Fri, 18 Jun 2021

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

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QUITO -- Ecuador's Health Ministry reported on Friday 1,561 new COVID-19 infections and 31 more deaths in one day, for a total of 396,888 cases and 13,854 deaths, amid a surge of infections that has saturated hospitals.

The province of Pichincha led in new cases over the last day, with 1,008, of which 913 corresponded to Quito, the capital and epicenter of the pandemic in the South American country.

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CAIRO -- Tunisia decided on Friday to impose a general lockdown for a period of seven days to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, Turkey's total COVID-19 cases approached 5 million.

The general lockdown in Tunisia starts from May 9 to 16. A curfew will also be imposed throughout the country from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina reported on Thursday 24,086 new COVID-19 infections and 399 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the tally to 3,095,582 cases and 66,263 deaths.

The province of Buenos Aires, with 1,353,376, and the city of Buenos Aires, with 356,170, have the highest numbers of cases.

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HAVANA -- Cuba reported on Thursday more than 1,000 new COVID-19 infections for the third consecutive day, with 1,060 cases, to total 112,714, the Ministry of Public Health said, adding that there were another seven deaths reported, bringing the total to 701.

The ministry's director of hygiene and epidemiology Francisco Duran reported during his daily broadcast that of the new cases, 35 were imported ones.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's Health Minister Carla Vizzotti said on Thursday that the number of COVID-19 cases has stabilized in the country, but at a high number.

During a press conference on the epidemiological situation, Vizzotti said that the exponential increase in the number of infections in Argentina has stopped.

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DOHA -- Qatar on Thursday announced 593 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 209,470.

Qatari Health Ministry also confirmed that 1,321 more people recovered from the virus, bringing the overall recoveries to 198,227, while the total fatalities increased by four to 493.

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