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Live COVID-19 updates: Death toll in UK hits 35,704

21 May 2020, 11:18 GMT+10

BEIJING, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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GENEVA -- Michael Ryan, executive director of the Health Emergencies Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday warned against using hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, the drugs for malaria and other diseases, in the treatment of COVID-19, saying these drugs should be reserved for use "within clinical trials".

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ANKARA -- Turkey's COVID-19 cases on Wednesday exceeded 152,000 as the daily number of new infections dropped below 1,000. Meanwhile, Iran witnessed a higher surge of coronavirus cases with the tally approaching 127,000.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Turkey, the hardest-hit country in the Middle East, climbed to 152,587 after 972 new infections were reported, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.

The death toll from the coronavirus in the country rose to 4,222 after 23 more fatalities were added in the past 24 hours, he said.

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DUBAI -- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Wednesday announced 941 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number in the country to 26,004.

UAE's Ministry of Health and Prevention added that 1,018 more patients have made full recovery from the virus, taking the tally of the UAE's recoveries to 11,809.

It also confirmed six more deaths, pushing the country's death toll of the pandemic to 233.

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LONDON -- Another 363 COVID-19 patients have died in Britain as of Tuesday afternoon, bringing the total coronavirus-related death toll in the country to 35,704, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said Wednesday.

The figures include deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

As of Wednesday morning, 248,293 people have tested positive for the disease, marking a 2,472 daily increase, the secretary said during the Downing Street briefing.

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BEIJING -- The China Population Welfare Foundation and the WHO Wednesday jointly launched a charity fundraising program in Beijing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program, which is called COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO-Action of China, will receive donations via some 20 Internet-based Chinese fundraising platforms, including Tencent Foundation, Alibaba Foundation, Alipay Foundation and others.

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