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COVID-19 watch, June 30

01 Jul 2020, 16:53 GMT+10

A double rainbow appears in the sky over Wellington, capital of New Zealand on May 19, 2020. (Xinhua/Guo Lei)

-New Zealand: no new cases of COVID-19

-Beijing, China: major mail and express delivery companies have completed nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 on employees

BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Health.

This means the number of active cases in New Zealand remains at 22. All active cases are those who have recently returned from overseas and are in managed isolation facilities. There have been no cases of community transmission, said a ministry statement.

A resident waves to a deliveryman at the entrance of a community in Xicheng District of Beijing, capital of China, June 17, 2020. (Xinhua/Chen Zhonghao)

BEIJING -- Major mail and express delivery companies in Beijing have completed nucleic acid tests for COVID-19 on their employees as planned and reported negative results on all samples tested, official data showed.

By the end of Sunday, 104,807 people in the capital's postal sector have tested negative for COVID-19, said the State Post Bureau (SPB).

A man wearing a face mask walks past tulip blossoms in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, on April 2, 2020. (Xinhua)

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan announced on Tuesday 279 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 5,296.

Of the new cases, two are imported, and the rest 277 are contacts of confirmed patients, said Deputy Health Minister Mademin Karataev at a daily news briefing, adding that 47 of the new infections are medical workers, which raised the total number of contracted medical employees to 830.

Students return to school for classes at Posung Middle School in Seoul, South Korea, May 27, 2020. (Photo by Lee Sang-ho/Xinhua)

SEOUL -- South Korea's economy struggled with the COVID-19 shock in the first half of this year, but the economy was expected to recover in the second half thanks to fiscal stimulus packages and accommodative monetary policy.

The seasonally-adjusted production in all industries, which exclude agricultural, forestry and fishery sectors, declined 1.2 percent in May from a month earlier, Statistics Korea data showed Tuesday. ■

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