Wed, 30 Sep 2020

BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Friday reported 389 new daily COVID-19 cases marking the first time since Sunday new infections have topped the 300-mark.

The latest figure compares with 206 cases confirmed on Thursday and is the highest since 429 infections were reported in the capital on Saturday.

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VIENTIANE -- Laos has detected two more confirmed COVID-19 cases, with its total number rising to 22.

Lao Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meaungpak told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday that the two new cases were both Lao nationals who returned to the country from abroad on Aug. 12.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian economy contracted 17.1 percent year on year in the second quarter, the worst slump since the fourth quarter of 1998, official data showed Friday.

Malaysian Central Bank, Bank Negara, said in a statement that the decline reflected the unprecedented impact of the stringent containment measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic globally and domestically.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand confirmed 12 new cases and one probable case of COVID-19 on Friday, with the 12 cases linked to the community transmission from an Auckland family cluster, amid the second and stronger wave of the epidemic in the country.

Friday's new cases are in Auckland and nearby Waikato, and one of the cases is in hospital, Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield told the daily briefing.

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WUHAN -- No new confirmed, asymptomatic or suspected cases of COVID-19 were reported in central China's Hubei Province Thursday, the provincial health commission said Friday.

By Thursday, Hubei still had four confirmed cases, who all arrived from overseas, as well as one asymptomatic case in the city of Yichang.

There were 116 close contacts still under medical observation in Hubei by Thursday.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia on Friday confirmed one new imported case of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 273, said a Health Ministry's statement.

The latest case was detected on a 51-year-old Cambodian woman, who arrived in the country on July 31 from the United States via a connecting flight in South Korea, the statement said.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 103 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Friday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,873.

The daily caseload soared above 100 in 20 days since July 25 due to a surge in small cluster infections and imported cases.

Of the new cases, 18 were imported, lifting the combined figure to 2,618.

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