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  • Coronavirus infections within the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia rise after curfews had been totally lifted final month.

  • WHO mentioned that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and mixture HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised sufferers with COVID-19 after the medicines failed to cut back mortality.

  • Over 212,000 new coronavirus circumstances had been reported globally by the World Well being Group – the very best single-day enhance because the begin of the pandemic. 

  • Worldwide circumstances have reached 11.23 million whereas 6.04 million sufferers have recovered, in accordance with the most recent Johns Hopkins College tally. The variety of deaths worldwide hit greater than 530,000.

Listed here are the most recent updates.

Sunday, July 5

19:00 GMT – Malawi cancels Independence Day celebrations over virus spike

Malawi’s president Lazarus Chakwera referred to as off deliberate Independence Day celebrations and drastically scaled again on his inauguration ceremony following a spike in coronavirus infections. 

His formal inauguration had been slated for Monday at a large stadium within the capital to coincide with the nation’s 56th independence celebrations.

However in an handle on Sunday, the president referred to as off the stadium festivities and shifted his inauguration occasion to a army barracks to be witnessed by solely 100 specially-invited company. 

Chakwera mentioned the “spreading quicker than earlier than and it’s spreading with the facility to kill.” [Amos Gumulira/AFP] 

Malawi, which has not been positioned beneath a lockdown, has registered 1,613 circumstances to this point with seven % of these infections detected within the final 24-hour reporting cycle.

At the very least 64 % of the brand new infections had been from neighborhood transmission.  

“In view of this acceleration fee of native transmission and its huge geographical unfold I’ve determined to cancel the celebration,” mentioned Chakwera in a quick handle to the nation.     

18:10 GMT – Taj Mahal stays shut as India stories file day by day circumstances

India’s prime vacationer attraction the Taj Mahal will stay shut, officers mentioned, because the nation registered a file day by day variety of coronavirus circumstances.

The well being ministry reported just below 25,000 circumstances and 613 deaths in 24 hours – the largest day by day spike because the first case was detected in late January.

The surge took India’s complete tally to greater than 673,000 circumstances and 19,268 deaths, pulling the nation nearer to surpassing badly-hit Russia, the world’s third-most contaminated nation.

Outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Agra

 The shining marble mausoleum south of the capital New Delhi has been closed since mid-March [Snil Kataria/Reuters] 

The bounce in infections got here as native authorities in northern Agra metropolis mentioned the Taj Mahal, one of many New Seven Wonders of the World, would stay closed to guests regardless that the nationwide authorities mentioned it had permission to reopen on Monday.

“The Taj Mahal, which is within the Taj Ganj police station jurisdiction, is a ‘containment zone’,” a doc launched by Agra’s District Justice of the Peace Prabhu N Singh said late Sunday.      

Containment zones are the place excessive an infection charges have been detected, with all exercise besides important companies halted.

17:35 GMT – Can the coronavirus assist save the planet? 

Planet Earth caught a break with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Underneath lockdown no one was driving, flying or manufacturing. Carbon emissions nosedived.

However as the worldwide financial system chugs again to life, can we deliver again the financial system with out killing the planet?

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17:00 GMT – UK coronavirus confirmed dying toll rises by 22 to 44,220

Britain’s dying toll from confirmed COVID-19 circumstances has risen by 22 to 44,220, the division of well being mentioned on Sunday.

The variety of deaths registered on the weekend is usually decrease than in the course of the week. Together with deaths from suspected circumstances, the toll is over 54,000, in accordance with a Reuters tally.

16:30 GMT – El Salvador delays subsequent steps in reopening financial system as circumstances rise

El Salvador postponed the second part of the financial system’s reopening by two weeks, citing a still-rising variety of coronavirus infections.

President Nayib Bukele has imposed a few of the hardest measures within the Americas in opposition to the pandemic, which has brought about 217 deaths and seven,777 infections within the Central American nation.

