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Roundup: French PM urges collective action to avert COVID-19 rebound

PARIS, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The French government will "extend as much as possible the obligation to wear a mask in public spaces" and people must act collectively to head off a rebound of COVID-19 epidemic, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Tuesday.

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1st LD Writethru: Japan confirms 700 daily new COVID-19 cases as resurgence continues in urban areas

TOKYO, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Japan reported 700 new daily COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the nation's cumulative total to 50,448 infections as concerns remain high about the virus' resurgence in large urban areas including Tokyo and Osaka.

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New Zealand locks down biggest city after first local case of coronavirus in 102 days

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand announced on Tuesday it was shutting down its largest city, Auckland, after four new cases of COVID-19 were discovered in the city, the first evidence of domestic transmission after being coronavirus-free for 102 days.

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Roundup: Iraq reports highest daily COVID-19 infections as Turkey announces economic recovery from outbreak

CAIRO, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iraq confirmed on Monday 3,484 new COVID-19 infections, the highest daily increase since the outbreak of the deadly disease in the country. Meanwhile Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his country's ongoing economic recovery from the pandemic.