COVID-19 updates: France’s deaths top 20,000

French Embassy

The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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PARIS — France has registered 20,265 COVID-19 deaths, becoming the fourth country to surpass 20,000 COVID-19 deaths after the United States, Italy and Spain, Director-General of Health Jerome Salomon announced on Monday.

During a daily press conference, Salomon said the human loss caused by the coronavirus-caused disease stood at 20,265, up by 547 compared with Sunday’s 19,718, faster than Sunday’s 395.
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UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants a vaccine for COVID-19 to be available to all people around the world, said his spokesman on Monday.

“It needs to be available for all — for moral reasons but also that none of us will be safe until all of us are safe,” said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman.
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BISHKEK — A group of Chinese medical workers arrived at Manas International Airport in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek on Monday to assist in the fight against COVID-19.

The 10-member team from west China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region includes six medical experts specializing in disease prevention and control, traditional Chinese medicine and respiratory medicine, among others.
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GENEVA — World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that as the organization is continuing to lead the R&D, more than 100 countries have joined the efforts to evaluate therapeutics for COVID-19.

A total of 1,200 patients have been randomized from the first five countries, he said at a virtual press conference from Geneva.
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DAR ES SALAAM — A Tanzanian Member of Parliament attending a marathon budget session in the capital Dodoma has tested positive for COVID-19, Deputy Speaker Tulia Ackson announced on Monday.

Ackson told parliament that the lawmaker who has tested COVID-19 positive was infected with the deadly virus after he had travelled to Dar es Salaam. Enditem

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