More than 150 evacuated from Russian coronavirus hospital after fire

MOSCOW, Oct 31 More than 150 patients were evacuated on Saturday from a makeshift coronavirus hospital in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in the southern Urals following an oxygen explosion and fire, the Emergency Ministry said.

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Slovakia mobilises as bid to COVID-test most of country in 2 days begins

TRENCIN, Slovakia, Oct 31 Long queues formed outside coronavirus testing centres in Slovakia on Saturday, as the country embarked on a bid to test most of the country's 5.5 million inhabitants over a single weekend.

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UPDATE 1-Greece to shut most bars, restaurants in country for month from Tuesday

ATHENS, Oct 31 Greece will expand a night-time curfew on movement and shut restaurants and bars in the most populous areas of the country for one month to contain a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, the prime minister said on Saturday.

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UPDATE 2-Malaysia's Muhyiddin urges lawmakers to pass budget to tackle COVID-19

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, facing a challenge from the opposition and dissent within his coalition, on Saturday urged lawmakers to pass the 2021 budget to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

4:01pm IST

FACTBOX-Worldwide coronavirus cases cross 45.54 million, death toll at 1,187,944

By Lynx Insight Service Oct 31 More than 45.54 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 1,187,944​ have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. Interactive graphic tracking global spread of coronavirus: open https://tmsnrt.rs/2FThSv7 in an external browser. Eikon users can click https://

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Exclusive: Amazon tells India regulator its partner Future Retail is misleading public

NEW DELHI Amazon.com Inc has complained to India's market regulator that its local partner Future Retail Ltd misled shareholders by incorrectly saying it was complying with its contractual obligations to the U.S. e-commerce giant, a letter seen by Reuters shows.