Updates: South Africa records highest number of daily COVID-19 cases

South African healthcare workers testing for COVID-19
South African healthcare workers testing for COVID-19

The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
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OTTAWA — The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), who are providing help for seniors at nursing homes battling COVID-19 outbreaks, announced on Friday that five soldiers have tested positive for the disease.

Of those infected, four were working at nursing homes in the French-speaking province of Quebec, where about 1,400 military personnel have been sent to 25 long-term care centers to assist with coordinating medical care and infection control. The other one was one of the 275 CAF members working at five nursing homes in Ontario province.
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ISLAMABAD — The Pakistani government has extended the suspension of international flight operations by the end of the ongoing month and announced partial resumption of domestic flight operations, local media reported Saturday.

Local media quoted Aviation Minister Ghulam Sarwar Khan as saying that the suspension of international flights has been extended up to May 31 but special, cargo and relief planes holding special approval would be allowed to continue operations as per the permissions granted to them.
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WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved Jamaica’s request for emergency financial assistance of about 520 million U.S. dollars to help meet the urgent balance-of-payments needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Despite the authorities’ best efforts, the pandemic is severely impacting the Jamaican economy, as a sudden stop in tourism and falling remittances are generating a sizable balance-of-payments need,” Zhang Tao, deputy managing director of the IMF, said in a statement, adding the economic outlook remains subject to “an unusually high degree of uncertainty”.
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CAPE TOWN — South Africa on Friday recorded 785 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number in the 24-hour cycle since the country reported its first case in early March, said Health Minister Zweli Mkhize.

According to his daily update, the total number of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 13,524, with a further nine COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the country’s total deaths to 247.
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WASHINGTON — The WTA announced Friday that four events scheduled for July will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Following the announcement of the WTA Tour suspension through July 12, the WTA events in Bastad, Lausanne, Bucharest, and Jurmala scheduled for July will not be held, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” a WTA spokesperson said. Enditem

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