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Xinhua world news summary at 1050 GMT, Aug. 5

05 Aug 2020, 21:18 GMT+10

BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping sent on Wednesday a message of condolence to his Lebanese counterpart, Michel Aoun, over the huge explosions in the Lebanese capital Beirut. China-Lebanon-Condolence Message)

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 5,204 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 866,627, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Wednesday.

Meanwhile, 139 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 14,490. (Russia-Coronavirus)

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan added 569 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking its total to 38,110.

Ainura Akmatova, head of the public health care department of the country's health ministry, told a daily news briefing that 20 of the new cases are medical workers, bringing the total number of contracted medical workers to 2,874, including 1,934 recoveries.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said the coronavirus pandemic is as well-controlled in the United States as it can be, despite the fact that over 155,000 American people have died amid rising infections, according to media reports.

In a recent interview with U.S. news website AXIOS, the president said his administration has done an "incredible" job handling the pandemic, and he continued urging schools in the country to reopen on his Twitter account. (US-Trump-COVID-19)

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STOCKHOLM -- Sweden's economy shrank by 8.6 percent in the second quarter of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Sweden (SCB) said Wednesday.

The government agency released the early compilation of the country's second quarter GDP indicator on Wednesday, saying the drop was the largest quarterly decline in 40 years. (Sweden-Economy)

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