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The latest: Coronavirus watch updates, July 15

Xinhua
15 Jul 2020, 12:05 GMT+10

Citizens jog at the reopened Ibirapuera Park in Sao Paulo, Brazil, July 13, 2020. (Photo by Rahel Patrasso/Xinhua)

- Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 74,000

- COVID-19 cases exceed 20,000 in Algeria

- U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 3.4 mln: Johns Hopkins University

- Egypt reports 929 new COVID-19 cases, death toll surpassing 4,000

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil on Tuesday reported 1,300 deaths from COVID-19 in a single day, taking its death toll to 74,133.

In the past 24 hours, tests detected 41,857 new cases of infection, taking the total to 1,926,824, the Health Ministry said.

Brazil has the world's second-largest outbreak after the United States, in both numbers of deaths and infections.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina is preparing for the return of face-to-face classes in August in nine of the country's 24 provinces, Education Minister Nicolas Trotta announced on Tuesday.

Trotta said that areas with the appropriate epidemiological conditions would reopen in a phased manner, and that schools would combine face-to-face classes with distance learning.

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Tuesday recorded five new COVID-19 deaths in the Palestinian territories, including a 12-day-old toddler, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

The ministry said in a press statement that, in addition to the toddler, a 54-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, two men aged 75 and 90, respectively, and a woman aged 75 from the southern West Bank district of Hebron died from the coronavirus on Tuesday.

People wearing face masks walk in central Algiers, Algeria, on June 7, 2020. (Xinhua)

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ALGIERS -- The total COVID-19 cases in Algeria exceeded 20,000 on Tuesday after 527 new cases were added in the past 24 hours.

The tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 20,216, while 10 new fatalities were reported, bringing the death toll to 1,028 in Algeria.

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ROME -- The Italian government will extend existing COVID-19 containment measures through July 31, Health Minister Roberto Speranza told both houses of parliament on Tuesday.

These measures include a ban on the "entry and transit in Italy of anyone who has spent time in or transited through Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru and the Dominican Republic," Speranza said.

People wearing face masks enjoy leisure time at Central Park in New York, the United States, on July 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

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NEW YORK -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 3.4 million on Tuesday, reaching 3,406,945 as of 4:38 p.m. local time (2038 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the national death toll from the disease rose to 136,244, according to the CSSE.

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CAIRO -- Egypt on Tuesday confirmed 929 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total cases to 83,930, said Egyptian Health Ministry.

It is the fifth consecutive day for the country's daily COVID-19 infections to fall below 1,000 since May 28.

A medical worker collects a swab from a woman at a COVID-19 testing site at Ain Shams University Specialized Hospital in Cairo, Egypt, on July 13, 2020. (Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa)

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LUSAKA -- Zambia on Tuesday received a batch of anti-pandemic medical supplies from the Chinese government through the Organization of African First ladies for Development to help mothers and children combat COVID-19.

The Chinese embassy entrusted by China's first lady, Peng Liyuan, handed over various medical supplies to help Zambia in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. ■

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