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A medic works at a drive-thru site amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Bogota, Colombia, May 14, 2020. (Photo by Jhon Paz/Xinhua)

- COVID-19 cases surpass one million in Colombia

- WHO donates 8.8 tons of COVID-19 medical supplies to Syria

- Slovenia's daily cases hit new high, FM tests positive

- NYS governor's new book goes hot on Amazon

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BOGOTA -- The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection announced on Saturday that the country had reached 1,007,711 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), while the death toll rose to 30,000.

The ministry reported that in the last 24 hours, 8,769 new cases of the disease were reported, most of them in the Colombian capital of Bogota with 2,531 cases, in the department of Antioquia with 1,864 cases, and in the Valle del Cauca region with 631.

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DAMASCUS -- The World Health Organization on Saturday donated 8.8 tons of protective and medical supplies to Syria to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, state news agency SANA reported.

The shipment, delivered to the country through the Damascus International Airport, included personal protection gear for health workers as well as medications and other medical equipment, said the report.

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Pedestrians wearing face masks walk near a park in Ljubljana, Slovenija, on Oct. 19, 2020. (Photo by Zeljko Stevanic/Xinhua)

LJUBLJANA -- Slovenia has registered a record 1,961 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national tally to 21,277, according to official figures released on Saturday.

The country also reported 19 deaths in the past day, bringing the death toll to 235.

Meanwhile, the Slovenian Foreign Ministry said Foreign Minister Anze Logar had tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a routine test on Friday. The minister, it said, is not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

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AMMAN -- The tally of COVID-19 cases in Jordan exceeded 50,000 on Saturday after 1,820 new infections were recorded.

The total COVID-19 cases in the kingdom rose to 50,750, while the fatalities from the virus climbed by 32 to 540, the Jordanian Health Ministry said in a statement.

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The cover of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo's new book American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic. (Xinhua)

NEW YORK -- American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the latest book by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo published in mid-October, is listed on the No. 1 Best Seller in the category of Sociological Study of Medicine on Amazon.

"Governor Cuomo and other dozens of governors, mayors and lawmakers thanked China through various means and expressed their support for China-U.S. friendly cooperation. This is the true reflection of Chinese and American people helping each other and fighting the virus together," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian during the ministry's regular press conference on Friday in response to a question concerning Cuomo's new book. ■

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