Live COVID-19 updates: Africa’s COVID-19 cases top 828,000

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BEIJING, July 26 (Xinhua) — The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SINGAPORE — Singapore’s Ministry of Health reported 481 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 50,369.

Of the new cases, four are imported cases, five are community cases and the rest are linked with the dormitories of foreign workers.

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BAGHDAD — The Iraqi health authorities on Sunday decided to impose full curfew during the upcoming Eid al-Adha holiday, while the Health Ministry reported 2,459 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total nationwide infections to 110,032.

The Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi, decided in a statement to extend the weekly full curfew from July 30 to Aug. 9, including the Eid al-Adha holiday.

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ADDIS ABABA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent reached 828,214 on Sunday, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU) Commission, said that the number of deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 17,509 as of Sunday afternoon.

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NEW DELHI — Over the past few months India has fought COVID-19 unitedly, and India’s rural regions have come up as a beacon of guidance for the entire country, said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday.

Modi made the remarks in his monthly address to the nation over radio on Sunday. He said the hazards of COVID-19 are far from being over as it is spreading fast at many places.

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection reported 128 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the fifth straight day when the daily additional cases surpassed 100.

The newly-reported cases, including 103 local infections and 25 imported cases, brought the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong to 2,633.

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HANOI — Vietnam on Sunday reported three new cases of COVID-19 infection, all of which were found in the community, bringing its total confirmed cases to 420, according to its Ministry of Health.

The three new cases are a 71-year-old woman and a 61-year-old man from central Vietnam’s Da Nang, and a 17-year-old man from the central Quang Ngai province who has visited a Da Nang-based hospital to take care of his family member, according to the ministry.

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BANGKOK — The Thai Immigration Bureau on Sunday issued an advisory saying that all foreigners with transit or tourist visas or visa on arrival, whose stay in Thailand was extended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, must leave Thailand by Sept. 26.

The Thai cabinet recently approved the extension of stay until Sept. 26 for foreigners stranded in Thailand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LISBON — Portugal on Sunday reported 209 new COVID-19 infections, raising the tally to 50,164 cases, according to the Portuguese Director-General of Health.

One person died of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,717 in the country.

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MINSK — Belarus reported 130 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking its tally to 67,132, according to the country’s health ministry.

There have been 333 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 60,425, the ministry added.

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BEIJING — A total of 30 security guards have died in the line of duty across China since the COVID-19 epidemic, showed figures released on Friday at a promotion event of the security guard service sector.

China’s epidemic prevention and control measures have had wide-ranging contributions from the sector, with the participation of millions of security guards in implementing daily epidemic control measures, guarding isolation facilities, medical observation and treatment sites, and maintaining epidemic control and security checkpoints. Enditem

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