Thu, 15 Apr 2021

BEIJING, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 17,741 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the first time since Oct. 29 that the daily increase was below 18,000, the country's COVID-19 response center said Wednesday.

The national tally has thus increased to 3,774,672, with 71,076 deaths and 3,202,483 recoveries, the center said.

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MANILA -- The Department of Health of the Philippines on Wednesday reported 2,245 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in more than two months in the Southeast Asian country.

The last time the daily new cases exceeded Wednesday's number was on Nov. 8, 2020, which stood at 2,442.

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KABUL -- The COVID-19 death toll in Afghanistan has increased to 2,398 after eight patients died within the past 24 hours, the country's Ministry of Public Health reported on Wednesday.

The ministry also confirmed 37 new cases during the period, bringing the number of infected people across the country to 54,891 including 4,945 active cases, the ministry said in a statement.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia has begun a phase 3 clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate developed by the Institute of Medical Biology of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

The initiative is a collaboration between the governments of Malaysia and China to generate scientific data in the development of the vaccine candidate to evaluate its safety and efficacy against COVID-19 infection, the ministry said in a statement.

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SEOUL -- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Wednesday that the country planned to help microbusiness owners, who were forced to stop or halt business under the tightened quarantine rules to tackle the COVID-19 resurgence here.

Chung told a press conference with foreign correspondents in Seoul that the government was preparing to legislate on covering the loss of small-business owners from the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with the constitution.

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KATHMANDU -- The Nepali government on Wednesday started the first phase of a vaccination campaign against COVID-19 as Nepali Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the campaign through a virtual event.

The vaccination process began from 120 vaccine centres across the country and the targeted groups for vaccination in the first phase include health workers, sanitation workers, and elderly people living in care homes, among others, according to the health ministry of Nepal.

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