Live COVID-19 updates: New Zealand introduces bill for epidemic managed isolation payments

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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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WELLINGTON -- A legislation to allow the government to recover some of the costs for managed isolation and quarantine was introduced to New Zealand's parliament on Wednesday, said New Zealand Minister of Housing Megan Woods.

"The bill will allow the government to charge for managed isolation and quarantine facilities. We have carefully considered how to design a system that is fair on arrivals and not a barrier for returning to New Zealand, especially for those who might already be experiencing financial stress," Woods said in a statement.

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CANBERRA -- Australia's top health official has warned that more coronavirus deaths in aged care facilities are "a certainty."

Brendan Murphy, the former chief medical officer (CMO) who is now the secretary of the department of health, said on Wednesday that "we do have outbreaks in 77 of our residential aged care facilities in Victoria," which is around about 10 percent of the 770 or thereabouts residential aged care facilities in that state.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed novel coronavirus cases rose to 298,909 on Wednesday after an overnight registration of 2,636 new infections, state TV reported.

At her daily briefing, Sima Sadat Lari, the spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,604 have been hospitalized.

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TOKYO -- Japan confirmed 1,002 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, exceeding 1,000 for the first time, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

In Tokyo, the epicenter of Japan's outbreak, 250 new cases were reported on Wednesday. The daily tally of the capital has been above 200 every day in the past week except once.

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SHENYANG -- Northeast China's Liaoning Province reported eight new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the provincial health commission said Wednesday.

All new confirmed patients are in the city of Dalian and were previously asymptomatic cases, according to the commission.

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ULAN BATOR -- The Mongolian government on Wednesday said all kindergartens and general educational schools across the country would open on Sept. 1.

Mongolia will restart classes for students of vocational training and production centers on Sept. 14, while university students will return to classes on Oct. 5, the government's press office said in a statement. Enditem

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