Live COVID-19 Updates: Brunei sees no new COVID-19 cases for 90 days

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BEIJING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

It marked the 90th consecutive day without new cases since May 7.

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

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Wednesday reported 651 new COVID-19 cases and three more deaths, raising the tally of infections to 69,425 and the death toll to 468, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 8,051 patients are receiving treatment, including 128 in ICU, the statement added.

The ministry also announced the recovery of 580 more patients, raising the total recoveries in the country to 60,906.

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MALE -- New restrictions have been placed on travel into and out of the Greater Male region of the Maldives as the country's COVID-19 cases continue to rise amid a possible second wave, local media reported on Wednesday.

Starting Tuesday, travel into and out of the Greater Male region will be possible only with a special permit provided for essential purposes.

Meanwhile, curfew in the region will be imposed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, with a police permit required to travel outside during these hours.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent reached 976,028 on Wednesday, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialized healthcare agency of the 55-member African Union (AU) Commission, in its latest situation update issued on Wednesday, said that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the continent rose from 968,020 on Tuesday to 976,028 as of Wednesday.

The Africa CDC report also said that the number of deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic rose to 21,050 deaths on Wednesday, up from 20,612 on Tuesday.

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MINSK -- Belarus reported 126 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking its total to 68,376, according to the country's health ministry.

There have been 262 new recoveries in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 63,425, the ministry added.

So far, 577 people have died of the disease in the country, including three more over the past 24 hours, it said.

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ACCRA -- Ghanaian health authorities confirmed 1,263 more infections of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, raising the country's total case count to 39,075, according to the latest update by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The number of recoveries rose by 1,250 to reach 35,563.

Eight more deaths were reported, bringing the COVID-19 toll to 199, with 3,313 active cases.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's confirmed total COVID-19 cases rose to 317,483 on Wednesday after an overnight registration of 2,697 new infections, according to official IRNA news agency.

During 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, 1,331 were hospitalized.

The novel coronavirus pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 17,802 in Iran, up by 185 in the past 24 hours, she said.

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, bringing its total confirmed cases to 713, with eight deaths from the disease so far, according to the Ministry of Health.

Only one case has recently returned to Vietnam from abroad and being quarantined upon arrival while the rest were recorded domestically, according to the ministry.

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YANGON -- Myanmar reported two more imported cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the number of infections to 357 in total, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

According to the release, the newly confirmed cases are returnees who were under quarantine in Yangon region and Chin state after their recent arrivals from abroad.

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YEREVAN -- Armenia on Wednesday reported 288 new COVID-19 cases, bringing its total to 39,586, according to the National Center for Disease Control.

Data from the center also showed that 478 more patients have recovered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 30,850.

Meanwhile, two people died in the same period, raising the death toll to 770.

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LUSAKA -- Zambia's cumulative COVID-19 cases have surpassed 7,000 as 229 more cases were reported in the last 24 hours, its health ministry said on Wednesday.

The new cases were recorded out of 1,112 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health Spokesperson Able Kabalo.

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WINDHOEK -- Namibia Minister of Health Kalumbi Shangula on Wednesday announced a record daily number of COVID-19 recoveries of 345 cases which he said have now been discharged.

Shangula said that the recoveries again are a result of the government's shift in the de-isolation policy. Enditem

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