Coronavirus watch, June 24

Vehicles are seen on a road amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 7, 2020. (Photo by Sulav Shrestha/Xinhua)

– Nepal reports 538 new cases, tally hits 10,099

– Qatar announces 1,176 new infections, 89,579 in total

– Ukraine reports 833 new COVID-19 cases, total over 38,000

– Jordan keen to continue anti-coronavirus cooperation with China

– UK to relax 2-meter social distancing rule from July 4

BEIJING, June 24 (Xinhua) — The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KATHMANDU — COVID-19 cases in Nepal crossed 10,000 on Tuesday, formally entering into the worst case scenario as defined by the Nepali government, a senior official of Nepal’s Ministry of Health and Population said.

“With new 538 cases in the last 24 hours, the number of total COVID-19 cases in Nepal reached 10,099,” Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at the Ministry of Health and Population, said told a press briefing.

A COVID-19 awareness billboard is seen by the street in Doha, capital of Qatar, April 13, 2020. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)

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DOHA — Qatar’s Health Ministry on Tuesday announced 1,176 new infections of COVID-19, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the Gulf state to 89,579.

“Some 1,545 people recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 71,501, while the fatalities remained 99,” the official Qatar News Agency quoted a statement by the ministry as saying.

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DUBAI — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday announced 380 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 45,683.

UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention said in a statement the new cases of many nationalities are all in a stable condition and receiving medical treatment.

The ministry added that 657 more patients have made full recovery from the virus, taking the tally of the UAE’s recoveries to 33,703.

Visitors look at an alpaca at Kiev zoo in Kiev, Ukraine, May 23, 2020. The zoo reopened to the public on May 23 with a controlled visitor flow as a response to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Sergey Starostenko/Xinhua)

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KIEV — Ukraine Tuesday reported 833 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 38,074, with 1,035 deaths, the country’s health ministry said.

As of Tuesday, 16,956 patients have recovered, and 2,790 children and 6,138 health workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the beginning of the epidemic, the ministry said.

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SINGAPORE — Singapore’s Ministry of Health reported 119 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 42,432.

Of the new cases, 97 percent are linked to known clusters, while the rest are pending contact tracing.

A shopper enters Selfridges department store in Oxford Street as it reopens in London, Britain on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua)

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AMMAN — Jordan is keen to continue its solid cooperation with China in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Jordan’s Health Minister Saad Jaber said Tuesday.

“Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in Jordan, we started cooperating with China in this regard, and our cooperation is solid,” the minister said in response to Xinhua’s question during a press conference in Amman.

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LONDON — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Tuesday that the current 2-meter social distancing rule will be loosened from July 4 to “1 meter plus” in England so as to further ease the coronavirus lockdown.

Following a review, the prime minister set out the guidance that allows people to keep a social distance of “1 meter plus” where it is not possible to stay 2 meters apart. ■

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