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Medical workers in personal protective equipment are on duty to perform COVID-19 rapid tests for taxi drivers in Sao Paolo, Brazil, June 26, 2020. (Xinhua/Rahel Patrasso)

- Brazil's death toll surpasses 100,000

- South Africa's death toll exceeds 10,000

- Trump signs orders to extend certain COVID-19 relief after Congress fails to reach deal

- Chinese mainland reports 23 new confirmed cases

BEIJING, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has registered over 100,000 deaths and more than 3 million cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the government reported on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health stated that in the last 24 hours, 905 more deaths and 49,970 new cases were reported, bringing the national death toll to 100,477 and total caseload to 3,012,412.

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A board written with "we are open" is seen outside a restaurant in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 22, 2020. (Photo by Yeshiel/Xinhua)

CAPE TOWN -- South Africa's COVID-19 death toll has crossed the 10,000 mark, with 10,210 cumulative deaths recorded, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday.

Of the total deaths, 301 were recorded in the past 24 hours, Mkhize said in his daily update.

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BRUSSELS -- The European Union (EU) starts on Saturday to allow travelers from eleven non-EU countries to enter its external border, after removing Morocco from its latest "safe list".

According to the COVID-19 situation monitored by the World Health Organization, as of Saturday Morocco reported 30,662 cases, with 1,018 new infections. A total of 461 people have died due to the virus in the country, 12 of them being newly confirmed.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on March 3, 2020. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday signed a series of executive orders to extend certain COVID-19 economic relief after negotiations between Republican and Democratic lawmakers fell apart.

One of the president's four orders will extend extra unemployment benefits through the end of the year at a reduced level of 400 U.S. dollars per week, instead of the 600 dollars approved by Congress in late March, which expired at the end of July.

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SANTIAGO -- The Chilean Ministry of Health reported on Saturday that 53 more deaths from COVID-19 were registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 10,011.

According to the ministry's daily report, 2,201 new cases were reported in the same period, taking the total caseload to 371,023.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 1,333 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the total number to 82,324.

According to the ministry, the death toll reached 593 with 12 new fatalities, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 369 to 388, out of 807 patients currently hospitalized.

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RABAT -- Morocco on Saturday reported 1,345 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest single-day increase so far, taking the number of infections in the country to 32,007.

The total recoveries increased by 642 to 22,190, while the death toll rose by 19 to 480 in the past 24 hours, said Mouad Mrabet, coordinator of the Moroccan Center for Public Health Operations of the Ministry of Health, at a press briefing.

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A woman wearing a face mask walks on a street in downtown Tehran, Iran, on Aug 2, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)

CAIRO -- Iran's COVID-19 cases surpassed 324,000 on Saturday. Meanwhile, an Iraqi official said the Chinese-built lab for COVID-19 testing in Baghdad's Medical City has played a critical role in helping the Iraqi Ministry of Health battle COVID-19.

Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, said the pandemic has so far claimed 18,264 lives in Iran, up by 132 in the past 24 hours.

In Iraq, the new 3,325 cases have brought the total nationwide infections to 147,389.

Mohammed Ghanim Mahdi, director of a Chinese-built lab for COVID-19 testing, said "the lab was equipped and established by a donation from the Chinese government at a critical time."

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BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Sunday that it received reports of 23 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Saturday, including 15 locally transmitted ones.

All locally-transmitted cases were reported in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the National Health Commission said in its daily report. ■

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