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BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported two new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the number of active cases of COVID-19 in the country to 23, all in managed isolation or quarantine facilities, according to the Ministry of Health.

It has been 70 days since the last case of COVID-19 was acquired locally from an unknown source, said a ministry statement.

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SHANGHAI -- East China's Shanghai Municipality reported one new imported COVID-19 case and no increase in domestically transmitted cases on Thursday, the municipal health commission said Friday.

The imported case was a Chinese student studying in France who departed from France on July 5 and arrived at Shanghai Pudong International Airport on July 6. The student was put under quarantine upon arrival and showed symptoms during the isolated observation period and was later confirmed as a COVID-19 patient.

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ALGIERS -- A member of Algeria's Scientific Committee monitoring the spread of COVID-19 said on Thursday that about 1,700 medical staff in the country have been infected with the coronavirus.

Professor Abdelkrim Soukhal, a member of the committee, was quoted by local media as saying that "we have identified about 1,700 infections among the medical staff in the whole country."

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli health ministry reported 1,268 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, raising the total number in the country to 34,825.

The death toll increased from 346 to 348, while the number of patients in serious condition increased from 113 to 122, out of 434 patients currently hospitalized, according to the ministry.

The number of recoveries rose to 18,452, with 114 new ones, while the number of active cases rose to 16,025.

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MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Friday said it has disbursed 20 million U.S. dollars, comprising a 10-million-dollar grant and a 10-million-dollar concessional loan, to help the Solomon Islands fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Manila-based bank said the loan and grant, which were handed out on Thursday, will be used to train nurses and doctors in the Solomon Islands to fight COVID-19 and obtain personal protective equipment for medical staff.

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