Wed, 03 Mar 2021

BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SANTIAGO -- COVID-19 cases in Chile increased by 36 percent in the last week, amid a resurgence of infections in the middle of the summer season, Health Minister Enrique Paris said Thursday.

In its daily report, the Chilean Ministry of Health reported 4,177 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the accumulated total to 656,712.

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NEW YORK -- Total COVID-19 hospitalizations reached 8,823 on Wednesday in New York State, down from 8,929 on Tuesday, tweeted Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.

Of the 212,589 COVID-19 tests reported on Wednesday in the state, 13,661 were positive, or 6.42 percent of the total, down from 7.4 percent one day earlier, said Cuomo, adding that the fatalities went up to 202 on Wednesday, compared with 165 on Tuesday.

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RABAT -- Morocco's COVID-19 tally rose to 456,334 on Thursday as 1,279 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours.

The Moroccan Ministry of Health said that the death toll from the coronavirus in the kingdom climbed to 7,854 as 44 more COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's health ministry reported 10,933 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total number in the country to 528,204.

The death toll from COVID-19 in Israel reached 3,860 with 57 new fatalities, while the number of patients in serious condition increased from 1,094 to 1,117, out of 1,802 hospitalized patients.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) on Thursday disclosed that five African countries represent about 69 percent of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases across the African continent amid uneven impact of the pandemic on the continent.

The five highly-COVID-19 affected African countries include, South Africa 1,278,303 accounting 41 percent, Morocco 455,055 accounting 14 percent, Tunisia 168,568 accounting 5 percent, Egypt 152,719 accounting 5 percent, as well as Ethiopia 129,455 accounting 4 percent.

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HONG KONG -- A spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said on Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines used in Hong Kong must satisfy the relevant requirements and procedures, and obtain emergency use approval in accordance with the Prevention and Control of Disease (Use of Vaccines) Regulation, with a view to ensuring the safety, efficacy and quality of the vaccines.

The HKSAR government made the statement after noticing the various views voiced by different people on the effectiveness and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

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