Live COVID-19 updates: Kyrgyzstan reports 1,365 COVID-19 infections in total, with 15 new cases

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BEIJING, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's health ministry announced on Saturday that the COVID-19 infections in the country totaled 1,365, with 15 new cases.

Among the newly confirmed cases, 10 are imported cases and the rest are contacts of the confirmed cases, Deputy Health Minister of Kyrgyzstan Nurbolot Usenbaev told a daily briefing.

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WASHINGTON -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Friday that pandemic-triggered economic crisis is "exposing and worsening financial vulnerabilities" that have built up during the past decade, warning of more instability and a new financial crisis.

After a decade of "extremely low rates and volatility," there are three potential weak spots in the global financial system: risky segments in global credit markets, emerging markets, and banks, two IMF officials wrote in a blog.

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NEW DELHI -- India on Saturday reported the biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, pushing the infection tally across country to 125,101, the federal health ministry said.

According to the ministry data, the death toll has risen to 3,720 after 137 people died in the last 24 hours.

It was the second time in a week that the tally of COVID-19 cases has surged by over 6,000 in one day.

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KATHMANDU -- The Nepal Overseas Chinese Business Association (NOCBA) has distributed books based on the first-hand experience of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in China.

The "Wuhan in Coronavirus Lockdown: Stories of Courage and Determination" published in Nepali language by Makalu Publication House will be distributed to ministers, leaders, government officials, entrepreneurs, among other prominent figures of Nepal or working in Nepal. The association purchased 200 books from the publisher for distribution on Friday.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil registered a record number of new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with 20,803 cases reported, and exceeded 1,000 deaths in one day for the third time, the government said on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 330,890, while deaths in the country rose to 21,048 with a daily increase of 1,001, which put the fatality rate at 6.4 percent.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 23 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Saturday, bringing the total number of infections to 11,165.

The daily caseload stayed above 20 for the second straight day. Of the new cases, four were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,204.

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WASHINGTON -- Across the United States, Asian American health-care workers are facing a rise of racial hostility, which has left them in a painful position on the front lines of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent report of the Washington Post.

Some COVID-19 patients refuse to be treated by them, and when Asian American doctors and nurses leave the hospital, they face increasing harassment in their daily lives, too, said the report, noting Asian Americans represent 6 percent of the U.S. population but 18 percent of the country's physicians and 10 percent of its nurse practitioners. Enditem

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