Live COVID-19 updates: Indonesia lays emphasis on public health rather than economy

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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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JAKARTA -- Indonesia has to resort to public health rather than economic endeavors following the inception of the Committee on the COVID-19 Mitigation and Economic Recovery on Aug. 20.

With the committee, the government was previously seen as more concerned with economics than health given that the Indonesian economy continued to tumble down, but consequently the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the archipelagic country kept rising.

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TBILISI -- Georgia reported 158 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, a record single-day high since the outbreak of the virus in the country, bringing its total to 2,075.

The National Center for Disease Control and Public Health said that 87 of the 158 new cases were confirmed in the western Adjara region.

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CANBERRA -- Australia has surpassed 800 coronavirus deaths more than six months after recording its first.

As of Saturday afternoon the number of total deaths is 803, up from 797 on Friday.

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KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwait on Saturday reported 736 new COVID-19 cases and one more death, raising the tally of infections to 94,211 and the death toll to 558, the Health Ministry said in a statement.

Currently, 9,249 patients are receiving treatment, including 94 in ICU, according to the statement.

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QUITO -- Authorities from the city of Guaranda, Ecuador, and the city of Weifang in China's Shandong province have agreed to be united in the battle against COVID-19, the Ecuadoran city's government reported on Friday.

Guaranda Mayor Medardo Chimbolema and Weifang Mayor Tian Qingying signed a Letter of Intent for Twinning and Friendly Cooperation during a videoconference in which they also shared experience in the fight against the virus.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 1,282 new COVID-19 cases and 34 new deaths on Saturday, making the tally at 336,044 and death toll at 4,702, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 10,723 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 58 new COVID-19 cases, the Health Ministry said on Saturday, bringing the national total to 9,868.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that five of the new cases are imported and 53 are local transmissions.

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported no new case of COVID-19 on Saturday with the national tally of cases standing at 145.

It marked the 9th consecutive day without new cases since Sept. 3.

According to Brunei's Ministry of Health, two recoveries were recorded, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 141. There is still one active case being treated at the National Isolation Center.

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PRETORIA -- The Chinese embassy in South Africa donated one million rand (59,700 U.S. dollars) plus 50,000 surgical masks and 400 forehead thermometers on Friday to help the country to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

The donation was handed over by Li Nan, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese embassy and received by the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga. Enditem

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