Live COVID-19 updates: COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria exceed 13,000

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BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SOFIA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria topped 13,014 after 297 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours, official figures showed Friday morning.

The health ministry said 80 of the new cases were registered in the country's capital Sofia, bringing the total in the city to 3,901.

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WUHAN -- Nearly 400 A-level scenic spots in central China's Hubei Province will open to visitors from across the country for free starting from Aug. 8 till the end of the year, the provincial government said Friday.

The free admission is a token of gratitude to the nation's assistance to Hubei during the COVID-19 outbreak, said Zhang Wenbing, deputy governor of Hubei, at a press conference.

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CHONGQING -- Yangtze River cruises at the scenic section of the Three Gorges in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality resumed service Friday, marking a recovery of the sector affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

River cruises between Chongqing and Yichang City in central Hubei Province are hugely popular with travelers.

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SEOUL -- South Korea planned to lift restrictions on arrivals from central China's Hubei province as no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported recently in the province, the health authorities said Friday.

South Korean Vice Health Minister Kim Gang-lip told a press briefing that the country will lift restrictions on arrivals from Hubei province and retract other visa-related measures beginning on Aug. 10. Enditem

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