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BEIJING, April 12 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh on Monday reported 83 more deaths from COVID-19, the highest daily figure, bringing the death toll to 9,822.

The country's Directorate General of Health Services also reported 7,201 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising its total tally to 691,957.

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COPENHAGEN -- A one-day "stress test" of 100,000 vaccinations against COVID-19, the largest of its kind in Denmark, is being conducted in vaccination sites throughout the country on Monday, according to the Danish Health Authority.

"We must ensure that we are ready to roll out the vaccines on a large scale -- that the vaccination sites have the capacity to vaccinate 100,000 in one day, and that the logistics and IT system can cope with the pressure. We test the systems at a total of 68 vaccination sites across the country," Steen Dalsgaard Jespersen, head of Unit at the Danish Health Authority, said in a press release.

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 1,317 new COVID-19 infections, the Health Ministry said on Monday, bringing the national total to 362,173.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that 12 of the new cases are imported and 1,305 are local transmissions.

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LONDON -- Non-essential shops, hairdressers and pub gardens are reopening Monday in England as the COVID-19 lockdown further eased.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hailed the latest progress in the country's tackling of the pandemic but warned that risks remain.

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HANOI -- Vietnam recorded 12 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Monday, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 2,705, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The new cases included five foreign experts and seven Vietnamese citizens who recently entered the country from abroad and were quarantined upon arrival, said the ministry.

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SYDNEY -- The Solomon Islands has received a batch of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines, which is the first among Pacific island countries to get the COVID-19 vaccine from China through bilateral channels, reports reaching here said.

A handover ceremony was held on Monday at the Solomon Islands prime minister's official residence. Chinese Ambassador to the Solomon Islands Li Ming and Solomon Islands Health Minister Culwick Togamana signed the vaccine handover document at the ceremony, witnessed by Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

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