Live COVID-19 updates: COVID-19 cases in Philippines surge

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BEIJING, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SEOUL -- South Korea's COVID-19 resurgence was expected to raise uncertainty in the domestic financial market and the local economy, the country's central bank said Thursday.

The Bank of Korea (BOK) said in its monetary, credit policy report submitted to the National Assembly that if the domestic economic recovery is delayed due to the COVID-19 resurgence, volatility could increase in the local stock market with higher credit risks for small companies.

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MANILA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 248,947 after the Department of Health reported 3,821 new cases on Thursday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 186,058 after 563 more patients have recovered.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel will hold first trials of a COVID-19 vaccine with 100 volunteers, Sheba Medical Center in central Israel said on Thursday.

The trials are scheduled to begin in October at Sheba hospital and Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, both selected for the task because they have large centers for clinical trials.

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SOFIA -- Bulgaria's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 702 after 10 patients died in the past 24 hours, official figures showed on Thursday morning.

According to the country's health ministry, the number of confirmed infections has reached 17,435, up 122 from Wednesday.

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SYDNEY -- Australian researchers have developed a new tool to help tackle the problem of mutations in COVID-19, which could render prospective vaccines ineffective.

On Wednesday, the team from Melbourne University revealed a new software program, dubbed COVID-3D, which harnesses genomic and protein information about the virus to help develop more effective vaccine and drug targets. Enditem

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