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People relax at Domino Park in New York, the United States, June 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

- WHO says living with COVID-19 to be new normal as global cases top 10 mln

- Obama slams Trump's "kung flu" language

- Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases surpass 380,000 mark: Africa CDC

- Chinese mainland reports 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases

BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HOUSTON -- Nearly half of new coronavirus cases reported Monday in the U.S. state of Louisiana were contracted by people under the age of 30, the state health department said.

According to the official figure, among the 845 newly reported cases Monday, 46 percent were among people aged 29 or younger.

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LOS ANGELES -- The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States with a population of over 10 million, has exceeded the 100,000 mark, local authorities said Monday.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a daily record of 2,903 new infections, the largest single-day count in the metropolitan area since the pandemic hit the country, bringing the total number to 100,772.

A man wearing a face mask walks on the street in Brussels, Belgium, June 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhang Cheng)

GENEVA -- The chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday that all countries living with COVID-19 will be the new normal in the coming months, as the pandemic had already infected more than 10 million people worldwide, including nearly 500,000 deaths.

"The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. That is the new normal," said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a daily press briefing.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile on Monday reported a total of 275,999 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the outbreak began.

The COVID-19 death toll climbed to 5,575 after 66 more patients died in the previous 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a campaign rally in Lexington, Kentucky, the United States, on Nov. 4, 2019. (Xinhua/Hu Yousong)

WASHINGTON -- Former U.S. President Barack Obama has slammed his successor Donald Trump who tries to promote anti-Asian sentiment by using racist language "kung flu" to call the coronavirus during campaign rallies, U.S. media reported on Monday.

"I don't want a country in which the president of the United States is actively trying to promote anti-Asian sentiment and thinks it's funny. I don't want that. That still shocks and pisses me off," Obama reportedly said in an invite-only fundraiser last week for presumptive Democratic president nominee Joe Biden.

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo metropolitan government on Monday confirmed 58 new COVID-19 infections marking the fourth straight day new daily cases in the capital have topped 50 amid concerns over a resurgence of infections.

Of the 58 new cases, 46 people in their twenties or thirties have been infected, or about 79 percent of the total, the Tokyo metropolitan government said.

A woman is tested for COVID-19 in Windhoek, Namibia, on April 22, 2020. (Photo by Jacobina Mouton/Xinhua)

ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases across the African continent reached 382,652 as of Monday morning, up 11,104 from that of Sunday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The death toll related to the pandemic rose 173 from Sunday to 9,657 as of Monday morning, the Africa CDC said in its latest situation update.

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BELGRADE -- Serbia decided on Monday to impose stricter preventive measures in the capital of Belgrade, after an alarming increase in the number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the previous weeks.

From Tuesday, all people in Belgrade will be obliged to wear facial masks in indoor spaces as well as on public transport, while for the rest of Serbia it will remain a recommendation, the crisis response team decided.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha (3rd R), Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul (2nd R) and Yang Xin (3rd L), charge d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy to Thailand, attend a donation handover ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand, June 29, 2020. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)

BANGKOK -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday expressed his gratitude to via the Thai media for China's donation of a batch of medical equipment to fight the COVID-19 outbreak in Thailand.

The Chinese Embassy in Bangkok, acting on behalf of China, donated 1.3 million surgical face masks, 70,000 N95 face masks, 150,000 COVID-19 test kits and 70,000 PPE suits to Thailand.

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BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Tuesday it received reports of 19 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, including eight domestically transmitted and 11 imported ones.

Of the eight domestically transmitted cases, seven were reported in Beijing and one in Shanghai, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.■

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