Thu, 15 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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YANGON -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Myanmar has increased to 142,000 as of Thursday, according to a release from the Ministry of Health and Sports.

A total of 16 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported in the country on Thursday.

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MUSCAT -- The Omani health ministry on Thursday announced 369 new COVID-19 infections, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 142,896, the official Oman News Agency reported.

Meanwhile, 353 people recovered during the past 24 hours, taking the overall recoveries to 133,491, while no new death was reported, keeping the tally at 1,583, according to a ministry statement quoted by ONA.

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COPENHAGEN -- As COVID-19 transmission rates once again begin to rise across the European region, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge on Thursday urged the region to return to basics when dealing with the pandemic.

As new cases of COVID-19 in Europe rose 9 percent to just above one million, it brought to an end a six-week decline in new cases and the stark realization that variants were making significant headway in the region, Kluge said during a virtual press conference here.

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CAIRO -- Egypt started on Thursday vaccinating elderly people and patients with chronic diseases against COVID-19, the Egyptian cabinet said in a statement.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Health Minister Hala Zayed were present at one of Cairo medical centers to witness the two categories of citizens receiving their first shots of the anti-coronavirus vaccine.

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