Thu, 13 Aug 2020

BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has registered 5,482 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 839,981, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Friday.

Meanwhile, 161 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 13,963, according to the statement.

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SUVA -- Fiji reported its first death from COVID-19 infection on Friday.

Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete said the 66-year-old Fijian man, who had a history of cardiac problems and returned from India early July, died on Thursday in the hospital in Lautoka, Fiji's second largest city.

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TOKYO -- Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike confirmed 463 new COVID-19 infections in the capital on Friday, with the figure marking a record daily increase, eclipsing the previous single-day record of 367 on Thursday.

The cumulative total of COVID-19 cases in the capital now stands at 12,691, more than 50 percent of which were confirmed this month, as fears rise about the aggressive pace of the virus' continued spread in the capital.

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NEW DELHI -- India recorded the highest ever single-day spike of 55,078 of fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total tally to 1,638,870, according to the federal health ministry's latest data.

This is the second consecutive day when fresh COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 50,000.

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HANOI -- The Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control of Vietnam's central Quang Nam province has decided to place social distancing order on five of the province's districts and townships starting from Saturday following the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the community.

Four districts of Dai Loc, Duy Xuyen, Que Son and Thang Binh, and Dien Ban township of Quang Nam province will implement social distancing measures including limiting going out, keeping distance among people and wearing face masks from Saturday, Vietnam News Agency reported on Friday.

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SHENYANG -- China's Liaoning Province reported 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.

All new confirmed patients are in the city of Dalian and six of them were previously asymptomatic cases, according to the commission.

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