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Coronavirus watch updates, Aug. 7

07 Aug 2020, 13:44 GMT+10

Health workers arrange the vials after collecting blood samples during serological survey for COVID-19 screening in New Delhi, India, Aug. 6, 2020. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)

- Global cases surpass 19 mln, U.S. deaths top 160,000: Johns Hopkins University

- Chinese mainland reports 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

- COVID-19 deaths in Brazil top 98,000

- Six COVID-19 vaccine candidates now in phase-3 trials: WHO

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

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NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 cases surpassed 19 million on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

With the global case count reaching 19,007,938, a total of 713,406 people worldwide had died from the disease as of 9:35 p.m. local time (0135 GMT Friday), the CSSE data showed.

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NEW YORK -- U.S. COVID-19 deaths have surpassed the 160,000 mark to reach 160,090 as of 21:48 p.m. local time on Thursday (0148 GMT Friday), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

A community worker delivers daily necessities at the Xihebaqianjie community in Tianshan District of Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Aug. 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

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BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Friday that it received reports of 37 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Thursday, including 27 locally transmitted.

Of the locally-transmitted cases, 26 were reported in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and one in Beijing, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

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BOGOTA -- The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection on Thursday raised the country's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to 357,710, with 11,939 deaths.

According to authorities, tests detected 11,996 new infections and 315 more deaths in the last 24 hours.

Notices reading mandatory use of face masks are seen at a subway station amid COVID-19 outbreak, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Aug. 5, 2020. (Photo by Rahel Patrasso/Xinhua)

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil on Thursday recorded 1,237 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 98,493.

Tests also detected 53,139 new infections, bringing the total caseload to 2,912,212, said the health ministry.

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WASHINGTON -- Governor Mike DeWine of U.S. midwestern state of Ohio, a key swing state in the 2020 U.S. elections, announced on social media on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

"As part of the standard protocol to greet President Trump on the tarmac in Cleveland, I took a COVID test. I tested positive," DeWine tweeted.

A staff member displays samples of the COVID-19 inactivated vaccine at Sinovac Biotech Ltd., in Beijing, capital of China, March 16, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Yuwei)

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GENEVA -- Six COVID-19 vaccine candidates, including three from China, have entered phase-3 trials, a senior World Health Organization (WHO) official said on Thursday.

The three Chinese candidates are from Sinovac, Wuhan Institute of Biological Products/Sinopharm and Beijing Institute of Biological Products/Sinopharm, said Michael Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, at a virtual briefing

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GENEVA -- The COVID-19 death toll worldwide has surpassed 700,000, reaching 701,754 as of Thursday, according to the latest number from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Globally, as of 12:00 p.m. CEST (1000 GMT) on Thursday, 18,575,326 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the WHO.

The United States and Brazil remain the top two in both confirmed cases and deaths, with 4,728,239 cases and 156,050 deaths reported from the U.S., and 2,801,921 cases and 95,819 deaths from Brazil. ■

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