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BEIJING, July 10 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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LA PAZ -- Jeanine Anez, head of Bolivia's opposition-backed interim government, said Thursday that she has tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in quarantine. "Along with my entire team, we have been working for Bolivian families during this whole time and, given that in the past week many of them tested positive for the coronavirus, I took the test and I also came out positive," Anez said in a video posted online.

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has inaugurated the China-aided Isolation Hospital and Infections Treatment Center (IHITC) to enhance the country's capability to fight COVID-19 and ease pressure on hospitals in capital Islamabad.

Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, Information Minister Shibli Faraz, Chairman of CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor) Authority Asim Saleem Bajwa, and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Yao Jing attended the inauguration ceremony.

On the occasion, the Pakistani side thanked China for the firm support to Pakistan in the fight against the pandemic. The Chinese government and the Chinese people have been helping Pakistan prevent and control COVID-19, providing a large amount of medical supplies, sending medical expert teams and aiding Pakistan with the building of the IHITC, the Pakistani side said.

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BEIJING -- Beijing on Thursday reported no new confirmed domestically transmitted cases of COVID-19, the municipal health commission said Friday.

This marked that the Chinese capital city had reported no new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases for four consecutive days.

No new suspected or asymptomatic cases were reported, and 12 were discharged from hospital after recovery on Thursday in the city, the commission said in a daily report.

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KIGALI -- Rwandan police on Thursday arrested four people who had escaped from a COVID-19 treatment center in Eastern province.

The quartet, who contracted the disease and were receiving treatment at the center set up at a secondary school in Ngoma district, escaped on Wednesday evening after breaking iron window bars, the Ngoma district police said in a statement.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that the Trump administration will work with the Senate to pass the next COVID-19 relief bill by the end of July.

"I had a very productive call with (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell yesterday," Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC.

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CARACAS -- Diosdado Cabello, president of Venezuela's National Constituent Assembly, said Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and quarantined himself.

"After taking corresponding tests, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Since then, I have isolated myself and I am complying with the recommended treatment," Cabello, also first-vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, wrote on Twitter.

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SHANGHAI -- The COVID-19 pandemic has not changed the trend of technological transformation, but instead has accelerated the pace of change for digital technology, according to Jack Ma, Co-chair of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

Ma made the remarks while attending the opening ceremony of the 2020 World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on Thursday in a virtual forum via a holographic projection.

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NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 550,000 on Thursday, reaching 550,440 as of 10:33 a.m. local time (1433 GMT), according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

Meanwhile, the total COVID-19 cases around the world rose to 12,081,232 according to the CSSE.

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