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in El Salvador

Greater than 7,700 folks have been contaminated with the virus within the Central American nation [Jose Cabezas/Reuters]

On June 16, El Salvador started a gradual course of to deliver again the financial system, outlining a second part that might permit public transportation, enterprise companies, producers and the shoe, bag, field and paper industries to reopen.

That part was as a consequence of start on July 7 however has now been delayed till July 21, after the federal government mentioned infections rose by 50 % and deaths elevated by 80 %.

“Confronted with these essential conditions, we see an unfavorable outlook for continuing with Part Two of the Financial Reopening Plan,” the federal government mentioned in a press release on Sunday.

16:00 GMT – Ecuador indigenous group frees hostages after return of corpse

An indigenous group within the Ecuadorean Amazon has launched six hostages after authorities returned the physique of a frontrunner who in accordance with the federal government died of COVID-19, police mentioned. 

Members of the Shuar Kumay neighborhood final week took two cops, two troopers, one public official and one civilian hostage to demand the best to offer their chief, Alberto Mashutak, a standard burial. 

The group insisted that Mashutak, who died in a hospital in late Could, didn’t die of the novel coronavirus.

“The physique of the indigenous chief was delivered to his neighborhood,” the police mentioned in a press release, including that authorities took particular well being protocols in the course of the exhumation course of to stop potential COVID-19 unfold.

15:30 GMT – Kazakhstan imposes ‘second wave’ of restrictions as coronavirus surges

Kazakhstan on Sunday imposed a second spherical of nationwide restrictions to counter an enormous surge in coronavirus circumstances.    

Purchasing centres, gyms, swimming swimming pools, hairdressers and sweetness salons have all closed down for the following two weeks, a measure that authorities could select to increase.    

Kazakhstan imposed a strict lockdown in late March that noticed essential sectors of the financial system grind to a halt and prevented most journey.     

But it surely was one of many first Central Asian international locations to carry restrictions in late Could, when it had lower than 9,000 confirmed circumstances. 

Since then nonetheless, coronavirus circumstances have risen greater than five-fold, reaching over 47,000 with 188 fatalities. 

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in AlmatyThe brand new restrictions are notably much less stringent – journey between most cities stays potential and residents can fly in and in a foreign country [Pavel Mikheyev/Reuters]

14:30 GMT – Coronavirus circumstances in Czech mining space beneath management: Minister

An increase in new coronavirus infections in a Czech coal mining area that has pushed a current bounce in general circumstances is beneath management and may ease quickly, the well being minister mentioned amid criticism. 

State laborious coal miner OKD final week closed its mines within the Karvina space within the nation’s east, alongside the Polish border, after a bounce in circumstances amongst miners and their shut contacts.

The rise has brought about general case numbers to speed up, prompting another EU members like Slovenia to bump the Czech Republic from their record of protected international locations.

Responding to criticism from an opposition chief, Well being Minister Adam Vojtech mentioned on Twitter: “The state of affairs is beneath management and within the coming days we count on one other drop in circumstances if everybody (contaminated) will keep a quarantine and (abide by) set guidelines.”

epa08326418 A worker in a protective suit disinfects the statue of first Czechoslovak President T. G. Masaryk at Hradcanske Square in Prague, Czech Republic, 27 March 2020. The Czech government has im

Czech has reported a complete of 12,440 infections, together with 121 information circumstances on Saturday [Martin Divisek/EPA]

14:00 GMT – Greece shuts border to Serbians after virus spike

Greece introduced on Sunday the closure of its frontier for Serbian nationals till July 15 due to a coronavirus spike.

Serbia declared a state of emergency on Friday within the capital Belgrade due to the very best rise of coronavirus circumstances since April.      

Greece had made its determination after analysing the epidemiological information, mentioned authorities spokeswoman Aristotelia Peloni.  

Opening of the Acropolis archaeological site, following the easing of measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Tourism accounts for 1 / 4 of Greece’s GDP [Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters]

13:25 GMT – Philippines data highest single-day bounce in new circumstances

The Philippines reported its greatest single-day bounce in new coronavirus circumstances, including 2,434 confirmed infections and taking the overall depend to 44,254, the well being ministry mentioned.


