Fri, 25 Sep 2020

BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa's COVID-19 recovery rate has reached 75.9 percent, with the number of recoveries currently standing at 432,029, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday.

The minister said earlier in the day that with fewer and fewer daily confirmed cases reported, the country's COVID-19 infection rate appears to be stable.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's mortality rate for COVID-19 patients aged over 60 years rose to 10.5 percent, the Ministry of Health warned Wednesday.

The mortality rate is far higher than the average mortality rate nationwide, which is 1.9 percent, Carla Vizzotti, the Health Ministry's health access secretary, told a press conference.

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SUVA -- Fiji reported on Thursday one new border quarantine case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the island nation to 10 since July 6.

Fiji's Ministry of Health Acting Permanent Secretary James Fong confirmed the new COVID-19 case on Thursday, saying the patient is a 61-year-old male Fijian citizen who had travelled from Sacramento in the United State, transiting through Auckland, a city in New Zealand, and arriving in Nadi, Fiji's third largest city, on a flight on Aug. 6.

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine announced on Wednesday night that it lifted the weekly lockdown and eased the tight precautionary measures imposed in the West Bank to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was decided by Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye during a meeting with the highest Palestinian emergency commission, Ibrahim Milhem, the Palestinian government spokesman, told a news briefing in Ramallah.

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BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Thursday that it received reports of 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, including 11 imported cases and eight locally-transmitted ones.

All the new locally-transmitted cases were reported in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

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YEREVAN -- Armenia on Wednesday reported 201 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national count to 40,794, according to the National Center for Disease Control.

A total of 335 more patients have recovered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 33,492, according to the center.

In addition, three people died in the same period, raising the death toll to 806.

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WINDHOEK -- Namibia will suspend all domestic flights for 18 days starting from Wednesday amid an increase in COVID-19 cases, national airline Air Namibia has announced.

The suspension of regional flights will be extended until Sept. 20, and Frankfurt flights until Sept. 30, in line with the reopening of international borders, Air Namibia corporate communications officer Twaku Kayofa said Wednesday.

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