Sat, 16 Jan 2021

BEIJING, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland on Tuesday reported no new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, the National Health Commission said Wednesday.

A total of five imported COVID-19 cases were reported on the mainland Tuesday, the commission said in its daily report.

One suspected case, locally transmitted, was reported in Inner Mongolia, the commission said.

No new deaths related to the disease were reported.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 382 more cases of COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Wednesday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 31,735.

The daily caseload hovered above 300 for two straight days, growing in triple digits for 18 days running due to the continued small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

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KIEV -- Ukraine will provide more financial assistance to private sectors during the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, the presidential press service said Tuesday.

According to the press service, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that more than one million Ukrainians will be able to get the financial aid under this program totaling 10 billion hryvnia (353 million U.S. dollars).

Small and medium-sized businesses have already received over 13 billion hryvnia (458 million dollars) under the Affordable Loans program, Zelensky noted.

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BRUSSELS -- The European Union (EU) will give the green light to a new vaccine contract in its bid to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday.

Through the purchase of up to 160 million doses of vaccines produced by American pharmaceutical company Moderna, the EU will be able to enrich its COVID-19 vaccine portfolio.

"Only a safe and effective vaccine will provide a lasting and sustainable solution to this pandemic," noted von der Leyen.

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