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BEIJING, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 5,427 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 850,870, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Sunday.

Meanwhile, 70 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 14,128, according to the statement.

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JAKARTA -- The tally of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,519 within one day to 111,455, with the death toll adding by 43 to 5,236, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The ministry also said 1,056 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 68,975.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia repatriated 260 nationals on a chartered flight from South Korea on Saturday, according to the country's State Emergency Commission (SEC).

The Seoul-Ulan Bator flight landed at the Buyant-Ukhaa International Airport on Saturday evening, the SEC said in a statement on Sunday.

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BANGKOK -- A Thai medical doctor who specializes in epidemiology and an advisor to the Ministry of Public Health on Sunday voiced concerns about the Thai government's plan to lift the ban on foreign arrivals, allowing tourists to return to Thailand through the bubble travel plan.

He told the media of his concerns after the Thai health authorities discovered two foreigners who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in quarantine in Thailand.

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WASHINGTON -- Only 34 percent of Americans approve of U.S. President Donald Trump's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.

The survey, whose results were released Friday, also found that the U.S. public broadly disapproves of the president's handling of other recent crises such as the nationwide protests following the death of African American George Floyd.

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SYDNEY -- Australia's State of Victoria will enter a state of disaster on Sunday with its capital city Melbourne moving to stage 4 restrictions with stronger rules in a bid to limit the movement of people and the spread of COVID-19.

These changes, announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, will be in place for at least the next six weeks until Sept. 13.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported two new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing its total tally to 293, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Sunday.

"A total of 455 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the country yesterday and two of them were positive," Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, said at a daily press conference.

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WUHAN -- Central China's Hubei Province reported three newly imported COVID-19 cases and one new asymptomatic case Saturday, the provincial health commission said Sunday.

The three confirmed patients are all hospitalized in the provincial capital Wuhan, according to the commission.

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WASHINGTON -- Allowing U.S. citizens to sue China over the COVID-19 pandemic would be a "huge mistake," a Californian senator has said.

"We launch a series of unknown events that could be very, very dangerous. I think this is a huge mistake," said Senior Senator Dianne Feinstein recently during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

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NEW DELHI -- Kamal Rani, a minister of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, died of COVID-19 on Sunday, a spokesman of the state government confirmed.

She was reportedly undergoing treatment at a hospital in state capital Lucknow.

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BEIJING -- Nearly 90 percent of respondents in a recent survey by China Youth Daily believe they have strong awareness of epidemic prevention under regular control measures.

Of the 2,005 people surveyed, 90.3 percent said they are accustomed to the situation brought about by the current regular epidemic control.

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