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COVID-19 watch update, July 7

07 Jul 2020, 19:44 GMT+10

A customer wearing a face mask looks at a takeout menu at a Chinese restaurant in Houston, Texas, the United States, on July 2, 2020. (Photo by Lie Ma/Xinhua)

-U.S.: southern county of Dallas reports 1,214 COVID-19 cases

-Kyrgyzstan: number of COVID-19 cases passed 8,000

-Mongolia: 5 new cases reported in the last 24 hours

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

HOUSTON -- The southern U.S. county of Dallas reported 1,214 COVID-19 cases on Monday, marking the fourth-straight day with cases surpassing 1,000, local officials said.

There were 105 new hospitalizations related with the novel coronavirus in the past day, the biggest daily jump up to date, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a statement, mentioning that another six people have died from the virus in the past day.

BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's total number of COVID-19 cases passed 8,000 on Tuesday.

Head of the country's Health Ministry Ainura Akmatova said that 450 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 8,141.

All the new cases are contacts of confirmed patients, and 78 of them are medical workers.

A voter receives disposable gloves at a polling station in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, June 24, 2020. (Photo by Chadraabal/Xinhua)

ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported five new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking its national count to 225, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said on Tuesday.

The new patients are Mongolian nationals who have recently returned home from Russia via Altanbulag border point, said Dulmaa Nyamkhuu, head of the NCCD, at a daily press conference.

Meanwhile, six more patients have recovered, raising the national tally to 194, he added.

COLOMBO -- Schools across Sri Lanka were partially re-opened on Monday after being shut for nearly three months, as the spread of COVID-19 has been put under control in the island country, local media reported Tuesday.

According to the Education Ministry, schools were re-opened for grades 13, 11 and 5, leading to nearly 800,000 students returning back to school across the country.

Teachers encourage examinees outside an exam site in Beijing, capital of China, July 7, 2020. The 2020 national college entrance exam began on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Lu Ye)

MALE -- Officers of the Maldives National Defense Force and the Maldives Police Service have been instrumental in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was quoted as saying in local media on Tuesday.

"The engagements of the military officers have been extraordinary and are a testament of their commitment to national service," a press release by the President's Office said.

BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday that it received reports of eight new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, of which all were imported.

Liaoning, Shanghai and Sichuan reported two new imported cases each, while Inner Mongolia and Guangdong saw one each, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

File photo shows Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attending the 55th summit of the South American trade bloc Mercosur (Southern Common Market) in Bento Goncalves, Brazil, Dec. 5, 2019. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday took a fourth test for COVID-19 and an X-ray of his lungs.

The test results will come out by Tuesday afternoon, said local media.

"Everything is well," Bolsonaro told his supporters. ■

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