Mon, 19 Apr 2021

BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong started the COVID-19 vaccine rollout on Friday for priority groups, including medical workers and the aged, a week after the arrival of the first batch of mainland-made doses.

The vaccine was given at five community vaccination centers and 18 general out-patient clinics, where people waited in long queues to get their first shots. As far, all 70,000 booking slots available for the next two weeks have been taken up.

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MOSCOW -- Russia registered 11,086 COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily increase since Oct. 5, the country's COVID-19 response center said Friday.

The national tally has thus increased to 4,223,186, with 85,304 deaths and 3,783,386 recoveries, the center said.

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BEIJING -- China has granted conditional market approval to four self-developed COVID-19 vaccines, Minister of Science and Technology Wang Zhigang said Friday.

China has adopted five technological approaches in developing COVID-19 vaccines. China now has 17 self-developed COVID-19 vaccines undergoing clinical trials, with seven undergoing phase-3 clinical trials, Wang told a press conference held in Beijing.

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JAKARTA -- The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 8,232 within one day to 1,322,866, with the death toll adding by 268 to 35,786, the health ministry said on Friday.

According to the ministry, 7,261 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,128,672.

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SUVA -- Fiji reported on Friday two new imported COVID-19 cases.

According to Fiji's Ministry of Health, the first case is a 22-year-old male who traveled to Fiji from Durban, South Africa, arriving in Nadi, Fiji's third-largest city from Auckland, New Zealand. He returned a positive result during routine quarantine testing while undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine in Nadi.

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LAGOS -- Health authorities in Nigeria have rolled out a national training program for healthcare workers who will be involved in the COVID-19 vaccination at national and state levels in preparation for the arrival of coronavirus vaccines into the country.

Speaking at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, Faisal Shuaib, head of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, said at least 13,000 healthcare workers are being trained in the first phase of the program.

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MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported on Friday 2,651 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily increase since Oct. 17 last year, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 571,327.

The death toll climbed to 12,247 after 46 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said. Meanwhile, 561 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 524,582.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Friday recorded 45 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 37 of them being domestic cases, according to a report of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of Friday's new cases, eight were reported in people returning from abroad and testing positive for the coronavirus in Thailand, the CCSA report said.

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SANTIAGO -- Chile on Thursday received another shipment of anti-COVID-19 CoronaVac vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac, following two earlier batches that arrived on Jan. 28 and 31.

Chile's President Sebastian Pinera, accompanied by his health and science ministers, was on hand to receive the vaccines at the airport in the capital Santiago.

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