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Mexico now has the third highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, behind the United States and Brazil, as Vietnam’s former success struggles to control an epidemic spreading to its resort town la most famous.

China has reported a drop of more than 50% in newly confirmed cases, a possible sign that its last major outbreak in the northwestern region of Xinjiang may have run its course.

However, in Hong Kong, infections continue to rise, with more than 100 new cases reported on Saturday among a population of 7.5 million. Officials have reimposed dining restrictions and mask requirements.

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South Korean prosecutors have arrested the elderly leader of a secret religious sect linked to more than 5,200 of the country’s 14,336 confirmed cases. He denied accusations of concealing members and under-reporting gatherings to avoid broader quarantines.

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Mexican health officials on Friday reported 688 new deaths, bringing the country’s total to 46,688. That puts Mexico just ahead of the United Kingdom, which has 46,119, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.








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In Vietnam, a third person has died of complications from the coronavirus, officials said on Saturday, a day after recording his first death as he struggled with a new outbreak after 99 days without a local case.

All three died in a hospital in Da Nang, a hot spot with more than 100 cases last week. Thousands of visitors had traveled to the city for the summer vacation and are currently being tested in Hanoi and elsewhere.

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Twelve more cases were confirmed on Saturday, all linked to Da Nang hospital. The city has stepped up security and set up more checkpoints to prevent people from leaving or entering the city, which has been closed since Tuesday.

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A makeshift hospital has been set up in a sports auditorium, and doctors have been mobilized from other cities to help.

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“I want to be tested so that I can stop worrying about whether I have the virus or not,” said Pham Thuy Hoa, a bank official who returned to the capital from Da Nang. “We have to be responsible for the whole community.”

India recorded its highest peak of 57,118 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its number of coronavirus cases to nearly 1.7 million, with July alone accounting for nearly 1.1 million infections.










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The country’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has postponed the resumption of international flights by one month until August 31. But it will continue to allow several international carriers from the United States, Europe and the Middle East to operate special flights to evacuate stranded nationals.

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The global pandemic has impacted almost every aspect of this year’s Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, with as few as 1,000 pilgrims already residing in Saudi Arabia, up from 2.5 million last year.

The poverty brought on by the pandemic makes it harder for many to participate in the four-day Eid al-Adha, or “Feast of Sacrifice,” in which Muslims slaughter cattle and distribute meat to the poor.

“I could barely buy food for my family,” Somali official Abdishakur Dahir said. “We are surviving just for the moment. Life is getting more difficult every day. “

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Saudi Arabia’s health ministry said there have been no cases of COVID-19 among pilgrims this year. All were tested, their movements monitored with electronic bracelets, and had to be quarantined before and after.

In the United States, the impending arrival of Hurricane Isaias forced the closure of some outdoor test sites even as Florida hit a new daily death record.

“We had to put safety first,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said at an online press conference Friday.

In Utah, the Salt Lake City School District School Board announced that its schools would start the year with all classes online only in response to a growing number of confirmed cases in the city. Just days after public schools in Indiana reopened, at least one student and school staff in Indianapolis districts tested positive for the virus.

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The debate over school openings came as Dr Anthony Fauci dismissed a tweet from President Donald Trump claiming that the United States’ world lead in coronavirus cases was due to an increase in testing.










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Fauci said the scale of the outbreak in the United States was the result of several factors, including opening some states too quickly and failing to follow federal guidelines.

On Friday, the head of the World Health Organization predicted that the effects of the pandemic would be felt for “decades to come”.

“Most people around the world remain susceptible to this virus, even in areas that have experienced severe epidemics,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in London. “Although vaccine development is proceeding at an record speed, we must learn to live with this virus and we must fight it with the tools at our disposal.”

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