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The latest: Coronavirus watch, May 21

21 May 2020, 12:42 GMT+10

Passengers arrive at a railway station in eastern Pakistan's Lahore on May 20, 2020. (Photo by Sajjad/Xinhua)

- WHO: Warns against using hydroxychloroquine outside clinical trials

- Ireland: Over 800 cases found in meat processing plants

- Brazil: Shantytown field hospital opens in Sao Paulo

- France: Fatalities rise by 110 to 28,132

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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People queue up outside a homeware store in Dublin, Ireland, May 18, 2020. (Xinhua)

DUBLIN -- A total of 828 people working at meat processing plants in Ireland have been confirmed infected with COVID-19, Irish national radio and television broadcaster RTE reported on Wednesday.

The report quoted health authorities as saying that of all the confirmed cases in the meat processing plants, 328 were reported over the last week, making such a place another potential hot spot for outbreaks of clusters of infections in the country.

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An image of a health worker and the words of thanks in Portuguese are projected on a building, as a tribute to health workers during the COVID-19 outbreak in Sao Paulo, Brazil, April 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)

SAO PAULO -- Brazil's biggest city Sao Paulo on Wednesday opened a field hospital in its largest favela, or shantytown, Heliopolis, to treat local COVID-19 patients, officials said.

As the epicenter of Brazil's coronavirus outbreak, Sao Paulo now has four field hospitals in operation, including the first at a favela.

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GAZA -- The spokesman of the Hamas-run ministry of health in Gaza said on Wednesday night that seven new COVID-19 cases were recorded in the Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Qedra told a news briefing held in Gaza city that the new cases are of Palestinians that had returned from Egypt last week through Rafah crossing point on the borders with the Gaza Strip.

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People ride bicycles along the Seine in Paris, France, on May 17, 2020. (Photo by Aurelien Morissard/Xinhua)

PARIS -- France's coronavirus death toll increased by 110 on Wednesday, bringing the tally to 28,132, data released by the Health Ministry showed.

In total, 17,941 people remain hospitalized in France for a COVID-19 infection by Wednesday evening, with 1,794 patients in intensive care, said the ministry in a statement.

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BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Thursday that it received reports of two new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, of which one was imported and reported in Guangdong Province.

The other case was domestically transmitted in Shanghai, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

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GENEVA -- Michael Ryan, executive director of the Health Emergencies Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Wednesday warned against using hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, the drugs for malaria and other diseases, in the treatment of COVID-19, saying these drugs should be reserved for use "within clinical trials". ■

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