Live COVID-19 updates: Bangladesh's cases rise to 441,159, death toll to 6,305

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

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 2,364 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths on Thursday, making the tally at 441,159 with 6,305 deaths, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) said.

The official data showed that 17,531 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

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KATHMANDU -- The Nepali government has reopened Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, for tourists, since Wednesday, nearly eight months after its closure, said a senior official of Lumbini Development Trust.

Nearly two weeks after the Nepali cabinet decided to reopen tourism-related services such as cable car, adventure tourism, jungle safari and museum, the trust, an autonomous body under the government formed to preserve and develop the Lumbini area, decided to reopen one of the important religious and tourist sites of the Himalayan country.

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UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday warned in a new report of growing consequences for children as the COVID-19 pandemic drags on.

While symptoms among infected children remain mild, infections are rising and the longer-term impact on the education, nutrition and well-being of an entire generation of children and young people can be life-altering, said the report entitled "Averting a Lost COVID Generation."

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao government has continued to closely monitor people entering the country to prevent a second wave of COVID-19.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under Lao Ministry of Health, Latsamy Vongkhamsao, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday that the government urged authorities countrywide to continue monitoring people entering Laos to prevent a second wave of COVID-19.

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KIEV -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said his retest for COVID-19 was still positive but he felt better, Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported on Thursday.

"My retest, unfortunately, is still positive, but I continue to work every day. This is my job. The only difference is that I work not on Bankova Street, but on Academician Zabolotny Street (where the Feofania hospital is located)," Zelensky said in his blog on Wednesday.

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BERLIN -- Germany's confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by 22,609 to 855,916, said the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government agency for disease control and prevention, on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the national death toll from the disease rose by 251 to 13,370, the RKI added. Enditem

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