Live COVID-19 updates: U.S. COVID-19 death toll projected to top 230,000 by November

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BEIJING, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TRIPOLI -- The National Center for Disease Control of Libya on Thursday reported a record daily increase of 216 COVID-19 cases as the national tally climbed to more than 3,400.

A total of 3,438 cases have so far been reported with 604 recoveries and 73 deaths, the center said.

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HARARE -- The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Thursday launched an international appeal for an additional 250 million U.S. dollars to "support a rapidly expanding emergency operation for millions at-risk."

Donations permitting, the WFP intends to assist 4 million of the most vulnerable in 2020 and scale up to 5 million in January-April next year, the peak of the lean season.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. death toll from COVID-19 is expected to climb to 230,822 by November, said the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) of the University of Washington.

On July 22, the institute forecasted a total of 219,864 deaths from COVID-19 by November in the United States, reported CNN on Thursday.

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WASHINGTON -- The number of initial jobless claims in the United States rose to 1.43 million last week amid a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, following an increase in the previous week, the Labor Department reported Thursday.

In the week ending July 25, the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits increased by 12,000 from a revised 1,422,000 in the prior week, the department said. Enditem

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