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The latest: Coronavirus watch updates, July 7

07 Jul 2020, 11:30 GMT+10

A man walks inside the Oculus station in New York, the United States, July 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

- U.S. COVID-19 cases surpass 2.9 mln, deaths top 130,000: Johns Hopkins University

- Iran's COVID-19 infections surpass 243,000

- Qatar's tally crosses threshold of 100,000

- Chile's COVID-19 cases reach 298,557, death toll hits 6,384

- Kenya's COVID-19 cases pass 8,000 mark

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW YORK -- The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 2.9 million on Monday, reaching 2,910,023 as of 2:34 p.m. (1834 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the national death toll reached 130,090, according to the CSSE.

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NEW YORK -- The number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States topped 130,000 on Monday, reaching 130,007 as of 11:34 a.m. (1534 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

A total of 2,897,613 cases have been reported in the country, according to the CSSE.

People wearing face masks walk beside Chitgar Lake in Tehran, Iran, July 5, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua)

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CAIRO -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iran rose to 243,051 on Monday. Meanwhile, Qatar's infections crossed the major threshold of 100,000.

Iran, the hardest-hit country by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East region, reported 2,613 new cases, bringing the total number of infections to 243,051.

The pandemic has so far claimed the lives of 11,731 Iranians, up by 160 in the past 24 hours. A total of 204,083 coronavirus patients have recovered, with 3,201 still in critical condition.

Saudi Arabia's coronavirus cases continued the surging trend to reach 213,716 after 4,207 new infections were added.

The kingdom also reported 52 more deaths and 4,398 recovered patients, taking the death toll to 1,968 and the recoveries to 149,634.

A policeman checks permission for outgoing of a man on a street in Santiago, Chile, June 9, 2020. (Photo by Jorge Villegas /Xinhua)

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SANTIAGO -- Chile on Monday reported an accumulated 298,557 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection since the outbreak began.

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 6,384 after 76 more patients died from the disease in the previous 24-hour period, according to the Ministry of Health.

People keep social distancing after collecting food donations at a distribution center in Majengo slums, Nairobi, capital of Kenya, April 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Joy Nabukewa)

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NAIROBI -- Kenya's total number of COVID-19 cases passed 8,000 mark on Monday, an official said.

Mutahi Kagwe, cabinet secretary in the ministry of health, said in a statement that 181 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 8,067.

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WASHINGTON -- Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta which is the capital city of southeastern U.S. state of Georgia, said on Monday she has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

"COVID-19 has literally hit home," Bottoms tweeted. ■

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