Live COVID-19 updates: South Africa to ease lockdown despite surge in cases

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BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa will ease the COVID-19 lockdown from level four to level three, beginning from June 1, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday amid a surge in confirmed cases.

"Moving to alert level three marks a significant shift in our approach to the pandemic," Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 16 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Monday local time, raising the total number of infections to 11,206.

The daily caseload fell below 20 in four days. Of the new cases, three were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,215.

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased on Sunday by 17 new cases to 1,114 while the death toll remained unchanged at 26, the National News Agency reported.

The Health Ministry has conducted 63,044 tests since the outbreak of the virus in Lebanon on Feb. 21.

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ANKARA -- Turkey on Sunday confirmed 1,141 new COVID-19 cases and 32 more deaths in the past 24 hours, according to Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Turkey rose to 156,827, while the death toll surged to 4,340, Koca tweeted.

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DAMASCUS -- A total of 16 new COVID-19 cases were recorded in Syria on Sunday, bringing the overall number of infections registered in the country to 86, the Syrian Health Ministry said.

All of the newly discovered cases were for people who came from abroad, said the ministry.

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WUHAN -- No new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in central China's Hubei Province on Sunday, the provincial health commission said Monday.

The province reported 38 new asymptomatic cases on Sunday.

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Sunday announced travel restrictions on Brazil, which has become the nation with the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases.

"Today, the President has taken decisive action to protect our country by suspending the entry of aliens who have been in Brazil during the 14-day period before seeking admittance to the United States," the White House said in a statement. Enditem

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