Live COVID-19 updates: EU poised to bar U.S. travelers as bloc reopens in July

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BEIJING, June 27 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WASHINGTON -- The European Union (EU) plans to bar travelers from the United States and some other countries where the COVID-19 outbreak has not been effectively controlled as the bloc will reopen in July, U.S. media reported Friday.

After several rounds of negotiation in recent weeks, EU senior diplomats in Brussels have come up with a final list of the safe countries from which travelers are welcomed to the bloc, U.S. media outlet The New York Times reported.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent reached 359,408 as of Saturday afternoon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC in its latest situation update issued on Saturday said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the continent rose from 337,315 on Friday morning to 359, 408 as of Saturday afternoon.

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DOHA -- The Qatari health ministry on Saturday announced 879 new infections of COVID-19, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 93,633, official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

Meanwhile, 1,153 people recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 77,225, while the death toll increased by one more case to 110, according to a ministry statement quoted by QNA.

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BEIJING -- Beijing has launched a citywide screening for COVID-19 in hair and beauty salons and found no infected cases so far, the municipal government said Saturday.

As of the end of Friday, a total of 26,286 employees from 10,765 hair and beauty salons across the city had received nucleic acid tests, said Wang Hongcun, an official with the Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau.

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SHANGHAI -- Shanghai received 3.73 million visits by tourists during the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday, according to the Shanghai Municipal Administration of Culture and Tourism.

With tighter restrictions and caps on the number of visitors amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the city's 150 tourist sites recorded 1.29 million visits during the holiday that began on Thursday, the administration said.

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Saturday said that 57 new cases of COVID-19 infections had been confirmed in the capital, the highest single-day count since the state of emergency was lifted on May 25.

The number of people in the capital who have tested positive for the pneumonia-causing virus now stands at 6,054, the Tokyo metropolitan government said, with the latest increase marked the second straight day that the daily number in the capital has topped 50.

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TEHRAN -- Iran reported 2,456 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed novel coronavirus cases to 220,180 on Saturday, according to official IRNA news agency.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said during her daily update on Saturday that out of the new cases overnight, 1,139 have been hospitalized.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported over 3,500 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the total in the country to nearly 134,000.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing Saturday afternoon that "3,504 new COVID-19 positive cases and 34 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh."

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MOSCOW -- Russia has confirmed 6,852 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total number of infections to 627,646, its coronavirus response center said in a statement Saturday.

The death toll grew by 188 to 8,969, while 393,352 people have now recovered, including 9,200 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement. Enditem

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