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BEIJING, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines on Monday reported 1,607 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of the cases in the country to 371,630.

The DOH said 245 more patients had recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 328,258. The death toll climbed to 7,039 after 62 more patients died, the DOH said.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported five new imported cases of COVID-19 from government managed isolation on Monday with no new community cases.

With one more case now recovered, the country's total number of active cases is 74, according to the Ministry of Health.

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MALE -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Maldives has risen to 11,505, local media reported Monday.

According to the Health Protection Agency (HPA), 84 new cases of COVID-19 were detected on Sunday, including 26 locals and 58 foreigners.

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QUITO -- Ecuador's Ministry of Public Health on Sunday called on the public to share responsibility for containing the COVID-19 outbreak by complying with basic protection and social distancing measures.

Heeding measures including frequent hand-washing, surface cleaning, wearing a face mask and standing two meters apart "must be the commitment of each citizen," the ministry said in a statement.

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DHAKA -- The Bangladeshi government has adopted "No Mask, No Service" policy at all offices in the country to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After the cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Sunday, Spokesman Khandker Anwarul Islam made the announcement Monday.

He told reporters that the mask-wearing at all public and private institutions, market places and other places of worship has been made mandatory from now on.

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SYDNEY -- Australia's state of Tasmania eased restrictions on visitors from elsewhere in the country on Monday, no longer requiring them to seek special exemptions or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Roughly seven months since the island state effectively shut its borders to guard against COVID-19, visitors will begin to return, easing pressure on the heavily tourism-geared economy.

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