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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, July 8

08 Jul 2020, 20:51 GMT+10

ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia's new government took the oath of office on Wednesday.

The oath-taking ceremony of the new government came two weeks after the ruling Mongolian People's Party (MPP) won a landslide victory in the regular parliamentary elections on June 24, taking 62 seats out of 76 in the unicameral parliament. (Mongolia-Government-Sworn-in)

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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. (Russia-Coronavirus)

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WASHINGTON -- A top U.S. infectious diseases expert warned on Tuesday against a "false narrative" of a falling COVID-19-related death rate in a rare public rebuke of U.S. President Donald Trump.

"By allowing yourself to get infected because of risky behavior, you are part of the propagation of the outbreak," said Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, during a live stream event. (US-COVID-19)

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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. (Australia-Lockdown-Economy)

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa reported a record 192 single-day deaths related to COVID-19 late Tuesday, bringing the total to 3,502 in the country.

Of the new deaths, 75 were reported in Gauteng Province, 44 in Western Cape, 36 in Eastern Cape, 22 in KwaZulu-Natal, and 15 in Limpopo, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said. (South Africa-COVID-19)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Defense Minister and alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz entered self-quarantine on Wednesday after possibly coming into contact with a person infected with COVID-19.

A statement released by his office on Gantz's behalf said that the suspected encounter took place on Sunday. (Israel-Gantz-Quarantine-COVID-19)

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