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The latest: Coronavirus watch updates, July 8

Xinhua
08 Jul 2020, 12:44 GMT+10

A man with a mask walks on a street in Santiago, Chile, June 10, 2020. (Photo by Jorge Villegas /Xinhua)

- Chile's COVID-19 cases top 300,000

- Egypt confirms 1,057 new COVID-19 cases, tally rises to 77,279

- Daily COVID-19 cases in Israel hit record 1,473

- Spanish researchers develop COVID-19 antibody tests

BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW YORK -- Some 3,000 childcare centers in New York City are allowed to reopen starting July 13, local health authorities said on Tuesday.

The city's Board of Health approved the plan with strict safety requirements, including mandating social distancing and face-covering. The capacity per room is limited to 15 children.

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LOS ANGELES -- Disney said Tuesday that the company will continue the phased reopening of its theme parks in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday with a combination of measures to help reduce risks amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The reopening of Walt Disney World Resort will mark the first of Disney's theme parks in the United States to welcome back guests after being closed for months.

People pose for photos near the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington D.C., the United States, July 2, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

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LIMA -- Peru's COVID-19 caseload reached 309,278 on Tuesday after tests detected 3,575 more cases of infection in the previous 24 hours, yet the figure still marked a "sustained decline" in the number of new transmissions, according to Health Minister Victor Zamora.

"After having started phases 1 and 2 of economic activity, we have not detected a change in the general tendency of the disease, which is towards a sustained decline, slow but sustained throughout the country, and that is good news," Zamora said.

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli health ministry reported 1,473 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day surge, raising the total number in the country to 32,222.

The number breaks the previous daily record of 1,115 daily cases recorded on July 4.

A medical worker takes a swab sample from a man for COVID-19 test in the central Israeli city of Ramla on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua)

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GENEVA -- Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) are going to China this weekend to prepare for an international mission later to identify the zoonotic source of COVID-19, the WHO chief said Tuesday.

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at Tuesday's virtual media briefing, "all preparations have been finalized and WHO experts will be traveling to China this weekend to prepare scientific plans with their Chinese counterparts for identifying the zoonotic source of the disease."

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SANTIAGO -- Chile on Tuesday reported a total of 301,019 cases of novel coronavirus infection and 6,434 deaths from the disease.

In the previous 24 hours, tests detected 2,462 new cases of infection and 50 more patients died, according to the Health Ministry.

A toy tiger wearing a mask is seen at the Teatre Grec in Barcelona, Spain, June 25, 2020. (City Hall of Barcelona/Handout via Xinhua)

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CAIRO -- Egypt confirmed on Tuesday 1,057 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total cases registered in the country to 77,279, said Egyptian Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 67 patients died from the virus, bringing the death toll to 3,489, while 480 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 21,718, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement.

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MADRID -- A team of researchers from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has developed new antibody tests that could detect whether a person has previously been infected by the coronavirus, with an accuracy of more than 98 percent, the CSIC confirmed in a press release on Tuesday.

The research was carried out in collaboration with the Immunology Services of the La Princesa University Hospital and the La Paz University Hospital.

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BAGHDAD -- The resurgence of COVID-19 pandemic continued in Iraq on Tuesday, as the Iraqi Health Ministry confirmed 2,426 new cases, bringing the total number of coronavirus infections nationwide to 64,701.

The ministry also reported 118 more deaths, raising the death toll from the infectious virus to 2,685 in the country. ■

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