Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, May 20

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MOSCOW -- Russia has confirmed 8,764 new COVID-19 cases in the last 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. (Russia-Coronavirus-Cases)

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MADRID -- Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday explained in Spanish Congress why he is requesting a further 15-day extension of the country's state of alarm, which was imposed to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Though the number of new cases in Spain continues to fall, and the number of deaths was below 100 for the third consecutive day on Tuesday, Sanchez insisted that the state of alarm gives the government power to prevent movement between the different parts of Spain, which is vital as his country continues its "asymmetrical" relaxation of containment measures and gradual opening of the economy. (Spain-Health-Coronavirus)

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RABAT -- Morocco's exports dropped by 61.5 percent in the first four months of 2020 year on year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moroccan imports has dropped by 37.6 percent during the same period, reported Maroc Le Jour newspaper on Wednesday quoting Minister of Finance Mohamed Benchaaboun. (Morocco-COVID-19)

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JOHANNESBURG -- Moeketsi Majoro was sworn in on Wednesday as Lesotho's new prime minister in the capital city of Maseru.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by the outgoing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, the country's King Letsie III, dignitaries, and diplomats. (Lesotho-PM)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is preparing to reopen in light of the improving COVID-19 pandemic situation in Hong Kong, the theme park told Xinhua Wednesday.

The Hong Kong Disneyland has been closed since Jan. 26 to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. All six Disney theme parks around the world had been closed due to the epidemic. (Hong Kong-Disneyland) Enditem

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