Live COVID-19 updates: Africa's cases pass 100,000 mark

Source: Xinhua| 2020-05-22 23:18:52|Editor: huaxia

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

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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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KIEV -- A total of 20,148 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 588 deaths, were reported in Ukraine on Friday, while 6,585 patients have recovered, the country's health ministry said.

As of Friday, 1,434 children and 3,907 health workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. In the past 24 hours, 442 new patients have tested positive for the virus in Ukraine.

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MINSK -- The World Bank has approved a 90-million-euro (about 98 million U.S.-dollar) package to help Belarus combat COVID-19, BelTA news agency reported Friday, citing the bank's representative office in the country.

The package aims to help Belarus take effective and timely actions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by strengthening the country's national healthcare system, said the report.

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MADRID -- Madrid, the Spanish capital, will ease next week the lockdown restrictions imposed over two months ago to halt the spread of COVID-19, the country's Health Minister Salvador Illa confirmed Friday at a press conference.

Illa thanked the different regional authorities for their "magnificent work over the past weeks."

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon's COVID-19 infections increased on Friday by 62 cases to 1,086 while the death toll remained at 26, the National News Agency reported.

Three villages including Mazboud in Mount Lebanon, and Majdal Anjar and Barr Elias in the Bekaa Valley went under lockdown as they witnessed a surge in coronavirus cases.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A Chinese American community leader called for U.S.-China cooperation and an end to bigotry at a webinar held on Thursday.

Lillian Kwok Sing, Northern California's first Asian American female judge, said the climate in the United States is a frightening one for Asian Americans and reminds her of what happened in history when Chinese Americans were terrorized simply because of their origins.

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DOHA -- Qatar's Health Ministry on Friday announced 1,830 new infections of COVID-19, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 40,481.

According to a ministry's statement quoted by the official Qatar News Agency, "605 people recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 7,893, while the fatalities rose to 19."

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh recorded 24 new COVID-19 fatalities Friday, the highest increase in a single day since the pandemic began in the country on March 8.

The rise in deaths came a day after the country reported 22 COVID-19 fatalities. Enditem