Live COVID-19 updates: Japan reports 375 new cases of COVID-19 as fears of 2nd wave rise

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BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TOKYO -- The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 375 to reach 21,959, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities on Sunday, as fears for a potential second wave of infections among the public and authorities are rising.

The number excludes the 712 cases from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama near Tokyo.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported another 14 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Sunday, bringing the national total to 8,718.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that three of the new infections are imported and the other 11 are local transmissions.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 257,303 on Sunday after an overnight registration of 2,186 new infections, state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,499 have been hospitalized.

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BEIJING -- With joint efforts of both sides, China-Mexico relations have maintained a good momentum of development, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang has said.

Zheng made the remarks on Friday at the 17th political consultation between the two countries' foreign ministries via video link, which was also attended by Mexico's Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs Julian Ventura.

For his part, Ventura spoke highly of the bilateral cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 and other fields.

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CAPE TOWN -- Massive rolling power blackouts continued in South Africa on Sunday for three days running, dealing another heavy blow to the economy already battered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The severely constrained generation system will most likely persist through the coming week, said state-run electricity utility Eskom, which provides about 95 percent of the electricity consumed in the country.

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MOSCOW -- Russia has registered 6,615 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 727,162, the country's coronavirus response center said in a statement Sunday.

The country's death toll has risen by 130 to 11,335, while 501,061 people have recovered, including 3,615 over the last 24 hours, according to the statement.

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,681 within one day to 75,699, with the death toll adding by 71 to 3,606, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Sunday.

According to him, 919 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 35,638.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 2,666 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total to over 183,000.

Nasima Sultana, a senior Health Ministry official, said in a briefing in Dhaka that "2,666 new COVID-19 positive cases and 47 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh."

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NEW DELHI -- India's federal health ministry on Sunday morning reported 551 new deaths from COVID-19 and 28,637 new cases during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 22,674 and the total infections to 849,553.

This is said to be the highest single day spike in the number of fresh cases in the country so far.

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan reported a record high of 719 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the national count to 10,629.

The Republican Headquarters for the Prevention of the Spread of COVID-19 said that the new cases were recorded after 2,479 laboratory tests were conducted across the country during the past 24 hours. Enditem

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