Live COVID-19 updates: Singapore reports 359 new cases

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BEIJING, July 28 (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 (MOH) reported 359 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 51,197.

Of the new cases, two are imported cases, one is community case and the rest are linked with the dormitories of foreign workers. Among the cases, 99 percent are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing.

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FUZHOU — Eastern China’s Fuzhou has demanded a “wartime” preparedness after an asymptomatic COVID-19 case from Dalian, where new clusters have been reported, reportedly visited several crowded venues in the city.

The city’s COVID-19 prevention and control authorities said on Tuesday they had ordered all districts and counties to be prepared like in wartime, and to defend local communities with “the most decisive measures.”

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LUSAKA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Zambia reached 5,002 on Tuesday, its health ministry announced.

Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary in charge of administration Kennedy Malama said the country recorded 450 new cases in the last 24 hours and two deaths.

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DALIAN — More than 2.96 million samples for nucleic acid tests of COVID-19 had been collected by Monday in the city of Dalian after new cases began to emerge last week, local authorities said on Tuesday.

A total of 8,107 medics have been mobilized to collect samples at more than 2,000 sites across the city in northeast China’s Liaoning Province, according to Zhao Lian, deputy director of the city’s health commission.

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BISHKEK — Kyrgyzstan’s total COVID-19 cases reached 33,844 on Tuesday, after 548 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Eight of the new cases are medical workers, raising the tally of contracted medical workers to 2,691, Ainura Akmatova, head of the public healthcare department of the country’s health ministry, told a daily news briefing.

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BERLIN — The rapid rise in Germany’s COVID-19 cases is very worrying, the country’s health agency Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Tuesday.

“We had all managed to keep the number of cases stable over several weeks” in Germany, said RKI President Lothar Wieler. Around four weeks ago, only 300 to 500 new cases had been recorded by the RKI daily. At some time, the figures had been even lower.

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ULAN BATOR — Mongolia on Tuesday decided to extend the country’s heightened state of readiness until Aug. 31 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The extension is part of efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the State Emergency Commission said in a statement.

As of Tuesday, Mongolia has confirmed 289 COVID-19 cases with no local transmissions or deaths.

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MINSK — Belarus reported 115 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking its tally to 67,366, according to the country’s health ministry.

There have been 177 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 60,669, the ministry added.

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COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s health ministry said the country’s COVID-19 recovery rate was high above the global rate and those highly affected countries, local media reported on Tuesday.

According to the ministry, Sri Lanka’s current COVID-19 recovery rate is 75.7 percent, compared with an average 61.21 percent in the world, 63.9 percent in India and 47.81 percent in the United States. Enditem

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