Wed, 25 Nov 2020

BEIJING, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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TEHRAN -- Iran's health ministry reported 6,191 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, raising the total confirmed number in the country to 568,896.

The pandemic has so far claimed 32,616 lives in Iran, up by 296 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 reported 823 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said Sunday, bringing the national total to 26,565.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that all new cases are local transmissions.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh reported 1,308 new COVID-19 cases and 23 new deaths on Sunday, making the tally at 398,815 and death toll at 5,803, the Directorate General of Health Services said.

The official data showed that 11,103 samples were tested in the last 24 hours across Bangladesh.

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MUMBAI -- Mumbai has become the first Indian city to cross the grim milestone of 10,000 deaths due to COVID-19, as per the update from the city's civic body on Sunday.

Of the 248,722 total cases in India's financial capital, 219,152 cases were cured and discharged, while 19,554 were active cases and 10,016 died, which indicated a recovery rate of 88 percent, the update said.

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BEIJING -- China's National Health Commission on Sunday sent a working group to northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region to oversee COVID-19 epidemic-control work.

Xinjiang reported one asymptomatic COVID-19 case on Saturday, according to local health authorities.

The patient, a 17-year-old female villager from Kashgar Prefecture, has been placed under quarantine for medical observation at a designated hospital in Kashgar.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 16,710 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total to 1,513,877, the country's COVID-19 response center said in a statement Sunday.

Meanwhile, 229 new deaths were reported, taking the nationwide count to 26,050.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, according to the vice president's press secretary.

"Today, Marc Short, Chief of Staff to the Vice President, tested positive for COVID-19, began quarantine and assisting in the contact tracing process," Devin O'Malley, the press secretary, said in a statement. "Vice President Pence and Mrs. Pence both tested negative for COVID-19 today, and remain in good health."

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