Wed, 19 May 2021

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday took a fourth test for COVID-19 and an X-ray of his lungs.

The test results will come out by Tuesday afternoon, said local media.

"Everything is well," Bolsonaro told his supporters.

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NEW DELHI -- The total number of COVID-19 cases surpassed 700,000-mark in India on Tuesday, reaching 719,665, as the death toll rose to 20,160, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

The ministry said 467 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides 22,252 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 20,160 and total cases to 719,665.

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ABUJA -- The Nigerian government on Monday said the disinfection of schools to curb the spread of COVID-19 will begin across the country on Tuesday in preparation for class resumption.

The decontamination exercise will make schools safe for learning activities, Minister of Environment Muhammad Mahmood told reporters here, adding an earlier plan to carry out disinfection was delayed for lack of personnel.

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MEXICO CITY -- The coronavirus epidemic in Mexico could last until next April, with infections expected to rise during the October flu season and through winter, Mexico's Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell told local media on Monday.

"Flu season begins in October and there are some reasonable assumptions that we could also have a spike in COVID-19 along with the flu throughout the fall-to-winter season," the minister was quoted as saying, adding that the epidemic in Mexico could last "until March to April of next year."

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BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that it received reports of eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, of which all were imported.

Liaoning, Shanghai and Sichuan reported two new imported cases each, while Inner Mongolia and Guangdong saw one each, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

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ALGIERS -- Algerian Health Minister Abderrahman Benbouzid said Monday that a renewal of nationwide lockdown "is not on the agenda right now," but the government will choose "a targeted lockdown" in regions with a significant increase in coronavirus cases.

"The failure to comply with precautionary and preventive measures" were among many reasons for the rebound of cases in Algeria, Benbouzid said in a press conference.

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LOS ANGELES -- U.S. public health officials reported Monday an additional 48 COVID-19 deaths in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States with a population of over 10 million, taking its death toll to 3,534.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health also reported 1,584 new cases of novel coronavirus infections, bringing the caseload to 116,570 in the metropolitan area.

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WASHINGTON -- Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta which is the capital city of southeastern U.S. state of Georgia, said on Monday she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"COVID-19 has literally hit home," Bottoms tweeted.

"I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive," she said on Twitter.

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