Live COVID-19 updates: Africa's confirmed COVID-19 cases near 3.82 mln

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

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ADDIS ABABA — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on the African continent reached 3,819,576 as of Sunday noon, the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said.

According to the continental disease control and prevention agency’s Africa COVID-19 dashboard, the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 100,993 as of Sunday.

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MOSCOW — Russia registered 12,742 more COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, the country’s COVID-19 response center said Sunday.

The national tally has thus increased to 4,164,726 with 83,293 deaths and 3,713,445 recoveries, the center said.

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 20 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking its total tally to 10,868.

The new cases included 19 local infections, of which six had an unknown origin. The only imported case was from India. There were also more than 10 cases testing positive for COVID-19 preliminarily, according to a CHP press briefing.

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MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines reported on Sunday 1,888 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 561,169.

The death toll climbed to 12,088 after 20 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said, adding that 9,737 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 522,843.

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MEXICO CITY — The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese company Sinovac arrived in Mexico City on Saturday, authorities reported.

The vaccines arrived about a week after health authorities announced that Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks had authorized emergency use for the Sinovac and CanSino Biologics vaccines.

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BOGOTA — Colombian President Ivan Duque on Saturday welcomed the arrival of the first batch of vaccines from Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac, which will be “deployed throughout the national territory.”

The president said that the vaccines will be sent to several remote regions of the country, especially to the border departments in the Amazon, to fight the variant of COVID-19 known as P.1.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia received its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, boosting its capability in the fight against the pandemic.

Some 312,390 doses of the vaccine, jointly developed by U.S. pharmaceutical firm Pfizer Inc. and its German partner BioNTech SE., arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and were greeted by Malaysian officials.

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,991,651 on Sunday as 14,264 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 156,302 as 90 COVID-19 patients died since Saturday morning.

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BUENOS AIRES — Argentina reported 5,944 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 2,060,625, the health ministry said.

The ministry also reported 122 more deaths from the disease, taking the nationwide death toll to 51,122.

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