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The latest: Coronavirus watch, July 3

03 Jul 2020, 11:51 GMT+10

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, arrives to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on COVID-19 in Washington, D.C., the United States, on June 30, 2020. (Al Drago/Pool via Xinhua)

-Face covering order issued in U.S. Texas to slow down spread

-Israeli, UAE firms ink historic R&D agreement to fight COVID-19

-Irish tourism sector suffers 1-bln-euro loss since outbreak: official

BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HOUSTON -- U.S. Texas issued face covering order in public places as COVID-19 cases continued to spike in the state.

The executive order issued by Texas Governor Greg Abbott requires all people to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.

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People walk past a notice board of swimming time at a beach in Coney Island of New York City, the United States, July 1, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

WASHINGTON -- U.S. researchers have presented and detailed three regional-scale models for forecasting and assessing the course of COVID-19 pandemic in a new study published on Thursday.

The three models are, an exponential growth model, a self-exciting branching process model, and the susceptible-infected-resistant compartment model, according to the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel Aerospace Industries, a government-owned corporation, announced on Thursday the signing of a historic agreement with a company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on collaboration in anti-coronavirus research and development.

The deal was signed with Group 42 based in the UAE's capital Abu Dhabi, despite no diplomatic relations between the Jewish state and the Arab country.

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People are seen inside a reopened cafe in Dublin, Ireland, June 29, 2020. (Xinhua)

DUBLIN -- Irish tourism sector has suffered a loss of one billion euros (about 1.2 billion U.S. dollars) since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, said a senior official here on Thursday.

Paul Kelly, CEO of Failte Ireland or Ireland's National Tourism Development Authority, told a special committee of the country's parliament that the tourism sector was hit first, hit hardest and will take the longest to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, local media RTE reported.

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JERUSALEM -- The number of active coronavirus cases in Israel has reached 9,176, the highest since April 21, the health ministry said Thursday.

The ministry also reported 790 new cases, bringing the total number in the country to 27,047.

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MUSCAT -- Omani Minister of Health Ahmed Al-Saidi on Thursday urged stricter implementation of the measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

During the first four months of the virus presence in the country, the number of cases was only 7,700, while in the last month alone, 27,000 cases were reported, Al-Saidi said at a video press conference organized by the Supreme Committee tasked with tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

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Women wearing protective masks walk in a street in the West Bank city of Ramallah, June 20, 2020. (Photo by Nidal Eshtayeh/Xinhua)

RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Thursday announced 322 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number in the Palestinian territories to 3,417.

Among the new cases were 281 in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, said the Palestinian health ministry.

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CAIRO -- Egypt confirmed on Thursday 1,485 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total cases in the country to 71,299, Egyptian Health Ministry said.

Meanwhile, 86 patients died from the novel coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 3,120, while 407 patients were cured and discharged from hospitals, increasing the total recoveries to 19,288, Egyptian Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Megahed said in a statement. ■

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