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Russia reports its highest single-day death toll: Live updates

Russia reported 153 coronavirus deaths over the previous 24 hours raising total fatalities to 3,541.

  • Russia reported 153 coronavirus deaths, the epidemic's highest daily toll, raising total fatalities to 3,541.
  • Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks.
  • Turkey announced 32 new COVID-19 deaths and 1,186 infections in the past 24 hours, the highest number of the week, pushing total cases to 55,686 and deaths to 4,308. An Eid al-Fitr weekend lockdownhas been imposed.
  • After the United States, the hardest-hit countries are the United Kingdom with 36,675 deaths from 258,511 cases, Italy with 32,735 from 229,327 cases, Spain with 28,752 deaths and 235,772 cases and France at 28,332 deaths and 182,036 cases.
  • More than 5.3 million people around the world have been infected with the coronavirus to date, according to Johns Hopkins University. More than 342,000 people have died, while more than two million have recovered.
Here are the latest updates:

Sunday, May 24

14:33 GMT - Spain's coronavirus death toll climbs by 70

Spain's overnight coronavirus death toll rose by 70 to a total of 28,752, the health ministry has said.
The number of diagnosed cases rose to 235,772 from 235,290.

14:19 GMT - At least 107 coronavirus cases traced to Baptist service in Germany

At least 107 people have tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a service at a Baptist church in the western German city of Frankfurt, the regional Health Ministry said. 

The affected worshippers were residents of Frankfurt and three districts in the surrounding central state of Hesse, said the state's Health Minister Kai Klose. 

The new numbers came a day after authorities said they had confirmed at least 40 cases related to the service. 

"Most of them are not particularly sick. To our knowledge, there is only one person in a hospital," said Rene Gottschalk, head of Frankfurt's health department on Saturday.

14:00 GMT - AngloGold Ashanti finds 164 COVID-19 cases at Mponeng mine in South Africa

AngloGold Ashanti's Mponeng mine in South Africa has been temporarily closed after 164 workers tested positive for the coronavirus, the gold miner said in a statement on Sunday.
The mine, the deepest in the world, only re-opened in April after being shut under a nationwide lockdown, and had been operating at around 50 percent capacity. It accounted for around 7.4 percent of the company's total gold production in 2019.
AngloGold Ashanti said it had conducted 650 tests at Mponeng since detecting the first case of the virus there last week, and 164 employees had tested positive with only a handful of tests left to process.
"As a precautionary step, and after discussions with the regulator, operations... have been temporarily halted on a voluntary basis, to complete contact tracing and to again deep clean and sanitize the workplace and key infrastructure," the statement said.
A worker pours gold at the AngloGold Ashanti mine at Obuasi, Ghana
Mine closed after 164 workers test positive for coronavirus [File: Reuters]

13:40 GMT - Soccer-Bournemouth player tests positive for COVID-19

A Bournemouth player was one of two people working for Premier League clubs who tested positive for COVID-19 following a second batch of testing, the club said.
Bournemouth did not disclose the player's identity but said he would self isolate for seven days in line with league protocols before another test is conducted.
"AFC Bournemouth can confirm that one of its players has tested positive for COVID-19, following the club's second round of testing," Bournemouth said in a statement. 
"Following strict adherence of the Premier League's return to training regulations, the club's training ground remains a safe working environment for players and backroom staff, who will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice per week."

13:30 GMT - Madrid residents eager ahead of this weekend's reopening 

Residents of Madrid and Barcelona are eagerly anticipating the opening of parks, museums, churches this week, as Spain prepares to ease some of the strictest lockdown measures in Europe in its capital and second city.
In Madrid, where for two weeks authorities have begun to let runners and cyclists out for exercise for a few hours in the morning and evening, graphic designer Jimena Ruiz jogged near the wrought iron fence of Retiro park, still shut with a chain.
"I can't wait for it," she said wistfully. "I'm really looking forward to running, sunbathing and sitting by the fountains."
Spain is now in the third month of its national emergency, having endured one of the largest per capita death tolls in the world from the coronavirus, which hit hardest in Madrid.

13:04 GMT - US poised to ban travel from Brazil: White House aide

The US is poised to announce a ban on travel from coronavirus-hit Brazil, a top aide to US President Donald Trump has said. 

"I think that we'll have a new travel decision today with respect to Brazil and just like we did with the UK and Europe and China, and we hope that'll be temporary," Robert O'Brien, the US national security advisor, said on CBS.  

"But because of the situation of Brazil, we're going to take every step necessary protecting American people," he said. 

The US had previously cut off travel from China, Europe and Britain as the virus surged in those countries.


Hello, this is Elizabeth Melimopoulosin Doha taking over from my colleague Mersiha Gadzo.

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