Live COVID-19 updates: Iranian president says close to contain COVID-19

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BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TEHRAN -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said here on Wednesday that his country has got closer to the containment of the novel coronavirus epidemic in the country, according to Tasnim news agency.

Iran has made great progress in the fight against COVID-19 thanks to the efforts of the medical staff over the past three months, Rouhani said in a weekly cabinet meeting.

"During these three months, we have been advancing step by step without a retreat. In general, we've made good progress in the face of this dangerous virus and are almost on the verge of containment," he said.

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BEIJING -- China has welcomed the adoption of a resolution by the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) regarding COVID-19, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Wednesday.

Zhao made the remarks at a press briefing when asked to comment on the resolution proposed by the European Union and adopted by consensus before the closing of the WHA's virtual conference Tuesday.

The resolution unequivocally affirms and supports the leading role of the World Health Organization (WHO) and calls on member states to take necessary measures to prevent discrimination and stigmatization and combat misinformation and disinformation.

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LUSAKA -- Zambia reported 60 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the health ministry figures showed on Wednesday.

The cases were picked from 495 tests conducted from different parts of the country.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Wednesday reported 804 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 17,568 and the death toll to 124, the health ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 12,559 patients are receiving treatment, including 167 in ICU, according to the statement.

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DHAKA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bangladesh has reached 26,738 as 1,617 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, the biggest daily jump since March 8, a senior health ministry official told a media briefing on television on Wednesday.

"Sixteen more people died in the last 24 hours," said Professor Nasima Sultana, additional director general of Directorate General of Health Services under the Ministry of Health.

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MANILA -- The Philippine health department on Wednesday reported that 279 more people have contracted the COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 13,221.

In a daily bulletin, the Department of Health (DOH) said 89 more patients have recovered from the disease, bringing the number of recoveries to 2,932. It added that five more patients have died from the COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 842.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has confirmed 8,764 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 308,705, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Wednesday.

The single-day increase has fallen below 10,000 for five consecutive days, the center's data showed.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia totaled 7,009 after 31 new cases were reported, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that of the new cases 21 are local transmissions, 10 are imported cases.

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KABUL -- The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday said that 492 people, including 262 in the capital city Kabul, have been tested positive for COVID-19 over the last 24 hours.

The ministry said in a statement that 1,003 suspected cases have been tested during the period across the country, bringing the national tally to 8,145. Enditem

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