Thu, 22 Oct 2020

BEIJING, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CAIRO -- Egypt's total COVID-19 cases rose to 103,198 as the Egyptian health ministry confirmed late on Wednesday 119 new infections.

Meanwhile, 16 patients died from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 5,930, while 400 completely recovered, increasing the total recoveries to 96,494, the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported 12 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, all detected in managed isolation and imported from overseas.

All of the 12 imported cases have been transferred to a dedicated quarantine facility. There are no new cases in the community, according to the Ministry of Health.

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WASHINGTON -- More than 1,700 medical workers in the United States have died of COVID-19, and many of the deaths were due to inadequate personal protective equipment, according to a report from the National Nurses United, the country's largest nurses' union.

As of Sept. 16, "an estimated 1,718 healthcare workers, including registered nurses, have died of COVID-19 and related complications while working in healthcare settings," said the report released last week, adding that although the figure is higher than what has been reported elsewhere, "it is a conservative estimate."

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NEW DELHI -- India recorded 86,821 new COVID-19 cases and 1,181 deaths on Thursday, taking the total tally to 6,312,584 and the death toll to 98,678, according to the latest data issued by the federal health ministry.

There are 940,705 active COVID-19 cases in the country, and 5,273,201 people have been cured and discharged.

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SHANGHAI -- Shanghai reported seven imported COVID-19 cases and no domestically transmitted cases on Wednesday, the municipal health commission said Thursday.

All the seven confirmed cases are Chinese nationals. Six of them departed from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, and Ethiopia, where they were working. One was a tourist who had been stranded in Canada due to the pandemic and arrived in Shanghai on Monday, the commission said.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil again exceeded 1,000 daily deaths caused by COVID-19 after registering 1,031 fatalities from the disease in the past 24 hours, raising the death toll to 143,952, the government said on Wednesday.

According to the Ministry of Health, it was the first time Brazil had surpassed 1,000 deaths a day since Sept. 15, when 1,113 people died.

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