Mon, 17 May 2021

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

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MANILA -- The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines surged to 971,049 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 8,767 new cases on Thursday.

The DOH said that 105 more patients died from the coronavirus epidemic, bringing the death toll to 16,370.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Thursday confirmed 1,470 new COVID-19 cases and seven fatalities as the Southeast Asian country continued to contain the new spike in domestic infections.

All the 1,470 new cases were local infections reported in 66 provinces, with the capital Bangkok leading the case increase with 446 new cases, according to the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration spokesman Taweesin Visanuyothin.

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SEOUL -- Nine more U.S. soldiers and five civilians in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK said in a statement that 14 USFK-affiliated individuals were confirmed with the COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between March 29 and April 19.

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ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopia registered 1,329 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 246,484 as of Wednesday evening, the country's Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, 35 more deaths from the disease were reported across the country, bringing the national death toll to 3,474, the ministry said.

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported three cases of COVID-19 in managed isolation and no new cases in the community on Thursday.

The newly imported cases came from India and Jordan, with the full travel history of the third case still being investigated. They have remained in managed isolation and quarantine facilities in Auckland, according to the Ministry of Health.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 15,930,965 on Thursday as a record single day spike of 314,835 new cases was recorded in the country.

This is the first time when over 300,000 cases were registered in a single day.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina's pandemic death toll surpassed 60,000 on Wednesday after 291 more people died of the novel coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours, as health authorities warned the country is facing "the worst moment of the pandemic."

According to the Ministry of Health, the latest fatalities raised the total death toll to 60,083.

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