Live COVID-19 updates: Japan reports 726 new COVID-19 cases, Abe denies imminent state of emergency

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BEIJING, July 24 (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 726 to reach 28,977 as of Friday evening, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying there is no need to declare a state of emergency again for the time being.

The death toll in Japan from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at a total of 1,007 people, including 13 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

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KABUL -- Public Health Ministry of Afghanistan has registered 60 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, totaling the number of patients infected with the disease to 35,988 in the country, said a ministry's statement released Friday.

According to the statement, 14 new deaths were recorded, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 1,225 since outbreak of the pandemic in February in the country.

A total of 52 more patients have recovered, bringing the number of recovery to 24,537 in Afghanistan, the statement added.

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HARBIN -- Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province reported two asymptomatic COVID-19 cases between 12 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, local health authorities said.

Both of them had come in close contact with earlier confirmed cases reported in the city of Dalian, Liaoning Province.

Dalian reported three confirmed COVID-19 cases by local transmission on Wednesday and Thursday.

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao Ministry of Health reported one new COVID-19 case on Friday for the first time after 102 days.

Director of the National Center for Laboratory and Epidemiology under Lao Ministry of Health, Phonepadith Sangxayalath, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday that the new case is a South Korean man, who is a staff of a hydropower project in Laos.

The 32-year-old patient travelled from Japan and transited through South Korea on July 18, and arrived in Laos on the same day. He went to a quarantine center in Vientiane by a van with another six passengers.

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ACCRA -- Ghana registered 694 more infections of the novel coronavirus here early Friday, increasing its national tally to 30,366, according to the latest update from the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The number of recovered and discharged patients has increased to 26,687, with 597 more infected people discharged after treatment.

The GHS said the death toll from COVID-19 in Ghana stays at 153, with 3,526 active cases.

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BERLIN -- Germany's COVID-19 cases rose by 815 within one day to 204,183, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said on Friday.

The death toll in the country rose by 10 to stand at 9,111.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported another 21 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Friday, bringing the national total to 8,861.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that five of the cases are imported and 16 are local transmissions.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported over 2,500 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, as the total number of infections rose to nearly 219,000 and the death toll reached 2,836.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing that 2,548 new COVID-19 positive cases and 35 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,761 within one day to 95,418, with the death toll adding by 89 to 4,665, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, 1,781 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 53,945.

The virus has spread to all the country's 34 provinces.

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MANILA -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 76,444 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,103 new cases on Friday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries further rose to 24,502 after 144 more patients have survived the disease.

The death toll also increased to 1,879 after 15 more patients have succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH added. Enditem

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