The Philippines has reported a complete of 44,254 circumstances [Aaron Favila/AP]

The ministry mentioned the rise might be attributed to elevated contact amongst folks because the nation started easing lockdown measures to assist cut back the pandemic’s injury to the financial system.

The Philippines additionally recorded seven new deaths, the ministry mentioned, bringing complete fatalities to 1,297.

11:47 GMT –  Recent Spanish virus outbreak sees 70,000 locked down

Spain’s northwestern Galicia area ordered the lockdown of 70,000 folks amid fears of a contemporary coronavirus outbreak, following a bigger one within the northeast.

All residents of the city of La Marina, 140 kilometres (90 miles) east of La Coruna, might be unable to go away the neighborhood and gatherings of greater than ten folks might be banned to restrict the potential for contagion.

The transfer got here solely a day after regional officers put 200,000 folks again in confinement following a “sharp rise” in infections close to the northeastern city of Lerida some 150 kilometres (90 miles) west of Catalan regional capital Barcelona.

11:25 GMT – US diplomats leaving Saudi as coronavirus circumstances surge: Report

As international locations world wide put together to battle a looming second wave of coronavirus infections, many United States diplomats are following a whole lot of US residents repatriated over the previous few months.

Dozens of US diplomats, together with their households, have left Saudi Arabia up to now 48 hours as the dominion struggles to comprise the outbreak, simply weeks after it reopened its financial system, the Wall Road Journal (WSJ) reported on Friday.

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11:02 GMT – Morocco stories file variety of novel coronavirus circumstances

Morocco reported Sunday 698 further novel coronavirus infections, the very best one-day enhance because the outbreak started in early March, with quite a few circumstances found in a port metropolis manufacturing unit.

The brand new figures deliver the official complete within the North African kingdom to 14,132 infections and 234 deaths, in accordance with the well being ministry.

Nearly all of the brand new infections had been detected in a fish canning manufacturing unit within the southern port metropolis of Safi.

Morocco coronavirusMorocco, with a inhabitants of round 35 million, eased virus-related restrictions on June 25, reopening cafes, eating places, motels and sports activities halls. It additionally allowed home tourism and inter-city journey [Fadel Senna/AFP]

10:42 GMT – Eire to ease overseas journey restrictions from July 20

Eire is to ease quarantine restrictions on folks travelling from overseas on July 20, with folks from a “inexperienced record” of nations with low COVID-19 charges to be exempt from isolating themselves for 14 days, transport minister Eamon Ryan mentioned.

Former prime minister Leo Varadkar in June mentioned that the restrictions can be eased from July 9.

“A so-called inexperienced record… might be revealed on July 20,” Ryan mentioned in an interview with Newstalk radio station. 

10:17 GMT – Madagascar re-imposes lockdown amid surge in virus circumstances

Madagascar has positioned its capital Antananarivo beneath a contemporary lockdown following a brand new surge in coronavirus infections, two months after the restrictions had been eased, the presidency introduced.

“The Analamanga area (beneath which the capital is located) is returning to full lockdown,” the presidency mentioned in a press release.

No site visitors might be allowed in or out of the area beginning Monday till July 20.

Madagascar coronavirus

The nation had a cumulative 2,728 circumstances up to now, together with 29 deaths because the virus was first detected on the Indian ocean island on March 20 [File: Rijasolo/AFP]

10:38 GMT – South Africa stories over 10,000 circumstances in in the future

South Africa is reporting greater than 10,000 new confirmed coronavirus circumstances for the primary time in a single day.

That brings the nation’s complete confirmed circumstances to greater than 187,977, by far probably the most of any nation in Africa.

South Africa additionally has surpassed the deaths of three,000 folks within the outbreak.

10:12 GMT – Iran stories new file one-day virus dying toll of 163: official

Iranian well being authorities introduced 163 new deaths because of the COVID-19 illness, the nation’s highest official one-day dying toll because the outbreak started in February.

The earlier file of 162 deaths was introduced on Monday within the Islamic republic, which has been battling the Center East’s deadliest outbreak.

