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

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MOSCOW -- Russia confirmed 21,513 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the country's total to 3,677,352, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement on Friday.

The number of deaths increased by 580 to 68,412.

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TBILISI -- Georgia reported 903 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking its total to 251,974, according to the country's National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC).

Data from the NCDC showed that 636 more patients have recovered in the past 24 hours, bringing the national count of recoveries to 238,737.

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan on Friday reported 118 new COVID-19 cases after 3,041 tests were conducted within a day, raising its total caseload to 83,703.

Of the total number of infected, 4,163 are medical workers, including 4,070 recoveries, the Republican Headquarters for Combating COVID-19 said.

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GABORONE -- Botswana's death toll from COVID-19 has reached 105, an official said on Thursday evening.

In his weekly update on the pandemic, Mosepele Mosepele, deputy coordinator of the Presidential Taskforce for COVID-19, reported 17 new deaths, adding that the taskforce has detected a high infection and mortality rate since the beginning of the year.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,625,428 on Friday as 14,545 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 153,032 as 163 COVID-19 patients died since Thursday morning.

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VIENTIANE -- Laos has detected two more COVID-19 cases, with its total number rising to 43.

Lao Deputy Minister of Health Phouthone Meaungpak told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday that the two new cases include a 33-year-old woman living in southern Laos' Champasak province, who returned to the country from Thailand.

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CANBERRA -- Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared that Australia has beaten a third wave of coronavirus infections.

Morrison on Friday held a meeting of the National Cabinet, which consists of the prime minister and state and territory leaders, to discuss Australia's ongoing response to the pandemic.

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