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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Oct. 23

23 Oct 2020, 10:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences' antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) as a treatment for COVID-19.

Veklury is indicated for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kg for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization, said the FDA in a statement. (U.S.-Coronavirus-Treatment)

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LOS ANGELES -- The upcoming 16th Chinese American Film Festival (CAFF) and Chinese American TV Festival (CATF) will become an all-digital event next month due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers said Thursday.

It's the first time in history for the Chinese American Film Festival and Chinese American TV Festival to be held virtually. Founded in 2005 by EDI Media Inc., Chinese American Film Festival is an annual China-U.S. cultural event held in Los Angeles to connect two of world's largest film markets. (U.S.-China-Film festival)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel Corporation on Thursday reported a year-on-year 4 percent drop in revenue for the third quarter of 2020, with overall sales hitting 18.3 billion U.S. dollars.

The top U.S. chipmaker posted non-GAAP quarterly earnings of 1.11 dollars per share, down 22 percent compared to the same period of 2019. The numbers are above the market expectation.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile has administered over 4 million PCR tests for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), making it first in Latin America for tests administered, Health Minister Enrique Paris said Thursday.

Paris stated that 20 percent of the national population has been tested, "so Chile closely follows countries such as New Zealand, Sweden, and the Netherlands," with a rate of 207,000 PCR tests per million inhabitants. (Chile-Coronavirus)

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QUITO -- Ecuador should brace for possible new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreaks in the wake of holiday celebrations, Minister of Public Health Juan Carlos Zevallos said on Thursday.

"Yes, there are going to be waves (of outbreaks), but not the apocalyptic waves that have been forecast by some specialists," Zevallos said in an interview with a local radio station. (Ecuador-Coronavirus)

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