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09:45 GMT – High Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Gedawy dies from COVID-19

Famed Egyptian actor Ragaa al-Gedawy died after contracting the COVID-19 illness, the actors union mentioned. She was 81.

“Ragaa al-Gedawy handed away this morning as a consequence of COVID-19,” union head Ashraf Zaki advised AFP information company.

“No public funeral was organized for well being causes,” Zaki added.

Learn extra here.

09:20 GMT – Coronavirus circumstances rising in Saudi Arabia, UAE after curfews lifted

Saudi Arabia’s coronavirus infections have surpassed 200,000 and neighbouring United Arab Emirates 50,000, with the variety of new circumstances climbing after the Arab world’s two largest economies totally lifted curfews final month.

Restrictions had been in place in each international locations since mid-March and their gradual lifting has allowed industrial companies and public venues to reopen.

Different Gulf international locations have additionally moved to ease restrictions, though Kuwait has maintained a partial curfew and Qatar, Bahrain and Oman didn’t impose one in any respect.

The UAE Adjusts To Life Under The Coronavirus Pandemic

The United Arab Emirates, the place day by day an infection charges not too long ago dropped to between 300 and 400 from a peak of some 900 in late Could, registered greater than 600 circumstances on Friday and over 700 on Saturday, taking its toll to 50,857, with 321 deaths [File: Francois Nel/Getty]

08:55 GMT – Indonesia stories highest day by day tally of coronavirus deaths

Indonesia reported 82 new coronavirus deaths in its highest day by day tally, Well being Ministry official Achmad Yurianto mentioned, taking the toll to three,171.

Infections rose 1,607, for a complete of 63,749 circumstances, he added.

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08:35 GMT – Well being minister says happy with behaviour after English pubs reopen

Individuals in England seem to have broadly behaved themselves as pubs reopened this weekend, Britain’s well being minister Matt Hancock mentioned, including he was happy with how the easing of lockdown had gone.

“From what I’ve seen, though there’s some photos on the contrary, very, very largely folks have acted responsibly,” he advised Sky Information. “General, I am happy with what occurred yesterday.”

08:10 GMT – Israel, Palestinians face new restrictions amid virus surge

Israel ordered hundreds of individuals into quarantine after a contentious cellphone surveillance programme resumed as Palestinians within the West Financial institution returned to life beneath lockdown after each areas noticed surges in coronavirus circumstances.

An announcement from Israel’s Well being Ministry mentioned “many” messages had been despatched to Israelis following the renewed involvement of the Shin Wager home safety company. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that greater than 30,000 folks had been notified they need to enter quarantine since Thursday.

“We needed to proceed and open the financial system as a lot as potential however with the quantity of infections, which appeared like a really excessive cliff, it pressured us at this level to become involved extra aggressively,” Israel’s defence minister, Benny Gantz, advised Israeli Military Radio.

Hebron closed to entry and exit due to COVID-19

Easing of restrictions led to a gentle uptick in circumstances over the previous month [Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu] 

07:46 GMT – Russia’s coronavirus circumstances surpass 680,000

Russia reported 6,736 new circumstances of the novel coronavirus, elevating the nationwide tally to 681,251.

The authorities mentioned that 134 folks had died within the final 24 hours, bringing the official dying toll to 10,161.

07:24 GMT – Tokyo governor favoured to win re-election for dealing with virus

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is poised to be re-elected, buoyed by public help for her coronavirus dealing with regardless of a current rise in infections that has raised issues of a resurgence of the illness.

The primary lady to move the Japanese capital, Koike, 67, can be considered as a possible candidate to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when his time period ends in September 2021. For now, she says she is concentrated on defending the lives of the 14 million folks in Tokyo, a megacity with a $1 trillion financial system.

07:01 GMT – WHO stories highest single-day surge in infections

The World Well being Group says member states reported greater than 212,000 new confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 to the worldwide physique, the very best single-day enhance because the begin of the pandemic.

