Tue, 26 Oct 2021

BEIJING, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's COVID-19 cases rose by 11,252 and 141 more fatalities were recorded in the previous 24 hours, the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) reported on Wednesday.

Of the new infections, nearly 4,000 cases were detected in Bangkok and its neighboring provinces. These areas also accounted for 73 of the new deaths reported. Another 13,695 patients recovered from the disease nationwide.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa reached 8,177,919 as of Wednesday noon, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union, said the death toll from the pandemic across the continent stands at 207,132.

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HARBIN -- Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, has suspended commercial operations in relatively confined spaces and private clinics after a new local COVID-19 infection was reported.

The new rule would cover cinemas, bars, theaters, indoor playgrounds, gyms, training agencies offering offline courses, and other commercial operations in relatively confined spaces.

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health reported 15,592 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,417,419.

The DOH also reported that 154 more people died from the virus, pushing the country's death toll to 37,228.

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ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopia registered 1,575 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the national tally to 335,273 as of Tuesday evening, the country's health ministry said.

Meanwhile, the ministry also reported 43 new deaths and 1,804 more recoveries, bringing the national counts to 5,207 and 303,589 respectively.

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MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday condemned the rich countries' "selfish" plan to hoard COVID-19 vaccines while poor and developing nations are experiencing vaccine drought.

"There is a man-made drought of vaccines ravaging poor countries," Duterte said in a pre-recorded virtual address at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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ULAN BATOR -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Mongolia rose by 3,416 over the past 24 hours to 283,956, with the death toll added by 14 to 1,146, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

Two of the latest confirmed cases were imported from abroad, the ministry said in a statement.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 33,531,498 on Wednesday, as 26,964 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, as many as 383 deaths due to the pandemic since Tuesday morning took the total death toll to 445,768.

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SYDNEY -- Australia's second largest city Melbourne, already battling an escalating rise in daily cases of COVID-19, has now been shaken by man-made and natural upheavals.

The state of Victoria recorded 628 new local cases on Wednesday. It is the highest daily increase in the current outbreak which, so far, has grown to 6,223 active cases in the state, mostly clustered around Melbourne.

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