Live COVID-19 updates: Saudi Arabia registers 2,779 new cases, 232,259 in total

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BEIJING, July 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia registered on Sunday 2,779 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infections in the kingdom to 232,259, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In the past 24 hours, 1,742 individuals recovered from the virus, increasing the total recoveries to 167,138, while 42 died from the coronavirus, raising the death toll in the kingdom to 2,223.

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon registered on Sunday the highest 166 daily new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number in the country to 2,344, the National News Agency reported.

Earlier in the day, 131 workers employed by a waste management company in Lebanon were transported to COVID-19 quarantine facilities.

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NAIROBI -- Kenya's number of COVID-19 cases passed 10,000 mark on Sunday as the ministry of health intensifies measures to contain the spread of the respiratory disease.

Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary in the ministry of health, said some 379 people tested positive for the COVID-19 from 7,050 samples which were tested in the country in the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 10,105.

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JUBA -- South Sudan said on Sunday it will mobilize psychiatrists to provide counseling to frontline health workers dealing with COVID-19 related stigma and fatigue.

Mayen Machut Achiek, undersecretary ministry of health, said that a team of psychiatrists is on the standby to help counsel frontline health workers and their families amid emotional stress linked to the pandemic.

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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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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday informed the ruling political party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna, to temporarily halt election rallies following a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases from a drug rehabilitation center in Sri Lanka's north central province.

Following the prime minister's announcement, the ruling party said in a statement that all election rallies to be held on July 13, 14 and 15, which were to be attended by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Rajapaksa, have been canceled until further notice to comply with health guidelines. Enditem

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