Thu, 21 Jan 2021

BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand will gradually open its borders to foreign tourists after the arrival of the first batch of Chinese tourists in the country on Tuesday.

The first phase of reopening, the monthly figure is limited to 1,200 people, Yuthasak Supasorn, governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said on Wednesday, adding that the number is a far cry from the monthly average of 3 million tourists before the COVID-19 outbreak.

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MANILA -- Strengthening the dynamics of micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with innovation and internationalization is key to revitalizing Southeast Asian economies devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Asian Development Bank report released on Thursday.

The Asia Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Monitor 2020 said that MSMEs are a critical driving force in Southeast Asian economies, accounting for an average of 97 percent of all enterprises and 69 percent of the national labor force from 2010 to 2019. They contributed an average of 41 percent of each country's gross domestic product over the same period, said the report.

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BEIJING -- No new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Thursday.

A total of 14 confirmed cases arriving from outside the mainland were reported, the commission said in its daily report.

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PARIS -- The number of COVID-19 infections in France reached 1,000,369 as of 0124 GMT on Thursday while the country's death toll from the disease hit 34,075, the latest figures from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University showed.

France has become the second European country whose COVID-19 cases surpassed 1 million mark after Spain did that on Wednesday.

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MADRID -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Spain since the start of the pandemic surpassed one million after the country's Ministry of Health confirmed 16,973 new cases on Wednesday to take the total to 1,005,295.

The Health Ministry also confirmed 156 deaths on Wednesday to lift the total COVID-19 fatalities to 34,366.

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BRASILIA -- Brazilian Minister of Health General Eduardo Pazuello tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday and will remain isolated at his residence, local press confirmed.

Pazuello, 57, was appointed as health minister in September after four months as interim minister.

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WARSAW -- Poland's daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases broke 10,000 for the first time on Wednesday.

The Polish Ministry of Health reported a record high of 10,040 new cases on Wednesday, with 130 deaths. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 202,579, while 3,851 people have died since the start of the pandemic.

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