Thu, 13 Aug 2020

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

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TEHRAN -- The total fatalities from the novel coronavirus in Iran hit 11,106 on Thursday after the registration of 148 deaths overnight, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily update on Thursday.

Over the past 24 hours, 2,652 new infection cases were registered, taking the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the country to 232,863 on Thursday, the official IRNA news agency reported, quoting Lari.

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday confirmed 107 new COVID-19 infections in the capital, marking the highest daily increase in two months and the first time the figure has topped 100 since May 2.

The latest figure also marked the seventh straight day that COVID-19 cases have topped 50 and the highest number since the state of emergency was officially lifted on May 25.

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KIEV -- Ukraine reported 889 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, raising its total number to 45,887, while the respective numbers of deaths and recoveries reached 1,187 and 20,053, according to the country's Health Ministry.

Since the beginning of the country's outbreak, 3,308 children and 6,828 health workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. A total of 12,234 patients have been hospitalized since the outbreak of the pandemic, while 401 of them were put on ventilators.

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BEIJING -- China has put in place the most rigorous COVID-19 prevention and control measures for next week's national college entrance exam, a key event for which more than 10 million candidates have registered, the Ministry of Education said Thursday.

Candidates and the test site staff will have their body temperatures and health conditions monitored regularly starting from 14 days ahead of the exam, the ministry said in a statement.

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KABUL -- Afghanistan's Public Health Ministry has confirmed 186 new COVID-19 positive cases over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of patients infected with the virus to 32,022, a spokesman for the ministry Sayedudin Jami said Thursday.

Kabul, with 61 new positive cases of COVID-19, topped all provinces while the remaining 125 cases are in other parts of the insurgency-plagued country, the official added.

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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. subsidy program for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic was on Wednesday extended to Aug. 8 from the June 30 deadline after the House's approval.

The House passed the temporary extension by voice vote without debate, so as to submit the legislation for signing by U.S. President Donald Trump into law as soon as possible.

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