Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, March 15

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MADRID -- Begona Gomez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Prime Minister's Office confirmed late on Saturday night.

Both Gomez and Sanchez are in good condition, according to government sources, and are following the preventive measures recommended by health authorities. (Spain-health-Coronavirus)

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BRAZZAVILLE -- The Republic of the Congo confirmed the country's first case of COVID-19 Saturday, authorities said.

The first case was confirmed after biological tests, said Thierry Moungalla, minister of communication and government spokesperson, on national television. (Congo-Coronavirus)

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Insider attack from the Taliban outfit claimed the lives of seven police in the southern Kandahar province on Sunday, police said.

"The gruesome incident took place in Charshakhi area of Zhari district at around 2:00 a.m. local time," provincial police spokesman Jamal Barikzai told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Attack)

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SANTIAGO -- More than 1,300 people aboard two cruise ships in the Chilean fjords in Patagonia have been placed in quarantine, after a British passenger tested positive for COVID-19, Chilean Health Minister Jaime Manalich said Saturday.

The 85-year-old Briton showed symptoms of the disease after disembarking from the Silver Explorer ship, which is now under quarantine off the port of Castro, Manalich told a press conference. (Chile-Cruise ship-COVID-19) Enditem

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