Sun, 12 Jul 2020

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

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KATHMANDU -- With the confirmation of 226 new cases on Monday, Nepal has seen the highest single day spike of COVID-19 cases, and the total tally has surged to 1,798.

According to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), 213 males and 13 females tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday.

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ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopia on Monday reported 85 more confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally to 1,257 in the country.

All 85 new cases, 51 males and 34 females, are Ethiopian nationals, the Federal Ministry of Health said in a statement.

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BEIJING -- China's inactivated COVID-19 vaccine is expected to finish clinical trials and get ready for the market as early as the end of this year or early next year, according to developer China National Biotec Group (CNBG).

As a subsidiary of the China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm), CNBG has two inactivated COVID-19 vaccines under Phase-2 clinical trials and has increased its vaccine production capacity.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Monday reported 719 new cases of COVID-19 and eight more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 27,762 and the death toll to 220, the health ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 14,643 patients are receiving treatment, including 204 in ICU, according to the statement.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed novel coronavirus cases rose to 154,445 on Monday after an overnight registration of 2,979 new infections, according to official IRNA news agency.

During his daily briefing, Kianush Jahanpur, head of Public Relations and Information Center of the health ministry, said, "Out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 652 were hospitalized."

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KIEV -- A total of 24,012 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 718 deaths, have been reported in Ukraine, while 9,690 patients have recovered, the country's health ministry said Monday.

As of June 1, 1,725 children and 4,621 health workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the country's epidemic, said the ministry.

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey's airline companies resumed their domestic operations on Monday with a limited number of flights after two months of closure over the COVID-19 pandemic.

Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) and the Pegasus Airlines currently only resume the flights from Turkey's biggest city Istanbul to a few major cities.

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has flagged a multi-billion dollar building stimulus package to create jobs in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

Morrison on Monday confirmed that the government is working on a package to revive the residential building sector.

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YEREVAN -- Armenia's Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced via Facebook on Monday that he and his family had tested positive for COVID-19.

Pashinyan said he did not have any symptoms and would continue to work from the prime minister's residence.

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