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Sat Aug 1, 2020, 02:34 AM

Mexico 3rd In Global Pandemic Deaths, Vietnam Struggles Anew

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Source: AP News

By John Leicester, Rod McQuirk, and Arno Pedram, an hour ago.

PARIS (AP) — Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind the United States and Brazil, while former success story Vietnam is struggling to control an outbreak spreading in its most famous beach resort.

China reported a more than 50% drop in newly confirmed cases in a possible sign that its latest major outbreak in the northwestern region of Xinjiang may have run its course. However, in Hong Kong, infections continue to surge, with more than 100 new cases reported as of Saturday among the population of 7.5 million. Officials have reimposed dining restrictions and mask requirements.

South Korean prosecutors arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect linked to more than 5,200 of the country’s 14,336 confirmed cases. He has denied charges of hiding members and underreporting gatherings to avoid broader quarantines. Mexican health officials on Friday reported 688 new deaths, pushing the country’s total to 46,688. That put Mexico just ahead of the United Kingdom, which has 46,119, according to the tally by Johns Hopkins University.

In Vietnam, a third person died of coronavirus complications, officials said Saturday, a day after it recorded its first-ever death as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases...

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On Friday, the head of the World Health Organization predicted the effects of the pandemic will be felt for “decades to come.”

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