Live COVID-19 updates: Malaysia reports 2 new COVID-19 cases, total over 9,000

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BEIJING, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported two new COVID-19 infections, bringing the national total to 9,001, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press briefing that both cases are local transmissions.

Another four cases have been released, bringing the total cured and discharged to 8,668 or 96.3 percent of all cases.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported no new case of COVID-19 on Monday with the national tally of cases standing at 141.

It marked the 88th consecutive day without new cases since May 7.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, no active case is being treated at the National Isolation Center.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 1,356 new COVID-19 cases Monday, taking the total to 242,102.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana told a media briefing that 30 more deaths were reported in the last 24 hours across the country, bringing the death toll to 3,184.

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,679 within one day to 113,134, with the death toll adding by 66 to 5,302, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

The ministry also said 1,262 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 70,237.

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday congratulated a Sri Lankan team of youngsters for emerging as the first runner-up at the World Schools Debating Championship which was held online for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement on his official Twitter account, Rajapaksa said he was proud to know that Sri Lanka had emerged as the runner-up and sent his congratulations to the team and its mentors.

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BEIJING -- China's central bank will ramp up efforts to offer financial support for enterprises and ensure employment.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the People's Bank of China (PBOC) has stepped up measures including strengthening counter-cyclical policies, keeping liquidity reasonable and deferring loan and interest repayments for micro, small and medium firms, PBOC governor Yi Gang said at a recent symposium.

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SYDNEY -- Papua New Guinea's (PNG) total COVID-19 cases have reached 110, with 19 more cases recorded on Sunday.

PNG's National Pandemic Controller David Manning said most of the new cases were found in the nation's capital of Port Moresby and one was from the country's second biggest city of Lae. Enditem

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