Live COVID-19 updates: Ukraine reports 656 new cases, total over 31,810

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BEIJING, June 15 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KIEV -- A total of 31,810 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 901 deaths were reported in Ukraine on Monday, while 14,253 patients have recovered, the country's health ministry said.

In the past 24 hours, 10,236 tests were performed in Ukraine, and 656 were positive.

Besides, 2,350 children and 5,537 health workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak.

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Monday announced it has been monitoring 3,449 people across the country.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Ministry of Health Latsamy Vongkhamsao told a press conference here on Monday that 3,449 people have been quarantined at 94 accommodation centers across the country.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported on Monday three more imported cases of COVID-19, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 1,112.

The new cases involving two women and one man came from Indonesia and Russia, the CHP said in a statement, adding that it is tracing related close contacts.

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LUSAKA -- Zambia's premier agricultural and commercial show this year has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers said on Monday.

The Agricultural and Commercial Show was originally scheduled to open on July 29 and last through Aug. 3 under the theme "Innovation Through Technology."

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BEIJING -- China is ready to strengthen cooperation with Laos in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic, said General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday.

In a verbal message sent to Bounnhang Vorachith, general secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee and president of Laos, Xi said he believes that with joint efforts of China and Laos as well as the international community, a final victory will surely be achieved in the battle against the pandemic. Enditem

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