Mon, 12 Apr 2021

BEIJING, March 8 (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 11,229,398 on Monday as 18,711 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 157,853 as 97 COVID-19 patients died since Sunday morning.

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia detected 108 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, its highest daily COVID-19 infections, raising its national tally to 3,336, the country's National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said on Monday.

Meanwhile, the death toll from the disease has risen to seven, the NCCD said in a statement.

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HANOI -- Vietnam's Ministry of Health on Monday started a COVID-19 vaccine inoculation campaign, the country's largest vaccination campaign in history, with over 100 million injections expected to be conducted nationwide, Vietnam News Agency reported Monday.

The first doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine began to be given at 8:00 a.m. local time Monday to health workers directly treating COVID-19 patients in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the southern Ho Chi Minh City and the northern COVID-19 epicenter Hai Duong province.

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WELLINGTON -- The government has guaranteed that every New Zealander will have access to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, after securing an additional 8.5 million doses, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

"The government has signed an advance purchase agreement for 8.5 million additional doses, enough to vaccinate 4.25 million people. The vaccines are expected to arrive in New Zealand during the second half of the year," Ardern told a press conference.

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SAO PAULO -- Brazil reported an accumulative 11,019,344 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday amid a second wave of the outbreak of the disease, the Brazilian Ministry of Health said.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,086 people died in the last 24 hours, a record for a Sunday, bringing the national death toll to 265,411, the ministry said.

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KAMPALA -- Uganda on Sunday received a second batch of 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from India.

Ruth Aceng, minister of health, received the vaccines at the Entebbe International Airport, 40 km south of the capital Kampala, according to a ministry tweet.

The country on Friday received the initial batch of 864,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 346 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Sunday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 92,817.

The daily caseload was down from 416 on the previous day due to fewer virus tests over the weekend.

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