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The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.


Brazil registered a record number of new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, with 20,803 cases reported, and exceeded 1,000 deaths in one day for the third time, the government said on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Health, the total number of confirmed cases rose to 330,890, while deaths in the country rose to 21,048 with a daily increase of 1,001, which put the fatality rate at 6.4 percent.

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India’s federal health ministry Saturday morning reported 137 new deaths and 6,654 more positive cases due to COVID-19 since Friday in the country, taking the number of deaths to 3,720 and total cases to 125,101.

This is the highest one day spike in COVID-19 cases so far in the country, showed the data.


South Korea reported 23 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Saturday, bringing the total number of infections to 11,165.

The daily caseload stayed above 20 for the second straight day. Of the new cases, four were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 1,204.

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The impact of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the asset quality and credit risks of Chinese banks is limited and short-lived, an analyst said.

As China implements pro-growth policies, the fundamentals of the financial sector will gradually improve, supporting the stable growth of banks, especially large-scale ones, said Tang Shengbo, head of China financial research for Nomura, a financial service firm.


Across the United States, Asian American health-care workers are facing a rise of racial hostility, which has left them in a painful position on the front lines of the response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent report of the Washington Post.

Some COVID-19 patients refuse to be treated by them, and when Asian American doctors and nurses leave the hospital, they face increasing harassment in their daily lives, too, said the report, noting Asian Americans represent 6 percent of the U.S. population but 18 percent of the country’s physicians and 10 percent of its nurse practitioners.

Source: Xinhua

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