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Coronavirus watch updates, Sept. 19

19 Sep 2020, 18:05 GMT+10

A passenger wearing a face mask is seen on a metro train in New Delhi, India, on Sept. 12, 2020. (Photo by Partha Sarkar/Xinhua)

- Cases rise to 5,308,014 in India, death toll reaches 85,619

- Canadian Conservative Party leader tests positive for COVID-19

- Vietnam resumes regular int'l flights after 5-month closure due to COVID-19

- Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 950,000: Johns Hopkins University

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

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NEW DELHI -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India Saturday morning rose to 5,308,014, India's federal health ministry said.

During the past 24 hours, 93,337 new cases and 1,247 deaths were reported from across the country.

A man wearing a mask and a face shield gets on a bus in Toronto, Canada, on Sept. 17, 2020. (Photo by Zou Zheng/Xinhua)

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OTTAWA -- New leader of Canada's Conservative Party, Erin O'Toole, tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the party said in a statement.

"This evening Erin O'Toole received a positive test for COVID-19," said the statement, adding that O'Toole remains in isolation and is feeling well.

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SHANGHAI -- Shanghai reported two imported COVID-19 cases and no domestically transmitted cases on Friday, the municipal health commission said Saturday.

Both cases are Chinese citizens, with one of them flying from the United States and the other from India via France. They have been sent to designated medical institutions for treatment.

A man walks past a COVID-19 fight poster in the capital city of Hanoi, Vietnam, April 1, 2020. (VNA/Handout via Xinhua)

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HANOI -- Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi on Saturday morning saw the departure of the country's first regular international passenger flight after months-long shutdown to curb the COVID-19 outbreak.

The flight, heading to Japan's capital Tokyo, was operated by the Vietnamese flag carrier Vietnam Airlines with some 60 passengers on board, Vietnam News Agency reported.

A costumed character is seen on Times Square in New York, the United States, Aug. 19, 2020. (Xinhua/Wang Ying)

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NEW YORK -- Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 950,000 on Friday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

The global death toll from the disease reached 950,434, with a total of 30,395,579 cases worldwide as of 10:23 p.m. (0223 GMT Saturday), the CSSE data showed. ■

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