Wed, 20 Jan 2021

BEIJING, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil registered 21,138 new infections and 287 new deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, raising its national caseload to 6,335,878 and death toll to 173,120, the Health Ministry reported Monday.

Brazil is one of the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus, with the world's second-highest death toll and the third-largest caseload.

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BEIJING -- China's National Health Commission said Tuesday that it received reports of 12 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland Monday, including four domestically transmitted cases and eight imported ones.

All the domestically transmitted cases were reported in Inner Mongolia, the commission said in its daily report.

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SEOUL -- South Korea reported 451 more cases of COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Tuesday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 34,652.

The daily caseload stayed below 500 for three straight days, but it grew in triple digits for 24 days running due to small cluster infections in Seoul and its surrounding Gyeonggi province as well as imported cases.

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LOS ANGELES -- As of Monday, 8,578 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in California, setting a new record high, according to the state's authorities.

The authorities also warned that statewide intensive care units (ICUs) will be overwhelmed next month should there be no further measures to contain the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, 14,034 new confirmed cases were reported on Monday, taking the state's tally to 1,212,968. An additional 20 deaths were reported on the same day, bringing the state's death toll from the disease to 19,141.

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