Wed, 15 Jul 2020

BEIJING, June 3 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LONDON -- Another 324 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Monday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 39,369, the Department of Health and Social Care said Tuesday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile on Tuesday said a total of 108,686 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the COVID-19 outbreak began, and 1,188 people have died from the disease.

A record 3,527 new cases of infection were detected in the past day, the highest single-day tally yet since the outbreak began here three months ago, and 75 more patients died.

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GENEVA -- United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Tuesday that the alarming inequalities exposed by the COVID-19 outbreak are fueling the widespread protests affecting hundreds of cities across the United States.

"This virus is exposing endemic inequalities that have too long been ignored. In the United States, protests triggered by the killing of George Floyd are highlighting not only police violence against people of colour, but also inequalities in health, education, employment and endemic racial discrimination," the UN human rights chief said in a press release issued Tuesday.

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PARIS -- With 107 COVID-19 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, France's total death toll from the coronavirus-caused disease rose to 28,940 on Tuesday, official figures showed.

Among the deaths, 18,590 were reported in hospitals, 84 more than the day before, 10,350 were reported at nursing homes and medico-social establishments since March 1, said the Health Ministry in a statement.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's culture institutions will receive 200 million new shekels (about 58 million U.S. dollars) in government aid to deal with the COVID-19 crisis, the ministries of finance and culture said Tuesday.

Meeting with representatives from the Israeli cultural institutions, Israel's Minister of Finance Israel Katz and Minister of Culture Hili Tropper agreed on the aid package to maintain the continuity of cultural activities and support local production amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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ANKARA -- Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Tuesday urged citizens to continue precautions against COVID-19, although the number of daily new cases is declining.

"The lift of the curfew does not mean that everything is back to normal," Koca said, adding that people should secure themselves against the virus.

He reported 786 new infections of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, making the total number of confirmed cases in the country at 165,555.

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WUHAN -- Wuhan, in central China's Hubei Province, tested nearly 10 million residents in a 19-day drive to screen for novel coronavirus infections, with officials hailing the effort as ending "psychological lockdown" for the virus-ravaged city.

The city tested 9,899,828 people between May 14 and June 1, according to a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

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