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The Latest: Coronavirus watch, July 12

12 Jul 2020, 12:30 GMT+10

People are seen at a reopened amusement park in Istanbul, Turkey, on July 6, 2020. (Photo by Osman Orsal/Xinhua)

- New York hospitalizations, 3-day average deaths fall to new low

- Beijing reports no new domestically transmitted cases for 6th consecutive day

- Cases in Chile climb to 312,029, with 6,881 deaths

- Death cases exceed 1,000 in Algeria

- UK reports 148 more deaths, 820 new cases

BEIJING, July 12 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LONDON -- Another 148 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Friday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 44,798, the British Department of Health and Social Care said Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, 288,953 people have tested positive for the disease in Britain, a daily increase of 820, according to the department.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile reported on Saturday that the number of COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 312,029, with 6,881 deaths.

According to the Ministry of Health, 2,755 new cases and 100 more deaths from the virus were registered in the past 24 hours.

Residents wait to do tests for COVID-19 in San Miguel of Santiago, Chile, July 7, 2020. (Chilean Health Ministry/Handout via Xinhua)

BEIJING -- Beijing reported no new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases Saturday, the municipal health commission said Sunday.

This marked that the Chinese capital city had reported no new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases for six consecutive days.

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NEW YORK -- COVID-19 hospitalizations and the three-day average death toll in the U.S. state of New York dropped to the lowest level since March, the state governor's office said on Saturday.

Total hospitalizations on Friday was 799, the first time to drop below 800 since March 18; The three-day average death toll dropped to 7, the lowest since March 16, the office said.

A healthcare worker wheels a stretcher into the emergency room at Lenox Health Greenwich Village during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York, the United States, May 26, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

BEIJING -- The representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in China on Saturday applauded the country for battling the COVID-19 outbreak, working with the global community, and sharing its experience.

"China has made great efforts in containing the COVID-19 outbreak, and is watchful of its resurgence," said Babatunde Ahonsi, a UNFPA representative in China, at a press conference held in Beijing.

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ALGIERS -- The death toll from the COVID-19 in Algeria exceeded 1,000 on Saturday since the first case was recorded on February 25.

Over the last 24 hours, 470 new COVID-19 cases and eight new fatalities were reported, bringing the total number of infections to 18,708 and the death toll to 1,004 in Algeria.

A staff member disinfects a bus in Algiers, Algeria, June 22, 2020. The Algerian government has allowed public transport to resume since June 14. (Xinhua)

ANKARA -- Turkey's confirmed COVID-19 cases increased by 1,016 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total infection cases to 211,981, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Saturday.

Koca tweeted that 21 more people have died, taking the death toll to 5,344.

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MUSCAT -- The Omani ministry of health announced on Saturday 1,083 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total confirmed number of the cases in the country to 54,697.

Meanwhile, four new fatalities were reported, bringing the death toll to 248, while the tally of recovered cases rose by 1,030 to 35,255, the ministry statement added. ■

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