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Global Covid cases exceed 95 mln

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The number of coronavirus cases confirmed all over the world has surpassed 95 million, while the global COVID-19 death toll stands at over two million, according to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.

As of 06:45 Moscow time on Monday (03:45 GMT), there are 95,003,533 confirmed coronavirus cases in the world. The global death toll from COVID-19 stands at 2,029,938. The number of recovered individuals stands at 52,269,644.

The United States, India, and Brazil remain the top three countries in terms of the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases. Russia comes fourth.
The US has registered 23,928,643 COVID-19 cases and has the largest COVID-19 death toll of all the countries in the world (397,500).

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Sweden heading into third wave of pandemic

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Sweden appeared headed into a third wave of the pandemic, the Health Agency said on Tuesday, as it tightened crowd restrictions for shops amid a recent rise in new COVID-19 cases and a rapid spread of virus variants considered more infectious, Report informs, citing TASS.

Sweden, which has shunned lockdowns throughout the pandemic, registered 11,804 new coronavirus cases since Friday, health agency statistics showed on Tuesday, an increase on the 10,933 cases reported during the corresponding period last week.

“It certainly looks like we’re heading into a third wave,” Chief Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell told a news conference. “It’s starting to have an impact on intensive care. We don’t see a dramatic increase but not the decrease we had for a time.”

The Health Agency recommended that crowds at shops be limited to 500 people, adding to a string of new restrictions in recent week, such as limited opening hours for bars, cafes, restaurants, and stricter rules for wearing face masks.

Tegnell, the architect of Sweden’s pandemic strategy, also said recent studies pointed to the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine being effective for people over 65. Sweden was looking into changing its recommendation of not administering it to the elderly.

“The AstraZeneca vaccine has gotten an undeserved bad reputation,” he said.

While new cases have increased, the death toll is still lower than in previous months. The country of 10 million inhabitants registered 56 new deaths, the lowest weekend figure since early November, taking the total to 12,882. The deaths reported have occurred over several days and sometimes weeks.

Sweden’s death rate per capita is often higher than that of its Nordic neighbors’ but lower than in several European countries that opted for lockdowns.

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Ilham Aliyev receives Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of Pakistan in video format

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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received in a video format a delegation led by Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan General Nadeem Raza, Report informs, citing President's Press Service.

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Georgia – Azerbaijan – Turkey co-op of great importance, says Georgian FM

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The trilateral cooperation between Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey is of great importance for the entire region, Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said at a joint briefing with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, Report's Georgian Service informs.

Zalkaliani noted that the energy and infrastructure projects implemented with the participation of the three countries are of not only regional but also international significance.

The Georgian minister noted that critical processes are taking place in the region.

"Initiatives related to new cooperation platforms are being put forward in the region. We believe that these formats should be based, first of all, on respect for the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty," the minister added.

The Georgian minister expressed confidence that his Turkey visit will further strengthen the strategic partnership between the countries.

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