Fri, 30 Oct 2020

Funeral workers wearing face masks and protective suits carry the coffin of a suspected COVID-19 victim at Pondok Ranggon cemetery in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sept. 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Agung Kuncahya B.)

- Global COVID-19 death toll surpasses 1 mln: WHO

- 10 pct of Peru's COVID-19 fatalities linked to heart disease

- U.S. employment won't recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2023: Fed official

- Chinese mainland reports no new locally transmitted cases

BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GENEVA -- The COVID-19 death toll worldwide has surpassed one million, reaching 1,000,040 as of Tuesday, according to the latest numbers from the World Health Organization (WHO).

As of 5:08 p.m. CEST (1508 GMT) on Tuesday, there have been 33,249,563 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 1,000,040 deaths, reported to the WHO.

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Algerians wearing face masks are seen in a mosque in Algiers, Algeria, Aug. 15, 2020. (Xinhua)

ALGIERS -- Algeria on Tuesday reported 155 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally to 51,368, the Ministry of Health said.

The ministry also announced seven new fatalities from coronavirus, raising the death toll in the North African country to 1,726.

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Photo taken on May 26, 2020 shows the exterior of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, the United States. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

WASHINGTON -- While the U.S. economy has rebounded faster than originally anticipated following a large contraction in the second quarter, U.S. employment probably won't recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2023, a senior Federal Reserve official said Tuesday.

"The scenario of continued growth that I have presented depends on a sustained decline in the rate of new infections - probably a result of nearly universal mask-wearing, especially indoors - that ensures only sporadic new outbreaks," Patrick Harker, president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, said at a virtual event held by the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum.

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LIMA -- Some 10 percent of fatalities in Peru from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) involve patients with cardiovascular disease, the coordinator of the Directorate of Non-communicable Diseases, Jorge Hancco, said on Tuesday.

The specialist said that heart disease is one of the main risks of dying of COVID-19, which to date has claimed 32,324 lives in Peru and infected 808,714 people.

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A customer looks at a menu inside a restaurant in Tripoli, Libya, on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Mohamed Arhoma/Xinhua)

TRIPOLI -- Libya on Tuesday reported 801 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 34,014.

The National Center for Disease Control of Libya also announced 384 new recoveries and 13 more deaths, raising the total recoveries in Libya to 18,902 and the death toll to 540.

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ANKARA -- Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases increased by 1,427 on Tuesday, raising the total diagnosed patients to 317,272, the Turkish Health Ministry announced.

Meanwhile, 68 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 8,130, according to the data shared by the ministry.

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CARACAS -- Venezuela has "succeeded in starting the plateau stage" of its curve of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infections, Venezuelan Health Minister Carlos Alvarado said Tuesday.

Venezuela's government confronted the epidemic with a three-phase plan, Alvarado told a meeting of the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), via videoconference from Caracas.

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A teacher leads a first grader into the campus at Dongshengshiyan Primary School in Haidian District, Beijing, capital of China, Aug. 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Li He)

BEIJING -- No new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday across the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.

Nineteen imported COVID-19 cases were confirmed, the commission said in its daily report. ■

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