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BEIJING, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 10,610,883 on Thursday as 15,223 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 152,869 with 151 new deaths.

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VIENTIANE -- Laos' National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control reported Thursday that 2,804 people are still being quarantined at 33 accommodation centers across the country.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Disease Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Latsamy Vongkhamsao told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday, everyone should continue to follow all government measures concerning control of the virus including those laid down by a Prime Ministerial Order and the national virus taskforce.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia added 16 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours after 12,940 tests had been conducted across the country, the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Thursday.

The latest cases were locally transmitted or detected in the country's capital Ulan Bator, Amarjargal Ambaselmaa, head of the NCCD's Surveillance Department, said at a daily press conference.

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TOKYO -- Dick Pound, the IOC's longest-serving member, claims that the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games will be held in the summer, backtracking on comments he made two weeks ago.

Pound, 78, said on January 8 that he was not "certain" that the Tokyo Games would take place, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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JAKARTA -- As many as 88 more overseas Indonesians were confirmed positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of such cases to 2,923, according to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Of the 88 new cases, 61 were reported in Turkey, 14 in Bahrain, eight in the United Arab Emirates, four in Azerbaijan, and one in the Czech Republic.

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