Live COVID-19 updates: Israel reports 3,855 new cases, taking national tally to 285,336

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BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 3,855 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the tally of infections to 285,336.

The death count rose by 40 to 1,864, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 866 to 865, out of 1,592 patients currently hospitalized, it said.

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ALGIERS -- Algeria on Thursday reported 138 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 52,658.

The Algerian Ministry of Health also announced four new fatalities from the novel coronavirus, raising the country's death toll to 1,783.

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ANKARA -- Turkey announced 1,615 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 330,753.

In addition, 58 people died from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 8,667, while 1,398 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 290,352, according to the Turkish Health Ministry.

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TUNIS -- Tunisian Health Ministry on Thursday reported 2,357 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 26,899.

The death toll from the virus rose by 45 to 409 in the North African country, it said in a statement.

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BRUSSELS -- The President of the European Parliament David Sassoli said Thursday that he had decided to self-isolate after contact with a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.

"I am fine and have no symptoms," Sassoli said in a tweet, adding that he will be "self-isolating for the required period to carry out the necessary checks." Enditem

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