Thu, 29 Oct 2020

BEIJING, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TUNIS -- Tunisia has reported its highest daily new coronavirus cases since the outbreak in the country on March 2, by confirming 1,087 new COVID-19 infections and 11 new deaths, announced Tunisian Ministry of Health on Saturday.

According to its daily epidemiological report, the ministry said that the total number of confirmed cases in Tunisia reached 14,392, with 191 deaths.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia reported one new imported case of COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the total number of infections in the kingdom to 276, the health ministry said in a press statement.

The latest case was detected on a 70-year-old Hungarian man, who arrived in the capital city Phnom Penh from France on Sept. 13 via a connecting flight in South Korea, the statement said.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 7,523 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its national total to 1,143,571, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Saturday.

The number of coronavirus infections in Russia has started to grow after the summer holiday season, with people gathering in large groups and many restrictions lifted.

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MINSK -- Belarus reported 332 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking its total to 77,289, according to the country's health ministry.

There have been 121 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 74,046, the ministry added.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Saturday reported 758 new COVID-19 cases and two more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 103,199 and the death toll to 597, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 8,391 patients are receiving treatment, including 108 in ICU, according to the statement.

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HARARE -- The University of Zimbabwe is playing a vital role in helping to respond to a shortage of hand sanitizers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Production of hand sanitizers by Zimbabwe's premier and oldest university kicked off at the onset of the pandemic in March in response to government's call for local institutions of higher learning to create solutions to the country's challenges.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported two cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, said the Ministry of Health in a statement.

Of Saturday's cases, one was an imported case detected in a managed isolation facility and the other was a historical case detected during contact tracing. Meanwhile, there was no new case of COVID-19 in the community, said the ministry.

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LOS ANGELES -- California's top health official said Friday that the latest data of COVID-19 in the state was worrisome, since it could be an early sign showing a "second wave" of the virus is coming.

California's Director of Health and Human Services Mark Ghaly updated the pandemic situation in the golden state at an online video briefing on Friday evening, saying 3,400 new cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, which marks a slight uptick from recent lows.

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CAIRO -- Egypt reported late on Friday 112 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 102,625, said the Health Ministry.

In a statement, the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed said 18 patients died from the novel coronavirus in the past 234 hours, taking the death toll to 5,853.

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QINGDAO -- A total of 12,492 people working at the Qingdao Port had been tested for nucleic acid as of Friday after two stevedores were reported as asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

All test results were negative and testing for the remaining personnel is underway, according to the port in east China's Shandong Province Saturday. Around 20,000 people work in the port area.

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GABORONE -- Botswana has reverted to stringent travel restrictions across the zonal boundaries as positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise.

Those who travel within the country ahead of the Independence Day holiday slated for next week will need to apply for permits, which will be issued at the discretion of the COVID-19 Presidential Task Force, Malaki Tshipayagae, director of Health Services, said on Friday.

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