Wed, 28 Oct 2020

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

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MALE -- The Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) of the Maldives has urged citizens to report gatherings that violate health regulations, as the country's COVID-19 case count approached 9,500, local media reported here Friday.

HEOC Epidemiologist Dr. Ibrahim Afzal warned that greater action may be taken against individuals who violate health regulations that limit public gatherings to below five people in order to control the spread of COVID-19.

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NEW DELHI -- The Dubai Civil Aviation Authority has suspended Air India Express flights for a duration of 15 days from Friday until October 2 for allegedly bringing passengers with COVID-19 positive results twice during the last couple of weeks, officials said.

According to Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, boarding a passenger with COVID-19 positive test result for the second time was contrary to and in violation of the laid-down procedures and protocols relating to air travel to and from airports in the Emirate of Dubai, during the ongoing pandemic.

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CAIRO -- Egypt's COVID-19 total cases rose to 101,641 as the country confirmed 141 new infections on Thursday, said the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 19 patients died from the novel coronavirus on the same day, raising the death toll to 5,715, while 609 others were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 87,158, the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

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BEIJING -- China has adopted multiple measures to ensure the safety of its peacekeepers around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, a military official said Friday.

China's central military authorities have attached great importance to protecting overseas peacekeepers and adopted four important measures, Luo Wei, director general of the peacekeeping affairs center of the Ministry of National Defense, told a press conference.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, the first time since early August.

There are 54 people linked to a community cluster starting in August in Auckland, the country's largest city. They remain in an Auckland quarantine facility, which includes 22 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their household contacts, according to the Ministry of Health.

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