Live COVID-19 updates: Brazil's president says "practically winning" the coronavirus battle

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BEIJING, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday that the country is "practically winning" the battle against COVID-19 due to the reduction of average daily deaths caused by the virus over the last week.

"We are practically winning (the battle against) the pandemic. The government has done everything possible to minimize its negative effects, either through emergency aid, which has reached 65 million people, or with help for micro and small companies, through credit," the president said at an event in the northeastern state of Bahia.

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QUITO -- Ecuador's National Committee for Emergency Operations, which is managing the health crisis caused by COVID-19, approved new guidelines on Friday that will come into force on Sept. 13 when the national state of emergency concludes.

The new guidelines include requiring a negative COVID-19 PCR test in order to enter the country by air, while the country's land borders and seaports will remain closed.

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TUNIS -- Tunisia on Friday recorded 377 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total infections in the country to 6,259, said the Tunisian Ministry of Health.

In its daily epidemiological report, the ministry confirmed four new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 103.

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WASHINGTON -- A new ensemble forecast published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects up to 217,000 COVID-19 deaths in the United States by Oct. 3.

The new national ensemble forecast predicts that 3,300 to 8,000 new COVID-19 deaths will likely be reported during the week ending Oct. 3, and a total of 205,000 to 217,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by that date.

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BEIJING -- The State Council, China's cabinet, plans to conduct an inspection to ensure the implementation of major policies ranging from COVID-19 prevention and control to different aspects of economic development.

The inspection, scheduled for mid and late October, will be performed on site in 14 provincial-level regions and at the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

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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. Enditem

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