Updates: Mexico in talks with U.S., Canada to coordinate response to COVID-19

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The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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MEXICO CITY — Mexico has been in talks with the United States and Canada to address common challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

“The dialogue has allowed the three countries to identify shared challenges and best practices to deal with the pandemic,” said the ministry in a statement.
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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles County’s stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will likely be extended for another three months, a local health official said on Tuesday.

Barbara Ferrer, director of the county’s Department of Public Health, said at a Board of Supervisors meeting that some form of the county’s stay-at-home restrictions will most likely remain in place for the next three months unless there is a “dramatic change” in the fight against COVID-19, reported City News Service, a local news outlet.
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JAKARTA — A Chinese aircraft loaded with medical supplies landed at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten province, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

It was the second batch of China’s medical assistance to Indonesia after the first batch was transported in March.
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ALGIERS — The Algerian government on Tuesday announced its decision to extend the country’s lockdown until May 31, in efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the third lockdown extension decision, as the second one is due to expire on Thursday.
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SYDNEY — University staff across Australia agreed to mass pay cuts on Wednesday, in order to save around 12,000 positions from being lost as COVID-19 hammers the industry.

Under the landmark agreement, a number of staff at deeply affected universities will receive 85 percent of their salary while the vast majority of staff will receive between 90 and 95 percent of their former salary. People on lower wages will not be affected.
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BEIJING — Chinese health authority said Wednesday that it received reports of seven new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Tuesday, of which one was imported case reported in Shanghai.

The other six cases were domestically transmitted in Jilin Province, the National Health Commission said in its daily report. Enditem

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