Tue, 20 Oct 2020

BEIJING, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland reported 32 new imported COVID-19 cases Thursday, bringing the total number of imported cases to 2,706, the National Health Commission said Friday.

Of the new imported cases, 13 were reported in Shaanxi, 12 in Shanghai, three each in Tianjin and Guangdong, and one in Fujian, the commission said in its daily report.

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WINDHOEK -- Namibia on Thursday recorded 114 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the country's cumulative confirmed cases to 10,078.

Namibia's Health Minister Kalumbi Shangula said this means about 0.4 percent of the population has been infected.

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UNITED NATIONS -- Deputy United Nations Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on Thursday urged the world's major countries to work together in face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The most important (way) is to keep the dialogue going. What has happened with major powers and these tensions is in fact to miss the opportunity of being able to face this pandemic head-on with everyone on board," Mohammed told reporters, adding, "that really has taken us a few steps back."

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ABUJA -- The Nigerian government said on Thursday that following the national response to COVID-19, the curve of the pandemic is beginning to flatten in the country.

"We cannot but say that tremendous progress has been made and that we are beginning to notice that the curve is flattening," Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha said at a daily press briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja.

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MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's export and tourism sectors are likely to suffer from "stress" beyond 2021 due to slow economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, credit rating agency Moody's said Thursday.

In a report titled "Full recovery for Mexico's corporate sector still two years away," the agency said "stress in Mexico's export- and tourism-dependent economy is likely to persist beyond 2021, even as economic growth recovers from a severe downturn in 2020, and a full recovery is at least two years away."

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SYDNEY -- Australians in Sydney have been offered a colorful break from life under COVID-19, in the form of Van Gogh Alive, a state-of-the-art exhibition celebrating the artists' life and works, which opened Friday.

It is the first large-scale exhibition to be held since COVID-19 reached Australia's shores earlier in the year, and offers the culture-loving city a glimpse of life prior to the pandemic.

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