Thu, 04 Jun 2020

BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW YORK -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 1.6 million on Friday, reaching 1,600,481 as of 7:32 p.m. (2332 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

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KHARTOUM -- Sudan's Health Ministry on Friday announced 235 new infections with COVID-19 and 16 more deaths, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 3,378 and the death toll to 137.

And 63 more patients have recovered, taking the total recoveries to 372, it said.

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GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated on Friday that COVID-19 vaccines must be recognized as public goods for the whole world, and that all countries must contribute.

"We can't prevent pathogens, germs from crossing our borders. And that's why these vaccines have to be recognized as protecting the whole of the world and the contributions from every country to do that," Katherine O'Brien, director of WHO's Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, said in a press conference in Geneva on Friday, reiterating COVID-19 vaccines be recognized as "global public health goods."

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SANTIAGO -- Chile has registered 61,857 cases of COVID-19 and 630 related deaths since the outbreak was first detected in the South American country, the Ministry of Health reported on Friday.

A total of 4,276 new cases and 41 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, 85 percent of which were registered in the Santiago Metropolitan Region.

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MOSCOW -- A second batch of medical aid from the Chinese government has arrived in Moscow to help Russia fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy in Russia said Friday.

The cargo, measuring some 1,058 cubic meters and weighing about 103 tons, includes test kits, protective suits, surgical masks, medical protective goggles, disposable surgical gloves, and infrared thermometers, among others.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across Africa surpassed 100,000 as of Friday afternoon, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC in its latest situation update issued on Friday revealed that the number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across the continent rose from 95,201 on Thursday to 100,330 as of Friday afternoon, registering about 5,129 new cases during the stated period.

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