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* Laos tested more 53 COVID-19 suspected cases, and all of them are negative, according to Lao health official. As of Saturday, there are 573 suspected cases in Laos, with 10 cases were tested positive.

*One more COVID-19 patient in Cambodia has recovered, bringing the total number of patients cured in the country so far to 50, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement released on Sunday. The remaining 64 patients have been receiving treatment at various designated hospitals. According to the spokeswoman of MoH, no new COVID-19 case was detected in the kingdom on Saturday.

* Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday reported 75 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 1,189.

* Authorities in Thailand on Saturday are searching for 152 Thai nationals who have apparently avoided a government-provided quarantine after returning from overseas. Thailand is currently under curfew nationwide between 10:00 p.m. and 04:00 a.m. (local time) daily.

* The Indonesian government said on Saturday that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country jumped to 2,092, with the death toll climbing to 191.

* India’s federal health ministry Sunday morning said the death toll due to COVID-19 in India rose to 77 and the total number of confirmed cases in the country reached 3,374.

* The Republic of Korea reported 81 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of midnight Sunday local time, raising the total number of infections to 10,237. Six more deaths were confirmed, lifting the death toll to 183. The total fatality rate came in at 1.79 percent.

* More than 89,300 COVID-19 cases and at least 1,250 deaths have been registered as of Saturday afternoon across Germany, according to evaluations of the German Press Agency (DPA) which took into account the latest figures from all federal states.

* Russia has confirmed 582 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the tally to 4,731 as of Saturday, official data showed. The death toll rose to 43 after nine more patients died of the disease, Russia’s coronavirus response center said in a statement, adding that 333 people have recovered, including 52 in the last 24 hours.

* Bangladesh has extended the ongoing shutdown of the public transport to April 11 to contain the spread of COVID-19. Bangladesh’s COVID-19 death toll rose to eight as the country reported two more fatalities Saturday. With nine more new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of the cases increased to 70 in the country.

* Pakistan announced on Saturday to open two border crossings with Afghanistan next week for four days to allow stranded Afghans to return to their country. Some Afghan people including patients have been stuck in Pakistan after the country closed borders with Afghanistan to stop the spread of the COVID-19.

* Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry said that to date 159 people had tested positive for the COVID-19 out of which 25 had recovered and been discharged, while 129 people are under observation in the designated hospitals across the country.

* China has fully resumed its ground public transportation and urban rail transit services, which were disrupted by the novel coronavirus outbreak.

* The Brazilian Ministry of Health reported on Saturday 73 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the death toll to 432 in the country. The number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose from 9,056 to 10,278 within the past 24 hours, according to the authorities.

* The Chilean Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that there were 4,161 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country and 27 deaths.

* The Ecuadoran Ministry of Public Health on Saturday raised the number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus to 3,465, with 172 deaths.

* A gas blast in a five-story residential house in the Moscow Region of Russia on Saturday has left one person dead and four others injured, national media reported, citing the Russian Ministry of Emergencies.

* Malta has declared a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected 213 people but so far without any deaths, the Times of Malta reported on Saturday.

* Saudi Arabia on Saturday registered 140 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths from the novel coronavirus, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. With the new cases, the tally of COVID-19 cases in the kingdom increased to 2,179, including 420 recoveries and 29 deaths.

* The Omani Ministry of Health announced on Saturday 25 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 277. So far, 61 coronavirus patients in Oman have recovered.

* The number of Palestinian families living under the poverty line is expected to double in the coming months amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, said a senior Palestinian official on Saturday. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Ishtaye said that his government expected to need US$120 million to cope with the pandemic.

* Jordan said on Saturday that imposing a full curfew across the country was still a possibility in order to contain the spread of COVID-19, or novel coronavirus. Jordan’s Health Minister Saad Jaber said 13 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed Saturday, increasing the total number of confirmed cases to 323, including five deaths.

* A total of 423 people in Israel were tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,851, the Israeli Ministry of Health said. The ministry also announced four new deaths from the novel coronavirus, raising the death toll to 43.

* Yemen’s government forces declared on Saturday that 25 Houthi fighters were killed during an armed ambush in the country’s northeastern province of Marib.

* Egypt’s Sawiris family announced in a statement on Saturday donating EGP100 million (about US$6.3 million) to back the country’s efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19. Until Friday night, Egypt has confirmed 985 cases infected with the novel coronavirus, including 66 deaths and 216 recoveries.

* Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action reported Saturday morning 12 new cases of COVID-19 and one death, bringing the country’s total number to 219 cases.

* Uganda on Saturday started relief food distribution to about 1.5 million urban poor who are affected by the lockdown as a measure to contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. Currently the country has 48 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

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