The Geneva-based WHO mentioned the very best variety of new infections was reported from the Americas area, which incorporates the USA and Brazil, with virtually 130,000 confirmed circumstances.

WHO’s depend can differ from different world case tallies as a consequence of official reporting delays.

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06:37 GMT – Almost 25,000 virus circumstances in India in file day by day bounce

India noticed its greatest surge in COVID-19 circumstances, with 24,850 new circumstances and 613 deaths within the final 24 hours.

The nation’s tally of infections rose to 673,165 because the dying toll elevated to 19,268, in accordance with well being ministry information.

06:10 GMT – Turkish Airways resumes flights to Indonesia

Turkey’s flag service resumed flights to Indonesia after being suspended on March 20 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Turkish Airways will resume routes to Indonesia with two flights per week.

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane TC-JVV taxies to take-off in Riga International Airport

The airways performed its first scheduled flight between Jakarta and Istanbul at 10.05 am native time. It didn’t announce when flights to the vacation island of Bali would start [Ints Kalnins/Reuters]

05:43 GMT – Croatia votes for brand spanking new authorities as pandemic looms

Croatians went to polls to decide on a authorities to navigate the continued coronavirus pandemic in a common election marketing campaign that has been dominated by the well being disaster.

The pandemic has put the European Union nation’s tourism-dependent financial system on the right track for a contraction of almost 10 % – its steepest decline in many years.

The ruling conservative HDZ social gathering has been touting its relative success in containing Croatia’s outbreak to this point, with an official tally of roughly 100 deaths and three,000 infections.

Howdy, that is Usaid Siddiqui in Doha taking on from my colleague Ted Regencia.


04:56 GMT – Bolivia struggles to comprise coronavirus

The rising toll of COVID-19 deaths is overwhelming the Bolivian metropolis of Cochabamba, the place determined kinfolk of 1 obvious sufferer of the brand new coronavirus left his coffin on the street for a number of hours to protest in opposition to difficulties in getting him buried.

Neighbour Remberto Arnez mentioned the 62-year-old man had died on June 28 and his physique had been in his dwelling ever since “however that’s dangerous due to the potential contagion”.

After just a few hours, funeral employees confirmed up and took the coffin to a cemetery within the metropolis of some 630,000 folks.

The Andean nation has reported greater than 36,800 confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 and 1,320 deaths.

04:28 GMT – Australia’s Victoria state stories 74 new circumstances

The hard-hit Australian state of Victoria has recorded 74 new coronavirus circumstances on Sunday after asserting a file 108 new infections a day earlier.

The most recent enhance resulted in state Premier Daniel Andrews asserting a lockdown of 9 inner-city public housing blocks containing 3,000 folks, the place 27 circumstances have been detected.

Police are guarding each entrance of the housing estates and residents will not be allowed to go away their properties for any cause. Australia had greater than 8,400 circumstances and 104 deaths as of Sunday.

03:44 GMT – Republican politician’s spouse, running-mate presumably uncovered to COVID-19

The Related Press information company is quoting a Montana newspaper as reporting that the spouse and the operating mate of Republican governor candidate Greg Gianforte, in addition to a number of different prime Republican officers, had been presumably uncovered to the coronavirus whereas attending an occasion with the girlfriend of President Donald Trump’s eldest son.

The Bozeman Day by day Chronicle says Gianforte’s spouse, Susan, and lieutenant governor candidate Kristen Juras had been at a Trump fundraising occasion Wednesday with Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr.

The New York Instances stories that Guilfoyle was recognized with the coronavirus on Friday. Greg Gianforte is a congressman from Montana. He didn’t attend the occasion.

03:14 GMT – Germany’s confirmed coronavirus circumstances rise by 239 to 196,335

The variety of confirmed coronavirus circumstances in Germany elevated by 239 to 196,335, Reuters reported on Sunday citing information from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious ailments.

The reported dying toll rose by 2 to 9,012, the tally confirmed.

02:25 GMT – Singapore stories eight new ‘unlinked’ circumstances

Singapore’s The Straits Instances reported early on Sunday that an 82-year-old Singaporean lady is amongst eight new unlinked neighborhood circumstances that had been introduced yesterday.

