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Pedestrians walk in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, capital of Germany, Oct. 15, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

- Germany reports new record of 11,287 new cases

- 7 more U.S. soldiers in S. Korea test positive

- Russia COVID-19 cases up 15,971 to more than 1,460,000

- China beefs up epidemic prevention in autumn, winter

BEIJING, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BERLIN -- New COVID-19 infections in Germany reached a new record and increased by 11,287 within one day to a total of 392,049, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced on Thursday.

During the first COVID-19 wave in spring, the highest number of daily infections in Germany had been recorded at the end of March with 6,294 new infections, according to the RKI, the federal government agency for disease control and prevention.

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SEOUL -- Seven more U.S. soldiers in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19 amid lingering worry about the virus spread here, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK said in a statement that seven USFK service members were confirmed with the COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Oct. 5-19.

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An army recruitment candidate waits for a physical examination in St. Petersburg, Russia, Oct. 20, 2020. (Photo by Irina Motina/Xinhua)

MOSCOW -- Russia registered 15,971 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, slightly down from the all-time high of 16,319 reported on Tuesday, the country's COVID-19 response center said Thursday.

Russia's cumulative number of coronavirus cases has grown to 1,463,306, including 25,242 deaths and 1,107,988 recoveries, the center said in a statement.

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HARARE -- The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the ruling ZANU-PF party to postpone its annual conference indefinitely, party acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa has said.

The Herald newspaper reported Thursday that Chinamasa had told it after the party's Politburo meeting on Wednesday that the conference, which has been scheduled for Bindura, Mashonaland Central Province, in December, would no longer go ahead as a precaution against COVID-19.

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Medical staff guide residents at a nucleic acid testing site in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Oct. 14, 2020. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

BEIJING -- China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism has called on tourism authorities across the country to tighten COVID-19 prevention and control measures in autumn and winter to curb risks of sporadic cases and local outbreaks.

According to a notice issued by the ministry, outbound group tours continue to be suspended.

The ministry asked local tourism authorities to carry out differentiated measures to further implement epidemic prevention requirements, and urged class-A tourist attractions, star-rated hotels and travel agencies to improve regular anti-epidemic measures.

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SOFIA -- The Bulgarian Health Ministry on Thursday reported record new COVID-19 infections and deaths of 1,472 and 29 respectively over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of confirmed cases and deaths to 33,335 and 1,048 respectively.

The previous daily records of 1,336 new COVID-19 cases and 23 related deaths were reported on Wednesday and Oct. 13, respectively. ■

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