Live COVID-19 updates: Trump's youngest son Barron had COVID-19, now tests negative

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BEIJING, Oct. 15 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump's youngest son Barron Trump had COVID-19 with no symptoms and now tests negative, first lady Melania Trump posted a family health update on Wednesday.

"It was two weeks ago when I received the diagnosis that so many Americans across our country and the world had already received - I tested positive for COVID-19. To make matters worse, my husband, and our nation's Commander-in-Chief, received the same news," she said.

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SANTIAGO -- The number of patients in critical condition due to COVID-19 has decreased in Chile in recent days, Chilean Minister of Health Enrique Paris reported on Wednesday.

"For the eighth consecutive day, there are less than 100 critical patients, reaching 87 people who on this day are in this state. This is a good sign, but it is necessary to continue maintaining all self-care measures," Paris told local media while reporting on the situation of 785 people currently hospitalized in intensive care units.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Health Ministry reported on Wednesday that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 298,500, after the addition of 1,848 new cases.

The death toll rose to 2,098, with 43 new fatalities, while the number of patients in serious condition decreased from 807 to 755, out of 1,368 patients currently hospitalized.

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STOCKHOLM -- The COVID-19 infection rate is increasing across Sweden with an overwhelming majority of regions reporting a hike in cases, reported Swedish Television on Wednesday.

A joint report from Sweden's county administrative boards showed that 17 out of 21 regions are experiencing rising infection rates, with some reporting a rapid rise in numbers.

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OTTAWA -- A total of 4,042 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Canada, including 1,996 backlogged cases from the long weekend and 2,046 newly identified cases on Tuesday, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced on Wednesday.

That means the average daily case count remains elevated with 2,223 cases being reported during the most recent seven days.

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AMMAN -- The tally of COVID-19 cases in Jordan surpassed 30,000 on Wednesday after 2,423 new infections were recorded.

The total COVID-19 cases in Jordan rose to 30,550, while the death toll from the virus climbed by 32 to 257, the Jordanian Health Ministry said in a statement. Enditem

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