Photo taken on April 9, 2020 shows some of the beds at the isolation centre in Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos State, Nigeria. The Lagos State Government has deployed 60 medical personnel and support staff to the newly commissioned 110 bed space isolation centre where seven COVID-19 patients have been placed on admission. (Xinhua/Emmanuel)
Photo taken on April 9, 2020 shows some of the beds at the isolation centre in Mobolaji Johnson Stadium, Onikan, Lagos State, Nigeria. The Lagos State Government has deployed 60 medical personnel and support staff to the newly commissioned 110 bed space isolation centre where seven COVID-19 patients have been placed on admission. (Xinhua/Emmanuel)

The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ADDIS ABABA — The death toll from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on the African continent reached 1,242 as the number of confirmed cases hit 25,937 as of Thursday, the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, a specialized agency of the 55-member African Union (AU) Commission, in its latest situation update issued on Thursday also revealed that the number of confirmed positive cases across the continent rose from 25,131 on Wednesday to 25,937 as of Thursday afternoon.
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WASHINGTON — The number of initial jobless claims in the United States totaled 4.4 million last week as COVID-19 continues to sweep the nation, raising the five-week total to over 26 million, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Thursday.

In the week ending April 18, the number of people filing for U.S. unemployment benefits decreased by 810,000 to 4.4 million.
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LONDON — Another 616 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died in hospitals in Britain as of Wednesday afternoon, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 18,738, the Department of Health and Social Care said Thursday.

As of Thursday morning, 138,078 people have tested positive for COVID-19, marking a daily increase of 4,583, said the department.
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BEIJING — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland dropped to 959 on Wednesday, the first time for the number to fall below 1,000, according to the National Health Commission Thursday.

By the end of Wednesday, more than half of the imported cases on the mainland had been discharged from hospitals after recovery, said Mi Feng, spokesperson for the commission, at a press conference.
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MOSCOW — Russia has reported 4,774 COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, raising the total number to 62,773 as of Thursday, the country’s coronavirus response center said in a statement.

The daily increase continued to slow for the third consecutive day after weeks of mandatory self-isolation, the center’s data showed.
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SEOUL — South Korea’s health authorities said Thursday that it will prepare medical resources for a possible second wave of the COVID-19 infections this autumn and winter in conjunction with the flu season.

Yoon Tae-ho, an officer of disinfection at the Central Disaster Management headquarters, told a press briefing that the health authorities are preparing medical supplies and facilities for the second epidemic of the COVID-19 this autumn and winter. Enditem

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