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BEIJING, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW DELHI -- India's federal health ministry on Thursday confirmed that total deaths in the country due to COVID-19 have surpassed the 47,000-mark, reaching 47,033, as the total cases reached 2,396,637.

Over the past 24 hours, a total of 66,999 new cases were added to the tally, and as many as 942 people died, according to the data.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported four new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total tally to 297, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Thursday.

"A total of 487 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across the country yesterday and four of them were positive," said Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, at a daily press conference.

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TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan has updated the procedures for entering the country by cancelling the mandatory 14-day quarantine or cutting it down to seven days based on the "color" of inbound flights, the country's special commission to combat coronavirus said on Thursday.

Diplomats and their family members, investors, representatives and specialists of foreign companies, students, and those seeking medical treatment can enter or leave Uzbekistan, the commission said.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 56 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Thursday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,770.

The daily caseload stayed above 50 for two straight days due to the continued small cluster infections and imported cases.

Of the new cases, nine were imported from overseas, lifting the combined figure to 2,600.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Democratic leaders on Wednesday lashed out at the Trump administration for refusing to budge on their position on the size and scope of the next COVID-19 relief package, as the two sides remain deadlocked over the issue.

"Democrats have compromised," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement, reiterating Democrats are willing to come down 1 trillion U.S. dollars if the Trump administration will come up 1 trillion dollars.

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BEIJING -- Chinese health authority said Thursday that it received reports of 19 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Wednesday, including 11 imported cases and eight locally-transmitted ones.

All the new locally-transmitted cases were reported in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the National Health Commission said in its daily report.

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KIGALI -- The Rwandan police said Wednesday that they have started using vehicles and motorcycles mounted with loud speakers to raise awareness among the public about preventive measures of COVID-19.

"We have started using motorcycles and vehicles mounted with loud speakers to transmit information about COVID-19 preventive measures to a large number of people across the country," police spokesperson John Bosco Kabera told a news program on the national broadcaster Rwanda Television.

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