed cases are Russia with more than one million cases, Peru with nearly 700,000 cases.  Following those are Colombia, South Africa, Mexico, Spain and Argentina.

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The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) says the Americas remain the most affected region by the virus.  More than fourteen million cases and nearly half a million deaths have been reported in the region. South East Asia follows with nearly five million cases and Europe has reported four and a half million infections.  The top three countries in the western pacific region are the Philippines, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

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Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

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Alexei Navalny Discharged From Berlin Hospital

Medical authorities at the German hospital in berlin that has been treating Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny say he has improved enough to be released from the hospital.

Navalny is the most vociferous opponent of president Vladimir Putin who was flown to Germany two days after falling ill in August on A Russian domestic flight.  On his arrival in Germany, medical tests revealed he was poisoned with a Soviet-er nerve agent.

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Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than two weeks.  Members of his team have accused the kremlin of involvement in the poisoning.  Russian, of course, has strongly denied that charge.

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Medical officials at the berlin hospital say it is possible Navalny would completely recover from the nerve agent poisoning.

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Greece: Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers On Lesbos Test Positive For COVID-19

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Greece- Hundreds Of Asylum Seekers On Lesbos Test Positive For COVID-19

Authorities in Greece have confirmed two hundred forty-three persons among thousands of asylum-seekers on the Island of Lesbos have tested positive for coronavirus infections.

Health officials say the average age of those confirmed positive was 24, and most were asymptomatic.

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All one hundred sixty police and administrative staff who had come in contact with the migrants tested negative for the virus.

Government spokesperson, Stelios Petsas says the positive cases from lesbos would be added to Greece’s official coronavirus figures.

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More than 12,000 asylum-seekers were left homeless nearly two weeks ago after fires on two successive nights destroyed the notoriously overcrowded Moria camp.

Greek authorities say the fires were deliberately set by a small group of Afghans angered by lockdown and isolation orders.

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The country is experiencing a resurgence of the virus with more than 15,000 confirmed positive cases and 338 deaths in this country of nearly 11 million persons.

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Italians Vote To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third

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Italians Vote To Slash Size Of Parliament By A Third

Italians have voted in a referendum to reduce the size of the country’s parliament by more than a third.

Almost 70% of the people have voted in favour of the change, with almost all votes counted.

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The number of MPs in the lower house will be reduced from 634 to 400. The senate will also be downsized.

The referendum was pushed by the five star movement, a part of the governing coalition, which argues this new move will reduce costs.

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The referendum was held alongside several key regional elections.

The total number of MPs and senators will be cut from 945 to 600. The change had already been pushed through parliament.

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However, critics argue this will weaken the authority of parliament and deliver minimal cost-saving benefits.

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