Live COVID-19 updates: U.S. cases surpass 4.8 mln: Johns Hopkins University

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BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW YORK -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States surpassed 4.8 million on Wednesday, reaching 4,802,275 as of 3:34 p.m. local time (1934 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the national death toll from the disease rose to 157,551, according to the CSSE.

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BRUSSELS -- The COVID-19 pandemic dealt the hardest blow to the arts and entertainment sector as well as the retail, wholesale and food services in the European Union (EU), Eurostat statistics issued on Wednesday revealed.

According to the EU's statistical office, the sectors were hit both in terms of gross value added and the number of hours worked by employees during the pandemic.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 1,721 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, raising the total in the country to 77,919.

The death toll rose from 561 to 565, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 341 to 345, out of 745 patients currently hospitalized.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said Wednesday that the government is considering extending more emergency economic aid to the nation's poorest citizens.

Brazil will face another "one or two more months of economic difficulties" as a result of the impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, said Guedes.

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CAIRO -- Egypt confirmed on Wednesday 18 deaths from COVID-19, the lowest daily fatalities in the country since May 27, raising the death toll to 4,930, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

Egypt also saw the highest daily recoveries, as 1,613 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 47,182, the ministry's spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

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BANJUL -- Gambian government announced Wednesday to impose a night curfew for 21 days starting from Aug. 6 to contain the community transmission of coronavirus across the West African country.

"Night curfew is hereby imposed throughout the jurisdiction of The Gambia from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. Only persons on official COVID-19 duties, ambulances and public officials on essential assignments are exempted from the curfew," Gambian government's spokesperson Ebrima Sankareh said in a press release.

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QUITO -- The Ecuadorean government reported on Wednesday that the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 had risen to 88,866, with 5,847 deaths.

Additionally, the Ministry of Public Health reported that 903 new cases and 39 more deaths were registered in the last 24 hours.

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NEW YORK -- The Committee of 100, a non-profit U.S. leadership organization of prominent Chinese Americans from different fields, announced on Wednesday a donation of 850,000 N95 masks to healthcare workers in underserved communities in the United States.

The donation, valued at more than 3 million U.S. dollars, will assist disproportionately impacted minority communities and the healthcare institutions that serve them in the fight against COVID-19. Enditem

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