Fri, 07 Aug 2020

BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- The death toll from COVID-19 in Brazil has reached 69,184, with 1,220 deaths registered in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health reported on Thursday.

The number of total confirmed cases of the disease in the country has reached 1,755,779, with 42,169 new cases registered over the last 24-hour period.

This is the third consecutive day when Brazil reported more than 1,200 deaths and 40,000 new cases of the virus.

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LOS ANGELES -- The death toll from the novel coronavirus in the U.S. state of Arizona has topped 2,000 as new highs for hospitalizations were reported on Thursday.

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 75 more deaths on Thursday, bringing the state's total deaths to 2,038.

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NEW YORK -- U.S. state Mississippi's five largest hospitals had no intensive care unit (ICU) beds available for patients by Wednesday, while four other hospitals had 5 percent or less open, officials said Thursday.

Mississippi is among the states recording the greatest increases in COVID-19 cases in the country. The Grenada county, which has nine ICU beds, reported a 22-percent increase in coronavirus cases this week compared to last week, according to data by Johns Hopkins University.

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WASHINGTON -- A top U.S. infectious diseases expert said on Thursday that U.S. states hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic should not be moving forward with reopening.

"I would think we need to get the states pausing in their opening process, looking at what did not work well and try to mitigate that," said Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during an interview with the Hill.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 45 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Friday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 13,338.

The daily caseload moved between 40 and 70 for the past 10 days amid the continued small cluster infections and imported cases.

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BRUSSELS -- The scheduled video conference of European Union (EU) economy and finance ministers on Friday is expected to focus on COVID-19's economic impact and EU's recovery measures, according to the meeting's agenda.

The ministers will exchange views on the progress achieved on the measures to respond to the COVID-19 crisis at the EU level, including the safety nets of the European Investment Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and SURE (support to mitigate unemployment risks in an emergency), according to the agenda.

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WASHINGTON -- A reporter who attended White House briefings this week has tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) said on Thursday.

The case marks the first known coronavirus case among the White House press corps.

The reporter, who has not been named, wore a mask during press briefings with Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday and Wednesday, the WHCA said.

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LA PAZ -- Jeanine Anez, head of Bolivia's opposition-backed interim government, said Thursday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in quarantine.

"Along with my entire team, we have been working for Bolivian families during this whole time and, given that in the past week many of them tested positive for the coronavirus, I took the test and I also came out positive," Anez said in a video posted online.

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