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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Aug. 9

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09 Aug 2020, 15:51 GMT+10

NEW DELHI -- At least seven people died in India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh when a fire engulfed a COVID-19 facility on Sunday morning, a local administration official said.

The mishap took place in a hotel converted into COVID-19 facility at the state's Vijayawada district. (India-Fire-Coronavirus)

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WASHINGTON -- President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Neel Kashkari has called for "a more restrictive lockdown" for up to six weeks to crush the spread of COVID-19, as the "viral fire" continues to "rage out of control."

In a Friday New York Times opinion piece he authored with Michael T. Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, the Fed official argued that the imperative for a more restrictive lockdown is clear because "what we have done so far hasn't worked." (US-Fed-Lockdown)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil has registered more than 3 million cases of the novel coronavirus with over 100,000 deaths, the government reported on Saturday.

The Ministry of Health said that in the last 24 hours, 905 more deaths and 49,970 new cases were reported, bringing the national death toll to 100,477 and the total caseload to 3,012,412. (Brazil-Coronavirus)

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CAPE TOWN -- South Africa's COVID-19 death toll has crossed the 10,000 mark, with 10,210 cumulative deaths recorded, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday.

Of the total deaths, 301 were recorded in the past 24 hours, Mkhize said in his daily update. (S.Africa-Coronavirus)

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