Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, March 22

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PYONGYANG -- U.S. President Donald Trump had written a "personal letter" to Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), the official Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Sunday, citing a senior official.

Trump had "explained his plan to propel" relations between the United States and the DPRK and expressed his intention to render cooperation in the anti-epidemic efforts, said Kim Yo Jong, the first vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.(DPRK-US-Ties)

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ADDIS ABABA -- Eritrea on Saturday confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in a 39-year-old Eritrean who was linked to travel to Norway.

"The Eritrean Ministry of Health announced on Saturday evening the first confirmed case of a coronavirus patient who arrived at Asmara International Airport from Norway with Fly Dubai on Saturday morning," the Eritrean Minister of Information Yemane Gebremeskel said in a statement. (Eritrea-COVID-19)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife have both tested negative for the coronavirus, his spokesperson said on Saturday.

"Pleased to report that the COVID-19 test results came back negative for both Vice President @Mike_Pence and Second Lady @KarenPence," tweeted Katie Miller, the vice president's press secretary. (US-Coronavirus)

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GAZA -- Two Palestinians in Gaza have tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the first cases recorded in the Hamas-ruled enclave, a health official said early Sunday.

The patients are two Palestinians who arrived in Gaza from Pakistan through the Rafah border crossing with Egypt on Thursday, said Health Ministry Director-General Yousef Abu al-Reesh. (Palestine-COVID-19-Gaza) Enditem

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