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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, July 10

10 Jul 2020, 22:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that the Trump administration will work with the Senate to pass the next COVID-19 relief bill by the end of July.

"I had a very productive call with (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell yesterday," Mnuchin said in an interview with CNBC.

"As soon as the Senate gets back, we're going to sit down on a bipartisan basis with the Republicans and the Democrats, and it will be our priority to make sure between the 20th and the end of the month that we pass the next legislation," he said.

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LONDON -- British Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak warned on Thursday that the country is facing a deep recession.

"We are entering one of the most severe recessions this country has ever seen," Sunak told the BBC. "That is of course going to have a significant impact on unemployment and on job losses."

The remarks came as the British government set out a package of fresh measures to support jobs and boost the economy as part of a comprehensive plan to secure the country's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

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UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called for efforts to tackle the health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

"We must do everything possible to limit the spread of the virus and tackle the health effects of the pandemic," the secretary-general said in his video message to launch the Policy Brief on the Impact of COVID-19 on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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WASHINGTON -- A top U.S. infectious diseases expert said on Thursday that U.S. partisanship has made the fight against COVID-19 harder and the country is not doing well in anti-epidemic fight compared to others.

"You have to be having blindfolders on and covering your ears to think that we don't live in a very divisive society now," said Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, in an interview with the FiveThirtyEight podcast.

"You'd have to make the assumption that if there wasn't such divisiveness, that we would have a more coordinated approach," Fauci said.

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