Wed, 23 Sep 2020

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

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Friday that a mass screening for COVID-19 will be launched and any resident can take the free testing voluntarily.

The large-scale testing covering millions of people in Hong Kong will be conducted with the support of the central government and is scheduled to take place within two weeks, she told a press conference.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's COVID-19 cases rose to 252,502 on Friday with 2,851 new cases reported, and deaths from the virus increased to 3,333.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing on Friday that "2,851 new COVID-19 positive cases and 27 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh."

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) announced on Friday that all passengers travelling from Turkey to Germany would be required to take COVID-19 tests.

"Our passengers who do not submit negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test results taken within 48 hours prior to arrival in Germany will not be allowed on board," the THY said on its Twitter account.

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ACCRA -- Ghana has confirmed 455 new cases of the novel coronavirus, bringing its total case count to 40,097 on Friday morning, the latest update from the Ghana Health Service said.

The total recovered and discharged cases increased to 36,638, as officials discharged 254 more patients who had completed their period of treatment.

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 2,473 within one day to 121,226, with the death toll adding by 72 to 5,593, the health ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, 1,912 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 77,557.

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