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BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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WUHAN -- Wuhan forked out 900 million yuan (126 mln U.S. dollars) on a citywide testing drive to screen novel coronavirus infections, executive deputy mayor Hu Yabo told a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

The central Chinese city in Hubei Province on May 14 launched a campaign to offer nucleic acid tests to those not tested before. Officials said the move was aimed at reassuring the society as the city reopens its factories, businesses and schools.

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MOSCOW -- Russia is to reopen its museums and cinemas, currently closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in the middle of July, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said Tuesday.

"Culture will gradually return to normal with strict observance of safety measures," Chernyshenko said at a news briefing, adding that the exact dates of reopening will differ from region to region, depending on the epidemiological situation.

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BEIRUT -- Lebanon's number of COVID-19 infections increased on Tuesday by nine cases to 1,242 while the death toll remained unchanged at 27, the National News Agency reported.

Lebanon has reduced general mobilization measures and people are gradually returning to their normal lives with malls and beaches opening their doors again.

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government has announced a further 66-million-Australian dollar (44.7-million-U.S. dollar) investment in coronavirus vaccine research.

Greg Hunt, the Minister for Health, announced the funding for "finding a vaccine and treatments for COVID-19, as well as better preparing for future pandemics" on Tuesday.

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka has begun PCR tests for COVID-19 at the country's main Bandaranaike International Airport, in a bid to detect possible virus carriers and to prevent the virus from entering among the public, local media reported here Tuesday.

The decision to conduct the PCR tests was announced by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa when he met a special Task Force set up to fight the COVID-19, tourism officials and health authorities on Monday.

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PARIS -- The French economy, the second-largest in Europe, is expected to contract by 11 percent this year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic as the nearly two-month lockdown had paralyzed businesses and hit demand, Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Tuesday.

The minister had previously estimated the French economy to shrink by 8 percent for 2020.

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BERLIN -- New COVID-19 infections in Germany remained under last week's average as the number of confirmed cases increased by 213 in a day to 182,028, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said Tuesday.

Last week, an average of 457 daily cases had been reported by the RKI, the federal government agency for disease control and prevention.

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