Live COVID-19 updates: Thailand's cross-border commerce drops 8.5 pct over border closure

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BEIJING, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's Ministry of Commerce on Friday reported that the country's cross-border trade fell 8.5 percent year-on-year in the first seven months, mostly due to the closure of border checkpoints amid COVID-19.

Overall cross-border trade, including transit trade, totaled 741 billion baht (23.68 billion U.S. dollars) from January to July, said the Ministry's Foreign Trade Department.

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YANGON -- The number of COVID-19 infections has risen to 2,422 in Myanmar, according to a release from the Health and Sports Ministry, with 157 more cases being confirmed on Friday night.

The country has seen a rocketing number of local transmissions since the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak on Aug. 16.

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THIMPHU -- The government of Bhutan announced that the schooling for students of classes X and XII will resume from Monday.

For students in IX and XI grades, the campus will be opened from Sept. 21, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering announced, while students in high-risk areas will be shifted to western districts to complete their session.

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BUCHAREST -- Romania reported 1,391 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the tally of infections to 101,075, the most among Central and Eastern European countries.

The official tally showed that another 35 COVID-19 patients, 25 men and 10 women, died in the past 24 hours, bringing the total death toll in the country to 4,100.

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan's health authorities announced Friday the recovery of 40,631 COVID-19 patients or 90.7 percent of all the infections since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, including 144 people in the last 24 hours.

Ainura Akmatova, head of the Public Health Department of the Ministry of Health of Kyrgyzstan, told a briefing that 77 new COVID-19 cases have been registered over the past day, raising the nationwide tally to 44,761.

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NEW DELHI -- India's federal Junior Minister for Railways Suresh Angadi Friday tested positive for COVID-19.

He requested his close contacts to monitor their health and undergo the test.

"I have tested COVID-19 positive today. I am doing fine. Taking the advice of doctors," Angadi wrote on twitter. "Requesting all those who have come in close contact with me in the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms."

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VALLETTA -- A healthcare worker in Malta has tested positive for COVID-19 again only four months after recovering from the virus, the Maltese health authorities said on Friday.

This is the first time that a re-infection case was found in Malta.

The healthcare worker tested positive on April 13 and recovered from the virus-caused disease on April 27, said Superintendent of Public Health Charmaine Gauci at a press conference.

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NAIROBI -- Kenya's economic growth is expected to drop to 2.6 percent in 2020, down from the previous year's 5.4 percent, mainly due to COVID-19, a senior government official said on Friday.

Ukur Yatani, cabinet secretary of National Treasury and Planning, said the economy remained resilient in the first quarter of 2020, rising 4.9 percent, compared to a growth of 5.5 percent in the same quarter in 2019. Enditem

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