The lady was confirmed to have the virus on Saturday after displaying signs final Wednesday.

The Ministry of Well being (MOH) confirmed 185 new coronavirus circumstances in Singapore on Saturday, bringing the overall to 44,664. Of the 185 new circumstances, eight had been reported with no identified earlier hyperlinks to an contaminated individual, together with the 82-year-old lady.

Singapore has managed to maintain its dying toll low at 26.

02:03 GMT – South Korea stories 61 new circumstances

Coronavirus - Seoul

South Korea has reported a complete of 13,901 coronavirus circumstances nationwide however has been praised for its early response to the pandemic [Heo Ran/Reuters]

South Korea’s day by day new virus circumstances stayed above 60 for the third consecutive day Sunday as infections outdoors the Seoul metropolitan space continued to swell, Yonhap information company reported.

The nation added 61 circumstances, together with 43 native infections, elevating the overall caseload to 13,091, in accordance with the Korea Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (KCDC). At the very least 18 of the circumstances had been imported.

The nation, nonetheless, reported no further deaths, with the dying toll staying at 283.

01:23 GMT – China stories eight new lively circumstances, seven asymptomatic sufferers

China reported eight new coronavirus circumstances within the mainland for July 4, in contrast with three circumstances a day earlier, Reuters information company reported on Sunday, quoting the well being company.

Six of the brand new infections had been imported circumstances, in accordance with a press release by the Nationwide Well being Fee, whereas the capital Beijing reported two new circumstances. There have been no new deaths.

China reported seven new asymptomatic sufferers, up from 4 a day earlier.

As of Saturday, mainland China had 83,553 confirmed coronavirus circumstances, the well being authority mentioned. China’s dying toll from the COVID-19 remained at 4,634, unchanged since Mid-Could.

00:29 GMT – Mexico’s coronavirus dying toll surpasses 30,000

Mexico’s well being ministry has reported 523 extra deaths from the novel coronavirus, bringing the overall to 30,366, and 6,014 new infections, bringing the overall to 252,165.

The federal government has beforehand mentioned the precise variety of contaminated folks is probably going considerably increased than the variety of confirmed circumstances.

Citing unpublished figures from the nation’s civil registry, broadcaster Milenio reported that as of June 19, almost twice as many individuals had died from the coronavirus than had been reported by Deputy Well being Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell. Reuters information company was unable to confirm the knowledge.

00:05 GMT – Ghana’s president self-isolates after shut contact with contaminated individual

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo

The federal government didn’t say whether or not the 76-year-old president was uncovered to a employees or member of the family [File: John MacDougall/Pool via AP]

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo will self-isolate for 14 days on the recommendation of docs after an individual in his shut circle examined constructive for the coronavirus, Reuters information company reported, quoting a authorities assertion.

“He has, as at right now, examined damaging, however has elected to take this measure out of the abundance of warning,” the assertion mentioned, including that the president will proceed to work in the course of the interval, in compliance with COVID-19 security protocols.

The assertion didn’t say if the shut individual was a employees or member of the family.

Ghana has recorded 19,388 coronavirus circumstances, one of many highest variety of circumstances in sub-Saharan Africa, with 117 deaths.

The West African nation’s deputy commerce and trade minister, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, resigned on Friday after violating coronavirus self-isolation measures following a constructive check for the virus.

00:01 GMT – Brazil registers 37,923 new circumstances of coronavirus, 1,091 deaths

Brazil has recorded 37,923 new confirmed circumstances of the novel coronavirus up to now 24 hours in addition to 1,091 deaths, Reuters information company reported, quoting the nation’s well being ministry.

Brazil has registered greater than 1.5 million circumstances because the pandemic started, whereas cumulative deaths complete 64,265, in accordance with the ministry.


Howdy and welcome to Al Jazeera’s persevering with protection of the coronavirus pandemic. I am Ted Regencia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

You could find all the most recent developments from yesterday, July 4, here.


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