Live COVID-19 updates: Mask-wearing mandatory in France's public places

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BEIJING, July 20 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PARIS -- The French government's order to make mask-wearing mandatory came into effect on Monday amid signs of worrying acceleration of the virus circulation and growing number of clusters.

Wearing face mask is now compulsory for all people older than 10 years in restaurants and hotels, shops, covered markets, museums, cinemas, concert halls, places of worship, airports and stations, libraries, vacation centers, administrations and banks.

"That is because we note that there are worrying signs of resumption of the epidemic in certain places of the national territory," Health Minister Olivier Veran told France Info radio early in the morning.

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NAIROBI -- Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Monday he will convene a crisis meeting on Friday to review the surge in COVID-19 infections across the country.

Kenya's State House spokesperson Kanze Dena said the fifth extraordinary session of the national and county governments coordinating summit will assess the counties' state of preparedness within the wider national response to the pandemic and evaluate Kenya's overall national response and capacity.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 5,940 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total to 777,486, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Monday.

Meanwhile, 85 new deaths were reported, bringing the nationwide count to 12,427, the statement said.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday with the national tally of cases standing at 141.

It marked the 74th consecutive day without new cases since May 7.

There have been three deaths from COVID-19 in Brunei and a total of 138 patients have recovered.

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced the extension of social distancing measures on Monday, as 73 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported here, bringing the total cases to 1,958.

At a media briefing on Monday afternoon, the HKSAR government's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 66 additional local infections and seven imported cases of COVID-19.

The seven imported cases involved persons with travel history to places such as the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Ethiopia and Kazakhstan.

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LONDON -- A phase 2 trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate conducted in China has found that the vaccine is safe and induces an immune response, according to a new study published Monday in medical journal The Lancet.

The results provide data from a wider group of participants than the phase 1 trial, which was published in May. Phase 1 trial involved 108 healthy adults and it demonstrated promising results.

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RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia's health ministry revealed on Monday that the coronavirus recovery rate in the country exceeded 80 percent.

The rate increased with the registration of 5,524 new recovery cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the recoveries to 203,259, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Kingdom also registered 2,429 new cases, bringing the total cases to 253,349, while there are 47,567 active cases, including 2,196 in critical conditions.

The death toll reached 2,523 cases with the reporting of 37 fatalities.

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TOKYO -- Japan confirmed 419 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, with 168 new cases reported in Tokyo and the nation's death toll from the virus crossed 1,000, including cases related to a cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama in February.

Japan's cumulative number of COVID-19 cases now stands at more than 25,000, with the death toll including those from the cruise ship totaling 1,001, and 998 not including those connected to the quarantined cruise liner.

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DOHA -- Qatar's Health Ministry on Monday announced 389 new infections of COVID-19, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 107,037.

A total of 405 people recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 103,782, while two others died, raising the fatalities to 159, the official Qatar News Agency quoted a statement by the ministry as saying.

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MINSK -- Belarus reported 118 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Monday, taking its total to 66,213, according to the country's health ministry.

There have been 86 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 58,290, the ministry added. So far, 503 people have died from the pandemic in the country, including four over the past 24 hours, it said. Enditem

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