Thu, 26 Nov 2020

BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOSCOW -- Russia recorded 6,718 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 667,883, the country's coronavirus response center said in a statement Friday.

The death toll rose by 176 to 9,859, while 437,893 people have recovered, including 8,915 over the last 24 hours, said the statement.

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BEIJING -- A total of 60 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals during the past week in China, 46 percent more than the previous week, a health official said Friday.

Altogether 78,499 people had been discharged after recovery, said Hu Qiangqiang, a spokesperson for the National Health Commission, at a press conference.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Friday that casinos across the kingdom will be allowed to resume operations if they meet requirements for COVID-19 prevention at their facilities, a spokesman and an official said.

Hun Sen made the decision during a weekly Cabinet meeting after the situation of the COVID-19 had stabilized, government spokesman Phay Siphan wrote on his Facebook page.

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CANBERRA -- Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Michael Kidd said on Friday that a continuing rise in the number of people in hospital and in intensive care due to COVID-19 infection is very concerning.

As at midday on Friday, a total of 8,066 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Australia, including 104 deaths. The number of news cases in the past 24 hours was 66 and all of them were in Victoria, according to Kidd in the daily update.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported two new COVID-19 recoveries, bringing the total recoveries to 179, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Friday.

Meanwhile, the NCCD conducted 194 tests for the virus in the last 24 hours, all of which showed negative results, Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the surveillance department of the NCCD, said at a daily press conference.

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CAPE TOWN -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has decided to extend troop deployment across the country to help enforce COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, the parliament said on Thursday.

Thandi Modise, speaker of the National Assembly (the Lower House), and Amos Masondo, chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (the Upper House), have received correspondence from Ramaphosa about that decision, parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said in a statement emailed to Xinhua.

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