Wed, 14 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia confirmed 24 more local cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, raising the total number of infected people linked to the third community transmission to 340, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement.

The new cases were detected in the capital Phnom Penh and the southwestern Preah Sihanouk province, the statement said, adding that they were all related to the third community outbreak on Feb. 20.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Tuesday confirmed 42 new COVID-19 cases, mostly domestic, and one more fatality, according to a report of the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Of Tuesday's new cases, 39 were domestic infections while three others were imported cases, the CCSA report said.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia's COVID-19 tally reached 3,000 on Tuesday as 48 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours, according to the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD).

The latest cases were locally transmitted and detected in the country's capital Ulan Bator, which is hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak, the NCCD said in a statement.

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ADDIS ABABA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,899,093 on Monday evening, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

The continental death toll from the disease stood at 103,762 as of Monday evening, according to agency's COVID-19 dashboard.

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FREETOWN -- Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Hu Zhangliang on Monday officially presented a batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccines to Sierra Leonean President Julius Maada Bio.

The vaccines arrived in Sierra Leone on Thursday last week.

China is ready to work with other development partners to support Sierra Leone in prevailing over the pandemic at an early date, Hu said in his statement.

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MANILA -- The Philippines has detected its first six cases of a more contagious COVID-19 variant found in South Africa, its health ministry said on Tuesday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire expressed concern about the detection of the variant, which can spread more readily like the variant found in Britain, adding that the variant could evade immune responses and reduce vaccine efficacy.

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