Live COVID-19 updates: China demands faster turnaround time for test results

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-02 22:49:59|Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, July 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BEIJING -- China has requested its medical institutions to cut the turnaround time for COVID-19 nucleic acid test results to a maximum of 24 hours, according to an official circular released on Thursday.

Efforts should be made to ensure that fever clinic patients get their test results within six hours, said the circular, adding that four hours are preferred.

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DOHA -- Qatar's Health Ministry on Thursday announced 894 new infections of COVID-19, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 97,897.

"Some 2,632 people recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 86,597, while three others died, raising the fatalities to 118," the official Qatar News Agency reported, quoting a statement by the ministry.

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Thursday recorded 2,184 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 53,708.

The ministry also confirmed 110 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 2,160 in the country.

It also said that 1,645 people recovered during the day, bringing the total recoveries from the disease to 27,912.

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JUBA -- The Chinese Embassy in South Sudan and the charity organization Concern South Sudan under the patronage of H.E. Mary Ayen Mayardit, First Lady of South Sudan, co-hosted on Wednesday a handover ceremony for Chinese-aided anti-COVID-19 medical supplies to South Sudan.

Chinese Ambassador to South Sudan Hua Ning said that faced with the challenge of COVID-19, China and South Sudan are joining hands to fight against it and to overcome the difficulties together.

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TEHRAN -- The total fatalities from the novel coronavirus in Iran hit 11,106 on Thursday after the registration of 148 deaths overnight, Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily update on Thursday.

Over the past 24 hours, 2,652 new infection cases were registered, taking the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the country to 232,863 on Thursday, the official IRNA news agency reported, quoting Lari.

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Thursday confirmed 107 new COVID-19 infections in the capital, marking the highest daily increase in two months and the first time the figure has topped 100 since May 2.

The latest figure also marked the seventh straight day that COVID-19 cases have topped 50 and the highest number since the state of emergency was officially lifted on May 25. Enditem