Live COVID-19 updates: Iraq reports 2,466 new COVID-19 cases, 97,159 in total

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-21 23:12:42|Editor: huaxia

BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi Health Ministry on Tuesday recorded 2,466 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 97,159.

It reported 81 more deaths during the day, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 3,950. And 2,114 patients recovered, bringing the total recoveries from the disease to 64,950.

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URUMQI -- Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, is carrying out free nucleic acid tests for all residents and people who are visiting the city, in a bid to screen for novel coronavirus infections and reduce the risk of the epidemic spread.

Nearly 2,000 medical workers, distributed in residential communities, are conducting nucleic acid tests for residents in Urumqi.

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BANGKOK -- The Thai government's Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Tuesday urged Thai returnees to pay for their own quarantine expenses in order to reduce the strain on the government's finances.

"Because of the increasing number of Thai returnees, more venues will have to be designated as state quarantine venues, increasing the burden on the Thai government," said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, "more than 60,000 Thais have returned to Thailand on repatriation flights to date."

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday with the national tally of cases standing at 141.

It marked the 75th consecutive day without new cases since May 7.

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BEIJING -- China's latest move making negative nucleic acid test results of COVID-19 mandatory for inbound air passengers will help facilitate the flow of transnational personnel, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Tuesday.

"The measure will help promote the flow of transnational personnel, ensure the resumption of work and production of various countries and facilitate the restoration of personnel exchanges," spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a press briefing.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Tuesday reported 671 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 60,434 and the death toll to 412, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 9,103 patients are receiving treatment, including 127 in ICU, according to the statement.

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COLOMBO -- The number of COVID-19 cases rose to 2,730 in Sri Lanka on Tuesday after more people tested positive for the virus in the country, the health ministry statistics showed.

Out of the total infected, 2,048 patients have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

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WUHAN -- A COVID-19 patient who received double-lung transplant surgery was cured and discharged from a hospital on Tuesday in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

After months of treatment, the man with the surname of Cui, 65, was discharged from the Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University.

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TEHRAN -- Iran on Tuesday recorded 2,625 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 278,827, Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education said.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the health ministry, said during her daily update that the death toll from the virus in the country rose to 14,634 after 229 new deaths were added.

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ACCRA -- Ghana confirmed 763 additional infections of the new coronavirus here late Monday, bringing its number of cases to 28,430, according to the latest update by the Ghana Health Service.

The number of discharged cases increased to 24,901 as authorities had discharged 1,652 cases after treatment.

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MANILA -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 70,764 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,951 new infections on Tuesday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries further rose to 23,281 after 209 more patients have survived the disease. Enditem