Live COVID-19 updates: U.S. Texas governor warns of another shutdown due to COVID-19 spike

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BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HOUSTON -- U.S. Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned Friday of another economic shutdown if the fast spread of COVID-19 is not contained.

"The worst is yet to come as we work our way through that massive increase in people testing positive," Abbott told local TV station KLBK.

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BRUSSELS -- Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) on Friday adopted a new regulation that will allow European vaccines and treatments for COVID-19 to be developed more quickly, said the European Parliament (EP).

The regulation that allows temporary derogation from certain rules for clinical trials was approved by 505 votes in favor, 67 against and 109 abstentions, following an urgent debate last week, said an EP press release.

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WASHINGTON -- Two-thirds of American adults, or 67 percent, said they disapprove of President Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus, the highest level of dissatisfaction with his response to COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to a poll released on Friday.

Only 33 percent said that they approved of Trump's performance, the latest ABC-Ipsos poll found.

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DOHA -- Qatar's Health Ministry on Friday announced 520 new infections of COVID-19, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 102,630.

"Some 961 people recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 98,233, while four others died, raising the fatalities to 146," the official Qatar News Agency reported, quoting a statement by the ministry.

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YANGON -- The number of COVID-19 infection cases has risen to 326 as of Friday, according to latest figures by the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A total of five new imported cases were reported in Yangon region and Rakhine state on Friday night.

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WINDHOEK -- Namibia on Friday recorded the first COVID-19 death after 116 days without any recorded deaths.

Namibia's Health Minister, Kalumbi Shangula, on Friday announced that the victim is a 45-year-old male from the coastal town of Walvis Bay. Enditem

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