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A staff member wearing a face mask works at the Pompidou Center in Paris, France, July 1, 2020. (Xinhua/Gao Jing)

-Russian: COVID-19 cases top 700,000

-U.S.: White House pushes to reopen schools despite surge in cases

-India: death toll rises to 20,642 as total cases reach 742,417

-China: Hubei reports 1 asymptomatic case

BEIJING, July 8 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A museum worker wearing a face mask, a face shield and gloves walks past an artwork during an exhibition at the New Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia, on July 6, 2020. (Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr/Xinhua)

MOSCOW -- Russia registered 6,562 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 700,792, the country's coronavirus response center said in a statement Wednesday.

The death toll rose by 173 to 10,667, while 472,511 people have recovered, including 8,631 over the last 24 hours, said the statement.

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SOFIA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Bulgaria topped 6,102 after a record high of 188 new infections was reported in the last 24 hours, official figures showed Wednesday.

The health ministry said 68 of the new cases were registered in the country's capital Sofia, bringing the total in the city to 1,953.

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The COVID-19 patients rest at a care center which was converted from a banquet hall in New Delhi, India, on July 5, 2020. (Photo by Partha Sarkar/Xinhua)

NEW DELHI -- India's federal health ministry said Wednesday morning that 482 new deaths due to COVID-19, besides 22,752 positive cases, were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 20,642 and total cases to 742,417.

"As on 8:00 a.m. (local time) Wednesday, 20,642 deaths related to novel coronavirus have been recorded in the country," said information released by the ministry.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported two new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its national count to 227, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Wednesday.

"A total of 370 tests for COVID-19 were conducted at three laboratories across the country yesterday and two of them were positive," NCCD head Dulmaa Nyamkhuu told a daily press conference.

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday reported 345 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total cases in the country to 8,486, a public health official said.

Out of the 3,286 lab tests conducted in the country over the last 24 hours, 345 presented positive results for COVID-19, said Ainura Akmatova, head of the public health care department of the country's Health Ministry, adding all the new cases are contacts of confirmed patients.

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A woman has her body temperature and health QR code checked before entering the Hubei Provincial Library in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, June 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu)

WUHAN -- One new asymptomatic case of COVID-19 was reported in central China's Hubei Province Tuesday, while no new confirmed or suspected cases were reported, the provincial health commission said Wednesday.

Currently, Hubei has a total of four asymptomatic cases and 161 close contacts under medical observation.

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CANBERRA -- Australia's treasurer has described Victoria's return to coronavirus lockdown as an "impediment" to the country's economic recovery.

The Victorian state government announced a six-week lockdown on Tuesday for more than five million residents of the metropolitan Melbourne area from Wednesday in response to a spike in coronavirus cases.

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Photo taken on July 7, 2020 shows the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the United States. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

WASHINGTON -- A new model from the University of Washington projected on Tuesday that U.S. COVID-19 deaths would reach more than 208,000 by Nov. 1 if masks are not universally used, with the outbreak expected to gain new momentum heading into the fall.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the university also noted in the model that 45,000 lives could be saved if 95 percent of people wear masks, CNN reported.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the White House will push state governors hard to get schools opened in the fall despite a spike in coronavirus cases in the country.

"We're very much going to put pressure on governors and everyone else to open the schools," Trump said at a White House meeting with government officials and school administrators. ■

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