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The latest: Coronavirus watch, May 28

Xinhua
28 May 2020, 12:08 GMT+10

A delivery man wearing a face mask rides past the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, the United States, May 27, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

- U.S.: deaths top 100,000

- South Africa: reports highest daily increase

- Brazil: over 860,000 jobs wiped out in April amid lockdown

- Egypt: daily infections exceed 900 for 1st time, tally jumps to 19,666

BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa on Wednesday reported 1,673 COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since the country reported its first case in early March.

As of Wednesday, the country's caseload has reached 25,937, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update.

The country also reported 28 new deaths from COVID-19, taking the national total to 552, Mkhize said.

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Workers make toys at a plastic product factory in Zhangjiajie, central China's Hunan Province, May 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Xue Yuge)

BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Thursday that no new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland on Wednesday.

Two imported cases were reported on the mainland, including one in Shanghai and one in Fujian, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

No deaths related to the disease were reported, according to the commission.

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NEW YORK -- The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 100,000 on Wednesday, reaching 100,047 as of 5:32 p.m. (2132 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 1,695,776 cases have been reported in the country, according to the CSSE.

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A woman is seen with her child near San Jose Hospital in Santiago, Chile, May 20, 2020. (Photo by Jorge Villegas/Xinhua)

SANTIAGO -- Chile on Wednesday said a total of 82,289 people around the country have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and 841 people have died from the disease.

In the past 24 hours ending 9 p.m. Tuesday (0100 GMT Wednesday), 4,328 new cases of infection were detected and 35 more patients died, while 33,540 people have recovered from the disease since the outbreak began.

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LOS ANGELES -- California saw more than 100,000 novel coronavirus infections on Wednesday, becoming the fourth state in the United States having reached the milestone when the state is rapidly reopening its economy.

According to the data updated by Johns Hopkins University, the total number of confirmed cases statewide surged past 100,000 about 11 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time (1500 GMT).

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NICOSIA -- Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades announced on Wednesday a revised package to pump into the economy more than 1.2 billion euros (1.32 billion U.S. dollars), about 6 percent of the country's annual gross domestic product (GDP), to help it out of the coronavirus pandemic crisis.

He added that businesses will also have the opportunity to draw up to 1.7 billion euros (1.87 billion dollars) in cheap loans.

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A local resident gets COVID-19 test in Brasilia, Brazil, May 26, 2020. (Photo by Lucio Tavora/Xinhua)

BRASILIA -- A total of 860,503 formal jobs in Brazil were wiped out in April amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, the biggest monthly loss of jobs since records were kept in 1992, the Economy Ministry said on Wednesday.

The figure represents a 17.2 percent increase in job terminations compared to April 2019, as well as a 56.5 percent contraction in new employment opportunities.

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CAIRO -- Egypt confirmed on Wednesday 910 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total cases registered in the country since mid-February to 19,666, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

It is the first time for COVID-19 daily infections in Egypt to exceed 900, after there were over 700 daily cases in the past eight consecutive days.

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WASHINGTON -- A second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States "could happen" but is "not inevitable," said White House health advisor Anthony Fauci on Wednesday.

The United States can prevent another wave of COVID-19 as long as states reopen "correctly," Fauci said in an interview on CNN. "Don't start leapfrogging over the recommendations of some of the guidelines because that's really tempting fate and asking for trouble."

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LONDON -- Another 412 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 37,460, the Department of Health and Social Care said Wednesday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. ■

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