Sun, 25 Oct 2020

BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BEIJING -- As of Friday, about 90 percent of students at primary schools, middle schools and universities across China -- 242 million students -- are back on campus, marking the general restoration of on-campus teaching in China, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday.

Many freshmen are still waiting to go to college, as school openings are being staggered to reduce COVID-19 control pressure, Xu Mei said at a press conference.

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YANGON -- The COVID-19 deaths touched the 100-mark in Myanmar with two new deaths, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry on Tuesday.

The release said 320 more infection cases were also reported on Tuesday morning, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 6,471.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. federal debt is projected to reach nearly twice the size of the economy in 2050, driven by the massive fiscal response to the COVID-19-induced recession, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday in a report.

"Even after the effects of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic fade, deficits in coming decades are projected to be large by historical standards," the report said, expecting the federal deficit to increase from 5 percent of U.S. gross domestic product in 2030 to 13 percent in 2050.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has called for the world to ensure that once a COVID-19 vaccine is available, it should be available to all nations.

"We must ensure that once a vaccine is found, it must be accessible to all nations and peoples. There should not be any discrimination whatsoever. We must remember that since COVID-19 does not discriminate, our response should not too," Muhyiddin said Monday in his video speech to the United Nations high-level meeting that commemorates the organization's 75th anniversary.

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SYDNEY -- The Australian share market opened lower on Tuesday, after sharp falls in European and U.S. markets overnight amid concerns over rising COVID-19 infections.

At 10:30 (AEST), the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 index was down 30.00 points or 0.52 percent at 5,792.60, while the broader All Ordinaries index was down 32.10 points or 0.53 percent at 5,981.40.

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LONDON -- Britain's chief medical officers (CMOs) have recommended moving the country's COVID-19 alert level from level 3 to level 4, according to a joint statement released on Monday from the CMOs.

"The CMOs for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reviewed the evidence and recommend all 4 nations of the UK should move to level 4," said the statement.

Level 4 means COVID-19 epidemic is in general circulation, transmission is high or rising exponentially.

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BOGOTA -- Colombian President Ivan Duque said Monday that only multilateralism can effectively combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

"A global problem requires global solutions, so only through multilateralism, international cooperation and global governance, can we mitigate the serious consequences of this pandemic and thus build a better planet," Duque told a high-level meeting to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

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ANKARA -- Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases increased by 1,743 on Monday, raising the total diagnosed patients to 304,610, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.

Meanwhile, 68 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 7,574, according to the data shared by the ministry.

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