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Coronavirus watch updates, Aug. 18

18 Aug 2020, 11:51 GMT+10

People tour the National Mall in Washington, D.C., the United States, Aug. 16, 2020. (Photo by Ting Shen/Xinhua)

- New study shows disparities across racial, ethnic groups in U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations

- Dominican Republic reports 86,737 COVID-19 cases, 1,481 deaths

- Egypt reports 115 new COVID-19 cases, 96,590 in total

- Ecuador sees 101,751 cases of COVID-19, 6,083 deaths

- Chile reports 387,502 cases of COVID-19, 10,513 deaths

BEIJING, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WASHINGTON -- A new analysis of hospitalization rates from the University of Minnesota showed African American, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaskan Native populations in the United States are significantly more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19 than whites.

The study, published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, found significant disparities among racial and ethnic groups after reviewing nearly 49,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations over a two-month period in the 12 U.S. states that report such data for hospital patients.

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SANTO DOMINGO -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths rose to 86,737 and 1,481, respectively, in the Dominican Republic, the health authorities said on Monday.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, the latest figures represent an increase of 428 cases of novel coronavirus infection and 28 more deaths from the disease compared to the previous tally.

People are seen in a theater in Cairo, Egypt, on July 25, 2020. Pictures of early Egyptian singers and actors are placed on the chairs next to the attendees to maintain social distancing. (Photo by Ahmed Gomaa/Xinhua)

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CAIRO -- Egypt confirmed on Monday 115 new COVID-19 infections and 13 deaths, raising the total cases registered in the country since the outbreak of the pandemic to 96,590 and the death toll to 5,173, said the Egyptian Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, 908 coronavirus patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 60,651, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed.

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QUITO -- Ecuador on Monday reported a total of 101,751 cases of novel coronavirus infection and 6,083 deaths from the disease since the pandemic hit the South American country over five months ago.

According to the Ministry of Public Health, in the previous 24 hours, tests detected 209 new cases and 13 more patients died, indicating the epidemic is still growing in Ecuador, which has the seventh largest outbreak in Latin America.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's Ministry of Health reported 2,071 new coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total cases to 94,751.

The ministry also reported a total of 692 death cases, with seven new deaths, while the number of patients in serious condition rose from 382 to 399, out of 841 patients currently hospitalized.

A woman is seen with her child near San Jose Hospital in Santiago, Chile, May 20, 2020. (Photo by Jorge Villegas/Xinhua)

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SANTIAGO -- Chile's Ministry of Health on Monday reported a total of 387,502 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and 10,513 deaths from the disease.

According to the ministry, in the previous 24 hours, tests detected 1,556 new cases and 61 more patients died.

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ANKARA -- Turkey reported 1,233 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the total diagnosed cases to 250,542, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.

Meanwhile, 22 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,996, Koca tweeted. ■

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