Live COVID-19 updates: Qatar reports 216 new COVID-19 cases, 110,911 in total

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BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DOHA -- The Qatari health ministry on Saturday announced 216 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 110,911, official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

Meanwhile, 201 more recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 107,578, while the death toll remained 174, according to a ministry statement quoted by QNA.

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NEW YORK -- The United States has reported a further 67,000 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the country's total number of infections to 4,562,170, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the country's death toll has climbed by 1,259 to reach 53,320.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Saturday reported 491 new COVID-19 cases and six more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 67,448 and the death toll to 453, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 8,470 patients are receiving treatment, including 134 in ICU, the statement added.

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YEREVAN -- Armenia on Saturday reported 291 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 38,841, according to the National Center for Disease Control.

Data from the center showed that 560 patients recovered in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 29,557.

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TOKYO -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 1,536 to reach 37,925 on Saturday amid a resurgence of infections across the country, according to Japan's health ministry and local governments.

The total number of infections excludes 712 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama earlier in the year.

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HONG KONG -- Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Leung Chun-ying on Saturday lashed out at Hong Kong opposition for placing politics above public health as they criticized the postponement of the 2020 Legislative Council (LegCo) General Election of the HKSAR.

Hong Kong is being hit by the third round of COVID-19 outbreak, with the daily new cases exceeding 100 for over 10 days and the source of infection of many cases remaining unknown, Leung said on social media, noting that all large group events have been postponed or canceled as a result.

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DHAKA -- Abiding by the recommended health advice to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, Bangladeshi Muslims with the spirit of sacrifice on Saturday celebrated Eid-al-Adha, one of the two major festivals in the country, but refrained from traditional hugs, embraces and handshakes with each other.

Long lines of Muslims have been seen since Saturday morning in front of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka for Eid prayers. Enditem

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