Live COVID-19 updates: Africa CDC warns of possible "acute shortage" of COVID-19 protective equipment in Africa

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BEIJING, July 29 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Tuesday warned African countries to brace for possible "acute shortage" of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in the near future.

The Africa CDC made the urgent call for preparedness to avert a possible "acute shortage" of COVID-19 personal protective equipments in its detailed publication issued on Tuesday under the theme "strategies for managing acute shortages of personal protective equipment during COVID-19 pandemic."

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CAIRO -- Iran on Tuesday recorded 2,667 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections to 296,273. Meanwhile, Kuwait entered the third phase of its plan to restore normal life.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said that the death toll from the coronavirus in Iran rose to 16,147 after 235 new deaths were added.

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MADRID -- The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on Tuesday highlighted the enormous cost which the coronavirus pandemic brings to the global tourism sector, both in tourist numbers and revenue.

The new edition of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer shows that lockdown restrictions led to a 98 percent fall in international tourist numbers in May this year, compared to May 2019.

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CHICAGO -- Northwestern Medicine has launched a COVID-19 Prevention Trials Registry for people who are interested in participating in COVID-19 clinical trials to prevent infection from the virus, according to a news release posted on the website of Northwestern University (NU) on Monday.

The goal is to recruit 5,000 individuals for the COVID Prevention Trials Registry. Individuals being sought are 18 years and older and working in a job that puts them at higher risk of exposure to the virus. This includes health care workers, people who work in a grocery store or retail outlet, public transportation employees, factory or plant workers, and individuals who live or work in congregated living facilities like nursing homes. Enditem

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