Live COVID-19 updates: Germany's cases top 167,000, Chinese company donates 250,000 face masks to Chicago

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-08 21:30:28|Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, May 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KIEV -- A total of 14,195 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 361 deaths were reported in Ukraine on Friday, while 2,706 patients have recovered, the country's Health Ministry said.

All together, 504 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and a record number of 310 patients have recovered in the past 24 hours in Ukraine. As of Friday, 977 children and 2,758 health workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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BERLIN -- New infections with COVID-19 in Germany remained under peak times as the number of cases increased by 1,209 within one day to 167,300, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Friday.

This week, between 680 and 1,300 new daily cases were reported to the RKI. At the height of the pandemic in Germany, more than 6,000 new infections were recorded by RKI in a single day.

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CHICAGO -- A Chinese company on Thursday donated 250,000 face masks and 30,000 face shields to the central U.S. city of Chicago to assist its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Chicago hosted a brief ceremony at the downtown United Center to receive the donated anti-coronavirus supplies.

Attending the ceremony were Deputy Mayor Samir Mayekar and Ni Pin, president of the donor company Wanxiang America Corporation, a Chicago-based U.S. branch of the Wanxiang Group, a Chinese automotive components manufacturer.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has tallied 10,699 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 187,859, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Friday.

Single-day increases have been over 10,000 for six consecutive days, the center's data showed.

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DAKAR -- Senegal's Ministry of Health and Social Action on Friday reported 59 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the confirmed total to 1,551 in the country.

A total of 872 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, and 59 turned positive, including 52 follow-up contact cases and seven community-transmission cases, Director-General of Public Health Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye told a daily briefing on the pandemic.

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BEIJING -- Over 84,200 students in their final year of junior high school in Beijing will resume class starting from Monday, May 11 as the COVID-19 epidemic is under control, the municipal education commission said Friday.

Over 13,200 teachers will also return to classrooms, said Li Yi, spokesperson of the commission.

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KAMPALA -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has urged people to wear face masks in public places all the time as the East African country strives to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In a video clip issued by State House on Friday, Museveni said it seems that some people do not understand the value of a face mask, thinking it merely as decoration. Enditem