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BEIJING, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BISHKEK -- Kyrgyzstan reported 134 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, raising the tally of infections in the country to 82,857, the Republican Headquarters for Combating COVID-19 reported.

The agency also said the total number of recoveries from the virus has reached 78,715 after 152 new recoveries were recorded over the past day.

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ADDIS ABABA -- Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonen on Thursday commended China's anti-COVID-19 assistance, said the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry.

During talks with the new Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia Zhao Zhiyuan, Mekonen, who doubles as Ethiopia's foreign minister, said the African country appreciates the valuable support offered by the Chinese government and companies, including the Jack Ma Foundation, for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ADDIS ABABA -- COVID-19 cases on the African continent amounted to 3,142,781 as of Thursday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency's Africa COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 75,709 as of Thursday with 2,562,961 recoveries.

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BEIJING -- China's top economic planner said Friday that the prevention and control of COVID-19 will be the top priority in the upcoming Spring Festival travel rush.

"As the COVID-19 pandemic rages globally, China faces sporadic and cluster cases, meaning that the epidemic prevention and control situation remains very severe and complicated," said Lian Weiliang, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, at a teleconference on the travel rush that spans from Jan. 28 to March 8.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia reported 12 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its national tally to 1,491, said the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) on Friday.

"A total of 16,854 tests for COVID-19 were conducted across Mongolia yesterday and 12 of them were positive," said Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, at a press conference.

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WELLINGTON -- Passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from Jan. 21, enabling access to essential services such as health, according to an official announcement on Friday.

"Following confirmation of the Cook Islands' COVID free status, and the implementation of strict health and border protocols we are now in the position to resume quarantine-free travel for passengers from the Cook Islands into New Zealand," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.

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