Wed, 25 Nov 2020

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

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SEOUL -- Seven more U.S. soldiers in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19 amid lingering worry about the virus spread here, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK said in a statement that seven USFK service members were confirmed with the COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Oct. 5-19.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 15,971 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly down from the all-time high of 16,319 reported on Tuesday, the country's COVID-19 response center said Thursday.

Russia's cumulative number of coronavirus cases has grown to 1,463,306, including 25,242 deaths and 1,107,988 recoveries, the center said in a statement.

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HARARE -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the ruling ZANU-PF party to postpone its annual conference indefinitely, party acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa has said.

The Herald newspaper reported Thursday that Chinamasa had told it after the party's Politburo meeting on Wednesday that the conference, which has been scheduled for Bindura, Mashonaland Central Province, in December, would no longer go ahead as a precaution against COVID-19.

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BEIJING -- China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has called on tourism authorities across the country to tighten COVID-19 prevention and control measures in autumn and winter to curb risks of sporadic cases and local outbreaks.

According to a notice issued by the ministry, outbound group tours continue to be suspended.

The ministry asked local tourism authorities to carry out differentiated measures to further implement epidemic prevention requirements, and urged class-A tourist attractions, star-rated hotels and travel agencies to improve regular anti-epidemic measures.

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SOFIA -- The Bulgarian Health Ministry on Thursday reported record new COVID-19 infections and deaths of 1,472 and 29 respectively over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of confirmed cases and deaths to 33,335 and 1,048 respectively.

The previous daily records of 1,336 new COVID-19 cases and 23 related deaths were reported on Wednesday and Oct. 13, respectively.

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