Tue, 18 May 2021

BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 115 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the 12th consecutive day of more than 100 cases.

All of the newly reported cases are local infections, bringing Hong Kong's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 3,511.

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MANILA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 103,185 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported a record-high 5,032 new cases on Sunday, making a record daily increase for the fourth consecutive day.

The DOH reported 3,954 new cases on Thursday, 4,063 on Friday and 4,963 on Saturday, and the number of recoveries further rose to 65,557 after it reported 301 patients who have recovered from the disease.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 309,437 on Sunday after an overnight registration of 2,685 new infections, official IRNA new agency reported.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,423 have been hospitalized.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh has seen a moderate daily decrease in the number of new infections, with a total number of 3,154 deaths, according to the country's Health Ministry official on Sunday.

The country on Sunday reported 886 new cases and 22 COVID-19 related fatalities, with the total number of infections increasing to 240,746.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 5,427 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 850,870, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Sunday.

Meanwhile, 70 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 14,128, according to the statement.

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JAKARTA -- The tally of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,519 within one day to 111,455, with the death toll adding by 43 to 5,236, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry also said 1,056 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 68,975.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia repatriated 260 nationals on a chartered flight from South Korea on Saturday, according to the country's State Emergency Commission (SEC).

The Seoul-Ulan Bator flight landed at the Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport on Saturday evening, the SEC said in a statement on Sunday.

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BANGKOK -- A Thai medical doctor who specializes in epidemiology and an advisor to the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday voiced concerns about the Thai government's plan to lift the ban on foreign arrivals, allowing tourists to return to Thailand through the bubble travel plan.

He told the media of his concerns after the Thai health authorities discovered two foreigners who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in quarantine in Thailand.

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WASHINGTON -- Only 34 percent of Americans approve of U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

The survey, whose results were released Friday, also found that the U.S. public broadly disapproves of the president's handling of other recent crises such as the nationwide protests following the death of African American George Floyd.

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SYDNEY -- Australia's State of Victoria will enter a state of disaster on Sunday with its capital city Melbourne moving to stage 4 restrictions with stronger rules in a bid to limit the movement of people and the spread of COVID-19.

These changes, announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, will be in place for at least the next six weeks until Sept. 13.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported two new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total tally to 293, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Sunday.

"A total of 455 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the country yesterday and two of them were positive," Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, said at a daily press conference.

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WUHAN -- Central China's Hubei Province reported three newly imported COVID-19 cases and one new asymptomatic case Saturday, the provincial health commission said Sunday.

The three confirmed patients are all hospitalized in the provincial capital Wuhan, according to the commission.

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