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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, July 13

13 Jul 2020, 16:05 GMT+10

NEW DELHI -- India's federal health ministry Monday morning said 500 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides fresh 28,701 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 23,174 and total cases to 878,254.

This is said to be the highest single day spike in the number of fresh cases in the country so far. (India-COVID-19-Record)

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CAPE TOWN -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday the resumption of a series of strict restrictions to curb the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases and related deaths.

South Africa will resume the ban on the sale, dispensing and distribution of alcohol with immediate effect, in order to conserve hospital capacity, Ramaphosa said in a televised address to the nation. (South Africa-COVID-19-Restrictions)

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's nationwide COVID-19 infections reached 100,166 after 2,657 new cases were reported in the previous 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Health said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the country's death toll from COVID-19 stood at 1,845 and over 700 people are in intensive care, it added. (Argentina-COVID-19)

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WASHINGTON -- Despite his leading role in the U.S. fight against COVID-19, top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci has been sidelined by the White House, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

Citing a senior White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the Post reported that Fauci "no longer briefs (U.S. President) Trump and is never in the Oval (Office) anymore." (US-COVID-19-Fauci)

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