Sun, 25 Oct 2020

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

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 4,930,236 and the death toll surged to 80,776, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry on Tuesday.

There are 3,859,399 people who were successfully cured and discharged from hospitals.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 106 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Tuesday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 22,391.

The daily caseload stayed below 200 for 13 straight days, but it continued to grow in triple digits since Aug. 14.

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BEIJING -- China's economic recovery continued picking up steam last month, with major economic indicators further improving as the country's efforts to boost growth amid the COVID-19 slowdown gradually paid off.

Industrial output increased 5.6 percent year-on-year in August, accelerating from the rise of 4.8 percent registered in July, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

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MANILA -- India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth for fiscal year (FY) 2020-2021 is forecast to contract by 9.0 percent as the COVID-19 pandemic weighs heavily on economic activity and consumer sentiment in the country, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released on Tuesday.

In its Asian Development Outlook 2020 Update, ADB forecast a strong recovery for the economy in FY 2021, with GDP to grow by 8.0 percent as mobility and business activities resume more widely.

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NEW YORK -- The COVID-19 pandemic is a true test for the global community that demands a shared global response, said Bill and Melinda Gates in their co-chaired foundation's annual Goalkeepers Report published Monday.

In the report, which they co-author every year, they call on the world to collaborate on the development of diagnostics, vaccines, and treatment; manufacture tests and doses as quickly as possible; and deliver these tools equitably based on need rather than the ability to pay.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand confirmed three new imported cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, all detected in recent returnees in managed isolation facilities.

The three cases are a man in his 30s and two children who arrived together from Dubai on September 9. They have been in managed isolation at the Ibis Hotel in Rotorua and tested positive for COVID-19 during routine testing around day 3 of their stay, according to the Ministry of Health.

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