Live COVID-19 updates: COVID-19 cases near one mln in Africa, related deaths top 20,000

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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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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of COVID-19 related deaths in the African continent reached 20,288 as the number of COVID-19 cases in the continent reached 957,035 on Monday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialized healthcare agency of the African Union Commission, in its latest situation update issued on Monday, said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the continent rose from 944,450 on Sunday to 957,035 as of Monday.

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WINDHOEK -- The collapse of Namibia's tourism industry due to COVID-19 is threatening the existence of the country's living museums who depend on international tourists for income, officials said Monday.

According to a Living Culture Foundation representative Sebastian Durrschmidt, the country's six living museums face an uncertain future as they have not received any income in five months.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong reported 80 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, snapping a 12-day streak of more than 100 new cases each day, but a health official stressed that anti-epidemic measures cannot be loosened.

Of the new cases, all locally infected, 56 patients were related to previous cases, while transmission chains of the other 24 were still unclear, according to a press conference of the Center for Health Protection.

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TBILISI -- Georgia confirmed two new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing its total to 1,179.

One of the two new patients had contact with an infected individual and was under quarantine, while the other one does not know how he contracted the virus, the country's center for disease control said.

As of Monday, 959 of the 1,179 patients have recovered, while 17 died, the center said.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Monday reported 388 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 68,299 and the death toll to 461, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 8,099 patients are receiving treatment, including 126 in ICU, the statement added.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 526 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 59,739.

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SHENYANG -- Northeast China's Liaoning Province reported eight newly confirmed local COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the provincial health commission said on Monday.

All of the new local cases are in the coastal city of Dalian, according to the commission.

The province also reported one new imported case from the United States on Sunday in provincial capital Shenyang.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's coronavirus cases rose on Monday to 312,035 with the registration of 2,598 new infections over the past 24 hours.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said at her daily briefing that out of the new cases in the past 24 hours, 1,304 have been hospitalized.

COVID-19 has so far claimed the lives of 17,405 Iranians, up by 215 in the past 24 hours, she added.

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NEW DELHI -- Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has given nod to the Serum Institute of India (SII) to conduct phase 2 and 3 human clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University, officials said Monday.

"The DCGI has given approval to SII, Pune to conduct Phase II and III clinical trials of Oxford University-Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine (COVISHIELD) in India. This will hasten the development of the COVID-19 vaccine," a statement issued by country's federal health ministry said. Enditem

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