Sat, 15 Aug 2020

BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported a new case of COVID-19 infection on Saturday, bringing its total confirmed cases to 370 with zero deaths so far, according to its Ministry of Health.

The latest case is a 29-year-old Serbian man recently entering the country from Oman, said the ministry, noting that he was quarantined upon arrival.

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DAKAR -- Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action reported on Saturday 132 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bring the total number of infections to 8,014 in Senegal.

During the daily briefing of the epidemic situation in Senegal, the country's director of Prevention Dr. Mamadou Ndiaye said that out of 790 tests carried out in the past 24 hours in different labs, 132 turned out to be positive, including 91 follow-up contact cases and 41 community transmission ones.

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine recorded 463 new COVID-19 cases in the West Bank and East Jerusalem in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 6,688 since March 5, the health ministry said Saturday.

The ministry said in an emailed press statement that the new infections are from East Jerusalem and the districts of Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem, Jenin and Nablus in the West Bank.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Gilead Sciences on Friday announced additional data on Remdesivir, an antiviral that is being considered for the treatment of COVID-19.

The data are being presented at the Virtual COVID-19 Conference as part of the 23rd International AIDS Conference and include a comparative analysis of the Phase 3 SIMPLE-Severe trial and a real-world retrospective cohort of patients with severe COVID-19, according to the announcement.

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MANILA -- Fifteen Philippine students participated on Saturday in the 19th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition in the Philippines finals sponsored by the Chinese Embassy here.

It is the first time the "Chinese Bridge" contest finals in the Philippines, organized by the Confucius Institute at Angeles University Foundation (AUF), was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Saturday saw 14 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single day spike in many weeks, and all were Thais who returned from overseas and currently in state quarantine.

According to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), 12 of the new infections are among Thais returning from Sudan, the other is from the United States and another from Bahrain.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. state of Alaska saw a record daily high of 55 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Alaska health authorities reported Friday.

Nearly half of the new resident cases were in Anchorage, the largest city in Alaska, according to the database of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

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