Live COVID-19 updates: S. Africa allows limited domestic air travel with further easing of COVID-19 restrictions

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BEIJING, May 30 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CAPE TOWN -- The South Afrian government on Saturday unveiled guidelines for resuming domestic air travel with further easing of COVID-19 restrictions starting on June 1.

"Limited domestic air travel for business purposes will be allowed, subject to restrictions on the number of flights per day and authorization based on the reason for travel," Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said.

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ACCRA -- The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in Ghana has increased to 7,768, with 152 more infections confirmed, data released by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) said on Saturday.

The GHS data captured 119 new recoveries, increasing the number of recovered COVID-19 cases in the West African country to 2,540.

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MANILA -- The Philippines will resume domestic travels beginning on June 1 as the country starts further loosening coronavirus lockdown in the capital Manila and some parts of the country, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) said on Saturday.

In an advisory, NAIA said that most of the international flights "will not be happening in the immediate future" due to the travel bans imposed around the world in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LONDON -- Britain's House of Commons (lower house of parliament) should continue its virtual meetings while the threat of coronavirus remains, a parliamentary committee said Saturday.

The Commons' Procedure Committee published a report Saturday following the announcement by Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, that MPs will be recalled to Westminster on June 2 in person to address issues while ending the "virtual Parliament" temporary measures.

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BEIJING -- China's Internet and related services sectors have maintained expansion in the first four months, displaying enhanced profitability despite the COVID-19 epidemic, official data showed.

Major Internet companies raked in 344.6 billion yuan (about 48.32 billion U.S. dollars) in the January-April period, up 4.9 percent year on year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported a new case of COVID-19 infection on Saturday, bringing its total confirmed cases to 328 with zero death so far, according to its Ministry of Health.

The latest case was a one-year-old Vietnamese boy recently returning to the country from Russia, said the ministry, noting that 33 other passengers on the same flight with the baby had been confirmed to have contracted the virus. Enditem

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