Sat, 23 Jan 2021

BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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YANGON -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 90,713 as of Monday, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A total of 1,227 more COVID-19 confirmed cases were reported in the country.

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HANOI -- Vietnam's Ministry of Health on Monday evening confirmed a new case of COVID-19 in the community, the first of the kind reported in the past 89 days.

The case is a 32-year-old man from southern Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City who had direct contact with an earlier-confirmed COVID-19 patient.

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Health reported five new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 58,218.

Of the new cases, four are imported cases, and another one is a community case.

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MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said the capital Manila will remain under strict quarantine restrictions from Dec. 1 to 31 to avoid a surge of coronavirus infection during the holiday season.

Duterte approved the recommendation of the inter-agency coronavirus task force to place Metro Manila and six other areas with virus clusters under general community quarantine until the end of this year.

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KATHMANDU -- Nepal may be required to spend over 500 million U.S dollars to procure COVID-19 vaccines once they are available, a senior official of Nepal's Ministry of Health and Population said.

Jageshwor Gautam, spokesperson at the country's health ministry told Xinhua last week that the ministry has estimated the cost of bringing the COVID-19 vaccines at around 60 billion Nepali Rupees (505 million U.S. dollars), including the cost for storage and other facilities required to keep the vaccine safe.

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KIEV -- The speaker of Ukraine's Parliament, Dmytro Razumkov, said on his official Facebook page that he received a negative COVID-19 test on Monday.

"Finally back to the usual work schedule," Razumkov said on Facebook Monday.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's Health Ministry reported 13,321 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, raising the total nationwide infections to 962,070.

The pandemic has so far claimed 48,246 lives in Iran, up by 371 in the past 24 hours, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokeswoman for the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, during her daily briefing.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia on Monday reported 1,212 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing the national total to 65,697.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said at a press briefing that nine of the new cases were imported, and 1,203 were local transmissions.

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