Tue, 27 Oct 2020

BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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VIENNA -- Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his spokesperson said Saturday morning.

Schallenberg received the test result on Friday afternoon and has been under home quarantine with no symptoms so far, the spokesperson said.

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MANILA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 354,338 after the Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,673 new daily cases on Saturday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 295,312 after 539 more patients recovered. Meanwhile, 73 more patients died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 6,603.

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SOFIA -- The Bulgarian Health Ministry on Saturday morning reported a record high of 998 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours in the country, taking the national tally to 28,505.

The ministry said 306 of the new cases were registered in the country's capital Sofia, bringing the total in the city to 7,663.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. federal budget deficit soared to a record 3.1 trillion dollars in the fiscal year 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted massive fiscal stimulus and caused tax revenue to fall, official data showed Friday.

Budget deficit for the fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, was 2.1 trillion dollars higher than that of the prior year, according to the final budget results for fiscal year 2020 jointly released by U.S. Treasury Department and White House Office of Management and Budget.

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