Live COVID-19 updates: Malaysia reports 1,647 new cases, 9 new deaths

Live COVID-19 updates: Malaysia reports 1,647 new cases, 9 new deaths

BEIJING, March 11 (Xinhua) — The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia reported 1,647 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Thursday, bringing the national total to 319,364.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that five of the new cases are imported and 1,642 are local transmissions.

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MANILA — The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday 3,749 new COVID-19 infections, the highest daily tally in nearly six months, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 607,048.

The DOH reported 3,962 daily cases on Sept. 19 last year.

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PHNOM PENH — Cambodia on Thursday confirmed its first death from the COVID-19, the country’s Ministry of Health said in a statement.

The 50-year-old Cambodian man died on Thursday morning at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in capital Phnom Penh after being infected on Feb. 27, the statement said.

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ADDIS ABABA — Ethiopia on Wednesday evening reported 1,543 new COVID-19 cases over the previous 24 hours, taking the national count to 169,878.

The COVID-19 death toll stood at 2,466, including 15 new fatalities recorded over the same period, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health said.

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 11,285,561 on Thursday as 22,854 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 158,189 as 126 COVID-19 patients died since Wednesday morning.

There are still 189,226 Active Cases in the country, while 10,938,146 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment.

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WINDHOEK — The COVID-19 variant identified in South Africa is now present in Namibia, an official confirmed on Wednesday.

Ben Nangombe, executive director of Namibia’s Health Ministry, made the remarks in an update of the genomic sequencing results for COVID-19 variants in Namibia.

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LOS ANGELES — California Governor Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday that Los Angeles County, the most populous county in the United States, could loosen restrictions against COVID-19 as early as this weekend. However, local authority said the county would release its own operating guidelines.

According to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy issued last August, counties in California must have fewer than 10 new infections cases a day per 100,000 people and the state as a whole must distribute 2 million vaccine doses to underserved populations, to move into less-restrictive “red” tier, which permits local businesses to partly reopen.

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BUENOS AIRES — Argentina registered 7,693 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the national tally to 2,169,694, the Ministry of Health said.

The ministry also reported 107 more deaths from the disease, taking the nationwide death toll to 53,359.

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PHNOM PENH — Cambodia on Thursday reported 39 more local COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of infected people linked to the third community transmission to 652, said a Ministry of Health (MoH) statement.

Of those new cases, 22 were found in capital Phnom Penh, nine in Kandal province, six in Prey Veng province, one in Preah Sihanouk province and one in Battambang province, the statement said.

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BOGOTA — Colombia registered 3,588 new COVID-19 cases over the past 24 hours, taking its nationwide tally to 2,285,960, said the Ministry of Health and Social Protection on Wednesday.

The country reported 97 more deaths, raising the national death toll to 60,773, said the ministry.

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SEOUL — South Korea reported 465 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 94,198.

The daily caseload was slightly down from 470 on the previous day, staying above 400 for three straight days.

The daily number of infections hovered above 100 since Nov. 8 owing to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

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ULAN BATOR — Mongolia recorded 80 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, raising its national count to 3,561, the National Center for Communicable Diseases (NCCD) said Thursday.

Seventy nine of the latest cases were detected in the capital Ulan Bator, the country’s hardest hit region, while another one was reported in the central province of Tuv, the NCCD said in a statement.

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil reported on Wednesday record high daily COVID-19 deaths at 2,286 in 24 hours, bringing the national toll to 270,656, said the Ministry of Health.

Brazil broke its own record for daily COVID-19 deaths the second day in a row, after 1,972 related deaths were reported on Tuesday.

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