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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, July 2

02 Jul 2020, 10:44 GMT+10

SAO PAULO -- A rare bomb cyclone lashed southern Brazil, leaving at least 10 people dead and forcing more than 1,000 people to evacuate their homes, local Civil Defense authorities said on Wednesday.

Nine of the deaths were reported in the state of Santa Catarina, where one person has also been reported missing. The tenth victim was in southernmost Rio Grande do Sul state bordering on neighboring Argentina and Uruguay. (Brazil-Cyclone-Toll)

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SANTIAGO -- Chile on Wednesday said the total number of people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus has climbed to 282,043.

The death toll from COVID-19 climbed to 5,753 after 65 more patients died in the past 24 hours, the Health Ministry said. (Chile-Coronavirus-Caseload)

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NAIROBI -- Kenya recorded the highest COVID-19 infections in a single day on Wednesday, with cases seen to be rising ahead of its anticipated reopening of the economy.

Chief Administrative Secretary in Kenya's Ministry of Health Rashid Aman announced on Wednesday that the country had recorded 307 new cases, bringing the total caseload to 6,673. (Kenya-COVID-19 Caseload-Spike)

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MEXICO CITY -- Financial analysts have downgraded Mexico's growth forecast for 2020, from -7.99 percent in May to -8.80 percent in June, the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) said on Wednesday.

It was the fourth growth forecast by private sector economists since Mexico reported its first case of novel coronavirus infection on Feb. 28, which led to lockdown measures that brought the economy to a standstill. (Mexico-Economy-Downgrade)

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