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

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SOFIA -- The Bulgarian Health Ministry on Thursday reported a record high of 240 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its nationwide tally to 6,342.

A total of 71 of the new cases were registered in the country's capital Sofia, raising the city's total infections to 2,024, the ministry said.

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ULAN BATOR, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia has reported two more COVID-19 recoveries, taking its total recoveries to 197, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Thursday.

Meanwhile, the country tested 701 people for the virus at four laboratories in the last 24 hours, with all results returning negative, the NCCD said in a statement.

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LONDON -- Extremists have used divisive, xenophobic and racist narratives during the COVID-19 pandemic to sow division and undermine the social fabric of Britain, an official report revealed Thursday.

The Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) published a report looking at the way in which extremists have sought to exploit the current pandemic.

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia's economy in the second quarter 2020 was projected to stay at the level of 3.8 percent or in the range between minus 3.5 percent and minus 5.1 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.

The national economic growth in the first quarter, which was only able to reach 2.97 percent, was considered as a drastic drop, the minister said at a working meeting with the House of Representatives here on Thursday.

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa's Gauteng Province, the economic hub in the country, has overtaken the Western Cape to become the country's COVID-19 epicenter, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday.

Gauteng now has 75,015 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest number among all the nine provinces, compared with 73,292 confirmed cases in the Western Cape, which had remained the country's epicenter since May 1 when the hard lockdown was eased.

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ISLAMABAD -- A civil court in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore had issued notices to the U.S. Embassy to Pakistan and others on a 20 billion U.S. dollars damages suit filed by a citizen over the spread of COVID-19, local media and a lawyer said Thursday.

A senior advocate from Lahore Waseem Yusuf Khan, who witnessed the court proceedings, told Xinhua that the plaintiff named Raza Ali, who recovered from COVID-19 recently, alleged in his suit on Wednesday that the United States is the sole responsible for unchecked spread of the pandemic which caused losses to him, his family and the country.

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