Live COVID-19 updates: Senegal reports 59 more COVID-19 cases, tally surpasses 1,500

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BEIJING, May 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DAKAR -- Senegal's Ministry of Health and Social Action on Friday reported 59 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the confirmed total to 1,551 in the country.

A total of 872 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours, and 59 turned positive, including 52 follow-up contact cases and seven community-transmission cases, Director-General of Public Health Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye told a daily briefing on the pandemic.

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BEIJING -- Over 84,200 students in their final year of junior high school in Beijing will resume class starting from Monday, May 11 as the COVID-19 epidemic is under control, the municipal education commission said Friday.

Over 13,200 teachers will also return to classrooms, said Li Yi, spokesperson of the commission.

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GUANGZHOU -- Sana'a Ahmed Nagi has spent the past three years living in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou and never left the city during the outbreak of COVID-19, instead, she has built a bridge between China and the Arab world.

"The Chinese government has put in place strict quarantine rules to save people's lives, regardless of their nationalities," the Yemeni student told Al Jazeera in an interview.

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KAMPALA -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has urged people to wear face masks in public places all the time as the East African country strives to contain the spread of COVID-19.

In a video clip issued by State House on Friday, Museveni said it seems that some people do not understand the value of a face mask, thinking it merely as decoration.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported no new COVID-19 deaths for the second day in a row, leaving the total fatalities at 107, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that 68 new cases were reported, pushing the total in the country to 6,535 of which 1,564 are active cases.

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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government on Friday announced 336 new confirmed cases of the COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the archipelagic country to 13,112.

There were also 13 new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 943, the government's spokesperson for the COVID-19-related matters Achmad Yurianto said at a press conference.

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PARIS -- The first suspected cases of COVID-19 infection in France could date back to Nov. 16 last year, some nine weeks earlier than the official record of the country's first confirmed cases, a hospital in eastern France said Thursday.

"Doctor Michel Schmitt, head of the medical imaging department at the Albert Schweitzer hospital in Colmar, has reviewed 2,456 chest scans performed between Nov. 1 and April 30, for all reasons (cardiac, pulmonary, traumatic, tumor pathologies)," said the hospital in a press release. Enditem

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