Mon, 10 Aug 2020

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MANILA -- The Philippine government has lifted the travel restrictions on non-essential outbound travels for Filipinos amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Tuesday.

"All travel restrictions relative to outbound travel of Filipinos are lifted," Roque told a televised media briefing.

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JAKARTA -- The vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) being developed by Indonesia has successfully passed eight phases of trials and will undergo seven other examinations, the COVID-19 Task Force said on Tuesday.

The vaccine is jointly developed by Eijkman Institute for Bio-molecular Biology of Indonesia, the country's PT Bio Farma and PT Kalbe Farma, as well as a South Korean firm, said Reisa Broto Asmoro, a member of the task force, adding that the process will take a long time.

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ACCRA -- The number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 21,077, with a record 992 new infections confirmed late Monday, said the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The GHS said 1,200 confirmed cases under treatment had recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 16,070.

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WUHAN -- China's Wuhan plans to build a pool of convalescent plasma collected from donors who have recovered from COVID-19, to help more patients.

Wuhan Blood Center will be responsible for the plasma collection, according to sources with the center.

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SOFIA -- The number of COVID-19 recoveries in Bulgaria has risen to 3,000 after 85 more patients were discharged in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, the number of confirmed infections has reached 5,914, an increase of 174 over Monday morning, the ministry said.

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Tuesday said that COVID-19 has claimed the life of an elderly Palestinian man in the West Bank, raising the death toll to 22 in Palestine.

Palestinian Minister of Health Mai al-Kaila said in a press statement that a 72-year-old man from al-Fawar refugee camp near the southern West Bank city of Hebron was declared dead due to COVID-19 infection.

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HARARE -- Zimbabwe recorded another COVID-19 death on Monday, bringing the country's death toll to nine.

Cases have also risen to 734 after 18 people tested positive, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said in an update Tuesday morning.

The new cases include 16 citizens who returned from South Africa and two local transmissions.

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases have breached the 200,000 mark, recording a cumulative total of 205,721, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced late Monday night.

The Western Cape province remained the epicenter with 70,938 cases, comprising 34.5 percent of the national tally, the minister said in his daily update.

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HOUSTON -- The southern U.S. county of Dallas reported 1,214 COVID-19 cases on Monday, marking the fourth-straight day with cases surpassing 1,000, local officials said.

There were 105 new hospitalizations related with the novel coronavirus in the past day, the biggest daily jump up to date, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement, mentioning that another six people have died from the virus in the past day.

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