Thu, 25 Feb 2021

BEIJING, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- The following are the updates on the global fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Saturday confirmed 198 new COVID-19 infections and one more fatality, according to the Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Some 180 of the new cases were local infections, while the 18 others were imported cases, CCSA assistant spokeswoman Panprapa Yongtrakul told a daily briefing.

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TOKYO -- Japan's COVID-19 death toll topped 5,000 on Saturday as the country struggles to contain the resurgence of infections, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

As the number of infections continues to surge across the country, the pace of deaths is accelerating.

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BEIJING -- The Chinese mainland on Friday reported 107 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 90 locally transmitted and 17 arriving from outside the mainland, the National Health Commission said Saturday.

Of the locally transmitted cases, 56 were reported in Heilongjiang, 15 in Hebei, 13 in Jilin, three in Shanghai and three in Beijing, the commission said in its daily report.

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LOS ANGELES -- California, the most populous state in the United States, once again reported its highest daily rise in COVID-19 deaths on Friday.

The state registered 764 new COVID-19 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking its death toll to 35,768, the California Department of Public Health reported in a daily release on Friday.

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil registered 1,096 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 215,243, the Health Ministry said Friday.

Another 56,552 COVID-19 cases were reported over the past day, bringing the national count to 8,753,920, the ministry said.

The state of Sao Paulo, the most populous in the country, is the hardest hit, with 1,679,759 cases and 51,192 deaths, followed by Rio de Janeiro, with 494,796 cases and 28,592 deaths.

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