Mon, 21 Sep 2020

BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported one new case of COVID-19 on Wednesday in managed isolation and quarantine facilities, with four more probable cases in the community related to Tuesday's four cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

The four probable cases are linked to the existing community transmission cases and are awaiting test results, according to the ministry.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 54 more cases of the COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,714.

The daily caseload stayed above 50 for 17 days since July 26 due to the continued small cluster infections and imported cases.

Of the new cases, 19 were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 2,591.

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NEW DELHI -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 2,329,638 on Wednesday as the deaths crossed the 46,000 mark, reaching 46,091, said the data released by the federal health ministry.

Over the past 24 hours, as many as 60,963 new cases were recorded across the country, while 834 deaths due to the virus were registered.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. corporate bankruptcies are on pace to reach a 10-year high in 2020, as the U.S. economy plunged into recession amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.

As of Sunday, a total of 424 U.S. companies have filed for bankruptcies this year, exceeding the number of filings during any comparable period since 2010, S&P Global Market Intelligence reported on Monday.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's largest city Auckland resumed COVID-19 Alert Level 3 on Wednesday for three days, with the rest of the country going to Level 2 after four cases of community transmission were confirmed on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told a press conference that no new positive tests were related to the four confirmed community cases.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. businesses are not leaving the Chinese market despite "an unprecedented downturn" in U.S.-China relations during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an annual member survey released Tuesday by the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC).

"Both our data as well as conversations with member companies indicate that American companies remain committed to the China market over the long term," said the survey.

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BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of 25 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, including 16 imported cases and nine locally-transmitted ones.

Six new imported cases were reported in Guangdong, four in Shanghai, and one each in Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Fujian, Shandong, Sichuan, and Shaanxi, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

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